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BYL’s 5-A-Day Challenge!

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It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but it can be hard to get the recommended five servings per day. During Tuft’s Healthy Week (Apr 1-5), BYL challenges you to eat five servings of fruits and veggies each day. Post up photos of two or more servings of veggies that you had at a meal, a description of what you ate, and enter in daily raffles to win cool prizes!

 

The Challenge:

Take a photo 2+ servings of fruits or vegetables that you ate at a meal that day and write a quick description of what they are. Post this on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/balanceyourlife.tufts?fref=ts) or Instagram (#Tufts5aday) to enter into our daily prize draw!

 

The Reward:

In the short run: At the end of each day we will randomly pick one of the entrees and, if you are lucky, you will receive a nifty prize! We will send you an email if you won.

 

In the long run: Fruits and vegetables provide numerous vitamins and minerals. Hopefully at the end of this challenge you will feel energized and motivated to maintain lasting healthy habits!

March 26th, 2013

Tips to Stay Sane During Finals.

It has come to the end of the semester again. Group meetings for projects, reviews for exams, as well as endless papers are all starting to take up more and more of your time. Sometimes you may feel like you have to sacrifice your sleep, your exercise, you regular meal time, and thus, your health to make a final boost of your GPA.  But, sacrificing these things can actually be a detriment to your academics.

The following tips for finals month will not only help you find a balance between working hard and being healthy, but remind you that often times, they go hand in hand as well.

  • Relax and Release Stress.  One thing you feel at the end of every semester may be stress. Both physical and psychological stress can cause chronic inflammation in your body, with an immediate effect of dampening your brain and body function, as well as a long term effect of increasing your risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Your overall performance and wellness could be determined by how well you manage your stress. Getting adequate sleep, eating a balanced diet, and participating in regular physical activity are all effective ways of reducing stress, and have all been shown to reduce inflammation.
  • Keep a Regular Schedule. An irregular schedule can create metabolic stress in your body and affect your health and academic performance. Thus, staying on a schedule that is similar to your typical day is best. When you change things up- like staying awake later or eating late-night- your body is stressed by this and has to adjust, which requires you to use energy that isn’t directed toward your studies. Regardless of whether you are a “morning person” or a “night person”, if  you eat, sleep, workout etc at similar times day to day, you are minimizing the stress you put on your body.
  • Stop Skipping Meals. Regular meal time is also a part of your schedule, and an important one.  We all know that it’s bad to skip breakfast, and it’s actually bad to skip lunch and dinner too. Skipping meals can slow down your metabolism and cause your body to store the food you eat as fat since your body won’t know when it will get fed again. Therefore, try to have an apple, banana, cup of yogurt, or granola bar on hand so that you have something healthy to snack on if you get hungry and you’re in the middle of doing work.
  • Stay Hydrated. During periods of intensive brain activity, water serves as the primary media and reactant in the massive metabolic reactions going on in your body and brain. To maintain health and a high level of functionality, you need to watch out for dehydration. Oftentimes, thirst is a sign that you’re past the point of dehydration. Headaches and fatigue may come first. Water is the healthiest and most hydrating choice to replenish lost fluid stores. Sugary drink like soda and sports drinks do not provide as much water and can actually be dehydrating. Other healthy options include iced or hot tea.

Sources:

Nielsen, Forrest. March 15, 2010.Inflammation- Bad or Good. United States Department of Agriculture. Available online at http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=19563.

Shacter, E. and Weitzman, SA. 2002. Chronic Inflammation and cancer. Oncology. 16(2):217-229.

By: Xuan Qin

Editor: Kate Sweeney

December 4th, 2012

School’s Out for Summer!

Hi Tufts Students!

Enjoy Summer 2012. Be healthy, happy and if you want to find some great recipes, check out: www.tastespotting.com!

We’ll see you in the fall!

June 6th, 2012

BYL First Mtg and GIM

Interested in learning about and spreading the word on nutrition, exercise, and overall wellness? Come to the first BYL Meeting or General Interest Meeting! We will discuss how you can get involved and our plans for Spring 2012. Look forward to seeing you there.

First Spring 2012 Meeting: Wed, Jan 25th 6-7pm, Large Conference Room of Health Services (basement floor)

BYL GIM: Wed, Jan 25th 7-8pm, Zamparelli Room, Mayer Campus Center

January 19th, 2012

Happy Holidays!

BYL wishes all Tufts students, faculty, and staff a happy holiday! Enjoy the holiday season with friends and family, and eat well. Here are some blogs that may be of interest to any of you cooking this holiday season:

Tastespotting

Joy the Baker

101 Cookbooks

Saveur’s Best Food Blogs will give you links to MANY different blogs, with interesting photography, recipes, and more.

Enjoy!

Photo from Joythebaker.com

December 23rd, 2011

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