Disclaimer: The information, articles, and tips portrayed on this blog, while based on research, do not constitute medical advice. The opinions expressed are meant to educate and inform, but not to dictate lifestyle choices or personal beliefs. These articles are meant to provoke thought on issues surrounding college health and to inform the Hopkins community of healthy information and resources.

3.31.2011

Weekend Sip Tip

3.31.2011

Alcohol poisoning is not something to be taken lightly. It's considered a medical emergency that can lead to death. If you drink, or have friends who drink, you should know the signs and what to do. 


Just another good reason to Stop@Buzzed and stay in the Blue Zone.

3.30.2011

Happy HUMP Day!

3.30.2011

Male and female condoms are the only forms of contraception that can help reduce your risk of an STI infection. Each year 19 million new cases appear. Keep these tips in mind to engage in safer sex practices:

o Don’t allow your partner’s body fluids enter you at any time.

 
o Use a barrier method every time you have sexual contact. Use Condom Sense.

o Only use water-based lubricants with condoms.

o Don’t have sex while intoxicated.

Stop by the HUMP Day table at Levering today from 11:30-1:30 pm for more tips, free condoms and other give-aways.

3.27.2011

SEE For Yourself on Monday

3.27.2011
SEE Tip: Having trouble sleeping? Quit smoking. Studies indicate that smokers are four times as likely than non-smokers to feeling unrested after a night's slumber.Researchers think that the stimulating effects of nicotine could cause smokers to go through nicotine withdrawal each night, which may contribute to sleep disturbances. To read the full study click here. The SEE Campaign— “SLEEP, EAT, and EXERCISE” —is all about helping JHU students maintain a healthy balance of rest, exercise, and nutritious eating which can have a positive influence on performance. Stop by the SEE table today at Levering from 11-1 pm for more tips and give-aways.



Quit on Monday: Thinking about quitting? Set a quit date. Write it down. Plan for it. Prepare your mind for the first day of the rest of your life smoke-free. Need a little extra help? Stop by the SEE table today at Levering from 11-1 pm to pick up materials and resources provided by HKB.


Mellow Out Monday Tip: Got stress? Get some sleep. Being in college probably means that your sleep schedule is not exactly regular. Getting adequate sleep helps your mind refocus, recharge, and rebalance. Who can argue with that? There are several ways you can add more sleep to your regime - try taking a quick nap (15 minutes), go to bed early one night this week, or better yet try to stick to a regular sleep schedule. Sometimes, one good night's sleep may be all you need to hit the ground running during a stressful time. Of course getting a free back rub from Stressbusters is another great way to melt your stress away. Be one of the first 5 people to get a backrub tonight at 9 pm and receive a FREE "fan" t-shirt. Five-minute seated back rubs are available every Monday night at the MSE library, Q-level from 8-10 pm.

3.17.2011

Weekend Sip Tip

3.17.2011

Size Matters! Even though you may know (or think you know) the standard serving sizes for beer, wine, and liquor, do you know how much you're actually pouring? Standard red Solo cups hold 18oz of liquid. A standard serving of beer is 12oz, wine is 5oz, and 80-proof liquor is 1.5oz. If filling your cup to the brim from a keg, you are actually consuming a drink and a half with each refill. When you aren't aware of your pour, you can lose track of how much you consume. Overconsumption can lead to bad nights and rough mornings. If you choose to drink, take note of how much you pour and while you're at it, Stop@Buzzed


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3.16.2011

Happy Hump Day!

3.16.2011

Make this year's spring break memorable by having fun and helping yourself, your friends, and others stay safe and healthy.

When it comes to sex protect yourself. Love is all around, and so are sexually transmitted diseases. The only 100% sure way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy is by not having sex. If you choose to have sex, using latex condoms and having a monogamous, uninfected partner may help lower your risk.

According to the CDC, women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence than men. Women who experience both sexual and physical abuse are significantly more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases. Take precautions and avoid situations or persons that may place you at risk for harm.

So before you head home or go on vacation for Spring Break, stop by the HUMP Day table at Levering today from 11:30-1:30 pm for more tips, free condoms and other give-aways. Or consider stopping by the health center to pick up free condoms or buying cheap name brand condoms from the CHEW Condom Sense program.

