Holistic Health Corner: Holistic 5k Training Tips

By Christina Mendez-Griffin

When thinking about a holistic approach to running, you must think about your entire lifestyle. The core of holistic health relies on being connected through the mind, body, and spirit. Here are some tips on how to approach training for the OIAH 5k or even a marathon in a holistic way:

Rest Up
In order to perform at your best, you need to be well rested! It is recommended that you get about 8 hours of sleep every night. An easy way to achieve this sleep goal is by sticking to a realistic sleep schedule consistently.

Practice Runs
Practice by going on two shorter runs the week before. Running shorter distance multiple times throughout the week will condition your body to these types of workouts. Additionally, when it is time for you to run longer distances, your body will be ready for the physical activity. The practice runs will make it easier to complete the 5k.

Fuel Your Body
Eating healthy snacks will help improve your energy level. It is always great to focus on clean eating. Try these healthy and quick snacks:

* Carrots
* Bananas
* String cheese
* Rice cakes w/peanut butter
* Oatmeal
* Tuna fish

Just remember treating your body right allows you to be the best version of you!

Student Services: Services for Student Success

By Bryan Edwards

Success! Isn’t that why you are here? We want you be successful in school and in your career. While you are striving for success, we are here to assist:

Tutoring – Should you find yourself in a really tough class and need some extra assistance, stop by our career service office, where we offer free tutoring to make sure you stay on the path to academic success. Do you have a friend that would like to attend OIAH but is worried about entrance testing? We also offer prospective students free tutoring sessions to help them pass the medical assisting, massage therapy and nursing entrance exams.

Career Placement – Even before graduation, the job hunt begins! If you find yourself overwhelmed, stop into the career placement office. We can assist you in finding an employer that is the right fit for you!

Helpful Study Tips:

Female student studying1. Place & Time – Designate a quiet study space and study at the same time everyday so that it becomes a habit.

2. Learn Your Method – Discover what is your learning style; are you a visual, auditory, or tactical leaner? Knowing how you learn will help you strategize how to study.

3. Utilize Technology – Did you know there are hundreds of apps you can download to your phone or tablet to help you study? Talk with your peers or even instructor. Ask them what apps work best for them!

For more information on Student Services contact:

Mr. Edwards at (937)237-1010

Holistic Health Corner: Quick Anxiety Fixes

By Christina Mendez-Griffin

Anxiety is something that anyone can succumb to during their life. In fact, in America, anxiety disorders are among one of the most common disorders people battle. Here at OIAH, we are committed to a holistic and healthy lifestyle, so we have compiled a few holistic alternatives to combat every day anxiety:


1. Exercise – Exercise is an easy way to combat anxiety. Fitness experts recommend spending at least 30 min working out minimum to get you heart rate up. Working out on a regular basis promotes higher self-esteem and also helps you feel healthier.


Lavender 2. Lavender – This herb is widely known to be used for its relaxing and calming properties. It can be used in the form of oil, lotion or even a candle. But many studies have proven when a person smell lavender within 5 min, stress levels are reduced.



3. Meditation – Mediation is derived from a Buddhist practice but has now evolved into a mainstream method of reducing anxiety. The act of practicing mindful awareness allows you to experience the true.


Try any one of these methods the next time you’re feeling anxious and you’ll be amazed how effective they can be!

More Financial Aid Resources for Students

By Patty Hatem

There has been an exciting new development in the financial aid department; we now have an additional resource available for funding for our enrolled or accepted students. Students are now eligible to receive Sally Mae loans if they qualify! Sally Mae ,established in 1972 ,has helped fund 30 million student accounts. The application process is very simple, just visit salliemae.com to apply. One of the benefits about Sallie Mae services is a student can be attending school part-time or full-time to apply. Also, this student loan service can be used to supplement your existing financial aid package and may even cover living expenses. (*some stipulations apply)

For more information please see: The Financial Aid Office at OIAH (937-237-1010 Ext 249).

Holistic Health Corner: Gray Day Depression

By Alia Osseiran, MPH

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) starts every fall for some people and continues through the winter. The decreased light can disrupt the body’s natural clock. An upset circadian rhythm can leave one feeling depressed. Serotonin and melatonin levels may also decrease with the season. Both of these neurotransmitters affect mood. Their absence gives rise to or creates depression. SAD can cause irritability, tiredness or low energy as well as oversleeping. Sometimes people have trouble getting along with others or are more emotionally sensitive.

There are ways to resist. Start your day with a positive personal mantra. Write down a few positive thoughts and leave them by your laptop or your vanity and repeat aloud daily. Try these other holistic remedies:

Vitamin B12

Light Therapy

Stress Reduction


*If you think you have SAD, no longer are enjoying your favorite activities, or are feeling hopeless, it’s time to talk to your doctor. If you have thoughts of suicide, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call     1-800-273-8255.