Sunday, April 30, 2017

Commencement Countdown - 3 Days Until Grad!

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We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our Rio Waves at the 2017 Commencement on Wednesday, May 3. 

Rio Salado College Commencement
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Comerica Theatre 400 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85003


Parking is available for $10 at the 305 Garage located at 305 W. Washington Street. Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted. There are also several Light rail stops near Comerica Theatre. For further details, visit valleymetro.org.

Caps, Gowns & Tassels
Students can pick up their caps and gowns between now and noon on Wednesday, May 3, at Rio Salado College, 2323 W. 14th Street in Tempe. For more information, contact Eric Wibbing at 480-517-8156 or eric.wibbing@riosalado.edu.

Photographs & DVDs
grad badge of splash in cap and gown with text: Rio Salado Graduate 2017GradImages will take photographs of graduates receiving their diplomas and when they exit the stage. Proofs of these photos will be made available at www.gradimages.com and can also be purchased directly from GradImages by calling 800-261-2576. Please email inquiries to giservice@gradimages.net.

DVDs of the commencement ceremony can be purchased for $20. Orders must be prepaid by commencement day. A Rio Salado College representative will be on-hand at the ceremony to take orders.

For more information about Rio Salado’s Commencement, please refer to this Fact Sheet or riosalado.edu/commencement.

Share your stories, smiles, and celebrations using #RioGrad #RioWaves or by using our Snapchat filter at Comerica Theatre on Wednesday. Feel free to download our Grad Badges for sharing on social media, too. We are excited to see you there!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Begin the Journey to Getting Your GED® on May 1

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Have you been thinking about going back to school and earning your GED®? Join Rio Salado at AZ GED® Day on Monday, May 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

GED® seekers will have a chance to take their first steps toward enrolling in Rio’s GED® test preparation classes and be connected to additional GED® resources. This initiative can help individuals who lack a high school diploma and set them on a pathway of opportunity and life-long success.

Rio Salado College serves as the principal provider of GED® test preparation programs for the Maricopa Community Colleges and the largest provider of adult basic education in the state of Arizona.

Rio will host registration centers at select participating Starbucks locations in Maricopa County. To learn more about Rio Salado’s GED® test prep programs visit www.riosalado.edu/ged or call (480) 517-8110. For more information about AZ GED® Day, please visit www.azgedday.com to find a location near you! We look forward to meeting you there!

AZ GED® Day is made possible due to the efforts of Rio Salado College, Starbucks® and Chicanos Por La Causa.

If you are a Rio Salado staff member and would like to volunteer at AZ GED® Day, please contact Elizabeth Cole Fay, Director of Community Partnerships, at (480)517-8147 or via email at elizabeth.colefay@riosalado.edu to register.

Friday Summer Closures Begin May 19

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Summer is right around the corner, Rio Waves! 

In an effort to take advantage of cost-saving, energy benefits during the slower summer months, most Maricopa Community Colleges and Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, May 19 - Aug. 11.

The following Rio Salado services will be available during the Friday closures:
We will resume regular hours beginning August 14. Please visit this web page for links and details about closures and special service hours for each location.

Students are encouraged to use self-serve enrollment options at My.Maricopa.edu. Have a great summer!

All Clear for Life Long Learning Center

An all clear has been issued for the Life Long Learning Center.

Please resume normal activities.

Thank you for your patience.

Lock down at the Life Long Learning Center.

ALERT: Lock down at the Rio Salado Life Long Learning Center in Surprise, Arizona.

Police situation in the area. Keep clear of the area.

We will keep you posted on updates.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4/26/17 RSC Southern & EVVEC ALL CLEAR

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ALL CLEAR

Police activity in the area has concluded. Campus lockdown clear at RSC Southern Location, East Valley Veterans Education Center and SPOT 127 East. Resume normal activities.

4/26/17 RSC Southern & EVVEC on Lockdown

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Rio Salado College Southern, East Valley Veterans Education Center, and SPOT 127 East are on lockdown. Armed robbery occurred in the area. Police searching for subject. Stay away from the area until further notice.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Support Student Art at Artists of Promise April 27

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Artists of Promise is an annual gala performance and art exhibition that celebrates and honors the winners of the Maricopa Community Colleges' student art, dance, film and media arts, music, theatre and writing competitions.

Head downtown to see student performances on Thursday, April 27 at the Herberger Theater. The Art Exhibit begins at 5:30 p.m. and the Performances begin at 6:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public so bring your friends and family to experience student art in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

Free Dental Clinic for Kids Under 18 - Register Now!

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic will host a free dental clinic for children and young adults ages 17 and younger Saturday, June 24, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic.

Services include exams, X-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish, and educational tips on staying healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home. Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or emailing dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu.

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Give Kids A Smile Day
Saturday, June 24, 2017,  8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281

Rio Salado Dental staff will also be available to talk about careers in the dental field and its programs. This June 24 clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.

