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 Healthy Living Week


Try Something New!
September 22 - 26, 2014

 Schedule of Events

All Week Long 

  • Step Challenge 
  • Do you think to take the most steps in a week? Want to find out? Take the challenge!
    The challenge is free with a pedometer! Sign up at the Mathy Center. If you want to participate and need a pedometer, on can be purchased for $5 at the Mathy Center. Show your pedometer to the Mathy Center front desk by 5pm, Friday. Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. Winners will be announced via VU Today.  Sponsored by Recreational Sports
  • Free 20 Minute Massages for Students Only
    Sign up at the Mathy Center or by calling 796-3121 for a free 20 minute massage. Massages will be held in the Mathy Center. Sponsored by Recreational Sports  


  • Trail Mix Bar, Time: TBA / Franciscan Way (Rain site: Student Union)
    Grab trail mix, a healthy, fun recipe, learn about River Watch and kick off Healthy Living Week! Sponsored by Recreational Sports & SGA



  • Free Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings, 3:00-5:00 p.m. / Mathy Center
    Sponsored by Health Services
  • Viterbo 5K Friar Frolic Information, 2:00-5:00 p.m. / Mathy Center
    Sign up to run, walk or volunteer.  Need to get in shape for the race? Pick up a Couch to 5K training guide along with a complimentary water and granola bar to get you started!
    Sponsored by Events Management Class & MBA Alumni Chapter


  • Outdoor Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m. / Marian Courtyard (Rain site: Mathy Center)
    This is open to anyone who wants to learn basic self defense. Participants will learn how to be aware of their surroundings and be exposed to various self defense techniques. Sessions will be led by a certified instructor. Sponsored by Recreational Sports


  • Lunch N' Learn:Alcohol Topic 12:15-1:15 p.m. / Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite
    Space is limited! Individuals must RSVP at the Student Development Center or by calling 796-3825. Sponsored by Health Services


  • Ride Your Bike to Viterbo Day!
    Free Bike Tune Ups, 9:00-11:00 a.m. / Franciscan Way (Rain site: Mathy Center)
    Tune Ups provided by Bikes Limited / Sponsored by Recreational Sports

 Did You Know?

General Health Screening Guidelines

 Regular physical exams and health screening tests are an important part of preventive health.  Early detection is often the key to successful treatment of various health conditions.   Mayo clinic suggests the following screening for those individuals age 19 - 29: 

1. Annual blood pressure and weight check.
2. Dental checkup annually.
3. Cholesterol check every 5 years starting at age 20.
4. Eye exam yearly.
5. Women should have a pap smear beginning no later than age 21 and at least every 1-3 years for sexually active women.
6. Women should have an annual clinical breast exam.
7. Physical exam every year.
8. Diabetes check every 5 years until age 45 then every 3 years.
9. Hearing exam.
10. Self breast exams or testicular self exams should be conducted monthly at home. 

If you have questions, talk to your healthcare provider about your personal risks. 

 May the Fest be With You!

La Crosse has been celebrating Oktoberfest since 1961.  The annual fest brings thousands of visitors to the La Crosse area for the "party".  Unfortunately, many people see Oktoberfest as a time to drink heavily, rather than to celebrate the culture and traditions of the festivities.  If you do choose to drink during Oktoberfest, please use the following suggestions to stay safe:   

  • Don't drink and drive.  Always use a designated driver.  Students can use the Safe Ride program which is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  There is also a designated driver booth on the fest grounds where you can go to find a ride home. 
  • Use the buddy system, stay with your friends and watch out for each other. 
  • Keep your cell phone with you at all times. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.  Avoid isolated areas. 
  • Don't accept drinks from people you do not know.  Don't leave your drink alone. 
  • Eat before you go out. 
  • Remember, it is OK not to drink. 

Enjoy the festivities in a fun and safe way.  There are many activities that you can partake in that don't involve alcohol during Oktoberfest.   These might include music, dancing, carnival rides and great food at the fest grounds or Viterbo's VU After Dark program activities going on during the weekends for those who want to have fun, hang out with friends and meet new people on campus. Gemütlichkeit!