Dec 13

STRESS LESS END OF SEMESTER FAIR

Trio distributed 100 Finals Survival Bags to students.
Good luck on your finals!

Hot Cocoa with your choice of toppings! Whipped cream galore!

Mindful Mason Jars crafted artfully by students. Thank you TLC & ADSC

Pet therapy in progress.

Color your stress away!

Stress Less End of Semester Fair

Monday, December 11th

11am -3pm

Casino

 

There were many beautiful pet therapy dogs to help students de-stress from approaching exams. Thank you to the volunteers who brought their pet therapy dogs!!!

Students also learned about pet therapy, it’s use, and how a dog goes through training.

Students received free samples from Proctor & Gamble that included laundry detergent, old spice, laundry bags, body wash, and other supplies.

Need to unwind? Try hula hooping…a fun way to let go of the end of semester stress.

Kinetic Sand Play-a neat way to have fun, refocus, and sift your stress away….

Mind in a Bottle- Create your own swirling focal point!

Active Minds, a student organization, handed out stress balls and study tips. They actively engaged students to color to relieve stress.

Over 75 students took advantage of a FREE chair massage during the Stress Less fair.

Lovable & Huggable! Odie!

EOF counselor Gwen Bennet was ready to assist students in kinetic sand play.

Stress slime bags- a fun and different way of creating a stress ball

Nov 02

New Jersey Increases Legal Age of Sale for Purchase of Tobacco Products

On November 1, 2017, New Jersey’s new law raising the age for purchasing tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 19 to 21 took effect. Raising the minimum age to 21 helps protect New Jersey youth from the deadly effects of tobacco use.

New Jersey is the 3rd state in the nation to raise the smoking purchase age to 21 following Hawaii and California. Approximately 13.5% of New Jersey adults between the ages of 18 and 24 smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 11,800 adults die annually in New Jersey from smoking related illnesses.

Governor Christie has made reducing tobacco use a part of his anti-addiction initiatives.

For more information about the new law and about New jersey’s Tobacco Control program, visit #NJ21TobaccoLaw on social media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 13

Lions Walk for Breast cancer Awareness

Check out this breast cancer video created by one of our GCU students!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6I6YWbhIFeSZms3VS1qSWFlRE0/view

A picture is worth a thousand words….

Oct 11

GCU Welcomes Shannon Harvey & her film The Connection

On Thursday October 5th, GCU Healthy Campus Initiative hosted Ms. Shannon Harvey and the screening of her film , “The Connection”.

 

After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at the age of 24. Australian journalist and filmmaker Shannon Harvey was told if her disease progressed she would end up with organ failure or wheelchair bound. Doctors couldn’t offer an explanation as to why her immune system was attacking her own body. There was one thing she did know. When she was stresses, she got worse. Shannon sought answers in pioneering science and discovered a powerful connection between the state of her mind and her potential for recovery. She soon realized that in order to change her health she needed to change her mind.

The film featured a line-up of internationally recognized experts including cutting edge scientists Dr. Herbert Benson ( “The father of modern mind body science”) and Dr. Dean Ornish ( “one of the 50 most influential members of his generation”). It included integrative medical experts like Dr. Andrew Weil (“America’s most trusted MD”) and renowned meditation teacher Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (Credited for bringing mindfulness to the west).

The film also included remarkable true stories of people adding mind body medicine to their healing toolkit to recover from severe back pain, heart disease, infertility, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. Australians featured include George Jelinek, a professor of Emergency medicine, who has recovered from multiple sclerosis and Ian Gawler  who recovered from an aggressive form of bone cancer against all odds.

At a time when 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with a chronic disease in their lifetime and the global cost of healthcare for chronic illness is in the trillions, The Connection, is for people who have tried everything. It offers answers and proves that you can change your mind, change your health, and change your life.

About the filmmaker…

Shannon Harvey is the Director of The Connection. She’s a journalist and a producer from Australia who worked for two of the biggest media organizations in Australia, the ABC and Fairfax before founding her own production company Elemental media.

Ms. Harvey was available after the movie screening for questions.

