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SEE Tip: Breakfast for Extra Credit!


SEE Tip:  Forget asking about extra credit (and not just because your professor will look at you sideways for it), try eating well for better grades. Sound too good to be true?  Turns out the studies support it (1).  Those who eat breakfast, particularly a breakfast with a healthy balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates will tend to have higher functioning brains, which allows for better memory retention, cognition, and concentration (2).  All of these areas are keys to improving your GPA.

Start today with eating breakfast and see what just a week of eating well can do for you.  If you like how it helps, consider continuing for another week and so on!  If you're near the FFC, why not run in and grab something?  If you're on your own, try some instant oatmeal with fruit (like a banana) in it.  Very simple and can be made in a short amount of time-- so why not give it a try?

Bonus for Charles Commons Residents!  If you're leaving for class between 8:45am-10:30am, the PEEPs will be handing out FREE breakfast at the security kiosk- so feel free to grab some on your way to class and start your week on the right foot.

HKB Myth Busting: Hookahs are often thought of as a safe and fun way to socialize.  However, hookah smoking is just as dangerous to one's health as cigarettes.  Often people are confused by the water component and think that the dangers are being filtered out, but in fact, hookah smokers are exposed to the same diseases as cigarette users, including oral cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, cancer of the esophagus, and even fertility issues (3).

Mellow Out Monday:  Having a rough week?  It seems to be going around...  Instead of letting the stress overwhelm, consider tackling small problems one at a time.  You'll need to eat throughout this hectic week, right?  Try getting some snacks prepared so you avoid the effects of hanger, and you can power through the week of studying and writing with healthy food options.  Be sure to start your day with breakfast so you can be fully energized for the day ahead, as well.  Simple foods like toast with nut butter and sliced bananas can go a long way!

If you are still feeling stressed, consider taking a break.  Walk away for a minute to get some fresh air and a new perspective on whatever is stressing you out.  Sometimes taking a break is what our brain needs to help power through the tough moments.  And if that's still not working, or you could really use a back rub after your hard work (and being hunched over for 7 hours) be sure to stop by Stressbusters on Q Level in the MSE for a free 5-7 minute back rub!

1. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666312002541
2. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-breakfast-students-7697.html 
3. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/tobacco_industry/hookahs/