Dec 18

Stress Less Fair

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Interaction with a friendly animal has its benefits!

Interaction with a friendly animal has its benefits!

Be a FISH watcher! Watching the gentle swimming of a fish can also decrease stress and focus your mind. Taking a few minutes to watch a fish and regroup can help you handle your stress

Be a FISH watcher! Watching the gentle swimming of a fish can also decrease stress and focus your mind. Taking a few minutes to watch a fish and regroup can help you handle your stress

Soothe your stress away... Make a reusable hot pack. Great for soothing those neck and shoulder muscles while huddled over a keyboard.

Soothe your stress away…
Make a reusable hot pack. Great for soothing those neck and shoulder muscles while huddled over a keyboard.

Take a break with a cup of Hot Chocolate w/ marshmallows!

Take a break with a cup of Hot Chocolate w/ marshmallows!

Taking a break from study to stimulate creativity by Tie-Dying a T shirt.

Taking a break from study to stimulate creativity by Tie-Dying a T shirt.

Calming Tea!

Calming Tea!

Watching the gentle swimming of a fish can also decrease stress and focus your mind. Taking a few minutes to watch a fish and regroup can help you handle your stress

Squeeze you stress away with a stress ball!

Squeeze you stress away with a stress ball!

The Stress Less Fair provided GCU students a much needed study break during final exam week. Stress is the number one impediment to academic performance. Although a little stress can help motivate us to do the things we want to do, too much stress can take a toll on our bodies and our  well-being. The goal of this event was to provide students with activities to help alleviate end of term stress.

 

 

 

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Blow Blow It Away! Mentally visualize placing your troubles inside the bubble and blow it away... release it...feel it leave you...floating away.....your stress away!

Blow It Away! Mentally visualize placing your troubles inside the bubble and blow it away… release it…feel it leave you…floating away…..your stress away!

 

Students enjoyed interacting with the dogs!It's a scientifically proven that interaction with a gentle friendly pet has benefits. Pet Therapy can reduce blood pressure, decrease pain, raise calming endorphin levels, provide comfort, decrease anxiety and depression as well as helping one to focus better.

Students enjoyed interacting with the dogs! It’s a scientifically proven that interaction with a gentle friendly pet has benefits. Pet Therapy can reduce blood pressure, decrease pain, raise calming endorphin levels, provide comfort, decrease anxiety and depression as well as helping one to focus better.

Dec 03

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO IMPROVE YOUR BODY IMAGE

beautifulWhat Can You Do to Improve Your Body Image

By Jaynar Turner  (2nd in a series)

 

There are many ways you could improve your body image in a healthy way. Having confidence in yourself and in your body is the foundation- go after what you really want out of life and letting go of all the pointless worries of vanity. Learning to love yourself is the most important lesson you must learn in life. It is not  an  easy task to do but it is worthwhile  once you learn how to love yourself and accept who you are as a person. There is no easy way to learn how to love yourself. It is all about trial and error to finally accept who you have become and to accept your body as well. If you already love yourself there is nothing wrong to improve yourself even more, just keep in mind you are not perfect, you are human. To have a poor body image means that you see your body in a negative way, and you don’t see yourself in a positive way.

There are plenty of ways you can improve your body image in a healthy way . First,  you can  keep a journal about yourself. In the journal ,write down what you like about yourself and what you don’t like about yourself. Don’t write anything down about your body. Write down  what you like to do in your free time, things that you accomplished so far in your life, and so on. Then when you are done with that list, write down what you like about your body. This might be a little hard for some people, but just try it. Remember you can always look back at your list. This journal can help with your body image because if you feel unhappy about yourself or are feeling down,  you can open it up and read all the good things about yourself. It can lift your  up, bolster your self esteem or perhaps just put a smile on your face.

Another way to improve your body image is  to remember that there are different body shapes and sizes. What you see on television is not a representation of  the real world. You also need to learn how to appreciate your looks as well as the looks of other people around you. Make peace with yourself by using a mirror to look at your entire body.  Tell yourself that you are pretty and don’t worry about what other people think of you. Also if you are the type of person that looks in a mirror all the time maybe you should give that mirror a break. Cover the mirror with something or write something positive on it. You always don’t need a mirror to tell you how you look.

