Tips for Maintaining a Healthy U
Get enough sleep! Studies have shown those who stay up late, and sleep less, have lower GPAs. Strive for 7-8 hours each night and follow a regulated circadian rhythm. This means getting up and going to bed at the same time every day.
There is good reason why breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast can affect your concentration and lead to weight gain. Eat something small, yet nutritious, such as a bowl of cereal or cup of yogurt.
Exercise offers a host of benefits. Exercise prevents weight gain, makes you look good, helps you sleep, reduces stress (release of feel-good endorphins!), boosts your immune system (exercisers get sick less often!) and improves your academic performance. Stay active!
Drink lots of water
Stay hydrated…it will keep you mentally sharp and physically healthy. Keep a water bottle in your back pack at all times and avoid sodas and flavored drinks.
Get a flu shot
Be proactive…protect yourself. Get your flu shot at the Student Health Service.
Avoid the “freshmen 15” by adding fruits, vegetables, and protein to each meal. Keep healthy snacks such as a piece of fruit, cheese and crackers, or nuts and dried fruit in your backpack.