Health tips and more from the Hiram College Health Center

Six Tips for College Health and Safety

Six Tips for College Health and Safety Going to college is an exciting time in a young person’s life. It’s a time for gaining new knowledge and experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Here are a few pointers for college students on staying safe and healthy. Maintain a healthy lifestyle starting with diet and exercise. Follow an eating plan with portions from the basic food groups. Also be aware that beverages may be adding extra calories. Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise each week. Be creative about ways to get in exercise like walking across...
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Avoiding College Weight Gain

Avoiding College Weight Gain  Whether it’s the “Freshman 15”, the “Senior 17” or anything in between, weight gain is always a concern for college students.  While we want you to enjoy this year of college, we don’t want it to end with you needing to buy new clothes in a size larger than you are wearing now!  Here are some tips on eating healthy, exercising and keeping your stress level at a minimum so you will successfully finish the year looking as great as you do now—or even better! Diet   Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is often...
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Influenza Vs. Stomach Flu

Influenza vs. ‘Stomach flu’   How many times have you heard others tell you they have the flu? Now what do they mean by that - do they mean influenza or “stomach flu?” Both are viruses but the influenza is a respiratory illness with symptoms of coughing, sneezing, fever and body aches.  Stomach flu, as society has called it for years, is gastroenteritis most often caused by a norovirus. How Does Stomach Flu Differ From Influenza? Stomach flu actually refers to gastroenteritis or irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (the gastrointestinal tract). Gastroenteritis may be caused by a virus,...
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Undereating Won't Help You Lose Weight

We all know that calories matter a lot when it comes to weight loss. As long as you eat fewer calories than you burn, you should lose weight. The logic is sound for most healthy adults, but we can also take that logic too far. In the case of healthy, sustainable weight loss, more restriction doesn’t always lead to better weight loss. In fact, regularly eating too few calories can put you at risk of malnutrition, resulting in unhealthy weight loss and nutrient deficiencies. To prevent this, MyFitnessPal automatically has a minimum daily calorie goal of 1,200 calories per day for...
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Habit Stacking

I’ve developed a peaceful, yet energizing morning routine. I did it through habit stacking. What is Habit Stacking? You probably already practice habit stacking without even knowing it. If you wake up, take a shower, use shampoo, then conditioner, dry off and get dressed, you’re a stacker. Perhaps you stack in the evening by brushing your teeth, washing your face and reading a book before bed. You can probably identify little pockets of habit stacks throughout your day. If there are new habits or activities that you’ve been meaning to build into your day, you’ll really like this mini-mission. 5 minute...
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