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.


Health Fest!!

SEE Tip: Come to the Healthy Jays Health Fest today in the Rec Center from 5-7pm!!  Free Zumba, fitness assessments, food, and much more!!  SEE for yourself how you can get exercise in your day with plenty of activities, and lots of other ways to get healthy in the semester ahead.


SEE Tip: Fuel up with Breakfast!


SEE Tip:  Start your day with a full tank-- eat breakfast!  Sure, having a cup of coffee may give you a jolt, but if you want lasting energy, take a minute for breakfast.  For the best results, try a breakfast with protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs-- something like whole wheat toast with a thin layer of peanut butter (or the nut butter of your choice) and sliced banana- yum!!  It doesn't take long to prepare and will keep you energized and full much longer than skipping breakfast or trying to subsist on coffee alone.

Get started with the PEEPs today for a healthy breakfast on the go.  Find them in Mattin Courtyard from 8am-10am (or until supplies run out)!

HKB Myth busting: If a smoker quits tobacco, are they inevitably going to gain weight?  Truth: Not necessarily.  While a former smoker may have a normalized appetite and metablism to re-adjust to, and a better ability to taste and smell food, that doesn't mean the person is guaranteed to gain weight.  The person has it within their control to choose wisely in regards to their meals and snacks, as well as, include exercise in their day- things that can help regulate their weight.

Are you passionate about tobacco issues?  Consider joining Hopkins Kicks Butts and meet other passionate students-- meet tonight at 6pm in AMR I TV Room!

Mellow Out Monday Tip: In a 2012 study, researchers found that those who ate breakfast after waking were able to face challenging situations with nearly 90% less anxiety than on days when they did not have breakfast at all.  So, eating breakfast --> less stress!

Another way to have less stress... stopping by the MSE on Q level for a FREE back rub from Stressbusters!  Stop by starting at 8pm tonight!


But everybody's doing it

College can mean different things to people-- from a chance to make new friends, live away from home, taking the next step towards a career dream, or trying new things.

Some of us come in with the idea that everyone at college drinks-- that it's what college is here for (aside from the other academic reasons, of course).  In a recent study on our campus, students reported thinking that 97% of their classmates were drinking alcohol within the past 30 days.  However, through that same survey, it was found that actually 66% of students had used alcohol within that time frame.  

NCHA 2014

As you can see, many people thought that nearly the whole campus was drinking within that month, but in reality, it was around 30% less than that.  Often, our perceptions of what everyone else is doing may be skewed by a variety of things, including the media, our social circle, and even myths or rumors.  

What about you?  Were your perceptions different than the reality of what happens on our campus? 


This room is made for Sleep!


SEE Tip: Sleep is crucial for functioning throughout the day.  So why not do everything we can do to create the best space for a restful night?  Whether you are sleeping in a residence hall, an apartment, a row house, or even a tent-- there is a way to make your sleep space ideal for quality ZZZ's.

  • Noise - It's best to keep most noise at a minimum.  That means, falling asleep while your roommate practices the trumpet is probably not going to work out well.  If the trumpeter HAS to practice (and can't get to the practice room), consider trying ear plugs to help you drown out the music.
  • Tempature - If you're freezing or sweating- you're likely too busy trying to regulate your body tempature to even get to sleep.  Instead, try creating a tempature that works for you.  Whether that's using a fan or using an extra blanket on the bed.  Find your cool place for a comfortable night's sleep.
  • Light - Keeping light to a minimum can help your body's natural circadian rhythms know that it's time to sleep (and time to wake when the sun peaks through the windows).  Start setting the darker tone by reducing light in the room at least 1 hour before you're attempting to be asleep; turn the main light off (use a small bedside lamp if needed), or try darker curtains on the windows to keep out street light.
  • Technology - Turn off the TV, Laptop, and any other tech about an hour before bed.  Consider reading a book (for pleasure or for class) instead of refreshing your Facebook feed.  Trust, the FB updates will be there in the morning-- perfect to read while eating your breakfast before class, right?
  • The S's- Sleep & Sex.  Keep the use of your bed limited to sleep and/or sex.  The bed should be associated with stress relief, not stressful things--  in other words, don't bring your books to bed, only yourself or a bed buddy.
Do you already do any of these?  Or think you might try one?  Stop by the Breezeway today from 10:45-12:30 to tell us about your sleep space, and you could win a sleep kit from PEEPs!

