Safe & Healthy Spring Break

Spring Break 2014

A week of recess from college during March or April is a longstanding tradition. Spring break provides relief from academic studies, time to catch up, travel, enjoy time with friends and family, give back to the community or just enjoy the pleasure of sleeping in.

It is no secret that health contributes to academic success.  Yet, academic, work, social and personal demands can be overwhelming, undoing our efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Spring Break provides an excellent opportunity to recommit to wellness through the following SMART actions.

 

Facts

  • Most (56%) ASU students plan to spend Spring Break in Arizona. 39% are travelling out of state, and only 5% are going abroad.
     
  • ASU’s favorite Spring Break activity? Chilling out (57%). Other popular Spring Break activities are working (38%), studying (34%), and going home to visit family and friends (30%).
     
  • Half (50%) of ASU students say they won’t drink any alcohol during Spring Break. Over a third (38%) won’t drink alcohol for most of Spring Break.

    ASU Wellness. The ASU Spring Break Survey, January 2012 (n=186).
     

Advice: Be safe and have fun

We asked ASU students for Spring Break advice they would give their classmates… here’s what they had to say:

Safety

  • Always let someone at home know where you're going and when you'll be back. Use your commonsense to stay safe.
  • Know your limits and be smart.
  • Be safe when traveling to unknown areas. Make sure you go only to safe and reliable places, and go with people you trust.
  • Keep your phone with you at all times.
  • Even though you're having fun, try to remain smart about where you are, what you're doing and how much money you're spending.
  • Stay safe, designate a driver and don't feel like you missed out if you don't go wild.

Wellness

  • Have a great time, and take the break to relax. Enjoy yourself, and don't get hung up on working and studying your life away. Life is all about balance.
  • Celebrate what you’ve accomplished so far this semester.
  • Go outdoors and be physically active. Go hiking, camping, or swimming. Spend time with your friends and family. You can always have fun without drinking or doing drugs.
  • Use your time wisely. Self care is crucial.
  • If you can fit in a community service project during the break, you will be amazed at how much this small act can impact yourself and others.

ASU Wellness. The ASU Spring Break Survey, January 2012 (n=186).

 

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