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.

Feb 19

Beat this!

Did you know these amazing HEART facts?blood

Every day your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles

The average heart beats 72 times a minute, 100,000 times a day, 2.5 billion times during your lifetime

The heart begins beating 4 weeks after conception and does not stop until death

A women’s heart typically beats faster than a man’s

Your heart is about the size of 2 hands clasped together

The thump-thump of a heart beat is the sound made by the 4 valves of the heart closing

A good belly laugh can send 20% more blood flowing through the body, so laughter is good medicine

Your heart has it’s own electrical pulse and can keep beating even if separated from the body, however, id does need to have a supply of oxygen

75 trillion cells in your body receive blood from your heart – the corneas do not

 Your heart will pump nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood during your lifetime- enough to fill 200 tanker cars

A newborn baby has about 1 cup of blood in circulation; an adult has 4-5 quarts

Cocaine affects the heart’s electrical activity and causes spasms of the arteries which can lead to heart attack or stroke even in healthy people

The more education you have, the lower your risk of heart disease

The number of heart attacks peaks on Christmas day followed by December 26th and New Years

A healthy love life, happiness and a strong sense of emotional vitality lowers the risk of heart disease

When the body is at rest, it takes only 6 seconds for the blood to go from the heart to the lungs and back, only 8 seconds for it to go to the brain and back, and only 16 seconds for it to reach the toes and travel all the way back to the heart

The blue whale has the largest heart weighing 1500 pounds

WOW! Amazing! Very interesting! The magnificence of the HEART!

When it comes to matters of the heart, men and women aren’t created equal. A man’s heart  weighs about 11 ounces while a women’s heart weighs around 8 ounces. A women’s heart is not only smaller than a man’s but the telltale signs of a heart attack may also differ.


Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.


More than 500,000 people have heart attacks each year. Women are more likely to experience some of the other common symptoms of a heart attack (see below).

Heart Attack Signs in  Women

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

heart attack

If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

What is a heart attack?

Your heart muscle needs oxygen to survive. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely (View an animation of blood flow). This happens because coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood flow can slowly become narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances that together are called plaque. This slow process is known as atherosclerosis . When a plaque in a heart artery breaks, a blood clot forms around the plaque. This blood clot can block the blood flow through the heart muscle. When the heart muscle is starved for oxygen and nutrients, it is called ischemia. When damage or death of part of the heart muscle occurs as a result of ischemia, it is called a heart attack or myocardial infarction (MI). About every 43 seconds, someone in the United States has a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

However, remember that heart disease is the biggest killer of both men and women! SO, make that heart healthy choices now!

Don’t Smoke. Avoid secondhand smoke!

 EAT RIGHT! Fruits, low fat meats, chicken, loads of veggies,

and whole grains

 Control Blood Pressure. Have it checked regularly!

 Manage cholesterol. Limit foods high in cholesterol, saturated fat, and/or trans-fat.

 Get Active! Move! Move! Move!

 Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

 Manage Stress. Take time to relax.

 Avoid being overweight. Try to lose any extra pounds since being overweight contributes to heart disease.

If you have additional questions, please contact Health Services @ ext. 2756

Dec 10

De-Stress Fest


30886676429291891119596979899100102103104105109114113116115107117118119De-Stress Fest was held Monday, December 7th in the Casino. It is a time to take a break and clear your mind to prepare for exams. A representative from the Monmouth /Ocean County Food Bank was on hand to help students without health insurance to enroll in the Federal Health Care Exchange program. In addition, various resources including local food banks and agencies that will help with utility bills were provided.

Students who attended were able to play Mario Kart on a giant screen, scooter for balls as a Hungry Hippo, soothe their stress away by petting the various therapy dogs, treat sore, achy muscles with a chair massage, choose a fragrance to make sugar scrub hand wash, create their own mind in a bottle, walk The Labyrinth, color their world bright, fashion an origami rose pen, pop your stress away, tie-dye a pair of socks, create a neck warmer or a stress ball, play with Legos, bubbles, play dooh and many more activities.11593322122281352334313738398575868784

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