Posted by TobaccoPreventionGSA
In honor of Kick Butts Day on Wednesday, March 20th, UND’s Health and Wellness Hub is taking the opportunity to remind the campus community of UND’s tobacco-free campus policy and the quit tobacco resources. Kick Butts Day, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, is an annual event to raise awareness about tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death and disease in America.
Compliance with UND’s tobacco-free campus policy is the responsibility and right of all UND students, staff, and faculty members. Tobacco use is not allowed on UND property. Tobacco use is allowed on city sidewalks adjacent to city streets. An updated map highlighting campus and city property is available at UND.edu/tobaccofree. Questions about policy applicability may be directed to the UND Environmental Health and Safety Office by telephone (701.777.3341) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A comprehensive array of quit tobacco options are available to help those who are ready to quit. We invite those who use tobacco to take advantage of the available support:
- ND QUITS: www.ndhealth.gov/ndquits or 1.800.QUIT.NOW
Free telephone or on-line support and free nicotine replacement resources
- NDPERS Tobacco Cessation Program: https://www.bcbsnd.com/members/wellnes/ndpers or 800.223.1704
Up to $700.00 in coverage for provider visits, medications, and counseling for benefitted UND employees and their dependents
- Health and Wellness Hub, Memorial Union: UND.edu/hwhub or 701.777.2097
Free quit kits and resources
- Student Health Services, McCannel Hall: UND.edu/health or 701.777.4500,
Provider visits and free quit kits for students, medications available for purchase at pharmacy
Please join us in celebrating Kick Butts Day and in supporting a Tobacco-free UND throughout the year!
I was out for a walk the other day and started to think about what I would tell my 16-year-old self.
At that point, I was tipping the scales at over 300 pounds. I was almost to the point of accepting that my only direction was to get heavier,
My wardrobe would multiply in size only because I would grow out of things. Like a growing child… except, my kind of growth was unhealthy. I was making choices that led to weight gain. Every extra pound would lead to a greater risk and a step closer to things like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, etc… along with the effects that you don’t always want to think about: ridicule, broken furniture, decreased ability to enjoy “fun” things like amusement parks and seats in a theatre.
Luckily, I was able to gather up every ounce of strength I had, and even some I didn’t know about, and make a major lifestyle change. 2 years and 133 pound lighter, I had a new lease on life. One that I never could’ve even imagined.
So here it goes…
Dear 16-year-old Me:
First of all, you are a beautiful person. Despite what the world tries to tell you, your character will get you further than a stylish outfit. Keep working on being the best person you can to those around you… even the ones that you don’t think deserve it. You have the power to touch the hearts and minds of many, just by being who you are.
Please know that food is not your best friend. You have people in your life that love you very much and can’t wait to spend more time with you and get to know you. Let them in. Hiding in the fridge or pantry will not help you to make memories. Quality time with loved ones and taking in new experiences do that. Seize opportunities and seek out that support that you so desperately need. People are there for a reason.
You are about to embark on a HUGE new journey, but don’t worry; you are stronger than you’ll ever know. It’s scary and hard to think about making changes in your life- like choosing to refrain from eating an entire cake or going for a walk with that extra hour in your day… but you can do this.
And don’t be in such a hurry to cross the “finish line,” because it doesn’t exist. You will be working on this the rest of your life. Take your time. Soak up all of the lessons you are about to learn. Nobody is expecting perfection, and you shouldn’t either.
Be kind to you- loving yourself is the first step. And you’ve decided to treat yourself better, to make your life longer and healthier. So you’re on your way.
Ready… set… HERE WE GO!
Love and mega cheers from Your biggest fan,
Posted by siouxfan2112
Activity: Before I Die
Date: January 25th 2012
I went to the Student Involvement center yesterday to write on the “Before I Die” chalkboard. This was the first wristband I was going to earn so I was a little unsure about the process but the girl at the help desk was very friendly and made sure to point me in the right direction.
