Category Archives: UND Student Organizations

Kick the Butts’ Butt

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. whatisincig

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%. ( So, if you’re interested in quitting, please do your lungs a favor and check out these fabulous resources! (the official website for “Kick Butts Day”)  (the official website for the ND Quits campaign)

1.800.784.8669 (ND Quits hotline)

701-777-2605 (UND Student Health Services)

4v4 Pond Hockey Champions

After two nights of bitter cold the North Stars emerged as 4v4 Pond Hockey Champions!  Games were played at University Park in conjunction with the Late Night Skate Program put on by the Wellness Center and the Student Wellness Advisory Committee (SWAC)  Thank you to all participants!

North Stars

North Stars

The 4 v 4 Pond Hockey Tournament

Make the most out of this cold weather and sign up for the Pond Hockey Tournament! UND Rec Sports is holding a 4 v 4 tournament on March 1st and 2nd from 6:00PM to 11:00PM (both days) with collaboration from Student Wellness Advisory Committee (SWAC). All Games will be played at University Park’s outdoor hockey rink.733499_87174186

Registration opens on February 11th and closes on February 28th. Visit to register.

For more information regarding dates and registration, contact Patrick Marcoe at 701.777.3256 or by email at

Maintain, Don’t Gain this holiday season!

Maintain Don’t Gain this holiday season!

Healthy UND Challenge

Healthy UND Challenge

Most Americans gain around a pound of weight every year during the holidays, which doesn’t seem like much, but studies show that the one pound gained during this time of year isn’t lost throughout the rest of the year.  Overtime, the yearly one pound addition to body weight can have some serious effects on our health- hypertension, diabetes, etc.  Maintain Don’t Gain is an awareness project, hopefully getting people to think about the decisions they make during this time of year, specifically about what they eat and their activity levels.  It’s easier to prevent weight gain than it is to lose the pounds later.

No Wellness Center-No Problem

Exercise should still be considered a priority.  Not only is it important to maintain activity levels but it can also help deal with any stress that goes along with the holidays.  If you keep active over the break it will be easier to get back into your normal routine once you return.

Shoveling snow, outdoor winter activities, indoor body weight workouts

Winter Running/Walking Tips:

  1. Wear multiple layers, with the first layer being a synthetic material, such as polypropylene, which will helps wick away sweat/moisture.  Stay away from cotton because it holds in moisture and will keep you wet.
  2. Protect your hands and feet with gloves and thick socks.
  3. Cover your head.  About 40% of your body heat is lost from your head, and wearing a hat will help prevent heat loss so your circulatory system will have more heat to distribute to the rest of the body.
  4. Start your run into the wind, than it will be at your back at the end of the workout, when you’re sweaty.
  5.  If the temperature is at or below zero, stick with an indoor activity.


Holiday Meal Time

Think small.  Enjoy the food, but keep the portions under control.

Take breaks.  Try not to rush through your whole plate of food, so you can better gauge when you’re full.  It can take up to 20 minutes for your stomach to signal the brain that it’s full.

Be mindful of alcohol intake.  Alcohol contains useless calories that change your blood sugar levels and, in the short term, can increase hunger levels and cause unnecessary snacking.

Why It’s Important to Track Your Activities                        

Keeps you honest.

You can see results and progress-good and bad.

Keep track of activities you enjoy or don’t enjoy.

To get registered for the challenge – head to the Healthy UND webpage , stop by the Fitness Desk at the Wellness Center or the Healthy & Wellness Hub in the Union!  Stay on track this holiday season!

Participate in the Green Gallop Homecoming Run!


The Green Gallop Homecoming Run is a great way to show your UND Pride and help support the UND Wellness Center’s Student Development Fund.  Participants can choose between a 5K, 10K, or a 1.5 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk.  The course begins at the Wellness Center, runs along the English Coulee, past campus, and past the Ralph Engelstad Arena.  Prizes will be awarded for the “greenest” or “most spirited” costumes. Participants receive a Green Gallop t-shirt if registered by Friday, September 28th.

Race Details:

When: Sunday, October 14th
Where: The run starts and ends at the UND Wellness Center.
Time: The run starts at 9:30am.
Register online now at:

For more information about the run, please visit the UND Wellness Center’s website at or contact Patrick Marcoe at


Not interested in running?  Need volunteer hours?  Come be a volunteer for the Green Gallop Homecoming Run!

Volunteer Details:

When: Sunday, October 14th
Where: The run starts and ends at the UND Wellness Center.
Time: Volunteers need to be at the UND Wellness Center at 7:00am on the morning of the run (10/14/12) and would be done around 12:30pm.
Each volunteer receives a free Green Gallop t-shirt!

If you are interested in helping out or want more information about volunteering for the run, please contact Brian Marti at

UND is one of 9 Colleges with A+ Perks

These schools rise to the top of the class with their above-average health and wellness programs– and UND is one of the schools! is a leading provider of online health information. Their goal is to provide support to their readers to help manage overall well-being through personalized advice, tools, and communities. They are committed to bringing the most credible and relevant health information available online that is easy to understand and can be incorporated into one’s every day life.

Mark your calendars: Healthy UND Coalition Meeting on September 7th

Please join us at the annual celebration for the Healthy UND Coalition on Friday, September 7th, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom. We will celebrate the numerous health and wellness accomplishments achieved by the Coalition over the past year and highlight how you can play a part in enhancing the health and well-being of our campus community.

UND is a national leader in health and wellness as a result of collaborative efforts between committed and caring team players, such as you. We hope you will join Healthy UND members and other UND students, faculty, staff, and community members in marking important milestones and mapping out the future of health and wellness at UND. The relationship between academic success and health and wellness will be discussed at this meeting, as well as the announcement of the 2012 Dr. Boyd Healthy UND Champion Award Recipient.

A baked potato bar will be provided in honor of the upcoming Potato Bowl. Please R.S.V.P to the Health and Wellness Hub by email at or by telephone at 701.777.2097 by Tuesday, September 4th. We look forward to having you join us on the 7th!

You are young, but you are not invincible.

You are young, but you are not invincible. You are still at risk for skin cancer.

The sun is out and the temperature is heating up. Swimsuit season is nearly here, but that shouldn’t mean we return to last summer’s tanning behaviors. It’s time we take into account the negative effects of sunbathing, tanning beds, and lack of sunscreen. We may be in college, we may be young, but we are susceptible to skin cancer. If you have two minutes today, listen to Natalie’s story ( And take a few minutes every day to be proactive about these preventative measures to cut short the risk of skin cancer.

  1. Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  2. Examine your skin – look head-to-toe every month.
  3. Visit a dermatologist – If you see anything on your skin that lasts for 2 weeks or longer and is growing, changing shape, and/or bleeding or itching, you should see a dermatologist right away for a skin cancer check.
  4. Use Sunscreen.
  5. Don’t burn.

7 Dimensions Opinions

Last Thursday I had the chance to attend the Student Wellness Advisory Committee (SWAC) meeting at 6 PM in the Wellness Center Conference Room. In fact, I am the chair of the committee and my name is Matt Schober. SWAC is all about the students, faculty, and staff and what we can do to better the 7 Dimensions here at UND! There are many diverse opinions and ideas brought up at each of our meetings. At our most recent meeting we had a chance to learn about Peer Educators, towel usage at the Wellness Center, and the UND Pond Hockey Tournament.

If you have an opinion yourself (we all do) and if you live the 7 dimensions in your everyday life we invite you to our biweekly meetings. Our next meeting is Thursday, February 9th, at 6 PM in the Wellness Center Conference Room! Meetings are open to the public and require no previous commitments to the group! More information can be found on our webpage:


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