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Student Health 101

Student Health 101 is an online magazine for students with information about healthy living.

 

 

 

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Nutrition

Did you know that 12.6% of MRU students eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day? Good nutrition has a strong link to your well-being; it can help you keep your energy up, and it can help you perform well academically (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).

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Mental Health

Mental health can be one of the top concerns for university students. With 1 in 5 Canadians expected to experience a mental illness at some point during their lives, this is something that touches all of us in one way or another (Canadian Mental Health Association, 2015). But there are lots of things ...

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Fitness

Did you know that physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of over 25 chronic conditions (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2015), including coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and various cancers? Physical activity can also be a great way to battle stress and to improve mood...

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Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships

Sex, sexually transmitted infections, healthy relationships, pregnancy prevention, and much more. Sometimes it can seem like there is a lot to know! But don't worry, the links below can give you information on the different topics you are interested in, and they can let you know about some of the ...

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Drugs, Alcohol and Addictions

Did you know that there is a pretty large discrepancy for what MRU students think other students are doing compared to what is really happening? For example, when asked about the habits of their peers, the average MRU student thinks that 96.8% of their peers have used alcohol within the last 30 days, but in reality only 75.1% ...

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Sleep Health

Did you know that 40% of MRU students report sleep is difficult to handle or traumatic? (American College Health Association, 2016). Sleep is very important for overall well-being and for academic success.

 

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Financial Health

More than 50% of students worry about finances... just like everyone else.

 

 

 

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General Health

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NutritionDid you know that 12.6% of MRU students eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day? Good nutrition has a strong link to your well-being; it can help you keep your energy up, and it can help you perform well academically (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).

Check out the links below for tips on nutrition and eating well...

  1. Dietitians of Canada
  2. Mount Royal University Nutrition Services
  3. Canada's Food Guide
  4. SAMRU Peer Support Centre (Breakfast)
  5. SAMRU Sustainability Centre (Good Food Box)
  6. Wellness Podcast - Breakfast
  7. Heart and Stroke Foundation
     

PodCAST Links (great information shared by people like you):

  1. Breakfast:   http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_09-11-03.shtml
  2. Wallet vs Waistline: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_09-02-01.shtml
  3. Drinking Healthier: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_08-12-01.shtml

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Mental Health

Mental health can be one of the top concerns for university students. With 1 in 5 Canadians expected to experience a mental illness at some point during their lives, this is something that touches all of us in one way or another (Canadian Mental Health Association, 2015). But there are lots of things we can do to encourage good self-care, to seek help when we need it, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness.


Check out the links below to find out more information about mental health, mental illness, and resources...

  1. Canadian Mental Health Association
  2. MRU Student Counselling
  3. Mental Health Commission of Canada
  4. Mental Health Resources on Campus
  5. Got A Brain
  6. HeadsUpGuys - For Men. About Men: Health Strategies for Managing and Preventing Depression.
     

PodCAST Links (great information shared by people like you):-

  1. Stress Busters - Technique #1: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_10-02-02.shtml
  2. Stress Busters - Technique #2: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_10-02-03.shtml
  3. We Are Not Alone: http://www.mtroyal.ca/CampusServices/WellnessServices/WeAreNotAlone.htm
  4. I Am Not Alone - Story #2: http://www.mtroyal.ca/CampusServices/WellnessServices/not-alone-story-02-youtube.html

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Fitness Did you know that physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of over 25 chronic conditions (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2015), including coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and various cancers? Physical activity can also be a great way to battle stress and to improve mood (CDC, 2015). Even doing aerobic activity in 10 minutes bouts can have a great impact. 48.1% of MRU students are meeting the Physical Activity Recommendations for Adults. 


Check out the links below to find out more information about fitness and physical activity...

  1. Mount Royal University Recreation
  2. Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
  3. ParticipACTION
     

PodCAST Links (great information shared by people like you):-

  1. Runners and Walkers - Lover body stretches: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_09-05-04.shtml
  2. Wellness Tip - Book Stand: http://www.mtroyal.ca/CampusServices/WellnessServices/WellnessTipBookStand.htm
  3. Back Pack - Best Practices: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_08-10-02.shtml 

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Sexual Health and Healthy RelationshipsSex, sexually transmitted infections, healthy relationships, pregnancy prevention, and much more. Sometimes it can seem like there is a lot to know! But don't worry, the links below can give you information on the different topics you are interested in, and they can let you know about some of the resources available on campus and in Calgary. 

Check out the links below to find out more information about sexual health....

  1. Planned Parenthood
  2. Stepping Up
  3. Go Ask Alice
  4. Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse
  5. Calgary Sexual Health Centre
  6. Alberta Health Services - Sexual and Reproductive Health
  7. Sexuality and U
  8. Sex Germs
  9. Responsibella
  10. Wyckham Pharmacy
  11. SAMRU Pride Centre
     

PodCAST Links (great information shared by people like you):-

  1. Responsibella and the Sex Crusades (Season 1/Ep 1): https://youtu.be/YhF3BgtmRMU
  2. Responsibella and the Sex Crusades (Season 1/Ep 2): https://youtu.be/fOmJKmjWlKo
  3. Multi-Faith on SEX: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_09-03-01.shtm

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Drugs, Alcohol and Addictions

Did you know that there is a pretty large discrepancy for what MRU students think other students are doing compared to what is really happening? For example, when asked about the habits of their peers, the average MRU student thinks that 96.8% of their peers have used alcohol within the last 30 days, but in reality only 75.1% of MRU students have used alcohol within the last 30 days. We also are seeing the same discrepancies regarding perceptions around tobacco. Alcohol and drug use is not as prevalent on our campus as we may think. However, for some individuals drugs, alcohol, and addictions can be a serious problem. 

Check out the links below to find out more information...

  1. Alberta Health Services - Addiction & Substance Abuse
  2. Alberta Quits (Tobacco)

 

PodCAST Links (great information shared by people like you):-

  1. Tobacco Free: Smoking = Attractive!: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_10-02-06.shtml
  2. Tobacco Free: Smoking = Convenient: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_10-02-04.shtml
  3. Tobacco Free: Smoking = Invincible: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_10-02-04.shtml

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General Health
Here are some useful links regarding general health...

  1. Health Canada
  2. Alberta Health
  3. Calgary Health Region
  4. Healthy Alberta
  5. Health Link Alberta
  6. Public Health Agency of Canada
  7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

PodCAST Links (great information shared by people like you):-

  1. Mono - The Kissing Disease: http://www.mtroyal.ca/CampusServices/WellnessServices/MiBi-MonoProject-youtube.html
  2. All About Ulcers: http://www.mtroyal.ca/CampusServices/WellnessServices/MiBi-UlcerProject-youtube.html
  3. Pass the WORD - Not the GERMS!: http://www.mtroyal.ca/Wellness/podcast/video/wellnessPodCAST_09-06-04.shtml

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Sleep HealthDid you know that 40% of MRU students report sleep is difficult to handle or traumatic? (American College Health Association, 2016). Sleep is very important for overall well-being and for academic success.

Designated locations for sleep on campus

The Nap Room (Located on the third floor of Wyckham)
This room is a designated silent area designed for students to take naps. This supervised room provides lockers and lounge-styled chairs. Hours are weekdays 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. Pillows and blankets are not provided.
Rules: one person per chair; no talking; and no phone use.

The Fort (Located on the second floor of Wyckham)
This room is meant to provide a location for students to lounge and relax. Naps can be taken in this area. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Rules: doors must stay open and starry lights must be on; no food and/or drinks inside; no blankets; and keep the room clean.

Useful links regarding healthy sleep habits:

  1. Canadian Sleep Society
  2. Better Sleep Society of Canada
  3. Wellness PodCAST on Getting a Good Night's Sleep
  4. Information on Why Blue Light Affects Your Sleep
  5. How to Remove Blue Light on an iPhone
  6. How to Remove Blue Light on an Android

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Financial Health

Wellness Services know that students are stressed about money. Go to the Financial Health page for some great information and tips on dealing with financial matters.

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