Whether you are an incoming freshman or a seasoned sophomore, going back to school over a long summer is not something to joke about. If you want to have a successful and stress-free semester, you need to start forming healthy habits now!

                                                                   Be Good to your Body:

Make Smarter Food Choices. Surprise - Happy young man isolated on whiteEating a variety of healthy foods is the key to being healthy. It’s all about balance! Restricting calories is not the way to optimal nutrition. Make sure to eat a balance of complex carbohydrates, proteins, and even healthy, monounsaturated fats! And don’t forget about those vegetables!
Exercise Regularly. There are 1440 minutes in a day. By just scheduling 20 minutes for exercise a couple times per week, you can drastically improve your strength, endurance, and most importantly your mood!Stephen blog 9-10-13
Get Rid of Unhealthy Habits. Try to avoid your old, destructive habits, such as smoking cigarettes or over consumption of alcohol. We all know nothing gets done with a hangover.
Hit up the Health Center! The Health Center offers primary care as well as physicals, GYN exams, STI screening, vaccinations etc. Visit them on the 2nd floor of Wayne Hall or give them a call at 610-436-2509.

Don’t Forget About a Healthy Mind!

Manage Time, Reduce Stress. Good time management skills are essential for any college student. The better they are, the better your grades will be, and your free time will thank you for it! Call Wellness Education and schedule your very own wellness consult at 610-436-3276.
Set Goals! How will you succeed if you don’t know what you are trying to achieve? When you set goals for the semester, make them SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
Keep Healthy Relationships. Make new friends and stay in contact with your friends back home! Having positive relationships with family, friends, and co-workers will enhance your college experience.

Remember, the path to wellness is not only about our physical health. It is about our mental and spiritual well-being too. Utilize these healthy habits now to have a superb semester and the time of your life!

Written by Stephen Clark, Peer Educator