Have you been feeling healthy since you arrived at Wake Forest? You may be thinking – “I haven’t had a cold, headache, or any other health issue since I’ve been here.” That’s great, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have been taking care of yourself or that you are completely healthy. Physical wellness is only one dimension of healthy living or personal wellbeing; others are social, spiritual, environmental and occupational, emotional, and intellectual. It’s also easy to fall into some bad health habits in college like surviving on too little sleep, not eating on a regular schedule, or neglecting exercise or personal time. Did you know, for example, that most American teenagers (95%) get less than 8 hours of sleep per night? Scientists have learned that sleep is critical. “The
surprise is …how much it matters, demonstrably, not just to academic performance and emotional stability, but to phenomena that [they] assumed to be entirely unrelated, such as the international obesity epidemic and the rise of ADHD.”
Sure, you’ll probably have some colds, flu or other illnesses during the next four years. But there are plenty of things that you can do to maintain great health and balance at college. This week we’ll share a few suggestions with you. We challenge you to take a few minutes to create a personal healthy living plan for the next four years. If you follow your plan, you will be primed for success!