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Fall TV Lineup: Get Off the Couch!

With the rainy season just around the corner and the general easy access to TV, turning into a couch potato isn’t always that hard to resist. Almost everyone also has a favorite TV show and with the summer hiatus finally over for most of them, fall TV is making a comeback. We also see the return of our inability to leave the comfort of the living room to visit the gym.

Fall TV: Returning shows and newcomers

Most of the sitcoms and reality shows we love took a break for the summer. New seasons are premiering almost every day of the week this month.  Most major television networks have a little something for everyone. some big name returning shows are Bones, Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee. The newcomers include Betrayal, The Crazy Ones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Dads. There is a show for any interest.

Before you pick up the remote and tune into the season premier of your new favorite series, think about how you’re spending your time. We have tips for staying active and preventing the couch potato fate.

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Get off the couch

It is time to get up and get active before you make the couch your primary residence. You can stay fit and active this fall and winter. You don’t need a gym for it — the only things you need are a bit of space and willpower.

You could hop on the treadmill during your weekly show or do simple workouts during the commercials. You’ll still get to enjoy the show, but you’ll feel energized when the show is over.

Fall TV: Stay moving this season

Whatever you choose to do, be sure that the new fall TV shows don’t dominate your time. You can quickly slip into an inactive slump. Give your TV show routine an upgrade by adding exercise routines to your show. How do you work on your fitness while watching your favorite shows? Let us know in a comment! Interested in wellness testing? Visit ARCpoint Labs of Lawrence for convenient testing services.

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Dorm days – starting an exercise program for the school year

No one ever said college would be easy. You spend hours every week in the classroom and twice as many hours keeping up with the homework. A majority of college students carry part-time jobs or stay active in several organizations.

The stress alone can affect your well-being. However, a lack of time should never be the reason you neglect your personal health. In fact, exercise and overall fitness can actually bring you energy and focus, lift your spirits, and possibly even have a direct impact on your academic success.

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College Nutrition: Staying Healthy in the 5 Danger Zones

Eating healthy at college is not an easy task! There are temptations at every corner for the average college student. How do you keep the pizza, mixed drinks and fast food runs from damaging your health for the next four years?

We’ll take you on a short trip through the life of a college student trying to navigate school and stay healthy at the same time. Check our list of the five danger zones for college nutrition and the ways you can stay healthy in the face of each temptation.

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Get Ready for a Healthy Year At School

Life in college can be overwhelming. One year at school is full of classes, parties, meetings, group projects, exams and all kinds of new experiences. Basically, your time at school is packed full of plans and events.

Busy schedules can get us in trouble. Specifically, busy lifestyles can harm our health and fitness. If you don’t manage the added stress, you might notice some changes in your health. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prep for your next school year.

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Vaccines and Testing: Why You Need Both

We normally think that vaccines are for kids. This is true; Kids must go in for immunizations regularly. However, there are important vaccines for people of all ages.

College students, you are no exception! As you age, your immunity to certan diseases wears off. You also are at risk for different diseases.

When you’re thinking about preventing diseases with vaccines, you should also be thinking about your current health. How is your thyroid functioning? Do you have any undetected STDs? Are you allergic to anything? Now is the time to check.

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Healthy Dorm Eating

New college. New friends. New freedoms. New dorm. New foods. Moving away from home is a fun an exciting time, but it’s easy to fall into unhealthy eating habits. Be ready for all the temptations that will come your way, with one of them being at the dining halls. By stocking healthy foods in your dorm room and making good choices at dining halls, you’ll be able to keep off the freshman 15 and feel your best all year.

college student eating healthy Eat a Good Breakfast

Dining halls will have anything from pancakes to bacon to donuts to waffles. Stay away! Keep small packages of granola and mini milk cartons in your room for a quick but healthy breakfast. If you do want to leave your room for breakfast, choose the omelet bar and add extra veggies or a whole-wheat bagel with low-fat cream cheese. It’s easy to oversleep and want to skip it, but that first meal is your fuel to start the day and will keep your metabolism going.

Stock Your Mini Fridge

Keep fresh fruits and vegetables in your mini fridge instead of ready-made meals. Wheat crackers and hummus is a good alternative to chips and dip, and yogurt makes for a healthy afternoon snack. Avoid filling your fridge with overly-processed foods and ice cream.

Avoid Dining Hall Traps

If you can name it, the nearest dining hall will probably have it. A good rule of thumb is to not grab more than you can carry with two hands. One well-portioned plate and a glass of water is usually plenty to eat! Salad bars are typically a good choice, but go easy on the croutons, shredded cheese and dressing. While the ice cream and cookies may seem like a good idea at the time, eating just 100 extra calories per day can pack on 10 pounds per year!

Healthy eating and regular exercise is the best way to stay healthy and keep off the freshman 15. It’s easy to lose track of what you’re eating throughout the day, so keep a food diary if necessary. There are plenty of healthy options to keep in your dorm room or eat at the dining hall—you just have to find them!

As you start school and focus on your health, listen to your body and check on any health concerns. ARCpoint Labs offers wellness screenings to help you learn about your health and start developing habits for the rest of your time at school.

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National STD Testing Day: June 27

Sometimes I don’t know how much money I have in my checking account until I check my bank account online. This isn’t a great choice for my finances, but I admit that I’m guilty of it occasionally. I know that I should track my checking account in my checkbook register.

Many people in the U.S. have this attitude about something much more serious: their sexual health. One in five people in the U.S. live with HIV and don’t know.

Why don’t they know?

They don’t check.

It is time to change this statistic. HIV Testing is the only way to monitor your health in this area.

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June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day. Since many people with HIV don’t have symptoms, the virus is easy to miss. To receive the benefits of treatment, you have to know if you have the virus first. To take control and improve your health, you must be tested for HIV.

National HIV Testing Day is not only a reminder to have yourself tested. It is also a chance for all adults to improve their health through learning about HIV. Take this time to educate yourself and others about transmission, how to lower your chances of infection and the importance of testing.

HIV Transmission Basics

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) kills the cells in your body that help fight off infection and disease. It can be spread a number of ways from person to person. Some of the most common ways HIV is spread are:

  • Having multiple sex partners

  • Unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex

  • Sharing needles, syringes or other equipment used to prepare illicit drugs for injection

  • Being born to an infected mother

Reduce your risk

The first step in preventing HIV is to know your status. Everyone should be tested for HIV once, and those with increased risk should be tested every year. To continue reducing your risk of infection, you should limit your sexual activity and the number of sexual partners you have. Be aware of proper condom use and use them consistently.

No Excuses! Convenient Testing

We’ve heard all the excuses in the book. This year on National STD Testing Day, we want you to stand up for your health. Testing at ARCpoint labs is easy- you don’t have to worry about insurance or setting up an appointment. Walk in, meet our certified collectors, and walk out- it is that easy. You’ll receive your results in the next few days.