Social media and health promotion

As a health motivated individual I am always looking for new workouts, quick recipes, and easy tips to live a healthy college lifestyle.  I have found that Twitter is a great resource for a lot of this information.  There are endless accounts that focus on health and wellness, some more clinical and news based like the Center for Disease Control, to more youth friendly accounts like Fitness and Nutrition where motivational pictures and quick tips are commonly posted. 


An account I find very applicable to living healthy, specifically at UD, is the Healthy HENS twitter!  Healthy HENS is the student wellness organization here on campus and is committed to helping students in the aspects of health, exercise, nutrition, and sleep.  Via Twitter, Healthy HENS spreads the message of living healthy on campus by promoting events, such as free yoga presented by an RSO or their own events like the current campaign “12 Weeks to the Beach.”  This is a great resource to help students stay in the loop about what healthy events are going on around campus and has personally helped me to get involved more.  Last semester I went to a free health screening, learned about healthy recipes you can make in the microwave, and attended free Zumba classes put on by Healthy HENS.  They also retweet national organizations with credible health information, as well as more light hearted accounts like “Healthy Monday” that tweets positive quotes to start your week with. 


Social media is a large part of our lives as college students.  Healthy HENS is motivating us right here at UD to be healthy and get involved around campus.  Follow them today @HealthyHENS and you can get involved too!

- By Sara Wienclaw (@TheClaw14). Sara is a Health Behavior Science major in the class of 2014 as well as a Healthy HENS peer health coach.