Columbia may have changed since Sam Schnapp began working here as a Nurse Practitioner in 1993, but the basic tenets of good health remain the same. During your appointment, Sam will ask about your health habits because they affect your mood, resilience, and ultimately facilitate academic success. Healthy habits build a foundation of physical and mental health that extends beyond your academic years, as they have for him.
The most important of these are:
- Sleeping 7-9 hours each night
- Regularly engaging in moderate aerobic exercise
- Nutritious eating
Obviously, there are other important health behaviors, including several to avoid. He will discuss these as they pertain to you.
Everyone sleeps, eats and moves, but if these activities are treated as medicine rather than a necessity, they will help keep you well and happy. Columbia programs are especially intense, demanding and stressful. Together you and Sam will strategize and weave these behaviors into your day to help you reach your health, academic and life goals.