September 16, 2020
Healthy Habits

When many of us think of the physical well-being dimension, we immediately think of exercise or diet. What we may forget in this dimension are daily healthy habits that include safe practices (mask wearing, hand washing, distancing, wearing seatbelts, minimize distracted driving, getting your flu shot, regular health screenings) along with nutrition, hydration, sleep habits, screen time, skin/sun care. As we approach the cooler fall season, it is so important during the pandemic to take care of yourself and your body as we approach the cold and flu season.

Positive physical well-being practices naturally support other dimensions specifically emotional well-being and mental health. We have found over and over in the research that moving our bodies in a way that we can enjoy can improve our moods and outlooks on life - something we all could use in these uncertain times! Be reasonable as you're setting new physical well-being goals - start small and grow from there. If we can think of the long term effect of our short term decisions, we can plan to be healthy and well, and find supportive accountability partners to keep us on the path to be well.

If there is ever a time to focus on your physical well-being, the time is now.

Be well,

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DON'T MISS OUT
FEATURED EVENT

Fresh Check Day is today, Wednesday, 9/16 from 11-2pm

Fresh Check Day, the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation, is an uplifting virtual mental health promotion and suicide prevention that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways. Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources available on campus, in the community, and nationally.
ADDITIONAL EVENTS

Monday, 9/21 @ 6:30 p.m. Register for Home Buying 101 on webex by Office of Alumni Engagement

Tuesday, 9/22 @ 12 p.m. Register for Keeping Your Network Active by the Rowan University Women's Alliance Network
Register for The Business of Medicine: Quality, Utility, and Value by the Rohrer College of Business and Rowan SOM

Friday, 9/25 @ 12 p.m. Register for Dreams will not be Deferred: A Conversation with Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers by Rowan DEI

Tuesday, 9/29 @ 7 p.m. Register for Tuesday Night Thrive: Total Body Sweat by Office of Alumni Engagement
DISCOVER
PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL

During these trying times, exercise could provide indispensable mental-health support for many of us, according to a timely new study. The study finds that among a generally healthy but sedentary group of adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s, working out lowers levels of depression, hostility and other negative feelings.
The study also finds that the mood benefits of exercise can linger for weeks after people stop working out, offering another compelling reason for us to try to move, whenever and wherever we still can, during this coronavirus crisis. Read More.
PHYSICAL

I’ve only recently learned about “joyful movement” and I wish I had known about it earlier. We all know that movement is good for our bodies — especially during quarantine — but the culture of owning a high-end gym membership, counting calories or your heartrate with an Apple Watch, and wearing luxury athleisure clothes to emphasize your dedication to fitness make it difficult to separate the health benefits of exercise from the social phenomenon that working out has become.

“Joyful movement” seeks to change that, however, by promoting any type of exercise that brings you happiness and feels good for you. We’re often so caught up in the aesthetics of exercise that we don’t take enough time to reflect and recognize what types of movement bring us genuine joy. Here are some ways to embrace this trend. Read More.
PURPOSE

So you lost your internship. Or you couldn’t get one because the program was cancelled. Potential employers are going to want to know what you did with your Summer. Did you sit around and “Netflix and Chill?” Or did you take this opportunity to do grow and build your resume?I know it sucks. I applied to so many internships this Summer and was excited to get my first experience in the computer science world. After Spring finals, I sat on the couch for two weeks depressed, eating ice cream and binging Gossip Girl. But then I realized that this is a gift – a gift of time. Read More.
RESOURCES
Strive to Thrive is a newsletter for the Rowan University community. Visit rowan.edu/thrive or contact rowanthrive@rowan.edu for more information.