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Staying Fit for Peak Performance. Maintaining physical fitness is one of the most important ways you can stay healthy and prepare yourself for success in school. Students who exercise regularly don’t get sick as often as students who don’t exercise, they have more energy and alertness, and they experience less stress.

Concord’s Fitness Center is located next to the lobby in North Tower. It is free to all students. There is a variety of equipment to help you maintain your physical fitness.

The Carter Center is a multi-use facility that serves as home to the Concord University Athletic Department and the Department of Human Performance. The main level contains two gymnasiums, a dance studio and indoor pool. Open gym and pool hours are posted each semester. Hours are subject to change.

Choosing healthy foods. Food alone cannot make you healthy but good eating habits can keep you healthy and even improve your health.
American food may be different from the foods you know and enjoyed at home; many international students find that adapting to these strange foods is a difficult health challenge.
Although fast food is available in the United States, your challenge will be to choose the foods that will help maintain your energy, health, and ideal body weight.
To get the best nutritional value from the foods you eat, choose a variety of foods. No single type of food supplies all the essential nutrients your body needs for good health.
Avoid fat and sugar in excessive quantities, and eat foods which increase fiber in your diet (including fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, cereals, beans, and peas).

Making choices about alcohol and other drugs. Whether to use alcohol or other drugs is a personal decision which each individual must make for himself or herself.

Alcohol is consumed by many U.S. college students and has become a central attraction at many social events and night spots frequented by students.

You must be 21 years old to legally consume alcohol in the United States. Although underage drinking is common, persons under 21 who drink alcohol are subject to legal penalties, including fines. It is extremely dangerous, and in many cases, illegal, to drive after you have been drinking. Anyone, regardless of age, who drives while intoxicated, is subject to severe legal penalties.

Concord University has alcohol policies that govern the possession and use of alcohol on campus and at school-sanctioned events. Violation of the policy on your campus may have serious consequences.

Fines, imprisonment, or deportation can result from possession, sale or use of illegal drugs including narcotics, hallucinogens, and amphetamines.

Cultural aspects of personal hygiene. Personal hygiene contributes to personal success. In many cultures, the scent of another person is considered natural. In the United States, however, people have been taught that many natural odors from the skin, mouth, or clothing are offensive, and they generally perfumed scents to natural ones. Americans may feel uncomfortable near someone who has a strong natural scent of perspiration on the skin or clothing and may actually avoid that person without saying why.

Body odors may interfere with social comfort and establishing friendships with classmates, roommates, faculty members, or other Americans.

Body odor is caused by bacteria that live in the sweat on the skin. Perspiration increases in hot weather, during physical activity, or after eating highly spiced foods, and is generally greatest under the arms, where the most bacteria are produced.

Americans believe the whole body should be washed daily with soap and water to remove bacteria and the odor of perspiration. Antibacterial soaps, such as Dial, Coast, or Safeguard, slow the bacterial growth and are usually sufficient to prevent growth of bacteria for most people.

Deodorants and antiperspirants are applied under the arms to kill bacteria. They can prevent body odor for up to 24 hours, although any deodorant or antiperspirant may be washed away by excessive sweating and must be reapplied to clean skin to prevent bacteria from developing.

In the United States, women generally shave the hair from their lower legs and under their arms. They do so with the use of warm water and soap or shaving cream, and a razor. Some women use electric razors.

Because clothing absorbs body odors, it must be washed regularly. Wash and change your sheets and pillowcases each week. Change your underwear and socks daily. By law, clothing sold in America must have labels indicating how to care for the clothing. Read care labels carefully, and follow their instructions.

Dental Health to keep your smile bright. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so keep your teeth and gums healthy and maintain proper dental health.

Methods of keeping the teeth and mouth clean vary among cultures. In the United States, the following habits are encouraged: brushing teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing teeth daily, eating well-balanced meals, and visiting the dentist for cleaning and examination at least once each year.

Mental health. Many cultures have different views of mental health issues. In the United States people are taught to not feel ashamed of depression and mental health disorders. These issues require diagnosis and a doctor often prescribes medicine, physical activity or therapy as methods to improve the patient’s mental state. Seeing a doctor concerning mental health issues is seen as a positive action, since that person is doing what they can to help him/herself through a difficult period. If you recognize that you are facing any mental health issues please let it be known to a school official or trusted friend.

Created on Dec 7, 2011. Report incorrect information.