January 2017: Physical Wellbeing

This month, Thrive is focusing on Physical Wellbeing! Physical wellbeing can mean regular exercise that you enjoy, making sure you eat a balanced diet, and getting plenty of sleep. Unlike many modern cultural interpretations, being physically well does not mean fitting into conventional standards of body size. It means embracing body diversity and honoring oneself through positive self-talk and healthy choices.

There are many resources on campus that can help your student achieve the healthiest version of themselves. Campus Recreation offers a variety of fun classes to accommodate a range of interests. This is a great way for your student to de-stress and meet new people. There are also wonderful walking trails around campus that your student can explore while connecting with nature. Our fabulous Campus Dining offers nutrition wellness programs that can help educate your student on which foods are best for studying, exercising, and building a strong immune system.

By prioritizing physical health, your student may see strong improvements in his/her academic achievements and overall wellbeing. Sleep is also an important aspect of physical health. It can restore your body’s natural immune function, increase mental clarity, and improve overall mood. Talking to your student about budgeting time for sleep is a great way to help him or her along on the journey to success. 

Staying Healthy During Communal Living

While your student may love living amongst his/hre peers, it is not always most effective for maintaining good health. With so many people sharing one space, sickness tends to spread fast. In order to stay healthy during the winter months, here are some tips you can share with your student about how to maintain optimum health while living in a residence hall. 

Thrive Activities This Month: 

Strength Training Workshop  – January 24th at 5pm

Have you ever thought about lifting weights, but unsure where to start? Come learn about the benefits of strength training and how to effectively build your own workout program in this fun and interactive workshop!   Facilitated by Swain Lewis, Assistant Coordinator of Fitness. Sponsored by the Office of Wellbeing and Campus Recreation.  Sign up on the PDC Here! 

Body Positivity Week – January 23-27

Amidst the January rush of diet commercials and New Year’s resolutions, it can be hard to maintain a positive self-image. The Office of Wellbeing, along with the Women’s Center and the University Counseling Center will be hosting a campus-wide campaign to promote self-love and positive self-image. Along with the campaign, there will be a Dinner and Dialogue on January 26th to discuss what body image looks like at Wake Forest and how students can lift each other up. 

Move More! Move Often! – January 4 – January 20th

Is your student ready to increase his/her physical activity in a fun and social way? Then look no further. Move More! Move Often! is an 8-week program based on a step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity.  Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor daily steps and physical activity.  Throughout the 8-week challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials, and discounts to help individuals reach their physical activity goals. Participants can choose between two options:

Option 1: The traditional walking groups – walking only.

Option 2: A progressive walk-to-run program designed to help beginners make the transition from walking to running.

Encourage your student to get out and register today!  More information can be found HERE.

Sleepin’ Deacon Challenge – February 6th – 24th

Sleep has been shown to be one the most important health practices, but with schoolwork and extracurricular activities it can be hard for your student to make it a priority. This February, the we are hosting the “Sleepin’ Deacon” challenge, an interactive and fun way to improve sleep hygiene! During the week of February 6th, students can attend workshops on the benefits and best habits for sleep, followed by a two-week challenge where they will practice what they learned.

Encourage your student to attend and check back on our website for more updates about the program!