December 2008, Volume 12, Number 10


Newsletter promotes healthy lifestyle

Girl using exercise equipment

Medical Center Campus faculty members are dedicated to training tomorrow’s nurses and specialists, but they are also teaching students important lessons on how to stay personally fit.

Launched in 2005, the Healthy College Newsletter is a quarterly online publication aimed at students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

“The goals of the newsletter are to raise awareness and help eliminate health disparity among different segments of the population, to ensure that everyone enjoys good health,” said Marie Etienne, senior associate professor and co-editor.

The most recent issue on “Balancing Body, Mind and Soul” features expert advice and suggestions on how to reduce stress, ease tension and keep soundness of mind and body a priority.

Dr. Anita Kaplan, president of Medical Center Campus, introduces the newsletter with a special message and encourages readers to use the strategies provided to “overcome the effects of stress on ourselves, our families and in our workplace.”

Specific techniques to reduce stress are outlined in Fredy Ruiz’s user-friendly article, “Stress Reduction Techniques.” He starts by detailing the common signs and symptoms of stress, and then outlines the “relaxation response” — a physical state of deep rest — while offering strategies for relief. Ruiz is the coordinator for the campus’ simulated patient laboratory. “The relaxation response brings your system back into balance,” Ruiz writes. “The body’s natural relaxation response is a powerful antidote to stress.”

He continues by exploring meditation, exercise and massage therapy and how they can assist in bringing about a more peaceful existence. For each technique, Ruiz carefully dissects the benefits of regular practice and offers specific examples and tips.

On the same topic, contributor Helen Brown, a personal fitness trainer, offers her take on the effect of stress on weight. She details connections between stress, energy and metabolism and offers tips on how to “eat smart, not less.” Her article includes a helpful food reference chart with the facts one needs to make informed food choices.

The newsletter also provides reference resources for those who want to learn more.

“There is a need for early detection, prevention and education. The Healthy College Newsletter partners with readers to take responsibility for their own health,” Etienne said. “Our goals are based on the goals of the landmark national initiative, Healthy People 2010, which aims to reduce preventable threats to health.”

— Katherine Joss

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