wellness

Exercise to Engage Students: No Whistle Needed!

Guest Contributor: Audrey A. Wick, Blinn College (Texas). When my freshman students need to take a break from writing, I suggest that they exercise. When my fitness students need a break from exercising, I tell them to try writing. I may be one of the only cross-over writing/fitness instructors in the nation: at my college, I teach both College Composition (for our Humanities department) and Pilates (for our Kinesiology department). And what my experience in both has uncovered is that there are some light cross-over tips from fitness that can absolutely benefit reluctant, unmotivated writers. So take a deep breath Read More…


Three Ways to Stay Energized and Engaged Over the Break

Ah, Thanksgiving. Traditionally, it’s a time for us to gather together with family and friends and reflect on what’s important to us. And many of us receive a day or two off from work, which provides us with some extra time to rest, travel, or engage in recreation. Over these days, you also may find yourself with a bit of extra time that you’d like to put to good use. Or, perhaps you’ll have some time on your hands in an airport or transit station, and you want to do something other than peruse magazines at the newsstand. In today’s Read More…


Developing a Wellness Plan

Hoping to build healthier habits this summer? These tips, based on guidance presented in Werner W.K. Hoeger and Sharon A. Hoeger’s Fitness and Wellness, Eleventh Edition, will help you develop a wellness plan that directs you towards achievement of your goals. You’ll also stay motivated to achieve them!  Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Stay Active on Campus

College students may find it difficult to fit physical activity into a busy schedule of classes, homework, jobs, and family responsibilities. But given the benefits—such as fitness, camaraderie, and refreshment—it’s an essential element of their success and overall sense of well being. Thankfully, staying active while you’re in college doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. In his book Becoming a Master Student, Fifteenth Edition, Dave Ellis shares eight simple ways to stay active on campus, which we’ve summarized below. These suggestions can help make exercise fun, refreshing, and easy to do! Share them with students who Read More…


Staying Safe on Campus

The college campus provides a wonderful setting for education, recreation, and community. But sadly, it’s not immune from trouble. Schools do their best to keep students safe, but in the interest of their personal safety and well being, students must stay alert, aware, and safe and they spend time there. In her book An Invitation to Health, Sixteenth Edition, Dianne Hales recommends several steps that you and your students can take towards staying safer on campus. We’ve summarized them below in the form of eight “do’s” and “don’ts” for campus safety. Feel free to share these with students.  

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Fostering Positive Attitudes Among Students

Though we all face difficulties, challenges, and setbacks, a positive attitude can help you persevere and see yourself through to the achievement of your goals. Setting the pattern of a positive attitude in college will strengthen students’ ability to persist as they pursue the other goals that they set for themselves.

If you’d like to foster positive attitudes among your students, review and share these eight factors derived from FOCUS on College Success, Fourth Edition by Dr. Constance Staley, which can help them build and maintain an outlook that supports their desire for satisfaction and success. We’ve summarized the key points below: Read More…


Tips for Students: Managing (and Avoiding) Stress in College

As we round the corner into December, you’ll probably see more and more of your students “stressing out.” Many may suffer from test anxiety, while others may be struggling with priorities or time management issues. Still others may simply feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they need to accomplish in the remaining weeks of the term. In Student Success in College: Doing What Works!: A Research-Focused Approach, Dr. Christine Harrington offers students a variety of strategies that will help them conquer the stress that they’re experiencing. Even though they’re fairly simple steps, Read More…


Journaling Activity: How to Write a Journal to Manage Stress

As the pressures of personal responsibilities, social obligations, and upcoming final examinations mount, students may feel overwhelmed by the number of things they need to do and achieve. When they’re feeling the need to vent their frustrations or seek some empathy, the listening ear of a friend can be invaluable—but they may not always have the chance to turn to their closest confidantes. At times like those, a journal can provide a wonderful outlet for their emotions and can serve as a helpful tool for managing stress. Keeping a journal allows students (or anyone, of course!) to record their observations and ideas, write Read More…


Choosing Fitness and Wellness Apps

If you’re like many of us, you have invested in some technology tools that help you manage your time. If you have a tablet or smartphone, you’re probably using a few apps that can help you increase your productivity. In a similar vein, you may also want a tech tool that enables you to manage your fitness and wellness while you’re on the go. Today, we’re sharing a few helpful tips, based on recommendations offered in Werner W.K. Hoeger and Sharon A. Hoeger’s Principles and Labs for Fitness and Wellness, Twelfth Edition, which can Read More…


Exercise for Stress Relief

As the holidays approach, you may be tempted by a buffet of delectable items that make their way across your path. Likewise, the busy season of reading, reviewing, and grading your students’ assignments and exams may lead to less of a focus on healthy eating and more of an inclination towards convenient meals—and an increased temptation to indulge in all the treats that find their way to you at parties, in gift baskets, and in the ever-popular vending machine. To deal with all these goodies, you may be adding some extra exercise to your daily to-do list. But don’t Read More…