Finding your zen: Plus-Size yoga

No matter what size you are, mindfulness is an important part of good self-care. Between classes, schoolwork, jobs, internships, and extracurricular activities, taking a moment to simply breathe can be your last priority.

We get it. That’s where our group comes in.

Body size should be no barrier when it comes to practicing yoga. Break away from your hectic routine with this once per week group in the Student Activity Center.  Strengthen your mind-body connection, grow stronger, and thrive! Each group features a short meditation session paired with a gentle flow and modified poses.

Groups are held on Mondays at 1 pm in the 4th floor multi-purpose room of the Student Activity Center.

And the best part? You don’t need any prior yoga experience to channel your zen.

The Plus-Size Yoga group is intended for students with a BMI of 30 or above.  If you match that criteria and are interested, just sign up by calling us at 265-5600, option 2 or contact Jan Schaefer at: jschaefer@uhs.wisc.edu.

Measles: What you need to know on campus

Measles have made a strong comeback recently, with several outbreaks happening across the country. We want to make sure our entire UW community is protected against this infectious disease. You can avoid catching the measles by staying up-to-date on your vaccinations and proper self-care.

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that spreads by airborne droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person. You can become infected just by being in the same room with someone who has measles. The illness starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. The majority of the people who catch measles are unvaccinated.

UHS is encouraging all students to take the following steps to stay healthy and prevent spreading the illness:

1. Check your immunization records. First things first, check your immunization records to make sure you’ve had two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Most everyone received this vaccine in childhood.

If not, students can get vaccinated at UHS, for a fee. Call 608-265-5600 or use MyUHS to make an appointment. Faculty and staff should visit their private health care provider or pharmacy.

2. Take a page from the flu playbook with preventive actions. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water; sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow; and avoid sharing drinks, food, and utensils. The virus can live up to two hours on a surface where an infected person coughed or sneezed and is still capable of infecting others in that time frame.

3. Watch for symptoms. Contact UHS if you experience them. Early symptoms typically appear about 7 to 14 days after a person is infected. They include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. A red, raised rash appears across the body three to five days after early symptoms appear. After a few days, the fever and the rash fade away.

Students who experience symptoms should call UHS at 608-265-5600 or use MyUHS to make an appointment. Faculty and staff should contact their private health care provider.

4. Stay home if you are sick. If you catch measles, it is incredibly important to stay home and away from others. This means don’t attend class or labs, go to work, socialize with others, or use public transportation. Your mouth and nose should be covered during any sneezing or coughing and hands should be washed frequently. You can soothe your symptoms by getting plenty of bed rest, taking over-the-counter pain killers such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol to relieve your fever, and drinking plenty of fluids.

For more information about measles and other resources, visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/resources/index.html

Working through it together with UHS group counseling

Have you ever had that feeling of being brought down by something that’s been bothering you? That sometimes, you wish you could get everything off your chest and someone would just listen? Group counseling at UHS gives you the opportunity to share experiences, discover new perspectives, and try out new behaviors in a safe and supportive environment—a way to see that others relate to and understand your feelings and challenges.

Ready to explore group counseling? Here are 4 reasons you can get the most out of the experience.

  1. It’s easy to start

When you walk in to UHS Counseling and Consultation Services, we’re there to help determine what services might be best for you. Some personal issues are addressed best with brief and personal counseling, others in a couple/partner setting, and some in groups—an Access consultation with one of our counselors can make sure your needs are addressed in the best way possible.

  1. Different types of groups help navigate different types of needs

Groups at UHS vary in session format and many are structured or semi-structured. Process Groups, for example, are comprised of 6-8 individuals who meet and share their concerns with the facilitation of trained therapists. Support/Theme Groups focus on giving and receiving support for common experiences like grief or LGBTQ support. Psychoeducational Groups give participants the opportunity to build knowledge on coping skills, while Wellness Groups consist of things like yoga and meditation.

  1. A multitude of benefits

Participants in group therapy have noted that one of the most helpful aspects is hearing about what others in the group were going through and knowing that a common ground exists. Most members identify with issues other members share and find their outlooks improves just by engaging in group therapy. Listening, giving feedback, and engaging with other members also promotes new ways of interacting. The opportunity to consider multiple perspectives and increased support assures you’re not alone.

  1. Come on in for free

As a UW–Madison student, you are eligible for these services at no cost. You’re also assured that all group sessions are confidential.

Group is a unique opportunity to experience a type of treatment that can’t be found in many mental health settings. You meet 1-2 hours weekly, and sessions may run from 4-12 weeks per semester. Each session usually consists of group discussions, experiential activities, and brief lectures by the 1 or 2 group leaders. Want a look into group? Check out some videos here!

Prevent the flu! Get a free flu shot from UHS

This year’s flu season is hitting Wisconsin hard but it’s still not too late for students to protect themselves.  The single best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu shot every year. Remember, even SOME protection is better than none at all.

If you haven’t received a flu shot, don’t procrastinate! Waiting will put you at higher risk when you’re back in class and in the close company of other students. A flu shot not only protects you, but it also protects those around you who may be at risk for more serious complications.  It’s fast, simple and free for registered UW-Madison students.

Make your appointment today! Call UHS at 608-265-5600 as soon as possible to make your appointment for a flu shot. Once there, bring your student ID and wear short sleeves or sleeves that easily push all the way up to the shoulder.

What if I have the flu?

Most people with the flu have a mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.  If you have asthma, diabetes, a weakened immune syndrome, are pregnant, or have other chronic lung, heart, blood, or neurologic diseases, contact your health care provider or call UHS if you start having flu-like symptoms.

If you do experience flu-like symptoms (fever with a cough and/or sore throat), stay home from work and class and limit contact with others until you are completely free of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications.  This will take 3 to 5 days for most people.

Students with questions about their symptoms should contact UHS at 608-265-5600.

For more information on the flu, how to prevent it and what you can do keep yourself healthy, visit: http://www.uhs.wisc.edu/health-topics/flu/