Dec 09

Stress Less During Final Week of Classes!

MANDALA COLORING REFOCUS YOUR THOUGHTS

MANDALA COLORING
REFOCUS YOUR THOUGHTS

Need a stress ball! You can make one at the Stress Less fair!

Need a stress ball!
You can make one at the Stress Less fair!

  The GCU Stress Less Event has become an annual tradition. The offices of Student Affairs and Student Success get together to provide fun and stress free events before Finals Week kicks in. This provides opportunities to relax, unwind, refocus, and have fun before the grueling week of final exams.

Stress is an important factor that can affect academic performance and success. Yes, the competition for grades, deadlines for papers and projects, a heavy course load, work, relationships, fear of academic failure, the need to perform well, career choices and many other aspects of “college life” cause stress. Stress can stop you cold in your tracks. Stress can be paralyzing.  Stress can affect your health. If you were unable to visit the fair, GCU counselor Elizabeth Tomasulo, Psy.D has the following  stress management strategies:

Strategy #1   GET MOVING! Put on some music and dance, dance, dance! Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car in the farthest spot in the lot and walk the rest of the way. Pair up with an exercise partner and encourage each other as you work out. Visit the GCU fitness center!

 

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PET THERAPY DOGS HELP RELIEVE THE STRESS

 

 

 

 

 

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Strategy #2 ENGAGE SOCIALLY! Help someone else by volunteering. Thank you to all the student volunteers during the stress less event! Call or e-mail an old friend. Schedule weekly dinner date with friends. Meet new people by joining an activity or club.

Pick a Duck Win a school supply! pens, pencils, clips, highlighters, galore

Pick a Duck
Win a school supply!
pens, pencils, clips, highlighters, galore

 

 

 

Strategy #3 AVOID UNNECESSARY STRESS Learn how to say “no”. Avoid people who stress you out. Take control of your environment.

Students enjoyed Sno Cones Very Refreshing!!!! Very De-stressing!

Students enjoyed Sno Cones
Very Refreshing!!!!
Very De-stressing!

 

Strategy #4 Accept the Things You Can’t Change! Don’t try to control the uncontrollable. Look for the upside. Learn to forgive.

Paint a pine cone!

Paint a pine cone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategy #5 MAKE TIME FOR FUN AND RELAXATION Set aside relaxation time. Do something you enjoy every day. Keep your sense of humor. And visit the Stress Less fair on campus!

Enjoy a FREE Chair Massage!

Enjoy a FREE Chair Massage!

 

 

Ring Toss! Physical activity is good for the mind and good for your health.

Ring Toss!
Physical activity is good for the mind and good for your health.

 

 

Stress Less is also a great time to enroll in social services

Stress Less Fair  is also a great time to enroll in social services

 

GCU students picking their "Duck Pond" prize

GCU students picking their “Duck Pond” prize

 

Navigator provided assistance for students to enroll in ACA health insurance

Navigator provided assistance for students to enroll in ACA health insurance

 

 

TRIO provided students with study tips including techniques to help students prioritize assignments.

 

 

 

Res Life provided students with a Hot Cocoa bar Cookies and marshmallows galore!

Res Life provided students with a Hot Cocoa bar
Cookies and marshmallows galore!

Nov 18

How SWEET it is?

A “spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” but are you aware that there’s plenty of sugar in a multitude of common grocery items even the ones that are supposed to be “healthy”.

Why worry about sugar? Sugar is a carbohydrate. One teaspoon of sugar equals 4 grams and contains about 16 calories. So, what’s all the fuss about? Unfortunately, when sugar is eaten in large amounts it provides excess empty calories that can lead to weight gain and raise your insulin levels upsetting your body’s blood sugar balance. The rise in insulin levels caused by an increased sugar intake may cause inflammation, increasing your risk for disease. It may also inhibit key hormones that regulate your immune system. Insulin causes your body to store fat. That is why a high sugar intake is linked to obesity and weight gain. High sugar intake is also linked to elevated levels of triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood that has been linked to cardiovascular disease.

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Sugars which occur naturally in foods are “good sugars”. The foods that contain “good sugars” also provide key nutrients to your body. They are:

Low fat or skim milk

Fruits: blueberries, apples, pineapples, oranges, bananas, melons, etc.

Most veggies: carrots, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower

The so-called “bad sugars” are found in foods that are typically laden with sugar. They are:hsii2

Soda

Pancake syrup

Candy

Cake, cookies , donuts, etc.

BUT BEWARE! Some foods that sound healthy are loaded with sugar, too! These include:

Granola 2/3 c=4 tsp.

Dried fruit 1 c=21 tsp.

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Orange juice 8oz=5 tsp.

Snapple Ice tea 1 bottle=8.5 tsp.

Power Bar= 4.75 tsp.

Frozen Yogurt 8oz=8.5 tsp.

WOW! THAT’S ALOT OF SUGAR!

So exactly how much sugar should we be eating? It’s recommended that Americans eat no more than 8 teaspoons of sugar per day based on a 2,000 calorie diet. That’s about 32 grams of sugar if you’re reading labels.

REMEMBER: 1TEASPOON=16 GRAMS=16CALORIES

Be aware and  read your food labels to determine how much sugar you are eating!

