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.
According to a recent Penn State study, exercise may improve sleep quality and quantity. Researchers found that study participants who were more active went to bed earlier and experienced better sleep. They also found that less activity was associated with worse sleep. Learn more about how being active may lead to better sleep.
Food insecurity affects as many as 1 in 2 college students. The Lion’s Pantry helps any student who is in need. Check out the Summer Cub Pantry Locations at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, LGBTQA Student Resource Center and Student Care and Advocacy. For summer hours and additional details, visit the Lion’s Pantry website.
Taking a break from classes? Keep your brain active this summer by listening to a podcast. Regardless of your summer plans, continue to fuel your intellectual wellness by checking out one of these podcasts from National Public Radio: TED Radio Hour, Invisibilia, and The Hidden Brain.
Fresh smoothies are a great way to consume fruit and dairy in one convenient and healthy serving. We recommend that you use fat-free yogurt and do not add syrups or sugar. Watch Jackie, from HealthWorks, walk you through how to make a strawberry smoothie.
It isn’t always easy to achieve enough physical activity, especially when you aren’t sure what to do. Here are tools to help you stay active this summer! Enjoy this 20-minute stair workout video from Penn State PRO Wellness.Learn more about how to build an active lifestyle.
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.
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 thestress 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.
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.