3.14.2011

SEE for Yourself on Monday

3.14.2011
SEE Tip:  Got mid-terms this week? Make study time more efficient: 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). The SEE Campaign— “SLEEP, EAT, and EXERCISE” —is all about helping JHU students maintain a healthy balance of rest, exercise, and nutritious eating which can have a positive influence on performance. Stop by the SEE table today at Levering from 11-1 pm for more tips and give-aways.

 
Quit Tip from HKB: Thinking about quitting? Let your family and friends support your decision to quit. Ask them to help encourage you and be non-judgmental. You might also want to let them know that you will probably be irritable as you go through the quit process.


Mellow Out Monday Tip: Got stress? Get some exercise. Okay so you may be stressed because you don't have enough time as it is. But exercise may be just what you need to reduce your stress. Don't worry it doesn't have to involve a ton of time. You can take a relaxing, 30-minute walk while listening to your favorite music. In fact, in a little over an hour, you can 1) walk 15 minutes to your favorite off-campus restaurant, 2) eat a quick and healthy meal, 3) walk back, and 4) take a power nap. Imagine how much better you'll feel! Be sure to fit in a free back-rub from a Stressbuster. Be one of the first 5 people to get a backrub tonight at 9 pm and receive a FREE "fan" t-shirt. Let Stressbusters melt your stress away. Five-minute seated back rubs are available every Monday night at the MSE library, Q-level from 8-10 pm.


Minimize Monday Tip:  Happy Pi Day! And to celebrate, we’ve got you covered with tips to use less energy when you’re baking that pie of yours.


o Ceramic and glass dishes let you turn down the oven by 25 degrees without extended cooking times because they conduct and hold heat better than metal.


o To keep a dish warm before serving time: put it in the microwave and close the door. The insulation will keep the food warm (but make sure the dish isn’t metal!).


o If you have a convection feature on your oven, take the time to learn how to use it. You can save one-third of the cooking energy.


o If you have an oven light and a clean oven glass door, turn the light on quickly to check your pie’s status instead of opening the door and wasting energy.


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3.11.2011

Weekend Sip Tip

3.11.2011

Weekend Sip Tip

Alcohol and academic performance don’t exactly go hand in hand. Research shows that alcohol negatively affects academic performance. This weekend represents two very important occurrences for Hopkins students: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and TIME to study for midterms. Both are right around the corner, and this weekend Baltimore has plenty to offer students. With mid terms coming up, why enjoy your Saturday afternoon basking in a hangover when you could enjoy all of the activities going on right around the corner while still having time to study. St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be a time to drink all of the Irish whiskey that you can, especially when mid-terms are so close. So take a break from mid-term studying and enjoy one of these activities this weekend:


1. Saturday March 12th: Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (2 P.M. at Washington Monument)
2. Saturday March 12th: Portraits of Ireland (Weinberg Center for the Arts, 1P.M. & 7 P.M.)
3. Sunday, March 13th: Shamrock 5K (1:15 P.M at Charles and Franklin Streets)
4. Sunday, March 13th: An Pointin Still $10 Bangers and Mash (2323 York Road, Timonium)

For those of you who decide to drink this weekend, remember to Stop @ Buzzed. Remain in the Blue zone and get plenty of rest. Your academic achievement in the coming week will be far more beneficial to your future than drinks in an Irish tavern. Click here for more information on St. Patricks Day events in Baltimore.

3.09.2011

Happy Hump Day!

3.09.2011


Spring Break Sexual Health Tip:
This spring break; don't give into all of the "hype." Spring break is a time when some students may do things a little out of the ordinary. The odds of a female feeling pressured to have sex on spring break are 1 in 4.26 and the odds for a male are even more frightening at 1 in 4.03. One in 3.25 female college students will report having sex with someone new that they meet on spring break and 1 in 3.37 males will have sex with someone new. Surprising? What happens on Spring Break stays on Spring Break, right? Don't count on it. Use protection and avoid unwanted STD's and pregnancies by always using a condom.  Bring only your healthy, rejuvenated selves back to Hopkins on the 28th. Have fun but be safe.
resource:
http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/sex/beware-spring-breaks-sexual-mistakes-1155214

3.07.2011

SEE for Yourself on Monday

3.07.2011
SEE Tip:  Spring break is right around the corner so if you are planning a trip stock up on things like fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods. It's easy and convenient to eat fast food on the run but by stocking up on healthful snacks, you will always have some nutritious items on tap, as well as avoiding trips to fast food restaurants. Also, be sure you are eating at least three meals a day. It’s pretty easy to skip a meal when you're laying on the beach all day. Stop by the SEE table today at Levering from 11-1 pm for more info and give-aways.