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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Fees range from $25-75 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit riosalado.edu/dentalclinic.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Get Connected to GED® Test Prep Courses May 1

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Have you been thinking about going back to school and earning your GED®? Join Rio Salado at AZ GED® Day on Monday, May 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

GED® seekers will have a chance to take their first steps toward enrolling in Rio’s GED® test preparation classes and be connected to additional GED® resources. This initiative can help individuals who lack a high school diploma and set them on a pathway of opportunity and life-long success.

Rio Salado College serves as the principal provider of GED® test preparation programs for the Maricopa Community Colleges and the largest provider of adult basic education in the state of Arizona.

Rio will host registration centers at select participating Starbucks locations in Maricopa County. To learn more about Rio Salado’s GED® test prep programs visit www.riosalado.edu/ged or call (480) 517-8110. For more information about AZ GED® Day, please visit www.azgedday.com to find a location near you! We look forward to meeting you there!

If you are a Rio Salado staff member and would like to volunteer at AZ GED® Day, please contact Elizabeth Cole Fay, Director of Community Partnerships, at (480)517-8147 or via email at elizabeth.colefay@riosalado.edu to register.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aim to Sustain on Earth Day April 22

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Happy Earth Day RioWaves! Have you signed up for MCCCD’s E.A.R.T.H. Forward Summit yet? 

Join other students who aim to sustain through Education, Adaptation, Resiliency, and Technology for all of Humanity. This event is a great way to get actively involved and network with peers, faculty, and employers that provide jobs in your field of interest. Sign up for tomorrow’s E.A.R.T.H. Forward Summit here!

Sustainable and green practices are a growing concern in today’s world. Specifically, how does a society meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs?

That is the basis of Rio’s academic certificate in sustainability and ecological literacy. You can gain an understanding of sustainable living practices, and the skills necessary to become ecologically and environmentally aware throughout this program.

As human consumption of resources continues, green living becomes an increasingly important global concept. With an understanding of sustainability and environmental awareness, students trained in this area can work in a variety of fields such as industry, consultancy, utilities, regulatory agencies and non-profits, as well as local, state and federal governments.

Ready to start your eco-friendly education? Learn more about Rio’s sustainability programs including the Sustainability and Ecological Literacy Certificate, Sustainable Food Systems Program, or Sustainability Certificate to get started.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Speak Up at the Not So Silent Auction

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Support student scholarships while saving big on vacation getaways, massages and much more during the Rio Salado Employee Giving Campaign Not So Silent Auction this Thursday!

There will be 30+ exciting items for you to bid on. All auction items will be displayed for in-person bidding at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters across from the Café at Rio.

Some items will be available via online auction at 32Auction, which you can access now to begin shopping and to set up your free account.

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Download this shopping list to see what you will have a chance to win! As a special bonus, Not So Silent Auction bidders will receive a fresh-fruit popsicle from Paletas Betty-- while supplies last.

EGC Not So Silent Auction
Thursday, April 20
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Remittance for payment is expected by Friday, April 21 after winners are announced. All payments for auction items must be made with cash, check or credit card. Please contact Todd Aakhus at (480)377-4056 to arrange a time to make your payment and to pick up your auction items.

Happy Auctioning!

The EGC was established in 2013 to help raise funds in support of employee and student scholarships as part of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCDF) and as part of Maricopa Gives-- a One Maricopa initiative that encourages employees to support students and college programs. The goal at Rio is to raise $15,000 toward scholarship funds. The MCCCDF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A gift to the campaign is considered a tax-deductible donation in accordance with IRS regulations. The Employee Giving Campaign reinforces Rio’s commitment to the ideal of lifelong learning.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Commencement Countdown – Get Your Gown

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Attention RioWaves! Don’t forget to pick up your cap and gown at RSC Tempe between now and 12 p.m. on May 3, the day of commencement.

Have your friends and family come to celebrate your achievements! For those who can’t attend in person, don’t worry - commencement will be live streamed during the event.

Congratulations to Rio Salado's May 2017 graduates. For more details about all things grad, please visit www.riosalado.edu/graduation.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Aim to Sustain at MCCCD EARTH Forward Summit

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Calling all students who aim to sustain! Are you going to MCCCD’s E.A.R.T.H. (Education Adaptation Resiliency Technology Humanity) Forward Summit?

Join other students who take interest in working toward a more sustainable future through E.A.R.T.H. principles. This event will give you the opportunity to get actively involved and network with peers, faculty, and employers that provide jobs in their field of interest.

What: E.A.R.T.H. Forward Summit
When: Fri. April 21, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: South Mountain Community College
7050 S. 24th St. Student Union Lounge, SU-100
Phoenix, AZ 85042


If your idea of a great Friday includes drone racing and free lunch, this summit is for you! Register now to reserve your spot.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Get the Facts About FAKE NEWS Monday, April 17

"Information Literacy: Let's talk FAKE NEWS!” will be presented by Kirstin Thomas, Instructional Coordinator for the Library at Rio Salado College as the next session of the Spring Brown Bag Series. Mrs. Thomas is an excellent member of the library who works closely with faculty to infuse information literacy throughout the courses. 

