How to Keep Health and Wellness Top of Mind This Semester

Healthy college student tips

Before you take care of business, you have to care of yourself. And being a healthy college student is all about balance—from mental well-being to fitness and nutrition.

At Babson College, students, staff, and faculty alike believe in the importance of a campus community rich in resources, including stress management, counseling, faith services, and more.

Want some tips on how to stay healthy this semester? Hear directly from those who help lead health initiatives at Babson, including our very own Peers on Wellness (POWs).

Being a Healthy College Student Means

Finding ways to stand!

“Prolonged daily sitting is associated with a shorter lifespan,” says Julia Lawlor ’21, member of POW helping to lead the group’s nutrition curriculum, “Partner with POW!”. “Standing and treadmill desks are two potential solutions for office workers.”

And sleep . . .

“Start the year off with sleep in mind,” advises Elise Brucato, assistant director of Wellness and Prevention Services. “Aim to wake up around the same time each day to start a routine.”

Helping to stop the spread of germs.

We are currently in the midst of the flu season. As members of a community, it is all of our responsibility to help contain the spreading of illnesses. “Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and cough/sneeze into your elbow,” says Polly McCabe, assistant director of Health Services. “If you haven’t already, you can get a flu shot by visiting your local pharmacy.”

Staying positive and reminding yourself of why you’re here.

“Practice soul care by saying affirmations. Repeating positive and powerful statements to yourself can have a long-lasting impact on your well-being,” adds Denicia Ratley, director of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Practicing mindful eating.

“Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated,” says Lawlor. “Choose foods that provide the nutrients you need . . . Build your healthy plate with foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein foods.”

Utilizing Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC)!

“You don’t have to be a member of a varsity athletics program to take full advantage of this first-class facility,” advises Mike Lynch,  senior director of athletics and athletics advancement. “The new spaces are extremely impressive and the opportunities are endless for everyone.”

A brand new destination specifically designed with health and wellness in mind, BRAC has 40,000 square feet of fitness and recreation space. Find your fit in the strength training or cardio areas; as part of group fitness classes; with a personal trainer; playing intramural, club, or varsity sports; in the pool, on the track, or on the squash and basketball courts; or simply by attending community events.

Taking the time you need to reflect and refocus.

Have you ever taken the time to meditate and reflect? “Download a meditation app (Calm, Headspace, Stop, Breathe & Think) and use it for 10 days to build new stress relief habits,” shares Jan Holton, director of Counseling and Psychological Services.

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