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SEE for Yourself on Monday!

SEE Tip: Go for a jog! A study of college students showed that a short aerobic activity enhanced information processing speed, even if it’s not a regular thing. Source: Short-term effects of aerobic exercise on executive processing, memory, and emotion. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2-5, 2004. Tomporowski, P. D., Stueck, M. G., University of Georgia, Athens.

Quit Tip from HKB: Get involved in the fight against tobacco! HKB is holding a meeting tonight in the AMR-I TV Lounge. Stop by from 6-7 to learn more about HKB, discuss upcoming events, and join in!

Mellow Out Monday: Therapeutic massage has been used to improve health and increase a feeling of well-being for centuries. A new study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health found that "light touch massage" produced more feel-good hormones than deeper massage sessions. Volunteers were randomly assigned to either receive a  45-minute session Swedish massage or a session of light massage. Subjects who received the light touch experienced greater increases in oxytocin, a hormone that is connected to contentment than those who received the deep tissue massage. In addition the researchers found that both subjects had biological benefits from just one session. So whether you get a massage through the Health Center or a free five minute back rub from a Stressbuster you are sure to gain positive benefits.

Minimize Monday: Anyone who pays for heat and electricity in their home knows energy costs are rising. Reducing your energy consumption will not only save you money, but also reduce your carbon footprint. The first things you need to know to reduce your energy consumption are how much you energy you consume and what consumes energy in your home. You can learn everything you need to know by conducting your own home energy audit. Visit The Daily Green for more information on doing a home energy audit yourself.

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