Oct 25

October is Disabilities Month

October is Disabilities Awareness Month

By Luana Fahr

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October is Disabilities Awareness Month. Many people suffer from both visible and invisible disabilities. People are not defined by their disabilities, and it is, therefore, very important to be aware of placing the person before the disability in our thoughts and in our language

ADA (American with Disabilities Act) defines a person with a disability as a “person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity”. On October 18, 2016, the Academic Development and Support Center hosted a student panel. The student panel chose to self-identify and offered open and thoughtful discussions of their disabilities and the impact they have had on their lives. The panel was formed to bring awareness to the GCU community of not only the challenges, but the positive aspects of living with a disability. Most people will experience at least one disability within their lifetime. We have no idea what a person is going through, especially in terms of invisible disabilities. The students, in particular, wanted to encourage the message of being treated the same as everyone else and that they have developed many important strengths as a result of their disabilities.

Did you know?

  • Around 10% of the world’s population, or 650 million p[people, live with a disability. They are the world’s largest minority and are the most marginalized population.
  • 56 million Americans, or 1-in-5, live with disabilities. Thirty-eight million disabled Americans, or 1-in-10, live with severe disabilities.
  • 30% of astronauts have autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • People with learning disabilities have average to above average intelligence
  • Only 17% of young adults with disabilities inform postsecondary schools about their needs.

 

Can you match the person listed with his or her disability?

  1. Demi Lovato                                                            a. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  2. Stephen Hawking                                                     b. Blind
  3. Walt Disney                                                              c. Bipolar Disorder
  4. Vincent Van Gogh                                                    d. Depression
  5. Dan Akroyd                                                               e. Deafness
  6. Cher                                                                          f. Autism
  7. Stevie Wonder                                                          g. Learning Disability
  8. Ludwig Von Beethoven                                             h. Dyslexia

answers: 1-c,2-a,3-g,4-d,5-f,6-h,7-b,8-e

True or False

a. Some disabilities are invisible

b. Words such as wheelchair bound, handicapped, or special needs are acceptable to use.

c. When talking with a person in a wheelchair for more than a few minutes, place yourself at the wheelchair user’s eye level.

d. If a person is deaf, speak to the sign language interpreter sitting next to him or her in order to communicate.

e. It’s okay to ask people with speech problems to repeat what they said if you didn’t understand the first time.

f. Petting or playing with your friend’s service dog will make it feel more comfortable.

g. If you have a disability, you should no longer request accommodations or adjustments in college.

answers: a-T, b-F, c-T, d-F, e-T, f-F, g-F

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Helpful Hints when meeting friends with disabilities. ( from Easter Seals)

There is an appropriate and inappropriate way to interact with people with disabilities. For example, the phrase “people with a disability’ is preferred instead of “handicapped person” because the word “handicapped” derives from “cap in hand”, a phrase associated with beggars and begging.

  • It’s okay to offer your help to someone, but don’t just go ahead. Ask first. Or wait for someone to ask you for your help.
  • It’s okay to ask people about their disabilities and it’s okay for them not to talk about it.
  • Remember, just because people use wheelchairs, it doesn’t mean they are sick. Lots of people who use wheelchairs are healthy and strong.
  • It’s okay to ask people who have a speech problem to repeat what they said if you don’t understand the first time.
  • Don’t speak loudly when talking to people with visual impairments. They hear as well as you do.
  • Never pet or play with seeing eye dogs. They can’t be distracted from the job they are doing.
  • Invite friends with disabilities to join you in daily activities and special occasions. Think about ways to make sure they can be involved in the things you do.
  • Don’t park in places reserved for people with disabilities.
  • Treat a person with a disability the way you would like to be treated and you’ll have a friend for life. People with disabilities are entitled to the courtesies that you extend to anyone. This includes their personal privacy. if you don’t generally ask people personal questions, then don’t ask those questions of people with disabilities.

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Disability Etiquette ( excerpt by Kathie Snow; visit www.disabilityisnatural.com to see complete article)

Remember: a disability descriptor is simply a medical diagnosis. People First Language respectfully puts the person before the disability. A person with a disability is more like people without disabilities than different.

Say:                                                                      Instead of:

People with disabilities.                                         The handicapped or disabled.

He has a cognitive disability/diagnosis.                  He’s mentally retarded

She has autism (or a diagnosis of)                       She’s autistic.

She has a learning disability                                  She’s learning disabled.

She’s of short stature/ she’s a little person             She’s a dwarf/midget.

He has a mental health condition/diagnosis         He’s emotionally disturbed/mentally ill.

She uses a wheelchair                                          She’s confined to/is wheelchair bound

Children without disabilities                                    Normal or healthy kids

Communicates with his eyes/device/etc.                Is non-verbal

Congenital disability                                               Birth defect

Brain injury                                                             Brain damaged

Accessible parking                                                 Handicapped parking, hotel room, etc.

She needs… or she uses…                                    She has problems with/ has special needs

People we serve                                                    Client, consumer, recipient, etc.

 

There are many other descriptors that we need to change- Keep thinking!

For more information contact the Academic Development and Support Center located on the lower level of the GCU Library.

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Sep 30

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

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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”

 

 

STAY SAFE TIPS

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

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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.

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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
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  • 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.

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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

Pharmacies:

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

 

 

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                                                               WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CONSENT?

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May 13

Stress Buster Bazaar Spring 2016

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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

 Strategies

  • 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

Strategies 

  • 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

Strategies

  • 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

 

Impact    
  • 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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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?

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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!

ZUMBA, ZUMBA, ZUMBA!!!
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.

 

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