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Surviving March Madness

Thursday, March 21, 2019

High-intensity athletics, friendly rivalries, elevated collegiate school pride and the chance to be crowned NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Champions could only mean one thing: March Madness.

The most-awaited collegiate basketball tournament is here.

For those who haven’t followed the tournament before, here’s a quick introduction. The tournament consists of 68 teams selected by the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee after a thorough analysis of program variables. The 68 teams are divided into four regions, and the tournament is organized into several rounds:

  • First four (four lowest ranked teams compete for a spot in a region
  • First round (round of 64 teams)
  • Second round (round of 32 teams)
  • Regional semi-finals (“Sweet Sixteen”)
  • Regional finals (“Elite Eight”)
  • National semi-finals (“Final Four”)
  • National championship

March Madness has become a highly awaited pastime. It’s a time when families and friends come together, a time when playful rivalries come alive as die-hard fans come together to support their favorite team, and a time to appreciate the value of school spirit and continue the support of collegiate athletics worldwide.

It’s also a time when many of us spend too much time sitting in front of the TV, filling up on high-fat, high-sodium snacks and beverages full of empty calories. During this year’s March Madness, try the following tips to stay on track and promote a healthy lifestyle for those around you.

If you’re hosting a viewing of the tournament, provide healthier food options for your guests.

  • Serve fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of chips, cookies and cakes.
  • Substitute a variety of nuts and seeds, instead of sugary candies.
  • Serve water, tea and/or coffee — and minimize added sweeteners – in place of soft drinks or alcohol.

If you're attending a viewing party, plan ahead.

  • Eat a balanced meal before attending to reduce the urge to snack.
  • Bring along healthy snack options to combat temptations.
  • Encourage others to bring healthier snack options.

Whether you're at home or at a party, during the matches, be active.

  • Minimize sitting during a match. Instead, get a little physical activity by standing, walking around and socializing.
  • During commercial breaks, try light stretching.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water.
  • Be aware of your stress levels and practice stress-reduction exercises.