Many people do not understand why individuals become addicted to drugs or how drugs change the brain to foster compulsive drug abuse. They mistakenly view drug abuse and addiction as strictly a social problem and may characterize those who take drugs as morally weak. One very common belief is that drug abusers should be able to just stop taking drugs if they are only willing to change their behavior. What people often underestimate is the complexity of drug addiction—that it is a disease that impacts the brain and because of that, stopping drug abuse is not simply a matter of willpower. Through scientific advances we now know much more about how exactly drugs work in the brain, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and resume their productive lives.Click here for commonly abused prescription drugs and their health effects.
Learn how to make quick, easy & healthy recipes at our cooking demos on the first floor of the SRC (near Center Court Juice Bar) periodically throughout fall and spring semesters. Free samples provided!
Check out these recipes from past cooking demos:
Campus Wellness partners with ECU Business Services to provide a food and beverage vending machine in the Student Recreation Center called “Best Choice Vending.” It’s the only vending machine of its kind on our campus!
Items are selected based on nutritional quality when compared to standard vending snacks. Our beverage machines offer water, flavored water, and a variety of Gatorade flavors. Our food vending offers pretzels, baked chips, dried fruit, trail mix, and nuts.
By including only healthy snacks,you have it easy when deciding on “the best choice” when it comes to vending options.
Now that you are in college you have a lot more freedom. Part of that freedom is choosing what and when to eat. A little planning and some reliable nutrition education can help you make choices that will support your body and mind.
Learning variety, balance and moderation with all foods can help you get the nutrients necessary for good health while still allowing you to enjoy all foods that you love to eat.
To get your started, read the tips below:
Eating disorders can affect anyone at anytime. They are psychological disorders that can result in serious health effects, and require professional treatment. There is generally not one single cause of eating disorders, but is often a combination of long standing behavioral, social, emotional, psychological and interpersonal factors.
Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. Someone with anorexia will have body image distortion (likely see themselves larger than they are) and an intense fear of gaining weight or maintaining a healthy weight.
Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by cycles of binging (eating large amounts of food in a short period of time) and purging (getting rid of food). There are different forms of purging including self-induced vomiting, fasting or strict dieting, excessive exercise, and abuse of diet pills, laxatives or diuretics.
Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of binging (eating large amounts of food in a short period of time).
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, take advantage of the campus resources that are free and available to you. Contact Campus Wellness for general information and program requests at 328-5171.
Students can receive free nutrition counseling by a Registered Dietitian at Student Health Services by calling 328-6841, and free psychological counseling at the Center for Counseling and Student Development by calling 328-6661.
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Body Image is how we see ourselves, think about our bodies, and feel in our own skin. It can relate to any physical characteristic or trait such as weight, shape, size, hair color or texture, skin tone, etc.
A positive body image is defined as seeing yourself as you truly are (no distortion); feeling comfortable in and about your body; not spending a lot of time trying to change your physical body; and appreciating your body as it is and what it does for you.
A negative body image is defined as having a distorted view of your body or specific body part; feeling uncomfortable, embarrassed, or ashamed about your body; spending lots of time, money, or going to extreme measures to changing your body; and believe that a perceived “flaw” is a sign of personal failure.
Some of the most common influences on body image in today’s society include media (TV, magazines, models, celebrities, and advertisements), peers, family and friends. Many messages that we see and hear tell us that we are not good enough the way that we naturally are, and will be “better” if we change, which contribute to negative body image.
However, more positive body image messages are appearing in the media that encourage us to celebrate ourselves and our bodies just as we are. Campus Wellness provides educational programs to bring awareness about body image and offers suggestions on how to improve your own body image.
Additionally, students can also meet with counselors at the Center for Counseling and Student Development to discuss body image concerns.
For more information, please visit these websites.
Your sexual health is important and needs regular maintenance to ensure it remains in good working order. Unfortunately, sex isn’t something that is often openly discussed and talked about. Taking care of your sexual health means that you have a physically and emotionally, enjoyable and satisfying sexual life.
Things that can impact your sexual health include:
Having good sexual health means you have the knowledge and skills necessary to make good choices and act responsibly to protect yourself and others. There are various aspects of sexual health, including:
(Adapted from www.smartersex.org, The BACCHUS Network)
Take care of yourself - Engage in healthy behaviors to enhance your ability to cope with excessive stress. Eat well-balanced meals, get plenty of rest, and build physical activity into your day. Avoid alcohol and drugs because they can suppress your feelings rather than help you to manage and lessen your distress. In addition, alcohol and drugs may intensify your emotional or physical pain. Establish or reestablish routines such as eating meals at regular times and following an exercise program. If you are having trouble sleeping, try some relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.
Get Enough Sleep- When it comes to balancing busy schedules, students tend to put sleep low on their list of priorities. Most people need at least 6-9 uninterrupted hours of sleep each night. Without sleep you’re not going to be able to concentrate well enough to get the most out of your classes. Using caffeine or other substances to stay awake can backfire by keeping you from sleeping when you want to get some rest. Caffeine can stay in your body up to 12 hours.
Something bothering you? Talk about it - Ask for support from people who care about you and who will listen to your concerns. Receiving support and care can be comforting and reassuring. ECU has an excellent counseling center at no cost to students.
Strive for balance - When a stressful situation occurs, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and have a negative or pessimistic outlook. Balance that viewpoint by reminding yourself of people and events which are meaningful and comforting, even encouraging. Striving for balance empowers you and allows for a healthier perspective on yourself and the world around you.
Respect your feelings - Remember that it is common to have a range of emotions. Try to recognize what you are feeling and stay with the feeling to get to the root of the cause of the discomfort. Go easy on yourself and try to be nonjudgmental. It helps to talk things out with someone who understands and can help you navigate the murky waters of emotional ups and downs.
Here is a website that can offer you more information.