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Duke Student Health Nutrition

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“Pasta demand wanes as health-conscious consumers see it as carb demon”. This recent headline had us shaking are heads. According to this article pasta sales are declining even in Italy! Pasta makers are busily working to change their recipes and creating “healthier” versions of their products in hopes of appealing to a more health conscious consumer.

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Counseling & Psychological Services

Dearest Students,

The election results and the end of the most divisive campaign season in recent history has had an impact on our campus. Reactions range from hurt and anger to confusion about why some are affected so negatively. Counseling and Psychological Services advocates for a campus climate that is supportive of all students’ mental health and this election’s focus on traditionally marginalized groups has exacerbated their lived experiences of racism, sexism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and other forms of oppression. Any form of oppression negatively impacts mental health and deters academic success.

Blog Author:
Dean Sue Wasiolek, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and

Dear Duke Parents,

Although most of you aren’t as old as I am, my hope is that you might remember or be familiar with John Denver, a songwriter and performer who tragically died in a plane crash in 1997. I used to listen to John Denver’s songs all the time and I recently came across a video of him reciting a poem entitled, “Ambulance Down in the Valley.” My attention went to one particular verse:

            Better guide well the young than reclaim them when old,
            For the voice of true wisdom is calling.
            To rescue the fallen is good, but ’tis best
            To prevent other people from falling….                                 

            Better put a strong fence ’round the top of the cliff
            Than an ambulance down in the valley.

Blog Author:
Danielle Oakley, CAPS

Dear Duke Families,

It is a pleasure to meet you! I am the new director for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), a unit on campus that supports your student on a path toward academic success. I am excited to be here given the commitment Duke has made to student wellness. Many institutions across the country are working to address mental health issues based on the fact that mental health is the number one factor in lowering retention and is a better predictor of college grade point average than ACT or SAT scores. The 97% four-year retention rate to graduation at Duke demonstrates that retention is not a significant issue on this campus; highlighting that Duke’s focus is supporting mental health services because student wellness is valued.

Blog Author:
Elizabeth Hoyler, '16

You might think the signs of exhaustion are obvious, but sleep deprivation isn’t as obvious as you might think it is. Its effects creep up on us. Here are a few common manifestations of this sleep deprivation monster. 

You fidget a lot. And you don’t normally. 
You might think this is a reflection of your energy that just can’t be contained. But it can actually be a symptom of chronic sleep loss. Your body is going into to hyper-drive. Can’t stop moving might mean you need to stop. 

Blog Author:
Elizabeth Hoyler, '16

Midterms are alive and well. As students, we’ve all realized that the hard way, unfortunately. In an act of solidarity, I’m gonna share some wisdom from Jean Hanson and Jo Supernaw at the Wellness center. With these myths busted you’ll, in my opinion, be able to kick midterm’s a** better. (Hint: It involves more sleep.)

Myth #1: The effects of my all-nighter only impacts me.

You may be the only one who gets to sport the Dukie-meets-phantom-menace look, but your worsened mood? Lack of focus? Degree of inefficiency?  You can’t be as productive a teammate, as present a friend, nor as pleasant an acquaintance.

All-nighters don’t make you cool or more impressive. They make you tired. 

Myth #2: Staying up those extra few hours to cram will help my GPA.

Blog Author:
Jo Supernaw, DUWell

One of the most common complaints we here from students is “not getting enough sleep”.  With class work, student org. meetings, roommates, etc., students at Duke struggle to find ways to make sure they get a solid night’s sleep.  The Health and Wellness units (DUWELL, Student Health and Nutrition Services, CAPS, DukeReach and Recreation) have heard you loud and clear.  So, we came out on campus to find out more and provide resources to help you all get the rest and relaxation you’ve been asking for.

Blog Author:
Toni Apadula RDN, LDN, CEDRD

Well that warm golden blob in the sky has finally decided to appear and it is actually starting to feel like spring. This of course means that warm weather clothing is making an appearance and along with it more skin.

Skin is an organ just like you heart or liver (in fact it is the largest organ of your body), but it’s easy to take for granted.  You might think that slathering on expensive lotions is the best way to keep skin healthy and looking its best but the real work begins on the inside.

Here’s a quick guide to foods that help you have great looking healthy skin:

Blog Author:
Gary Glass, CAPS

“I don’t know how you do this for a living, listening to people’s problems all the time.”

I hear this comment from clients all the time, especially after a session with a lot of tears and overwhelming feelings of discouragement. As an audience member during a DSG-hosted event, STAND UP TO STIGMA: A Student Panel on Mental Health and Mental Illness at Duke, I realized how vividly accurate my standard response to the statement about how I “do this for a living” truly is.

This was not a program on the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, or a presentation the prevalence rates of these problems. It was an arena for sharing stories about living, an offering of what living life is like living with depression. Living with anxiety. Living with disordered eating.  Living with addiction. Living with ADHD. Living with PTSD.