Why Give a Damn:

There are contagions out there just waiting for a dip at your immune system, and to take hold and shake you like a cat with a mouse at dinnertime. Invest in health so that you can save the world later.


The author of this post, Ann Garvin is an author, speaker and professor of health, stress management, research methods and media literacy.

Accidental sick happens and when it does, you’re going to lose time toward your goal.  Tweet This Quote

I have the flu. As I write this, I am coughing, lying on the couch and considering another dose of cold medicine, maybe some green tea. This is putting a significant pause on my save-the-world agenda. A pause I can do nothing about; a pause that I will have to work doubly hard to come back from.

It’s particularly frustrating because I caught the flu, even though I received the flu shot months ago, I eat, sleep and exercise with the best of them, I wash my hands, try not to put them in my mouth and never hug people who are sweaty and contagious looking. So there are two lessons here for people who are on the long-hard road to saving the world:

  1. You’re going to get sick.
    There are contagions out there just waiting for a dip in your immune system to take hold and shake you like a cat with a mouse at dinnertime. You can’t avoid everything with meticulous self-care. Maybe a tiny speck get’s lodged in your ureter and a kidney stone doubles you over or a texting driver hits your bumper and your neck get’s a good jerk. Maybe a tick, from your healthy hike in the woods, nibbles your ankle or you fall on the ice. Accidental sick happens and when it does, you’re going to lose time toward your goal.
  2. Don’t pursue sick.
    You can cut your sickness time in half by not pursuing disease. By not engaging in behaviors that encourage illness; the obvious ones being smoking, high saturated fat diets, texting and driving, abusing alcohol. But, the less obvious behaviors of haphazard eating, lack of sleep, and not moving is also pursing illness. If you give yourself heart disease you’re really going to lose some time.

Accidental Illness = lost time
+ Illness related to behavior = more lost time.  Tweet This Quote

It’s very loose math but an equation none the less:

Accidental Illness = lost time + Illness related to behavior = more lost time.

I suggest that we all invest upfront so there is less lost time in the end. Isn’t that what you’re asking investors to do every day? Invest upfront to save the world later. So, I’m saying the same thing. Invest in health so that you can save the world later. I can’t think of a better investment.

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About the author

Ann Garvin

Ann Garvin

Ann is an author, speaker and educator. As professor of health, stress management, research methods and media literacy at University of Wisconsin Whitewater, she has worked extensively in psychometrics, statistics and psychology. Ann is the author of On Maggie’s Watch & The Dog Year (Berkley Penguin, 2014).

  • Leija2014

    Thank you for sharing this post! I couldn’t agree more that investing in yourself and your overall health should be the main focus for everyone because you can’t go saving the world knowing that you have heart disease. But then I think about the people who get certain diseases no matter what they do to stay healthy. You could eat all the vegetables and fruits you want, but then still get cancer or become a diabetic because it happens to run in your family. What do we do for those kinds of people, that no matter what they do, they can’t really seem to get “healthy”?

  • AmandaBrom

    I feel I always get sick when something important happens. I feel it is due to stress and being sick causes more stress. I agree with your post that you can always do something to lower your risk of getting sick. Sometimes you can’t control the illness you get. When its genetics it is your bodies choice of whats going to happen, but living a healthy lifestyle reduces your risk of getting the illness at an early age. Just being healthy yourself can save the world one person at a time. Thank you for sharing this great article.

  • Anthony Urbanski

    Being a college student it is very easy to get sick. Staying up cramming one night and going out on the town the next night makes for an easy opportunity to catch the flu. I think college students as a whole pursue sickness. We need to cut down on these actions but how do we go about doing that?

  • ghilonipt09

    Thank you for sharing this article. I think college students can stay away from being sick if they are getting proper sleep, eating properly, etc. Most sickness comes from another individual but most of all sickness comes from yourself. Yes some of us have bad genetics when it comes to your immune system but many people can build a good immune system by staying healthy all the time. Exercise, sleep and eating healthy are the key to staying away from being sick. What do you think are the main points in staying healthy?

  • Andersonjc16

    Having so many commitments such as school and work its hard sometimes to really sit back and look at what your doing and realize how much your doing to take care of yourself. Being around so many people its inevitable you will get sick, and if you have to stop doing certain things or sacrifice social time your body needs to come first.

  • katie bartlein

    When taking a look at getting sick, most people blame it on others around them, the season and other factors. And most of the time that type of sickness is temporary. However, if we don’t take care of ourselves were asking for trouble in the long run. Like you mentioned being out sick takes away from the time we could spend being productive which costs us money. The accidental sickness is the worst too, because no matter what precautionary measures we take to protect ourself we are still susceptible to other factors. How can we protect ourselves from the accidental sicknesses that surround us?

  • karlyn lukman

    fortunately, i feel like i’m the healthiest people alive! as long as i get enough sleep and eat healthy food (cook at home) and do some exercise and taking vitamin i think your body should be fine. for me, i never spoiled my endurance by taking pills, i know by taking pills will prevent you from getting sick, but me personally i only take pills when i am really really sick.

  • Drew

    Thank you Ann for the article on investing in ones own health to create a brighter future. I’m sorry to hear that your sick and hope that you feel better fairly quickly since i need to learn you know! I agree that although we cannot completely avoid sickness, illness, and injury. Thats why we must care about our bodies a lot more when relating our illnesses to behavior. Just like you had mentioned in class our bodies are the best thing we have ever gotten for free! We must feed our bodies as we fuel our vehicles. We wouldn’t put water in our gas tank of our car when it runs on gasoline, so why put alcohol into our bodies when it runs on water? People nowadays crack me up with talk about this or that isn’t harmful. In reality they seem to always be looking for that way around the blatant truth. Stay away from drugs and alcohol kids!!! Drew out

  • Drew

    I agree with you here! Things happen and being in a school setting with living being as close as it is. Getting sick is unavoidable, but being able to heal quickly can happen. We must be body healers. Feeding out systems and exercising to keep it at tip shape helps!

  • Drew

    Yeah our sleep schedules in college are not very favorable when it comes to our body systems. We tend to avoid sleep and fit in as much as we can into one day. On top of that just to try and catch up on all that sleep we have been putting off we tend to sleep all weekend which isn’t the answer either! We need to prioritize. Sure socially you might not be that “go-to” guy with all your pals but putting yourself first with studies, hygiene, and sleep goes along way. Keeps us healthier and eases our minds!

  • Jeovany_Espino

    I feel like i have a very well immune system as well. The only times i do happen to get sick is because of sleep deprivation. Being an architect student and working is the cause for that but other than that, I feel as long as one takes care of themselves, then one can be healthy and never to worry. One should eat healthy and enough, and one should avoid taking medicine as it hinders your body’s learning to fight off the infections.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    What you have right here: “they seem to always be looking for that way around the blatant truth” I think that is the key. We can’t handle the truth but if we do, all good things will come our way (or less bad things any way). Ann out.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Yes me too! I think we are the same this way. I’m so glad to hear it.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Your immune system I bet is attached to your healthy behavior and thinking. So glad you found this interesting. -Ann

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Wash your hands and say your prayers. Everyone is going to get sick but you don’t have to get really ill and heart disease too. We have to control only what we can control.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I couldn’t I have said it better.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Awww Drew you do my heart proud.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I really push eating fruits and veggies, sleeping enough, moving more and doing it every day. It’s doable but not easy. Necessary so that you can do what you want to do.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Are you a sleeper Drew? You look awake in class!!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Me too, I get sick in times of big stress unless I’m really careful.
    Thank you for this Amanda, we are of the same mind.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    We have to work to show them the light. Sounds crazy but that’s what I always do. 🙂

  • sappt

    This is a very interesting article Ann! I do agree with it ,but unfortunately, I don’t really lead the most healthy of life styles. I go to school full time, and I work full time starting my shift at 4 am. I don’t get a lot of sleep and i rely on energy drinks to get through the day. I know for the most part that I stay healthy (knock on wood), but I also know that I cannot sustain this type of life style forever, and this article helped realize that. I need to invest in my health to create a better life for myself in the future.

  • Calvin Theyer

    I just got a high fever last week too and I wish you feel better soon. I would agree with you that the less obvious behavior can make us sick too and I really hated it when I was sick since it took me one full week to recover and I felt so unproductive. Therefore, investing in health will always be my number one priority.

  • treehugger90

    I agree that we all need to invest in our health and save the world later! I am totally guilty of still trying to do a bunch of things when I am sick. But really I am prolonging it! Every time I’m sick I think I still need to workout intensely and think I have to be doing something every minute of day without resting!

  • Logan Dohmeier

    If you do not invest in your own health how in the world are you supposed to invest in something else?! My dad has always told me that “You have to take care of yourself before you can properly take care of others.” As a determined student, friend, brother, and son sometimes I get really caught up in taking care of others and when this happens, you forget to eat right, exercise, or even sleep! This is usually where the problems begin to multiply because once you forget the basics there is no way you can continue to move forward. It isn’t just about investing in your health but it is investing in yourself! A lot of people don’t even spare the second to think about how all of this contributes to their mental health. Generally speaking, if you eat well, exercise regularly, and meet your body’s desired sleep requirements you will feel great physically and mentally which allows your body and brain to be pushed to the next level. These days most illnesses and deaths due to illness come from poor behavioral choices and that is something you can control. Great article as always!

  • byrnesbk24

    In my life I have rarely gotten the flu shot (probably since I was little when my parents controlled those types of things) and I have not gotten the flu. Am I just lucky? I know that there are many strands of the flu and that the shot doesn’t cover them all but I always seem to hear about people getting the shot and then they end up getting the flu anyway. It just baffles me and doesn’t seem worth getting the shot. Would you consider this “pursing sick”? I just don’t believe in loading yourself with vaccines and more so believe in eating healthy, exercise, getting enough sleep ect.

  • kristinwagner32

    I rarely ever ever get sick and am thankful for that. However when I get sick, I HATE IT! I can totally relate to your saying of loosing time by an accidental illness. Of course when I am sick I really do not feel like doing anything, but in my mind I do not want it to stop me from moving on with my life. So that is my way of not pursuing the sickness and doing as much of my regular activities as I can. I like how you relate this to investors and it is true for basically every single thing in anyone’s lives. Thanks for the read Garvin!!

  • Amy Pham

    I totally agree with you in this. I don’t have a good immune system like you and Karlyn and I get sick easily if my friends or roommate is ill. I used to be able to predict when I will get the flu or the fever. It’s when my roommate has it, in a couple days after that I will get it from her. However, it has been getting better as I am trying to stop relying on those pills. After a few times fighting with the flu without medication, I think my immune system has improved majorly. I also try to take more fruits and and vegetables and eat more healthy. Now every time my roommate has a cold, the percentage of me getting it from her is very little.

  • Astrawan Prayogo

    I know how you feel Garvin, even though i rarely got sick. However, I remembered a time when i got really sick during my PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination). the exam determines which high school I will go to and taking or preparing for the exam without my best health is not a good indication of going any of the good schools. I was hospitalized for 3 days before the exam and when i was discharged I have to take the exam. The feeling of guilt and fear mixed in my body. I will not forget how I get through those times.

  • Astrawan Prayogo

    I feel you Calvin

  • natebbeard

    This is my new project 🙂 My Dad’s an infectious disease doctor and my Mom’s a nurse so can definitely relate to the message. There might be a dab of subconscious teenage rebellion at work, but I’ll get there. Thanks, Ann!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    My pleasure nate!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    How did the testing go? Did you make it through them?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I hate it too!! It is the reason I work so hard on health, I just hate wasting time being sick and feeling miserable. My pleasure. Kristin.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I don’t think this is pursing sick, and that’s a really good question. I think the shot is not a guarantee against all flu’s just the one they are most concerned about. I understand why you don’t want to always get it and I think it’s less important for the young. Your grandparents should get it though!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    This line of yours ” It isn’t just about investing in your health but it is investing in yourself” Is exactly right. I should say it this way, it makes it more personal.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    sick = rest.
    Write that down and put it on your phone :).
    I want you healthy and anyone that eats as many veggies as you deserves it!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I feel you too Calvin

  • Ashley Nicole Rietbrock

    Thank you Ann for sharing this article. I hardly ever get sick, however the past couple of years when I get sick do I get sick. Just like this past month I went home on spring break when feeling fine and the next day I start to get a cold and had it for most of the week. A still kind of still have the cough yet. When I do get really sick though I try not to let it get to me as much because being in college you really cant take three sick day. Your going to miss to much in class and school work. So I try to keep moving on day in and day out trying not to let the sickness take over me. Thank you again for sharing this article I really enjoyed it.

  • treehugger90

    I agree with you Drew! If we don’t think about the way our bodies are feeling; it will not help us in the future! But like you said if we keep our bodies in shape it helps! 🙂

  • Jessica Walker

    This article is such a basic concept, yet so hard for people to comprehend and implement in their daily lives. We complain when one of our friends passes on their stuffy nose or sore throat, but who’s to blame for the long-term, life threatening stuff? That’s on us. It is so easy to point fingers at other people, but really our largest problem is not changing our behaviors to live a healthy lifestyle. Actively making healthier decisions can really go a long way. Is there a number of accidental illness compared to behavior related illness that we could give to put a picture in people’s heads to really make them understand?

  • DuCharmeDR11

    I appreciate the honesty behind this article. No matter how cautious we are, simply stated, we are not invincible. Knowing this, it is even more important to look towards preventive methods, starting at the core with eating, sleeping, and exercising. We all play a pivotal role in this world, because we all pursue different interests and passions. In knowing this, it is our duty to treat ourselves with the utmost respect, because others are counting on us to live out our stories! How are you going to respond to those that you let down if you don’t take care of yourself today?

  • treehugger90

    Thanks Ann! I really need to learn that rest thing! Once I do rest I feel 100% better, I just have to drill it in my head that rest makes me feel better. I also need to learn how to settle down. I’m like the energizer bunny that keeps going and going and going because my schedule is non stop! Thanks for the advice! 🙂

  • paleskij

    I think this is an important article. As someone who considers themselves a “germ-a-phobe,” it’s key to remember that there are factors out there that can get me sick, even if I am taking every precaution to *not* get sick. I can be well on my way to achieving greatness and being successful, but it’s important to remember that life happens and can get in the way, but you need to remember to be flexible and accommodating.

  • Siden

    It is an interesting article. I do not really
    take care of my health lately because of the environment around me. It is true
    that we all should see health as the priority in our daily live. This article
    really opened my eyes, and I am willing to change my sleeping habit from today.
    At first, I thought that sleeping too much was a waste of time in my life. Yet,
    after reading your article, I changed my mind. I should take care of my health
    by at least having enough sleep. Getting sick even wastes more time and money.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Siden, I’m happy to hear that. Make a plan that makes time for sleep. You have to build a life that supports your change and that will help you as you move forward. Good luck!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    ….and try not to make yourself sick in ways that you can prevent! Thanks for your thoughts. Flexible and accommodating IS very important.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I ask that of mothers all the time who are doing everything for their family but taking care of themselves. Thanks Deven.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    That’s a good idea Jessica–let me try just off the top of my head: 1 in 2 people get heart disease. 1 in 4 car accidents are related to texting. So your chances are 50% for heart disease and 25% texting in car. That means if you do both you are going to be in the hospital because of your behavior much greater than the chance of getting there in another way. Add the possibility of flu and that is a lot of lost time. This was not very scientific but still…

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Thanks Ashley, yes college is really hard when you’re sick. YOu miss so much. Good luck.

  • Jcoppa

    It’s funny that I read this article on this particular morning. This week I’ve been super busy with my new job, caring for people living with different sorts of physical and mental illnesses, and school. So constantly, I am surrounded by people, and half the time, it is people who are at high-risk of getting sick. Which in turn, heightens my risk of getting sick. On top of that I haven’t been working out enough or getting enough sleep. This morning, I woke with a stuffy nose and sore throat.

    What I’m trying to get at is that I do need reminders to get back on track with my health or I will indeed, get sick and waste time. I think having a time management system is the best way for busy college students to save time and help with avoiding illness, because they will not skip a meal or lose hours of sleep if they follow and schedule.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I also believe reminders that are gentle and supportive. Thanks for your comments.

  • Keeli Gilbert

    Wow! This couldn’t have come at a better time, as I am sitting here in my room, drinking tea and eating hot oatmeal with honey to try and soothe my soar throat and get rid of this ridiculous runny nose, that’s not even that runny, it just acts like it.
    I work 3 jobs and I am a full-time student with 17 credits. I’m not sure I have any time to spare to cure this cold I was infected with over the weekend. I barely have time to sit here and comment on a couple of blogs. It is hard with a cold to the things that we want to do. I wanted to wake up this morning and go workout, did that happen? Nah, I laid in bed to get 3 extra hours of sleep just so I could make it through the day without zonking out in the middle of work.
    I think I needed the motivation from this article to get going on my day, I mean, we have to start somewhere, right? I have a busy day a head of me and the only way to get it started and conquer all is to just start.
    So, thank you, Ann Garvin, for the motivation to conquer my day even though I can’t seem to get these Kleenex’s out from under my nose. Stay well!

  • LaurenSE

    This article is so important. You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Normally, I am sick all winter. I will have a constant cold all winter and just when I think it’s about to get better, it hits me hard again, and just keeps going. This winter was the first winter I did not get sick, not even once. I think it is because over the past year, the importance of sleep was drilled into my head at school and I learned how to stick to a better schedule. But it is true, there are sicknesses you can’t avoid. In those cases though, I have learned how to let my body rest and recover, instead of pushing it through it and making things worse.

  • Cory Zaeske

    Illness comes and goes, some you can prevent and some you just can’t do anything about. Don’t waste your time trying to prevent the ones you can’t but the ones that can be prevented should be heavily focused on. We live far too busy of lives to be sidelined by illness so health is a must. It’s funny that people really done appreciate health until they get sick and then the want nothing more than to feel well again. Get enough sleep, eat well, and stay active along with washing your hands. This way you can focus on the bigger things in life.

  • Brittney Glende

    Thank you Ann for posting this article, I recently got very sick as well, and you are right there was definitely loss time when I was sick! But there is nothing you can really do but to keep pushing through it. I found this article very interesting, sickness is just something that slows you down when all you want to do is to keep on moving. I think that if you do get enough sleep, eat well, and stay active you will help yourself in the long run. It is important to take care of yourself and see the signs before helping others. I tend to have trouble with this, I push my self to the max with work and school and I help others out even when I am feeling run down. By pushing myself to the max thats when I tend to get sick. Thank you Ann. How do you push through when you are feeling run down, because I know you just “don’t stop” I mean you have your girls to worry about so how do you manage it, being a mom and a professor and even an author??

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Keeli,
    I have so much sympathy for you. Sick, so many jobs and 17 credit. Sleep well and get better. See you Monday.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Good to hear. You learned so much earlier than I did. 🙂

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Thanks Cory…exactly.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    When I get sick, I ask for help and try to rest as much as possible. I give myself a break. I put things on hold and I know that everything can be put on hold, I am only indispensable to my children. If I died people would have to deal, so if I’m sick, I rest. I do the mandatory things and then ask for grace from the others until I feel better. Then I apologize and work hard to pay back all who helped me.
    Thanks for your thoughts Brittney.
    Ann

  • Lauren Maeda

    I think that this is a great reminder for everyone to take into consideration! I remember there being a point in my life in which I was sick for almost an entire month. I kept pushing and pushing myself to continue working or going to school in order to meet all of my deadlines on time. I felt extremely burnt out and run down at the end of it. I thought about how much easier it would have been to have a few days to recover. I probably wouldn’t have been sick for so long and would have been able to produce better outputs. It’s a little frustrating that society frowns down upon taking a few days off. There’s so much pressure to conform to these invisible standards in today’s busy world. (If you’re not dying, you should still be going to work/class ect…) Thank you for this insightful reminder Ann! Will definitely think about this the next time I feel a little under the weather. (Hopefully not anytime soon…)

  • Kyle Schiedemeyer

    Great article! I agree with your comment completely! One thing id like to Add is that you can’t do any of those things if you aren’t feeling up to your top potential..look good, feel good, play good!

  • Kyle Schiedemeyer

    Before I took your stress class, I thought sleep was for the weak. After reading the books assigned and discussions in class, I sleep whenever I can and feel great! Way more productive!

  • Kyle Schiedemeyer

    I agree! Nobody is invincible even though we all like to think we are. Great article, and great input! This information is very useful.

  • Britnee_Kay

    This is a great article to read around this time of year when everyone is getting sick. You’re health should be your number one priority and the sad truth is that for most people it isn’t. I know as a college student myself, getting enough sleep is definitely one of the categories I lack on significantly. You are so right when you say you can’t reach your goal if you’re too busy being sick all the time.

  • Sophie Miller

    This article is a wonderful reminder to respect the body’s physical cues. It is easy to ignore the signals of illness, even when the body is practically screaming them at us. Knowing when to surrender the ego and take a break is imperative to functioning as a productive member of society. Thank you, Ann! PS: On Wisconsin!

  • Riley Amos

    Great read! You’re right, everyone is going to get sick at some point
    but I really feel like we owe it to ourselves and others to try our best
    to minimize sickness. Though there is no fool proof method, washing
    hands and keeping up with a regular sleep schedule seems to help me out.
    Also a little bit of orange juice never hurts!

  • jbrycewilson

    I don’t really get sick, aside from a traditional fall cold that doesn’t really take me out of anything. I attribute it to years of healthy practices. So yeah, upfront investments make it easy to keep being healthy, and when I decide to not be as healthy for a week I have less ground to make up. As a corollary to your analogy, the more preparation and investment you put in at the front end, the easier it is to get over problems down the road.

