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How to Stay a Lean, Mean, Wolverine

Since the end of November, us Wolverines have waged a ferocious battle against negative temperatures, painful arctic winds, slushy and snowy sidewalks, and have fallen victim at least once to a patch of black ice. With the arrival of April, we can see the light at the end of the frozen tunnel: the sun. Since many of us have not seen the sun for what seems like an eternity, it is easy to see how soaking in as many rays as we can by the pool won’t necessarily promote an active summer.

Moving Past Exercise Barriers

We oftentimes have the best intentions, but somehow we find excuses or reasons for not starting or sticking with a physical activity program. Research indicates that exercise is important for weight management and helping with the control of blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. Regular physical activity helps us sleep better and, because we get stronger and more flexible, it makes it easier to do everyday tasks. If we really thought about it, we feel good after exercising.

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Beating Colds & the Flu

Getting a Flu vaccine may be your best defense against getting influenza. In addition to protecting against the seasonal strains, the vaccine now protects against H1N1, which is causing some individuals to become severely ill. Some years, the flu vaccine can be up to 70% effective in preventing illness in healthy children and adults. Flu vaccines can also reduce the severity of symptoms if you do get the flu.

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Campus Safety Tip: Frostbite

Frostbite is the most common injury that occurs from being outside in the severe cold.


If you believe you may have frostbite seek immediate medical attention. For more information about how to prevent and treat frostbite, click here!

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Manage Your Energy Instead of Time

If you anticipate a looming crash of group projects and final exams, you might schedule every minute of every day and most of the night. Sure, it’s important to know what’s coming and where you’re going, but there’s another way to succeed: manage your energy. Top athletes do it, and you might be surprised to learn that the best athletes aren’t necessarily the ones who push themselves the hardest for the longest time. Instead, they develop effective energy management strategies using efficient periods of rest between exertions. That’s right, rest!

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