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Staying Healthy

Past Weekend’s Events

An evening view of Michigan Tech’s campus. This photo was taken by a family this past weekend for the Family Weekend Photo Contest.

This past weekend proud parents and family members of Michigan Tech students came from near and far to join in the fun festivities of Family Weekend.   Some of this weekend’s events included a Quincy Mine Tour, a Red Jacket Trolley Tour, a Hungarian Falls Hike, and a Sturgeon River Paddling Trip.  Of course no Michigan Tech Family Weekend would be complete without some great Husky Athletics.  This weekend the Michigan Tech women’s soccer team took on Tiffin on Friday, October 8, winning 2-1.  On Sunday, October 10 the women’s soccer team took on Findlay, winning 1-0.  The women’s soccer team is now 7-5 for the season and 5-5 in the conference.  The Huskies hockey team was away this weekend for the season opener in the Superior Showcase.  On Friday, October 8, the hockey team defeated rivals Northern Michigan University 4-3 in an overtime win.  On Saturday, October 9, the hockey team defeated Lake Superior State University 6-2.  The Huskies hockey team will take on Northern Michigan University again, this Tuesday, October 12 at MacInnes Ice Arena.

Staying Healthy

Believe it or not students are already halfway through the fall semester.  As students enter week seven of classes it is more important than ever for them to stay healthy.  As midterm exams, papers, and project are approaching, it is no time to have the sniffles, chills, or blues!  Here are five ways that your student can be proactive in their efforts to stay healthy:

1.  Eat Right.  Whether your student lives in the residence halls or off campus there are lots of opportunities to eat healthy, even if your student doesn’t realize it.  While walking through the dining hall or walking through the grocery store your student might be tempted to pick up those french fries, chips, or extra dessert, but eating this way does have its toll.  College students are still growing and they need to make sure they are getting their daily fruits, vegetables, dairy, and water.  Michigan Tech’s Dining Services has several healthy options for students to choose from.  In the residence halls there are great salad bars and students can even take one piece of fruit out of the dining hall with them for a snack later.  Also, new to Dining Services this year is Fusion.  Fusion, located in the Dow Building, has real fruit smoothies, salads, and wraps for students to purchase.  The Library Cafe, located in the Van Pelt Library, also has salads, wraps, and fruit drinks available for purchase.

Kayaking on the Portage Canal is just one of the many fun ways to stay active.

2.  Exercise.  Staying active and exercising is especially important for a college student’s health.  Exercising reduces stress and improves overall health.  Being at college is probably one of the easiest times in a person’s life to make time for exercise.  Exercise in college is often convenient because there are lots of fun ways to exercise, it’s often free or low cost, and the workout or athletic facilities are very close.  Michigan Tech provides numerous ways for student’s to stay active.  With Experience Tech, Michigan Tech students can enjoy the Gates Tennis Center, Mt. Ripley, the Portage Lake Golf Course, and much more.  The Student Development Complex has a great fitness center for students to use.  Michigan Tech makes staying active and exercising fun.  What could be more enjoyable than biking on the Tech Trails or renting a kayak from the Outdoor Adventure Program and paddling up the Portage Canal?  There are also several organized activities students can get involved in such as, Broomball, Frisbockey, or Intramural Sports.  Lastly, Michigan Tech offers several Physical Education courses that students can take for pass/fail credit.

3.  Get Adequate Sleep.  Although it is characteristic of college students to pull all-nighters to prepare for an exam or finish up a big homework assignment it is really not a healthy habit to get into.  The average adult needs six to eight hours of sleep function effectively.  College students need at least six to eight hours, but some research states that college student may need up to 10-12 hours to function effectively.  It is important that college students make sleep a priority and that they do not substitute a lack of sleep with caffeine or frequent naps.  Your student can work more hours of sleep into their schedule by carefully planning their schedule and setting concrete goals for homework completion.  It is also helpful for students to have a daily schedule of sleep and wake times.

4.  Get Vaccinations.  Students can stay healthy during flu season by getting a flu shot.  Every year Michigan Tech hosts a flu shot clinic for students.  The clinic is usually held in October or November.  Dates for this year’s flu shot clinic will be announced to students soon.  There is also a Community Flu Shot Clinic available through Portage Health which will take place this Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hancock High School.  The cost for the shot at this clinic is $25.

5.  Take Care of Emotional and Mental Health.  College is a time of transition that can often times be stressful for students.  It is important that students take time to relax and find activities they enjoy doing.  Students may also find it helpful to stay connected with friends and family back home; however, it is important to understand that they may struggle to find the time to stay connected or to initiate contact.  Michigan Tech’s Counseling and Wellness Services provides students with several services to help them succeed throughout their academic career at Michigan Tech. Counselors with Counseling and Wellness Services can help students manage stress and any issues that may be interfering with their coursework or personal life.  For a complete listing of services that Counseling and Wellness Services Provide see the Counseling Services page.

For more information on how your student can stay healthy checkout the Student Health 101 Parent Perspective and the Student Health 101 student issue.  Student Health 101 comes out monthly and a post to ParentNet will be made when a new issue comes out.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!  Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about spring course registration.