#HEALTHYOWLSCHALLENGE

  CALLING ALL OWLS!!

Energize your lifestyle today by taking the #HealthyOwlsChallenge, a 3-part social media health challenge.

A healthy lifestyle supports academic success. Energize your body with nutritious foods, physical activity, and restful sleep. Energize FAU by helping us reach the Nation’s Healthy Campus 2020 goals! Every participant gets a prize T-shirt!

Take the challenge and challenge a friend!

 

 

 

NOURISH your body, MOVE your body, REST your body! ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE!

 

 

We challenge you to energize your life by registering below! You then have 3 days to complete 3 health challenges to NOURISH, MOVE, and REST your body. Once you’ve finished, pick up your prizes, challenge a friend, and live the challenge everyday with daily healthy habits!

Step 1: Like us on Facebook

Step 2: Complete pre-questionnaire

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Post a picture of yourself completing three challenges on your social media platforms using the hashtag #HealthyOwlsChallenge and remember to tag us on Facebook (FAU Owls Care Health Promotion). Please note that once you've registered you have 3 days to complete the challenge.

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Did you know?

Only 5% of FAU students are getting the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Can we energize FAU by increasing this to the national goal of 7%?

Challenge #1:

Post a picture/video of yourself eating a fruit or vegetable.


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Did you know?

Only 38% of FAU students are getting the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 or more days per week. Can we energize FAU by increasing this to the national goal of 54%?

Challenge #2:

Post a picture/video of yourself being active.


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Did you know?

Relaxing in the evening helps our bodies prepare for sleep. 12% of FAU students report that their academic performance was adversely affected by sleep difficulties in the past 12 months. Can we energize FAU by relaxing to sleep better?

Challenge #3:

Post a picture/video of the healthiest way you relax before bed.


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Once you’ve completed the #HealthyOwlsChallenge, click the tab below to answer a quick survey and claim your PRIZE T-SHIRT!!

You’ll also be entered into a WEEKLY PRIZE GIVEAWAY for awesome prizes….movie tickets, personal training, yoga classes, free food certificates, Fitbit fitness tracker...and MORE!!! All prizes can be picked up from the Owls Care office (SS 8 RM 222).

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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS CHALLENGE: Student organizations who have at least 75% of members participate in the challenge and take a group picture with their prize shirts will be entered into a raffle to win a catered lunch! List of participating members and photo can be emailed to wellness@fau.edu


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Now live the challenge everyday! Click below for more healthy habit tips.

National Recommendation: Fruits and Vegetables should be a prominent part of your diet. It is recommended to enjoy at least 5 servings of fruits/vegetables per day. One serving of fruit is one whole fruit, such as a medium apple, or 1/4 cup dried fruit. One serving of vegetables is 1/2 cup cooked vegetables or 1 cup leafy raw vegetables.

5 Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

    1. Buy more, eat more (of the good stuff!)

    The more fruits and veggies you have in the house, the more likely you are to eat them. When you’re at the store, fill your cart with healthy options to last till your next trip.


    2. Carry healthy snacks with you

    When you leave the house in the morning, in addition to the usual phone-keys-wallet combo, add one more thing to your bag: snacks! A small container of baby carrots, blueberries, cucumber slices, or grapes within arm’s reach will add another serving of fruit and veggies to your day. Better yet, it will help keep you away from the office vending machine.


    3. Cook creatively

    Enhance your favorite recipes by sneaking in some veggies, even if the recipe doesn’t call for them. Throw some spinach into your pasta sauce, top pizza with some pineapple, or add cauliflower to your mashed potatoes.


    4. Dine differently

    Find the veggies on the menu! Make it a game to enjoy at least one veggie at every meal! Chose veggies as a side, add a salad to your meal, or request extra avocado.


    5. Dreamy desserts

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit. Try a bowl of mixed berries topped with a spoonful of yogurt and a drizzle of honey, or blend frozen banana with cocoa powder for a twist on “ice cream”.