 

Oct 10

2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month

2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kickoff Event

By Nicole Mossbacher

On Thursday, October 5th, Georgian Court University’s EMPOWER Program hosted their second annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kickoff Event. In 2016, Georgian Court University was awarded a federal grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women to expand programs on campus related to issues surrounding domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus. Community Partners from Providence House, Lakewood Police Department, Family Planning, Ocean County Department of Human Services, St. Francis Community Center, Ocean County Health Department, as well as Georgian Court University’s Counseling center, Health Center, and Campus Security participated in the event.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, honoring the survivors, those currently suffering, and those whose lives have been tragically lost due to domestic violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control (2013), 1 in 4 women (23.2%) and 1 in 7 men (13.9%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Moreover, across all states in the US, 29.3% to 56.2% of men and 36.6% to 57.2% of women have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

 

The CDC also estimates that 44% lesbians, 61% bisexual, and 37% of heterosexual women experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. Conversely, 26% gay, 47% bisexual, and 29% of  heterosexual men also experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.

 

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic or intimate partner violence, know that you are not alone and that GCU cares. There are confidential resources both on and off campus to help you through issues related to domestic violence or sexual assault. Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself, a friend, a classmate, a colleague… for anyone. Through the EMPOWER grant, Providence House Domestic Violence Services is free, confidential, and on campus 3 days per week. They are located in Jeffries Hall 127. Stop by or give them a call at 732-987-2473.

 

 

 

Sep 18

Food for Thought- Crazy for Cauliflower- First in a Series

This is first in the series “Food for Thought”

Be CRAZY about CAULIFLOWER! Cauliflower has numerous health benefits!

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family just like broccoli. This super veggie contains an impressive variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are compounds that plants produce for their protection. Plant phytonutrients also have benefits for us and may aide in disease prevention.

Studies have shown that this super food is also a brain food! Yes, a BRAIN food! Ever hear of choline? Well, choline is a B vitamin that is known for its role in brain development. Interesting… cauliflower does resemble the brain… It also helps to improve learning and memory as well as cognitive function. Let’s see memory…learning…cognitive function… college education…it all goes hand in hand! Cauliflower may also help in reducing age-related memory decline and in protecting the brain from toxins.

 

Sulforaphane and isothiocynates… yes, they are a mouthful…are cancer fighting compounds! Sulforaphane also helps to improve blood pressure and kidney function. Cauliflower also contains anti-inflammatory compounds. Remember that chronic inflammation is the cornerstone of most disease!

 

Looking for a good source of dietary fiber! Choose cauliflower! It may also protect the lining of your stomach. So eat it roasted, or mashed, boiled or baked, it a wise veggie choice! Remember that eating a veggie rich diet can help protect you from heart disease, dementia, arthritis, stroke, and cancer. It may even slow the aging process. Eating more fresh veggies is one of the simplest steps you can take to improve your health. So start munching and start crunching on cauliflower!

Cauliflower is power packed with vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Some of these nutrients can even help you to adapt to stress such as the B vitamins, potassium, and folate.

So don’t pass over… cauliflower! Include it in your diet, today!

May 17

STRESS LESS CARNIVAL… Finals week looms @ GCU

Pick a duck... receive a needed school supply for finals week...

Pick a duck… receive a needed school supply for finals week…

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A fun game of corn hole!

A fun game of corn hole!

Hot dogs and Nachos, galore!

Hot dogs and Nachos, galore!

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What can be better than a massage to relieve stress & tension?

What can be better than a massage to relieve stress & tension?

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Easing the stress of finals!

Easing the stress of finals!

 

What could be better than spending time with an adorable cocker spaniel!

What could be better than spending time with an adorable cocker spaniel!

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Approaching a grueling finals week? Take some time & revitalize with various mindful activities.

Approaching a grueling finals week? Take some time & revitalize with various mindful activities.

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Mandala coloring... always calming...

Mandala coloring… always calming…

Students enjoying popcorn & Dippin Dots during Stress Less Carnival at the onset of Finals Week

Students enjoying popcorn & Dippin Dots during Stress Less Carnival at the onset of Finals Week

GCU enjoying the sun & fun prior to finals week.

GCU enjoying the sun & fun prior to finals week.

Pet Therapy dogs help to relieve stress for students!

Pet Therapy dogs help to relieve stress for students!

m5It’s that time of year again for GCU students. Finals week is beginning and student’s stress levels are rising while their sleep levels are declining. GCU students took a “Stress Less” break to reenergize & refocus prior to finals. The offices of Student Affairs and Student Success planned many activities to engage students and provide them with the tools to de-stress.

 

 

 

 

 

Is STRESS getting the better of you?