  • lex_alwaysMIA

    When you’re a college student that is something you fear as much as midterms. No one wants to be sick but in heavy populations of people, there is always that chance. Besides trying to avoid germs and becoming OCD about it, work on your personal health first. If you participate in activities that are harmful to your body, you will be sick. Not taking care of yourself as a whole, you will get sick. The overall focal point in this article is to take care of yourself. Great article, thank you!

  • cecillia yakub

    As a student, sometimes it is hard not to stay late and we end up lacking of sleep. Moreover, as an international student who lives apart from parents, we often eat outside; the food might be high in saturated fat and unhygienic. That’s probably why we fall sick easily especially if there is drastic changes in weather.

  • Caroline Brewka

    I enjoyed reading this! Getting sick now and then is inevitable so we need to first, accept it, and second take precautions to cut the amount of time that we are sick down. While reading this I could not help but think of all of the other things that this could apply to as well. For example, we could at look at this from a business stand point. Running into some hiccups with your business will happen. So its important to plan accordingly and, again, take precautions to see that the hiccups don’t cost an unnecessary amount of time and resources.
    Thanks for sharing and I hope you feel better soon!

  • Juhno Mann

    I totally agree with this. Things will not always run smoothly in any aspect of life, so it’s good to take precautions with everything we do!

  • Caleb Trantow

    I take a strange approach to staying healthy… unless someone is obviously sick, I take on germs with open arms in order to keep my immune system workin. I’m not sure if that is the smartest approach but I keep healthier that way than most of my friends. Anyways, to the point of the article, I think you make a very good point. Ensuring that you get over your sickness quickly so you can start kickin butt asap. I think the hardest part is walking that line between trying to continue to get things done and knowing when to stop and rest up so you dont turn a 1 week sickness into 3 weeks.

  • ander106

    This was a great read! It really made me think of how getting sick is a complete setback that happens ever so often. I think people are willing to invest in their health, but we get a bit captivated with life that it ends up being left on the back burner. I feel like sickness nowadays could last for up to two weeks at a time, when before it would last for days. It’s interesting to bring up even getting sick from simply not living well. For example, during midterms and hell week, I’ve gotten sick from merely being too stressed and not getting enough sleep. Oddly enough, that kind of sickness is more miserable than the common cold. After experiencing that a couple of times now, I’ve realized that you need to make sure you take care of yourself, or suffer the consequences.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I hate getting sick and it’s such a set back from all the things I want to do. Thanks for commenting. Sleep well.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Getting sick is inevitable but we don’t have to get a disease related to our behavior–that’s another balance to think about. In my mind you have to rest first because the effort is so marginal when sick you end up doing it all over again.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Exactly, and I do feel better! My “sick” is shorter than it used to be. 🙂

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    it’s true. Behavior does have a lot to do with it but so does hanging around with other people who aren’t careful and get sick. Can’t get around that part, so you have to invest for the long run.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    “less ground to make up” Exactly and yes, it’s a good business model too.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Hi Sopie, Yes and Go Badgers 🙂

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Have you read Daniel’s article – Sharpen Your Ax (not sure that is exact title) article. It is exactly what you are saying here. Thanks for commenting.

  • alvinardisa

    Great idea by the author. I think that wealth is no use without health. It’s funny when me mentioned “texting and driving” as a cause of a sickness.

  • bhojwani

    I wish that I would have ran into this article few days ago. I am coughing as
    well as I am reading this article. I had a cold and flu few days ago. It
    was clear to me that I needed to stay home that day and rest in order to recover and cure my flu. Instead
    of taking rest, I attended all my classes, work, and extracurricular
    activities. In addition, I ate junk food, because I did not have time to eat
    proper meals. As a result, my health got a lot worst, and I had to call in sick
    at work and skip few classes for the next few days to rest and recover. If I would have rested on the first day of the flu, I could have
    saved a lot of time. Now, all my goals and all my work is pushed back. I learned my lesson. Like you said, “illness related to behavior = more lost time”. I will make sure to remember this in the future.

  • Drew

    We really do, I know i generally do knowing that if i shy from the truth it may not be as revealing as it should be?! But in all reality the truth is the truth no matter how we look at it!

  • Drew

    I mean I’m only trying to be like the awesome teaching i have for three classes! Been learning a lot i guess! Have a good Easter Break ANN GARVIN

  • Drew

    I for one like m sleep at night, but during the day as sang by Katy Perry, I’m Wide Awake. I like to fit as many activities into one day as I possibly can! I never stop moving and I love my life style! I like to stay awake in class or else how can i be a great health advocate like yourself?!

  • Drew

    Thanks Treehugger i’m all about spreading the word and letting people know about fitness! Although I’m not the buff kid on campus i do enjoy working out and staying as healthy as i can!

  • lepkowskjj29

    totally agree i feel sometimes we may neglect our bodies without really even realizing it. Getting sick really is a setback because it is so much harder to even get the daily activities done.

  • MeierKM23

    I have run into this a couple times, and have learned that it is very important to take care of yourself especially being a college student. Sometimes we get so caught up in the stuff that has to get done and don’t take very good care of ourselves which, like you said, and push back more lost time. I hate getting sick and of course no one wants to be sick but it does happen, especially when you are around people a lot. I think the most important thing is to take care of yourself everyday, so you can maintain being healthy and not get so sick when it does come, and hopefully prevent a disease of some sort later in life. I am learning to do this a lot being in college, being around people everyday, and living with four other roommates. Great article! Thanks for sharing!!

  • BartuchGR11

    Thank you for posting this blog. This article was a great reminder that you can do everything in you can to prevent yourself from getting sick and still end up sick. Sometimes getting sick is out of your control. I do agree that we are all going to get sick and wont be able to be as productive during those few days. However, sometimes we have to put ourselves first and then helping save the world second.

  • MeierKM23

    I agree! We do owe it to ourselves and others to minimize sickness. Our body is amazing and important to take care of it everyday to stay healthy as we get older and older. I am learning myself that sleep is just as important to stay healthy as anything else you can do. If you don’t get enough sleep, the next day you won’t feel like doing a single thing, including making yourself a healthy snack or meal, exercising, or other activities, which will build up and could create a big sickness!! Thanks for your comment!!

  • tjbaumeister08

    I think you should always put yourself first (health wise that is) before helping save the world. Our health should be our number one concern, and you can’t really help save the world if you are really sick or something goes wrong with your health.

  • Tyler Steinmetz

    Thank you for sharing this blog, Ann. I am very fortunate to call you one of my professors at UW-Whitewater. A lot of people, in my opinion, think that if you live healthy, eat right, and stay away from anything dangerous you won’t get sick. Unfortunately, sickness happens to everyone. It’s just like an injury, you can not prevent them, but you can greatly reduce your chance of receiving an injury. This is the same for sickness; there is absolutely nothing you can do to prevent sickness, but you can reduce your chances greatly by taking care of yourself, having proper hygiene, and living healthy. A lot of people need to hear articles like this and I thank you again.

  • Tyler Steinmetz

    I completely understand where you are coming from in your comment! As a college student, I am running around all the time and sometimes don’t have time to take care of myself or make myself a healthy meal or wash my hands. I need to make more time for myself to do those things so sickness becomes more of a yearly thing rather than a monthly thing.

  • Finella Yudoprawiro

    Thank you for posting this article! I totally agree with this post, I get sick easily if I don’t have enough sleep or get too tired I will fall sick immediately and it did not go away in a day or two so it is really hard for me to do many activities. When I feel like I am about to get sick, I usually drink a lot of water, juice and vitamins and sleep earlier than usual so the next day I will feel better.

  • LevenhagAL14

    This is an awesome article. I recently switched to an all organic diet, cut out soda, and cut out fast food. I quit everything cold turkey, and now I’m feeling so much better. I need to work on my sleeping habits, and getting to the gym more often, but it really is remarkable how much the things you eat affect you as a person. They aren’t lying when they say that you are what you eat!

  • LevenhagAL14

    I totally agree! One of the things I have a hard time with is sleeping when my body feels tired. Often there are too many things I need to get done, and my priorities become wonky. Then the next day I end up feeling like crap. I totally agree that it’s easy to ignore the signs of illness.

  • Ryan R

    I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments, Ann Garvin. I would say that I try to be as sanitary as possible, get enough sleep, exercise, and more things of the sort, but there is always room for improvement. You have just inspired me to stop the activity of giving hugs to contagious looking people. If I was fortunate enough to meet you in person, I would ask you if you’ve ever seen a cat shake a mouse at dinnertime.

  • justin bowers

    I really like this article because it’s short and sweet. Thank you! It’s important to really understand that if you don’t invest in your health now, you won’t be able to do the things you truly want to later on because you’ll be losing so much time being sick. How on earth do you stop binge eating? I don’t do it for a little while and then one day it just happens and then everything gets screwed up. Help!

  • justin bowers

    It’s crazy how many people forget about sleep when they are talking about being healthy. It’s always what you eat or how much you exercise, which by the way are obviously important, but so is sleep. You can’t have one with the other. Seriously, try not doing one of them and see how that goes. What’s your favorite remedy for sickness?

  • justin bowers

    I agree that while sickness is inevitable, it’s so important to realize that you can reduce the chances of getting sick enormously if you just follow the right guidelines to being healthy. It sounds so simple when you say it, but I know it’s much more difficult that people would expect. People always want the quick fix, but I think if they took smaller steps to becoming healthier, eventually it will be as if they were never unhealthy in the first place. How often do you get sick a year?

  • Tyler Steinmetz

    I think we all have trouble with binge eating once in a while! I know I struggle with it sometimes. The key is to the limit the number of times you have an urge to eat everything that is set in front of you. Being healthy is the key to being happy and like you say, if you’re sick you can’t do the things you truly want to do later.

  • WolfgramKA06

    I really like this article. Whenever I get sick, I feel the same way. I am always like,
    “Why am I sick? I eat healthy, I sleep, and I work out. Where did I go wrong!?” But, as you stated, everyone gets sick once in awhile. My biggest problem is trying to push through a workout when I am sick. What do you do to stay rested and to avoid making your illness worse by not resting as much as you probably should?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I’ve learned to just go to bed. That’s really it Kelly. I just force myself to bed. 🙂

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I try really hard not to starve myself because then I don’t have that drive to binge. So, I keep myself not full, but not hungry. I also try not to omit foods I love because I binge on those if I make them forbidden. Maybe you need a little extra fuel on those days you feel like bingeing.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Good for you Ryan. No hugging …. well a little hugging and yes I have seen a cat shake a mouse at dinner time. I had a ferocious cat!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    You are right, they do say that and it is true. Wow, you are doing some big things with big changes. Good luck with it!!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Sleep of course and streaming movies on Netflix. Movies I will later show to my class. I think it’s a really good use of my time. 🙂

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    The water, juice and sleep should be done all the time and then maybe, just maybe you won’t get feeling not so good. 🙂 Sounds like you are doing the right thing.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Thanks Tyler, that’s nice of you. 🙂

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I almost always get sick once in the Winter (I blame my students) and maybe a little cold every once in a while. Now that I have less stress in my life, I get sick a lot less.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Feel better bhojwani, I’ll be thinking of you.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Thanks! It’s hard to take care of yourself every day I know. I hate getting sick so I work hard not to!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I’ve definitely experienced that. I hate getting sick due to stress and work to get some of it out of my life, just for that reason.
    Take care ander106, I hope you make it to the end of the semester!!

  • I try to eat little meals throughout the day and like Ann said, I try really hard not to starve myself. It’s hard especially with a busy schedule but it is definitely doable!!

  • barczakdm08

    Great article! This is so frustrating for me, In my opinion I think I live a pretty healthy life. I regularly lift, sleep, and eat well but sometimes find myself getting sick outta the blue. There’s nothing to do about it either which is the frustrating part, you just have to live with it and try to push through the sickness. I have one question, is it smart for me to workout when I am sick? Or would it be better for me to just rest my body? Thanks for the post!

  • barczakdm08

    Yeah totally agree with you on how our personal heath should take the front seat before anything. Without our health we can’t do what we love and help others!

  • barczakdm08

    Texting and driving is starting to become a epidemic around the world now! I think it’s great how Ann almost preaches this in every one of her articles.

  • weidmankl15

    A great topic to think about! Sometimes even when you are doing everything right, things can go wrong, like getting sick. This happens to me a lot, although I know mine comes from lack of sleep I am sure. I like your “loose” math equation because honestly it is pretty true. Do you think that even if you “think” you are doing everything right yet you get sick a lot, maybe there are more things you could be doing? How does one identify those things?

  • weidmankl15

    Yes, lots of sleep. But also realizing that if your body is not 100%, your workout won’t due you any good. Try your best to realize that the only way you can get better, is if you rest.

  • weidmankl15

    Wow, I could never imagine making such big changes! I hope it all works out and you can stick to it! It’s very true, your last statement, and so why would someone want to be a gross deep fried french fry or an oreo cookie (even if they taste delicious, we have to know better).

  • aulm92

    Thank you for this article! This really made me think about injuries or setbacks I’ve had and how they effect my workouts. I dislike missing workouts and dislike it even more when an injury prevents me from doing so. I’ve caught myself pushing through pain in a workout just because I don’t want to miss it or set myself back. However, all i’m doing is doing an illness related behavior resulting in more lost time from my workouts. I especially like this article because I feel like it can apply to more than just physical sickness. Have you ever found yourself caught up doing illness related behavior?

  • schrammjm26

    Thanks for the post, sorry your not feeling so great! I gotta say I took your class just to fill a credit requirement for graduation and I heard you were a fun teacher but it has had a great impact on my life. When I first started this class I would pay no attention to what or when I ate, sometimes going up to 36 hours without eating before I realized it. Sleep was also another thing that gave way to activities that I perceived as “more important” I stayed up consecutive days, once staying up 4 days in a row, over 100 hours before finally sleeping which took me about a week to fully recover from. Your class has shown me that I’m over involved and need to start prioritizing my health over certain organizations, classes, or national competitions. I guess I always knew in the back of my head that my eating and sleeping habits were poor, but just kept telling myself that I would start doing things right after college. Your class also taught me that if I let myself I will always be pushing it off and saying, I’ll do it later. So thank you for taking the time to teach the simple fundamentals on health to a curious business student :-). I hope you get better soon!

  • Jessica Coder

    Good read- sickness is inevitable. Especially for those under a lot of stress- which naturally comes from trying to save the world. Unfortunately, go-getters don’t give themselves time to be healthy and relax. We need to remember we have to take care of ourselves first if we are going to save the world!

  • Mcgrailkk30

    I agree with you – I live pretty healthy life, but as the post says accidental sick happens. Once I’m in the process of recovering from a sickness I like to get a good workout in and try to “sweat out” the last of the sick, but it’s definitely better to rest your body when you’re sick. Trying to lush through a workout when you’re feeling I’ll only makes it worse. Sleep is the best way to recover quick.

  • AndreaBehling

    An investment well worth making. It’s different from your average investment, which usually involves an end product as a result of your upfront investments over time. Health investments are a little harder to track. You’ve got to keep reminding yourself the next time you accomplish a goal that one of the inputs was staying in good health. It’s part of the equation.

    But it’s still hard for some not to push their bodies to the limit in an attempt to accomplish a goal. What would you say to the over-achieving naysayers? As always, thanks for the post, Ann.

  • Lucy McNamara

    Thank you for sharing! As a person that gets sick quite often, being proactive about staying healthy is necessary not only for your personal comfort but also for the amount of time you actually do lose while you have the sniffles.

    Getting sick is inevitable, especially if you live in a place like Colorado where you can experience freezing temperatures and feet of snow at a time–but if you do the legwork prior, your recovery can be that much easier.

    Thanks again!! Get better!!

  • Zach Perkins

    Thanks for sharing Ann. The biggest takeaway from this and all of your classes I’ve had is worry about the things that matter. The things we can control. I now prioritize sleep much more than I previously had because I realize I operate much better with it. I think too many people put health on the back burner because they are too busy “saving the world”. They think they have too much on their plate and don’t prioritize it despite the fact that if they did, they would probably be able to accomplish more and with greater quality.

  • Zach Perkins

    Definitely agree. It is hard to give yourself a break when you want so bad to reach your goals. Sometimes your body needs it, could be physical or mental. But in the long run, listening to your body when it needs a break could make us that much stronger.

  • Jennifer Lynn

    I am a person who avoids getting sick with all of her mite. I workout 6 days a week, eat right (I’m too scared to eat unhealthy foods), make sure I get 8-10 hours a sleep a night, and ABSOLUTELY DO NOT smoke! It is going to happen though as you stated “we are going to get sick.” I think college students often don’t take the time to eat healthy or get enough sleep an that’s where they run into problems. People believe they don;t have the time to make a good home cooked meal or maybe they just don’t care. Which do you think it is? Are people just too lazy or do they really not have the time?

  • Jessica Andrew

    Thank you for sharing this article. I hate getting sick like I am sure everyone hates it as well. I try to stay healthy by working out, eating right, and getting enough sleep yet I still get sick. It is something that is very hard to avoid. I did hear a statement from someone and they said if you verbally say you are getting sick, then you will get sick. If you say I am not getting sick, then it most likely won’t happen. Do you think that is true?

  • Frank_Stanek

    I actually don’t get TRULY sick very often. Most often, when I do not feel the best, it is more of a long drawn out affair where I simply do not have the same amount of energy that I usually do or when I need more sleep. It really does make me irrationally irritated when I DO get sick because I am always like “What the hell? The person next to me eating a double quarter pounder is feeling fine but me, Mr. Healthy Eating, is feeling like he’s on death’s door?” Unreasonable I know, but I can’t help myself.

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    This makes a lot of sense. Back when I was a kid and I got sick, my mom always told me to run and, “sweat it out.” You can imagine that I hated doing that. But afterwards I felt so much better than I would if I continued to lay around on the couch. The idea of not pursuing illness definitely makes sense. Thanks Ann!

  • amykahl8

    it’s really easy to just think about the here and now. People like to do things that satisfy them at that moment, well I agree it’s more important to eat those veggies and go for a run so that in the future you will be healthier, although those don’t sound like the most fun options at the time. How can we get more people to think for their futures? Show them pictures or stats of what they could become?

  • jmarch

    This this great! I am sick all the time and have had a lot of surgeries and medication given to me to help. While this might alleviate the issue a lot, I agree that if you don’t indulge in being sick you are much better off. The worst thing is to lay in bed all day because it make the sickness last days longer than it could of. Great point and thanks for the article!

  • Alyssa Borgrud

    I think that people learn through example. For instance, if and individual and someone in their family live similar lifestyles and something happens to their family member (diabetes, heart disease, etc) they will learn what the ultimate consequence will be. We are individuals always think that nothing will happen to us, and will always happen to others. WHen something like this happens close to home, I think that it will give enough of a wakeup call to the individual that this could happen to them too.

  • Katie Ackerman

    I think that’s a fair and reasonable thing to suggest. “Invest in health so that you can save the world later.” The problem with that is, it takes many people getting to the point where they are so sick, that they realize just how important being healthy is. I know that the moment I am sick, I would give anything to just feel healthy again.

  • Katie Ackerman

    I am so guilty of this. I constantly think about the here and now. I know that this will be my downfall if I don’t change my outlook. I think a lot of people get wrapped up in that mentality. If they have been eating healthy for a week, they are looking for weight loss results and now focusing on they FEEL versus how they LOOK.

  • Katie Ackerman

    Nobody believes it, but us college kids are crazy busy! I can only hope my health and that of other college students will increase once we graduate. Fingers crossed.

  • John H

    Ann thanks for the informative article! I, unfortunately am always getting sick, causing me to prepare for what comes ahead almost always. Investing in your health may be one of the most fundamental approaches to being an asset in society. Our immune system often determines how we go about each and everyday, therefore preserving it and enacting healthy practices into our everyday life help us prepare for the next decade to come!

  • Haley Horn

    Thank you for sharing. I am always telling my friends this. If you get sick, your life is paused until you get better. So instead of fighting through it, just get better. In the long run, cutting your accidental sick in half will help you in the long run. Most of my friends eat garbage and have weird sleeping schedules. I cannot stress enough this to my friends!

  • Haley Horn

    This is so true! My roommate gets sick all the time. If it’s not a cold, it’s a really bad case of the flu. Turns out, she was getting so sick so often, she went to the doctor and figured out that she has stomach ulzers. These are caused by eating badly and stress. She stresses herself out about school so much that she is literally making herself sick. So now, she is on 3 types of medication, when she could have just taken care of herself in the first place.

  • Haley Horn

    I couldn’t agree more. My grandmother has diabetes, one of my grandfathers has has multiple heart/artery surgeries, and my other grandfather died of a heart attack at the age of 42. Maybe that is why I am so passionate about my health. But also because my parents have enforced it my whole life.

  • pinsolera

    Thank you for posting this as I completely agree. I admit, there we several times in college that I put off getting a solid eight hours of sleep to get in that last bit of homework. And before I knew it, I was barely not falling asleep in class and it was not a fun time one week. I became sick after not getting much sleep for a few days and it was so difficult to do homework and working out. The point I’m trying to make is when I didn’t sleep, my social life, school life, and working out life suffered because I was too tired and I became sick. Taking care of ourselves now will allow us to get more things done. So what if you didn’t get something completely done right now? If you give yourself enough time and gradually get things done as well as taking care of yourselves, you will allow yourself to have a balanced life and become much healthier than thought possible. All it takes is a little effort.

  • Khouri

    I like Ann Garvin’s saying, “Accidental sick happens and when it does, you’re going to lose time toward your goal.” I also like her quote, “ Invest in health so that you can save the world.” I feel that Health is a blessing which many people have but only few appreciates it.

    Ann’s article reminds me of a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad where he said to a man while he was advising him: “Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.”

  • Tyler Russell

    This article is a great read, thank you so much for sharing Ann! Sickness is something that I have always looked at as only the accidental side and how to prevent this. Being a college student this can be very hard and I get sick at least once a year. I generally attribute this to where I am and the mass amounts of people I come into contact with. I really have never looked at all the other factors such as my diet and exercise. With the benefit of youth on my side I feel I have been able to escape many of the negative effects from this but as I get older I need to really start focus on taking care of myself before I get sick rather than after the fact. Time is everything and the more you are sick the more that is lost. Thanks again for sharing!

  • Amanda Laatsch ?

    This article is great because it really points out the cold hard facts. When it comes down to it, everyone is going to get sick. It’s inevitable, we just need to deal with it, get better, and move on. But the second point is the best, because often times people think that the things they are putting into their body aren’t going to affect their health. Anythign and everything you do to your body has an affect.

  • KevinThomson32

    I love these articles because they are so cut and dry. I also love the quote invest in your health now so you can save the world later. If you continuously decide to be hungover and make bad food choices you are not doing anyone good, especially yourself.

  • KevinThomson32

    We live in a society where everything is rushed and there is rarely any down time. We are not doing ourselves any good by rushing back into the world because we will simply not get better.

  • Haley Horn

    I agree. That is why people are getting sick, and staying sick. Just like heart disease and diabetes and obesity. People are always in a rush so their first instict when they think food is something quick. That’s when McDonald’s, KFC, and others come into play almost everyday for some people.

  • ghilonipt09

    Yes I think eating fruits and veggies and sleeping enough is key. Another key element in doing this all though is time management because time management leads to stress which leads to not eating healthy and also not getting enough sleep which ends up leading to sickness. Do you think having a bad diet over a good diet is part of why people get sick?

  • ghilonipt09

    Yes I agree with you 100%. I can give a good example of this…its funny to watch how many people are at the gym for a week and then you don’t ever see them again. Its because they failed on how they look and not how they feel. It is all about how you feel but if you don’t look good then you just keep getting dow on yourself. Many people don’t take into account that all their other needs like healthy diet, sleep, etc. are essential in getting away from a sickness.

  • Palecekb

    Good point Ann, I find myself pursuing my own cause of sickness or even someone else’s sickness by being the text and driver. I work hard on not doing it, but I do find myself getting bored. Recently I have moved to continue to push the next button on my radio as a type of entertainment. But I can admit to pursuing my own sickness in another way as well. I am a nail bitter, you had said you try your best to keep your fingers out of your mouth. How do you do it? When going to do bite your finger nails do you think of all the germs hidden under the nail and that stops you? Or do you use the nail polish that is made to be extremely gross tasting so that when you do bite them you get grossed out and stop?

  • Jack Delabar

    I discovered this early in my college career. I ate like garbage, didn’t get enough sleep, and didn’t get any exercise besides intramural sports. I was always sick and had no idea why since I tried to wash my hands regularly and followed various other guidelines to stay out of the way of pathogens. Once I got out of the dorms and into my own house, I discovered that simply eating right and sleeping enough can cut back on not only the amount of time that I’m sick, but also how frequently. Thanks for the post, Ann. Any other simple “fixes” to avoid sickness?

  • Jack Delabar

    I agree, Kevin. These articles avoid all of the critical thinking that I don’t want to do and put it in black in white for the reader.

  • treehugger90

    That is awesome! As long as your trying to be healthy; it’s all good! Keep spreading the word! 🙂 By the way buff guys are gross! Haha

  • Katie Ackerman

    Ugh that sounds terrible. Stress is a tricky thing, and a hard thing to deal with in college. It literally can make us sick! We probably need to spend just as much time on sickness prevention as stress management, go figure.

  • Katie Ackerman

    If only there were some way to change this…hmmm. Ann must save us all!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Exercise! Basically going against the push from society to do everything to excess. I hate the boring message of moderation but it is THE message, isn’t it?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I think of the germs :). But, I’m not always successful. I floss in my car to keep my hands busy. The kind with the sticks and piece of twine. I put a ring on my thumb finger to keep me from texting (a reminder) and I listen to audio books so I don’t get so bored. I try to. Trying is better than not trying. Keep at it!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Thanks Kevin. I love writing these articles.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Ha! Jack! I want you to continue to critical think. I hope you use this basic kind of posts to extrapolate to other bits of information out there. There are always gray areas. Always remember.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    This is a perfect line “Anything and everything you do to your body has an affect.” I love it

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    You are welcome Tyler. I’m glad these are helpful. You do have youth on your side so get those habits in place now so that when you’re older like me, you are paying the piper

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Khouri,
    thank you so much for adding richness to my post. I’m happy to be correlated with a prophet even if I am a kind of soap box prophet.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I did the same thing in college and had to learn the hard way. The problem is that in this society I think it takes a lot of effort, more than we know. That’s why it’s so hard. Glad you are moving in the right direction now.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Do they listen?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Yeah, it’s long term thing isn’t it. My dad is 80 and you would never know. I really hope I’m as healthy as he. If you think about it you are old longer than you are young in this life.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I have a long memory where sick is concerned. I think that is why I’m pretty careful. It really takes people a long time to get the message. Some never do.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Haley and Katie,
    It’s so true! It’s just funny that we have learned the opposite in our culture. Burn the candle at both ends and we get applause. Go to bed early and we’re made fun of. It’s a backwards world.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I think it takes a lot of lessons to learn this. I’m still learning and not sure I’m saving anyone :).

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Don’t you wish we didn’t have to wait until this though. People are puzzles. Its the hard lessons we learn the best.

  • Haley Horn

    They pretty much just say “you’re right” yet continue doing what they’re doing with no changes. Some of them argue with me!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Wow, I feel the same way. My mom always said, life isn’t fair.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I wish. A positive outlook does matter though!

  • Haley Horn

    Exactly!! I am so glad I am taking Ann’s Stress Management class. It has really opened my eyes to new things and things that have been occuring in the shadows. I reccommend this course to everyone!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    It’s definitely a mix and prioritzation. I try really hard not to judge and just support.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I always feel better when I’m rested. I’m actually worthless when I’m tired. I do believe investing in the front end so that you operate better in the back end is key.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Thanks Lucy, I am so much better!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Don’t call me from your sick bed and ask me to do you any favors–that’s what I’d say. But I’m mean. 🙂 Thanks Andrea

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    You are so welcome. I’m so happy to have made a positive impact. It is what teachers live for.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Oh God yes. Lots of times. I am not a perfectionist which oddly helps me stay on track and not get bored. I’m always looking for new ways to make health easy!!

  • Tracy Maxwell

    Ann, I used to work at UWW in Student Involvement and Leadership, so that was a fun connection to see when I was drawn to this article today. After a 10-day trip (vacation) I went to bed last night with some congestion and a sore throat and cough, and realize that I nearly always get sick after traveling for an extended period of time in which I eat things I usually don’t and don’t get enough sleep. Then my body forces me to rest up and heal when I get home – clearly not a healthy pattern. I am also a speaker, and getting on a plane again today to travel to Vermont to speak to college students about hazing.

  • Brittney Glende

    Even though I like to push through things when I am sick, I as well give myself a break from all the running around I do. I will also put things on hold because I know those things can wait until I feel better or even have enough energy to complete them. If I were to miss class or even work I would also work hard to catch up on what I missed and work extra hard. Thanks!

  • ZakFritz

    It’s funny you posted this because I just got sick with the flu. I had to miss out on a day of class and a day of practice. This was a pain because it is coming to the end of everything when everything is important. I definitely could have avoided this too because I have been doing the opposite of everything you said in your post. I need to get back to being healthy!

  • Kendra Larson

    It is true. You’re going to get sick even if you do take good care of yourself. Germs are every where and we come in contact with them every day. I myself exercise basically every day, wash my hands constantly, eat pretty well, and try as much as possible to avoid people who are sick. However, I still end up getting sick at one point or another. It is something that we can not completely avoid. However, continuing to eat well, exercise and take care of yourself will benefit you in the long run. It will prevent you from getting “deathly” diseases that could ultimately shorten your life. Heart disease being one of the leading causes of death today happens when people ultimately do not take care of themselves. That is why it is so important to take care of your body as it were, according to Ann your Dog! You wouldn’t feed your dog crap, so don’t feed yourself crap! Eat Healthy, Exercise and live a healthy life. Thank you for sharing this article Ann!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Tracy, We’re career neighbors (sort of). I used to get sick like that all the time too. Sometimes I still do. Sleep helps me the most but when traveling I also have difficulty keeping on a schedule. Especially an exercise schedule. How much travel do you do a year? Any tips on staying healthy?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Do the opposite of everything you are doing!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Thanks Kendra. I love my dog and she’s sitting right next to me as I write this. We are snuggling and that is good for your health too!

  • masterdan55

    I agree no one wants to be sick at all, but its going to happen. I feel like im sick all the time and dont know what to do about it. But if your getting sick based off your bad habits that different. Good post!

  • Connor Driscoll

    Thanks for posting! I find this to be valuable for anyone trying to make a difference in this world because they need to understand that sickness will happen. The key is to not put yourself at a greater risk (in other words, control what you can and don’t worry about the rest). Ann, why is it that so many people understand this message but simply ignore it anyways?

  • Joseph

    For years i used to preach that i had a great immune system because I worked at a hospital and would constantly wash my hands and it became a habit for me. Now that I am done working there I don’t wash my hands as much. I still continue to wash my hands after sneezing or going to the bathroom. I have noticed though that I am getting sick more often. Really trying to make myself wash my hands a lot more trying to be as clean as possible. I noticed however whenever I would get a flu shot that i would always get sick. Aren’t flu shots supposed to prevent you from getting the flu? Why do i always get sick when i get one?

  • Joseph

    I agree with you Conor. Its a very easy message. I used to work with a couple of guys and i would notice that they would go to the bathroom and never wash their hands afterwards. I don’t know about you but that drives me insane. Whenever they would touch something i would make sure I wouldn’t touch that or if I had to use equipment that they used I would sanitize my hands immediately afterwards.

  • Kyle Schiedemeyer

    I feel that for excersise and health keeping things in black and white is easiest for people to understand. Great article.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    The simple answer is time. Maybe it’s because we are so focused on putting out fires and the immediate things in our lives we simply don’t prioritize something that has a slow, long term gain because we can’t visualize having a problem because we have don’t have it. I think that’s a blog to come!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    They only prevent that really bad one they see coming and not every single one. The prevent the one that would kill children and old people and really give the people in-between trouble. So, it’s hard to see and value when something DOESN’T happen right?

  • Ryan R

    I agree with this sentiment, Amanda Ong. Even when busy, one can always make sure to pack a few delectable delights in their bag for the day to keep him/her from becoming extremely hungry.

  • Ryan R

    Oh, Ann Garvin, you and your ferocious cats.

  • Alessandro Paredes

    This makes perfect sense to me. People who have a desire to help others sometimes forget to take care of themselves first. If you are not healthy yourself, how can you help others? How can you try and teach healthy habits if you do not implement them yourself. “Practice what you preach.” Philanthropic people probably have difficulty accepting this type of selfish thinking but it is very important that people take care of themselves before trying to improve other peoples lives. I think this concept can be applied to international initiatives as well. How can the United State of America go abroad and preach about getting people out of poverty, clean water, access to healthy foods, etc. when there are still parts of the US that can be compared with poor, developing nations. “Practice what you preach.”

  • Leahrebout

    Getting sick is one of the most frustrating things ever. No matter what small number of items are on someone’s to-do list nobody has the time to be sick. Even with being proactive about health those pesky germs still find you, so the sad part is that there’s really nothing we can do about it. Being able to invest in health and prevent the long term diseases that could put a serious damper on your life is the only thing you can do to get as much time as possible. Thank you for posting!

  • Caitlin Snyder

    I can totally relate to this considering I get sick every five minutes. I recently got pink eye twice in 3 weeks. It’s not that I’m a disgusting person and never shower, it’s that I’m terribly unlucky and always manage to get some kind of sickness. That being said I should probably consider even healthier habits to avoid sickness, but then again it is inevitable. Or maybe I should try investing in a large bubble to live in for the rest of my life. Seeing as those aren’t available to me, after reading this and doing some serious thinking I will definitely try to invest more time in my health and well-being!

  • Mcgrailkk30

    The bubble idea seems neat! But you are correct, they are not avaible. It is extremely frustrating to get sick even when you are taking neccessary precautions, but even moreso when you are constantly ailed with the same thing! Because sick is inevitable and at some time in my life I will feel terrible, I need to learn tricks for a quicker recovery!

  • Caitlin Snyder

    Maybe if we invested our education and hard earned money on inventing a bubble, we could fix accidental sickness for everyone. And if that doesn’t work, maybe we could just take better care of ourselves and learn how to recover if we do get sick!

  • Caitlin Snyder

    That’s a good thing to know, because I’ve gotten a flu shot twice in my life and both times I got the flu. Thanks for that!

  • Ryan R

    I completely agree with your sentiments, Tyler Steinmetz. Taking care of oneself will never guarantee a life of zero illnesses, but it will contribute to the healthiest life one could possible leave. Also, the way you respect Ann Garvin is very admirable.

  • barczakdm08

    Yeah I am pretty stubborn when it comes to this, just recently I was sick and tried to work through it. I felt great right after but later in the day I felt terrible, definitely resting next time I am sick!

  • Emily Pihlstrom

    I’m a college senior and finally decided it was time for me to take a nutrition class this semester to learn how to better myself and my habits. You are absolutely right – investing in yourself now saves so many worries later. This way, when the “accidental” happens, you’ll bounce back more quickly.

  • Katie Ackerman

    This is so true! I pack myself healthy lunches for work (I work at a Cafe) and everyone questions you like you are the crazy person. You don’t go out ONE Thursday night and you’re a loser. You almost have to set yourself up within a certain community of people to great praise for your good health. College isn’t necessarily that community.

  • pinsolera

    I appreciate that. Also, I’ve researched that kids doing homework has hit a record high, so society is going in the direction of piling on the work. Which unfortunately, doesn’t help the stress or weight problems in our country. Hopefully something can change. But one thing is certain; balancing our time during the day will help with the societal change.

  • pinsolera

    I appreciate that. Also, I’ve researched that kids doing homework has hit a record high, so society is going in the direction of piling on the work. Which unfortunately, doesn’t help the stress or weight problems in our country. Hopefully something can change. But one thing is certain; balancing our time during the day will help with the societal change.

  • AndreaBehling

    Tough love, I like it. Wouldn’t expect anything less. I’ll try to keep my over-achieving butt in check … and in bed by 11 p.m.

  • GraceFelion

    I definitely try my hardest to stay healthy but as a college student with a huge load on her plate it’s not always easy to do so. I generally find I am able to stay healthy when I am my most stressed but as soon as I let go a little bit and allow myself to relax, that’s when I start getting sick. I know I need to find more balance in my life but at this time it’s very difficult. Hopefully once I graduate I can finally breathe and find balance!

  • Kevin Weber

    Health is one of the top priorities in my life. I am conscious about my healthy lifestyle on a daily basis. Although I still seem to get sick more often than my friends and family. This last winter season I was sick 6 or 7 times. My precautions never seem to be enough. But I do control my illness due to behavior. I don’t text and drive, I limit my alcohol, and I eat healthy. Accidental illnesses are hard to avoid, and seem inevitable like you said. It’s all about controlling what you can and taking care of what you can’t. Thanks for the post!!

  • jkailing

    I agree with this statement 100%. I know that whenever I get sick that I always try to do as much as I can even though I’m not feeling well. I try to rush back because things always need to get done and I know that if i don’t do them now that the list will just keep piling up and getting longer, I do agree that a better approach would be to rest until you are 100% healthy and then start again. next time that I get sick I’m going to try and at least rest one day and see if it helps, because I can’t see myself taking more than one day off so I’m going to start with one day and go from there.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Yup you got it Kevin. Thanks!

  • Zach Perkins

    I kind of think I’m in the same boat. The fact that your reading this article and aware of a healthy lifestyle probably means that your healthier than most. It is challenging to find a balance at this stage, but my recommendation at this stage is to pick one area of weakness and try to make a change little by little.

  • laurenkraft

    I agree, It is such a simple message yet so many people ignore it. Doesn’t make much sense. I am the same way Joseph, I work in a business where I am constantly having to touch people that I am unsure of where they have been or what they have touched or even if they have washed their hands. I am constantly washing and sanitizing my hands. It does become a habit. I agree with Ann, time is a huge deal to people if they don’t have time they use that as an excuse. Everyone should have time to wash their hands. C’mon people.

  • Jen McKiernan

    Being sick is the worst feeling in the world. That is why I always try to take extra precautions to not getting sick but you are right, accidental sickness does happen. I used to have the best immune system but I don’t think being in college and constantly being so closely surrounded by so many people has helped me too much. I still wash my hands all the time, I barley consume alcohol, and I try to eat healthy yet I feel like I get sick way more often than I used too. I feel like I am always getting a cold. I rarely ever get the flu though and I have never gotten the flu shot. Do you think it’s still important to get the flu shot if I never get the flu?

  • Janna Bartels

    Thank you for this article Ann! I find it very interesting that people get the flu shot. I don’t remember ever getting a flu shot and still feel that I don’t have a problem with getting the flu. I think sometimes people rely too much on the shot by not being as careful to prevent getting sick, whereas those who don’t get the shot are more careful to stay away from and prevent sickness. That being said, everyone does eventually get the flu. The real question is: What are we going to do to prevent it the next time flu season comes?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    and also, how long will the flu shot be helpful?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    It’s less important for you at your age to worry about the flu unless you are immunosuppressed in some way. It’s most important for small children and the elderly. But, it is good for those really bad flu’s that really knock you out.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Yes!!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Yes, that is right. That is the theory and I definitely think its a good one.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Thanks Leah, you got it right!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    It’s so true. I think it happens all the time especially when people are beginning. They see so much to be done and go all out. Then they get sick and have to cut back. Ensuring short term and long term personal health are the most important things when saving the world.

  • Tammy Hartmann

    Totally agree with you, Ann. Funny you mentioned earlier this semester about the fight, flight or freeze response to stress. How we can reduce our reaction to stress, or reduce stress — one way is obviously stress management and how we behave. For example, this class is the best I’ve taken since my college days back in my 20s. One of the many reasons is because I appreciate how you read and watch student behavior in class from the beginning to the end of the semester, almost as if you’re waiting for the prey (for lack of a better word). I have seen how changing priorities and managing stress can make a huge difference. I am more careful now, recognizing when I am experiencing stress through the many warning signs my body gives me. Even though it can be easy to detect, many still try to hide when they’re stressed.

    Given that many students are in their 20s in this class, I’d like to support the blog’s comment that we shouldn’t blow it or wait until it’s too late. This can create far more damage. The longer we live, the more habits we have, which makes it harder to break because we’ve had them for so long.

    Love your
    articles; keep them coming.

  • Will Brown

    without sounding cynical, I think this article falls in the ” doesn’t need to be written category”. Besides the advice being obvious, i’m not really sure what the point of this article is. This article could have been summed up in a more inclusive way by titling it “Accidents Happen” and leaving it at that.

  • Jeff Margolf

    For many people in the developing world, their body is their only asset. I think coming from a wealthy country, we often times overlook the importance of our body and the its ability to generate so many extraordinary things. When we are sick, we are debilitated in a sense because of our inability to be as productive as before. You’re only given 1 body in life and you should respect that because you can never change what you do to it.

  • Keal7685

    This is a really different perspective on the “get healthy” movement. Everyone always talks about getting fit and healthy for body image and health related reasons, but this is a new thought on it. I have never been motivated to be healthy by losing progress on my goals. I might consider this more after reading this little article. There are so many great things that come from being healthy and this one adds to the list.

  • Haley Horn

    That’s where you have to stand your ground. In college, there are so many judgemental people and peer pressure that it’s hard to sift through. Just be strong about your decisions. But you’re right about the people you surround yourself with. If my friends ask me to go out and I say no, they accept it.

  • ghilonipt09

    Well I do not get the flu shot because most people that do end u getting the flu right after they receive the shot. I think we all have to become immune to the world somehow and that is by not having a germ fobia. The people that are washing their hands and using germ x constantly are the ones you find sick most often. Your body must become immune to some things.

  • Felicia

    Getting sick is one of the annoying things when we have tons of work to do. I agree with this article but It would be great if there are more useful tips/advice. This article was more like about common sense and I did not get the main idea of it.

  • kolinjk29

    Great article! This is something everyone can relate to everyday. The way we live our daily lives such as the foods we eat, the sleep we get and just keeping up with general physical activity really influences the chances that we can get sick. Health has such an impact in my life. Pursuing a career in P.E and Health I am always reading new information about health crazes and exercise regimens. There are so many out there, but do they really work? As a student I am constantly taking care of my body so that I can eliminate my time away from school and the way I go throughout my daily life. A question that I have is can people become so obsessed with their health that it actually has negative affects and cause stress? Really enjoyed the article

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    But the article isn’t about accidents happen. It’s about that, yes accidental sickness can happen but if you are careful you don’t have to lose time toward your goal by getting sick because of your sickness behaviors PLUS the kinds of sickness that you can’t avoid. Sorry we missed the mark for you on this one.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    It isn’t about getting annoying illnesses that you can’t avoid, it’s about getting sick because of your personal behaviors. You can’t avoid some illnesses and that is a given. It’s about making sure you don’t make yourself get sick (like with eating saturated fat or binge drinking) and get accidental unavoidable illnesses. Sorry we missed the mark for you on this one.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Thanks TAmmy, I really enjoy your comments in class.

