Body Mass Index Information

From the Hilbert College Wellness Center
by Kirsten Falcone, RN

Body Mass Index (BMI)

What is a BMI? BMI is short for Body Mass Index, which is a number the medical world uses to determine if you are a healthy weight for your frame. The calculation is often done with the metric scale in kilograms divided by meters squared. But it can also be calculated by dividing pounds by inches squared, then multiplying by 703. A healthy BMI for someone 20 or older is between 18.5 and 24.9. Under that range is considered underweight, a range of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and over 30 is rated as obese. If you are under 20 years of age, you are probably not done growing, so there is another scale used. (See below.)

Why is it important to have a healthy BMI? Most people who fall within the normal range don’t need to be as concerned as someone who does not. (However, this does not let them off the hook for living a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and proper nutrition.) For someone who is above the normal range, losing weight by cutting calories and exercising is strongly recommended to reduce the risk of related diseases and health conditions. Conversely, those under 18.5 are encouraged to gain weight. It’s not insignificant that there is also a correlation between someone’s BMI and how often he or she succumbs to illness and health issues.

How can I attain a healthy BMI? A healthy BMI can be obtained either by gaining weight, or, more commonly, by losing weight. The best way to lose weight is a combination of calorie cutting and aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking three or more times per week.

Where can I go to attain my BMI? Calculate your BMI yourself using the above equation, go online to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or come in to the Hilbert Wellness Center for a personal calculation.

If you would like to calculate online, here are the links.

For 20 and over:
http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

For under 20:
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/

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Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Service Trip to El Salvador

spaghettiFundraiserOn Monday, April 14, Hilbert College will host an All-You Can-Eat spaghetti dinner form 4:30-7:30 p.m. to benefit the student service trip to El Salvador. Hilbert students will be traveling to El Salvador in May to build a playground on the island of Monte Cristo. Dinners are $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Basket Raffles and a TV raffle will also be held.

For more information, please contact James Sturm at 716-649-7900 ext. 231, or e-mail jsturm@hilbert.edu.

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Hand-Washing Basics

From the Hilbert College Wellness Center
By Kirsten Falcone, RN

Did you know washing your hands is the best proven way to reduce the spread of illness? Wash your hands before and after touching food, after using the bathroom, after contact with another person (such as shaking hands), and after they are soiled. Hands can become “soiled” even if they do not appear that way. Some ways this can happen are by touching your face, touching common surfaces that may contain microorganisms, or from poor hygiene.

Not everyone knows the proper technique for washing hands. Here it is:

  1. Using tepid or warm (not hot) water, wet your hands and then lather up with soap. Antimicrobial soap is not necessary; any hand soap will do.
  2. Let the water run, while you lather and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds (long enough to sing the Happy Birthday song twice).
  3. Make certain to wash under your nails, between your fingers, the backs of your hands, and even your wrists. Rinse these areas well.
  4. Keep the water running, while you dry your hands on a paper towel.
  5. Finally, turn the water faucet off with a dry paper towel.

If you are not able to wash your hands, using a gel hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative. Use enough to wet the entire area, and rub it in until the gel is dry. (Two exceptions are when hands are visibly soiled, and when you have already used hand sanitizer several times.)

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Celebration of Teaching and Learning

The Celebration of Teaching and Learning will be held throughout the day on April 11.  The celebration showcases the work of outstanding students at Hilbert College.  This event also reflects the hard work and dedication of Hilbert’s faculty and staff that help guide the learning of their students.

 

Schedule of Events

8:45am – Service Learning Recognition Breakfast, Franciscan Hall Atrium

*10:00am – Welded Art-Free Bird Display  (LIB 101), and Psychology Students Poster Presentation, McGrath Library
1:00pm—4:00pm – Leadership Scholars Project Presentation, Bogel 101
1:30pm—2:30pm – Reading and Writing Buffalo Poster Presentations (HON 330), Honors Students, West Herr Atrium
2:45pm—4:00pm – Graduate Students Poster Presentation, West Herr Atrium
4:15pm—5:30pm – Multiple Student Presentations, West Herr Atrium
    Distance Learning:  From Hanoi to Hilbert
    Persuasive Campaigns Poster Presentation (COM460)
6:00pm – Student Government Association Awards Banquet, Upper Level Campus Center

* Available for viewing all day

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Oh No! Only 1 Month to go!

Oh No! Only 1 Month to go!

Career Development Workshops for the week of April 7, 2014

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Some Ideas for Lowering Stress

From the Hilbert College Wellness Center

By Kirsten Falcone, RN
Hilbert Wellness Center

Did you know stress plays a role in most illness? That is because when we are stressed, our body’s immune system takes a hit and cannot function at full capacity. Even busy college students can take the time to benefit from some key lifestyle changes in order to ward off the effects of stress. Some of the ways you can lower stress are:

  1. Get enough sleep. Go to bed at the same time every night, and sleep at least seven hours.
  2. Make a list each day, and put the most important items at the top. Check them off as you go.
  3. Don’t skip meals, and keep healthy snacks, like fresh fruits and vegetables and low-sugar granola bars in your backpack.
  4. Drink enough water. The equivalent of eight 8-ounce glasses or a little more than three 20-ounce water bottles per day will keep you hydrated. Drinking enough water will also help drive off the munchies.
  5. Stay away from alcohol and drugs. These put even more stress on your body by lowering your immune response.
  6. Exercise. Take a brisk walk around campus twice, or work out in the campus recreation center. Do this at least three times per week.
  7. Talk to a good friend. Hug, laugh, cry, pray. Let it out. Enough said.

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Saturday Information Session – March 29

HILBERTCOLLEGE-black_blue-stackedIf you can’t make it to campus during the week, stop by on Saturday, March 29. The Saturday Morning Information Session will begin at 9:30 am with a short presentation followed by a campus tour. Tours of campus will be given by one of our Student Ambassadors. The Hilbert College Admissions Office will also remain open after the campus tour for anyone that has individual questions. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be served. All interested parties should RSVP with the Admissions Office at 716-649-7900.

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