How to keep your New Year's resolutions at SIUE

It’s January, and you know what that means: New Year’s resolutions. We’re two weeks into the year, so maybe your resolutions are already busted. If not, starting a new semester can throw you off that new routine! Here are a few of the most common resolutions, and how you can try to keep with them even with the new semester beginning.


Resolution: I need to drop the “freshman 15.”

Solution: This is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, after we all over-indulged during the break. At least 50 percent of Americans who make resolutions vowed to exercise more; 43 percent want to eat healthier; and 37 percent want to lose weight, according to a survey by YouGov.

Good news: Group fitness classes begin this week!  Check out the group fitness schedule at Campus Rec for boot camp, yoga, body blast, Zumba and much more. There’s also the indoor climbing and bouldering gym, and two weight rooms with a variety of equipment.

Not sure about diving right in? The Fitness Center offers a fitness assessment free for students and members to help you create a personalized fitness plan. You can also do a basic consultation or orientation on using that funky equipment so you know what you’re doing and don’t injure yourself. 

Not really one for workout classes? The indoor pool is open seven days a week, and there are always pickup basketball and volleyball games going on in the Fitness Center. When it’s cold and the snow is flying, the indoor track is on the second floor of the Fitness Center circling the gym, and is open any time the building is open. Once it warms up outside, the biking and hiking trails go throughout the entire campus. 

As for eating healthy, Campus Dining offers a salad bar and grab-n-go salads and yogurts, as well as vegetarian options at several stations. You can also look for low-calorie and high-protein smoothies at Freshens in the Student Fitness Center. For more tips, check out some of your fellow students’ ideas here.

Last spring the Land of Goshen Community Market set up on the quad once a week in the spring to offer fresh fruits and vegetables for sale. Unfortunately they will not be returning this spring, but if you’ve got a car or other transportation to Main Street, they’re set up inside the Newsong Fellowship Hall downtown on the third Saturday of each month.


Resolution: I need to quit smoking or vaping.

Solution: Nicotine addiction is not an easy thing to kick, despite the well-known health risks. Health Services offers a smoking cessation program to any enrolled student, according to Health Services Director Riane Greenwalt. 

“While we prefer to create a class, there is also an opportunity for one-to-one sessions,” Greenwalt said. 

Those programs are structured through the American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking program, according to Greenwalt. 

Anyone can also use the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, which is managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and American Lung Association and is also free. Call the Quitline at 866-784-8937 and talk to a counselor, who can offer you six weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy in most cases. Patches, gum, inhalers, lozenges or other medications may be indicated, and are provided free regardless of insurance status. When you’re itching for another hit, you can call the Quitline counselors and they will try to help you get through the craving. Find out more at


Resolution: I need to manage my stress better.

Solution: Stress is one of the biggest challenges college students face, and you don’t have to go through it alone. Counseling Services provides assessments, group and individual counseling and referrals to community providers free of charge. 

Group sessions include Mindful Mondays, which focuses on coping skills and self-care; Survivors of Silence, offering support for male and female survivors of sexual violence; Understanding Myself and Others, which focuses on relationships with others; and Powerful Minds, which helps members find techniques to manage stress, anxiety and depression. Screening is necessary before joining these groups, so contact Counseling Services for more information.


Resolution: I’m going back to school.

Solution: You’re already here! Congratulations. It’s not easy to go back mid-year or to go back at all, especially if you’ve been gone a while. But you’ve taken a great step by coming back to continue your education. 

SIUE’s Winter Welcome is over now, but the Student Opportunities for Academic Results (SOAR) Center is here to help underrepresented students with retention and graduation; the Writing Center assists students who might be struggling with writing assignments; the Tutoring Resource Center works with students on a walk-in basis in individual and group sessions; and your advisor might also be able to direct you to extra help. Welcome back!

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