Healthy Habits are Central to Wellness

Healthy mind, healthy body. You can have one without the other, but combining the two will surely put you on a path toward overall wellness.

CWU Health Sciences disciplines focus on helping people become better versions of themselves, whether it’s eating better (nutrition), exercising more efficiently (biomechanics, physiology), or learning how to safeguard the health of others (public health).

And when you include the future paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and pre-med students who come out of this growing department, it’s safe to say our communities are safer and healthier because of these CWU students and faculty.

Here are some recommendations for how to attain peak physical and mental shape:

• Eating Right: Feed your body to fuel your day the right way. Experiment with new foods like fresh-pressed juices, buckwheat waffles, superfood bowls, and plant-based protein substitutes. You can also take a cooking class and learn healthy food preparation techniques from CWU alumni now serving the community.

Daily Exercise: Be sure to get in your steps and hit the weights so you can maintain strong muscles and bones. The CWU campus offers many opportunities for faculty, staff, and students, including a 50-foot climbing wall, a full-service exercise facility, a swimming pool, and more.

Soak Up the Sun: Remember to get plenty of vitamin D to give your body the nutrients it needs to keep you going strong. You can take a walk around the neighborhood, or a bicycle ride along the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. This 250-mile trail invites you to travel from the forested Cascades to the mighty Columbia River, all without leaving Kittitas County. Or, just sit on the deck or by the pool—any outside time counts.

Meditation: Practice mindfulness in small moments throughout your day. Find a place that feels calm and quiet, feel your breath as it goes in and out, notice when your mind has wandered, and return your attention to your breathing. Practice this in 5- to 10-minute increments, as time allows, during your busy week.

Interpersonal Relationships: Social interactions will keep you sharp and invigorated. They may also stir your soul. If you’re looking for a social outlet, try participating in a new activity or reconnecting with an old friend. It could be a fellow Wildcat you have lost touch with, someone you forgot to call back, or a public health leader who has guided your community through hard times. The power of positive connections can do wonders for our well-being.

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