Sep 30

Smarty Party 9/14… GCU students learn smart ways to party


mt3mt2This past  September 14th Smarty Party was held in the Gavan Lounge.

Students were treated to “Mocktails”  and asked to answer a few of the questions  posted on this blog.



Do you know the answers to these questions?





Students tried on “drunk goggles” to simulate alcohol intoxication. Do you think they were able to walk a straight line? Or perform a simple task?

Think again…
















100 ” Drink safe” coasters were distributed students. The coasters allow students to test their drink for hidden drugs such as ecstasy, rohyphol, or GHB. These are a few of the drugs known as “date rape drugs”




1. Remember alcohol is the #1 date rape drug

2. Keep a clear head when socializing especially off campus and in bars by keeping track of your drinks

3. If you choose to drink- DO NOT DRINK more  than 1 drink per hour and have no more than 3 drinks per night

4. NEVER LEAVE your drink unattended or hand it to someone else. If you have not been watching your drink get a new one!

5. Communicate your plans with your friends. Maintain control of yourself at all times.

6.  Set your boundaries and make sure that they are clear

7. Trust your instincts. If a situation doesn’t feel right, walk away

8. Unless in a bar, make your own drinks. Remember a glass or a cup can have multiple drink equivalents

9. If you believe you are a victim of a date rape drug, you can be tested at a local hospital emergency room within 24 hours.







Sep 30

A Brain is a Terrible Thing to Waste

What  happens to your brain when you get drunk?alcohol-and-the-human-body

When you drink alcohol, your brain cells communicate at a slower rate than normal. Yup, alcohol acts as a depressant. Alcohol also impairs the function of your limbic system, that part of the brain that controls your emotions. Your inhibitions may disappear making you become more social perhaps less fearful and anxious. You become less attune to potentially dangerous situations. Alcohol slows the functioning of your pre frontal cortex. The pre frontal cortex is associated with reasoning and judgment. So when you drink alcohol you may exhibit more impulsive behavior and have poor judgment.

Remember as the dose of alcohol increases brain function decreases.


Your cerebellum which plays a major part in muscle coordination is also impacted. That is why the more drunk you become, the more you may lose your balance, perhaps fall, and feel dizzy like the world is spinning. Neurons in the brain control both the heart and breathing rate, so id you drink large amounts of alcohol in either a short or over a sustained period of time, your neurons quite functioning and guess what? your heart and lungs stop working and guess what? you can die.death


What is considered 1 drink?

1-drinkWhether it be a cosmo, bottle of Bud, Yeungling or Coors, or a glass or white wine, each  person will be affecteddr1 differently. One mixed drink may contain 3 to 4 ounces of either the same or different liquors.  That’s more than 1 drink! Body weight, body muscle and fat ratios, health status, and even your genetic makeup will affect the amount of alcohol that enters your bloodstream. Have you eaten?  Whether or not you have eaten or a snacking while drinking may also affects the amount of alcohol that enters into your bloodstream.  What has your mood have to do with drinking? Interestingly, your mood can also affect how you feel while drinking. Alcohol tends to make a bad mood worse.

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the US.

The signs of alcohol poisoning:

  • loss of coordination
  • vomiting repeatedly
  • seizures
  • cold, clammy hands & bluish skin                                                         telephone
  • Irregular, slow breathing
  • Confusion, Unconsciousness
  • Stupor- conscious but unresponsive-COMA

Alcohol poisoning is life threatening. If you suspect anyone of alcohol poisoning, dial 911 immediately.

Remember of you choose to drink, do so mindfully.

  • Limit yourself to 1 drink every 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Hydrate- alternate an alcoholic beverage with a glass of water or seltzer
  • Plan ahead- decide if and how much you want to drink
  • Avoid drinking games- they’re designed to increase your alcohol consumption
  • Feel free to turn down a drink
  • Ask friends to support your drinking limits
  • Be careful if you are sleep deprived, stressed out or have alcohol misuse in your family or have a chronic medical condition


If you have additional questions, visit Health Services or Counseling






Sep 20

When the Health Center is closed… where do you go?

GCU Health Services is a crucial part of maintaining old-closed a healthy campus. We believe that it is important for students to develop personal responsibility for their health during their academic pursuits at GCU. Staying healthy will give you a competitive edge and help maximize your educational experience at GCU.

Nobody likes getting sick. Whether you are at home, on vacation, studying abroad or sitting in a classroom, getting sick definitely sucks. A stuffy nose, sore throat, ear ache, fever and/or chills, muscles aches, abdominal cramps and pain… whatever… they all block your ability to learn. How can you pay attention in class when yellow snot is literally running out of your nose or your head feels like 20 lbs. of dynamite  just exploded ? The fact is you can’t! It is understandable when illness happens to immediately seek help.  But what if Health Services is closed? What can you do and where can you go?

sickFirst, you need to determine if your illness is very serious or life threatening. If you or a loved one is experiencing a life threatening medical situation-CALL 911. Examples of life threatening emergencies are the following:

Chest Pain                    Head, neck or eye injuries

Difficulty breathing         Serious burns/electrical shock

Severe abdominal pain   Broken/dislocated bones

Sudden, severe headache or vision changes                     Uncontrolled bleeding/open wounds

High fevers, fevers with a rash or seizures                         Mental confusion, distress or thoughts of suicide

Sudden weakness on 1 side of the body, difficulty speaking, loss of balance

Suspicion of exposure to a communicable disease or virus

Walk-in Clinics and Urgent Care Centers are available to treat non-life threatening medical issues such as:

Fever without a rash                                                                Vomiting and Diarrhea

Sore throat, colds, coughs and the Flu                                  Minor cuts that may need stitches

Painful urination                                                                      Muscle aches and sprains


walk-in-cliicDon’t forget to bring your insurance card and ID, a list of the medications both prescription and over the counter, your medical history and list of allergies – food, environmental, and drug allergies. Always check with your health insurance carrier regarding your health insurance benefits and coverage in New Jersey, any co-pays that you may have to pay, and if you need a referral to see a physician or specialist out of your network of providers. Medical costs incurred outside of Health Services is your responsibility.


Always follow-up with Health Services.

Below is a list of Emergency Rooms, Walk-In Clinics, and Federally Funded Health Clinics and pharmacies close to GCU.

Local Hospitals                                                                                     Local Walk-In Clinics

Monmouth Medical  Center Southern Campus               Reliant Medical            

600 River Avenue                                                                Route 9 North & Aldrich Road

Lakewood, NJ 732-363-1900                                               Howell, NJ 732-905-5255

Ocean Medical Center                                                       Immediate Medical Care

425 Jack Martin Blvd.                                                           2290 West County Line Road

Brick, NJ 732-840-2200                                                       Jackson, NJ 732-370-4222

Community Medical Center                                              Ocean Health Initiatives

Hwy 37 West                                                                        101 Second Street

Toms River, NJ 732-240-8000                                            Lakewood, NJ 732-363-6655


Rite Aid-159 East Kennedy Blvd, Lakewood, NJ 732-363-0880

Walgreens-5159 US 9 North, Howell, NJ 732-901-2085

Carel Pharmacy– 6 Brook Plaza, Jackson, NJ 732-364-4040

CVS Minute Clinic- 890 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson, NJ 732-367-7530


Questions???? Please contact Health Services @ 732-987-2756





May 16

Sexual Assault & Violence Awareness APRIL 2016




                                                               WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CONSENT?


May 13

Stress Buster Bazaar Spring 2016



Rory welcomes students to the Stress Buster Bazaar!

Rory welcomes students to the Stress Buster Bazaar!


Apr 22

Calling all night Owls

Making your sleep habits work for you.

Sleeping much? at night or in lecture? if these questions make you yawn or weep, you’re in good (but tired) company.

Many college students are night owls, prone to staying up late, then sleeping well into the morning or crashing during the day.

Night owls come in different types. to find your sleep fixes, first identify which type of night owl you are. 

Common night owl

Bedtime: midnight–2 a.m.

Short-term goal: No tech in bed


  • Wake up at 7–9:30 a.m.

  • Quit the tech earlier

  • Avoid caffeine after 3 p.m.

  • Limit distractions

  • Stay low-energy before bed 

Distressed night owl

 Bedtime 2-4 a.m 

Short-term goal: Strategize on naps


  • Wake up at 9-11 a.m. 

  • Map your nap

  • Avoid 8 a.m. classes

  • See common night owl

Wrecked night owl

Bedtime 4-7 a.m.

Short-term goal: move toward consistent wake-up time


  • wake up by 11 a.m.

  • Avoid naps

  • Incremental changes

  • Seek medical help

  • See common night owl & distressed night owl


Common disruptions
  • Biology
  • All-nighters
  • Student life 
  • Energy drinks
  • Medication
  • Alcohol or marijuana
  • Health conditions


  • Low mood 
  • poor performance
  • weight gain or illness

  except from Student Health 101™

  ⇒Posted by Daphney Romain⇐


Apr 15

Just for the Health of It!


GCU Nursing Students!

GCU Nursing Students!

The Ocean County health Department provided health resources to all attendees.

The Ocean County health Department provided health resources to all attendees.


Shira Kirsch of The Alliance for Speech and Hearing discusses the connection between    auditory processing and learning.

Shira Kirsch of The Alliance for Speech and Hearing discusses the connection between auditory processing and learning.

Financial Health! Representatives of TD Bank were available to discuss your financial needs.

Financial Health! Representatives of TD Bank were available to discuss your financial needs.


Barry Asch, AVP, discusses Centra State Cancer Center's services.

Barry Asch, AVP, discusses Centra State Cancer Center’s services.



GCU Campus security- safety is their main concern!

GCU Campus security- safety is their main concern!

GCU dancers demonstrate stretching exercises.

GCU dancers demonstrate stretching exercises.

Do you know the difference between having a cold or having the flu?

Do you know the difference between having a cold or having the flu?


Do you get enough sleep? Poster presentation outlined healthy sleep habits to incorporate into your bedtime routine.

Do you get enough sleep? Poster presentation outlined healthy sleep habits to incorporate into your bedtime routine.

The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center of Barnabas health is committed to meeting the breast health needs of all women

The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center of Barnabas health is committed to meeting the breast health needs of all women

Centra State Hospital Community Outreach nurses offered free blood sugar testing.

Centra State Hospital Community Outreach nurses offered free blood sugar testing.

ZUMBA, ZUMBA, ZUMBA!!! Exercise for your health!

Exercise for your health!

GCU President Marbach attempts to walk a straight line wearing goggles to simulate being under the influence of alcohol.

GCU President Marbach attempts to walk a straight line wearing goggles to simulate being under the influence of alcohol.


Mar 23

Helpful Healthy on Hand Pantry

10 Helpful Healthy on Hand Pantry

By: Chef Pat

  1. Beans (canned or dry) kidney beans, white, pinto, black (any that you like)

  2. Rice & Grains: Brown or wild rice are healthier than white rice. For Grains try quinoa, faro, barley and wheat berries, they are some good choice but try different ones to find your favorites.

  3. Pasta: There are different shape of pasta, but have you tried whole wheat or veggie? Based on their cooking time is a little different than regular pasta and they are a little chewier, but they are very delicious.

  4. Potatoes: White, red and Yukon gold are all good and sweet potatoes are in a league of they own.

  5. Onion and garlic

  6. Olive oil? Yes there are lots of oils that are great and healthy, but olive oil is the best choice because it works better for an all-around use and taste if you are only going to have one oil on hand.

  7. Canned Tomatoes: a good canned tomato can be used to make sauce, to help braise meats, blended into a dressing or of course an easy side vegetable, but not just tomato sauce.

  8. Stocks and broths: a good low salt, no MSG canned or box broth is great to have on hand for cooking or just nice to enjoy a hot cup of it.

  9. Sugar and flour are always good to have. Other sweeteners like honey, agave, or buck wheat syrup is also good to look at.

  10. Vinegar, another must have staple for just so many reasons. My favorite is apple cider, the uses are just so many. You can also Google it sometimes to be amazed.

10 healthy stuff for your refrigerator

  1. Milk: ok so you don’t drink milk? not a problem, there are many choices in the market now, from lactaid free to soy, to rice and almond. It shouldn’t be to hard to find one that you like that will work with what you’re cooking. chocolate milk can be healthy as a treat once in a while, but use skim milk.

  2. Lettuce: Iceberg is well known as is romaine and are good for sandwiches and salads, but have you tried “butter” lettuce, radicchio or arugula

  3. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: “Greens” ok lettuce is one thing but dark green leaf vegetables like kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach and mustard greens are so good for you and easy to add to salads or sauté into a fantastic side dish. don’t pass them up. Also try them into soup, they are amazing

  4. Butter for cooking and baking always good and a little goes a long way, but if you’re watching what you can eat there are lots of replacement you can get for it.

  5. Fresh Vegetables: there are many to choose from, but here are a few good ones to keep around. carrots, celery, peppers, Broccoli and Zucchini or Yellow Squash.

  6. Fruits and Nuts: there are also a lot of choices here. I recommend the classics apples, oranges and bananas then always whatever is in season. Nuts are a nice healthy, tasty way to enhance a dish or as a snack.

  7. Yogurt: There are many different individual cup flavors you can get, some are healthier than others. Either way yogurt is always an easy healthy good for you. “Grab and go” to have, you can also get a large plain or vanilla tub that you can add your own flavoring or fresh fruits to. it also is a healthy sub for mayo in mixed salads.

  8. Cheese: Pick a good tasting cheese you like and look for it in a low fat option. If you cannot find one in low fat then just watch your potions.

