Healthy Osprey is a collaboration of Students, Faculty, and Staff working together to foster a university community that embraces the development of a healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit. The purpose of the Healthy Osprey initiative is to assess and respond to the needs of the UNF community to create and maintain a healthy environment which will enhance the holistic student experience.
The following focus areas were identified by Healthy Campus 2010 and the UNF National College Health Assessment survey as being essential to achieving and maintaining holistic health. These areas are:
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Tired of the same old workout? Looking for a level of fitness that a current exercise routine can’t offer? Anyone who answered yes is a likely candidate for cross training. Cross training is simply a way of adding variety to an exercise program to stress different methods of workout and affect different parts of the body. The benefits of cross training are numerous. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons offers this list of cross-training benefits:
Cross training can improve overall fitness and over an extended period of time may ultimately lead to improved performance. For more information about cross training, visit the American Council on Excercise Fit Facts or contact the Department of Health Promotion at (904) 620-1570.
You pound out a few miles on the treadmill. You work your way through a series of strength training exercises. You even add some time on the stationary bike for good measure — and you smile with satisfaction that you made it through your workout. Nothing to do now but hit the shower. Not so fast. Did you consider stretching those muscles that pulled you through your invigorating workout? Understand why stretching matters — and how to stretch correctly. Consider the following facts about stretching:
This information was provided by Mayo Clinic. For more information, contact Health Promotion at (904) 620-1570.
Muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. "If you don't do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, you'll increase the percentage of fat in your body," says Edward Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. "But strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass — at any age."
Strength training also helps you:
Use these easy, fun tips to help you eat a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
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With little effort, you can transform fresh fruit into interesting and delicious creations. Here are 10 ways to reinvent these sweet options.
Nature offers many sweet choices for eating well: juicy red cherries, plump purple plums and luscious tangerines — just to name a few. In fact, all fruits fit into a colorful and healthy diet.
Enjoy fresh fruits as they come: whole or perhaps sliced. But with minimal work, fresh fruit can be transformed into lively snacks, side dishes, desserts and meals. Here are 10 ways to reinvent and rediscover these sweet options.
Portion sizes are increasing almost everywhere we turn - at the grocery store, at restaurants, at home and at the movies. Studies show that the when faced with larger portions, people inadvertently consume more calories which can lead to weight gain. There are ways that you can control your portions.
Five quick portion control tips:
Eating nuts helps your heart. Discover how walnuts, almonds and other nuts help lower your cholesterol when eaten as part of a balanced diet. Nuts, which contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients, are a great snack food, too. They're inexpensive, easy to store and easy to take with you to work or school. The type of nut you eat isn't that important, although some nuts have more heart-healthy nutrients and fats than do others. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, you name it, almost every type of nut has a lot of nutrition packed into a tiny package. If you have heart disease, eating nuts instead of a less healthy snack can help you more easily follow a heart-healthy diet.
Nuts contain a lot of fat; as much as 80 percent of a nut is fat. Even though most of this fat is healthy fat, it's still a lot of calories. That's why you should eat nuts in moderation. Ideally, you should use nuts as a substitute for saturated fats, such as those found in meats, eggs and dairy products.
Instead of eating unhealthy saturated fats, try substituting a handful of nuts. According to the Food and Drug Administration, eating about a handful (1.5 ounces, or 42.5 grams) a day of most nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts, may reduce your risk of heart disease. But again, do this as part of a heart-healthy diet. Just eating nuts and not cutting back on saturated fats found in many dairy and meat products won't do your heart any good. For more information, contact Health Promotion at (904) 620-1570.
Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet. They are low in calories and nutrient-dense, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Fruits and vegetables should be part of every meal and your first choice for a snack. Aim for a minimum of five portions each day. The antioxidants and other nutrients in fruits and vegetables help protect against certain types of cancer and other diseases.
Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day — the brighter the better. Brighter, deeper colored fruits and vegetables contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants - and different colors provide different benefits. Some great choices are:
Avoid fruit juices, which can contain up to 10 teaspoons of sugar per cup - or dilute with water. Also try to avoid canned fruit, which is often in sugary syrup, and dried fruit, while an excellent source of fiber, can be high in calories. Avoid fried veggies and those with dressings or sauces because they contain too much unhealthy fat and calories. Don’t forget to shop fresh and local whenever possible. The local farmer’s market, fruit stand or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group are great ways to get access to fresh, local produce. To find local growers, farmers’ markets and CSAs, visit Local Harvest. For more information, contact Health Promotion at (904) 620-1570.
The following foods and methods of preparation are likely your best choices to stay within a healthy eating plan.
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