Quit Tip from HKB: Thinking about quitting? Write down all the benefits of quitting such as feeling better, saving money, living longer, etc. Let this serve as a daily reminder of all the good reasons to quit for good. 


Mellow Out Monday Tip: You can easily curb stress by taking a few minutes for yourself this week. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, step away from the situation, refocus your thoughts and devote time to deep, meditative breathing. Another strategy is to get a free back-rub from a Stressbuster. Be one of the first 5 people to get a backrub tonight and receive a FREE "fan" t-shirt. Let Stressbusters melt your stress away. Five-minute seated back rubs are available every Monday night at the MSE library, Q-level from 8-10 pm.

Minimize Monday Tip: An easy way to clean green is to turn the dial on your washing machine to cold. Most loads don't need hot water, and 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating. The higher the water temperature, the higher the cost to you and the planet. Read more.

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3.04.2011

Weekend Sip Tip

3.04.2011
Alcohol is actually a “depressant,” even though it doesn't often appear that way when you see JHU students dancing in the streets or using their neighbor's bush as a bathroom at 2:15 a.m. Alcohol impairs a person’s judgment, therefore causing them to act out of character. This is a cause for concern when the neighboring communities of Johns Hopkins University are disrupted in the middle of the night or the wee hours of the morning by student’s actions. So if you choose to drink alcohol, to avoid noise complaints and negative opinions of Hopkins students from neighbors, stay in the Blue Zone. The Blue Zone is considered to be a safer drinking level where a person's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) remains under .06.  Students can still enjoy a night out at the bar or a party, but without the consequences. Just another reason to STOP @ BUZZED. Remember no level of drinking is considered safe while operating a vehicle so never drink and drive.


Stop by the CHEW table today in Levering from 11-12 to pick up a BAC card or come by the CHEW office.

3.03.2011

New Stressbusters Event Added!

3.03.2011
Got stress? Get a free 5-7 minute seated back rub tonight in the Gilman Atrium from 8-9 pm. The first 10 people to get a back rub will receive a free "fan" t-shirt.

3.02.2011

In the News: Half of American Men are Infected with HPV

3.02.2011
Half of American men are infected with HPV according to a recent study just released this past Monday. It's well known that the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) causes warts and cancer of the genital and anus in both males and females but recently scientists have discovered that it can also cause head and neck cancers. While there are hundreds of strains, only some cause cancer. HPV 16 is the strain that's been linked to 90% of head and neck cancers. Having multiple partners increases your risk. In fact, "the risk of cancer-causing HPV infection was 2.4 times higher for men who had had 50 or more female partners, compared to men with one or no partners." Oral sex is one of the main ways HPV is transmitted from the genitals to the mouth. It can also be spread by the fingers and kissing. Currently there's no way to detect it orally before it progresses to cancer but researchers at our very own Johns Hopkins are working on developing a test. Another avenue would be to promote widespread HPV vaccination for males. In recent years more and more teen girls and young women have been vaccinated. However HPV vaccination, though available, is not a common practice among males. This study may well spark a public health discussion regarding the need to promote male vaccinaction since HPV is easily transmitted from men to women and greatly affects women's risk of disease.

Gardasil is available through the Student Health and Wellness Center and is covered by most insurance companies. Call 410-516-8270 or stop in SHWC to find out more!

Happy Hump Day!


Remember, you don't have to be having intercourse to put yourself at risk of STIs. Foreplay and oral sex also carry their own share of risks. Not all STIs require fluid exchange (crabs, scabies, herpes), and not all STIs have visible symptoms (HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea). There are many ways to be sexual without putting yourself in danger of pregnancy or infection. Use dental dams or condoms during oral sex, explore different sex toys, or try sensual massage. If you engage in vaginal or anal sex, use a condom and ensure you use it properly. Ladies, be sure to keep up with your birth control if prescribed. To ensure effectiveness it's important to to take your birth control pills at the same time everyday. In case of any accidents or errors in use, check with the Health Center or a pharmacy about emergency contraception. For more tips on safer sex stop by Levering from 11:30-1:30 pm today.