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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.

Wellness Services

Health Promotion and Wellness provides one-on-one wellness services for students to help cope with the stress of college life. This service provides one to three 1-hour sessions. You can choose from one of two tracks, relaxation or time management, or you can do both! It is important for you to be able to relax and not feel overwhelmed about all the various things going on in your life. Trained peer health educators will provide techniques and free resources for you to be able to better manage your stress levels. Sign up for an appointment today!

Thursday Wellness Activities in the Wellness Suite

You won’t want to miss Thursdays this semester! Check out all the great things you can be doing from 5:15-6:15 pm in the Wellness Suite:

  • January 30 – I AM mixed media prints*
  • February 6 – Cultivate meaningful relationships
  • February 13 – Mask Making*
  • February 20 – Found poems*
  • February 27 – Mindful Journaling
  • March 5 – Stamp Making*
  • March 19 – Trash monsters*
  • March 26 – Mindful eating
  • April 2 – Build your mindfulness toolkit
  • April 9 – Portraits of Nature*
  • April 16 – Digital Detox
  • April 23 – Mindful Photography/art walk*
  • April 30 – Mindful walking

The Wellness Suite is in 20 IM Building.  You can also visit the Wellness Suite Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

*Part of the Mindful Making Series in collaboration with Student Engagement Programs.  

Light Therapy

The Mayo Clinic describes light therapy as a useful technique to treat certain conditions like seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The box gives off a bright light that can mimic natural outdoor light, which can help improve mood, sleep, and ease the effects of SAD.

Health Promotion and Wellness provides light therapy boxes for you to use in The Wellness Suite, located in 20 IM. Stop by anytime during the week between 8am-5pm to give it a try.

Wellness Wednesdays in the Wellness Suite

Join HealthWorks for Wellness Wednesdays every Wednesday in the wellness suite (20 IM Building) from 4:00-4:45 pm. The peer educators will be leading fun interactive activities designed to decrease your stress. The first 10 students who arrive will receive a free copy of “Calm: Calm the Mind, Change the World” by Michael Acton Smith.

Here’s what coming up this month:

January 15: Explore calm and meditation

January 22: Design a sleep oasis

January 29: Create happiness

Sexual Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).  “HPV is spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact. You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus (”

Many sexually transmitted infections, including HPV, do not cause symptoms, so most people do not know they have one.  Typically, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause health problems. If HPV does not go away, it can cause problems like genital warts and cancer.

The CDC recommends that all sexually active individuals use condoms and get tested.  If you have not yet been vaccinated for HPV, you can get the vaccine at University Health Services.  To make an appointment, log on to myUHS.

The importance of sleep

Now is a great time to start developing healthy sleep habits.  Aim to get 7 to 9 hours on most nights. Having a consistent sleep pattern (like going to sleep and waking up at the same time and getting the same amount of sleep nightly) will help you stay focused and will help ensure that you are functioning at your best.

Check out the Division of Sleep Medicine website from the Harvard School of Medicine for more great information about why sleep is so important and the connection between sleep, memory and learning.

Check out these sleep resources and sign up to meet with a peer educator to develop healthy sleep habits.