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.


SEE the boosting power of breakfast


SEE Tip:  You hear it over and over again, "eat breakfast", "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day", and blah blah blah.  And the thing is, it really is important.  Often people skip it because they aren't hungry first thing in the morning, or because they are in a rush to get to class after hitting the snooze button a little too many times.   However, missing breakfast means missing out on some pretty great benefits.

Eating breakfast:

  • improves memory and academic performance
  • improves the ability to maintain weight 
  • improves consumption of nutrients
  • balances hunger levels throughout the day

SEE the PEEPs in Wolman and Charles Commons starting at 8:40am for a healthy breakfast bite 
to start your last week of classes right! 

HKB Quit Tip:  A 2013 study from Columbia found that of cigarette smokers who had their first smoke first thing in the morning (within 30 minutes of waking up), they were more at risk for head, neck, and lung cancer than those who would wait beyond that point.  While both groups were at risk for cancer, it seems that having the cigarette first thing, and likely breathing in more deeply, was greatly correlated with the forms of cancer.  As a way to reduce the risk, try putting off your first cigarette of the day by an hour from when you normally do.  See how that feels for you, and see if you can do it.  If you can do that, see if you can push it back by another hour the next week, and continue to see how late you can wait to have your first cigarette.

Mellow Out Monday: Stressful days can be tackled by something as simple as eating yogurt.  Grab some yogurt for the probiotic benefit which has been linked to lowering depression and anxiety (in mice), and providing a healthier digestive tract.

If you are looking for continued stress relief, check out Mellow Out Monday in the MSE on Q level starting at 8pm tonight.  Get a FREE back rub from a trained stressbuster and feel better fast!