FAU Campus Resource Spotlight Would you like support in clarifying your health goals and creating a plan for success? Visit Owls Care Health Promotion to schedule a Healthy lifestyle consultation today!

National Recommendation: It is recommended to engage in 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 or more days per week. Activity can include anything that is moderate intensity (i.e. walking, hiking, biking, Yoga, dancing, climbing stairs, doing housework) or vigorous intensity (i.e. jogging or running, brisk walking uphill, rock climbing, dancing, jumping rope, circuit training, swimming laps, playing most sports).

Tips for getting active at FAU

    1. Find Something You ENJOY!

    You will be more likely to stick to your new physical activity routine if you are having fun.


    2. Know What Counts.

    Don’t have 30 minutes to be active? No problem! All you need is 10 minute bouts of physical activity at a time in order to reap the many benefits of living a more active lifestyle.


    3. Prepare Ahead of Time.

    Set your workout clothes out before you go to bed, put an extra pair of shoes in your car, so that you can mix in activity throughout the day


    4. Start Low and Go Slow.

    Start with low to moderate intensity and short duration activities to avoid injury


    5. Make the Most of Your Busy Day.

    With our often hectic and busy schedules, it is important to make the most of the time you do have by finding creative ways to add more movement. Examples include:

      Taking the stairs instead of the elevator

      Parking your car further away

      Take the long way to and from the bathroom

      While working or studying, take at least one break each hour to get up, stretch, walk around, etc.


    6. Find a Support System.

    Surround yourself with people who support your desire to become more active. You will more likely to stick to your new activity if you have company.


    7. Be Active On Campus.

    Take a Group Fitness Class, play an Intramural Sport, go for a swim in the pool, take the stairs instead of the elevator to class, climb the rock wall at the challenge course, walk on the trails around campus, walk or run the stairs in the Football Stadium


FAU Campus Resource Spotlight Want to learn more about how to get started? Sign up for a free Introduction to Movement Consultation through the FAU Recreation and Fitness Center. Visit Campus Recreation to learn more.

National Recommendation: It is recommended to engage in 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 or more days per week. Activity can include anything that is moderate intensity (i.e. walking, hiking, biking, Yoga, dancing, climbing stairs, doing housework) or vigorous intensity (i.e. jogging or running, brisk walking uphill, rock climbing, dancing, jumping rope, circuit training, swimming laps, playing most sports).

10 Sleep Tips

    1. Watch your caffeine intake!

    Caffeine inhibits your ability to feel tired, especially taken within 6 hours of sleep.


    2. Nap wisely.

    Napping can help improve mood, alertness, and performance. However, if you nap too long (more than an hour) or too close to bed time (within 6 hours), your body can feel groggy or you may have trouble falling back asleep.


    3. Get outside.

    Being outside in the sunlight will set your circadian rhythm and give you a boost of natural energy.


    4. Exercise.

    Those who exercise at least 2.5 hours a week report better sleep quality and feeling less tired throughout the day.


    5. Know your sleep self.

    Are you a morning or night person? Adjust your personal schedule to your circadian rhythm.


    6. Make your room sleep friendly.

    Add light blocking curtains or wear and eye mask to keep your room dark. Keep your room a cool temperature, and get ear plugs or a white noise generator if noise interrupts your sleep.


    7. Make sleep your priority.

    Build your work/school schedule around your sleep.


    8. Relax, rejuvenate, Restore.

    Meditation, reading a book, or drinking chamomile tea are great ways to prepare your body for a restful and restorative night of sleep.


    9. Unplug.

    Avoid using electronics within 30 minutes of going to bed. The LED light from a phone or computer reduces your melatonin levels, which ore necessary to fell sleepy and stay asleep.


    10. Get consistent.

    Try sticking to a set bed time and rise time, even on the weekends. This will get your body on a cycle and make waking up and going to sleep easier.


FAU Campus Resource Spotlight: Do you want to improve your sleep? Visit Owls Care Health Promotion to schedule a FREE Better Sleep Consultation today!



 Last Modified 1/4/17