Lastly, exercise. Go to the gym and workout.  If you workout you can see what your body is able to do that you didn’t even know your body was able to do. This can also give you the chance to be thankful that your body is able to do certain things that other people may not be able to do at all.  Be grateful for who you are and what you are able to accomplish. You don’t  have to go to the gym to do a sport, a simple walk around the block will be just fine. Working out  can also be a great stress reliever.  You don’t have to take it out on someone you can take it out in the gym.

work cited:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/08/13/5-tips-to-improve-your-body-image-and -sex-life/

http://www.lifescript.com/well-being/articles/0/10_ways_to_improve_your_body_image.aspx

Nov 13

Distortion …What do you see?

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Do you have a  distorted view ? There is a large number of both  women and men that look at themselves and are not happy with what they see. They are self-conscious, feel ashamed and are anxious about how they look. They either see themselves as too fat or too skinny.These feelings can come from the people who they hang around with or even from actors in movies, television shows, and  magazine articles. Image is not always about weight, it could also be about height and shape as well.  It pretty much is how comfortable you are in your own body. Depending on how bad a person may feel about their body image, it can lead to severe and even deadly consequences. They can become depressed, could feel alone, and they can always think that they need to loose weight when they don’t have to. Body image is a serious topic.

What is body image you may ask ? We all heard of it and know of it but do we fully understand what it is ? There are two types of body image. The first one is an unhealthy  and the second is a healthy body image. An unhealthy body image is that you are thinking you feel disgusting about your body, you are not happy on how  you look, or you don’t think it good enough for you. For example, you may feel that even though you are skinny, you are not thin enough and need to loose  more weight. Another example is that you may  think that you are not pretty enough. TV and magazine advertisements create  only illusions of beauty and do not portray real people living in the real world.

You may ask, “How do people get an unhealthy body image?” The answer  is that  the media has a lot to do with how people think of themselves. Every day we see photos of celebrities and how pretty they look or how skinny they are. Not only does the media have a strong influence on body image, but also friends and family can play a role as well. They may talk down on you instead of lifting your spirit up. Culture plays an important role in body image, too.

Having negative thoughts about your body can be unhealthy for you. If you are spending all of your time on how you look that could mean that you are not enjoying your life and this could lead into depression. People need to remember that there are certain things about your body that you cannot change.  Research supports the fact that  there are approximately 10 million women who are depressed about the way they look. The United Kingdom has a campaign called “Be Real”.  The goal of this campaign is to change people attitudes about how they feel about their bodies. Caroline Nokes, Be Real spokesperson, states that, ” Low body confidence is a critical public health issue that we cannot ignore.” It sad to see that just at 5 years old children start noticing that they are either too skinny or too fat. Children shouldn’t have to worry about how they look, they should be playing and enjoying their childhood.

Below are  images on what  people think they should look like. Few understand  that most of these images are altered or photo shopped online  to make the models look prettier and/or thinner. Technology  plays a big role on body image as any body part can be altered. Models can be altered to have bigger derrieres or breasts, smaller waists, thighs and/or hips or vice versa.bathingsuit

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 Most girls want to have the flawless look or that perfect skin. Girls will spend tons of money on make-up so they can make their skin look  perfect unaware of the possibility that the make-up may cause an acne outbreak or allergic reaction. Most girls believe that the Victoria Secret’s models are the standards for beauty. Girls will go to  extreme measures to look like a VS mode. These measures include  over exercising at the gym, sticking to dangerous low calorie diet plans, or ingesting over the counter or prescribed diet pills. This can lead to an eating disorder.

If you have any questions about eating disorders, please contact the Counseling Center @ 732-987-2680

Oct 31

Who ya gonna call…GERM busters!

Be a GERM buster!

