Toronto, Aug. 26, 2013 – York University experts are available to offer helpful tips and suggestions on various back on campus related topics — from how to manage anxiety and stress as a student, to how parents can deal with empty nest syndrome after their brood leaves to pursue postsecondary education:
Story idea: Is ‘freshman 15’ a myth or a real issue? First-year students putting on extra pounds is indeed a common trend, but this undesirable weight gain can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle, such as including physical activities into one’s daily routine.
York U Expert: Associate Professor Chris Ardern, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health
Story idea: Life will not be the same for students leaving high school to enter postsecondary education. One of the biggest challenges can be to break up with a high school sweetheart, as there is a difference in adolescent relationships from high school to university.
Other possible topics:
- Healthy ways for teens to deal with the break-up of a relationship
- Dealing with teens in problematic relationships, as their family members and friends
- Building healthy romantic relationships as teens and young adults
York U Expert: Professor Jennifer Connolly, Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Health, and research author of Adolescent Romantic Relationships, Beginnings, Endings, and Psychological Challenges
Story idea: While transition into the postsecondary school system is a new experience to first-year students, it is often the same for their parents. It is important that parents let go of their university-bound children and cope with their anxiety as empty nesters.
Other possible topics:
- How creating an uncluttered mental space is as important for students as creating a physical space conducive to learning
- Students calming their anxiety by not putting too much pressure on themselves to be more productive
York U Expert: Professor Gordon Flett, Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Health
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