Hey… hows your Saturday going? Mine’s going great. So was my Thursday thanks to our AVSSU Club Night! If you missed out I hope to see you at the next one. This is Saturdays with Shal to give you a break as you scroll through Facebook on that study break. Recently I was asked by a Daniels student how I manage to keep fit through working out four times a week and playing Tri-Campus Volleyball even with the busy schedule of a third year. My answer was simple: make time for the things that are important to you. They said, “thats deep Dr. Phil” but its true. Staying physically active and fit are important to me so I make time for those things. Now, I get it - maybe you’re not much of a sporty person or are intimidated by the university gyms but I encourage you to break out of that comfort zone! For all the intramural sports offered at U of T (yes, theres tons of them) there are different levels of competition that help everyone play to their level. Check out http://www.uoftintramurals.ca if you are interested in intramural involvement. As for working out at the Athletic Centre or Goldring, I suggest starting at Athletic Centre as Goldring is usually where the intimidating Varsity players go. Bring Tcard for access! I was also asked by another Daniels student during Orientation Week if getting involved with clubs or athletics is important because they were worried about commitment and balance. I told them that it is in fact very important, one of the main reasons being that you meet people at U of T outside of the Daniels faculty. Being in clubs and athletics introduces you to students that have the same interests as you, whereas you might not get that connection with some friends in Daniels. Well, I hope I’ve convinced you to at least consider getting more active and involved! Have a safe Halloween everyone (or if you’re like me where you don’t really celebrate it, have a good weekend). I’ll see you next Saturday. And if there’s a best time to say these next few words it would be for this weekend: keep it classy, Daniels.
Welcome back welcome back…. to Saturdays with Shal. This weekend I wanted to touch on the importance of sleep, and I feel this is fitting considering we are deep into midterm season and project crits. Wow, funny that “crits” just autocorrected to “cries”. Anyway, its no secret Arch and Vis students miss out on sleep. Our studio work causes us to work long hours to achieve tight deadlines, which in turn causes us to cut into sleep time. But sometimes it's not just school work that ruins our sleeps. The Canadian Sleep Society claims that "To get healthy sleep, people need to pay attention to ‘sleep hygiene,’ which refers to behaviours that encourage sleep. These include: sticking to a regular bedtime schedule seven nights a week; following a bedtime routine such as brushing teeth; not consuming caffeine and other stimulants; refraining from napping more than 20 minutes during the day; and avoiding cellphone, computer and TV screens just before bedtime.” (www.canadiansleepsociety.ca). Now, if you’re like me, you break every single one of these rules at least 5 times a week. But I challenge you to do better! (and in turn I’ll do the same). Below I have provided some resources for healthy sleep. Effective time management is the key to avoiding those long nights - and I’ll get into tips on healthy time management in the upcoming weeks. But for now, lets put the pencil down and trade it for a pillow! Your sleep-deprived body will thank me. I’ll see ya next Saturday, keep it classy Daniels.
Hey Daniels. I’m back! How bout that frustrating Jays game last night?! On this feature of Saturdays with Shal I wanted to give you information on the Health and Wellness Services U of T has to offer. Since we pay for it, it’s important to take advantage of these services… and it all starts with this website: http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc (you can also find it in ACORN). This is your trusty guide for anything Health & Wellness you need at any time. I thought I’d highlight the goodies for you. Below is a screenshot of the website. Circled in yellow is the services tab. Use this if you need to know hours of operation and location, appointments, and forms. LOOK HERE: YOU CAN BOOK HEALTH APPOINTMENTS ONLINE. Awesome! I’ve used it before, it’s super convenient. As well, it's your portal for every service they offer, i.e. physical health and mental health. Next is healthy habits, circled in green. This is a plethora (yes I know big words too) of info on, you guessed it, tips on healthy habits. Lastly, Student Life Departments circled in blue. This gives you lots of stuff such as aboriginal student services, accessibility services, career centre, housing, clubs, and sexual and gender diversity office to name a few. Well, thats it for this week Daniels, hope this was handy and dandy. Keep it classy out there!
Hey everyone! If you don’t know me already, my name is Shalice, but you can call me Shal (since its way easier lets be real). I am your AVSSU Health & Wellness Director, and as such I am beginning a new segment I like to call “Saturdays with Shal” (then I smile and they cue the little flash and ding sound). This is where I’ll be posting all things Health & Wellness, whether its a good recipe or food tip, nagging you to get better sleep, or other events going on around U of T such as yoga classes. Today I’ll be talking about turkey since its Thanksgiving weekend and what better theme to begin the year off with?! Annnnd action:
Its officially midterm season as you rushed to finish those last minute details for tomorrow morning’s critique (or, you know, just starting the entire project) while still trying to stay on top of your other classes’ midterms and essays. But thankfully, the weekend couldn’t have got here sooner and now you’re hopefully enjoying a nice break with family or your roommates. If you’re like me you’re the latter, and you want to enjoy that turkey dinner you miss so much but since you have no idea how to cook a turkey, you settle for McDonald’s chicken nuggets instead. But I am here to help! Instead of posting all the steps, I have provided a direct link to Canadian Living of a play by play on how to cook a turkey. For my herbivore friends, I have also provided a recipe for a delicious Quinoa Stuffing. If you’re not like me and you are home watching the grown-ups cook for you, why not impress them and offer to cook the turkey this year?!
Thats all for this week, I’ll see you next Saturday. Keep it classy, Daniels.