  • Jennifer Lynn

    I also try not to judge just the same but I often find it difficult to really 100% not judge. Time is difficult to manage I know, I’m a student-athlete, have a job, a family who has run into hardship this past semester and am still working to prioritize my time. Is there any one perfect way to manage time for people who have a full schedule and feel run down?

  • Josh Pritchard

    Short and sweet is exactly how’d I’d put this article. It is straight and to the point- being sick wastes valuable time and puts a halt on saving the world. Justin, you’re an athlete. You can’t be eating crap foods, especially this close to Nationals. You have to be a lean mean fighting machine.

  • Connor Driscoll

    Glad hand washing was brought up. This is a topic that drives me crazy. It’s unreal how many guys I see leave the restroom on a daily basis without even thinking to wash their hands. And if you make a comment to them about it they say “I was just taking a piss” as if that makes it all good. Then 5 minutes later I see them shake someones hand and the two people get food together. We live in a world full of germs.

  • Marian326

    Sometimes in our passion to save the world we forget to take care of ourselves. What I hear you saying is that we need to be mindful of the needs of our body and to care for it daily. It is so much more cost effective to change the oil in our car, than to replace the engine block because we threw a rod. Unfortunately, some of us spend more time on car maintenance than health maintenance. I have had to learn the hard way to pace myself, and when an illness rears its’ ugly head, deal with it! Thanks for your insight Ann.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    It’s a lesson I think we all have to learn and re-learn. I sure have to re-learn it all the time.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Oh yes, definitely. Unfortunately the word ‘moderation’ seems to be a word we don’t hear any more. We live in this world and to live in this world we have to work consistently and slowly but not obsessively. When you figure that out, please let me know how you did it. 🙂

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    So that’s wonderful, thank you. I want people to try more than they don’t try. It’s a new age kind of thinking. Don’t go for the gold and finish, go for the bronze every day.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    WE definitely overlook the importance of our body. We always discount what comes easy and noting was more easy than getting our wonderful bodies for free. Thanks Jeff!!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    We do rely to much on the things that seem like quick fixes and yes, we have to have a plan. A plan that we start now. 🙂

  • Haley Horn

    This may seem obvious to you, but it isn’t to others. Not only that, but sometimes it is good to have reminders here and there about simple things like this. Ann puts things into simple perspectives to remind us how important our health is. I think this article is great.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    I also had the flue this year and it sucks. I probably didn’t take the required steps to cure it as much as i could when I had first learned that I had gotten it. I think this is something that also adds to lost time.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    Good thought. Reducing stress can definitely have a positive effect on helping our immune systems battle infections and reducing the amount of time we spend with illness.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    Probably long enough to give them time to find something else to inject us with.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    I think it’s stress related as well. I seem to get sick much more often when I’m in school, and I think a big part of it is stress. Stress is known to suppress the immune system.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    I’m the exact opposite. The more stressed I am the more I seem to get sick. It’s been at its worst lately since I’m about to graduate and have a lot to take care of before that happens.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    Do you happen to go to the bars downtown at all? I find there’s about a 50% chance I wake up with pink eye if I go out downtown lol. It really sucks because you don’t feel sick, yet you can’t go anywhere in fear of spreading it to someone.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    Some people are so focused on instant gratification that they sacrifice their health. All of us do it, some more often than others.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    Part of my motivation for not getting sick is that I don’t want to be put on medications, especially long-term medications. I feel like medications don’t address the root cause, and the more medication you’re on the worse off you’ll be.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    I think it’s great when people are go-getters, but I also notice that a lot of them get sick and then just try to power through it. That has to add a lot of stress to their daily lives and it makes me wonder how much time is being taken off of their lives.

  • Caitlin Donohue

    I couldn’t agree with this more! Thank you for this lesson, Ann. I agree that there are some things you cannot help but things like heart disease can certainly be helped and prevented! Nothing puts a damper on my never ending to-do list like getting sick. (Though sometimes I don’t mind when my body basically tells me to lay in bed all day…the vomiting that comes along with the flu I could do without). I will definitely remember and share your advice. Thanks again! 🙂

  • Daniel John

    Ann, your article was very insightful, however I am confused with the investment you are talking about at the end. You say that we should all invest upfront, so that we can save the world later. What exactly are you implying that we invest in (good sleep, food, exercise)? Your article talks about sickness being inevitable, even with healthy behavior. You even being a victim to the flu. Are there ways that we can stay healthy? Or are we all destined to get sick no matter what activities we do? The investment I think people should do is meditation. Just focusing on being healthy and spending the time of day to think calmly about themselves. Could you possibly clarify for me what the investment we should all think about upfront is? Thank you!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    We are bound toward entropy. Things fall apart. We get into car accidents, our children come home with the stomach flu and they hug us before we know. We trip and poke and injure because we are human and humans can be injured and get viruses from other people –we are not immune to all illness some just happen. But, if we invest upfront in our health. If we shore up our resources by making our bodies stronger with sleep, nutrition, exercise we will also shore up our immune systems and instead of getting the flu 2 times a year we will only get it once or maybe only once every other year or once every 5 years. We will also reduce our chances of other illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, stroke. If we invest upfront in the end (the end being the year, 5 years, when we are older) we will have less illness in our lives and less lost time. Does that make sense to you?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    …or nothing puts a damper on doing something good for yourself like walking the dog, and then getting yanked to the ground. Sick happens but at least you don’t have heart disease 🙂

  • Daniel John

    Yes, this article makes sense to me, I understand the importance of good health. Sometimes I feel like I take the appropriate steps to be healthy (eat, sleep, exercise) and it results into sickness. Is there a happy medium of healthy behavior to better avoid sickness? Or is simply walking to classes considered enough “exercise” to stay healthy?

  • Caitlin Donohue

    Hahaha! That definitely does put a damper on trying to be healthy and walking around in general (for the time being). Darn dog. That’s right, at least I don’t have heart disease!

  • Angela Hoch

    Ann, I really liked your last line stating that sick happens but at least you don’t have heart disease. I feel that a lot of people are so quick to complain about feeling ill or being dramatic about it in general, that we forget that life could always be worse. I have been yanked to the ground when walking my dogs, but at the end of the day I am still breathing and still heart disease free. It’s articles like this that make you take a step back for a moment and realize that life is good, and there are ways to help prepare yourself for a healthy future.

  • pinsolera

    I appreciate that. It truly does In society now, we’re a lot of the times always on the go. And as you know, that is truly exhausting, which rises our risk for getting sick. Especially around the time of finals when everyone is cramming every last bit of information into their heads. But, hopefully we can all learn to take care of ourselves earlier on.

  • Mcgrailkk30

    I think we become desperate to feel good again so we do things that normalle make us feel great (like work out!) and at first it might make you feel awesome but in the process of recovering your body now has to repair muscle from your workout and fight off the illness. This overtime really sends your body into a panick and you end up making things worse. For athletic people like you and I, though, it is hard to not anything for days at a time.

  • barczakdm08

    Yea you are exactly right, your overall health should be your number one priority when your’e sick. Working out is just overkill and can make you feel worse. It’s just so tough to not do anything, like you said.

  • barczakdm08

    Resting and drinking tons of liquids would be your best bet to a speedy recovery!

  • Taylor Schulz

    Love that quote “don’t go for the gold and finish, go for the bronze every day” I think that is a great piece of advice for everyone. Success and reaching for your goals is an ongoing endeavor and there is no finish line.

  • treehugger90

    Ann I agree with you because you can stress your body out in many ways that will get you sick or should I say accidental sick. Like with me I work to much sometimes and my immune system starts to get shot! Then I really need to try to find some time to rest and have me time, so I don’t get worst.

  • pinsolera

    Same here Jake. When I get stressed horribly, I get sick around the same time. But there have been a couple times right after school was out I got sick because my body finally released the stress and for some reason, I got sick. It’s a rocky time sometimes! But I wish you good luck with graduation.

  • Caitlin Snyder

    Maybe that’s the problem. Or maybe I can just blame other people’s unhealthy habits for me getting pink eye constantly. I don’t think I’ll ever know why I get it so much, so I might as well get used to it!

  • Tim Rutkowski

    Great article, I do have one question for you Ann. What are we suppose to do in fall and sometimes in spring when it seems that everyone gets sick? How do we minimize these occurrences when living 5+ college males that work out and take car of themselves?

  • pinsolera

    That is very true. At least we don’t have heart disease now and lets keep it that way. Although unfortunate that you were pulled to the ground by your dogs, you’re right though that we should appreciate our currently good health now.

  • pinsolera

    It’s funny you say that because originally, I wasn’t going to get the flu shot because I thought that I would get the flu. My mom is a nurse for a very long time and told me the complete opposite. But, it is true that those always using the hand sanitizer will probably get sick more often because your body isn’t getting used to the viruses. Which obviously when we’re not as immune to certain things because we’re always washing them away, we’re going to get sick or be more susceptible to those illnesses.

  • PKroening

    Thanks for sharing! Just like you said, everyone is gonna get sick. Its all about what you do in the time that you aren’t sick that helps lower the risk of getting sick more often. Eat healthy, work out, wash your hands, and don’t touch gross people!

  • jack lomax

    It’s really irritating when you live as healthy as possible but still manage to get ill. But I get what you are saying, the healthier the lifestyle, the less you are going to get ill in the long run + waste your time passed out in the bed, probably contemplating life. What I find difficult is getting the motivation to carry on with the healthy lifestyle, after you’ve just been ill.

    Couldn’t you say that getting ill is in a way…healthy? Obviously something has got through you and effected your body in a bad way, but it gives a chance for your immune system to fight and develop preventative measures for future outbreaks. What would happen if you never got ill your entire life, then suddenly got hit with a cold when you’re 40/50. Your immune system has never fought anything, so what would happen then? Just wondering.

  • TeamGarvin

    I like how you address the multiple ways of getting sick. There are the ways of getting sick that is inevitable and unavoidable. We just have to get through it. Then there are the ways we bring upon ourselves in our daily lives. Like alcohol consumption making our immune system work on something we personally did rather than something more important that we have no control over. I like this article short and straight to the point. Makes me realize if there aren’t changes that I could be making right now myself.

  • jkailing

    I also try to avoid taking any medicine unless I am really sick and its the only thing to do. I really don’t like taking medication for little things because I think getting a little sick is natural and your body should overcome it naturally and I feel like if you always take medicine for the little things your body might build up a tolerance and when you really need it, it might not work as well.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Team Garvin, I’m making t-shirts right now.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    After all those years of not being sick, I think your immunes system must have been working really well and would continue to fight in the same way. But, I get your point Jack, sickness is a part of life and your immune system learns from illness. Good to see you here 🙂

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Sick happens. It just does. But hand washing seems to be one of the best defenses (if you’re doing everything else you can like sleeping etc). It’s funny a simple thing like hand washing makes such a difference.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    We like to see people exercise a little every day for 30 minutes or so, Because we also want you to do the other things like sleeping, drinking water, eating well etc.. It’s a grouping of behaviors that really make a difference.

  • Max Rude

    I love the two bullet points your going to get sick and don’t purse it. I think so many people today are either so scared of getting sick or don’t even think about it.

  • Branden Unger

    Thanks for the post! I really like the idea of investing in your health upfront so that there is less time lost in the end. I agree with the two lessons here as well, there have been times when I have gotten sick seemingly out of no where when I had important things to do and I lost time because of it. The idea of not pursuing illness is one that is tougher for a college student but it is definitely do able! The equation you made is accurate as well, I like that! This is a great post thanks again!

  • Alivia Holman

    I wish I had your bodies way to overcome sickness. If I get sick its not like a common cold, I would take a common cold over my sickness. Taking pills only works for a little bit but nothing seems to work. Being sick it makes it hard for me not to sleep my day away and hardly eat. I wish I had you for a roommate

  • ysursan

    I really appreciated this article, considering I get sick ALL the time. I not only get sick almost immediately when somebody I know gets sick, but also when I get stressed. Although I get sick often, though, I also find that I am paranoid about taking things even so simple as Ibuprofen, because I feel that, for example, if I have a headache my body is trying to tell me something. Maybe I am dehydrated, maybe I am stressed. Either way, I need to take other measures to fix these problems rather than take a pill that will mask what my body is trying to tell me.

  • Tyler Pierce

    Ann, this is a very simple equation that makes so much sense yet often over looked. When I do have the accidental sickness, I get discouraged with the fact that I eat healthy, exercise, and get proper amounts of sleep yet I am still sick and then generally want to eat bad and not exercise so my immune system just worsen more, but I will keep this formula in mind when I do get sick. A question I have for you is, have you ever looked at the studies on how often the flu shot actually helps people who gets them?

  • Nathan Gillette

    The equation is brilliant however i believe that most americans partake in behaviors that increase the potential for sickness. Its only at the time we are sick we think about being healthy, Like you said your health is free so take advantage of it. I am guilty of this myself, and need to make a smarter investment. I wonder what is the average amount of time people spend being sick each year?

  • Jeremy Demos

    This is one of those ”prepare for the worst, hope for the best” concepts. I’ve found, for myself, that having something to concentrate on or some small task to do while sick helps me pull out of it. Granted, I would rather hide under the covers for the week, but that gets nothing accomplished. I can still lay in bed sick with a book and try to get head of the game for class, or just catch up on my recreational reading stack.

  • hensella

    This is a great article Ann and you bring up some really good points. Exercise is obviously important, but you can’t be scared of getting sick. It is going to happen at some point, no matter how cautious you are. You can’t let it control wanting to take a hike in the woods or whatnot. Do you feel people quit exercising or change their lifestyle in order to avoid putting themselves in position to not get sick?

  • katrina brown

    This article reminds me of my roommate from last year. She was sick almost the entire school year, since we lived in a dorm I was forced to be surrounded by her sickness. As a result I became sick more often than I otherwise would have. The difference between her and I was that I managed to rid my sickness while she maintained hers. She had horrible eating habits, never cleaned (to rid the germs that surrounded her), nor did she keep active. I on the other hand made sure I was drinking plenty of fluids, maintaining a decent diet, and continued to work out regularly to keep my body active. In the end this allowed me to get rid my sickness and get back to my life, while my roommate on the other hand was stuck wasting valuable time.

  • kkachel

    Next winter, when I have this urge to sit instead of move, to eat a pretzel instead of a carrot, or to finish grading that stack of papers instead of going to bed, I am going to say to myself “don’t pursue sick.” I have really been pursuing sick during the last several school years. Also, I have set a simple goal to not be one of the last people to leave the building at the end of the school day. I have really been pushing my luck as far as illness goes. Eventually, sickness is going to get me if I do not make some changes in sleeping, work and eating habits.

  • Reece Raethke

    “Don’t pursue sick” sums up this entire article, it is an awesome way to think about making healthier choices. Yes, you are going to get sick from time to time it is unavoidable, but who is going to recover from illness faster? The person who eats their veggies every day, gets regular exercise and a good nights sleep or the person who eats tons of saturated fat, sits on the couch and sleeps 5 hours a night? The answer is obvious, the more prepared your body is, the faster it will recover when illness sets in. Give your body the tools it needs, don’t make it suffer any longer than it has to.

  • Kyle moore

    I agree with this soo much expecially as of late. My job of coaching gymnastics has taken off and I work with people between the ages of 4 and college level. With the younger kids, I have learned how to turn away from coughs, have everyone wash their hands, not touch everything, etc. In the aspect of unexpected sickness, I get it almost once a few months when I get a sore throat or an ear ache. Now I as well workout daily, eat healthy, and take care of my sleep schedule. The problem is just that germs and bacteria advance as much and maybe faster than our immune system can. Learn how to solve it and get back on your feet.

  • Aaron Ackerman

    I do not “pursue sick” in terms of eating poorly or not exercising regularly. However I do sometimes do perform in higher risk activities. For example this past winter I broke my collarbone snowboarding while going off a jump. I am wondering Ann if this is also considered “pursuing sick?”

  • Robert Murdock

    I think I have stumbled a little bit from the path of being healthy this summer with all the stressors I currently have in my life, but what I need to is get back on track. Luckily I don’t partake in many illness related behaviors, yet I do early in the fall because I don’t want summer to end. Then by October-November, I’m sick as a dog for a week or two hating life. You would think after doing the same thing for 24 years I would have learned my lesson but apparently not. I need to make slow changes that are less dramatic and I can adjust over time in order to be successful in my lifestyle changes. The one change a year is a great way to start. My question for you Ann would be how to you tell someone, or warn them, that without making any changes to potentially dangerous behavior they will enevitably be doomed? Even if they are in amazing health and never get sick?

  • Sharmaine A.

    This goes back to the discussion we had in class about what’s preventable and what’s not. It’s backwards to stress so much about getting the flu (unpreventable) but is not as worried about drinking often which gradually could ruin your body (preventable).

  • Eric H

    Everyone should invest in their own health. If we are healthy, we can do so many more productive things to change the world in a positive way. I am generally a very healthy person that takes all the precautions, but have gotten sick periodically over the last couple of years. How would I protect myself from illness if I am sleeping 8 feet away from a coughing and sneezing roommate? I guess a good way to start is showing them this blog.

  • Justin Shelton

    I feel like the problem that most people run into when they get sick and are trying to get better is they don’t continue to eat as healthy or as much as they did before they got sick. Eating the same healthy foods or as much as you did before you became ill may be difficult when you feel like crap. However, if a person were to continue to eat healthier and to maybe exercise they would recover from their illness a lot quicker.

  • Travis Ricci

    There is a point that you will get sick in life no matter what you take and the precautions you use. But when you are pushing your body to the limit and well past that your forcing yourself to get sick and keep going in a downward spiral. its all about being as balanced as you can be with your job or school and making sure that your body comes first.

  • Kevin Semler

    This is a great article because it helped me realize how many people, including myself, don’t look at the three core aspects of health; sleep, nutrition, and exercise. I don’t get sick a lot, but when I do, it’s something that is either bound to happen like you stated, or something that could have been avoided by adjusting one of the core aspects. I would realize that I wasn’t sleeping enough during the week because of my job, but had an excellent exercise routine and ate semi-descent, and still got sick. It’s that balance between all three that make you the most healthy.

  • Ronny

    My freshman year of college had been a terrible year of sickness for me. I definitley was pursuing sickness. Now that I take care of my body a bit better than i used to things seem to be balanced

  • Sydney Sipos

    After getting a cold a few weeks ago (the middle of July – who’da thunk?), this article is making me feel guilty, but rightfully so. I’ve been skipping out on sleep lately, and the week I came down with the cold, I was averaging about 4-5 hours of sleep each night. While I expected the cold to go away in a few days, it lasted a week and a half. I hate to say it, but I put myself in the position to get sick more easily.

  • Brady Sexton

    Ironically I have a sinus infection as I am typing this. I am ashamed to say that I do 2 of the 3 pillars on a very consistent basis(nutrition/exercise). Unfortunately, me sleep habits are terrible and I am not as healthy as I should be because of this. I often times wonder how much healthier I could be or how many sicknesses could be prevented if I consistently got the sleep my body needs.

  • Brooke Gregory

    I agree that sickness is unavoidable. I also agree that we shouldn’t feed sickness though I do not practice that all of the time. Whenever I get a cold I usually take some cold medicine to help me get through the day but I don’t slow down my work load or what I’m doing during the day. This article has helped me to realized that taking care of a sickness will get rid of it a lot faster rather than suffering through.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    I feel that the more time you give yourself to relax and simply forget to do the every day necessities of living a healthy life is where you run into trouble. By doing that you are simply asking for a sickness/injury to occur. I am not saying that you shouldn’t have some down time, I am just saying that there quite the distinction between relaxing and being lazy. I find that the more active I stay in my school, work, and sports the better I feel. I sleep better at night, sometimes it may not feel I get enough but I do the best I can with the schedules I’m working with. Also I feel that not only am I hungry but I crave healthy foods. When I allow myself to be lazy and take too much down time, I find excuses to eat unhealthy and to not do something productive. It takes more energy to find excuses than it is to just do it.

  • hasselbemj31

    Yes, I totally agree that getting sick is not preventable and there is nothing we can do about it sometimes. Unfortunately, being a college student can be very time consuming and being sick can add to the stress. When your a college student and you get sick, it is hard for you to miss class without getting penalized and you still have to turn in your homework or you get a bad grade. With this being said, sometimes relaxing and taking time off to get better and sleep isn’t always an option. But after reading this article it did make me realize all the things we don’t consider and don’t think will get us sick. For example, staying up until 1 in the morning watching netflix, going out on the weekends, and even texting and driving! After reading this article it has made me think and consider to change my habits so I can prevent all possibilities of becoming sick. I am going to make sure I get at least 8 hours of sleep at night and limit the amount of times I go and eat fast food. Hopefully this will cut down on the amount of times I get sick this year.

  • Hannah Leggett-Hintz

    I feel like sometimes, people tend to over dramatize something that may, or may not, even be wrong with them. Sad to admit, I don’t even like taking medicine of any kinds, because I’ve seen it first hand how medicine that is prescribed by a legitimate doctor can become addicting. We all love things that make us feel good and take away the pain, but at what cost? The rest of our lives? We surely aren’t going to be able to even lift a finger to save the world if we can’t even get out of bed due to grogginess. Although I do definitely agree, we can do so much to prevent a lot of sucky things that happen to us, including sickness. Do people care? No. The whole world is full of people who think they’re completely invincible. Unfortunately though, that isn’t how this life works.

  • Taylor Schaeffer

    Being a student is pretty stressful and time consuming in itself but when you add being an athlete on top of that it gets even crazier. Sometimes I feel like I have to choose between getting enough sleep and getting my assignments done. I have never thought about the fact that when I choose doing my assignments over getting enough sleep I may actually be losing more time in the long run because what I am actually doing is pursuing sickness, I usually just think “I’m going to be tired tomorrow”. I need to learn to use the time I have more wisely to prevent myself from becoming sick because I do not get enough sleep.

  • Steffiheuer

    I feel that I have the worst immune system known to man. I exercise all the time; I am a gymnast. I try my best to eat healthy and get enough sleep. I get about 8 hours of sleep a night, but I always get sick. I know there is no way you can fight off all sickness, but it is frustrating that when I get sick I stay sick for a while. I wish that I would be more optimistic when it happens, but I know by now that I will stay sick for a while. I would like to thank you for your article, even with you being sick, you still helped someone. Which in the end could help a lot.

  • Carly Konkol

    I think this a great and new way to look at sickness. I rarely ever get sick. If I do, it’s a mild cold. But I can’t remember the last time I had a debilitating illness. I make sleep a priority and try to exercise everyday, even if it’s walking an extra 20 minutes around campus. I also do my best to eat healthy, avoid eating out and cook meals rich in vegetables and fruits. Alcohol, on the other hand, is something I can improve on. I go out about 2 times a week and would consider both nights binge drinking. I am aware how unhealthy it is, but I try to make up for it the other days of the week. I am curious as to if one’s health contributes to their hangovers or lack there of? A question I have always been curious about. Not pursuing illness is something I will hopefully always keep in mind and stay on the right track to healthy life.

  • hicksjd11

    Up until attending college, I could count on one hand the number of times I have gotten really sick. However, I am now surrounded by people who don’t take care of themselves as well as they should. This affects me but as long as you do everything in your power to be healthy, you can often shorten illness time and symptoms.

  • Ananda Conlon

    While being in college, I have realized that getting sick is very easy. Living in close quarters, eating Toppers, and staying up for an extra movie even when you have 9am class the next day, all breed sickness. The only thing that there is to do is to get enough sleep, have an exercise routine, and eat well balanced meals. This is much easier said that done, but it is key in order to be a functioning college student. When I get sick, I usually end up saying “this is the worst time to get sick,” and typically there is a cause. I tend to sleep less, eat poorly, and cut out exercise when it is an important time in my life. I should not be surprised when this happens.

  • Ryano313

    I get sick a lot, especially when winter starts to come around. I usually can tell a day before I’m going to get really sick when it first starts off with having a runny nose. After that its all downhill from there. So once I get those beginning symptoms of a cold, I tend to be more healthy and sanitary so I can try to cut down the time that I would be sick. Sometimes this includes taking some allergies pills or some cold medicine.

  • Alex Prailes

    Thank you for the article! I definitely try to avoid being sick but I always think I’m immune to sickness. However that is always proven wrong when I get the cold or flu once a year. I guess I also never factored in that injuries could also happen. I’ve never been injured to a point I couldn’t workout still, fortunately. So that’s definitely a good point that was put into perspective for myself. Do you have any advice on maybe a light workout to do while you still have a cold or do you suggest just letting your body take the time to heal?

  • Natasha Tynczuk

    Unfortunately, I have been guilty of pursuing sickness in the past. Trying to balance school, work, and a social life all while trying to stay healthy is very stressful, and it took me a while to figure out how to balance my time efficiently so that I can stay healthy. There have been times in the past where I would stay up late studying, wake up early for work, and then go out later that night where I often wouldn’t come home until the early hours of the morning. I found that I often got sick from doing this, but now that I have figured out how to manage my time wisely, I rarely get sick.

  • Aarynn Bosshart

    I love how your daily agenda is to save the world. If only everyone in the world felt that way! I think we can all learn from your optimism and “go-getter” attitude. It is so true though, when I am unhealthy, everything else gets put on hold. For example, last week driving to my one class of the day, my left eye started to sort of itch and sting at the same time – to the point where the only thing that seemed to help was keeping that eye shut. When I got to campus I looked in the mirror. My left eye was completely bloodshot. I walked into class, my professor took one look at my eye, and she (afraid I might have pink eye) told me “get out and don’t touch anything.” She told me to go get my eye checked by the health center for pink eye. So, I drove all that way to NOT go to my one class of the day all because of something as minuscule as a bloodshot eye. I actually didn’t have pink eye. Apparently I somehow got something stuck deep into my eye, so the nurse practitioner flushed it out and all was well again. I guess this little story is proof that accidental sick does happen. However, just as you preached above, we can significantly cut our sickness by not engaging in behaviors that encourage illness. My question for you is, what about illnesses that are out of the control of the individual (hereditary diseases or cancers, severe injuries, etc) that significantly hinder their save the world agenda on a daily basis whether they like it or not? How do we instill hope into these people?

  • Catey Navarro

    When you mentioned the concept of pursuing sickness in class it really stuck with me. I never looked at it that way but now that I do I think I am leading a better life. I don’t want to be sick so I am making choices that are lessening my odds. No one really can afford taking a week off from school, work or parenting so everyone should be living a life where they aren’t pursuing sickness. My biggest issue with health is smokers. You are going out of your way to cause your body preventable harm and you are fully aware of it. You, my friends, are pursuing sickness.

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    This is extremely true! I hate being sick because all I can do is just lay around and be frustrated with how I feel. Thank you Ann! Somethings I do at the beginning of the Fall to avoid the sickness that is usually going around is drinking a lot of orange juice. I started doing this last year and for the first time, I didn’t get sick in the Fall. I just had one glass every morning or every other morning. How else do you prevent illness, Ann?

  • Kyree Brooks

    I agreely entirely with Mrs. Garvin’s article because you can not control your likeliness of becoming sick. I feel that if we are as healthy as possible (getting flu shots etc) will keep us on track to the future we want. Garvin made me realize that being down in the dumps about our sicknesses is a waste of valuable time. You are also more vulnerable to sickness when you are lacking sleep and doing other things. While we all are going to get sick no matter what. I thank Ms. Garvin for this article and appreciate the awareness she gives me about investing in my health and “saving the world” later.

  • Skowronssj06

    I remember my freshman year in high school when I played volleyball. I got sick a lot because I had so much going on I wasn’t getting enough sleep or proper nutrients. I had games at least two times a week and practice every day Monday through Saturday. The games would run till 11pm and if we were away I wouldn’t get home till midnight- this means I had to do my homework right before the game and when I got home, reducing my sleep. Then I had to get up early for school and stay late for practice. I had multiple breakdowns I vividly remember saying my body and mind couldn’t handle all this stress. I wanted to play this sport, hang out with friends on the weekends and do well in school. I was a freshman, new to high school and had this really busy schedule that I was not used to it. It caused me to get the common cold a lot and feel fatigued and beat-down. I learned after that year that I need to manage everything better and I have to say no sometimes to catch up on my sleep or finish my homework. From that year on I have kept busy but not so busy that I feel beat-down.

  • tyler

    I was stilghtly chuckling as reading this. It is funny to me because sver since I am always concerned with getting sick. I would go as extreeme and call myself a germaphobe, but I sure do hate germs and try to take as many precautions as possible. I really like how you mentioned something abour persuing sickness, because a lot of people are doing this and fail to realize it. I know for me even though I take a lot of precautions lack of sleep is where I fail. I am a busy body, and even when I am sick I choose to still move around which my mom hates. That is one of those things that I do that just for me personally makes me feel better. I don’t know, I hate staying at home being sick. I do not take medicine, I hate medicine, it taste gross so me personally I do not rely on that. But even with these habbits, managing time is really helpful when trying to avoid being sick. I have learned since being in college that you really have to not engage in activities that you labeled as “pursuing sickness” Thank you Dr. Garvin for this article, it was eye opening. What are your thoughts about people who get the flu shot and still get the flu?

  • Nicole Myers

    Thank you for posting such an interesting article. I agree that if you keep pushing against the sickness it is not going away. You have to take the time to bounce back and if that means a week, it means a week. I think that everyone works differently and some people take longer to bounce back. We have to listen to our bodies so that we can go on with our productive lives like yourself.

  • knapprl17

    “Accidental Illness = lost time + Illness related to behavior = more lost time.”

    This quote really got me to start thinking of the consequences when you get sick. You really lose a lot of time when you’re sick but worrying about getting sick and dwelling on the fact that you can get sick is not going to help you save the world. We need to stop engaging in activities and behaviors that are going to make us sicker.

  • CoachDavis24

    More people need to understand how the human body works. Everything is connected and I think a lot of people don’t understand that. If we never exercise, eat poorly, and don’t get enough sleep every night then we leave ourselves vulnerable to an attack. By proceeding in these unhealthy behaviors for an extended period of time, our body gets worn out and doesn’t have the energy to defend itself. The human body is all connected and to run efficiently we need to treat it properly. Our body is the best thing we got for free, lets take care of it.

  • Trista Radloff

    I completely agree with you! The other day I got a free gas gift card at work. I put my name in a drawing and luckily I got picked! I was really excited and clutched on tight to that free $10 gas card!! I made sure I put it in a safe place so it wouldn’t get stolen. However, I don’t think people take half as much care of their bodies as I did with a $10 gift card!! I can admit that I am sometimes one of these people. We just simply take our body for granted. It’s sad! We don’t realize that what we do to our bodies affect all of our behaviors. If your not going to give your body it’s necessarily 8 hours if sleep then your behavior will be tired and crabby.

  • Amanda Wood

    The thing is that I am usually quite healthy, but there is something about this year that has been killing me. I have been sick for 3 months now on and off and I have truly realized that sickness takes up your time in ways that we don’t even expect. On top of that, I take more pills now for stuff than anyone I know. Overall, I have realized I need to get better or healthier before I cannot even save myself, let alone the world.

  • Jessica White

    It’s amazing how much time you lose when you’re sick. I’m quite proud of the fact that I don’t get sick often… granted I probably jinxed it now. When I do get sick, I do everything in my power to feel better as quickly as possible. It is difficult for me to sit or sleep for long periods of time when I know that so much needs to be done. Then the cycle starts. I push myself to get things done, but my sickness get worse or I sleep a lot and fall behind. Are there any tricks that you or any followers use to help kick sickness to the curb? I sleep and drink a lot of water. Otherwise, I do what I can to avoid getting sick. You still have to be prepared for that accidental sickness that could sneak up on you. Thank you Ann for reminding us that we are all still susceptible to sickness no matter how much we try. It’s how we cope with it that makes the difference.

  • Kent Miehe

    Thank you for explaining how getting sick is inevitable. I also try to do everything possible to prevent getting sick, but sooner or later I still find myself with congested sinuses and a cough. However, even when I am sick, I still drink fluids, get sleep, and eat healthy more than I did before I was ill. Everyone differs with their methods of staying healthy and recovering from sickness. Do you think people’s behaviors have a greater effect on them getting sick, or is it the differences in our immune strength?

  • earose14

    After reading this it does make you realize how a common cold or sickness can put your life on hold. If you dont do the things for your body to keep you a healthy human your bound to get sick. Not washing your hands, eating healthy, exercising, and so on are all great reasons your body can get sick. Speaking for myself I barely ever get sick but when I do its when I put myself through more than my body can handle and become overly stressed and tired. Do you think everyone having different behaviors is the reason for people getting sick? Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • HelpHealth002

    Thanks for writing this blog Professor Garvin! I believe this article is important for everybody to read, especially college students who are around thousands of other (possibly contagious) students who attend their same school. I think this article will help make people more aware of how their healthy habits affect them and their goals as well as how it can affect others around them. If your not taking care of yourself, then your not only putting yourself at risk of getting sick, but others as well. Which do you feel is better, taking medicine when your sick or letting your body fight it off naturally? This is a debated topic and I was wondering whats your take on it.

  • Mitch Sween

    Thanks for the post Ann. I agree with this article you wrote. I would consider myself having an active lifestyle and don’t get sick often. I also think that getting sick involves a lot more things like how strong ones immune system is. Sickness prevention is very important in everyday life.

  • Tracy_Werner

    Thank you for writing this article! I could not have read it at a better time. I don’t know if it is the constant change in weather or the people I am surrounded by, but I seem to be taking DayQuill for many of the winter months. I try to sleep as much as possible but I am one of those people who gets all their energy and is most productive at night. In November and December it only gets worse with the amount of projects, papers, and exams I, along with the rest of college students, have to do. I need to try to prevent sickness rather than fight it once it is already here. I like the part that you added about not pursuing sick. The people who partake in these unhealthy behaviors are practically asking to get sick.

  • Nathan

    Thanks for the article! This blog is very useful because everyone gets sick. It doesn’t matter if you are the healthiest person in the world, the common cold can still get to you. I am wondering if you exercise, sleep well, and eat healthy if you are less likely to go sick due to the common cold or the flue.

  • ReneeKirch19

    Thanks for sharing, I love the honesty in this article. You’re very right, whether we like it or not, we are all going to get sick at some point. Sometimes, being sick is something we can’t control, but sometimes, we engage in behaviors that make us a bit more susceptible to catching an illness. You mentioned how we should be careful to not engage in behaviors that encourage illness; you mentioned texting and driving. I understand that no one should text and drive, and that it is a very dangerous thing to do, but how does that encourage illness?

    I also really liked the equation you created. It is very true and makes me think about my own actions and my own behaviors when it comes to catching an illness.

  • Brad Vogel

    I have to agree that sickness is inevitable and that there are plenty of preventable diseases out in the world such as the ones that were listed. Unfortunately, One cannot live his/her life and not become sick in one way or another. Even in our own homes we can get sick. If we take the steps we can to prevent serious illness however, less time is lost in our quest to saving the world.

  • karinaz10

    Luckily enough I don’t become ill very often. I try my best to take care of my body and avoid sickness. However, illness is inevitable. Two years ago I was hit hard with a case of mono and pink eye. I was miserable, and it came at the most inconvenient time. Being in college, where I lacked sleep and proper nutrition, I found it hard to get back to my healthy state. Eventually I realized I had to put everything else on the back burner and focus on getting well. Although it’s hard, I always try to keep a positive attitude. I know that sounds crazy, but I tell myself I’m getting better and believe it or not, it helps.

  • karinaz10

    Luckily enough I don’t become ill very often. I try my best to take care of my body and avoid sickness. However, illness is inevitable. Two years ago I was hit hard with a case of mono and pink eye. I was miserable, and it came at the most
    inconvenient time. Being in college, where I lacked sleep and proper nutrition,
    I found it hard to get back to my healthy state. Eventually I realized I had to
    put everything else on the back burner and focus on getting well. Although it’s
    hard, I always try to keep a positive attitude. I know that sounds crazy, but I
    tell myself I’m getting better and believe it or not, it helps.

  • Glassborow

    Thank you for this article, I completely agree that you inevitably will get sick and it’s something your body will have to overcome, and trying to avoid it by eating healthily, making good food choices and exercising regularly is a great way to go about it. However I do feel that sometimes if you are sick it might be your body’s way of telling you to slow down, relax, take a breather which I think is something the majority of us don’t do. Even if we might not want to rest, doing it is good for us, I believe you can come back stronger and more motivated than ever. What would you suggest for minimizing the amount of time you are sick for? What foods/drinks would you recommend for speeding up recovery?

  • Jack Delabar

    I’m glad that you addressed this, Ann. Throughout the last two years that I have spent in some of your classes, You have had to cancel class because of sickness a couple of times. How could this be? The mighty Ann Garvin? Sick? How? She exercises every day and only eats plants! Now that I have read this, I understand a little more. You are apparently just in the right place at the right time because I rarely get sick and I don’t live nearly as healthy of a lifestyle as you do. Do you think I could possibly have a stronger immune system that fights off more than yours does? I’d love to be better than Ann “mini mighty” Garvin at something!

  • Travis Mattice

    Thank you for the post. This article has some good information in it. But there are some people that don’t get sick very easily. Even if they don’t do all the precautions. But I do agree with what was being said. There are ways to avoid it and yet it still happens. I have noticed that some people get sick with something new every week. Those are the people who really need to read this and possible change some things in their lifestyle to possible avoid those germs floating around. But all in all in the end anyone can catch something even if they are taking preventative measures just like you said.

  • Kaylee Raucci

    Thank you Ann! This is similar to another post you made about health and sickness. I agree illness does equal lost time, but we can do something about it. We can get up and exercise, even though we feel as if we are dying. We can get eight hours of sleep, even if our favorite movie marathon is on TV. We can drink more water, even if it’s the weekend and the alcohol in your fridge is calling your name. We can put our phones down when we drive, even when our boyfriend calls us. The difference between accidental illness and loss of time is choosing our wants over our needs. There are a lot of decisions to be made in life and it’s too often that we choose what we want rather than what we need to prevent illness or save us time. We need to realize this and act upon it.

  • SasCas116

    Thank you for a great article Ann Garvin! I agree with you in saying that when you are sick, there is nothing you can do to get better except rest and be healed within a period of time. However when you’re sick with heart disease there is no within a period of time tacked on, it’s a nonstop life of suffering. I like how you took such a simple everyday possibility and made it into an eye opening lesson. You’re creative Ann! I completely agree with this entire article. One question I would pose to ask is do you think it would really take uncontrolled sickness in someone’s life in order for them to become aware of their wellness?

  • SasCas116

    Karlyn! I’m not the only one! We must have the same immunity system because I swear, I only get sick once or twice out of the year. However it’s not just a quick sick, when I do get sick, it’s pretty bad. I think a big thing for boosting your immune system is the amount of water your consume. I consume water all day and for meal beverages as well. So I am constantly consuming water. Which I have heard before plays a vital role in cleansing your system with fresh water. I also know that I have a fabulous immune system because I am a childcare teacher, and I am around germs all of the time! Let’s not forget walking into sneezes, having children cough on me, etc. Out of my 7 years working with kids, I’ve gotten sick from work about 3 times. It’s like my immune system is a combat fighter! I love it!

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    This is an excellent point! I agree with you that there is a difference between accidental illness and loss of time. I think that people need to start making smarter choices about how they spend their time.

  • ReneeBinder

    I enjoyed this article-it is very true that investing in your long term health is something that a lot of people don’t think about. Honestly before taking nutrition and stress management I never thought about it. I think a lot of people get caught up in the here and now versus what may happen to them down the road.

  • Charles Fischer

    I have to agree that taking care of your self, eating well, getting enough sleep, etc cannot prevent all sickness, I think some of it comes from new and different germs we come in contact with, after summer vacation, for those still in school or instructors, others when we travel and meet new people, that bring in a slightly mutated strain of a germ that we have had before. Your immune system is weakened a bit from travel, stress, and then Whamo, we have just picked up a new microbiological hitchhike and we are sick.

  • danac501

    My health is very important to me because I hate getting sick I don’t like the feeling at all. I eat right, sleep 8 hours, and I try to exercise daily. The other thing I do is I take a lot of naps when I am exhausted after going to classes it keeps me refreshed and able to accomplish everything I need to in the day. My mom also told me to take a multivitamin everyday which I do but I am not sure if it works. Do you think a multivitamin helps you from getting sick?

  • Abbey Stibbs

    Recently I have tried to make some healthier changes in my life. changing up my diet, getting more sleep and exercise, being more social etc. By reading this article I became more convinced that having a healthier lifestyle pays off in the long-run. If you feel healthy, you will do healthy things. If you aren’t deprived of nutrition, or lacking sleep, you will feel so much better and be able to get more done and accomplish your goals! This article reassured my thoughts on a healthier life. I am now more confident that changing my poor habits will be beneficial to me in the future!

  • Theresa Fitzsimmons

    Thank you for this short and sweet article. I agree that it is very important that we invest in our health. I can relate to this because on Christmas Eve two years ago my cousins kids got 13 of the 18 people there sick with the flu. My mothers side of the family is a bunch of health freaks, just like myself but this didn’t save us from getting the flu. One thing that did help was that we all were able to bounce back from it fairly quick. The family members with high immune systems only lost about 4 to 7 days. My 84 years old Grandfather took about 3 weeks to recover. His lower immune system just came with his age; he does take pretty good care of himself. We cannot help getting sick sometimes, it just happens. Do you agree that people who have strong immune systems get better quicker than those with weak immune systems, or is recovery time something that we cannot always help?

  • Camillewuensch

    Some of the healthiest do still get sick and to me that’s crazy! I know I’m not the healthiest, and from this article I feel like I should just to help prevent any kind of disease’s, which will be worse than a cold, Getting sick is such a waste of time, you feel like crap, just want to sleep and have no energy. Would be so nice that you could protect yourself from all illness and never have to get sick.

  • d_millyy

    Great story to share! Goes perfect with this article! I agree completely too that sickness is almost an inevitable thing! However, recovery time I believe can definitely be affected; and I feel it has only half to do with the immune system. I’m very big on the mind body connection. I believe that people who have a positive outlook will have more positive results. Now this may be because they are being positive and seeing the bright side and in reality nothing different is happening. But if that’s the truth then fine, our mind is us, so if that’s whats in control then you’re good. So I think someone who believes they are going to recover quickly and stays positive, this will actually help the immune system fight better! I mean, it’s been said that people who believe their tumors are getting small actually find out that their tumors did in fact shrink. It’s something to think about, no pun intended! Have you ever experienced a time when your mind seemed to help you in a way you didn’t think was possible?

  • I feel like I am either gifted with good genes or just really lucky because I hardly ever get sick. Once in a while, I’ll catch the serious ones like strep or the flu (not H1N1) or just have sinus drainage. But for the most part, i get moderate sleep, i eat fairly decent and I exercise a lot, so I hardly have a need to visit the physician. Maybe its my habits as well as genetics. I invest in myself daily. I mean, if not me, then who?

  • Ruth

    I ,like you really take care of myself. Needed to get out of town so badly-to see family and friends and just enjoy their company. Then my husband and I got sick 2 days before leaving.
    I’m feeling so let down-haven’t had much time to relax.Am an artist and do many jobs to make a living. What really bothers me is not seeing my mother(who is 87) and pretty remarkable. Am trying to understand why this happened since I’m a pretty healthy person(a very youthful 60.
    I know-this is telling me I need to relax and restore my health. I just feel deeply disappointed by not seeing family and friends.They also help recharge the batteries..psychologically.

