Healthy Lifestyle | Newsletter – November 2021

College is a time of dramatic changes. For some students, it’s the first time that they’ve lived on their own with the responsibility to finally take charge of their own life. College courses are also much more difficult than any other previous schooling, leading to late nights of studying and plentiful amounts of stress. It’s easy for new college students to feel overwhelmed and pick up some unhealthy habits, but with a little preparation, you can make sure that your health is up to the challenge.

As a young person in university, you know why feeling good matters. When you are at your best physically, all other functions are also likely to be just as alert. You are at the stage where dressing up to go to class and parties feels really good, and we know you look better at your best physical shape when you maintain a healthy lifestyle. You will have less cellulite, glowing skin, and fewer bags under the eyes. Hair and skin are known to flourish when the body is fed nourishing foods.

Another factor that shows when you take care of your health is alertness. You look and feel sharper because your brain is getting the nourishment it deserves. You are also likely to experience less burnout from burning the midnight oil when you eat right and get in some physical activity.

Here’s how you can incorporate healthy living as a student.

Some people think they have to do so much in a day to live a healthy life. Here’s an important lesson: it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg or take too much off your day.

  • Move a Little: You don’t have to start with sprints from day one; a walk around the university block is enough to get you started. Dedicating a few minutes of your time – like the morning before the day gets too busy – is one way to kickstart a healthy lifestyle.
  • Watch your Plate: How many junk meals do you eat in a day? Substituting just one with a colourful salad is enough to get you started in the clean-eating journey. Once you start noting the effects of a nourishing meal on your body, you will be compelled to make it a lifestyle by adding more healthier meals to your day.
  • Get Enough Sleep: Eating healthy and incorporating movement in your day is just part of the package. You want to sleep better and longer to reap all the benefits. Luckily, these two helps improve your sleep, and so all needed from you is a better pattern that doesn’t include burning the midnight oil every night.
  • It can be Done: We cannot emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle among students enough. Change is scary, which is precisely why it pays to introduce it in small doses. Start with one healthy meal a day followed by a short walk and soon enough you will be doing so much more.

In the simplest terms, a healthy lifestyle is a way of living that reduces your risk of becoming seriously ill or reduces your life expectancy. Although we cannot prevent all diseases, many serious illnesses can be prevented by adopting certain types of behaviour and avoiding others.

A good and healthy lifestyle allows one to relish and savour all the pleasures in life without any complications. Even all the wealth is less valuable when compared to sound health. Having all the luxuries in the world does not fulfil its purpose when one is continuously ill, depressed or suffering from a significant health complication. A healthy person has a clear and calm perception of everything without prejudice. His or her actions and decisions are more practical and logical and are hence more successful in life.

Good Habit

A good habit is a key factor for a healthy lifestyle. To maintain a stable body and mind, one needs to inculcate good habits. Waking up early in the morning, regularly exercising or a good morning walk helps to keep our body energetic and refresh our mind. Maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet throughout the day is vital for maintaining a good lifestyle.

Self-discipline

Self-discipline is important for maintaining a good lifestyle. When we are self-disciplined then we are more organized and regular in maintaining good health. A disciplined life is a regulated life. A man without discipline is a ship without a rudder. Discipline needs self-control. One who cannot control himself can seldom control others. The level of discipline and perseverance largely determines a person’s success. Self-discipline is the act of disciplining one’s own feelings, desires, etc. especially with the intention of improving oneself. It strengthens our will power. The stronger our will power the positive will be our decision. It enables us to conquer our own self. 

Punctuality

Punctuality is the habit of doing things on time. It is the characteristic of every successful person and everyone must observe punctuality in order to win success in life. Punctuality is necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It should become a habit with us. A punctual person is able to fulfil all his responsibilities and hence is treated with respect in society. It is needed in every walk of life.

Prevention of Lifestyle Diseases

By adopting a healthy lifestyle one can avoid lifestyle diseases. The following are some ways in which we can prevent lifestyle diseases.

  • Eat a balanced diet that contains important nutrients: One must include more fresh fruits and green vegetables in the diet. Refrain from eating junk food. Stay away from foods that contain large amounts of salt or sugar.
  • Exercise regularly. Spend more time outdoors and do activities such as walking, running, swimming and cycling. 
  • One must avoid overindulgence of alcohol, junk food, smoking, and addiction to drugs and medicines. 
  • Avoid spending too much on modern gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, televisions, etc. Spend time on these gadgets for short intervals of time only. 
  • Set a healthy sleeping routine for every day. Waking early in the morning and going to bed early at night should be a daily habit. Lead an active life. 

