SAVE THE DATE! The Winter Thaw 5K is just around the corner.
Saturday, Feb. 24th at 10am. Stay tuned for more information.
Exercise is Medicine on campus (EMOC) is a global health initiative that promotes exercise as a way to decrease chronic disease. Exercise is Medicine is designed to increase physical activity and use exercise as the best ‘medicine.’ Every year in October, Penn State’s Kinesiology department organizes a week-long series of events to spread the word about how exercise can improve the well-being of Penn State students and employees. Based on the Penn State Health Assessment, 56% of students are meeting the national guidelines for aerobic exercise (1). However, 50% of students report spending 4 or more hours per day on their computer, mobile device or watching TV (not including time for work or schoolwork).
There’s still work to be done, which is why this is a great campaign to get people moving! Health is wealth. Keep moving Penn State.
1. Penn State Student Health Assessment 2016 https://cpb-us-east-1-juc1ugur1qwqqqo4.stackpathdns.com/sites.psu.edu/dist/b/4423/files/2016/07/Accessible-version-PSU-Annual-Report-2016.pdf
On Saturday, October 14th, 2017, Penn State Health Promotion & Wellness and Campus Recreation partnered to host the fifth annual Extreme Stater outdoor adventure race. Held at the Stone Valley Recreation Area, 23 teams navigated their way through eighteen different obstacles ranging from mental, physical, and team-building challenges.
Prior to the race, teams strategized how they would navigate through Stone Valley. Each team received a map at check-in, along with t-shirts, a goodie bag and race numbers. While some teams competed for the prizes, all were there for the fun! During the race, students enjoyed friendly competition and “outside of the classroom” learning.
Each team, comprised of four racers, had to travel from the West to the East side of Stone Valley’s Lake Perez through eighteen obstacles challenging each racer’s physical and mental abilities. Racers completed the group traverse, trail run, mud crawl, zip line, rock climbing, and so much more to try and win first place. Winners were based on how many obstacles their team finished and how quickly.
This year, we are congratulating the PSU Peacocks for winning first place for the third time in a row, finishing in only one hour and eleven minutes! Congratulations to all of the teams that competed, and thank you to both the participants and volunteers for making this the best Extreme Stater race yet! This is an event that students look forward to each fall semester. Get ready for another year of Extreme fun, we’ll see you in 2018!
Ranking of Teams
1st Place: the PSU Peacocks
2nd Place: Buns on the Run
3rd Place: The Extreme(ly Unathletic) Staters
4th Place: Barb 2.0 Members: Craig Miller, Justin Roarty Sarah Wolverton, Christina Cheruka Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
5th Place: Team Hard Bodies
Members: Carolyn Hancock, Noah Walls, Gianluca Alonzi, Megan Menzel
Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes
6th Place: Game On
Members: Tommy Walters, Nate Albergo, Isabella Urbina, Lindsey Scarpa
Time: 1 hour, 32 minutes
7th Place: JENT
Members: Noah Chast, Jenna Pelawitz, Tyler Dolgos, Eileen Reiley
Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
8th Place: Worst Pace Scenario
Members: Avery Reale, Levi Renninger, Lauren Nelson, Sydney Pellegrini
Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
9th Place: Team 14
Members: Sabrina Pellegrini, Eve Jones, Dor Tillinger, Kyle Akley
Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
10th Place: Call Me a Cab
Members: Monica Seglar Arroyo, Valentin View, Elizabeth Rea, Pierre Bouhaddane
Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
11th Place: A Case of the Runs
Members: Bill Manning, Delaney Padgett, Ting-Wen Wang, Daniel Marks
Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes
12th Place: Garbanzo Beans
Members: Kathryn Hayden, Heidi Myer, Jefferey Gleason, Nathaniel Ensanian
Time:1 hour, 43 minutes
13th Place: Shake and Bake
Members: Hannah Willig, Melissa Martin, Taylor Clayton, Naveed Stegamat
Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
14th Place: The 100 Acre Woods
Members: Nisha Sheth, Alex Campbell, Kathleen Campbell, Tim Walter
Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes
15th Place: Team Aurora
Members: Edward hegemann, Arin Lewis, Emma Domico, Samantha Mathews
Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes
16th Place: Back to the Roots
Members: Francisco Menendez, Sarah Pfaff, Christian Cantos, Catherine Hoover
Time: 1hour, 51 minutes
17th Place: Team 6
Members: Claire Rosenberger, Aditya Kalgutkav, Kelsey Neff, Ayush Thomas, Kelcie Guns
Time: 1 hour, 54 minutes
18th Place: Team 22
Members: Gabriella Disla Otero, Alexandra Valentin, Jose Flores, Waldemar Rivera
Time: 2 hours, 1 minute
19th Place: Team 23
Members: Emma Clement, Emily Strohm, Grady Weinheimer, Andrew O’Neill
Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
20th Place: 2Good4U
Members: Papon Jungwiwattanaporn, Kittichote Veeranuntawet, Kanchita Klangboonkrong, Prapassorn Numkiatsakul
Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
21st Place: Procrastination Station
Members: Kerstyn Auman, Christina McMahon, Shane Varugnete, Tyler Sullivan
Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
22nd Place: Wildlives
Members: Matthew Mo, Deniz Siso, Nathan Danz, Wenziao Xi
Time: 2 hours, 19 minutes
23rd Place: SMAK
Members: Sabrina Rostu, Alex Lettieri, Mark Nusser, Kahil Fortson
Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Congratulations to all of our racers! Additional pictures can be found on the Healthy Penn State Facebook page.
Everyone gets excited about returning to Happy Valley for the start of fall semester. As activities and classes get underway, it’s inevitable that your stress level will increase. On the spring 2016 National College Health Assessment, 27% of undergrads at University Park said stress had a negative effect on their academic performance. To keep your stress in check here are a few tips:
Exercise. One of the best ways to manage stress and keep your body healthy is exercise. Physical activity increases endorphins, which are neurotransmitters in the brain that make you feel good (1). Exercise can also improve brain function so you feel and perform better in school (2).
Meditate. Try a yoga class or practice mindfulness exercises. Research shows that meditation can help reduce stress, depression and pain (3).
Take a Break. Read a book. Go for a jog or a walk. Watch TV or listen to music. The American Psychological Association recommends taking a 20 minute break if you are feeling overwhelmed by a situation or project (4).
Find your friends. Talking about your problems to a friend, sibling, or parent actually reduces stress (4). Talking to someone about what’s causing you stress can give you the social support you need to get through the problem.
These tips will help you reduce stress and may improve your mood and performance. Stay ahead this semester by managing your stress with a Mange Stress Workbook.