Thank you to our school psychologist Andrew Nalepa, Phd, for this contribution:
“It may seem like you are experiencing higher levels of stress than ever
before, but you have a network of support at Skyline to help you in developing effective
coping skills. One step is to increase your
awareness of mindfulness and mindful practices – which can be a useful response to
a variety of emotional wellness needs. There
are many different ways to incorporate mindful practices into your everyday
life to combat stress; however, it’s crucial to make time in your daily routine.
Regular practice will increase your
success, and help you find the right ‘fit’. “
Smartphone applications are a popular way to explore
mindfulness in a guided way, including:
Stop, Breathe, Think
Take a Break!
Grow: Mindfulness for Teens
Take a Chill
Using technology for mindfulness may seem contradictory at
times, but these apps will likely be most effective with regular digital breaks-
the key is finding balance!
Every year SkyWell brings awareness and attention to a serious disease, breast cancer. There are many Think Pink events in our community this month and we encourage all students to get involved to support breast cancer education and research. Cancer prevention means more physical activity, consuming a diet with fresh produce, maintaining a healthy weight, and seeking out preventive screening exams when appropriate.
This year, the SkyWell Board in the commons also highlights another danger for cancer risk - tobacco use and e-cigarettes. Please see our display!
SkyWell is ready to support a culture of wellness at Skyline this year with really fun and creative campaigns about fitness, sleep and stress, and driving safety, and more topics of interest to our student body. If you would like to participate, please join the SkyWell Club - we meet every Monday (beginning September 18) at 3:00 in the HM Magnet room on the 4th floor. Every student interested in health and personal wellness is welcome to join us.
After living in Ann
Arbor for most of my life, I wondered why I had not spent more time in the
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan after a recent visit.
If you stay in town for Spring Break 2017, seeing this new exhibit: The Art and Science of Healing – From
Antiquity to the Renaissance is definitely worth the time.
focuses on socio-cultural issues related to maintaining good health in Roman
times, and features many images and collections for preventing illness and
disease. When in need of a cure, Romans resorted to doctors and to the gods.
Family Day is
Saturday, April 8 and the exhibit will be on campus until April 30, 2017.
In addition to this special exhibit, The Kelsey Museum highlights
artifacts and university-sponsored archaeological excavations in the
Mediterranean and Near Eastern regions, primarily from Egypt and Iraq in the
1920s and 1930s. Today, the Museum still sponsors field projects in countries
around the Mediterranean (although the artifacts recovered in those excavations
now all remain in their countries of origin), and it plays a vital role in
undergraduate and graduate teaching and research.*
*from the Kelsey Museum of
Archaeology website, www.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey
While combing the grocery store aisles for healthy
selections, I notice more and more shoppers are deliberately reading
labels before making their food purchases.
Remember when polyester clothing was popular? Polyesteris a synthetic polymer made of purified
terephthalic acid (PTA) or dimethyl ester dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and
monoethylene glycol (MEG). It is actually a form of plastic, and DuPont
Corporation bought the rights to manufacture it in the U.S. in the 1950s. It
spurred on generations of families who began to read clothing labels more
conscientiously because they wanted more natural fabrics.
Nutrition Fact Label reading, as it turns out, has followed
the same path. For individuals who like natural, whole foods rather than highly
processed ingredients, it’s important to know what to look for and where the hidden
messages may be. Here are some tips that I recently learned from our partners
at Eastern Michigan University’s Dietetics & Human Nutrition Programs, (thank you to Sandra Pernecky, MS, RDN, Co- Director):
Begin with the Serving Size and Total Calories
so that you know how to compare with other product labels;
When looking at sugar on the label, aim for 10%
or less of your calories from added sugars;
Below is the look of the "new food
label" that larger manufacturers will start using in July 2018. The new
label reflects updated information from nutrition science-based evidence. It's interesting to see the changes based on
where American diets are lacking ~ vitamin D and potassium are now required,
and vitamin C and vitamin A have been removed (as we seem to be doing well
enough in our intake of these nutrients).
You can find important nutrition
information this month on the SkyWell Bulletin Board,
messages brought to you by Project Healthy Schools.
SkyWell is pleased to announce
the award of a $1000 grant from the State of Michigan’s Office of Highway
Safety Planning to implement an education campaign to improve student driving
safety, called DRIVE Well – SkyWell.
The collaboration joins together Michigan.gov resources from Strive For a Safer
Drive/Ford Motor Company and Think First, a community awareness program
sponsored by the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Level 1 Trauma Center. The campaign
will raise awareness about three important issues relevant to the Skyline
community – distracted driving, driving speed on campus, and driving skills and
pedestrian safety in the three roundabouts on Maple Road.
Stay tuned for more details about DRIVE Well - SkyWell.
Watch your social media links and the SkyWell Communications Board for details on how to be involved in this important campaign.