Nov 18

The DECISION is Yours!

smoking4 Many songs talk about “taking your breath away” and I smoking3highly doubt that they are talking about the effects of cigarette smoking. Yet, that is exactly what smoking does. It takes your breath away! 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Tobacco use in any form continues to be the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. The Great American Smoke Out challenges you to stop using tobacco. We challenge GCU smokers to give up cigarettes for 1 day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes for 1 day to a worthy cause. By quitting for even 1 day, you will be taking the first step towards not only a healthier but hopefully longer life.

20 minutes after quitting: blood pressure and heart rate decreases

12 hours after quitting: carbon monoxide levels in you blood drop to normal

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: your circulation improves and lung function increases

1-9 months after quitting: coughing and shortness of breath decrease; the tiny hair like structure in your lungs regain normal functioning & begin to clean the lungs removing mucus & decreasing risk of infection

1 year after quitting: excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker

5 years after quitting: risk of Cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder are cut in half; cervical cancer risk falls to than of a non-smoker; stroke risk falls to that of a non-smoker

10 years after quitting: the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking; risk of cancer of the larynx & pancreas decreases

Do you know what is in a cigarette?

Do you know what is in a cigarette?

Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more.

Quitting at any age can give back years of life that may be lost by continuing to smoke.

Remember, nature gives you just one pair of lungs that must last for a lifetime. They are central to breathing or respiration, breathing about 18 times a minute, every minute of every day. Normally, we don’t even think about breathing. But if we have a bad chest cold or lung disease or asthma, we are suddenly made aware of how precious healthy, functioning lungs are. If you decide to mistreat them by smoking, you can expect damage, and some of the damage can’t be fixed.

Emphysema and cancer are 2 major health effects of cigarette smoking. Emphysema destroys the lung’s ability to expand and contract. Once emphysema develops, it can’t be fixed. Every breathe is a struggle. The lack of oxygen damages other organs and makes even the smallest task difficult. Cancer develops when some event, such as smoking, damages the genetic code of normal cells and unlocks the body’s natural protection against cancer. These damaged cells reproduce rapidly, forming clumps of cells called tumors. One reason that lung cancer is so deadly is that it can hide for years. In most cases by the time it is found, the cancer has spread to other organs. One persons smoking can affect the health of many people, even nonsmokers. Environmental tobacco smoke contains many of the same toxins that a smoker inhales. That is why secondhand smoke is just as deleterious as smoking.

Non smoker's healthy lung compared to a smoker's lung

Non smoker’s healthy lung compared to a smoker’s lung


. Say “NO” to smoking and other tobacco products.

Remember that nicotine is addictive!

Protect Your Health!

Nov 04

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Know the Symptoms!

diabetes1Did you know that 1 in 11 Americans have diabetes and another 80 million adults are at high risk to developing type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes means that blood glucose or blood sugar is too high. Glucose or sugar comes from the food that we eat and is needed to fuel our bodies. It is stored in our liver and muscles. Your body needs glucose for energy so there is always some glucose in your blood. The pancreas makes insulin which helps glucose get from your blood into your cells to be utilized for energy. If you have diabetes, the pancreas makes no insulin ( type 1) or too little insulin or your cells cannot use insulin (type 2) very well. Glucose then builds up in your blood and cannot get into your cells to be used. If blood glucose stays too high, it can damage parts of your body such as the heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.

If you have diabetes, you may need to take insulin or oral medication to help the body’s supply of insulin to work better. Now more young adults are getting type 2 diabetes than ever before. The reason is the obesity epidemic in the US.diabetes5

What puts you are risk?

You are at risk for diabetes if you:

  • are overweight
  • don’t get enough physical activity
  • have a mom, dad, or close relative who has type 2 diabetes
  • are American Indian, Alaska Native, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, or Pacific Islander

FACT: Eating TOO much sugar DOES NOT cause diabetes.


If you have type 2 diabetes, you might:

  • urinate a lot
  • be very thirsty
  • lose weight without reason
  • feel tired
  • have patches of thick, dark skin that feels like velvet on your neck and armsdiabetes 2

How can I lower my risk for getting type 2 diabetes?

There are several ways to lower your risk:

  • Stay at a healthy weight
  • Be more physically active
  • Choose to eat the right amounts of healthy foods

If you lower your risk for type 2 diabetes you will have more energy, feel good about yourself and be healthy for now and in the future!

If you would like to learn more about diabetes, check out…

American Diabetes Association @

Oct 15



Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the Court!


Oct 13

It’s FLU Season…again!

