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Take the Lead

The 2018 Take the Lead Campaign is in full swing! Check out Penn State student leaders by clicking here. Featured student, Meghan Field, shares with peers how she takes the lead on campus. Her message to students is “You may think that drinking will help you fit in and gain respect. In reality, drinking can keep you from having meaningful experiences. Don’t let drinking be the focus of your time at Penn State.” Penn State offers many free services for students concerned about their alcohol use: Self-Help Resources.

Wellness Activities

All students are welcome to join Health Promotion and Wellness in 20 IM Building for wellness activities. The wellness suite is a great space for students to unwind and relax. Enjoy Yoga, coloring, meditation and much more. Bring a friend and let’s de-stress, Thursday’s 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Here’s what coming up:

October 4 – Yoga 5:15-6:15 p.m.

October 11 – Art as Meditation 5:15-6:15 p.m.

October 18 – Learn to Meditate 5:15-6:15 p.m.

November 1 – Game night, coloring and Puzzles 5:15-6:15 p.m.

November 15 – Knitting and Overnight Oats 5:15-6:16 p.m.

November 29 – Pilates 5:15-6:16 p.m.

Wellness Retreats

It’s important to take care of yourself. This semester make your well-being a priority and treat yourself to a day of relaxation and healthy activities! Spaces are filling up for the next Wellness Retreat. Email promotinghealth@psu.edu or call 814.863.0461 to reserve your spot for the October 20th retreat.  To learn more about free wellness activities, visit http://sites.psu.edu/healthypennstate/fall-2018-wellness-activities/

Creating a Positive Nutrition Space

Your social network and schedule play a big role in the choices you make when it comes to nutrition. These choices can look different for everyone.  Do your friends and family prefer to dine out or cook?  Do you add meal times to your schedule or do you hope to get a meal in between other activities?

Dining out can be a great way to catch up with friends and family.  However, the dining environment doesn’t always lend itself to healthy choices.  Restaurants are notorious for serving large portions, heavily salted foods and high saturated fat content (1). Cooking at home can be a healthier alternative because you can control the ingredients including seasoning foods with spices other than salt and utilizing healthy fats such as olive oil or avocado oil.  Plus, cooking for yourself is less expensive than dining out.  Having friends and family support these choices can create a positive wellness environment.

Just as you schedule time for classes and meetings, scheduling time for meals is important to creating healthy living strategies.  Food fuels your body and more specifically your brain.  Taking the time to eat balanced and consistent meals and snacks can benefit your overall well-being.  One study showed a significant association between happiness and consuming breakfast (2).

Creating a space to make healthy nutrition choices is important for overall wellness.  Take a moment to think about whether your environment supports eating healthy.  If you feel that it doesn’t and need help making changes schedule an appointment with a dietitian in Health Promotion and Wellness.  Appointments are free and can be made on myUHS or by calling 814-863-0461.

  1. American Heart Association. Eat Fast Food. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/DiningOut/Eating-Fast-Food_UCM_301473_Article.jsp#.W3W7iIWcGUk. Accessed August 16, 2018.
  2. Lesani, A., Mohammadpoorasl, A., Javadi, M., Esfeh, J., Fakhari, A. Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity. Dec. 2016: 21(4) 645-651.

Meditation Series 

Mark Agrusti of the Dharma Lions at Penn State, will lead four meditation sessions to help students learn stress management strategies. The sessions are independent of each other and students are not required to attend all four sessions. Sessions will be held from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the Wellness Suite, 20 Intramural Building. Dates and topics include:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Techniques
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 – Learn to Meditate
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Calming the Mind with Meditation
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Relaxation Meditation

Wellness Wednesday

Join HealthWorks Peer Educators and Healthy Penn State Ambassadors every Wednesday during the fall semester for wellness activities. Every week this 45-minute session will feature an activity that is designed to help you reduce stress. Here are some examples of what we’ll be doing:

  • Learn to destress with a body scan and belly breathing
  • Create a mind jar and unplug from your phone and social media
  • Go on a guided nature walk with meditation and cloud gazing

All Wellness Wednesday Wednesdays are located in the Wellness Suite (20 IM Building) from 4:00-4:45pm. We hope to see you there!

Become a Healthy Penn State Ambassador!

Are you passionate about health and wellness? Maybe you’ve recently decided to make your health a priority and are amazed at how much your life has improved. Maybe you want to encourage other students to be healthy. Wherever you are in your health journey, consider applying to become a Healthy Penn State Ambassador!

Healthy Penn State Ambassadors serve as role models for healthy behaviors on campus. They participate in outreach events for Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) as well as promote health through social media and informal interactions with other students. Ambassadors also speak to groups, clubs, and student organizations about the HPW Wellness Services and how students can use the services to improve their health.

As a Healthy Penn State Ambassador, you will work with health promotion staff while developing your leadership skills and enhancing your resume. You will build valuable friendships and expand your professional network, all while making a difference in the health of Penn State students.

Training to become an ambassador will take place in Fall 2018. The training consists of 8 hours and will be held at times that are most convenient for the selected students. Students will learn healthy skills, health promotion strategies and motivational interviewing.

You must be able to commit to at least one semester to be a Healthy Penn State Ambassador. Requirements include attending the mandatory 8-hour training, 1 hour bi-weekly meetings and volunteering 1 to 3 hours per week (at most) to Healthy Penn State activities.

To apply, complete the application at here. The deadline to apply is August 31. If you have questions, stop by Health Promotion and Wellness in 20 Intramural Building or call (814)-863-0461. You may also contact us by e-mail at promotinghealth@psu.edu.