Our hands are constantly in use. We use them to type, write, text, scratch, wipe, swipe, swat, pick, squeeze, and the list goes on and on. Our hands are magnets for germs and keeping them clean is the most important step we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading the germs to others. DID YOU KNOW that some germs can grow and divide every 20 minutes? This means that 1 germ can become 8 million germs just in 1 day. Yuck!  Germs can be bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi or viruses and all have the potential to make you and others sick. DID YOU KNOW that some germs can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces such as  tables, door knobs, and desks?  When you touch a door knob or elevator button germs are left behind. Cold, stomach flu  viruses can be spread in this manner. You will not get a STD from touching a door knob but you may end up with a cold or the flu. DID YOU KNOW  that when you sneeze germs travel at 80 miles per hour? Sneezes contain droplets of germs that can be more contagious than those spread by direct contact such as touching a doorknob. DID YOU KNOW  that in a recent survey of 5 large cities only 77% of people indicated that they washed their hands after using a public rest room?  When was the last time you washed your hands?  germs II

Washing your hands frequently is the best step you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The best practice is to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. Don’t know how long is 20 seconds? Just hum “Happy Birthday” song twice and make sure that you wash your entire hand paying attention to cleaning between your fingers and under your nails. Dry your hands using a clean towel or paper.

 Using soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on your hands. However, if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands but they do NOT eliminate all types of germs.

Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze! Immediately throw the tissue in a receptacle and wash your hands!

Germ busters provided various informative activities on October 29th in the Gavan Lounge: See pics below!

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Oct 30

PURPLE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

purple ribbonPurple Thursday…Even the Food was Purple!

By Dr. JoAnn Garcia-Warren

With the help of several departments on campus ( Counseling, Residential Life, Security, Health Services, Dining Services and Case Management), and the GCU community, we were able to turn our campus PURPLE on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Staff, faculty, and students wore purple clothing, GCU staff and students handed out Domestic Violence Awareness information and purple ribbons…even the food was purple!

Some facts about Domestic Violence:

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women
  • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police
  • One in 6 women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives
  • Sexual assault of forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of battering relationships
  • 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been stalked in their lifetime

If you or someone you know has questions about Domestic Violence, please contact Counseling Center, 732-987-2680, and set up an appointment to meet with a counselor.

 

Oct 17

STOP the FLU!!!!

 Every year about 5% to 20% of the population in the United States gets the Flu. With a population of about 320 million, you do the math… anyway you cut it ..that’s a lot of people. And anyone can get it!

Influenza, commonly known as THE FLU, is a respiratory disease that is very contagious. It is easily spread through human to human contact with infected people who are coughing or sneezing. Symptoms range from mild to severe. . Each year over 36,000 people die from the flu. The best way to prevent the FLU is to get vaccinated.

 Symptoms of the FLU include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, vomiting/diarrhea, and headache and begin 1 to 3 days after the virus enters the body. It spreads through droplets that enter the air after people cough and sneeze. Others can breathe them in or get them on their hands after touching contaminated surfaces and get infected when they touch their eyes, nose and mouth. People are contagious and can spread the flu up to 24 hours before they feel sick and for about 1 week after symptoms begin. The time may be  longer in children.

PREVENTION is the key and the best way to protect yourself is to get a FLU SHOT every year! The seasonal flu virus changes from year to year. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is also key. Remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and if you are sick stay home and rest.flu 2

If you get the flu stay at home and rest. Avoid close contact with others and drink plenty of clear liquids to prevent dehydration. Treat fever and cough with over the counter medications remembering to read all labels prior to use. If you have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of flu complications such as asthma or COPD call your doctor. Seek emergency medical treatment if you experience difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, and/or severe or persistent vomiting.

REMEMBER the BEST PROTECTION is the FLU VACCINE! GET YOURS TODAY!

GCU held it’s annual flu clinic on October 15th.

A record number of students, staff, and faculty received the flu vaccine.

Let’s keep GCU safe from the FLU!

Oct 17

Young Lion Brotherhood Promotes Anti Bullying

The Young Lions Brotherhood (YLB) came together to break the silence and speak out against bullying. Students spray painted and stenciled T -shirts to show their support. The color purple represents anti-violence.photo (22)

In addition, students were encouraged to write a note, message or story in support of anti-bullying on a purple heart. Richie Vascones, GCU student, began this project to raise awareness that more than 4,400 students commit suicide as a result of bullying. GCU is helping Richie to collect 220,000 hearts. 220,000 represents one heart from every state for each person who has committed suicide. Richie is also a member of the Law Explorers Club located in Linden, NJ.

photo (14)photo (17)Bullying is one type of violence that threatens young people’s well-being. Bullying can result in physical injuries, social and emotional difficulties, and academic problems. The harmful effects of bullying are frequently felt by others, including friends and families, and can hurt the overall health and safety of schools, neighborhoods, and society. Bullying is defined as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress that may include physical, psychological, social, or educational harm. Bullying can occur in person and through technology. Electronic aggression or cyber bullting is bullying that happens through e-mail, chat rooms, instant message, texting, or other forms of social media.photo (33)