Every Year in the US:

 5% to 20% of the population get the Flu

GCU President Dr. Marbach gets his shot!

GCU President Dr. Marbach gets his shot!

200,000 are hospitalized with Flu complications

36,000 people die from the FLU

The FLU season is an unpredictable as the weather. While the flu activity is present every year, the onset, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to the next. In addition, the flu viruses are constantly changing and new viruses may appear each year. Since the flu virus is very unpredictable, vaccination is critical before the flu hits. Flu or Influenza outbreaks can occur as early as October or as late as May.

z1GCU Health Services hosted their annual Flu Clinic on Wednesday, October 7th in the Casino.

GCU Health Services is encouraging everyone to take these simple steps to keep yourself and those around you be as healthy as possible during the flu season.

1. Get vaccinated- It is the BEST way to prevent getting the flu. Flu vaccines are available at the Health Center for $25. We can not accept insurance. Please visit your local pharmacy or physician if you have health insurance coverage.

2. Wash Your hands-Frequent hand washing keeps a lot of germ outside of our bodies. Use a hand sanitizer if soap & water are not available.

3. Use tissues to block a sneeze or cough-This helps prevent the spread of disease. No tissue available? Use

Dr. Field, Professor of Psychology chairperson, protecting herself against the flu

Dr. Field, Professor of Psychology, Chairperson, protecting herself against the flu.

your sleeve. Always dispose of used tissues into receptacles.

4. Stay HOME when you are SICK- E-mail your instructor rather than going to class sick where you can spread.

Historically, students who get the flu are unable to attend classes for about 5 days. They can be infectious 1 day before symptoms develop and 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. That means that the flu virus can spread before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick. Certain health conditions such as asthma and diabetes may contribute to serious flu complications that may require hospitalization.

The 2015-2016 flu vaccines contain updated H3N2 and Influenza B components, the strain that sickened many last year.

For further information on this years flu and flu vaccine, please visit:



Sep 28

Drink Safe

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Most of us like to think that we make our own decisions. But the fact is that we are influenced by others-family, friends, TV, YouTube, magazines, and social media sites. There is much at stake when thinking about making a decision to drink, when to drink and how much to drink. Your decision may have negative consequences!

Lots of people drink automatically without ever giving it much thought. It is surprising how many people drink and drink more than they want to because they want to be more sociable, feel that drinking is a way to fit in, feel that drinking is a socially accepted behavior that is expected and accepted in college, and feel that they can only have “fun” while they are drinking.

The fact is getting drunk can really suck. Careless decisions about alcohol can have harmful consequences. Alcohol can impair your judgment and lead to unsafe decisions.  Alcohol can have harmful effects on the body. Do you want to puke? Injure yourself or someone else? Have a major hangover? Say or do something totally embarrassing? Not remember what everyone else remembers especially since they are talking about you?


Students enjoyed a complimentary Mocktail while learning the facts.

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12 oz. beer

4 oz. wine

1.25 oz.. Hard liquor 80 proof

However, this is only a general guideline. It really depends on the amount of alcohol that is in the drink you are drinking.

mt2If you are under the age of 21, drinking is illegal!

Under no circumstances should a person drink and drive!




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A- AWAKE- Attempt to wake the person up. Call out their name and shake them. If they do not respond, turn and keep the person on their side so they don’t choke on their vomit.

B-BREATHINGCheck their breathing. If there are less than 8 full breaths in 1 minute or more than 10 second pauses between breaths, they need IMMEDIATE medical attention.

C-CIRCULATION- Check their pulse ( wrist or neck). Check if their skin is cold, clammy or blue or gray in color.

D- DO NOT LEAVE THE PERSON ALONE, EVER! Keep them lying on their side so they don’t choke on their vomit

E- Emergency Assistance- If you discover ANY of the above patterns, stay with the person and have someone call security/911.









Save a Life, don’t think twice!

New Jersey Good Samaritan Laws provide immunity from punishment as long as a student acts in good faith by calling for help and staying with their friend who overdosed on either alcohol or drugs until authorities arrive. They will not be arrested, charged, prosecuted or convicted for obtaining, possessing, using or being under the influence of substances. The student who is obtaining medical attention is also granted immunity from prosecution.  The Good Samaritan Law will only provide immunity from low level criminal offenses such as possession or personal use of substances.



Drink Safe coasters were distributed to students.


Sep 09

CASINO Open House

casino1casino2On Thursday, September 3rd, the second floor of the Casino threw open their doors welcoming students, staff, and faculty to their Open House. While munching on homemade baked goods, apples, and other treats, students were able to learn about the various support services that are housed in the historic Casino on campus. The Open House was sponsored by Student Success, Career Services, Counseling, and Health Services. Students were welcomed by representatives of each department who provided an overview of their services including informational materials and give-a-ways. In addition, students who attended had the opportunity of submitting a raffle ticket to win a door prize valued at over $100. The door prize included a copy of Kathleen Brady’s ( Director of Career Services) book ‘Get a Job’, school supplies, Godiva Chocolate Pretzels, a Sports Tracker, Pilates DVD, and many other items.









Georgian Court University President Dr. Joseph Marbach greets students and staff during the Casino Open House.

Sep 08

A Treasure Map to Success

Welcome Students!

It’s the beginning of a new school year and for some students it is the beginning of a new journey- the college experience. The first day of class you are handed your syllabus. You glance down and realize that you will have much to learn… many tests to take and papers to write in addition to mountains of reading and homework. An overwhelming rush of anxiety grips you and you get a queasy, churning feeling in the pit of your stomach. You think…How can I accomplish it all? How can I survive and thrive?


Georgian Court can provide you with the support you need to not only survive but to thrive academically!

Utilizing these resources may be challenging at times. First, one needs to  recognize that they may benefit from using a resource. Second, a relevant resource must be found. Last, one needs to know how to access the resource  and learn how to make use of it.

Remember if you find yourself wondering about available resources, just ask! Your professor, academic advisor, friends, faculty, and staff are happy to help you find the resource you’re looking for.  Don’t forget that as a student you are equipped with a wide range of resources that you can add to your treasure map of success such as the support of family and friends, your determination and motivation to succeed, and all your previous years of learning experiences.

Health Services “Survivor” program distributed 100 “Survival Kits” to students during the 2nd week of classes. map1Students also participated in deciphering riddles and locating the various resources available on campus to complete their Treasure Maps to Success. One lucky student was the first to decipher all the riddles and win a gift card.

See if you can decipher the riddles below:

In offices two, we are always around to help you. 24/7 we get calls, always ready in the halls. We make this place home, so you can crack open your school tomes.

You can ‘work your way up’ to becoming involved on campus as a student leader. Stop by before grabbing a quick bite before class.

Within a quiet “take out” place, you may find groups or even pairs. A downward path that can ‘lift up’ by elevator or by stairs.

A lion’s eyes are watching where there are no games of chance. There at the touch of button 2 you are able to advance to a place of calm and peace among a whisper of content, you’ll find yourself much better for a time that was well spent.

Roommates, clubs, and exams can cause you to have a fit… But we are here to help, you can bet on it!map3


 Come see us for some helpful tips…so your grades won’t dip…

Don’t gamble with your future. It is a sure bet that when you visit this office, they will direct you to the path of success. You may now resume your treasure hunt.

Beyond every novel is an open door…Come on over and let’s explore, an opportunity will become clear…Just work hard and preserve.

Feel like looking for some fun to do… all that homework will make you blue. Back porch, dippin’ dots and more…GCU has lots to explore.

I fell like I’m juggling all my responsibilities and having trouble finding resources to assist with my academics, financial, and personal issues. Who can I turn to?

Along a bustling hallway is a place to make your day. Your path to success will not be complete, a mentor with 2 titles you must first meet.

Your Treasure Map to Success:

Residence Life

Women in Leadership/Emerging Leaders

The Learning Connection

Health Services

Counseling Center

Student Success

Career Services

EOF/Educational  Opportunity Fund Program

Student Activities

Case Management

Associate Provost/ Dean of Student Affairs

May 12

Stress Can Hurt Your Health!

Stress CAN Hurt Your Health!

The good news is that there is much you can do t6o reduce the effects of stress on your body. Counseling, TLC, Case management and Health Services treated students on May 4th  to fresh fruit smoothies and stress busting activities.  Balancing stress during the final days of busy  schedules crammed with class work, research projects, papers, and extra curricular activities. Students explored these stress breakers in the A&S Breezeway.beads11balancem3

May 11

The Gray of Consent (Sexual Assault Awareness Month-April 2015)


Georgian Court University recognizes the importance of education and awareness surrounding sexual assault and sexual violence. Each April the GCU Healthy Campus team helps spread the message during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) by offering various programs and events to help bring the issues to light and educate the community about the importance of taking a stand to be part of the solution to end violence.

Sexual assault and violence, in general, is a major public health, social justice and human rights issue. Teal ribbons are worn to raise awareness in support of ending violence. Everyone can play a role in creating safer campuses across the nation.


GCU students spoke out and pledged to take a stand against violence.

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GCU students also distributed and wore teal ribbons and beads to raise awareness and support in ending violence.

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The “Gray of Consent”  Workshop

Scenarios meant to stimulate discussion about the “gray” issues that may arise around consent were distributed to students. Students expressed their thoughts on large interconnecting puzzle pieces to signify the confusion and ambiguity often associated with consent including the reasons  why someone might not be able to give their consent.

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April Tully, LCSW, of the US Department of Veteran Affairs spoke to students regarding on Sexual Assault in the Military.

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Monica Gural, JD, supervising attorney for Legal Services of New Jersey spoke on Domestic Violence.

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Mar 27


Got Milk? It certainly does the body good. Whether you choose whole milk, 1% milk, or skim milk it is a powerhouse of vital nutrients  Most people think of milk and its important role in building strong bones. The body doesn’t work with one nutrient at a time, rather it works together with the many nutrients found in food. Milk and milk products provide the right amount of bone-building nutrients, specifically calcium, vitamin D, protein, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B12 and zinc. So reach for that glass of milk!

Calcium choices for those who are lactose intolerant or choose not to consume milk products:

Look for calcium fortified juices, cereals, breads, rice milk and almond milk. Canned fish (sardines and salmon with bones),soybeans and other soy products made with calcium sulfate (tofu, tempeh, soy yogurt), dark green leafy greens ( collards & turnip greens, kale, bok choy). Remember that the amount of calcium that can be absorbed from these foods varies.

GCU students took the milk challenge in honor of March, National Nutrition Month.milk 15milk 19milk 10milk3milk1milk 24milk 23milk 21milk 20milk 16milk 14milk 11milk 9milk 8milk 7milk 6milk 4

SMILE! Where’s your milk mustache!

Consuming dairy products provides many health benefits.

Calcium builds bone and teeth. 3 cups of dairy products can improve bone mass.

Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Dairy products especially yogurt & soy milk provide potassium.

Vitamin D functions in the body to maintain proper levels of calcium & phosphorus thereby helping to build & maintain bones. Look for Vitamin D fortified foods.

Milk products that are either low-fat or fat free provide little or no solid fat but contain the same amount of calcium.
















Nutrient Milk (1 cup)
Low-fat 1% Reduced 2% Whole 1% Choc
Kilocalories 83 102 122 149 158
Protein (g) 8 8 8 8 8
Carbohydrate (g) 12 12 12 12 26
Sugars (g) 12 13 12 12 25
Fiber (g) 0 0 0 0 1
Total Fat (g) 0 2.4 4.8 7.9 2.5
Calories from Fat 0 22 43 71 23
Saturated Fat (g) 0 1.5 3.1 4.6 1.5
Cholesterol 5 12 20 24 8
Cholesterol (%DV) 2% 4% 7% 8% 3%
Sodium (mg) 103 107 115 105 152
Sodium (%DV) 4% 5% 5% 4% 6%
Potassium (mg) 382 366 342 322 425
Potassium (%DV) 11% 11% 10% 9% 12%
Vitamin A (IU) 500 478 464 395 490
Vitamin A (%DV) 10% 10% 13% 11% 14%
Vitamin B12 (ug) 1.2 1 1.3 1.1 0.8
Vitamin B12 (DV) 20% 17% 22% 18% 13%
Vitamin C (mg) 0 0 1 0 2.2
Vitamin C (%DV) 0% 0% 2% 0% 4%
Vitamin D (IU) 115 117 120 124 108
Vitamin D (DV) 29% 30% 30% 31% 27%
Calcium (mg) 299 305 293 276 290
Calcium (%DV) 30% 31% 29% 28% 29%
Folate (ug) 12 12 12 12 12
Folate (%DV) 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%
Iron (mg) 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.7
Iron (%DV) 1% 1% 1% 1% 4%
Magnesium (mg) 27 27 27 24 32
Magnesium (% DV) 7% 7% 7% 6% 8%
Phosphorus (mg) 247 232 224 205 258
Phosphorus (%DV) 25% 23% 22% 21% 26%
Thiamin (mg) 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Thiamin (%DV) 7% 7% 7% 7% 7%
Riboflavin (mg) 0.45 0.45 0.45 0.41 0.42
Riboflavin (%DV) 26% 26% 26% 24% 25%
Niacin (mg) 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3
Niacin (%DV) 1% 1% 1% 1% 2%

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