Monthly Archives: December 2016

New Years Resolution 2017 – Continuing your education at MSUM

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New Year’s is right around the corner! Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Is it eat healthier, exercise more, read more, or spend more time with family? These are very basic resolutions. Are you interested in picking up an extraordinary resolution? How about continuing your education at Minnesota State University Moorhead?!

If you are willing to commute to the MSUM campus, you have endless degrees to choose from! Prefer not to commute? Check out MSUM’s 4 Undergraduate programs and 13 Graduate programs! Don’t want to commit to a degree, unsure of what you want to get a degree in, or interested in learning a little more about a specific topic? Choose from over 100 online courses to take! Students who participate in on-line schooling have the same great experience as those who take classes on campus.

Go to the following link to take a look at all of the degrees offered at MSUM:

https://www.mnstate.edu/academics/

Go to this link and choose any semester to get a peek at some of the classes that are offered:

https://webproc.mnscu.edu/registration/search/basic.html?campusid=072&_ga=1.33158782.1553048548.1470847216

Make continuing your education a part of your 2017 resolution and apply to MSUM today!

Technology Applications to Physical Health

icon_medical_424x259Every innovation can be used for more than one purpose. With technology becoming cheaper, more user friendly and accessible, new applications are constantly being created.

Everyone’s knows of at least 1 interactive video game; whether it be Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Fit or Pokemon Go. Something that not everybody knows is that these can be alternatives to traditional exercise. Playing these games has been shown to increase the amount of energy  used in a day. They help a player elevate their heart rate for an extended period of time and can actually help them increase there cardio performance. Hospitals, senior homes, and fitness centers have seen the potential and are installing them as well as other devices that promote activity in centers all across the country.

You can’t go wrong with a pedometer. Most people have seen one of these little step-counters and know what they are used for. These little counters have received an upgrade in the newer models that make them more attractive to some people.  Instead of just counting steps, they can judge speed and how much time was spent in a moderate intensive workout. Although it cannot calculate an accurate number for how much energy was used, it does work as a good motivator to reach a daily activity goal. There has been a link made that connected the use of a pedometer and a decrease in one’s Body Mass Index and blood pressure. The quickest way to getting physically active is just 10,000 steps away.

The Fitbit is one of the newest health crazes.A Fitbit is a wearable pedometer that can sync up with your phone or computer. It works by monitoring your activity levels,sleep cycles and how much you eat to help encourage you to make healthy choices. It is similar to a pedometer in nature, except it has merged modern technology to create something new.  “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” This motto is said to be why it has spurred such a reaction and are becoming more popular. Fitbits give their users  physical evidence of their improvement that they would not otherwise see.

Technology is spreading and with it, information. With the amount of information available on the internet only growing and internet speeds increasing, people are able to learn more about fitness and health than ever before. They have access to the latest studies and testimonies about certain routines and diets , but not everything they see is true. Many people are unknowingly gathering wrong information and facts because they aren’t aware that not all information is valid. When googling something, look to see if the webpage is a for-profit or non-profit page. Did they get their information from a study within the last 5 years? Was the study and it’s results peer-reviewed?  Did they even get the information from a study? The internet may be a great tool, but only if it is used properly.

 

Sources

http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpts/excerpts/using-technology-to-promote-physical-activity

https://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/2904/5-ways-technology-can-help-your-clients-be-more/

https://www.wired.com/2012/04/fitness-tracker-psychology/

 

 

Winter Sickness Prevention

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You aren’t doomed to get the sniffles or the flu every winter. There are steps and precautions that you can take to keep yourself and the people around you safe.

Prevention:

  • Vaccinate! We cannot stress how important it is for you to get yourself vaccinated. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for those that can’t. In order to prevent the flu from spreading, approximately 85% of the population at a minimum needs to be vaccinated. Get vaccinated for the people that have adverse reactions or conditions that prevent them from helping get that critical mass up.
  • Wash your hands often, making sure to do so before eating or cooking.
  • Sleep in. Not getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night hurts your immune system and makes you more susceptible to infections.
  • GIGO. Garbage in, garbage out. Eat healthy, balanced meals to get the best performance and protection.
  • Exercising. Getting active can actually stimulate the immune system and help build a better defense line.

 

Already sick?

  •  Gargling salt water can help a sore throat and a humidifier may help a stuffed nose
  • Limit your contact with other people. Cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough. Don’t share drinks or food with other people.
  • Drink water. Be hydrated and get your rest. While doing so avoid coffee and alcohol, which will dehydrate you.
  • See a doctor. By starting a treatment early, you can be decreasing the time you will have the cold and lessen symptoms so you can get back at it.