  • Catey Navarro

    I think feeling healthy is one of the best things you can feel. I love waking up in the morning and knowing I will be productive rather then mopey or sick. As a college student, we don’t have time to be sick and thats the bottom line. If I am sick my entire week is pushed back and it is just one big disaster.

  • Catey Navarro

    I think vitamins in general are very controversial. I think vitamins can have added benefits but I don’t think they will stop you from getting sick. Washing your hands, getting enough sleep and eating well rounded meals in my opinion is what is going to keep me the most healthy. And if I add in a vitamin here and there, well thats just bonus.

  • thomas kearney

    This is very interesting mainly because I know you are a TRUE advocate of health and ways to keep yourself healthy. I think that this article brings to the attention of myself and others that there is no way to 100% eliminate being sick. It’s apart of the human nature, and I must agree the behaviors that influence you getting sick are ones that I heavily agree with you on.

  • JeremyWahl

    I also like to say I hardly ever get sick. I dont get severely sick when i do. when i do get sick however i seem to always get a sore through for a while in the winter time. i take cough drops but am not that big of a fan of the cough syrup. sometimes you have to power through it and still do what you plan to do but take precautions on not getting others sick. I feel like my immune system is built up because i always fight off remedies for a sickness. what helps me the most is a hot bowl of soup.

  • Abbey Stibbs

    I know exactly what you mean! Right now I am really sick, I have a cough, runny nose, etc., and I can just not shake it. Being sick like this has really set me back a bit from school. Whenever I have to wake up for class I just continue to hit the snooze button. When you feel lousy, you want nothing but to sleep it away, and that is my problem right now. Hopefully this goes away soon!

  • LeiderGM20

    I think this is great advice! My friend is constantly sick, but when you look at her choices it’s not hard to tell why shes sick. Like you say healthy eating, a bit of exercise, and proper sleep will keep a person healthier…she sadly does none of this!

  • Alise Brown

    I think it would be worth it to do your part to keep yourself healthy. Even though you are sick you can’t blame eating right and exercising well for the cause of it. Not everything is avoidable, but the things that are, you better believe you should get rid of those by doing what you need to do.

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    I definitely have the same problem, Justin! I love binge eating! One thing I do is just find an activity to do right away. It could be go on a walk or even read a book. Just something to distract me from binge eating because I love it! If you use any of these tips let me know how it works for you.

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    i get sick often and i mostly stay in bed and watch tv and eat junk food that my roommates pick up for me because i don’t want to go outside. i don’t want to do anything when I’m sick and maybe that’s why when i get sick i get really sick. so the next time i get sick which i feel like is coming soon I’m going to stop being sick and act like I’m not, eat healthy and stay active. Maybe carry some hand sanitizer with me.

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    I always seem to get that little sickness that will hinder me but never stop me. I always feel like I can push through it and still do what needs to be done. I know I am not the healthiest person when it comes to sleep and food I eat, but it doesn’t seem to affect my sickness rate. Which probably means if I was a healthy person in those areas I would be even less prone to getting sick. As a child I used to get sick all the time so now maybe I’m just used to it so when I get sick I always feel like I can go through it. Unless I feel like I’m on my death bed of course.

  • sauerm29

    I try my best to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so to get sick, despite my best efforts, is frustrating. I’m glad that Dr. Garvin shared this. It serves as a reminder that getting sick, despite preemptive efforts, doesn’t make those efforts a waste. Because it can still minimize the time spent when one does become sick, accidentally.

  • B Keng

    I hate being sick and the feeling of it also. It takes so much out of my day that I don’t feel like I have done a thing all day. But I have not felt like that in a long time. I get the occasional itchy throat but nothing as bad as to stay in bed and wait out sickness. Everyday i try to make sure i’m taking enough vitamins and minerals to help my body fight off any sickness. Everyone gets sick, it’s just when you’ll get it.

  • Dannielle Wagner

    I don’t get sick often, but when I do…watch out because I’ll be a complete and total vomiting, coughing, mess of a person. I feel as though nothing can stop the sickness if it decides to take you as its victim, you just have to ride it out and hope for the best. Hopefully you have some great friends, or loved ones that can take care of you while you are feeling miserable. Life will go on after your sickness and you’ll just have to play catch up once you are well again. It happens to everyone and if you have a healthy body to begin with you will get over sickness faster.

  • Garrett Nelson

    First off, thanks for sharing Ann! You made some excellent points about accepting that you will get sick, inevitably. I like the examples you use such as falling on ice, or getting a tick in the woods while doing something that is active and healthy. This is a topic clearly relevant to most if not all people (as I do not know anybody who can avoid getting a common cold or simple injury). That being said, I agree it is important to invest in you health and also making sure you are treating your body like a temple, since you only get one of them. Those of us in college (AKA: have no money); well many of us like go out and party and socialize with people and spend the money we do have on that sort of thing, rather than paying the extra buck for a potato or carrot. Because of this, I feel many college students have poor health without even realizing it as binging every weekend, whether it’s beer, pizza, chips, cookies, or whatever, occurs on a regular basis. Maybe right now it has not caught up to us, but in the future it potentially could. This leads to my question, whether or not you believe that the knowledge about healthy eating/activity for the majority of college students throughout the nation is a problem and could potentially lead to/contribute to higher obesity rates in the future? Do you believe we (as in the majority of the population in the US) are heading down the path of lazy, overweight, and careless individuals? Thanks again for the post!

  • Leahrebout

    I do the same thing Kaylie! When I am sick I feel like the only way I’m going to get better is by not pushing myself at all so I end up laying around ignoring the world for 24 hrs. For me, most of the time the next day all I feel like this does for me is take away time I should’ve been being productive. I need to start changing my ways and following the mind over matter saying.

  • Leahrebout

    Getting sick is one of the most frustrating things ever. No matter what small number of items are on someone’s to-do list nobody has the time to be sick. Even with being proactive about health those pesky germs still find you, so the sad part is that there’s really nothing we can do about it. Being able to invest in health and prevent the long term diseases that could put a serious damper on your life is the only thing you can do to get as much time as possible. Thank you for posting!

  • Cossioj14

    Its hard to never ever be sick, no matter how hard you try. And I liked your equation at the end of the article “accidental illness=lost time+illness related behavior= more lost time” You cant really control accidental sickenss but if it does happen to hurt yourself even more by going out, not washing your hands, eating right, lots of fluids etc. Take care of yourself when you’re sick and you wont regret it when you feel better sooner rather than later.

  • Slepicka12

    Yes I have to agree with this. I hate being sick and all the feelings that go along with it also.

  • Slepicka12

    I love this article it has some really good points.
    When i get sick i am such a crabby person and i don’t want to have anything todo with anyone or anything. Since i have been in collage i have gotten more times than i did in high school. i feel like not getting enough sleep and not putting alot of effort into staying healthy has to do with alot of college students and getting sick. when i feel a cold coming on i always run to the store to make sure i am stocked up on all the things you need for a cold.

  • Slepicka12

    Yes! i do the same thing. i am not motivated todo anything and all i ever want todo is sleep and not deal with anyone.

  • Kenzi Weidman

    I agree with you on the getting more sick while being in college. The first issue is, the dorms. Sharing so many different locations, germs are everywhere! It is so hard to keep anything clean. After you leave the dorms, well that is where you are now supposed to fend for yourself. If you don’t eat a healthy diet and continue working out, you are bound to get sick more often. It is something I remind myself of all of the time, yet sometimes I still find myself falling off the wagon. All it takes though is a sinus infection or a bad cough to make me realize I need to get myself back into gear!

  • Kenzi Weidman

    I agree with you on Ann being a TRUE advocate of health. I love listening to her in class about how she handles situations on choosing healthy items and such. Being a college kid, sometimes it is more difficult to make sure your behaviors are ones that will keep you healthy.

  • shackletka05

    Thank you for sharing! I find it very important to take care of yourself but also understanding that sickness happens. Another part that is important is not allowing that sickness to take over your mentality of being behind. Sickness does pull you back from your goal but it is remembering to get yourself going again!

  • James

    I agree with everything said here, but once you are sick how you take care of yourself during recovery is just as important. When you get sick you need to take that break and get your body right again. I have tried to work through more illnesses than I care to admit. Resting and fluids are the way to go for making what ever cough or cold you have lasting only a few days instead of a week or more.

  • Miggz13

    Unfortunately i was terribly sick and being sick is awful. I am doing the best I can to control my coughing and to prevent tother people to get sick around me. I wash my hands, cover my mouth with paper towels, and take some cough drops so that i would not cough to much during lectures. But you are right to save the world we must save our selfs in being healthy to fight another day.

  • Miggz13

    Oh man thats how I felt when I was sick. Had to wake up in the middle of the night just to cough my heart out. Good thing I am a resident here and my family check up on me to make sure i was getting better. Your right life will go on after we get sick. Some people are lucky that they do not get sick often because they take care of themselves a lot.

  • Miggz13

    Being sick is no fun, but it sure beats having cold winters. Think about it you can stay in home all bundle up in your bed and rest up till you feel better.

  • Miggz13

    You should encourage her to be a little bit healthier. Tell her to go along with you to a gym to workout or go for a walk after a long stressful day at work. Im sure she would say yes if your close with her. Its possible that she may fell build a routine with you and her walking.

  • Miggz13

    I wish i was gifted with good genes, but for some reason i get really sick after taking the flu shot. I don’t know why but i do. Sleep and eating right does have a role in being healthy.

  • Miggz13

    I agree with you that vitamins can have some benefits from getting sick and working out on a daily bases is going to keep us mostly healthy, but we also must be careful with people that cough on us with out us even noticing it.

  • Kent Miehe

    You are doing exactly the right thing. When people are sick, sometimes they mope around and feel “hopeless” and just wait for the sickness to leave. However, other people (like you) are proactive about getting better, and not only you but others also will benefit. You are helping others from helping yourself.

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree. Accidental sickness is inevitable. However, the people who are constantly doing what it takes to be healthy will not have to face the effects of that sickness for very long. It does take work to do the things that are necessary, but in the end, but it will definitely be worth it in the end.

  • Kent Miehe

    I agree! It’s frustrating that sometimes no matter what we do, we still end up getting sick. And if we don’t do the necessary things to try and stay healthy, we won’t be getting better any time soon. This requires us to eat right, get sleep, and get exercise as much as possible to get better. It would be nice that if we did those things all the time that we should always stay healthy.

  • They have to infect you with the virus in order for you to become immune to it. They dont always tell you that but its true. I’m very cautious about things like that and you should be too. Beware the ebola vaccine, if there is one lol

  • Nicole Myers

    So true. Even though we want to keep going on with our lives, we need to take a little break. If we don’t then the time that we are sick lasts longer and longer. I am such a whimp when I am sick so when I am, I need to remember to take time for me and get my self back to health.

  • warnlofjc20

    The part about not pursuing sickness in here is a really good point. It made me think of the recent Ebola scare and how worried people got about it, if you’re not going into contact with anyone who has it and its only transmitted by bodily fluids then why act like the sky is falling down? Kind of going of the Ebola thing, I think a good third point for this article would be to understand sickness, before, during and after it happens. If you’re really that worried about something then do your own research so you know how to avoid it, if you do catch whatever it is you’re worried about then you’ll know how to take care of yourself and then when it’s over you’ll have a better understanding of it if there’s a next time.

  • warnlofjc20

    Good for you! I think that a big part of being healthy is having a positive attitude like yourself. You can be proactive about your health all day long but if you’ve got a bad attitude about it you’re not going to get far at all.

  • warnlofjc20

    I’m sure that in your case the vitamins are helping because you’re taking them in addition to doing everything else right.

    I think where vitamins get a bad rap from is when people buy those miracle pills that you see on late night infomercials and then when it doesn’t work for them since they keep eating bad, don’t exercise and whatever else, they blame it on the vitamin and not their terrible habits.

  • warnlofjc20

    Long term health is definitely something that a lot of people don’t think about at all. And even if they are thinking about it (myself included) they’d rather just brush it off and say “Oh well that’s so far off that I don’t have to worry about it right now”. It’s much easier to just blow it off than it is to actually deal with it and make the change.

  • warnlofjc20

    Great point! Want over need is a great way to think about it and if everyone did that we would all be much better off.

  • Schudakp21

    It is inevitable… you are going to get sick. obviously you can do stuff to help not get as sick that often like washing your hands and not putting your hands near your face but not matter how hard you try, you will eventually get sick. It is a shame when you do because of all the productivity time you lose attempting to get better. What people dont realize is that its not just washing your hands and avoiding sick people. There are other ways to help to strengthen your immune system. Eating right and avoiding bad habits like smoking and drinking a lot can really help the severity of your sickness.

  • Slepicka12

    Sick days in the winter are by favorite. eating soup and laying in bed all day are the only good part of being sick.

  • Slepicka12

    Yes i agree with you. that is why i have found a whole new workout plan and a why to eat right while in college. there are so many germs in college and everyone should really remember to wash their hands after being around a bunch of people so that way we can stop spreading germs.

  • danac501

    I actually haven’t started taking vitamins because I feel like what I am doing is enough like exercise and eating right. Do you take vitamins? Do you think it is necessary to take them each day or do you think you don’t need them? My view on pills is I don’t like taking them because I feel like I can function without them and it wont effect my life that much if I don’t take them. I hate those people that think they can take a pill for everything. It bothers me because there are other factors that go into then just popping a pill.

  • Taylor Schulz

    You and me both! I try to drink as much water as I can while eating as healthy as I can. I don’t push vigorous exercises, but I think that at least 30 minutes a day can to the body wonders.

  • Miggz13

    I am not going to lie, but being proactive when being sick is awful. I would work as much as I can when it comes to my job and school. Ann Garvin was surprised how many times I have had bronchitis. She told me to go visit a doctor instead of going to the health center here on campus. They make some awful calls when it comes to telling people what illness they have.

  • Miggz13

    Agreed, being organized plays a big role in being healthy. With organization we can manage what we eat, exercise, study, and sleep. I have heard many people make the excuse of saying they do not have the time to do things, but there is always time to plan things out. We just have to manage our time with everything we deal with in our lives.

  • Miggz13

    True they are the best part about being sick, but only when we do not have to much homework that needs to be done. The down side to being sick when it comes to school is catching up on lectures, homework, and projects. Most students would get a head start on their projects when we are sick in bed.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    I couldn’t agree more. I feel that most of the medicines available out there are just to mask the symptoms to get you through the day but once the 4-6 hours is up, its just a matter of time before all of your symptoms hit you 10times harder than they did before. If I know I have something really important to do that day and I am running out of options I will take medicine but let me tell you, my body and mind are never prepared for what will happen once the medicine wears off.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    I agree that it is inevitable that one is going to get sick but i agree even more with the fact that you can avoid prolonging the sickness. When people are sick it is an almost immediate reaction to put their life on pause and just lay around and veg out until it has passed. Your body needs the exact opposite. Rest is number one, that nobody can deny however when your not sleeping you should try to get up and walk around a little bit. Do something around the house just to get your body moving and functioning. Eating healthy normal foods is also key, most people have lost their appetite when being ill but it essential that you try to put something in your body. If you allow your sickness to overcome you, you can plan on it sticking around for a while. Take control of your sickness to the best of your ability don’t let your sickness control you.

  • thompsonjm99

    Thank you for your post. I don’t think that there is any way to avoid sickness. I am a germ freak and always try to avoid getting sick but it happens two or three times per year anyways. I found it interesting that you listed “texting” as a way to avoid becoming sick. I agree there is no way to avoid sickness and therefore, your time. What is the point of a flu shot if we can’t even avoid it after receiving the vaccine?

  • Matthew Manley-Browne

    I agree with your comment, its very hard to avoid getting sick but there are some steps that you can take to reduce the amount of time that you spend sick.

  • Schudakp21

    Thank you for responding to my comment. I really enjoyed your response when you said ” When people are sick it is an almost immediate reaction to put their life on pause” This is so true and the only way to get better is to get up move around and trick yourself psychologically that you are OK. Also not eating is the worst for a sickness, your body needs nutrients and energy to fight your sickness. You will definitely prolong your sickness if you just sit around. Also when you finally are better, you need time to adjust back to your normal routine.

  • warnlofjc20

    No I don’t take any vitamins nor do I think that it’s necessary. Not for any particular reason, I just never really considered it. What I was trying to say is that in a case like yours, taking a multivitamin would probably be beneficial since you’re already doing everything else right and the vitamin would just be a little extra health benefit. Not that you should stop doing all those other things and switch exclusively to vitamins or implying that you can take a pill for anything.

  • LeiderGM20

    I try to invite her over and we’ll make healthier dinners together. Sort of as a way to show her healthier alternatives to different foods very subtly.

  • Caleb Franklin

    I think that investing in your health is a great way to look at it. If you consistently put a little bit towards bettering yourself as a healthy person, it pays out in great dividends later on in life.

  • Ryano313

    I would agree, having a positive attitude goes a long way in life and can boost yours or even other people’s days. Making sure to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep will keep you on a path to good healh

  • Miggz13

    Thats good keep up the good work and you can change your friends mind into becoming healthier. Look on the bright side to this you can improve on your health as well. Once again good job.

  • Miggz13

    Good for you. Love that you are thinking positive and being positive. Just make sure you drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. I am just a little confused on what you mean by talking pills though.

  • Miggz13

    Aww I am sorry that you get sick far worse than any of use. I know how you feel in a way when i had bronchitis. I just wanted to stay in bed and not go to class. I was take the common cold any day of the week.

  • Luke Drumel

    It’s all about attitude and how you approach health, because if were not taking health serious at all times, that “accidental illness” will come when you least expect it. Obviously were all gonna get sick, it happens but like you said be the person who can do their very best each and every day so that when we want to change the world hopefully we can bounce back better than before.

  • warnlofjc20

    Exactly. Mental health is a big part of overall health.

  • hicksjd11

    I can really relate to this article. Before college, I got at least 8 hours of sleep each night and ate only the healthiest of foods. This changed a bit as I adjusted to the college life. The amount of sleep I got significantly decreased and quick and easy food became something that appealed to me. Even just those small changes affected my immune system. I started getting sick more often and never really felt 100%.

  • hicksjd11

    This is exactly what I think too. I try to heal my illnesses as naturally as possible with the avoidance of any medication that isn’t absolutely necessary.

  • hicksjd11

    I completely agree. Sickness just promotes an even unhealthier lifestyle. Sometimes when I’m sick, I still get myself to the gym and when I do this I usually leave feeling better.

  • ReneeKirch19

    I agree, getting sick is definitely one of the most annoying and frustrating things ever! It’s frustrating because we don’t ask to be sick, it just happens. Sickness happens accidentally and there’s no way we can control it. We can only do so much to prevent sickness from happening, but there comes a point where we can no longer control the viruses and germs that take over our immune systems. Investing in your health is extremely important and often overlooked, which needs to change. Thanks for your comment!

  • Alyssa Schragen

    It’s unfortunate though that no matter how much someone tries, sometimes you just have to give in to the sickness. The only problem with that is knowing when to do it at the appropriate time. For me, I know its time to “give in” when I need to see a doctor. Right now I am dealing with a sinus infection, double ear infection, and chest congestion all at once. I did everything I could for past 4 days to stay up and active and try to just live life as if nothing was going on, but eventually it caught up to me and that is when I went to the doctor. Unfortunately, some people give in too easily and don’t try to fight things on their own.

  • Schudakp21

    Oh wow. That sounds like a lot to deal with at one time. I’m sorry to hear that. Yeah, when I said people were not fighting their sickness, I meant more like a cold or something small. I really respect the fact that you tried to keep going on with your life after having all of that. If I had a sinus infection, double ear infection, and chest congestion all at once, I would be down and out almost immediately. It is just unlucky when stuff like that happens. But I do agree people give in too easily to their sickness and just accept that they can’t do anything.

  • orvisbj27

    When I was younger it seemed that I used to get bed ridden sick way more often than I do in my older years (im 28). When I would get sicknesses such as the flu or severe cold I would not leave my bed for at least a couple days. Now I rarely get sick because of a healthy lifestyle or just luck I don’t know. But when I do, I make it a point to not lay around only get rest, but also get some sort of movement or exercise when I can. Getting active when your sick is a huge mental obstacle but for me it has cut my sick time by days.

  • This is such a great article! I sometimes find myself getting extremely frustrated when I get sick because I am one of those people who believe that since I lead a healthy lifestyle I should not be getting sick. However, even though I exercise, eat relatively healthy, and practice good hygiene, I understand that “accidental sick happens.” From my understanding, while I cannot completely avoid getting sick, I am in a better position to recover faster from a sickness if I keep up with living a healthy lifestyle. And this faster recovery leads to less time wasted!
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  • hirthjp18

    You are totally right Ann, Sometimes you just get sick and you cant do anything about it. I feel like as along as you are getting enough sleep, eating right, and staying active your chances drop exponentially. There will always be a time you do everything right but still you can prevent it. No ones invincible so when you are sick just take the time to get better so you can go back to saving the world. Thanks for the article.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    Thank you. I was more so just proving a point that I feel that unless medical attention is needed for an infection or type of illness that people often take the easies route of holding off life until they feel better. I agree that a cold or something small is often made a larger deal than it should be just because it is easier for someone to take the easiest route and not do anything.
    Thanks for responding back to me! much appreciated.

  • SasCas116

    I do the same thing! My go to beverage is water, I love it. At restaurants I even prefer water as my main beverage. It’s such a great lifestyle change. I find myself eating healthy, but on some days I just cave and go for a sugary treat. Exercise is such an important way of staying healthy too! These three components are going to equal an amazing wellness!

  • SasCas116

    I totally agree with you! I like how you said “there will always be a time you do everything right, but you still can’t prevent it”, this happens way more often than people think. It could just be your body’s way of saying “calm down! Let me rest please! You’re taking too much on.” No one is invincible at all, couldn’t have said it better myself 🙂

  • SasCas116

    That’s all you can do! Don’t be too hard on yourself about how your condition of health is compared to the person on your left’s condition of health. We all have different bodies with different immune systems, it happens. Drink lots of water to hydrate yourself and flush it out of your system as well! I always drink water and within a day or two, I’m back to normal! 🙂

  • Eric H

    Thanks for the article. Being sick is tough and no fun, but everyone gets sick. We just have to deal with it the right way. We need to continue to get our vitamin and water intake along with a healthy diet. There are so many things out there that aid a person in getting sick that we need to avoid. We need to stop eating a bunch of junk food while drinking five beers. This is a terrible behavior and are pretty much telling our bodies we want to become sick.

  • Eric H

    I agree. Thanks for the post. There are so many things we can be doing to prevent sickness, but a lot of people are not doing them. People get stressed and start eating junk food and soda. I also see people binge drink then order pizzas at 2AM and eat the whole thing. People need to adopt the guidelines that you mentioned so the world can be a healthier and less sick place.

  • Abbey Stibbs

    Catey, I completely agree with you. I feel like once we get sick that our days are in slow motion, and it is almost impossible to get anything done because we are focused on getting better. I agree with you when you say that we don’t have time to be sick in college. I feel like if you are sick one day in school, your whole semester is set back. I feel like when I am sick that I fall extremely behind, and it is nearly impossible to catch up!

  • Kelly Martin

    This article really puts sickness into perspective. I for one get sick a couple times a year and I think once is accidental and the other is self induced. I tend to get very stressed because I push myself to my absolute limits. Therefore this article is very eye opening to me. Thanks for writing this article!

  • Abby2017

    I hardly never get sick. I think you are correct we should all treat our bodies with respect and take good care of it. We should not abuse our bodies. Eating a good healthy three meals a day, working out. We all should want to try to stay healthy as best we can so we can live our lives to the best we can and accomplish all that we can in life. I like how it states that “Accidental sick happens, When it does you are going to lose some time towards your goal.”

  • Abby2017

    I should drink more water because I always forget to. Its a bad habit. I need to be more self aware of when I drink water throughout the day and when I need to drink more water.

  • DuchAM21

    I liked how this blog brought up the idea that even if you do not catch a sickness from germs, you can still get hit by a car and have the body aches. Illness is bound to happen to all of us. I am a very healthy person myself and rarely get sick. Once a year I get a nasty cold, but thats about it. I did however experience an unexpected illness that was out of my control. A few years ago I found myself in the emergency room after having a ruptured ovarian cyst. It was an awful experience, but I was fortunate that it was nothing too serious. Illness does happen to all of us, but the healthier lifestyle we live, the more germs our immune system can fight off.

  • AndreaOlsen22

    I like your point of “don’t pursue sick.” Yes, we can’t completely control if we become ill or not, but we can definitely help ourselves out the most we can. People who live a healthy lifestyle and get the proper vaccinations are typically better off. It is upsetting when we do become sick, because you can’t complete your daily tasks at the level you normally do. The days feel long due to how tired and awful you feel. The best and fastest way to get over sickness is to just rest. Don’t push yourself to accomplish numerous tasks when you’re sick because you probably won’t do them as well, and you will stay sick longer if you don’t get the proper rest you need. I know I am irritated when I can’t be productive, but resting is the best way to go and you will soon be refreshed and motivated as ever.

  • Taysia Justus

    I rarely ever come down with an illness, and I know my diet is not great. Whereas I might not be noticing that I am sick, I’m sure my insides aren’t too happy with my unhealthy college lifestyle. I have tried for the past few months to only cook at home and add a lot more fruits and veggies in my diet and overall the idea of eating better has made me happier. I also feel more energized with nutrient rich foods, and more money in my pocket!

  • Kayla Martin

    Sleep is definitely the main reason I get sick. I have gotten better about it over the last 4 years of college but every now and then I stay up too late an I get a horrible headache, and if I stay up too many nights in a row I am in bed with the flu. Since I realized this happens I never let it get past the stage of a headache if I can help it.

  • Alexa A Dralle

    I personally try really hard, all the time, to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. You would think that this would be recognized as a good thing by other people, right? Not exactly. I guess its not normal to crave an avocado over french fries at McDonalds. When I go out to eat, I often order a salad- in which my friends scoff and make fun of. Not only is salad one of my favorite things to eat, but it is usually the only thing I can order at a restaurant. I have been a vegetarian for ten years and it is very difficult to find food, other than mac and cheese or salad on the menu.

  • caroleighp

    Your first lesson is hard to swallow. I’ve always told myself and others I don’t get sick. Of course that’s not 100% true, I’m not invincible, but I really don’t get sick often. Unless it’s really bad I can usually go about my usual business and pretend I’m fine. Sometimes though I am forced to listen to my body and take a break. Naps and non-caffeinated herbal tea can do wonders for me and now in those moments of weakness, I will look at it as investing in myself!

  • Sarah Kasiurak

    I am the same way! I never seem to get the usual colds. When I get sick I get very sick for at least a week. I become very weak and have to stay glued to a couch or my bed and try and get better. Hopefully our immune systems will get better!

  • Jessica Peardon

    I think a lot of people when they get sick just feel sorry for themselves and lay around. They forget to stay hydrated, eat a decent meal, and get some fresh air. I’m just as guilty. You feel so lousy that you don’t do anything to not get worse. You are bound to get sick eventually no matter what you do. We don’t live in a bubble and even if you take care of your body, you don’t know what other people are doing to theirs.

  • gaulrappkj17

    I find that if you take care of yourself, and do not over do things, you seem to stay healthy far easier. I used to work full time in a childcare, and no matter how many times I washed my hands, I always was sick. In retrospect, I feel most of why I was sick so much was because I was so stressed. I needed to find a healthy and productive way to cope with my stress, and to be honest, it is not as hard as we make it sound. It could be lighting a candle and just resting or meditating, or for me praying. No medicine, no drugs, nothing expensive, just plain old time to yourself.

  • BastarKm06

    I personally do not get sick very often (knock on wood). But I can tell when I am too stressed or if I don’t get an adequate amount of sleep during the week or something that I feel sluggish and crappy. I try not to take any types of medication when I’m sick. I know that eating healthier and getting sleep is the best way to go.

  • kellydieball

    Ahh you are so lucky. Unfortunately every time the weather changes, I get sick. I also get sick when I loose sleep as well. Being a student is hard especially living in the dorms, when one person gets sick its spreads so fast its horrible!!

  • leeana liska

    I’m the same way too! I normally don’t get the common cold, but more of a harsher illness or disease that is unavoidable causing me to be out for days or weeks at a time. I have found though that I am more likely to get sick when my body is in stress from either lack of sleep or a inadequate diet. Keeping a close eye on these two factors have definitely helped my immune system stay stronger.

  • BEATYSM25

    This goes hand in hand very well with the lecture we had today in Ann’s Stress Management class. It is such a harsh reality that pursuing health in today’s society is so extremely difficult and if you don’t make a conscious effort to do so, you are (possibly even unknowingly) pursuing sickness. Society and people are constantly pushing us towards illness. Pursuing health takes time and effort, and people need to be willing enough to make a change and to prioritize health in their life.

  • Sara Fuller

    Unfortunately I’m feeling pretty sick right now. I think I messed up on the whole, get eight to nine hours of sleep thing. So I guess ill just have to ride this baby out. Having a sick roommate probably didn’t help me out either. Accidental sick sucks.

  • Emily Krueger

    I like how this article because you puts sickness into clear prospective. I agree that in today society it hard to avoid being sick. But I like how you go into detail between getting sick and purcuing to get sick. Overall I like this blog because of the hard facts and only way to stay healthy to eat, sleep and exercise on a regular basics.

  • struckml03

    I believe that if you are continuously washing your hands, not touching people who are sick, etc. is silly. Sometimes when you try to prevent yourself from sickness to that extreme its worse for your body. Your body is trained to never pick up on small germs. Since your body isnt familiar with it, the second you are exposed you immediately get sick. Besides, all that worrying about trying to stay away just causes more stress than anything. Just realize your going to get sick, and when you do worry about it then. Its life.
    Personally, I dont believe in being on all types of medicines – I tend to try alternatives for sickness like essential oils. Im huge on that! I use oils all the time.

  • milleram97

    If your diets as healthy as you say it is, there really isn’t a need for you to take vitamins.
    All of that stuff is from fruits and veggies so you’re pretty much ingesting things that you’re already getting in high doses and thus wasting your money since these nutrients leave your body anyways.

  • milleram97

    I love this! Very cut, simple and to the point.
    It can be very hard to avoid getting sick when many people don’t wash their hands well, and kids….well I won’t even go there.
    It’s a difficult puzzle because, as an example, in schools kids are not getting many of the right nutrients because mass produced food is so pumped full of preservatives and other crap. And how are they supposed to know the difference? They’re KIDS, they trust adults to make choices for them everyday.
    Along with that, once you give people a taste for the fake, sugar-filled foods that are easy to eat and get their Reward System excited-how much harder is it to remove that “high” and want for junk food.
    Although, I think school’s are doing a good job of keeping kids active with recess-if they only expanded the room they had to play and talked about the importance of it.
    When I was a child, we had all these things but once I came home, it was (in this order) snack, TV, some homework, dinner, some homework, bed. That is no way to keep active when your influences told you the opposite.
    Getting sick was easy. Whether it was in the times that we played outside in the dirt, or held our little friends hand across the street; germs were spread faster than reproducing rabbits.
    I know many parents themselves who don’t foster clean homes, clean behaviors and clean eating lifestyles.
    And with that kind of influence? A child can be in deep trouble.

  • Colin HIckey

    I agree with this. People think that they can sleep when they die. Doing that is not going to keep us well. We need to make sure that we do our best to be healthy so that when an important time in our life comes up, we aren’t sick during it. I think that this is important to instill this ideal in young children so that they can be thinking about their health as they grow.

  • Kyle Gettelman

    Now there is a fine edge sword here. Are vaccinations a good thing? Yes! Is going above and beyond to keep a “clean” maintenance for not getting sick a good thing? No, I would say. Everyone tells you wash your hands after using the restroom, and that makes sense, but washing your hands every time you touch your face or any of that, just is counterproductive. In order for our bodies to become more adaptive to “invaders”, we need a small percentage of them in our system, so our immune system can learn “who they are and fight them off every time.” I believe there is a fine line here and we need to learn what that is. Now of course, having a proper diet and getting adequate amounts of sleep will help prevent accidental sickness and we should always strive to maintain that. The biggest point here, is not partaking in every single “clean hygiene” event they are asking because it doesn’t make you “dirty”, it makes you stronger.

  • Garrett Nelson

    Great read! It is most definitely important to not pursue sickness, but when the accidental happens, sometimes you just have to suck it up and get over it. It is inevitable for anyone, but there are some clear and definite solutions that you listen above that can prevent illness from happening more frequently. Of course none of us love being sick or injured, but knowing proper ways to heal is important in prevention for future illness. For instance, lets say you tore your MCL (in your knee). Well knowing the best type of rehabilitation to cure that “illness” is the best way to get back on track to solving the worlds problems (Not only that but saves you time and pain as well. Trust me I know from previous experience.) Having the knowledge and ability to suck it up and deal with the pain is a good thing. It can happen to anyone so might as well be prepared. Thanks for sharing!

  • How does texting and driving cause a person to get sick?

  • Bryan Parrish

    When I got the flu shot, sick every year. Stopped getting it, got the flu once in six years.

    Staying healthy and decreasing your chances of getting sick is not always easy. With all these talk about vaccines, it really made me wonder what the best course of action is. Of course a good diet, and hygiene would be best, but that also depends on everyone around you doing the same. Short of living in a bubble, like what was spoke about above, you can’t stop it. Just be prepared to take it on, have some meds close at hand, and the moment you feel it, attack it.

  • MattDennert

    I totally agree, people are always trying to prevent getting sick when realistically there is no stopping disease.

  • hansends21

    I have never been an unhealthy person by any means, but I have definitely started taking better care of my body since my sophomore year of college and I have noticed a huge difference. Yes I do still get sick every once in awhile, in fact I am starting to feel like I am coming down with something now, but due to my behaviors it is much less often. I can start to feel my body yell at me when I do make a bad choice, like eating bad or drinking too much, it’s like a slap in the face that puts me back in my place.

  • epmcinty

    As a full time college student, worker, and pursuing my flight training education, this article can really help people who are in similar busy life-style situations. We invest all this time in our work, success, and productivity and then get anxious and really annoyed when we get sick. We are humans, everyone gets sick. It is important to stay healthy and focus on yourself more to mitigate sick situations, but when you work as hard as you do and live in a stressful lifestyle, getting sick is inevitable- it is part of life. All we can do is accept it, and try to invest more time in ourselves. Because without the well being of yourself, the well being of the world is not going to get better any sooner!

  • adrianaferreyra04

    The accidental sickness is always a headache! It takes away so much time from our daily lives. So many people dread this accidental sickness but we will all get it at some point during the year. Our bodies can only handle so much wear and tear.

  • Teresa Joyce

    I had to chuckle when I read this because ironically I been home all week sick with the flu. I also said to myself…how did this come about? I’m so careful when encountering people. What is boils down to is that no matter what we do right or do wrong, we will get sick! Then a week later we have to pick up all the pieces at work ans start over.

  • Caroleigh Perkins

    I like how you acknowledge how letting yourself get stressed out might be self inducing sickness. I do the same thing. It is so unfair though when we are already having a tough time in life and then our body betrays us by making us feel even worse.

  • Caroleigh Perkins

    When I get sick I am the most vulnerable to unhealthy eating behaviors. I don’t totally know what about the flu that makes me violently crave Toppers pizza but it does. Maybe it is the lack of energy to cook anything or my tastebuds being weaker and therefore wanting more extreme flavors… Regardless I know this is a really bad way to respond to my body begging me to treat it better.

  • Caroleigh Perkins

    I joke with my boyfriend that I have a stronger immune system than him because often times he will get sick and I won’t get sick from him. I honestly believe it is because I take such good care of myself when it comes to sleep, nutrition, and exercise.

  • Caroleigh Perkins

    I agree with what you are saying here. The past couple days I’ve been feeling slightly under the weather, sinus headaches and being stuffed up. I have kept up my exercise routine and honestly I feel the most healthy while I’m exercising, I almost forget I am otherwise not feeling so well.

  • Caroleigh Perkins

    I have had 2 friends in my life that spend more time in the doctor’s office than out of it. They are always looking up their “symptoms” online and diagnosing themselves and then going to the doctor to get medication for their “illness”. It baffles me. I honestly believe that they are not physically sick, but yet they convince themselves they are and take action. To me it seems like they are choosing to have reasons not to feel like they are healthy.

  • Tyler Mueller

    I agree that everyone will get sick eventually, but there is a lot we can do to prevent other sicknesses. The main disease in the United States is related to our diets. Too many Americans are eating way too many trans fats, and sugars. Most Americans blame obesity in America on people for being lazy, and not exercising. The truth though is we eat way to much sugar. Sugar can’t be stored in the body so when we eat too much (which is almost every American) it turns into fat. So with the fat we can suffer from heart disease, but the sugar also leads to diabetes. This are the diseases that are preventable, and the ones we need to work our hardest in order to prevent!

  • catec18

    I think this article hits the nail on the head. You can’t stay healthy forever. And if you’re gonna get sick, don’t be pursuing it beforehand. No matter how hard you try to stay away from the ickyness that is in the world that will get you sick and make you take time away from school or work or whatever it is that you do everyday, you are bound to get sick. And if you are pursuing sick, as mentioned in the article, that time you have to take away from your productive days is going to be longer than you hoped. But if you at least are not pursuing being sick, if you are working towards being healthy, there is a better chance that the cold will only last a couple days instead of a couple weeks. It’s important to prioritize health now when it is easy, when we are healthy, rather than prioritizing it on top of getting sick when we really probably don’t feel like it.

  • Skalahe13

    Many people today pursue sickness and don’t even think twice about it. But when they get sick they’re angry about it. If all people thought about the habits they have as if they were pursuing sickness i’m sure there would be a lot less sick people in the world.

  • Lindsey Kessler

    Everyone has optimism bias in that they think they’re the healthiest person alive. You still need to reassess your habits and lifestyle, because it’s unrealistic to believe nothing bad will happen to you and that you’re not at risk for anything.

  • Radaya123

    Healthy people do great things, unhealthy people die.
    Which side are you on? LOL

  • Chelsea Haffele

    The same goes for me. When I get sick, I get really sick. I rarely just get a common cold. I wish there was another way to feel better rather than taking the pills I do take when I’m sick.

  • Anniep1023

    Sickness is all around us; whether it be viral, bacterial or in disease form. It is very hard to get around it. As a somewhat “germaphobe,” I do all I can to make sure I am in clean environments and wash my hands regularly. However, whenever I hear the word sick, I never think of heart disease. By reading this article, I am now more aware that sickness does not always mean the flu or a cold, but internal illnesses as well. It is important to protect yourself in every aspect of sickness, by washing your hands regularly and reducing your saturated fat consumption.

  • Ashley Gardner

    The sad this about this blog is it is common sense. Yet, no one ever does these things. They do the things that are listed as bad to do. As I learned in class its total optimism bias. It will never happen to you. Well when it does, because it is innevitible, you are going to wish you fueled your body better for a faster recovery.

  • Anthony Davis

    I feel like this article was very spot on. By being an individual that does not get sick very often I can relate and say that getting sick sucks. I often can look back at activities that make me sick such as eating to much fast food, not exercising or having drinks with friends that leads to both not exercising and eating. I don’t think about getting sick until it already happens and then feel guilty and take precautions. Everybody gets sick in a while and its hard to avoid but most people just need to make sure they are pursuing health from the start.

  • Anthony Davis

    I agree Ashley, I believe the only time people really value their health is when they are sick or something worse happens to their health. I feel like the majority of individuals wait until something unfavorable happens until they take action and make a change.

  • Dena Keizer

    Drinking water certainly has many benefits. I have been trying to drink more water and i feel so much better about it. There are a lot of hidden benefits that water has and i think it is the easiest and first step to a healthier lifestyle.

  • wegener61

    I remember this lecture, and it is one that I think will continue to stick with me. We pursue sick all too often. Period. Not always intentionally, but we do it, and we need to find a way to fix these habits and behaviors if we want to stay healthy through our lives.

  • JeremyWahl

    I try to eat as best as i can, and try to get the recommended daily amount of sleep each night. When i do simple things that are easy to control, I feel a lot better than if i do not do those things. I agree that unhealthy behaviors have consequences that can be many things.

  • FalkinerRR23

    I totally agree with you. You definitely are going to get sick no matter how hard you try to avoid it. Making sure you eat healthy and are getting enough sleep are just two ways to help reduce the amount of time you will be sick for.

  • alexlavine

    I don’t usually get sick… maybe once every two years. I think its because I’m active, eat healthy for the most part, have good hygiene, and also dressing appropriately (which I think is important especially when its cold or weather changes frequently in Wisconsin). Getting sick is sometimes inevitable, but I think less likely to happen and you’ll recover faster if you practice healthy habits.

  • McKenzie Foster

    I feel you, Ann. As I am typing this comment, I am also sick. I have been sick with just the common cold, so nothing serious, but it has been around for almost two weeks. I also NEVER get sick… my immune system rocks, but it is that time of year when the weather is changing and everyone is coughing, sniffing, and sneezing. Since I just have the cold, it doesn’t interfere with class or my sport but it’s just annoying. Im congested and just want to sleep it off all the time. That is one thing I am not doing to try to get rid of this nasty cold is getting enough sleep. I admit it that sleep isn’t at the top of my list, which it should probably be the first thing. With my schedule it just doesn’t seem possible to drop everything and just crawl in bed. Getting sick is a pain in the ass and no one likes when it happens, but reading this article and taking the sickness as it comes is just something us busy people have to deal with.

  • Austin Jones

    When I get sick I feel like it is always after a week consisting of bad habits like not eating so well, not wearing, and drinking on the weekends. avoiding these kind of habits could greatly help me avoid getting sick. I really think i should start taking a multi vitamin everyday to help me stay healthy.

  • RadebaugVP02

    I agree, by investing in our health first we will be able to build up our immune systems. It’s simple, get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise. Sometimes getting sick is a little inevitable but by doing all these things it can make that sickness less awful.

  • flaschbm09

    I had the same problem of not drinking enough water throughout the day. I just bought a new brightly colored water bottle and get in the habit of taking it with me everywhere, and it has really helped me a lot. Now I feel weird when I’m not carrying it and know to just look for the bright colors to find it if I lose it.

  • Elaminsj25

    Sickness and accidents do happen. You cannot prevent everything. I like your equation because if you already have to waste time with the accidents, why would you want to waste more time with the things that are avoidable. This reminds me of another one of your blogs about being like a truck driver and doing all you can to avoid backing up. It’s the same concept; take care of yourself!

  • Sarah Reynolds

    I completely agree, I don’t think it matters how healthy you are “accidental illness” can happen to anyone. And that people most certainly need to reassess their habits and lifestyles.

  • Jaglerjn22

    That’s a good solution! I carry around a reusable water bottle too to hopefully help remind me to drink more water! Especially on campus…water is free and good for you! I try and drink as much of it as possible because I know that it will only do good things for my body! As long as I cut back on the carbonated and sugary drinks and drink more water I think that this is a good start to preventing sicknesses long and short term!

