Fight Fall Allergies by Visiting the Farmer’s Market

Ever wonder how you can beat your allergies by eating or avoiding certain foods? What you eat can play a powerful role in your health. Check out this article for more information on what to eat to beat fall allergies.


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And while you’re at it, stop by Drexel’s Farmers Market! Every Tuesday at Chestnut Square.

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Beat the Summer Heat Safely

Ever wonder if summer is ever going to end?

Medicine Net offers 15 tips to stay cool safely. From exercise program alterations to sunblock to increasing your water intake, learn new tips and review time-tested favorite ways to beat the summer heat!


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Beat the Summer Heat and Stay Safe

With temperatures rising as the Summer starts to find its peak, be sure to stay healthy in the sun. Check out this great article from the American Heart Association about staying healthy and active in the summer sun!

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Walking can give your brain a boost!

New research shows that walking WHILE WORKING can improve brain performance! Consider having a meeting in motion next time you need to think through a project.

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In April 2014, Drexel University was named the very first employer in the Greater Philadelphia Region to receive the American Heart Association’s competitive “Workplace Innovation Award.” This award, which recognizes workplaces that provide fresh perspectives on wellness, was received in recognition of A Healthier U’s nutrition initiatives, including the Selections program and our brand new Dragon Nutrition initiative for benefits-eligible faculty and professional staff.

The Healthier U “Selections” program has grown exponentially and continues growing. This initiative helps anyone dining on campus to identify healthier menu options through the Healthier U website, or directly through the recently-launched Selections app, available for android or iPhone. We are proud to offer approximately 150 menu items at 10 campus dining locations. While this program initially only included Drexel-based dining locations such as the Market located in the Northside Dining Terrace, Market 16, and ThirtyOne41, we now also offer Selections items at popular franchises on campus including: Currito, Taco Bell, Starbucks, and Subway. Expanding to include these options provides increased variety for those dining on campus. More information about the Selections Program can be seen here.

Dragon Nutrition is receiving much buzz around campus. This opportunity for free nutrition counseling with a Drexel University Registered Dietician (RD) allows for benefits-eligible faculty and professional staff to receive a series of three free nutrition counseling sessions with a RD. Those who have signed up already are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to meet with a RD one-on-one and to have their individual nutritional needs addressed. Additional information about Dragon Nutrition can be seen here.

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Dr Dan Gottlieb to Visit Drexel April 29th!

Tuesday April 29th, Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 12-1:30pm

A Healthier U, the Office of Equality and Diversity and the Office of Disability Resources invites you to join us for a special talk with NPR radio host, Dr. Daniel Gottlieb of “Voices in the Family.”

Babies and toddlers are born with the ability to experience love, joy and compassion, and the ability to experience awe in the ordinary. By the time children are in middle school, this “wisdom” begins to go underground. And by the time we reach adulthood, we find ourselves too busy doing too many things. What happened to that joy and shameless love? This talk will touch upon how we can be in touch with the natural joy and compassion that is a basic component of being alive.

Daniel Gottlieb has been practicing psychology and psychotherapy for over 40 years. For 34 of those years he has done so from the unique perspective of a quadriplegic with a learning disability, history of depression and the traumatic death of his sister. As a result of being broken and broken open, he has unique insights into what it means to be human and into the wisdom we are all born with.

“The Wisdom We’re Born With: Restoring Our Faith in Ourselves” is open to all Drexel faculty, professional staff, and students. No RSVP is needed. Contact Monica Fauble for more information.

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Save the Date! Drexel Health and Wellness Fair

A Healthier U and the Drexel Recreation Center present the 5th annual

Health and Wellness Fair

Wednesday, April 2, 2012

11 am to 1 pm

Drexel Recreation Center Lobby, 33rd and Market Streets

Students, faculty, and professional staff are invited to attend and take advantage of a wide variety of services offered by health and wellness vendors, including:

  • Free blood pressure, vision, and skin cancer screenings
  • Free 5 Minute Fit screenings, courtesy of Personal Training
  • Free mini-massages
  • Free healthy snacks from the Healthier U Selections menu
  • Visit and chat with Drexel vendors
  • Visit five  or more vendors and enter to win our annual raffle

This event will also be a great opportunity for faculty and professional staff to speak with representatives from Fidelity, Vanguard, TIAA-CREF, Independence Blue Cross and Drexel physicians and health professionals. Students can take advantage of the opportunity to meet with Aetna or the Drexel Counseling Center.

The Health and Wellness Fair is open to students, faculty, and professional staff. For more information contact Monica Fauble:


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Go Red for Women! Women and Heart Health

Do you know what causes heart disease in women? What about the survival rate? Or whether women of all ethnicities share the same risk?

The fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. What’s more: These facts only begin to scratch the surface.

There are a several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason. In this section, we’ll arm you with the facts and dispel some myths – because the truth can no longer be ignored.

Read more about women and heart health here.

Have a safe and happy Valentine’s Day on behalf of A Healthier U!

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Philadelphia Named Nation’s Most Walkable City!

NBC 10 recently profiled Philadelphia as one of the top five most walkable cities in America! Check out this great article! And don’t forget to stop by one of Drexel’s awesome weekly walking clubs!

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Stress Free Holiday Tips from the Cleveland Clinic

Check out these great tips from the Cleveland Clinic about how to lower your stress during the holidays.

Head off holiday anxiety early by coming up with a stress management technique that works for you before stress strikes. Research shows that you are likely to deal with stress in ways you already know, so make them the most effective strategies for you. The next time you feel stressed, try a few of these strategies from the American Psychological Association. And remember, the more often you use these strategies, the more comfortable you’ll become with them.

  • Get connected. Strong, healthy relationships with family and friends are important to your well-being. Think of the holidays as a time to reconnect with those around you. Don’t be afraid to accept help and support from those who can help alleviate your stress.
  • Set realistic goals and plan ahead. Establish small, concrete steps to handle holiday tasks. Don’t overwhelm yourself with lofty goals that are too time-consuming for the hectic holiday season.
  • Keep things in perspective. Put stressful situations into context by taking a long-term perspective. Work to avoid blowing events out of proportion.
  • Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs during the holiday season. Participate in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
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