Melanoma: Love the Skin You’re In!

by Katie Bogusz on February 20, 2018

IMPACT MELANOMA and the BSU Peer Educators want you to take the pledge to love the skin you’re in!  You can sign the pledge at http://bit.ly.BSUYourSkinIsIn2018.  The Your Skin is in Pledge is… “I love the skin I’m in and pledge to protect my body’s largest organ, my skin, by being UV safe both indoors and outdoors; especially prior to special events including spring break, weddings, vacations, etc”.  Take the pledge to love the skin you’re in!  Read on to learn more about Melanoma.

 

Melanoma…What is it?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer.  Melanomas either start in a mole that is already present on your skin or can begin as a new spot on your skin.  Melanomas may be only the size of a pinhead when they begin and grow larger and deeper with time.  A melanoma that is diagnosed in its early stages has a high chance of being completely cured.

Exposure to UVB rays causes sunburns and exposure to UVA rays causes tanning, exposure to both types of rays increases the chances of getting skin cancer.  The more you tan and burn, the greater your chances of getting skin cancer.  This is why tanning booths are so dangerous.  In fact, the increased risk of melanoma associated with tanning bed use is 59% for people whose first exposure to artificial UV rays in a tanning bed occurred before they’re 35.  This is because using a tanning bed for 20 minutes is equivalent to spending one to three hours a day at the beach with no sun protection at all.

The Importance of Knowing your Moles!

Melanoma is preventable and can be caught early if you watch for the warning signs.  Melanomas usually have one or more of these ABCDE’s:

A: Asymmetry, one half of the mole is unlike the other half.

B: Border, the border of the mole is irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined.

C: Color, the mole is varied from area to another.  There may be shades of tan and brown and black and sometimes even white, red, or blue.

D: Diameter, the diameter of the mole is larger than 6mm (as a rule), which is the same diameter of a pencil eraser.

E: Evolving, ordinary moles do no change over time.  A mole that changes in size, shape, color, or texture is a warning sign as is a mole that tingles, itches, burns, bleeds, oozes, or feels strange.  Another warning sign for melanoma is a sore that does not heal.  ANY changes to ANY moles in ANY way should be evaluated by a doctor immediately!

 

Practice Sun Safety!

Before you go outside put on broad spectrum sunscreen, at least SPF 15.  Make sure to get all areas of exposed skin even areas that are harder to reach.  Remember to reapply throughout the day and check the expiration date of your sunscreen.  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from cataracts and the areas surrounding your eyes from sun damage.  It’s important for the sunglasses you wear to have high quality lenses to protect from UVA and UVB rays.  Read the label of the sunglasses that you want to purchase to ensure that they block all UVA and UVB rays.  If you’re going outside for a long period of time, wear a hat.  A canvas hat works best because it protects your face, back of your neck, and ears.  Even if you wear a hat outside in the sun make sure to still apply sunscreen.

If you’d like to learn more about melanoma and sun safety, come to Outreach Education (Weygand 1048) for a free facial screening on Tuesday, February 27th.  This event is part of Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educator’s Safer Spring Break, a campaign to promote safety on and off campus.  To learn more about the events offered this week like the BSUOutreach page on Facebook or and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

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Eating Fruits and Veggies-Get Fruved at BSU!

by Sara Waldron on February 13, 2018

What is Get Fruved (FRUits and VEgetables)?

Get Fruved is a campus initiative to promote a healthier lifestyle. It’s taking place right here at BSU! It is a USDA approved joint research project, which includes over 90 universities, designed to decrease obesity in older adolescents. This large scale, multi-faceted project provides students the opportunity to get involved with researchers. College is a transformative time and is a great opportunity to establish healthy lifestyles behaviors. This initiative focuses on what we eat, how active we are, and how we manage our stress.

What can fruits and vegetables do for me?

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Variety is as important as quantity since no single fruit or vegetables provides all of the nutrients you need to be healthy. Try to eat a variety of types of produce to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. There are a number of health benefits when you consume plenty of fruits and vegetables daily. It can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower blood pressure, and lower the risk of eye and digestive problems. Also, a rich intake of vegetables and fruits can positively impact your blood sugar, which can help keep your appetite in check.

Tips for Eating More Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Variety is the key to a healthy diet. Take time to explore the produce aisle and choose something new. Try dark leafy greens; brightly colored red, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits.
  2. Don’t hide the fruit. Keep your fruit where you can see it so you will be more likely to eat it. Whole fruit is a great way to get fiber daily.
  3. Make it a meal. Try some new recipes that include more vegetables. Salads and stir fries are great for including a variety of vegetables.
  4. Start early in the day. Four servings of fruits and vegetables are the recommended amount a day. Start eating them during your morning meal so that number doesn’t seem overwhelming. Try adding bananas or berries to your cereal or yogurt or vegetables in your omelet.
  5. Keep frozen vegetables available. This is a great way to always have vegetables in your house. They are easy to prepare and keep for a long time. According to the American Dietetic Association, frozen vegetables are usually just as nutritious as fresh ones.
  6. You can drink your fruit and veggies. According to the USDA, you can drink a serving of fruit. Be sure to check labels that say 100% percent fruit or vegetable juice.

Are you ready to Get Fruved with BSU? Try following some of those tips to live a healthier lifestyle with higher energy levels and a better quality of life. To get involved with Get Fruved at BSU contact Ann Doyle at adoyle@bridgew.edu for more information. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

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What’s the deal with Sugar?

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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

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Stress Management Tips for the beginning of the semester

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BE SMART: Drinking Games

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Tips for Healthy Eating after the Holidays on a Budget

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How to Save and Earn some Money over Winter Break

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Stay Active during Winter Break

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Why Should I stay Active over Winter Break? The holidays are here! Tis the season to enjoy the time with our families and friends. Often times, this time of year also means eating more rich food especially desserts. The rich foods combined with a likely decrease in physical activity can result in weight gain during […]

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