Unhealthy Lifestyle: Bad food habits and an unhealthy lifestyle such as less or no physical activity may lead to several diseases like obesity, high blood pressure or hypertension, diabetes, anaemia and various heart diseases. An unhealthy lifestyle reduces productivity and creativity in a person. It also adversely affects moods and relationships. It leads to depression and anxiety in human beings.

Importance of emotional and mental well-being for wellness

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally –it’s important to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also play a big role in helping people recover from these conditions. Taking good care of your body is part of a before stage four approach to mental health. Managing stress, getting enough sleep, staying active, and eating healthy are important actions to take to improve your overall health and wellness.  Read on for more information, fact sheets, and worksheets to help you get started. If you are taking steps to live a healthy lifestyle, but still feel like you are struggling with your mental health, take our online mental health screening. It’s free, confidential, and anonymous. Once you have your results, we’ll give you information and help you find tools and resources to feel better.

Having good emotional health is a fundamental aspect of fostering resilience, self-awareness, and overall contentment. Keep in mind that having good emotional health doesn’t mean you’re always happy or free from negative emotions. It’s about having the skills and resources to manage the ups and downs of day-to-day life.

To conclude – Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean drastic changes. You may adapt to change better when it doesn’t require you to overhaul your entire life. Just pick one thing and work on that one thing every day, letting the rest of your life and habits stay the same. You may be surprised that those small changes really can make a difference. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle not only makes a person confident and productive but also drives him to success. A person with a healthy lifestyle will enjoy both personal and social life. 

RESOURCES:

  1. Article on Healthy Lifestyle
  2. Article on Healthy Lifestyle for College Students
  3. Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
  4. Video on Healthy Lifestyle
  5. Ted Talks on How the food you eat affects your brain

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Update on Skill Development & Training

In the new cohort, currently in the 2nd year (1438), 699 students are currently doing the Enguru English program and 739 scholars are in the Hello English program. This started on August 10th.

The Campus to Corporate “Skills Training Program” supported by Capgemini (1460 scholars) 484 students are in the Hi-touch English program by eAge Tutors, 700 in the Coursera program, and 30 in the Skill Lync program. A batch of 67 students from 2nd and 3rd-year Computer Science & IT streams were enrolled in the IBM Skill build program from October 10th.

This year, the 2nd year students in Law(18) and Pharma(52) cohorts are also enrolled in the English program with Enguru that started on 31st August.

FLY (Finding the Leader in You) Program in partnership with CMI and IIT-Gandhinagar

The 12-days workshop was conducted in October with a batch of  34 students. This comprises of 2nd year Engineering scholars. This workshop is conducted by CMI – Competitive Mindset Institute Inc and designed to teach noncognitive skills for the personality and character development of students.

Soft Skill Training programs and webinars for Medical FFE scholars

Qmed – Medical Literature searching course for research and study is going on for 66 Medical scholars. 

English Training for Medical scholars

A pilot batch of 135 Medical scholars mostly from the 2nd year is currently giving the AMCAT assessment (English comprehension & Spoken English). Post this, from Nov 10th, these scholars will begin the App based English program by Enguru

Placement update

From the 2019-20 batch of 1023 Engineering scholars, 93% (955) of students are placed, where 724 have secured jobs and 232 have opted for higher studies. 7% (67) of students are currently seeking employment. 

From the 2020-21 graduating batch of 890 Engineering students, 85% (761) is placed; 544 have secured jobs and 217 have opted for higher studies while 15% students (129) are seeking employment.

From the 2021-22 graduating batch of 1256 Engineering students (current final year), 41% (515) are placed; 362 have secured jobs and 153 have opted for higher studies. The remaining 741 students are starting campus interviews from September 2021.

FFE is thankful to its corporate partners Geberit Plumbing Technology India Private Limited, O9 Solutions, Altimetrik India Pvt. Limited, Capgemini TechnologyServices India Limited, KPMG Assurance, and Consulting Services LLP, TraneTechnologies, Ingersoll Rand, Thomson Reuters for offering Placement opportunities to FFE’s batch of 2019-20, 2020-21 & 2021-22.

Below are toppers in the Coursera training program. They have been issued with gift vouchers, based on their performance. Congratulations to all of you!

Coursera Program Topper for the month of October 2020-21
Abhishek BodkhePimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Pune
Aman ThakurIndian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Ashutosh MalviyaNational Institute of Technology Agartala
Podili Chaitanya Akhil KumarAU College of Engineering, Vishakhapatnam
Siva Vashistan MMadras Institute of Technology, Chennai

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