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What is it that makes college so different from high school? Is it moving out for the first time, the roommates, or the total independence gained? The transition in lifestyle often has people worried about one thing: the horrible, terrifying, “definitely-going-to-happen”

…FRESHMEN FIFTEEN!

Now, everyone has heard about this illusive weight gain that is rumored to happen when you move to college, but it doesn’t have to.

Keeping the weight off and staying healthy is a lot easier than you think. NO diet or gym membership required.

1. Resist temptation:

The ice cream sundae bar at Tilly looks delicious, but do you really need to put piles of fudge and whipped cream on it? Try taking a little bit of ice cream to satisfy your sugar craving, and leaving the extras off.

2. Make at least 2 healthy choices each day:

Instead of ordering mozzarella sticks and fried mac n’cheese at Crimson, try ordering a delicious Greek wrap or turkey burger instead. Sure, it’s easy to go with the fried, greasy choices but switching out at least 2 of those snack foods a day can really help improve your health.

3. WALK:

Walk everywhere. Resist the urge to take the bus. Unless you’re injured or the weather is hazardous, walking is a simple and easy way to keep healthy, and stay active. Let’s be real, it takes a maximum of 15 minutes to get across campus and that walk is beautiful on a nice day!

4. Fight off the need to emotionally eat:

“I’m bored… I’m stressed… I’m homesick… I need to eat!” Snacking on junk food is an easy way to pack on the pounds, especially if you’re not moving as much as you usually do. Try grabbing a carrot stick, and finding an alternative activity to unwind.

5. Watch portion sizes:

It’s easy to load up your plate at Tilly… and then another one, too. It is called “ALL you can eat”. Try to keep your portion size to one plate with a variety of essential food groups.

 


If you think your new eating habits might be the result of emotional eating, take a peek at this article, Curb Your Cravings: Strategies to Become a Mindful Eater  from Student Health 101.

 

Peer Educator Alert: Stop by our “Do You Pour More?” Alcohol Education table on Monday, September 22, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in ECC, or on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in RCC. Do you know how much you’re really pouring?

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A New Semester: Getting Back in the Groove

by Molly Louzan on September 9, 2014

Pencils sharpened. Check.

Shiny new notebooks. Check.

Textbooks purchased. Check.

Clean bedding and cozy room decorations. Check.

 

The BSU campus is in full swing. Make this a successful semester by considering these academic tools:

1.      Know what is expected:

By now, expectations have been set in classes. Professors have given a brief overview of their policies and a general timeline of assignments and exams. Take advantage of informative documents! Read through each syllabus carefully, highlighting important information and dates.

2.      Plan ahead: 

Note important due dates in your planner or phone. Jot down when you know you will need to start studying or begin working on a project or paper in order to meet a deadline. Make note of important dates from the University’s Academic Calendar (2014-15 Academic Calendar) to be sure that you know when there are scheduled changes or holidays.

3.      Create a routine:

Many of us are creatures of habit and function best when we have a predictable schedule. If you know when your classes, practices, and/or meetings will be held, plan everything else accordingly. For instance, completing homework assignments every day right after class may help you stay on track. As another example, small habits such as laying your clothes out before going to bed at night will decrease chaos in the morning. Consider your current habits and how they may impact the productivity of your day.

4.      Get on an appropriate sleep schedule:

Autumn is here and late summer nights are a thing of the past. There is no time for sacrificing your Z’s when you have class the next day! Maintaining proper sleep hygiene is crucial to the overall functioning of your body. Make sure to achieve a minimum of eight hours of undisturbed sleep each night.

5.      Schedule something fun:

It is all about balance. As important as keeping up on your assignments and studying is, it is just as important to partake in self-care. Whether it’s a game of frisbee on the quad or catching up on Breaking Bad with your roomies, giving yourself permission to enjoy a healthy and fun activity will help keep you motivated.

6.      Eat smart:

Proper nutrition will keep that brain working. Eating a healthy balance of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein in small portions throughout the day will optimize your energy level. Avoid sugary foods and caffeine as to prevent drops in blood sugar and “caffeine crashes”.

7.      Move your body:

After a summer of outdoor sports and activities, your body is probably used to moving around A LOT.  Decreased activity from sitting in class and studying might feel like a shock to your body. Keeping fit and active will reduce stress and enhance your ability to concentrate on schoolwork. Ever notice how refreshed you feel after a nice, long walk?

 

Remember, whether you are coming straight from high school or are a returning student, you have academic tips and tricks that have helped you in the past. Dust off the summer cob-webs and put the things in place that will help you make the most of the Fall 2014 semester!

Be sure to look out for new Stall Street Journals and announcements for upcoming BSU Peer Educator campaigns and events!

 

For more tips on how to make this semester your best one yet, take a peek at this article on Self-Transformation from Student Health 101:  “Desirable Habits”

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Finals, Work, and Stress Oh My!

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