Hiking around UP

Students at the University Park campus are fortunate to live near the pristine beauty of Rothrock State Forest. This forest, and its hiking trails, can be accessed at the Galbraith Gap parking lot (8.7 miles from campus), and at the Shingletown Gap parking lot (5.7 miles from campus). Always use a map when hiking, bring water & snacks, and your fully charged cell phone.    

 You can take the CATA bus to the Tussey Mountain ski and recreation area, which is walking distance from Galbraith Gap. Click here for the P bus route (https://catabus.com/route-page/tussey-mountain/) 


Hydration plays a critical role in how well your brain and body function. There is increasing evidence that even mild dehydration can lead to cognitive impairments. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average person should drink 64 ounces of fluid per day. People who are physically active, or work in the heat, need to drink more.  

It’s not always easy to remember to drink water. We suggest carrying a reusable water bottle. 

Managing Stress during Finals Week

Decorative image. Cover of Manage Stress Workbook.

Finals week can be a period of high stress and our bodies respond by releasing stress hormones. These hormones help keep us alert and ready to deal with what is happening or about to happen. According to the 2018 Penn State Student Health Assessment, 31% of students reported that stress affected their academic performance in the last 12 months.  

The Manage Stress Workbook has stress management exercises to help you throughout finals week.  The exercises include breathing exercises, mindfulness meditations, and progressive muscle relaxation.   Visit the stress management website to learn more or pick up a workbook from HPW in 001P or 020 Intramural Building.  We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. 

Eat more fruits and veggies

According to a recent student health survey at University Park, only 4.4% of undergraduate students reported eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables (Penn State University, 2018, American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment).  Look at this guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn about how many cups are recommended for your age.  You will find simple suggestions to help you eat more fruits and veggies.

You can also sign up for a free session with a registered dietitian or talk with a peer educator in the nutrition Wellness Service.  Read more about these free resources.