Created by JHU students during "Animating Behavior Change", a 3-week course taught in January 2010 by the Digital Media Center, and the Center for Health and Wellness, with assistance from Public Health Studies department.
While it may not be possible to avoid exposure to allergens, there are ways to limit it. Wear sunglasses to block pollen from eyes and keep your windows shut. If you're one of the unfortunates without air conditioning and closed windows are not an option, consider an air purifier to filter out allergens flowing in from the outdoors. If you've spent a lot of time outside, take a nice long shower afterward. The steam will help open your nasal passages, plus you'll be rinsing off any residue that could transfer to your sheets and room.
If avoiding the allergens didn't work and you start to feel the effects, eyedrops or a warm washcloth can help ease the itchiness and puffiness of eyes often associated with allergies. You can also try a neti-pot. This device looks like a small teapot. You fill it with a saline solution and while leaning forward, pour the solution in one nostril until it drains out the other side. This flushes your sinuses of any mucus or trapped particles that can be causing your sinus pain or pressure. It can also help to prevent sinus infections from developing. Symptoms of sinus infections include headaches, nasal pressure, stuffy or runny nose, and facial pain that do not go away for several days, even with OTC medication. If you suspect a sinus infection, visit the Student Health and Wellness Center for treatment. Simply call 410-516-8270 to schedule an appointment.
Need some stress relief? Let Stressbusters melt away your stress every Monday from 8-10pm at the MSE Library, Q level.
Learn more about sleep tonight!
Come to Sleep Deprivation 101 and learn from an expert panel on sleep: Dr. Linda Gorman, Dr. Samer Hattar, and Dr. Richard Allen.
Remsen 101; 6-8 p.m. (Sponsored by SEE for yourself on Monday)
Quit on Monday from HKB: Unsure of how to curb the cravings? Think of ways to fill the physical void of cigarettes by substituting items with a similar payoff. If you are used to having something in your hands, keep silly putty or paper clips in your pocket. You can play with them to keep your hands occupied instead of reaching for a cigarette. Used to the oral fixation? Try gum, lollipops, or fireballs. Not only will this keep your mouth busy, but it's been found that the mint from gum can curb menthol cravings, and cinnamon can recreate the burn that many find soothing from cigarettes. All these tools are available through HKB Quit Kits. Email email@example.com for more information!
Minimize Monday: When every household in the America trades their 25oz. bottle of petroleum-based liquid dish soap in for a 25oz. plant-derived liquid dish soap, such as Seventh Generation liquid dish soap, Americans will save 129,000 barrels of oil. If that sounds like a huge amount of oil, you’re right! It’s enough to heat 7,400 American homes for a year! Make the change that will make a difference. Click here to learn more about Seventh Generation plant derived products. Brought to you by the Sustainability Office. Join the Sustainable Hopkins listserv and receive weekly updates on sustainability related events and announcements: https://lists.johnshopkins.edu/sympa/info/sustainable_hopkins
Take a tip from a Stressbuster:
As a Senior at Hopkins sometimes I need a mini-vacation. Even a 5 minute vacation can be absolutely amazing. If nothing else is available, I listen to relaxing music.
Here are some of my suggestions for a mini music vacation:
-Listen to a song from the early 90s. The tackier, the better. It's the quickest way to take you back to childhood- especially if you're playing with Play-Doh at the same time.
-Listen to theme songs of shows you used to watch during less-stressful times in your life. I like the Pinky and the Brain, Ducktales, and Tiny Toons theme songs the best.
-Or make a playlist of speedruns of video games you used to play as a kid. I love listening to the entire soundtrack of Super Mario World. It's especially nice if it's a game you've beaten multiple times- it'll energize you into beating the big bosses lurking in your problem set.
-Some people swear by classical or jazz. I don't, personally. But a lot of people do.
-And, of course, no one can remain stressed out for long when listening to Bob Marley!
Mini music vacations are great because there's an endpoint. Keep it to one song, or two. Then you can go right back to work.
--Garvi Sheth, Stressbusters Co-coordinator--
But that's not the only you way you can relax. Each week, Stressbusters offer FREE 5-minutes massages to students! Come to Q-level of the library every Monday from 8-10 to check out Stressbuster's Mellow Out Mondays!