Stress is tension or pressures that are a natural part of living our lives. Changes and events in our lives ( finals, papers, assignments all due within a short period of time!) are major sources of stress. Pressures and tension from both good and bad changes can trigger our Stress Alarm System making us feel that we want to either fight the stress or run away from it.

Learning to read your mind and body language is a way to tell if you are under stress. Cold hands, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, forgetfulness, shakiness, headaches, muscle tension, knotted stomach are some of the ways your body/mind let you know that you need to change the stress, leave the stress or go with it.

You don’t have to handle it alone. When confronted with a crisis or overwhelmed with stress talk things out with friends and family. Don’t forget the GCU Counseling Center provides free, confidential services. Contact them at 732-987-2680. Getting help can help to put you back on course and reduce the negative effects STRESS can have on you.

HEALTHFUL TIPS:

Develop a positive, realistic attitude. Recognizing when you are being unfair or unrealistic with yourself is a good start. Give yourself “self applause”, a pat on the back for a job well done and look for the positive in “failure”- what have you learned from this experience.

Getting proper rest and sleep gives both your body and mind time to quiet down and regenerate.

Relaxation is a skill in itself. Listen to music, exercise, meditate, and mindful activities quiet you down to feel renewed.

 

DON”T FOOL YOURSELF. Drugs, tobacco , and alcohol are no cure for stress!

Foods high in protein, vitamin C, B, and A protect us from the effects of stress. These are found in whole grain foods, fruits and veggies, especially citrus fruits, dark green leafy veggies, meat , and dairy products. Caffeine, candy bars, and junk food create false energy and stress the body even more.

May 01

The Truth about Bananas

Fresh-Fruit-Banana-HD-WallpaperThe Truth about Bananas

by Jessica Innocent

Many of us know bananas as fruit and they are in fact classified as a dessert. Bananas are commonly eaten when they are fully ripped but are initially intended for cooking. There are different types of bananas such as sweet bananas, cooking bananas, and plantains. Bananas have become a very popular fruit alongside strawberries and apples. Bananas are grown in about 130 different countries worldwide and have been labeled as the fifth most important agricultural food crop.

Bananas are consumed by people for its health benefits. Bananas contain about three different vitamins such as vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin A. these vitamins take up almost half of vitamins in minerals that are contained in each banana. Bananas are very low in sodium which is great and low in fat as well. Bananas are also essentially a good source of fiber as well as a good source of antioxidant. Healthy aging is supported by these antioxidants as well good heart health and healthy brain support. For the heart health benefits if bananas they’re a good source of potassium and are suggested to be a daily intake. Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure as well as helps with the functioning of the heart. It is said that higher intake of potassium reduces the risk of a stroke. Because bananas have a great source of fiber it also helps aid our digestive health. Bananas are not only resourceful for the body but are great for weight loss as well. There are many dietary plans that consist of eating bananas daily to help reduce weight gain.

Bananas are a great fruit and dessert and should essentially be consumed about twice a day for a healthy body system. Not only do they taste good but they are great for your health as well.

May 01

83 Ways to Love Your Body and to Love Your Self

83 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR BODY AND TO LOVE YOURSELF

