May 31st, 2015 is World Tobacco Day. This years focus for World No Tobacco Day is to stop illicit trade of tobacco products. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption.” Many young people experiment with tobacco because it is affordable. Some illicit products mislead young users and involve children in illegal selling activities. Every one in ten tobacco products consumed in the world is illegal.
The amount of tobacco used in a year has been decreasing, but it is still an issue. Over 600,000 people a year die from second hand smoke. These are people who have done nothing themselves to increase their health risk from tobacco. By reducing the amount of tobacco products used, we can reduce the amount of deaths from tobacco and second hand smoke.
For more information visit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2015/event/en/
It is important for people of all ages to have regular physical activity. Participating in National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great way to start being active and spreading the word! There are many opportunities for everyone to do more physical activities this month. Here is a list of a few ideas:
- Go for a walk or a bike ride in the evenings with the family.
- Encourage teachers and work administrators to include some type of physical activity everyday.
- While watching television, stand or do some stretching instead of sitting.
Why is it important?
For children and adolescent it can improve muscular fitness and bone health. For adults, being active can reduce your risk of many different types of diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. For older adults being active will lower the risk of being injured from falls and it also improves learning and judgment skills.
For more information visit: http://healthfinder.gov/nho/maytoolkit.aspx
May is Lupus Awareness Month!
What is lupus?: Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. It is a disease of flares and remissions.
Some Facts about Lupus:
- 90% of people who develop Lupus are women
- Lupus most often develops between ages 15 and 44
- Lupus is not contagious
- An estimated 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide are living with lupus right now
- The annual cost of lupus, including treatment and loss productivity can exceed $20,000 and can increase to $63,000.
How can you help?:
- Host your own fundraiser in your community
- Follow the Lupus Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Wear Purple
- Put out Fliers
You can also go to this link and donate to the Lupus Foundation: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=lupus&id=101
Minnesota State University Moorhead, Commencement, 2015 10:00am Ceremony!
This ceremony will be held on Friday, May 15th in Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse
Line up and Announcements start at 9:00am
Ceremony begins at 10:00am
This ceremony includes graduates from:
- Education and Human Services
- Science, Health and the Environment
- Graduate Studies
If you are unable to attend the ceremony, you are able to watch it live:
The rest of the ceremony will be held at 2:00pm.
National Women’s Health Week starts on May 10th and goes through May 16th!
The goal: To empower women to make their health a priority and to serve as a time to help women understand what steps to take to improve their overall health.
Steps you can take for better health:
- Visit a doctor or nurse to get regular checkups
- Get active
- Eat healthy
- Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing your stress
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seat belt
How to participate in National Women’s Health Week:
- Spread the word through social media
- Join the National Women’s Health Week Thunderclap
- Take the National Women’s Health Week Pledge
- Organize your own events/activities
- Learn what steps you can take to better your health at your age
To learn more information about National Women’s Health Week, Visit: http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/
Why You Should Consider Taking Summer Classes
Summer Session classes are very popular with MSUM students, due to the fact that they help students catch up if they are behind on credits; get ahead to possibly graduate sooner; take classes they can’t fit in during the academic year; help to lighten the load for more difficult classes that may have to be taken during the regular school year; or explore offerings that are purely based on interest. MSUM Summer Session 2014 offers a wide variety of courses online and in the classroom for students who want to earn credits toward Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) requirements or degree requirements. The Nursing Summer Session, however, presents to students the opportunity of taking classes completely online, therefore providing the ease of receiving quality education from the comfort of your own home.
What Nursing Has To Offer This Summer
Courses are offered in flexible three-, four-, five-, six- and eight-week sessions from May 20th–August 6th and credits vary depending on each course. Follow the links below to explore Summer options for Nursing, as well as other courses available.
For Nursing Courses
For More Information about Summer Session
The Spring 2015 semester here at MSUM is almost over, and the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 sessions are just around the corner. The general plan for many during this period is to get some well-earned relaxation time, while others will use this opportunity to make extra progress toward the graduation journey, by taking a few summer classes here and there.
Regardless of what your plans are, it is important to register for Fall 2015 classes as soon as possible, because they fill up very quickly. Take the time to sit down and map out a solid plan that involves taking all the right classes this Fall. Discuss your options with your advisor and receive your access code in order to be able to register.
Also, if you want to take summer classes, speak with your advisor and register as soon as possible, as many low enrolled summer courses may already be cancelled.
This is a time within which certain Nursing classes can be taken, and LASC goals can be completed.
Check out eServices today to be able to register for your courses.
May is National Osteoporosis Month!
“The Break Free from Osteoporosis campaign encourages everyone to get to know their risk factors for osteoporosis and make the lifestyle changes needed to build strong bones for life”
What is Osteoporosis?
It is a medical condition in which bones become weak, brittle, and fragile from the loss of tissue.
“There is a lot you can do to protect your bones throughout your life. You’re never too young or too old to improve the health of your bones and body. Osteoporosis prevention should begin in childhood, but it shouldn’t stop there. Whatever your age may be, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life”
For some more facts on Osteoporosis, click here.
Now is the time to take action!
What can you do to protect your bones?
- Get enough calcium and vitamin D
- Eat a well balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Eat foods that are good for bone health, such as fruits and vegetables
- Avoid smoking and limit alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day
- All in all, LIVE HEALTHY.
To learn more about what you can do to protect your bones, click here: http://nof.org/learn/prevention
To learn more on National Osteoporosis Month and to spread awareness, click here: