DSC Health & Wellness posters series

 
 Rainbow  Insurance  Spine  Nuts  Stress

 

More info on the topics covered in the DSC Health & Wellness poster series:

Eat the rainbow

From the Harvard School of Public Health: “Choose more vegetables and fruits. Go for color and variety—dark green, yellow, orange, and red. It’s hard to argue with the health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits: Lower blood pressure; reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and probably some cancers; lower risk of eye and digestive problems; and a mellowing effect on blood sugar that can help keep appetite in check.”

A selection of relevant studies:

 

If you’re under-insurance or having any insurance problems

If you don’t have health insurance, DSC Health & Wellness can help! See our pages for uninsured or under-insured grad students, or just contact us directly.

And if you have insurance, but have got any unexpected or unfair bills, or are dealing with some other insurance problem, please let us know—we can assist you!

 

Looking after your body in grad school

Grad school can be hard on your body, but we’ve got tips on ergonomic strategies for academia, so you can keep up your studying without damaging anything.

 

The health benefits of nuts

From the Mayo Clinic: “Although it varies by nut, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances:

  • Unsaturated fats. It’s not entirely clear why, but it’s thought that the “good” fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — lower bad cholesterol levels.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids. Many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in many kinds of fish, but nuts are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber also makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing diabetes.
  • Vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
  • Plant sterols. Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts.
  • L-arginine. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.”

A selection of relevant studies:

 

Dealing with stress and anxiety in grad school

There are a lot of resources available to you to help you deal with stress and anxiety while you’re in grad school.

  • The GC Wellnes Center Student Counseling Services offer free short-term individual, couple, and group counseling, with referrals to long-term counseling if needed, as well as a variety of workshops during the semester to help students deal with stress and anxiety.
  • Diet, sleep, and exercise are absolutely crucial to mental well-being, so make sure you’re taking care of each of these. The annual GC Wellness Festival features nutritionists and sleep disorder specialists to help you with eating and sleeping well. And the DSC and Student Affairs offer Pilates and yoga classes throughout the year, which are free for grad students.
  • If you have NYSHIP health insurance you are covered for regular counseling sessions. Have a look at our list of student-recommended providers who take NYSHIP.
  • These relaxation techniques can really help lower your stress levels.

And, as always, if there’s anything you need or would like to know, please do contact DSC Health & Wellness!

 

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