Today's Update: Wednesday, October 14

October 14, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, It seems strange to think about it now, but tomorrow and Friday would have been fall break under the pre-COVID academic calendar.  

Even though our students don’t get those two days to take a deep breath before heading into the home stretch of the semester, I’ve urged them to take some time to consider their well-being. You should do the same.  

If nothing else, go outside. The weather has been spectacular, and the leaves are getting to peak color.  Grab your favorite beverage (which may or may not have pumpkin in it) and enjoy. I like to walk around campus for a break, and Chadwick Arboretum is an excellent campus getaway. I also love to walk the Scioto Mile downtown. It doesn’t require any more effort than you’re willing to give and the rewards are substantial. 

Matt Hartman of Rec Sports’ Outdoor Adventure Center reminds me that running/jogging/walking/biking haven’t been cancelled for the pandemic, and, here in Central Ohio, Metro Parks, trails and most State Parks are open.  

Getting outdoors isn’t just enjoyable, it’s also necessary. There has been a great deal of research that finds it can:   

  • lower stress levels and decrease blood pressure 

  • Reduce the risk asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular disease 

  • Boost mental health and increasing life expectancy 

So, enjoy the autumn weather outside. It’s a Scarlet and Great way to feel better for it.