  • Jaglerjn22

    I’m very similar to you Chelsea…when I get sick, I get very sick. Although often times when I feel a cold coming on, it will never go full out and take me out of classes and such…but instead it will linger for weeks. Instead of being really sick with a cold for a week, I’m just fighting it for what seems like months.

  • Jaglerjn22

    As much as being sick sucks…I would almost rather be sick like that for a week instead of having it linger for weeks. Sick seems to happen to me a lot. And when I consider myself sick, it’s usually when I just don’t feel 100% or just feel under the weather. I wish there was something that I could do to shorten the amount of time that I am sick, but that just doesn’t seem possible.

  • Jaglerjn22

    I agree….not everything is preventable, but there are some of the things that are in your control that can be prevented! Drinking too much, smoking and eating food that’s bad for you is something that each individual controls. Those seem to be the simple things to control, because not EVERYTHING is preventable, and even though you think you may have a great immune system…something will always come up it seems like. I’ve never had a semester of college where I’ve gone the whole time without getting sick at least once!

  • Jaglerjn22

    That’s interesting. Maybe habits like those are what a lot of people partake in daily so maybe that’s why some people get sick a lot. That actually makes a lot of sense to me. There will be weeks that I eat like crap and don’t have time to work out, and I always seem to pay for it a few days later in one way or another. Whether it be feeling tired and sluggish or actually catching a cold or something. Interesting!

  • Jaglerjn22

    Lucky you for not getting sick often! But those may be some tips that I will have to keep up with seeing as they’re working well for you. Eating healthy and staying active seem to be the most important when it comes to avoiding sickness! Interesting point about the dressing appropriately aspect…I never thought of that, but I am usually one to overdress as opposed to underdressed. But it is especially important in Wisconsin to dress for the weather…because it’s so unpredictable!

  • Jaglerjn22

    I agree with both of you on this. And am actually guilty of doing this. Which I am not necessarily proud of. But I seem to focus more on my health once I get sick instead of taking the precautionary measures to actually prevent getting sick!

  • Jaglerjn22

    Completely agree! By taking the precautionary measures before you get sick will determine the length and severity of your sickness. It may be more important to take care of yourself when your sick, but healthy habits should be all the time and not just when you’re sick. I feel like this is hard to do for some college kids because of all of the stress and different activities that we are involved with!

  • FalkinerRR23

    I think this is definitely hard for college kids to do. Most college kids have way too much stuff going on in their lives to even bother thinking twice about their health.

  • Jaglerjn22

    Agreed. I feel like a lot of students don’t pay a lot of attention to their health just because of all they have going on. Although it would be helpful if we did pay more attention to it. I think that it is just not possible for some college kids that go to school full time, work, have a social life, or even athletes. It’s tough, and I feel that time management skills play a big role into living healthy lives.

  • Erin

    I too have have good eating habits and exercise at least four times a week and usually get enough sleep. So when I get sick (which isn’t often) I get upset because i feel like I should be getting sick. But reading this helps me to understand that sometimes you really don’t have any control over it. And the way you live your life definitely effects you when you are sick. I totally agree that you can lessen your time of being sick if you live an overall healthy lifestyle.

  • mindhamrr11

    I’d have to agree with this article. No matter what, you’re going to get sick or hurt sometime, even if you do everything in your power to try and stop it, so you might as well not live in fear of getting sick or hurt. However, you can make yourself feel better in the future through exercise and healthy eating. Ultimately, it is up to you though. Is it worth it to spend countless hours exercising and maybe more money to eat healthy food if it extends not only your life, but your quality of life too? In my opinion, I’d answer yes.

  • Samantha Lavenau

    If you sleep enough, eat healthy, and stay moving then pills wont be needed! You are healthy enough and are getting all the vitamins you need from the food! Good job girl! Keep it up!

  • Samantha Lavenau

    I am the same way! I only truly get sick when I am sleep deprived. I try to avoid being sleep deprived because I know my consequences in the end. Sleep is what fuels our bodies and is the number one thing we need in life to be healthy and up to par. Do not neglect sleep because then your immune system will start getting worse and worse and you will end up getting sick more and more.

  • Kent Miehe

    Thank you for sharing! I agree that even the healthiest of people can still catch an illness every now and then. It’s how we react to that sickness that determines how it affects us. If we can keep pursuing health and try to avoid sickness as much as we can, then the times that sickness does affect us will not last very long. It can be frustrating at times when we get sick even though we stay healthy, but all we have to do is keep with our healthy lifestyle and beat sickness in the most effective way possible.

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree! Your mindset can have a big say in how your body feels. I do agree that how you feel mentally can affect how you feel physically. Even when we do get sick, staying positive about getting better can make a huge difference in the recovery process. We do have to realize that sickness catches up with us sooner or later, and if we can be prepared for it (both physically and mentally), we will be able to handle it much more efficiently. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I do the same thing! When I start to feel like I am catching a cold, I never run to the medicine cabinet to look for a cure. I always think to get more sleep and eat healthy, and this usually cures my sickness very quickly. I agree that if you are always giving your body medicine when you are sick that your immune system doesn’t have to work as hard to recover. Letting your body “fight” the sickness along with giving your body healthy things and getting enough sleep will help you more in the long run. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I would have to agree with you. I am a runner, and running shoes can be expensive. My coach always used to say that it’s better to spend money on running shoes to avoid injury rather than spending money on a medical bill later. The same is true for your body. It’s better to spend more money eating more healthy and exercising more than to have to spend more money later for medical bills. If we can keep pursuing health, even when we are sick, we will be able to feel better, faster, for longer. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree! It can be very frustrating getting sick even when we are doing everything in our power to stay healthy. I think sometimes when people do get sick, they often use medicines to try and recover faster. However, if they were to just get more sleep, eat healthier, and exercise, they can recover a lot faster than they probably thought they could. It can be hard to do all of these things when we are short on time, but unless we do them to avoid and recover from sickness, we will only lose more time in other things we want to accomplish. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kaila Witthun

    If you are not pursuing health, you are pursuing sickness. Who wants to be sick? Who wants to put their life goals on pause while fighting a sickness? Just because you are sick does not mean everyone else is going to stop too. When spending less time in the long run being sick, it just might make the difference in achieving your goals or not. I personally hate being sick so why would I not do what I can to stay away from it.

  • mindhamrr11

    Would your coach tell you to buy the more expensive shoes to save on medical bills, or would your dad tell you that, Kent? And honestly, I was always the opposite when I ran in high school. I bought the cheapest pair of running shoes that actually seemed decent that I could find, and luckily, I never got injured, but I have seen so many runners get injured from a bad pair of running shoes.

  • ryanstorto

    I agree with this article 100 percent. You will get sick at sometime no matter what, but like you said the healthier you are the less you will get sick. My favorite part of the article was the “don’t pursue sickness”. I loved that part because there are so many things that you do that can make you sick and so many are preventable with just basic health habits.

  • Thumbs_up

    There is times that does not matter what we do and how much effort we do to avoid get sick, it is unavoidable. There is many ways to transmit diseases and some of them we can control and some of them we cannot. But for sure that having a healthy lifestyle will help immensely.

  • Kent Miehe

    My dad was actually my coach, mindhamrr11, so you are right in both ways! And I agree with your statement. It doesn’t happen all the time that people get injured, like in your case, but the odds are actually very high. IF people can do the things necessary to avoid health risks, they will be more likely to stay healthy in the future.

  • mindhamrr11

    Wow. I am smart! And I agree that people should do things to health risks. I am really lucky I didn’t get hurt because not only did I always buy really cheap shoes, but also I would put on 2 or 3 times the amount of miles I should have put of them. Like I said, I’m lucky I didn’t get hurt because it would have been more expensive to have gotten injured rather than buying good shoes.

  • purperoar21

    This is a very relevant post to myself because of the return of a television series titled “Restrain the Cough and Release the Tears” starring myself, and myself (check your local listings for air time). Also, this directly correlates to an inspiring piece titled “No I’m Not Crying My Sinuses Are Exploding” a novel also written by me. Anyone who has known me for at least a semester, knows that I am very susceptible to getting bad coughs. No matter what the season is, I always can look forward to an uncalled for, game changer of a cold that will never fail to degrade my “The world is my oyster, I can do anything and everything” mindset to a “I am helpless and worthless scum, pity me” mentality. While it is important that we maintain our healthy behaviors even more so while we are sick, it just is another reason to make the most of your healthy moments. Not being sick or injured is just another way to incline us to practice our capabilities, and save the Netflix and vegetating for when you truly need it.

  • flaschbm09

    Exactly! I have found that actually carrying my water bottle helps me to not drink the soda or drinks that are bad for you because I already have the water with me so I don’t want to have to pay for another drink. I also try to make it my goal to refill my water bottle at least once if not twice a day just to ensure that I’m drinking enough. I also keep track of how much water I drink with an app on my phone.

  • Sara_Kay0316

    I totally agree. I feel like when people think exercise they think 2 hours at the gym. 80 percent is what we eat, 20 percent is the exercise component. 30 minutes is totally sufficient, and it’s way better than thinking about going but realizing you don’t have 2 hours.

  • CPanella1

    I agree that I need to drink more water. I love the water bottle fountains they’ve installed all over campus, because it saves the environment with less plastic water bottles and encourages me to drink more water because it’s free and tastes great!

  • CPanella1

    I need to practice more of a sleep routine because I know that is one of my biggest struggles and can be the reason I get sick more often than others. In turn when I get sick I get frustrated because I’m laying around miserable losing all that time you talked about above. It also is hard to get to the gym then because I may not be able to breathe through my nose or eat a proper meal before getting a workout in!

  • Timothy Joseph Basaldua

    I try to not take any medication and exercise more frequently. More sleep, eating healthier, and exercise is a key component to health and wellness. I try not to make any medication unless I am really sick. I even don’t like to take Advil when I have a headache. Unless I am hospitalized for a serious illness, I feel like medication doesn’t do anything for me. It just kind of masks some of the symptoms. I feel like taking pills doesn’t always prevent you from getting sick. You can do everything right, but if you are exposed to that flu or cold virus, there is nothing you can do. You just have to let nature run its course.

  • Will Ettl

    There is no way of going around it we all get sick and there is nothing you can do about it. The best way that I know to describe it is when you see any product that says kills 99.9% of germs.. that does not mean anything at all because it takes less than .1% of germs to get you sick. Yes using germex and other things like this can lessen your chance of getting sick but there is in reality no way of avoiding getting sick besides living in a plastic bubble for your entire life.

  • Lauren Schlicht

    I am privileged to say that I have had Ann Garvin as my professor for a few of my classes in my undergrad career. One of the most influential things I learned from her lectures is that people do not value their health until they lose it…in some cases it may be too late. However, how can you make people around the world care about something they take for granted? I think that’ll be a question for years to come. You are born into this world with only one body…one chance to make it all count. Start becoming aware of the things you’re doing to it that have to potential to dock time away from the ones who love you most. There are so many risk factors that can be detrimental to health. Smoking, eating fatty unhealthy foods, not working out, etc. we’ve heard it all before and its more than the old cliche “love your body!” People really need to invest time and love into the things that matter most and what people seem to forget is that your health is what matters most! Investing in health and making a point to educate people to actually care about what they are doing to their bodies has the ability to make people treat their health as a blessing…well at least we can all hope.

  • Lauren Schlicht

    Being aware of ways to benefit your overall health is so important! I just gave a presentation in one of my classes on how our culture is becoming a “pill popping” culture. Meaning, we want a quick fix and automatically run to the doctor or drug store to get some type of medicine or prescription in order to “fix” us or keep us well. I think its great that you don’t run to taking pills when you’re sick. There are so many other alternatives Americans refuse to except; medicine isn’t the only way to keep us well. One of my favorite quotes is by Hippocrates: “let food be thy medicine.” If anything let it be food for thought…

  • Alex Marski

    I agree that there is no way of getting around being sick. you can help prevent it or delay getting sick by maintaining a healthy diet which many people may not understand. ” don’t pursue sickness” stood out to me and I like how you said there are so many things that we can do to get us sick and also so many preventable ways as well.

  • Nathan Tessar

    I agree with eating healthy and staying moving will help your overall needs but pills and daily vitamins are never bad for you. It still gives you the nutrition you need to operate during the day and lets say if you forget to eat certain kinds of foods, your multi vitamin will still be able to replenish those needs. Sleep is also very key!

  • Paige Cuchna

    As long as I am getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating healthy then I generally feel great and don’t get sick. When I do get sick, its not just a common cold. Its that plus 80 other things that are wrong. Ive never been someone to take vitamins, but I dont think it would hurt to start.

  • Emily Krueger

    I like how this article because you puts sickness into clear prospective. I agree that in today society it hard to avoid being sick. But I like how you go into detail between getting sick and purcuing to get sick. Overall I like this blog because of the hard facts and only way to stay healthy to eat, sleep and exercise on a regular basics.

  • Lindsay Jakubik

    I loved this article because I recently was very ill. I rarely get sick with anything more than a minor cold during that time of year, but this past spring I fell sick to a very aggressive virus that formed an abscess behind my tonsils (almost had surgery to remove it but luckily didn’t have to). This illness crept up on me in less than 24 hours, and I was sent to the ER after visiting the campus health center at my school and hospitalized for an afternoon. The worst part of this was that it was the week of three of my midterms and the week before going on a spring break vacation to LA to visit my brother that I had planned for months!!!! It was definitely an “accidental sickness” that pushed back a lot of important things for me and made my week a living hell.

  • Katie Germain

    I try to drink as much water as I can all day too! It’s so important to keep your body hydrated and to eat healthy as well. 30 minutes of exercise a day will keep a healthy body and mindset!

  • Katie Germain

    I definitely get sick mostly from sleep deprivation as well! That is why I try to get the full 8 to 9 hours of sleep that I need to function properly. It can be tough trying to go to bed at the same time each night, especially when I have a lot of studying to do. But I know that when I get enough sleep I feel good and my body thanks me for taking care of it.

  • Katie Germain

    I agree Paige! I have never taken vitamins but I think trying them out count benefit me. I try to stick to a schedule of eating healthy, exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, and getting enough sleep every day to maintain my health. Otherwise I am just setting myself up for sickness.

  • Katie Germain

    I find myself caught up in bad habits some weeks too and then I notice how they affect my health. Usually I feel awful and drained when I do not eat healthy or if I do not workout. Prioritizing health is essential! I do not take daily vitamins but I think I might try them out and see the effect they have on me.

  • Leah Renee

    I can’t think of a better investment either. People who don’t invest in their health have no idea how amazing they are supposed to feel. It’s so hard to convince anyone unless they are feeling like complete crap all the time or unless they get really sick. Even then so many are still unwilling to invest in health or believe that simple things like sleep, fruits and veggies, exercise and not eating crap all day long is going to help.

  • Marlee Williams

    People think they need to take a ton of vitamins and supplements in order to get all the right vitamins and minerals we need. This isn’t true. As long as you eat a balanced diet of lots of fruits and veggies and complex carbohydrates, you will be getting all the vitamins and minerals you need

  • Marlee Williams

    This is so true. If you are eating a balanced diet of lots of fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates and healthy fats and proteins, you will definitely be getting enough vitamins and minerals that are vital to being healthy.

  • Marlee Williams

    Drinking plenty of water is definitely key to staying healthy. An easy way to do this is carry a water bottle around with you at all times. The bubblers around campus are awesome because you can pretty much fill up your water bottle whenever you need to!

  • Marlee Williams

    You are SO right about this. People wouldn’t need to be spending hours upon hours at the gym if they were eating correctly! People think you can out-train a bad diet which is totally false. And even if you are working out enough to burn off these bad calories, you’re just wasting your time because you wouldn’t need to be spending so much time at the gym if you weren’t eating so bad in the first place.

  • Marlee Williams

    Something I’ve noticed is that when I drink more water during the day, I’m less tired and more alert. It’s a natural mood booster and helps speed up your metabolism as well. Knowing this made me try really hard to drink more of it!

  • Marlee Williams

    That’s a great idea! I also carry a water bottle around with me all day and feel empty without it. It’s perfect because it’s always there so sometimes I drink water without even realizing I’m doing it. It’s a great way to stay hydrated throughout the day.

  • Marlee Williams

    It’s great that you have an app on your phone that lets you keep track of this. I also have an app on my phone called My Fitness Pal (maybe you have the same one?) where I track what I eat and drink throughout the day. I’ve also gotten into the habit of ordering just water when I go out to eat instead of ordering sugary high calorie sodas and juices.

  • flaschbm09

    I agree! Sometimes I go to drink from it and notice that it’s empty. I son’t even realize that it’s empty or how much water I actually drink. I love having it on me and feel so much better when I do have it.

  • flaschbm09

    Oh I’ve heard of that one before! mine is actually called S Health. It actually came with my phone which is awesome. I do that too with order water when I go out to eat. I’ve been doing that for awhile now and have found that it not only saves me money but it also makes me feel better.

  • afallon14

    Unfortunately, I am always one to get sick when some bug is going around. I have always been told to just take some pills so that the symptoms go away for a couple hours and get some sleep and wake up and see if you’re feeling better. I know people who only take pills if it is absolutely necessary but otherwise they just wait for their sickness to go away by itself. I haven’t really thought about taking vitamins to prevent me from getting sick but it might help a little bit. I just think that if you take care of your body and stay healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle, it could prevent you from getting sick, but not always. I maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle yet always seem to be getting sick when something is going around.

  • Brady

    People need to realize that they will get sick. Its part of being a human. No matter how healthy of a life you live, it will happen. There’s no way around it.

  • Brady

    Although all of these ideas will help keeping you healthy, you still will get sick. It sucks, but its the truth. No one is perfect, no matter how hard we try!

  • Ryan Dow

    I live a healthy lifestyle but I still get sick. But I always get over it quickly. When sick, it does put a damper on my schedule.

  • Tyler Hebert

    I like how Ann talked about everyone gets sick. I agree that it is impossible to avoid everything and not get sick. People aren’t productive when they are sick, but we shouldn’t avoid so much to not be sick. We waste time going out of the way to prevent sickness when we should get sick, get over it, and start working again.

  • kolinjk29

    This is a great article! This is something everyone can relate to. The way we live our daily lives such as the food we eat, the sleep we get and just keeping up with general physical activity really influences the chances that we can get sick. Health has such an impact in my life. Pursuing a career in P.E and Health I am always reading new information about health crazes and exercise regimens. There are so many out there, but do they really work? As a student I am constantly taking care of my body so that I can eliminate my time away from school and the way I go throughout my daily life. A question that I have is can people become so obsessed with their health that it actually has negative affects and cause stress? Really enjoyed the article

  • Steven Hass

    Absolutely right, there is nothing you can do about it, and this article really does a good job covering that and how to do your best to avoid it and how to deal with it.

  • kgonyo

    Catching a cold or the flu isn’t very difficult to do these days, and when it does happen, people who take great care of themselves can become incredibly frustrated. It’s important to understand that no matter how healthy we are, we are still capable of getting a fever. It’s how we handle our sickness that determines how quickly we will get back to our busy lives.

  • Desiree

    i feel like people think they need to take all these vitamins to make them healthy but that’s just cheating you actually have to eat healthy and exercise which is the real cure from recovering from a flu and taking care of yourself and focusing on yourself is key.

  • Brady

    Too bad the article doesn’t say more as to how preventative maintenance could be effective, because I truly believe that it can be

  • McKennaKJ29

    I usually dont tend to get sick very often. Those individuals who are always sick, you can look at thier behavior and they usually don’t live a very healthy live. They have poor diet and don’t get enough sleep. It is best to try your best to prevent illness rather than treat it when it happens.

  • Leah Renee

    actually, unless you are deficient in a vitamin you should not take them. for one thing they are not regulated so you don’t really know what’s in them but also, your body doesn’t need to be hit with an overload of a (or multiple) vitamins like that, your body doesnt really know what to do with it and it can be harmful if they are not water soluble vitamins. and especially, increasing your intake of certain vitamins can mess with your other vitamins. for example, so many people are obsessed with getting enough calcium but we need to be matching calcium with magnesium so when people are supplementing calcium they are really screwing up their magnesium which is way too low

    so if you are feeling great there is no need or benefit to taking vitamins. you will probably do more damage than good. but if you wonder if you are deficient in anything get a blood test 🙂

  • Jpl89

    Being healthy is great! But yes people do get sick. I think people should embrace being sick. They should not pursue it, but like previously stated, it is going to happe. So embrace the times of recovery, of illness. These are times of reflection, times of measurement and assessment. Be sick, live in that moment of illness, recover, be better, and live in the moment of health. You will surely repeat this cycle and if you do so in good spirit then being sick won’t b that bad.

  • Great article. I am big on investing on my body. There are times where I don’t do the best things for it but I am trying not to “pursue sickness”. Thank you for this.

  • Sarah Reynolds

    I agree that taking a daily vitamin is not that bad for you and I totally agree that it can help if you didn’t get a certain food in. But I think no matter how healthy you are you will probably get sick eventually. I agree getting enough sleep can help with not getting sick.

  • BEATYSM25

    I am the exact the same way, Timothy. I think rather than taking pills in an attempt to “treat” an illness, we should first look at the cause of it, and then how to prevent it. For example, if somebody gets a headache, rather than advising them to take Ibuprofen right away, we should first examine what could have caused the headache in the first place. A great number of things can obviously cause headaches, but some may include dehydration, lack of sleep, hunger, sleep deprivation, stress, etc., and offer a better picture of overall health than just popping pills for short-term relief. I believe there is a time and a place for medicine, but I also believe today’s society is highly overmedicated and should analyze the cause of their illnesses, rather than solely how to treat them.