Taking Charge, Chapter 4.1: Guarding Your Health

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Taking Charge, Chapter 4.1: Guarding Your Health

  1. 1. Better Safe Than Sorry Section 4.1: Guarding Your Health Taking Charge : Chapter 4
  2. 2. Health is Important NOW <ul><li>If you don’t take care of your body now, you won’t take care of it later </li></ul><ul><li>There are simple things that can help you stay fit and healthy throughout college </li></ul>
  3. 3. Brain Food <ul><li>With a little planning, you can choose healthy foods that can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep off the freshman 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fit within your busy lifestyle </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Brain Food (cont.) <ul><li>Fruits and Vegetables </li></ul><ul><li>Whole grains </li></ul><ul><li>Low in fat and high in fiber </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sleep Tight <ul><li>8 hours of sleep each night </li></ul><ul><li>Sleeping less that 6.5 hours a night or more than 9 hours a night can lead to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decreased academic performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Automobile accidents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased illnesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Sleeping Tips <ul><li>Maintain regular bed times </li></ul><ul><li>Turn down the thermostat </li></ul><ul><li>Restrict caffeine to one or two cups before 10 a.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t eat within two hours of bedtime </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid napping </li></ul>
  7. 7. Germ Wars <ul><li>Wash your hands well and often </li></ul><ul><li>Use paper towel to turn off faucets </li></ul><ul><li>Never eat or drink after anyone </li></ul><ul><li>Get plenty of sleep, drink water and make healthy food choices </li></ul><ul><li>Keep vaccinations up to date </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hit the Gym <ul><li>Regular exercise increases energy and focus </li></ul><ul><li>Helps to rest at night </li></ul><ul><li>Look for activities you enjoy and stick with them </li></ul>
  9. 9. Further Reflection <ul><li>What are the benefits of maintaining your health while in college? </li></ul><ul><li>What initiatives have you taken to promote your own health? </li></ul><ul><li>What areas could improve on? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Additional Resources <ul><li>Skipping a College Course: Weight Gain 101 http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A07EEDF1030F93AA2575BC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink </li></ul><ul><li>College Drinking—Changing the Culture http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/CollegeStudents/ </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for depression triggered by college stresses, University of Michigan expert advises http://www.med.umich.edu/opm/newspage/2003/collegedepression.htm </li></ul>

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