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Students How A newsletter for you, the college student who wants to do everything better, easier & cheaper in college by Kim Lofton sick while away at school?

Step 1: Monitor your diet Congratulations, you’re off to college! A new place away from home. You have the chance to become a new person, make new friends and create some of the best memories of your life, but here’s the thing; you can only do that when you don’t feel like complete garbage. Adjusting to a new environment is more than just you consciously getting used to being in a new space, your body has to adapt too. You might be going to a new place that has a different climate than where you lived before. Things like climate, water supply, population and regional food can influence whether you become ill during your time at school. This is why it is increasingly easy to get sick in college. I can honestly tell you that in high school I really never got sick, but when I came to college, I can recall every single time I’ve ever gotten sick. So, how do you prevent yourself from getting

Appropriately manage your diet. Food plays a huge role in how we feel whether it be mentally or physically. The “college diet” is not a very nutritious one. A study conducted by the Journal of Nutrition and Human Health concluded that college students know what they eat isn’t the healthiest, but that taste and convenience takes precedence over eating healthy due to “Inadequate nutrition affects students’ health and academic success. Students may have proficient knowledge regarding nutritional requirements; however, the transition to college life gives them more freedom to choose the type and the amount of food they eat. Most college campuses have dining facilities that provide a variety of food options, which can lead to establishing either good or bad eating behaviors.” From the moment you step on campus you’re overwhelmed with all the different dining op-

tions. Do you get breakfast at Chick-Fil-A? Do you get Panda Express during your class break? Even the dining hall is overwhelming. While it has many options varying from healthy to not so healthy, the tastier (not so healthy) options usually outweigh the healthy. You’ll probably walk right past the salad bar and get a few slices of pizza, maybe some French fries, and grab a cone of soft serve to go for dessert. None of this is beneficial to your immune system and health in general. So what should you be eating to help you stay out of the waiting area in student health? You should be incorporating fresh fruit with vitamin C and dark, leafy greens. “Honestly for college students it’s about getting fresh fruits and veggies in them and staying away from processed foods!” said Lydia Wiggs, nutritionist at Fresh Vibes in Greenville, NC. She also added in that “eating the rainbow” provides for more nutrients. What this means is basically to eat a variety of foods that are dense in nutrients.


Continued from p. 1 It’s common for people to associate eating healthy with being expensive when in reality it is cost efficient. Just think about it for a minute; you get more bang for your buck. By eating healthy, you’ll feel good and boost your immune system, which would prevent you from spending time and money in a clinic. People also don’t think they have very many options when it comes to healthy food and I don’t blame them when you can find a McDonald’s on every corner, but there are and I’ll gladly list the local Greenville ones. First up is Fresh Vibes, a completely vegan establishment that offers everything from delicious smoothies to tasty sandwiches. It has two locations – Charles Boulevard & Arlington Boulevard. It offers College Day every Monday through which students receive a discount, and also has other various promotional specials. Next up is Clean Eatz, a restaurant located on Red Banks Road that pushes the importance of an active lifestyle and serves wholesome foods and offers meal prep options. Lastly, we have ALDI, for your grocery needs at extremely low prices. They have some of the most affordable produce and groceries in general in Greenville. I definitely find myself in there more so than I do Food Lion or Harris Teeter.

Step 2: Hygiene

With anti-vaccination at an alltime high around colleges it is unquestionably more dangerous to be walking around campus without taking the proper health precautions in order to make sure you can stay ready for

classes and your personal life. According to a survey done on 18-24-year-old undergraduate students at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), around 70% of these students find it important to get the flu vaccine. Meanwhile only 8 to 39% of students have gotten the vaccine for various reasons. The top reasons are either that the student is already healthy (39%), does not like needles (31%), or just does not think it works all together (30%).

these can take students out of multiple classes for days; and if you do not have the option of missing class, then you are running the risk of infecting other people. There are some easy steps we can all take in order to prevent the spreading of these illnesses that can

With the flu being spread through three main ways, coughing, sneezing, and talking, it’s easy for a disease as strong as the flu to spread like a wildfire throughout classrooms and entire campuses. The flu is not the only disease students need to be worried about There are many other sicknesses that can sideline someone for just as long as the flu and have half the impact, such as common colds, stomach bug/flu, headaches or migraines. Any of 2

Continued form p.2 allow us all to stay healthy and in class so we can all graduate on time. The easiest thing for us to do is to consistently wash our hands, especially before meals and after using the restroom. College students should develop the habit of bringing items to clean germs according to ECU Nurse Ellen Goldberg, “Keep some Kleenex with you cough and sneeze into Kleenex and throw them away, keep that hand sanitizer with you.� A big no-no is also sharing cups and utensils with other people who may or may not be sick which puts their germs directly into your system. Also, avoid kissing random people, which is also a direct transfer of germs from a person who could be incredibly sick and just not care about the well-being of others.

