Category Archives: Student Health Guru
General health questions answered, healthcare myth busting and important public health announcements provided by Student Health Services, Psychiatric Services, Health & Wellness Peers and Pharmacy.
As college students we have all seen the impossible triangle of college life. You might think that you can only pick one or two options between getting enough – sleep, good grades, or an exciting social life – I’m here to tell you that if you find balance in your life you can have all three! College is not an easy transition for many incoming freshmen and many of them develop mental health issues and have irregular sleep cycles. In a recent study done at North Dakota State University in 2011- incoming college freshmen had the highest average number of days a week where they woke up feeling unrested. The two main reasons for not getting enough sleep was because of they were studying late into the night (28.8%) or socializing with friends (22.7%).
Definitely, one night of staying up late to study or hang out won’t hurt you in the long run, but the problem lies when it is done repeatedly. During sleep is your body’s time to rejuvenate itself, and if you don’t give it that time- all aspects of your life can suffer. Bad sleep habits can link directly to poor grades, energy level, and personal health. In a study done by Select Comfort, the discovered the mean GPA for college students was a 3.08 with poor sleeping habits, where as it is 3.27 for students who have developed consistent sleep tendencies.
The one thing that can help you obtain all three corners of “the impossible triangle” is – time management skill. This is what you can do to sharpen the skill:
- Find out where you are wasting time. You can do that by tracking your daily activity. Ask yourself “How do I spend my week? How do I spend each day? What time am I actually wasting?” Remember that time management is about changing your behavior and not your time.
- Determine your goals and plan your time. First, think about what your goals are for the semester. Then, prioritize what needs to be done this month and create a weekly schedule. By having a schedule and actually sticking to it- is a great way to be productive!
- Use time management tools. You can use a program like Outlook to create your weekly calendar and get updates.
Celebrate for sticking to your schedule. Do not forget to treat yourself for the progress you are making and the schedule that is helping you! By using these simple techniques you will be surprised have time you have for everything you need- So is it possible to get enough sleep while having a good time at college and get good grades at the same time? Absolutely, yes! It is all about having a plan and being committed to accomplishing your goals.
What do you know about alcohol use?
Do you know what the standard drink size is for beer, hard liquor, and wine?
Can you name 3 factors that influence your Blood Alcohol Content, or 3 protective behaviors?
If these questions are difficult for you, you may not be as informed on alcohol use as you could be. What does it matter, you say? Well, Cash Cab is coming to YOU on UND’s campus, April 28th through May 2nd, and knowing facts about alcohol is the only way for you to WIN! So brush up on your knowledge of alcohol use, stop by the Health & Wellness Hub for more information on alcohol, and look for the Cash Cab golf cart driving down University for your chance to show what you KNOW!
It is hard to believe that spring is here (literally). With the start of a new season means different fruits and vegetables are in season as well. As far as fruits and vegetables go, spring is considered to be March, April and May. When a fruit or vegetable is in season it means is at its peak of flavor or harvest. Not only will the flavor be optimal the price will be the cheapest. Next time you head out to the grocery store be sure to try some of the following items that are in season right now!
Remember, you can enjoy the taste of any fruit or vegetable year-round by using fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice – it all counts!
Red Leaf Lettuce
Spring Baby Lettuce
On Wednesday, March 19th, anti-tobacco activists everywhere will be acknowledging the annual “Kick Butts Day.” Kick Butts Day is a day focused on standing up and speaking out against both tobacco use and the tobacco industry. All across the world, people will be holding all kinds of different anti-tobacco related events. The primary goal of most of these events is to encourage current tobacco users to quit using tobacco for good.
The benefits of quitting tobacco use are numerous, and it is important to investigate the options out there for helping you quit if you choose. Here at UND, there are plenty of resources. At the Health and Wellness Hub, located in the Memorial Union, users will find “Quit Kits” available. Users can also check out Student Health Services to discuss the process of quitting tobacco, and perhaps get a check up to see how at risk you might be for tobacco induced health problems. Across North Dakota, the Department of Health has also established the “ND Quits” campaign. Users interested in quitting can check out the campaign’s website or dial the toll free number to get access to free resources available for quitting.
The good news is that all across the U.S., tobacco use is decreasing. Compared to 42% of the population reporting regular tobacco use in 1965, in 2012, the percentage was reported to be 10%. (kickbuttsday.org) So, if you’re interested in quitting, please do your lungs a favor and check out these fabulous resources!
www.kickbuttsday.org (the official website for “Kick Butts Day”)
http://www.ndhealth.gov/ndquits/ (the official website for the ND Quits campaign)
1.800.784.8669 (ND Quits hotline)
701-777-2605 (UND Student Health Services)