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As the semester warms up, the weather outside remains frightful. Fight the urge to hide under the covers during these cold months and check out these tips for staying active and healthy this winter!

It is always important to stay active, especially in the colder months. Ann Arbor offers many ways to stay active this winter without going to the gym! Yost Ice Area has open skate nights that are only $4 for students, plus $2 for a rental. You can also go ice skating either indoors at Veterans Ice Arena or outdoors at Buhr Park. Sledding is also a great way to stay active in these winter months. The best place in Ann Arbor is the Huron Hills Golf Course, but there are also many other sledding spots. If you’re in the mood for a winter daycation, skiiling at Mt Brighton is a great option located just 30 minutes north of Ann Arbor.

Did you make a resolution to stay healthy in the new year? Check out these winter recipes for a homemade warm-up. A hot dish is a great Midwestern favorite that is homey and great for having people over. This Tater tot hot dish is a college spin on a classic. Great slow cooker meals are also perfect for these bitterly cold days full of work and classes. Check out this vegetarian Veggie Soup or a meaty Slow Cooker Chili for a hot meal on a blustery, busy day.

Looking for a quick escape to the tropics in the dead of winter? Check out the Matthaei Botanical Gardens to warm up without leaving campus. The Michigan Medicine hospital also has a waterfall and tropical garden open for the public. Lastly, if you feel the need to sweat out toxins and soak up some warmth, try out the saunas at the CCRB.

If you catch a cold weather cold or other illness this semester, your on-campus resources are always here to help. UHS provides  walk-in appointments  in person assistance and an after-hours nurse hotline for free health advice.

Stay warm and well this winter!


Contributed by William W, Neighborhood Ambassador - Elbel