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'Behind the Blue': Providing Healthy Resources for Midterm Stress

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 18, 2021) — While some stress in our life can be useful in encouraging personal growth, constant long-term exposure to mental stress can be detrimental to health. Introducing additional major stress from events like midterm exams can not only cause minor issues like headaches or trouble sleeping, it can also have long-term impacts on the body.

Throughout the year, two areas in the University of Kentucky’s Office for Student Success work to support students with programs and resources for the benefit of both mental and physical wellness.

The UK Counseling Center works with students in areas ranging from mental health and academic counseling to crisis and emergency assistance.

From club sports and intramurals to fitness, dining and healthy sleep programs and beyond, Campus Recreation and Wellness works to provide quality recreation and wellness programs and services for the campus community that support student success and promote healthy lifestyles.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," UK senior Courtney Cavallo recently sat down with Megan Marks, assistant director of the UK Counseling Center, and Ron Lee, director of Campus Recreation and Wellness, to discuss wellness during midterms, the trends they see with students this time of year, the resources that are available to students year-round and more. This interview originally appeared as a University of Kentucky Facebook Live event.

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