Keeping healthy below zero

Sub-zero temperatures, long nights and cabin fever can be difficult obstacles for Fairbanks newcomers to overcome. Thankfully there are many ways to cope with the long winter months, and UAF has a wide array of resources to help students, faculty and visitors maintain happy and healthy lifestyles. Here are some tips to help students from Outside make the transition.

1. Seek out foods rich with vitamin D. With less sunlight in the months ahead, human skin needs nutrition from alternative sources. Certain dairy products, fish native to Alaska and mushrooms are good sources of vitamin D. More tips are available at the Alaska Dispatch.

2. Enjoy the great outdoors during favorable weather by taking advantage of the UAF Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness Center’s (DRAW). Visit the Hulbert Nanook Terrain Park, Patty Ice Arena, outdoor climbing tower or skiing trails. Hours, location and equipment rental information is available at DRAW’s website. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, UAF’s Student Recreation Center (SRC) is available to students year-round. The SRC offers a plethora of indoor activities, as well as standard cardio and weightlifting equipment. Indoor swimming, rock wall climbing, yoga, spin classes, interval training and racquetball are all offered.

3. During permitting weather conditions, take a short walk to visit either Gulliver’s Books, Alaska Coffee Roasting Company or College Coffeehouse. For trips further off campus, UAF-issued Polar Express Cards grant students, faculty and staff unlimited use of MACS public transportation system, which offers bus routes to destinations around Fairbanks Monday through Saturday.

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