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Posted On: Friday, April 21, 2017 07:52 AM, by Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Theta Theta/NC State

May is Women's Health Month, and as it quickly approaches, I have found myself reflecting more on my intended career path and the importance of caring for myself. Although my time as an educational leadership consultant has been truly life-changing and more than I ever could have asked for, I am very much looking forward to my matriculation into medical school in 2018. However, until then, I have the privilege of serving the Fraternity for a second year as an ELC!

This upcoming year, I want to prioritize my health, and I encourage you to do the same.

  • Exercise. In my time as a based consultant at the Colorado School of Mines, I have embraced the Colorado lifestyle! The beautiful weather and multitude of outdoor activities left me no excuse not to. My based ELC partner and I have enjoyed hiking, swimming, and enjoying the sunshine as much as possible. Working out in the gym can get tiresome after a while, so I have enjoyed switching it up!

  • Wear sunscreen! have on occasion forgotten to protect my skin while enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountains and suffered the consequences. Fun fact: You experience a 4 percent increase in UV exposure for every 1,000 feet you climb in elevation. That means in Denver, I get about 24 percent more sun than when I am at home!

  • Regular doctor visits. Find a doctor who suits your needs. Get annual physicals from both your primary care physician as well as your women's health professional. The latter can also assess your risk for breast cancer and uterine/cervical cancer, and give advice on reproductive health and safe practices!

  • Healthy eating. Although this is probably the biggest struggle on this list for me personally, I have challenged myself to eat more healthful fruits and vegetables and fewer processed simple carbohydrates. This is especially difficult when I am travelling! I am looking forward to spending the summer as an ELC summer staff member in Indianapolis, where I can seek out local foods at the farmer's market (a summer favorite in Indy!) and try new restaurants with healthful options.

As this school year winds down and I reflect on my experiences, I am amazed at the progress I have made professionally and personally. I am incredibly grateful to return next year as a second-year consultant and hope to continue this progress and growth—including my newfound health goals! What have you committed to lately to improve your health?

Alex Johnston, Theta Theta/NC State, is a first-year educational leadership consultant.

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