So much is changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we all adjust to the “new normal,” we want to remind you to live well, today. Taking care of your overall health can help your body fight off infection and disease. As stated by Andrew Weil, MD, Founder & Director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, “The best defense against infection is to maintain optimal health.” Whether you are just starting now, or are already on your way, Campus Health can help you on your wellness journey.
Click below to choose the best ways to take charge of your own health & well-being.
In the time of COVID-19, thoroughly washing your hands and keeping them away from your mouth, nose and eyes makes sense. There are many things you can do to “keep clean” and reduce your risk of infection.
- Handwashing Do's & Don'ts
- What IS Good Hygiene, Anyway?
- Vaccine Recommendation FAQ For Arizona Students
Humans are social beings and positive social interaction is key to thriving.
- You Don’t Need To Be An Expert To Help A Friend: Active Minds VAR [video]
- Brené Brown on Empathy [video]
- Community Connection – Wellness Wednesday Series (ends June 1st)
- Staying Connected to Loved Ones
- SexTalk: Answers to Your Questions about Sex & Relationships
- Psychology Today: Potential Advantages to Dating During A Pandemic
- The Many Faces of STDs [video]
- How To Use A Condom
- STD Testing Information
If you or someone you know needs help with an unhealthy relationship, there are resources that can help.
- Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS) 520.621.3334
- Oasis Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, & Trauma Services 520.626.2051
- UA Survivor Advocacy 520.621.5767
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) 24-hour crisis line 520.327.7273
- Emerge Center For Domestic Abuse
520.795.4266 24-hour crisis line
- National Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline 800.799.7233
When it comes to food, think variety, balance, and enough.
IN THE KITCHEN
- Basic Knife Skills
- Cooking on Campus Recipes
- Cooking on Campus: Cooking Skills & Recipes [videos]
- Intuitive Eating for Beginners
- Nutrition Navigators: Meal Planning On A Budget [video]
- Pantry Staple Turned Snack
- Staying Safe While Grocery Shopping & At Home
IN MIND & BODY
- 10 Steps to Positive Body Image
- Food Is Connection, and Connection Is What We Need Right Now
- Meal Planning During COVID-19
- NutriNews: Boost Your Food IQ
- Talk with one of our dietitians virtually. To get started, call (520) 621-9202.
Your mental & emotional health are critical to overall wellness. If you would like to talk with a mental health counselor, please call Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS) at (520) 621-3334. Virtual counseling appointments and online groups and workshops are available right away.
- 30 Day Mental Health Project: Daily ideas to help you manage your stress and support your mental health [@UAZCampusHealth Story Highlight]
- CAPS Virtual Support Groups & Workshops
- Coping With Stress Related To COVID-19 - hub of mental health resources for managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
- Stronger Than: Your Road to Resilience Starts Here
USE AN APP
- Stressbusters Wellness, UA Edition: Stress relief at your fingertips: audio tracks, relaxation, meditation, and more.
- TAO Pathways: Free self-help programming for students with activities recommended by CAPS. Enroll in TAO PATHWAYS and enter the enrollment key: CAPS-Cares-520.
- More apps and other online self-help tools.
Regular physical activity can boost your ability to fight infection, boost your energy, improve your mood, concentration, sleep, digestion, and more. This can be cardio, resistance training, or a combo of both. Try taking a group exercise class, going for a bike ride, taking a walk, doing yoga, or even dancing.
GET MOVING NOW: ON DEMAND VIRTUAL OFFERINGS
- 2020 National Recreation Movement -access to live and pre-recorded workout videos from 40 campus rec centers across the country.
- “Get Active, Live Healthy, Be Well” At Home - Campus Rec's on-demand virtual offerings: Full-length group fitness classes, workout programs, Outdoor Recreation tips & tricks, Intramural E-Sports tournaments, and more.
MOVE YOUR OWN WAY
Coping with COVID-19 takes a lot of energy. Sleep is the best thing you can do for your health without doing anything. Go to sleep and wake at consistent times. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep nightly. Keep naps short – 30 minutes or less.
BENEFITS OF SLEEP
- Improves stress management
- Sharpens concentration & memory
- Boosts immune system
- Enhances emotional & physical health
- Increases energy
- Improves mood & creativity
IMPROVE YOUR ZZZ'S
STILL STRUGGLING WITH SLEEP OR WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Smoking & vaping impairs your body’s ability to fight infections. It also increases risk for heart disease and many cancers. Now is an especially great time to quit.
NICOTINE & TOBACCO
NEED SUPPORT TO STAY SMOKE-FREE?
- Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine)
- Access free text messaging programs, a mobile app, trained cessation coaches, and more
- Freedom From Smoking
- You can access the e-cigarette quit program by texting DITCHJUUL to 88709
Any benefits from alcohol come in smaller amounts. Moderate your alcohol intake, avoid other drugs, and use your prescriptions drugs as recommended by your medical provider.
- The Red Cup Q & A- Separating alcohol fact from fiction
- Rx Safely- Learn how to properly use, store, and dispose your medications.
- For a Good Time Drink Inside the Lines – Here's what a standard drink looks like
- The Top 5 Hacks To Staying In Your Sweet Spot- experience the positive, social benefits of alcohol.
- The Sweet Spot [video]