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The Word on Wellness: News & Upcoming Events From CHEW


Are you catching your ZZZZZ’s?

At this point in the semester you are juggling class projects, exams, jobs, and commitments to organizations, friends, and loved ones. What may get sacrificed to meet all of these obligations is sleep. It is recommended that adults aged 18–25 years old get 7–9 hours of sleep every night. Not getting enough sleep can make it hard to focus, alter mood, and can have a negative impact on your overall health. Quality of sleep also matters. To help have a more restful sleep you can avoid naps in the afternoon, limit caffeinated drinks, exercise regularly at a time that is convenient to you (exercise can be as simple as walking), and try to wake up and go to bed at the same time every night.

Some students find it hard to fall asleep, especially due to stress. Some tips to help you relax before bed include writing a to-do list for the next day’s tasks, using a mindfulness or meditation app like Insight Timer, or creating your own bedtime ritual that calms you down.

Check out for additional tips on sleep. The National Sleep Foundation also has a great resource for sleep,


World AIDS Day is recognized around the world as time for people to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, unite against stigma, show support for those living with HIV, and remember those who have passed away. It’s a reminder that although treatment has great y improved, HIV hasn’t gone away and still impacts the lives of many, including young people. According to the CDC, youth and young adults aged 13–24 accounted for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses in 2014. In 2012, 44% of young adults aged 18–24 who had HIV didn’t know they had it.

The Center for Health Education & Wellness will be partnering with the Knox County Health Department to provide free HIV testing on November 18 in honor of World AIDS Day. The CDC recommends that everyone get tested at least once. Testing is confidential, results are available the same day, and there are no needles involved. For more information about World AIDS Day at UT or to find out how to get involved, contact us at


The Great American Smoke Out will be November 17 on the Pedestrian Walkway.

About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Even if you do not smoke, tobacco use can still affect your health or the health of your loved ones. By quitting—even for one day—you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life—one that can lead to reducing your cancer risk. It’s a race for your health, and it starts today. Today’s the day that quitters win. Check out or email for more information.