Health Promotion

University of Mississippi

Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is the ability to properly take care of the needs of your physical body to
function well.

Characteristics of Physical Wellness:

  • Applying knowledge about physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and personal hygiene in your daily life

Achieving Physical Wellness:

  • Complete regular physical activity and eat a
  • nutritionally balanced diet
  • Maintain regular sleep patterns
  • Shower, bathe, and upkeep your personal hygiene daily
  • Avoid participating in unhealthy consumptions of alcohol and prescription drugs
    • Avoid other street drugs like heroine as well

 

Physical activity: National Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans:
150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week OR 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise each week 2 days of full body resistance training including all major muscle groups.

Tips:

1. Avoid being physically inactive because some activity is better than none!
2. Plan physical activity in your day!
3. Be active with friends!
4. Visit with the Registered Dietitian on campus!

Campus Resources:

Campus Recreation

UM Nutrition Clinic

Student Health

Sleep: Tips for better sleep
1. Young adults, age 18-25, should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night
2. Oversleeping will make you sluggish throughout the day
3. Create a bedtime ritual – Do the same things each night to tell your body it is time to
wind down
4. Go to sleep when you’re truly tired
5. Put down that device. Viewing an LED screen before bed could make it hard for your
body to go to sleep.

Additional resources:
Sleep Foundation: https://sleepfoundation.org/bedroom/
Calm Sounds – Free Nature Sounds: https://www.calmsound.com
Sound Sleeping: https://soundsleeping.com/

Hygiene: Tips for good hygiene practices

1. Wash hands with soap every time after using the bathroom
2. Brush teeth at least once each day
3. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough
4. Wash your hair with shampoo that is designed for your hair

Alcohol/Tobacco/Substance:

Are you or somebody you know struggling with alcohol, tobacco, or other substance use? Utilize
the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) at the University of Mississippi to maintain or
begin long term recovery.

Additional Resources:
RebelAde: https://healthpromotion.olemiss.edu/rebelade/
Collegiate Recovery Community: https://recovery.olemiss.edu/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: https://www.samhsa.gov/atod