  9. Eggs: enough said.

  10. Tortillas or whole grain breads.

Mar 22


fruits_veggiesAre you having TROUBLE EATING HEALTHY?

                                        Here are 8 simple tips to change

                                            YOUR bad eating behaviors  

                                             By: Daphney Romain

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables! Chances are you are not getting enough!

  • Make half your plate vegetables or fruitsa rainbow of colors 

  • Good choices include: apples, oranges, bananas, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, tomato, sweet potato, corn, asparagus

  • French fries are NOT considered a vegetable!

    2. Eat only whole grains products

  • Make ¼ of your plate whole grains

  • Healthy whole grains include: brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, popcorn, oatmeal

  • Limit eating: white rice, regular pasta, macaroni, and corn flakes, cream of wheat, flour tortillas, and regular crackers.

     3.  A healthy diet should include at least two portions of fish a week

  • Because fish and shellfish are good sources of many vitamins and minerals. Oily fish such as salmon and fresh tuna is also particularly high in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which may help to keep your heart healthy.

  • White fish are ow in fat, making them one of the healthier, low-fat alternatives to red or processed meat, which tends to be higher in fat, especially saturated fat

    4. Nuts, seeds and legumes (beans)

  • Legumes, because they come from plants, legumes such as beans, lentils, and peas are an excellent source of protein without a lot of unhealthy fat.

    5. Want to Get Lean? Eat Your Protein!

  • Sunflower seeds. They are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol.

  • Nuts, this includes almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts and macadamia nuts, all of which contain good-for-your-heart fiber. They also contain vitamin E, which helps lower bad cholesterol.

  • Choose protein foods, such as lean beef and pork, or chicken, turkey, beans, or tofu. Twice a week

  • You can also make seafood the protein on your plate.

    6. Getting Enough Vitamin D in Milk

  •  An 8-ounce serving of milk supplies around 30 percent of your daily vitamin D needs, or between 115 and 124 milligrams of vitamin D. Three glasses of milk per day would meet your vitamin D needs.

  • Skim Milk: if you want to lose weight, Skim milk is jam-packed with several vital nutrients including calcium, vitamin A, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and the antioxidant selenium.

  • Soy Milk: The original non-dairy beverage, soy milk contains more hunger-fighting protein than all other faux milks

  1. How Much Fats and oil should I Eat?

     Oils are fats that are liquid at room temperature, like the vegetable – Oils come from many different plants and from fish. Oils are NOT a food group, but they provide essential nutrients. Therefore, oils are included in USDA food patterns.

  • One serving equal: 1 tsp. vegetable oil or soft margarine, 2 tsp. diet margarine, 1 tbsp. regular salad dressing, 1 Tbsp. regular mayonnaise. Choose no salted added or low-sodium varieties.

  • Count the amount of fats that they use in the store that you bought the food from. That includes in cooking and on vegetables and breads.

  • Make sure to read the food labels carefully, avoid “partially hydrogenated” oils and fats.

    8. Sweets and added sugars

    • One serving equals: 1 Tbsp. sugar; 1 Tbsp. jelly or jam; ½ cup sorbet, gelatin; 1 cup soda or fruit drink.

    • Make sure your drinks of sugar-sweetened beverages are less than 450 calories or 36 oz. per week.thCAFOBQ16

Feb 26

Celebrate Black History Month- An African American Nurse Who Changed History

Mary_Eliza_MahoneyMary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American professional nurse in the United States. She  was small in stature but a force to be reckoned with- a true dynamo. Mary Eliza Mahoney refused to succumb to the restrictions of racial prejudice.

Mahoney was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1845. As a teenager she became interested in the field of nursing. For 15 years, Mahoney worked as a cook, janitor, washerwoman, and unofficial nurse’s aide at the New England Hospital for Women and Children.

At the age of 33, Mahoney entered a 16 month nursing program at the hospital. She endured 16 hour work days, seven days a week. The program was so difficult that only 3 students out of a class of 40 graduated. Mary Eliza Mahoney was one of them.

After 40 years of nursing service, Mahoney retired from nursing. She turned her focus to women’s equality and the fight got minority rights. She was the first women to register to vote in Boston Massachusetts. Mary Eliza Mahoney passed away on January 4, 1926.

Effectively, Mahoney proved that African Americans could not only become nurses, but that they could do the job with excellence, compassion and efficiency. The world of nursing would never be the same.

In recognition of her contribution to the nursing profession, in 1936 the American Nurses Association instituted the Mary Mahoney Award, to be awarded to nurses who go above and beyond when it comes to integration and equal opportunities for minorities in the field of nursing.

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