As the semester closes in toward Finals Week, many of the students on campus start to pick unhealthy tendencies such as cutting into their sleep to cram for studying, relying on fast food and energy drinks, and skipping out on the gym to add more reading time for the books. We are unfortunately all subject to these easy short cuts that we hope will make the cut for that last minute A. Although we think this will work… it doesn’t. Studies show from the Center of Disease and Control (CDC) that students who are physically active tend to have better grades, attendance, and cognitive performance. The CDC also shows that lack of adequate consumption of specific foods such as fruits, vegetables, or dairy products, is associated with lower grades among students. They also show that insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases…such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), obesity, and depression.
- The CDC recommends that you try to go to bed around the - same time each night so your body is on an internal clock.
- Avoid large meals prior to bed
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine prior to bed.
- The lack of adequate consumption of specific foods such, such as fruits, vegetables, or dairy products, is associated with lower grades among students.
- Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased cognitive performance (e.g. alertness, attention, memory, processing of complex visual display, problem solving) among students.
Recommendations to make sure you don’t fall victim this semester:
- Don’t skip out on breakfast!!
- Keep an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and dairy products.
- Avoid saturated fats, excessive sodium and added sugars.
- Stay within your caloric daily needs.
"...students who are physically active tend to have better grades, attendance, and cognitive
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