Three things SU students are most challenged by are that pesky cold that keeps them from class, getting enough sleep to feel rested, and eating healthy on a budget. Here are some ways you can get started and you can always speak with someone in our office to go more in depth.
up 23 points over the last 10 years
and less than 14% eat 3+ servings of fruits daily. Try adding more to your diet. You might find it helpful.
SU has programs to support your sleep habits.
Source: Seattle University National College Health Assessment III, Undergraduate, 2023
Getting a cold or the flu can keep you from what's most important and prevention really is the best medicine.
Students can stop by Student Center 380 anytime to pick up a Cold and Flu Kit from the Health and Wellness Crew. The kit includes information, tissues, tea, hand sanitizer, disposable thermometers, and more!
Getting a flu vaccine each year is an important step in preventing the flu. The Student Health Center offers it right on campus and many insurance companies will cover the cost at a local pharmacy.
Even if you've never had the flu, getting the vaccine helps those on campus who are unable to be vaccinated by keeping the virus to a minimum.
Covering your cough and washing your hands often is something simple everyone can do to keep germs from spreading.
If you're sick, stay home and rest. And if you've had a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
"Good nutrition" can feel daunting and complex. Messages from various fad diets only further convolute nutritional guidance. A healthy relationship with food will look different each person, and you should consult with a professional as you decide what is best for you. The concepts below focus on adding rather than restricting food.
Try to eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily and aim to make them half of each meal. If you don't or can't, that's okay give yourself permission to be where you are in the moment.
Try adding some whole grains to your diet with choices like rolled oats, brown rice, quinoa, and even popcorn!
Choosing lean proteins like beans, nuts, eggs, chicken, fish, and other lean meats will provide balance to your diet.
With bottle filling stations at most water fountains around campus and free fruit infused waters at most cafes, staying hydrated has never been easier!
One of byproducts of well-intended but restrictive eating is feelings of shame associate with food and the labeling of food as good or bad. Give yourself permission to have all food. Consider what you need in that moment and honor choices that address your bodies needs.
The university's Food Security Initiatives program is the process of moving from Office of Multicultural Affairs to Wellness and Health Promotion. Students experiencing food insecurity are encouraged to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org beginning fall quarter 2023.
Sleep is essential to your wellbeing but sometimes it can be a challenge to get those ZZZs. Here are some tips for a good night's rest:
If you'd like to speak to someone about sleeping better, please contact our office.
Refresh is an 8-week emailed-delivered program which uses cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to improve sleep quality. Refresh is a clinically proven program and has been used to many universities throughout the United States. Nearly two-thirds of SeattleU students do not get enough sleep. Disruptions like COVID-19 have an impact on sleep quality. Lack of sleep has been demonstrated to have a similar negative effect on academic performance as regular binge drinking. You don’t need to have a “sleep problem” in order to try Refresh. There are multiple versions, and we use validated sleep scales to determine which version is right for you. This quarter, sign-ups for Refresh are on-going with a new cohort starting every one to two weeks. Sign-up for Refresh using this link.