BY TANAYAH HARLEY & JESSICA INNOCENT

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  1. DO SOMETHING YOU WERE AFRAID TO DO……….2. READ A BOOK……….3. NOURISH YOURSELF……….4.RESPECT YOURSELF……….5.RESPECT OTHERS……….6.TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF……….7.SET ASIDE GOALS………. 8.GIVE BACK………. 9.BE COMPASSIONATE………. 10.GET MORE SLEEP………. 11.TAKE YOURSELF ON DATES………. 12. START A JOURNAL………. 13.TAKE SELFIES………. 14.PAMPER YOURSELF………. 15.HAVE POSITIVE VIBES………. 16.BANISH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS………. 17.ENCOURAGE YOUSELF………. 18.ALWAYS APPRECIATE YOUR BODY………. 19. KEEP YOUR HEAD HELD HIGH………. 20.WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING………. 21.SPEAK POSITIVELY ABOUT YOURSELF………. 22. LEAVE POSITIVE NOTES AROUND YOUR HOME………. 23.PROMOTE LOVE TO YOURSELF………. 24.ALWAYS BE PROUD OF YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED………. 25.APPRECIATE YOUR BODY AND WHAT IT DOES FOR YOU………. 26.ACCEPT ALL YOUR BODY’S FLAWS………. 27.GLORIFY YOUR BODY’S SUCCESS………. 28.CARE FOR YOUR BODY……….. 29.DONT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS………. 30.DONT STRESS ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS………. 31.FOCUS ON WHAT HELPS YOU FEEL GOOD………. 32.FIND A ROUTINE FOR YOU AND STICK TO IT………. 33.ALWAYS TAKE DEEP BREATHES………. 34.SET ASIDE BUSINESS AND PLEASURE………. 35.TAKE A BUBBLE BATH………. 36.GET NEW HOBBIES………. 37.SIT AND THINK………. 38.EXPLORE NEW PLACES………. 39.RELAX AND WATCH MOVIES………. 40.GO OUT TO THE MOVIES WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS………. 41. ENJOY NATURE………. 42.DRINK PLENTY OF WATER………. 43.TAKE A WALK ……….44.TAKE NAPS ……….45.EAT CHOCOLATE ……….46.GAZE AT THE STARS ……….47.LEARN TO FORGIVE ……….48.ALWAYS LOOK AT THE GLASS HALF FULL AND NOT HALF EMPTY ……….49.BE OPTIMISITIC ……….50. BUY FRESH FLOWERS EVERY NOW AND THEN ……….51. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS ……….52.BEIEVE IN YOURSELF ……….53.USE COLOFUL PENS FOR NO REASON ……….54.SMILE ……….55.STRETCH ……….56.CALL A FRIEND ……….57.ASK FOR HELP ……….58.MEDITATE ……….59.LIST THINGS YOU’RE GRATEFUL FOR ……….60.CREATE SOMETHING ……….61.ASK FOR HUGS AND GIVE THEM OFTEN ……….62.LIGHT A CANDLE ……….63.GET IN TUNE WITH MOTHER NATURE ……….64.EAT ICE-CREAM ……….65.USE SCENTED LOTIONS AND SOAPS THAT YOU LOVE ……….66.GIVE COMPLIMENTS ……….67.LISTEN TO MUSIC ……….68.PLAY A SPORT ……….69.EAT ALL THE FOODS YOU LOVE ……….70.BE SILLY WHEN YOU WANT TO ……….71. LAUGH ……….72.STOP WORRYING YOURSELF ……….73.TRUST YOURSELF ……….74.DO SOMETHING THATS ONLY FOR YOU ……….75.MAKE SURE YOUR HEALTH IS IN ORDER ……….76. DANCE ……….77. STAND UP FOR YOURSELF ……….78.AVOID NEGATIVE PEOPLE ……….79.DREAM BIG ……….80.STOP PROCRASTINATING ……….81.IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION ……….82.TOOT YOUR OWN HORN ……….83.AVOID EATING IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION.

May 01

March Madness for Nutrition

MARCH MADNESS FOR NUTRITION

BY TANAYAH HARLEY

March was Nutrition Month, and for “Wellness on Wheels” there was a table set up in the hallway of Jeffries where students were able to pick up fun facts about nutrition and even a stress ball for their upcoming finals. The information ranged from what non-organic fruits were good to eat and what fruits needed to be bought organic for safety from pesticides. There was also information about what healthy snacks people should replace from the unhealthy snacks they ate. Let’s not forget about our contest that went on. The students were challenged to eat healthy meals all month and with those healthy meals they were able to take a photo of the healthy meal itself or them eating it and send the photo to Health Services. The more photos they took the greater chance they had to win. The grand prize for the contest was a dinner for 2 at a local restaurant. What a way to end March Madness!!!

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Ever wonder what GMO means? Well, it means Genetically Modified Organisms. The 10 WORST FOODS that are prominently high in GMO’s are the following:

 Corn

Canola

Soy

Aspartame

Papayas

Cotton

Dairy

Zucchini

Yellow Squash.

Be sure to ask about the nutrition facts about your meal when going out to eat and make sure you read the nutrition labels on foods and drinks.

Did you miss “Snack Attack”? Well don’t worry because you are able to do the same thing at home. During “Snack Attack” there was information given about healthy snacks you could eat and there was a table set out in the Gavan Lounge where you were able to come and make your own trail mix. Ingredients included raisins, white and dark mini chocolate chips, cheerios, pretzels, popcorn , and more… lots more. You are able to make these at home just using healthy little snacks and putting them together in a little plastic bag.

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