 

 

 

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm092805.htm

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/herd-immunity.html

http://www.bocatc.org/blog/uncategorized/12-safety-tips-for-the-winter-season-prevent-sickness/

http://www.hercampus.com/health/physical-health/5-ways-avoid-getting-sick-college

 

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

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In 2012, President Barack Obama designated December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Impaired driving includes distracted driving, drugged driving, and drunk driving.

Obama chose this month specifically, because December seems particularly suited to this observation because traffic fatalities that involve impaired drivers increase significantly during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods.

In an average year, 30 million Americans drive drunk and 10 million Americans drive impaired by illicit drugs. On average, 25 people were killed in an alcohol-impaired driving crashes per day during December 2010.

Young adults are among those at greatest risk for driving impaired. During December 2010, drivers from the ages 21-34 were alcohol impaired and involved in fatal crashes at a higher percentage than any other age group.

Here are some tips to ensure everyone’s safety this holiday season:

  • Designate a sober driver BEFORE celebrations begin
  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21
  • If you have been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public safety.
  • You may be a safe driver but that doesn’t protect you entirely from accidents, be aware of your surroundings including other drivers.
  • If you see an impaired driver, call law enforcement. It’s better to ruin their night than their life.
  • If you see someone leaving a celebration impaired, take their keys. Don’t let them leave until they have made different driving arrangements.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

This month’s goal is to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, to ensure a happy, healthy life for everybody.

Every American can play a role in reducing the frequency of these accidents by speaking out and warning others of the dangers associated with impaired driving.

Happy Holidays & Drive Safe!

 

 

Sources

http://www.madd.org/blog/prevention-month.html

http://youth.gov/feature-article/december-national-impaired-driving-prevention-month

 

 

Healthy Holiday Eating

Christmas Bauble CutleryIt that time of the year when family, food and fun times all meet. While getting lost in the time, it’s easy to not pay attention to what your eating. Contrary to popular belief, you won’t gain five pounds from the holidays and over eating. In fact, most people only gain 1 to 2 pounds over the weeks before and after Christmas. That may not sound like a lot, but this extra weight usually stays with the carrier for life. If this weight is allowed to accumulate from year-to-year, it can result in being overweight or obese.

Here are some ways to avoid unintentionally sabotaging yourself during the holidays this year.

  • Skip the appetizers. It’s easy to sit by a bowl and munch while you talk to someone, but most of the food that makes a quick snack are going to be loaded with calories.
  • The eye knows best. While piling up your plate, try to avoid any dishes that have a sauce or cream on them and anything that looks fried. Instead go for food that is prepared to be eaten all by itself.
  • Eat more food? Before you go to the party, have a quick snack. Vegetables and fruits are low in calories and will have you feeling less hungry when you get to the party, helping you avoid overeating.
  • Simple substitutes. If you are the cook, you can be sneaky and help everyone out. Substituting one ingredient for another can shave off calories and still keep the same flavor. Use applesauce instead of oil or use more veggies than bread in stuffing. Refrigerate creams and gravies to skim the fat off the top. Try removing the skin on any turkey or chicken served.
  • Cutting weight. Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, instead try and maintain your current weight. Not seeing results can hurt your mindset and make you more likely to ditch any restraint or dieting plan.
  • Socialize. The goal of the holidays isn’t to eat, it’s to meet up with family. Try doing other activities with them instead of eating. Games and crafts go over well because almost everyone can participate.

 

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-holiday-eating-10/holiday-foods-diet?page=1

http://www.cpmc.org/about/e-health/11-05%20healthy-holidays.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-blog/healthy-holiday-eating/bgp-20056243

 

Commencement and Open House

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Now is the time of the year when some students have crammed for their last final and written their last paper. Tomorrow, December 15th, join us in welcoming new additions to our alum. Commencement will begin at 1pm tomorrow in the Nemzek Hall. If you cannot join us in person, there is a link below to show you a live feed.

Live Stream

Join us for the School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Graduation Celebration Open House tomorrow, December 15th from 11am to 12:30 pm in Lommen 104. The open house is open for all graduating students from our programs and their guests, as well as current students. Light refreshments will be served. Please e-mail snhlsa@mnstate.edu to RSVP or if you have any questions regarding the open house.

 

Holiday Office Hours

It’s getting to be that time of the year, Winter Break! During winter break, the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership will be having different office hours then usual, starting on December 19th. Below are the office hours over winter break.

December 19-22: 8 A.M.-2:30 P.M.

December 23-Janurary 2: CLOSED

January 3-Janurary 6: 8 A.M.-2:30 P.M.

Starting back on January 9th, the office will resume regular hours, which are 8 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.

Wishing everybody a safe, relaxing, and joyful winter break!

Happy Holidays from the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership!