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The Wellness Center co-sponsored two events yesterday to promote physical and mental health awareness: the Health Fair co-sponsored with Human Resources and Fresh Check Day. Over 300 flu shots were given to students and employees as well as over 150 mood check-ups completed!
If you were not able to get a flu shot yesterday, Health Services may have a limited supply left. Also, you can get them at Target, your local pharmacy, or your private physician's office.
Below are just a few examples of some of the great events from yesterday! If you weren't able to join us this year, look for these events again next Fall!
To the Editor:
I am writing to express my dismay at the carelessness exhibited by the press in exposing the identity of the SHU coed who was the victim of assault at her home in Fairfield early Monday morning. There was a time when reporters would bend over backwards to protect a rape victim and keep her—or his—name out of the papers. Sadly, it seems that kind of empathy and consideration no longer exists. Instead, by identifying her as a SHU student and the block where she lives, you guaranteed that she would be quickly identified and much discussed. Our spokesperson specifically appealed to you not to publish revealing details about her identity, but you chose to do so anyway.
Today’s technology all but guarantees that reporters—and all of us, really—can find out pretty much anything we want to know. But just because we can do it does not mean we should. By exposing this young woman in public, you have contributed to an already unbearable burden. You have demonstrated a complete lack of humanity, and you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Mary Jo Mason, PhD
Assistant Dean of Students for Wellness
Director of Counseling
Sacred Heart University
Having mixed emotions about graduating? Are you feeling pressure to be enthusiastic about the future? The often unrecognized reality is that while graduating from college can be a very exciting time in life, it can also bring feelings of apprehension, sadness, confusion and doubt.
Here are some tips on how to manage the senior transition:
If you're still having trouble, come to the Wellness Center--Counseling or call 203-371-7955 to make an appointment!
This Wednesday, March 19, the Wellness Center-Counseling will be offering anonymous mood check-ups from 10:30am-1pm in front of Campus Ministry (across from the Registrars Office). If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, walk down and take a 2-minute screening to get on your way to feeling better.
Depression doesn’t discriminate! If you have been experiencing a persistently sad mood, feeling overly emotional, anxious, irritable, distracted or empty, please get a mood check-up or call for an appointment at the Counseling Center at 203-371-7955.
We are here to help! See you Wednesday!
Sacred Heart University’s new anti-binge drinking campaign LessThanUThink (LTUT) kicked off last week at the annual Pack the Pitt event, where SHU students swarmed the LTUT table for free souvenirs, such as stress balls, sunglasses, bags and posters. LTUT quickly gained momentum with the local media and social media as SHU basketball fans engaged with this new campaign. The team hosted its second event this past Wednesday, “Beach Party,” where students gave away more free LTUT souvenirs. LTUT has been popping up all around campus with nontraditional messaging like “It takes lessthanUthink to snag swag for your sweetie,” and there is still more to come this month.
The LTUT SHU student team has put in countless hours working on the implementation of this national campaign, which raises awareness of the negative social consequences of binge drinking. Its objective is to encourage students to make responsible decisions concerning alcohol consumption, especially in the next few weeks as spring break approaches. The humorous messaging of LTUT is specifically designed for students by students, and the campaign has been received extremely well at colleges across the country and in Argentina.
Word about LTUT traveled quickly across campus before the Pack the Pitt event. The student team wrote the hashtag #LTUTSHU on white boards in all of the classrooms on campus, which directed curious students to the Twitter and Instagram accounts. With the help of active social media promotion and eye-catching posters, LTUT inspired conversations about binge drinking all over campusAt the event, SHU President John J. Petillo and Athletic Director Bobby Valentine were both enthusiastic about the campaign at the event and even posed for photos:
Pack the Pitt was the only the beginning! This event helped generate more interest about the Beach Party event, which was held less than a week later. Even with inches of snow outside, SHU students experienced a sneak peek of spring break with a colorful beach-themed table inviting students to learn about LTUT and the negative consequences of overconsumption. Students received LTUT t-shirts, sunglasses and cups in exchange for tweeting with the hashtag #LTUTSHU or for signing the pledge to not binge drink.
Keep an eye out for LTUT across campus in the next few weeks. To learn more about the progression of SHU’s campaign, follow LTUT on Twitter (@LTUThink and #LTUTSHU.)
LessThanUThink was created by advertising and public relations students at The University of Alabama to address the national problem of college-age binge drinking for the 2009 National Student Advertising Competition, hosted by The Century Council and the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The campaign continues to expand to college campuses nationally and internationally due to the success of its creative messaging and student-generated material.
Ok, you are back at school and ready to do your best and be your best. If you have chosen weight loss as a resolution for you, go no further. You have come to the right place. The right diet for you awaits.
Now, popular news and commercials would have you believe you will magically lose weight following a myriad of plans. Some involve shakes, pills and others offer rigid eating plans. And yes, frankly, you might lose weight. But, will you keep the weight off, will you feel good physically and emotionally, will your body have the nutrients it needs to produce good skin and hair? Will you learn to eat well for a lifetime? Maybe not.
People lose weight all the time but many gain back the weight along with additional pounds. UH- OH! Not what you were thinking was it? So let’s try something new.
First of all, do you really need to lose weight? Or are you judging yourself harshly or by an unrealistic standard? If you do need to lose weight, try cutting back a bit. Eat smaller servings and limit snacking. Substitute water for soda or juices. But never skip meals (you’ll wind up overeating at some point) or stop eating something you really enjoy. Get moving. Walk a little more. Wear a pedometer and shoot for 10,000 steps daily. Start anywhere and just keep increasing. Moderate active movement is recommended. Get some sleep. Folks with better sleep habits have better regular of appetite. Perhaps it is time to cut back on caffeine a bit, especially later in the day.
Hey remember your appetite? Listen to it and also make friends with your sense of fullness. Your body comes equipped with an internal sensor alerting you when you are hungry and signaling when you have had enough. Pay attention when you are eating, and you will notice these subtle senses. Include each of the food groups each day to be sure your body and mind get all the nutrition they need. Plan ahead and have a snack with you should your meal be delayed. Getting too hungry is the best way to eat any food that lands in front of you. When you can fine tune your inner signals, you find you can rely less on a rigid pattern. And remember, no one in college should be trying to exist on 1000 or 1200 calories per day unless you want to be hungry all the time, depressed and tired .
What to eat? All foods fit if you can use three guidelines--variety, moderation and balance. Try new foods. Eat more plant-based foods such as whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Fill your plate half full with vegetables. Include something from each food group at each meal. Add a whole grain starch or two and some lean protein at each meal. By the way, “carbs” don’t “make you fat” unless you are eating too much (too many servings) or lots of refined foods with added sugars. Good carbohydrates provide energy for your body and your brain. And remember, snacks don’t need to come from a little wrapper or bag. Fresh fruit, a handful of unsalted nuts, a small wedge of cheese will go a long way. Small amounts of oils help keep you full longer. Milk is for kids right? Wrong. Milk offers protein and calcium and Vitamin D. It may help curb your appetite too. Theoretically, shaving 100 calories daily off your intake will result in a ten pound weight loss in one year. So, skipping a large soda daily, using half the amount of salad dressing, or switching to skim milk can have significant results over time. So think smaller servings and steady focus on better food choices and regular meals instead of rigid plans.
So New Year , New You…Choose wisely…… make friends with your eating and get off the yo yo diet--weight loss--weight gain train. Stay away from fad diets. Eat well, eat wisely. Stay active and move each day. Get your sleep. Listen to and trust your body. Feel good physically, mentally and emotionally.
New Year, New You… You choose.
Curing insomnia in people with depression could double their chance of a full recovery, scientists are reporting. The findings, based on an insomnia treatment that uses talk therapy rather than drugs, are the first to emerge from a series of closely watched studies of sleep and depression to be released in the coming year.
The new report affirms the results of a smaller pilot study, giving scientists confidence that the effects of the insomnia treatment are real. If the figures continue to hold up, the advance will be the most significant in the treatment of depression since the introduction of Prozac in 1987.
Depression is the most common mental disorder, affecting some 18 million Americans in any given year, according to government figures, and more than half of them also have insomnia.
Experts familiar with the new report said that the results were plausible and that if supported by other studies, they should lead to major changes in treatment.
“It would be an absolute boon to the field,” said Dr. Nada L. Stotland, professor of psychiatry at Rush Medical College in Chicago, who was not connected with the latest research.
“It makes good common sense clinically,” she continued. “If you have a depression, you’re often awake all night, it’s extremely lonely, it’s dark, you’re aware every moment that the world around you is sleeping, every concern you have is magnified.”
So if you are feeling down and you think your lack of sleep may be worsening it, come visit us upstairs at the new Wellness Center for support! Call us at 203-371-7955 or fill out our online contact form at www.sacredheart.edu/help .
College dorms are about sharing. You share a bedroom, a common bathroom, a kitchen and other recreational areas in the building. It's no surprise that when one person gets a cold or the flu, everyone else seems to come down with it too. When so many people share the same space, illnesses can be spread easily. Here are a few tips to avoid getting sick in college.
1) Get a flu shot--get to Health Services before they run out, and you can prevent the worst of winter's colds with one shot. Otherwise, most pharmacies or healthcare facilities will have them for a reasonable cost. You don't want to be stuck in your room and sick for several days.
2) Avoid areas where everyone seems to get sick--if everyone at the library or the computer lab has a handful of tissues, try to avoid going to those areas.
3) Regularly disinfect all surfaces--don't just clean your room, disinfect it. It will help kill any lingering germs that can get you sick later. Use Hand sanitizer...
4) Rest and de-stress--letting yourself get worn down from too many last minute reports takes a toll on your health and makes you more prone to illness. Sleeping in a few days a week can boost your immune system and reenergize your body.