There were a lot of goals and dreams written up on the board, a lot more then I thought there would be. It was a little overwhelming reading all the things that my peers hope to do sometime in their life time. I have a few things that I would love to achieve in my life but I had to think of the top one. I chose “To travel through Europe.” I feel like its something that a lot of people have as a goal but even if its not original its something that I would love to do in my life. My ancestors are from England and Ireland so it would be fun to see those countries, and also to see Italy, Greece and Spain. I would want to make sure that I could go to each country for an extended amount of time so I could really soak everything up.
The “Before I Die” board was really inspiring to see all the goals everyone has and wishes to achieve. I think that being a student and having the pressure to graduate as soon as possible can get to us and make us forget what life is really all about. Having an education and a job are very important things but if we aren’t emotionally happy with our lives we cant expect to be our full potential.
It’s been awhile since I’ve written, and I can only offer up the excuse that work has been CRAZY lately. (a good crazy, though)
School is back in session at UND, and that means that Wellness Center classes are also back in session. Can I get an AMEN?! I forgot how much easier it is to work out when you have a committed time, place, and group of people to show up to.
The Zumba classes I attended were PACKED with people that had dancing skills of all levels. I think it makes the classes so much more fun, because we’re all just bustin the moves together- nothing else. Judgment-free.
Make this a semester that you try something new. I’m looking forward to overcoming new challenges; heck, I might even try a spin class (again)… may be.
Do yourself a favor; learn just how FUN working out can be!
I like to ask a LOT of questions. Evidence of this: in 5th grade my teacher made me write 250 times “I will not be inquisitive” after one particularly lengthy question-answer session during a history class. (At the time I did not know what that word meant; I do now.)
I find myself continuously asking questions about pretty much everything I do: Why am I doing this? Is there a better way?
We’re just a few days into the New Year. How are those “resolutions” or “goals” treating you? Are you still going?
It’s hard to do something without understanding/knowing/having a purpose. Even the little seemingly insignificant things have a reason. You drink a glass of water because thirst is a basic human need. You wear clothes in the winter so you don’t freeze outside. You go to class to learn and pass in hopes to obtain a degree. You get a job to pay for expenses.
In my last post I talked about taking a new approach to achieving your goals this year, and part of it included listing your reasons for wanting to change things. This is so important.
If you have decided to lose weight this year, why? To help your clothes fit better? To be able to shop in a clothing section reflective of people your age instead of grandma’s? To feel better about yourself?
If you’ve decided to exercise more this year, why? To have more energy throughout the day? To sculpt and tone? To complete some sort of physical feat?
Do you run races without a finish line? No. That would be simply running and running and running… and totally ridiculous. You need to have a reason for doing things. You want to cross a finish line and prove to yourself that you CAN.
If you find yourself already struggling to “stick to task” with those resolutions (which over 90% of people do at some level), take a few minutes to close your eyes and think about your motives. You might find that little extra “umph” that you need to REALLY achieve whatever your goals might be this time around.
What are your greatest motivators?
To weigh or not to weigh… that is the question.
Studies show that weighing yourself will likely produce better results in not only losing weight, but keeping it off; in my
opinion experience, it’s a fine line.
The more I write these blogs, the more I want to divulge every in and out of my weight loss journey. There are so many layers. And I want to share each one. Sometimes for the simple fact that I feel it may help you. Sometimes because I sincerely hope you never make the same mistakes that I have.
This is one of those “honest-to-goodness” blogs that make me own up to
one of my many stumbles.
As my weight loss progressed, people said things like: “I can’t even imagine you being that big.” or “You are such an inspiration.” or “I want to be just like you.”
Zoiks. That’s A LOT of pressure, people!
I guess it’s also good accountability, though.
Anyway, I’ve written a bit about how we measure “success.” It’s important that you don’t get SO wrapped up and reliant on the scale and the numbers pop up after those few seconds
that take forever. Yes, it is important that you aim for a certain weight (aka your BMI), but it’s also important that you are building/maintaining muscle, drinking enough fluids, and not becoming so driven by the numbers that you become irrational (aka stop taking care of yourself).
In college, I bought a scale to “keep me in check.” It kept me a lot more than just “in check;” because of that dang scale, I was a slave to time, clothing, eating, and working out.
Please, dear friend:
Do your best to be at peace with the scale.
First things first. Remember that it took you some time to get to your current weight. And getting angry and depressed will not make change the number. Use it as motivation- healthy motivation- to keep trying rather than a torture device.
At one point in college… (gulp, here comes the raw honesty)… I was weighing myself 3 times a day at least, wearing the exact same outfit (I had to change a lot), having eaten the same thing, after exercising nearly the same amount.
I was a robot. I was trapped. It was awful.
Sometimes I would beat myself up for fluctuating- even 0.2 pounds. Let’s put this into perspective using a fewinteresting points: If you drank one liter of pop it would add about 0.10 pound if you didn’t burn it off. It would add over 2 pounds with just the “liquid weight.” After using a bathroom, you might to down 1-1.5 pounds.
So let’s be real here. Big picture.
Concentrate on eating right and exercising, and staying within your healthy caloric range. If weighing yourself is a “must” to keep you on track, do it only one time a day, in the morning after using the bathroom and without clothes on. Remember that slight fluctuations are no need for panic. Just so the numbers keep generally and gradually heading a downward direction. I guarantee that freaking out isn’t going to change the scale.
And we all know that it’s important to include weight resistance in your workout routine, right? So important that you implement it, yes? True, building muscle may slow/halt the scale temporarily, but in the long run you are better off, as your body will burn more calories and operate more efficiently. (And your new found strength will make you feel more like a rockstar/superhero.)
No matter where you are in your weight loss/healthy living journey, consider each day a gift. You have the chance to start over or begin again today. You have the chance to overcome the negativity in your life that brings you down. Not only chances, but strength.
Believe in yourself and make it happen… one healthy step at a time.
And know that I’m with you… every step of the way!
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Posted by und7d
What is Pursuit of Wellness?
Pursuit of Wellness is a 7-week game designed for all UND students to learn firsthand the correlation between wellness and academic success. Students will be encouraged to participate in a variety of existing campus activities, all of which connect to at least one of the 7 Dimensions. The official game play starts on January 16th. The first task that students will need to do is complete a game entry survey. Students can continue to play the game at their own pace by picking what days and what activities they want to participate in.
Incentives will be placed throughout the game for encouraged participation among UND students. At each activity, students will receive a Wristband of Wellness, referred to as a WOW, indicating that they fulfilled one of their 7 Dimensions (e.g. Red WOW = Physical; Yellow WOW= Intellectual; Green WOW = Environmental; Indigo WOW = Social; Purple WOW = Spiritual; Blue WOW = Occupational; Orange WOW = Emotional). There will be several chances to earn a WOW from each of the 7 Dimensions, featuring an activity from a different dimension every day, of each week. Students that complete the game entry and game completion surveys will be entered into drawings for a variety of prizes.
Students that Collect all 7 WOW’s during the 7 week game can play the Ultimate Pursuit of Wellness and be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Winners will be announced at the Wellness Expo at the UND Student Wellness Center on March 7-8.
If you would like to add an activity to the Game Board, visit the Pursuit of Wellness webpage (http://und.edu/health-wellness/pursuit/) and fill out the submit your activity form.
UND Students – are you ready to play Pursuit of Wellness???
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Posted by librarianbookworm
The sign on the building before me read, “Student Wellness Center” and I felt a chill run down my spine that had nothing to do with the briskly typical November-in-North-Dakota weather. As I paused to look up at the facade of the beautiful and state-of-the-art facility, I pondered this deep sense of foreboding that seemed to temporarily overwhelm, “OMG! WHAT am I doing here?” I asked myself, “I can’t believe I am doing this…” Despite my desperate and initial hesitations, I encouraged my feet into once again carry me forward, squared my shoulders, and continued on through the glass doors into the magnificently storied atrium area. This took courage.
When I get scared, I have an annoying habit of talking to myself. “The sign is a misnomer,” I kept assuring myself. “After all! I’m a student… I’m a student of… I’m a student of life…! Yes! A scholar on that subject… LOL… and sure, I’m not a STUDENT in a traditional sense of the word… being a life-long learner is an occupational hazard working in academia, after all!”
I stopped dead in my tracks again at the sight of the rather hunky undergraduate at the welcome desk who had a terrific smile, and better yet, he had no comment on the ancient UND Empl ID card that clearly read “Faculty/Staff” that I handed him. (In fact, I had a small bit of trouble locating this ID before my trip to the Wellness Center, lost as it was in the farthest reaches of the bottom of my purse. ) The card’s worn and scarred surface had been crafted many moons ago, when I started in my fulltime position at UND … This was probably about the same time the Mr. Hunky Welcome Desk (with the glorious smile) was beginning Middle School… and around the time he was learning to shave. Yikes. Perish the thought.
Continuing down the hall to the locker-rooms, I also continued down my train of thought, “After all, you go to the STUDENT Union for lunch practically everyday. Why feel odd or out of place going to the STUDENT Wellness Center for workouts?” Okay. I conceded. You win, point taken. But then again, I thought as I espied a taut bodied young Freshmen, “eating next to a 17 year old, is quite a bit different than working out next to one.” After all, my self-esteem could only take so much.
Without further ado, I steeled my resolve. I zipped out of my business casual attire into something a little less office-worthy, and zoomed upstairs to the cardio-deck to wage bloody battle against my buxom bottom’s cellulite. I found myself the weapon of its destruction in the shape of an elliptical… and proceeded for the next 45-minutes to beat the pants off the girl next to me that was at least 10-15 years my junior. Woot. On second thought, my self esteem could use a bit more of that! Maybe even 3-5 times a week!
Being a librarian and an information professional, I will have to look up the idiom “Age before Beauty” in the Oxford English Dictionary when I get to work tomorrow morning. I bet I can find my name inscribed therein.
I want to start with a story, my favorite thing to share (next to a good laugh and a hug). This story begins over 26 years ago, but for the sake of today we’ll fast forward to just over 10 years ago. A change was made that would require great discipline, better choices, a lot of willpower, courage, hard work, and commitment. This story is about me, and the change was a decision to lose weight.
At 16 years old, I weighed over 300 pounds. When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t see a person who was unhealthy. I saw someone who was misunderstood. My sophomore year of high school I was emcee for the junior/senior prom. I was finally at “dating age” in the our house, and something inside of me decided that if I was going to ever with the heart of Leonardo DiCaprio (or some other suitable hunk), I was going to have to be able to go shopping for clothes in stores meant for my age, rather than my mom or grandma’s.
That summer kickstarted it all. I lost 20 pounds in about 3 months following the simple principals of eating better and moving more. I felt like a new person when school started. A few people noticed, and that meant the world to me. I successfully maintained the weight loss for several months throughout the school year, but a series of not-the-best choices to “reward” my efforts with food led to a backslide in my weight loss. From there I joined Weight Watchers and decided that it was time to follow through with some healthy lifestyle goals.
I recently moved back to Grand Forks and look forward to continue making connections with the community, including UND. While in college I loved the Wellness Center. It was a vital part of my well-being, so I’m excited to have the opportunity to really experience all that it has to offer.
This blog is meant to be real. It’s meant to be honest. I plan to avoid the “sugar coat” mentality, as that is not typically my style. My hope is that whomever is reading this will take away from it what they need and leave the rest. I thank you for joining me on this journey. So as I get restarted, I’m wondering what YOU’RE favorite part of the Wellness Center is?