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Between jobs, classes, families, friends and activities, you've got a lot on your plate (and on your mind). So we want to make sure you have some quick, actionable tips that will help you on your personal path to wellness.
Check back regularly as we update on a range of topics.
World Health Day: April 7th
April 7 marks the 70th annual World Health Day. Too many people are living without proper health coverage. Universal health coverage is about ensuring all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. Everyone can take the lead towards universal health coverage, including you!
Make your voice heard, start a local campaign.
Find out about universal health coverage. Identify a tangible problem within your family, your school, your university, your workplace, your network or your community. Explore why you want to focus on this particular issue and map how to achieve your goal. What are the resources you will need to lead a campaign? What will it take to motivate people around you to engage in your campaign to make it succeed?
Share your story
Communicate your experiences, needs and opinion around you. By sharing your story on social media or local media, you could spark a campaign or a movement. By sharing your story with a civil society organization that is representing your issue, you lend them your voice and credibility.
Take action, demand action
To demand action is to take action. You may, for example, organize a town hall meeting in your community that includes community health officials, educators, patients, parents and community health organizations. Request the presence of a policy-maker or government official. Host a letter-writing workshop at your school or workplace. Address the letters to your community elder or high-level officials. Follow up on the status of these letters until they become a priority. If you have no time, but money, donate money to help a non-profit group advance your cause.
Learn more about World Health Day on the WHO website.
This Month: Focus on Sleep
In April, the Wellness Program is focusing on sleep, first with a presentation, then with a 4-week experiential program. The presentation, which will take place on April 4 in the Thwing Ballroom at Noon and repeating at 1 PM is entitled: "Sleep Great: Reap the Benefits of Being Well Rested."
The Sleep Great Challenge will kick off on April 9.
Good sleep is essential to student success. Did you know:
- College students are one of the most sleep-deprived populations.
- Research at Brown University has found that approximately 11% of students report good sleep, while 73% report sleep problems.
- 18% of college men and 30% of college women report having suffered from insomnia in the past 3 months.
- Sleep deprivation in students has been linked to lower GPAs because sleep affects concentration, memory and the ability to learn.
- The average adult sleeps less than seven hours each night, when most need eight or more hours.
- More than one-third of adults report daytime sleepiness at least a few days per month that interferes with work or social functioning.
- As many as 70 million Americans may be affected by chronic sleep loss or sleep disorders.
from the National Institutes of Health