Challenge yourself! Take the Stop@Buzzed Challenge!
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PEEPs Peer Health Educators are now accepting applications for new members!
What can you gain from PEEPs?
EXPERIENCE: gain valuable public health and leadership experience. Learn directly from campus experts. Develop useful skills and knowledge for the future. Great resume booster!
OUTREACH: Increase Homewood student awareness of various health issues through tabling, group collaboration, awareness campaigns, social marketing, and events.
EDUCATION: Prepare and present fun and interactive health education programs to on-campus populations. Utilize public speaking, presentation, and communication skills.
All undergraduates and majors are welcome to apply!
To learn more, or to apply, visit http://jhu.edu/health/peeps.html.
Applications due by April 3rd to Levering 115 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Quit on Monday from HKB: Looking to quit smoking but unsure of where to start? Free resources are available. Not only does HKB offer quit kits, but you can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to recieve free cessation support and materials via the phone. Take the first step toward quitting today!
Mellow Out Monday: Laughter is the best medicine and one of the best stress-busters there is. Conjuring up a big belly laugh out of nowhere might be impossible when you're under stress, but there are ways to utilize this stress management technique. Rent a comedy or flip through the TV and find a funny sitcom and take a half hour break while you beat some stress. The internet is another place to find laughter. Laughter can be found anywhere, you just have to look for it.
Want more stress relief? Go get a backrub from a Stressbuster at the library on Q level every Monday from 8-10 pm.
NOTE: The answers will be reviewed by health professionals at Johns Hopkins for accuracy, but this Q&A forum does not constitute medical advice. It is simply an outlet to talk about health issues on campus.
What's more shocking is that of those Americans with genital herpes (HSV-2), 80% of them don't even know that they are infected with this chronic disease. This is in large part due to the lack of symptoms that many experience. While most people associate herpes with itchy, painful blisters and sores around the genital region, many people have very mild or no symptoms at all. Despite a lack of symptoms, it is still possible to transmit genital herpes to other sexual partners.
While there is no vaccine or cure for genital herpes, it is possible to protect yourself. Since herpes is spread from skin-to-skin contact, the best method is to avoid any genital contact. This includes outer touching, not just sexual intercourse. If you do 'bump uglies', be sure to use a condom or dental dam every time to lower- but not eliminate- your risk. Be conscious of your number of sexual partners, and ask any potential partners if they have been tested. If you fear you may have genital herpes, or any other STI, testing is available through the Student Health and Wellness Center. Simply call 410-516-8270 for an appointment.
To learn more, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/Newsroom/hsv2pressrelease.html
PEEPs Peer Health Educators: PEEPs (Preventative Education & Empowerment for Peers) are part of a peer health education program designed to provide a setting in which students can discuss and explore health issues. PEEPS are trained to present health information on a variety of topics such as men’s/women’s health, sexual health, nutrition, stress management, and alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
Stressbusters: Stressbusters provide free five minute back-rubs to other students and staff at events or meetings to promote relaxation. You can become a stressbuster: the requirements are stress free and the training is for life!
Hopkins Kicks Butts: HKB is JHU's Anti-Tobacco Coalition. They are dedicated to raising awareness about the harm and dangers of tobacco use. Through tabling, campaigns, policy change, and outreach, HKB works to make Homewood a healthier, smoke-free environment.
SEE for Yourself on Monday: The SEE Campaign (Sleep, Eat, Exercise) is all about helping JHU students maintain a healthy balance of rest, exercise, and nutritious eating that can have a positive influence on performance. The SEE for Yourself campaign challenges every student to take time out once each week to balance their lives and improve their health!
Stop@Buzzed: The Stop@Buzzed Campaign is an alcohol awareness message that asks students who choose to drink, to drink responsibly. By staying within a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 to .06, you can feel all the euphoric 'buzzed' effects of alcohol without the negative and unhealthy consequences. So if you do drink, choose to Stop@Buzzed!
Condom Sense: Condom Sense is a program that allows students to purchase brand name condoms for a fraction of the price! For just $4/pack of 12, students can receive Trojan, Durex, or Variety packs. To order, simply visit this site!
Want to learn more? Visit our blog regularly for updates on upcoming promotions, current events, notes from our student leaders, and tips to keep you healthy and well.
So until next time, CHEW on this!