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Step 3: Keeping a healthy living space The perfect bedroom is vital in college for a productive year. Having a space that brings you joy with your own creativity will create a safe environment for you to be yourself. At times school can be challenging so your room should aide as your space to get away from stressful elements such as homework or class. Keeping your room organized and clean can have a big effect on the tasks you accomplish in school. Keeping your room neat in a sense keeps your mind neat, relieving stress. Here are my tips to keep your room a healthy space for a productive and stress-free school year. When starting the school year you tend to grab all of the essentials that keep you organized. A backpack, agenda, and notebook keep you organized with your school work, so your room should cater toward keeping things organized at home.

Having a desk that you can work from separates school from sleep. A lot of people do their homework in bed and tend to not get a lot accomplished because your bed makes you relaxed. The American College of Healthcare Sciences gave three reasons why you should never do your homework in bed: It limits focus, decreases productivity and hurts your sleep. At a desk you are focused on your work and more likely to get your work done. Another way to keep your room organized is by having labeled bins for storage. Interior Designer Kelly Rodgers from Sound Furniture told me that storage is everything in your college room. “This is going to be your home for a year, so storage is key, so everything needs to be planned around maximizing

The aesthetic is what makes your room your favorite place in your house. Everything you bring into your room has a sense of meaning that makes it special to you. Eason White, an interior designer at Robuck Homes in Raleigh, gave me great advice on how to view your rooms aesthetic. “Create a space that constantly inspires you and make sure all of your pieces communicate well with one another to create a perfect harmony in your unique design.” Your aesthetic is how you are feeling and can be whatever you want. The point of having an aesthetic is to cater towards your likes and create a happy space. When picking out your colors make sure they are compatible with other colors. Having contrasting colors can create a sense of distance from your room, as if something is missing. A tip for keeping a consistent theme is to pick out the biggest piece of furniture in your room first and build off of that. If your bed is the biggest piece in your room, you want to pick the color of the comforter and then add your accenting throw pillows. This will also help to decide what décor you should add around the space. Building off of singular items help to make your room symmetrical.


When looking for things to put in your room, comfort should always be a key factor in your decision-making process. You want to make an environment that is relaxing after a long day of class and activities. You always want to make sure your bed has the essentials to give you the best sleep for a productive day. If your bedding is not comfortable it can hinder your sleep and make you restless at night. When choosing your bedding make sure the thread count is to your liking. If you get a threat count that is too low your sheet could feel like plastic creating a less enjoyable night’s sleep. HGTV had a great article that described the basics of buying sheets relating that the higher the threat counts the softer the sheets and the better you will feel. Another tip is to make sure your pillows and mattress are firm enough for you to help get a good night’s sleep. If your pillows and mattress aren’t firm enough, they can cause aches and pains. You should always try out your mattress and pillows in the store before deciding if they are the best fit for you. Your room is essentially your best friend in college, keeping you sane at times when school is too much. Having your favorite things that will help you tackle the hardships of college is what makes your room so personable. A space that is free of stress induced by school can have enormous benefits on your way of living. Create the

space that is perfect for you and will make you the most comfortable. Your room is the place that makes you feel at home when you’re away from home, so make it count.

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Both the content for this newsletter and the design are created by students enrolled in COMM 3310 Copy Editing and Design in the School of Communication at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina during the Spring and Fall semsters under the direction of course instructor Barbara Bullington. We welcome suggestions for article ideas for future issues. For inquiries, please email


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Newsletter for the college student who wants to learn how to do everything better easier or cheaper.  

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Newsletter for the college student who wants to learn how to do everything better easier or cheaper.  

Students How 2, A Newsletter for You, the college student who wants to learn how to do everything better, easier or cheaper. This newsletter...

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