HKB Tip:  Creating an environment for better sleep can also mean reducing unhealthy distractions or addictions.  Some cigarette smokers may choose to fall asleep and/or wake up with a smoke.  However, we know this is not helpful for better sleep, as the smokers may feel an intense craving for the nicotine, possibly waking them from slumber and creating interruptions in their night of sleep.  Additionally, it can be extremely dangerous as the leading cause of home fire deaths is from smoking.  If you are a smoker, consider only smoking outside in a safe area, and avoid smoking in bed to reduce the chances of becoming a statistic.

Mellow Out Monday Tip:  We're BAAAAAACK!  Stressbusters is back in the MSE tonight and throughout the rest of the semester from 8-10pm with free back rubs for all!  Stop by for a 5-7 minute back rub from a trained Stressbuster tonight.  Let us reduce your stress for a better night sleep and week ahead!


Staying in the Blue Zone

If you choose to drink, remember to stay in the blue zone. 

What's the blue zone?  It's a safer BAC level for people who choose to consume alcohol.  Somewhere between .02-.06 is the level people are looking for that buzzed feeling, the increased socialability, and general euphoria that can be what they are hoping to get out of the night.  However, a drink over that amount could lead to some risky territory.  

How do you stay in the blue zone?  Try having dinner with friends before drinking alcohol, and remember to drink water before, during, and after.

And be on the lookout for the PEEPs outside of CharMar tonight around 9:45pm for a free way to stay in the blue zone! #PartySafer


SEE what it's all about

SEE for yourself on Monday is a derived from the national Healthy Monday campaign.  SEE is specific to Hopkins, and was based on focus groups of undergraduates who noted the need for a focus on these three areas of health: Sleeping, Eating, and Exercising.

Each week, CHEW will send out reminders, tidbits, and provide activities related to one of these health areas.  Come find us for your Monday motivation to start your week off healthy!  And be sure to "Like" the CHEW facebook page and follow us on Twitter for healthy tips, articles, and info about where the peer health educators will be each Monday!

Hopkins Kicks Butts is a student group dedicated to educating and advocating about the dangers of tobacco use.  Looking to the near future, this group hopes to make Homewood a smoke-free campus to promote healthier outcomes for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

If you are interested in joining HKB to help with the smoke-free campus, providing information and resources to the campus, or doing other activities related to reducing tobacco use, please contact HKB's co-presidents at hopkinskicksbutts@gmail.com.   Or if you just want to know what's happening, "Like" the HKB Facebook page!

Got Stress? Get it busted with Stressbusters!  Stressbusters are JHU students that have been trained to give 5-7 minute back rubs.  You can find them in the in the library and other places around campus, or request them for your student group!  Follow them on Facebook for announcements, Stressbusters events, and stress relieving tips!


First Fall Semester Hump Day

Welcome to the first official Hump Day of the semester!  Each hump day we'll discuss sexual health on the blog.  Feel free to send in questions using the comments section below each post or reach out through Facebook, Twitter, or IG!

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Twitter: twitter.com/chewatjhu
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For today's first Hump Day, we want to highlight a few of the women's health offerings available at the Student Health and Wellness Center.  
  • Well-women exams!
    • You can make an appointment for an annual well-woman exam by calling the center at 410-516-8270.
    • Click here for more info on what to expect during a typical well-woman exam.
  • Birth control pills!
    • If you are a JHU student, you can get birth control pills from the SHWC, if you are receiving gynecological care there, as well. You can also register for birth control refills by going to the Pyramed Health portal on the SHWC website.  Once registered with the portal, go to "My forms" and select the Online Contraceptive Refill form.   
  • Condoms!
    • FREE condoms are available to all students in the SHWC waiting rooms, CHEW office, Library bathrooms, and at other CHEW programs.  
    • CHEW offers free FC2 condoms, which are internal condoms for females.  
    • CHEW provides dental dams for added protection for sexual activity.  These come in different flavors and are free.
    • We also offer a discounted brand name condom program, which includes discounted costs for Trojan and Durex condoms.  For more, check out the web request form here.  


Welcome Fall 2014!

Welcome Class of 2018!  And welcome back to all our Blue Jays!  Here's to a healthy year ahead!