As you shift to remote online learning and engage in physical distancing it is important to find ways to stay connected. We all need to find new ways to maintain and strengthen our connections and relationships with family, friends, classmates, faculty, co-workers and neighbors. It is a critical time to support one another through the challenges of uncertainty, fear and isolation. While we are physically distancing from one another we want to be sure that we do not emotionally distance ourselves from one another.
So what can you do to stay connected?
- Reach out to others daily through text, email, phone calls, or video chats
- Attend class, students & faculty are building community and connection online
- Check to see if the student orgs you participate in are hosting zoom meetings
- Set up a study group that meets regularly on zoom
- Plan a movie night with friends and watch/chat with Netflix Party
- Invite friends to a game night on zoom and play charades, Pictionary or trivia
- Host a hangout and just chat on zoom, google hangouts, Voxer, Houseparty, instagram, facebook, whatsApp or other social platform
- Organize a meetup on your favorite gaming platform
We need connection more now than ever. Look for ways to connect, engage and build your community.
The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month is Eat Right, Bite by Bite. This theme supports everyone in their journey, highlighting the idea that every little bite is a step in the right direction. Set small goals and make gradual changes to experience cumulative healthful effects.
There are two free options in Health Promotion and Wellness to help you take steps toward creating a healthier lifestyle. One option is the nutrition wellness service provided by peer educators. The other is through the nutrition clinic. Call 814-863-0461, or login to your MyUHS account, to schedule a free appointment with a peer educator or a registered dietitian.
Many studies are finding that spending time in nature improves your fundamental health and well-being. Evidence supports the idea that nature provides a calmness that can reduce your blood pressure, improve your mood and decrease your anxiety.
Whether you take a stroll in a nearby park or venture into the woods, not only do you get a chance to exercise and enjoy the scenery, you may simultaneously restore your mental fatigue and increase your self-esteem. Being in nature can inspire your creativity.
Have you attended a Wellness Wednesday yet? See what’s happening during March in 20 IM Building. Join HealthWorks students 4:00-4:45pm for an interactive activity to help you manage your stress.
March 4 – Worry Less, Wander More
March 18 – Create a mind map your path with meditation
March 25 – Share your music
National Eating Disorder Awareness Week was February 24-March 1, 2020, and we continue to celebrate YOU. Come as You Are: Hindsight is 2020 the National Eating Disorder Association’s (NEDA) 2020 theme, highlights inclusivity and reflection within the eating disorder community. People from diverse communities struggle with eating disorders at similar rates to the general population. Wherever you are in your journey,, we encourage you to reflect on the positive steps you’ve taken — including those stemming from setbacks or challenges — toward accepting yourself and others. Visit NEDA to learn more!
Life can seem hectic when you are constantly looking at a screen. Take 1-hour away from your phone or laptop to reconnect with yourself and others around you. You’ll never know what you might find.
Calling all runners, joggers, and walkers. Are you interested in completing a 5k? Join Club Cross Country and Health Promotion and Wellness for the annual Thaw 5K on Saturday, February 29th at 10:00am.
You can register for $12 by following this link or visit the registration table February 24-28th 11am-2pm at table #1 in the HUB. You can also sign up on race day 9:00-9:45am at the corner of Pollock & Burrowes.
A healthy relationship is characterized by mutual respect, open lines of communication, and shared values. To determine your personal values, try this value sorting activity. You may want to do this activity with your partner to learn about each other’s values.
If you have questions about relationships, communication or sexual health, you can sign up or a free wellness service with a peer educator.