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Wellness Newsletter


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Virtual Wellness Activities

Saturdays – Fridays
Ongoing Step Challenge —  2:00pm EST
The step challenge continues to go strong and we are now in the 5th week.  Please record your steps below for each day.  Winners are randomly selected.  At the end of this physical distancing period we will award a grand prize to the person with the most steps overall.  Let’s keep moving, Jumbos!

Congratulations to Step Challenge Winners:
Week 4 winners:

Shannon Polley, PHPD, PA
Helena Tatgenhorst, PHPD
Karishma Manji, TUSDM
Priyanka Shindgikar, TUSM
Katrina Sarson, Friedman

Monday, April 27
Topic: Improv Comedy
5:30 – 6:30pm EST- The class will cap at 12 participants
Here is my improv workshop sign-up sheet. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation on Monday.

Wednesday, April 29
Topic: Pop-Up Dance at 3pm EST
Low stakes shake it out, easy to follow movement for 30 minutes. Some dancing, a lot of jumping around (quietly, hello neighbors) and lunges.
Hosted by Olivia Fauver, TUSM, 23
Join Zoom Meeting

Thursday, April 30
Topic: Meditation at 2:30pm EST
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 950 031 854
Hosted by Jim McCullum, TUSM, 23  

Friday, May 1
Topic: Tai Chi from 12:00pm EST
Take a break to feel your feet on the ground, breathe deeply, and stretch mindfully! Virtual Tai Chi will cover simple stretches and exercises that can be done in small spaces and during short study and class breaks
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 540 789 5176 

**6:30pm EST
Virtual Concert/Performance – See the spotlight page for more information!


Other Virtual activities to check out anytime and from anywhere

 MadFit (Free YouTube Channel)
305 Fitness cardio dance classes:

 Les Mills (Free during this time)
The Fitness Marshall (hip hop dance)


 ** Are you doing a fun activity or is there something you would like to try??  Let us know and we can help to make it happen.


 Students Experiencing Substance Misuse:

Are you wondering if your alcohol or drug use is a problem?

The isolation and anxiety prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic may result in problematic substance use even by people who never had issues before.But for people who have substance use disorders or who are in recovery, the pandemic poses additional risks, both psychological and physical. When your habits and thoughts surrounding alcohol or drugs begin to change for the worse, you should be concerned. Keep an eye out for these signs that you might be drinking too much alcohol or using other substances too heavily: 

  1. Use because you’re stressed to cope with the negative emotions caused by stress lead to maladaptive ways of coping that can cause more harm.
  2. Use because you’re bored. Instead of going outdoors for a walk or calling friends and family, you turn to a substance to occupy yourself.
  3. Use to “help” you study. Transitioning to fully remote classes can be tough if you’re not used to it and you might struggle with productivity.
  4. You’re constantly worried about having enough alcohol or drug of choice. Thoughts of when you’ll be able to drink/use next consume much of your time and you find you’re making extra trips out to the store or supplier just to buy it.
  5. Your responsibilities are falling to the wayside. If you find that your use interferes with your priorities and obligations in any realm of your life (including school, work, social connections and self-care), it’s a sign that there’s a problem.
  6. You’ve been making poor decisions while under the influence. If you regularly make decisions when intoxicated that you wouldn’t make or would regret when you are sober, there’s a larger issue at hand.
  7. You don’t feel good physically. Hangovers and withdrawal symptoms are a reminder that overindulging on alcohol or drugs isn’t great for your body. So, if you regularly wake up with headaches, sensitivity to light, dehydration, tremors and other hangover symptoms, it’s a sign you’re going overboard.
  8. You want to stop drinking/using but can’t. If you recognize that your use of substances affects your life negatively but can’t seem to slow down, it’s time to get help. Fortunately, there are many resources available.

If you’re experiencing problems with drug or alcohol use, you should immediately seek assistance by calling your doctor or any of the following:

*****If you are not sure where to begin, do contact the Student Wellness Advisor as a place to start:


In the Kitchen:

Easy Quiche Recipe
– 1 refrigerated pie crust
– 6 large eggs
– 3/4 cup milk or cream
– 3/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
– 1 cup cooked ham chopped(optional) You can add peppers
– 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese divided
– 3 tablespoons green onions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Unroll pie crust and press into a 9″ pie plate, crimping the top edges if desired.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle ham, 1 cup of cheese, and green onions into the pie crust and pour the egg mixture over top. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top of egg mixture.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until the center is completely set. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving
Additional Recipes at Damn Delicious 


 Wellness Virtual Concert Join us with dinner, a beverage, or snacks for our First Freedom Friday: featuring some of the talented and unsung musicians among us.

Some of the performers are listed below.  Stay tuned for additional information.

Katie Brady, TUSM 23, Banjo
Katie has been playing banjo for almost nine years and Eric has played mandolin for about three. They’ve been playing music together or the past few years. Most of their playing has been in front of small crowds at open mic-type events, but occasionally they have played in bands for larger gatherings like birthday parties and weddings.


Maria Brouard, TUSM 23, MD/PhD has been singing since it was possible and started playing clarinet in the fifth grade.  Her musical past includes performing in her secondary school’s bands and musicals, her church’s choir with Byzantine music, and a few private and regional choirs, bands, and orchestras. 🙂  She still cannot read bass clef even if it was to save her life.   



Calvin Ludwig, TUSM 23, Flute.  Calvin began playing flute in 4th grade and continues to enjoy playing.  Most recently, he has been happy to play for the Boston-based Longwood Symphony Orchestra and also help his younger brother Gerald, who plays flute in high school.   Calvin is excited to join the evening’s other performers in celebrating artistry and music in any form amid the coronavirus pandemic and beyond



Jo (Yi-Chen) Chiang, Tufts Dental D21 – Singer

Jo has been singing since she realized that there’s echo in the bathroom and music has been a huge part in her life since.






Angela Ryck is a 2nd year medical student who has been playing the violin since she was 3 years old. Playing music with her family is one way she is making the best of staying at home. 






Additional Performers:

Gloria Park, TUSDM 21, Cello
David Alpert TUSDM, 21, Ukulele and Singing
John Sobhani, TUSDM, 22 Singing
Cole Graham, TUSM 23, Guitarist

Student Wellness Advising

If you are dealing with stress, frustration or anxiety about the current global situation or life in general, Snaggs is available to talk with you by Zoom or telephone. Any student who would like to schedule an appointment is encouraged to do so. It can be informal, and nothing is too insignificant. She is available to connect as much as is needed.
Send an email to
Follow us on Instagram @tuftsstudentwellnessadvising

Student Wellness Advisory Committee

Jessica Stanley, D23,
Samantha Capizzo, D22,
Catherine Choi, GSBS,
Schuyler Gaillard, MBS,
Natalie Kleeman Klapholz, M22,
Brenna Miller, MPH,
Breanne Conway, Friedman,
Anne Scott Livingston, Friedman,


Talk One2One – When to call and ask for help:

You find yourself reliving old traumas you thought were healed.
Your feelings of anger, fear, vulnerability or blame just won’t go away.
You find that you are drinking more or using other drugs to help you get through.
Your functioning at work, home or school is being affected by your emotional stress.
You have flashbacks, or think you see objects or people when they aren’t there. You have thoughts of wanting to harm yourself or another person.
If you don’t have someone in whom to confide, call Talk One2One at 800-756-3124



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