Join Young Lions Brotherhood to “Break the Silence”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 10

The Pink Party! October 8, 2014

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The Georgian Court University community came together in support of breast cancer  on Wednesday, October 8th from 10 am to 2 pm in the A&S breezeway. Students participated in activities that raised awareness that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Activities included paint the pinkies pick, stripe your hair pink, decorate your bra pink with an inspiring message, and pink ribbon remembrances. GCU students raised money to donate to breast cancer research by hosting a “pink” bake sale. Breast self examination shower cards were distributed to students, staff and faculty. Free raffles and breast cancer awareness give-a-ways were also available.

Every women is at risk for breast cancer and her risk increases with age. Although the risk is higher in women with a personal history or whose close female relatives ( mothers & sisters) have had the disease, 4 out of 5 women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease.  Symptoms or breast changes to be aware of include any lump, thickening, or swelling, dimpling, skin irritation, distortion, retraction of the nipple, scaliness, or pain. The best protection against breast cancer is early detection and treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends a 3 step early detection program which includes: (1) Practicing monthly breast self exams (2) See your doctor for regular breast exams at least every 3 years from age 20 to 39 and every year beginning at age 40 (3) Have regular mammograms beginning at the age of 40. A mammogram can pick up changes in the breast that might signal cancer long before it can be felt. Remember most lumps are not cancerous, but to be sure, see your doctor even if you’ve had a mammogram recently and you discover a lump. Although rare, men may also develop breast cancer.

For more info visit www.cancer.org

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Sep 10

World Suicide Prevention Day September 10, 2014

The purpose of World Suicide Prevention Day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.

The World Health Organization produced “Living with a Black Dog” below:

 

Depression and suicide are major public health issues. Worldwide suicide rates have increased by 60% over the last 50 years. Suicide is now one of the 3 leading causes of death among people aged 15-34 years. World Suicide Prevention Day provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in commitment and action to ensure that suicides are prevented. If you would like further information on depression or suicide please contact Counseling @ ext. 2680

Jul 31

Health Insurance

health insurance 2Student Health Insurance is important. It guarantees that you will be able to obtain necessary treatment in the event that a serious illness or injury  occurs. A college student without health insurance can easily spend more money on health care to treat a single case of the flu or a broken arm/leg than the annual cost of a student health insurance policy. Maintaining adequate health insurance coverage will prevent severe financial hardships should unforeseen major medical care be required.    Make sure that you have the appropriate health insurance coverage so that an unexpected illness or accident doesn’t hinder your wellness or academic success. 

All current GCU students may utilize Health Services. While we strive to meet the majority of general health care needs of our students, our services are limited. Therefore, it is essential to consider enrolling in a health insurance plan. Georgian Court University has made available to eligible students (undergrads taking at least 9 credits and grads taking at least 6 credits) a voluntary student health insurance policy. Enrollment and payment for voluntary coverage must be done through the AIG website:  www.studentinsurance.com.

Enrollment period ends September 29, 2014.The brochure and policy information are available on the AIG website. For additional information contact Health Services @ 732-987-2756.

Important: International and Dance students are required to carry health insurance coverage and will be automatically charged for the student health insurance plan and enrolled. However, if proof of alternate coverage is provided, the university coverage may be waived through the Bursar’s Office. WAIVER DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 29, 2014. Once you are enrolled and the waiver deadline has passed, the coverage cannot be cancelled for any reason. health insurance1

For other  health insurance options visit : Healthcare.gov or call  1-800-318-2596 

Health Insurance INFO for Students Studying/Traveling Abroad

Health Services advises that students studying or traveling outside of the United States have sufficient medical insurance coverage for all possible medical needs including medical evacuation and repatriation. Most medical systems  operate differently outside of the United States are not subject to U.S. rules and regulations. Prior to travel it is advisable to contact your insurance provider to determine if you have medical coverage outside of the US . For information on Student Travel Health Insurance Policies visit: www.studentinsurance.com

For info on Travel Health contact Health Services@ 732-987-2756

 

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