VMI’s Cadet Health and Wellness services and programs encourage cadets to strive for balance and well-being.
Throughout the year, cadets receive information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; nutrition; stress management; sleep hygiene; interpersonal relationships; resiliency; and the benefits of physical activity. Health and wellness programs focus on education, prevention, and awareness through various mediums such as the Cadet Health and Wellness Fair; “HEADliners;” monthly newsletter, the Cadet Health and Wellness Facebook page; partnering with community agencies to provide events during high stress times; individual nutrition consultations; through tobacco cessation products and tools; and as needed or upon request.
General Health Topics and Links
- Centers For Disease Control and Prevention - Health Topics A to Z
- MedlinePlus - Health Topics A-Z
- National Institutes of Health – Clear Health A-Z
Light therapy involves daily, scheduled exposure to intense levels of artificial light and is used to regulate seasonal mood swings, improve sleep patterns, and enhance feelings of well-being. Not only is light therapy beneficial for seasonal affective disorder, but also for the treatment of chronic non-seasonal depression. The light therapy box is recommended for use in intervals of 20 to 30 minutes, which compares to the level of exposure an individual would receive on a walk outside on a sunny day. During light therapy, cadets can read, listen to music, practice mindfulness, work on a computer, or simply relax. Light therapy is not intended for use by everyone; cadets with symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, currently on prescription medications, a history of eye conditions, should speak with a physician prior to beginning light therapy.
Various resource materials and self-help books are available for loan at the CCC. You are invited to come explore the resource library and pick out materials of interest.