This presentation is in partnership with the Rio Salado College Library. Join us on April 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Rio Salado Conference Center to get the facts on fake news.

The final Spring Brown Bag event will be presented by speaker Martha De La Torre, Adjunct Faculty of Psychology at Rio Salado College.  Ms. De La Torre is also a counselor and provides services at a facility in Arizona. 

This presentation will cover the experiences of unaccompanied children crossing U.S. borders and the services provided to them on their journeys. Join us on April 24, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Rio Salado College Conference Center to learn about the impacts of minors crossing the border into the US. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Explore the Dominican Republic Live with KJZZ

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Join KJZZ for a live video broadcast of The TransBorder Unit: Dominican Republic, a town hall forum

The KJZZ Transborder Unit ventured to the Dominican Republic this February in search of hidden stories that connect Arizona to this Caribbean island. They explored immigration, Major League Baseball Academies, music and hair!

Join KJZZ journalists as well as community leaders Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges and Lisa Urias, President & CEO of Urias Communications for this live worldwide video broadcast.

The Dominican Republic broadcast will take place on Mon. April 17, 2017 at the Rio Salado College Conference Center
  • 5 p.m. Doors Open 
  • 5:45 p.m. Program Begins 
  • 6 p.m. Broadcast Begins
In addition to "The Transborder Unit: Dominican Republic," KJZZ will host an additional live broadcast titled "The Transborder Unit: Columbia." The KJZZ Transborder unit explored a diverse set of topics, ranging from micro-lending in Colombia to the Team Rentería Baseball Academy. 

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The live worldwide video broadcast will feature Todd Sanders, President & CEO of Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Jaime Molera, Partner at Molera Alvarez and Former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction and Josh Rawitch, Senior Vice President, Communications of Arizona Diamondbacks. 

The Columbia broadcast will be held on Mon. April 24, 2017 at Rio Salado College Conference Center
  • 5 p.m. Doors Open 
  • 5:45 p.m. Program Begins 
  • 6 p.m. Broadcast Begins

KJZZ will entertain questions from both our live audience and viewers worldwide. Seating for our live audience is limited so please visit the KJZZ reservation page to save your seat! Call (480)774-8467 or email mwreckra@rioradio.org for further information.

Elemental Arts Fest. – Student Art Showcase!

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Join Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges for the 1st Annual Elemental Cultural Arts Festival.

Elemental explores art from students, faculty scholars, and community artists featuring talent in the areas of sound (beat-making, DJing, and ensemble), movement (dance), vision (street art and photography), and expression (spoken word and storytelling). 

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What: Elemental Cultural Arts Festival
When: Thursday - April 13, 2017 from 5 – 9 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum


Art exhibition and reception will be held from 5 - 6 p.m. and performances will be begin at 6 p.m.

Want more information about Elemental? Contact Linda Speranza, District Fine Arts Coordinator, by calling (480)731-8630 or email linda.speranza@mesacc.edu.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rio Professor Alerts Congress of Opioid Crisis

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half a million people died between 2000-2015 from opioid use, cited Rio Salado College’s Faculty Chair of Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program Kirk Bowden, who took part in a Congressional briefing about the nation’s opioid epidemic hosted by the American Counseling Association (ACA) on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

To view the Congressional hearing in full visit https://youtu.be/tqcEKMTqsaE

Bowden was among five experts in the field of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) invited by the ACA to address opioid use disorder, the prescription drug epidemic and the unique roles LPCs play in helping individuals and families recover from addiction. The two-hour congressional briefing was held at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.

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Bowden and the panel addressed alarming increases in prescription opioids sold in the U.S. According to the CDC, opioid sales have nearly quadrupled, and the number of related deaths has more than quadrupled since 1999-- killing 91 Americans every day.

The panel emphasized increases among unsuspecting patients who unknowingly become addicted within a matter of weeks from prescription drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone.

Bowden urged the need for doctors and medical professionals to have specialized training on opioids and addictions—and urged for mandatory training among addictions and behavioral health counselors, including psychologists.

Bowden has been a longtime advocate for continuing education and a proponent for establishing standards for addictions counselors and educators.

“The real problem with opioids is that they’re overly prescribed,” said Bowden, who also emphasized opioids should only be used for acute pain, not chronic pain. “On a daily basis there are 650-thousand opioid prescriptions dispensed every day.”
“Government statistics show that only about 1 in 10 people who need treatment, receive treatment by a qualified provider,” said Bowden. 
“What we find a lot of times is that individuals that are providing service have no education, experience or training in addictions. Most counselors, social workers, psychologists are not required to have a background in addictions. What’s frightening is that these individuals are practicing outside of their scope.”

Rio Salado College is offering a new series of non-credit, online seminars to help addictions and counseling professionals stay informed about the latest industry developments and strategies, and meet continuing education requirements.

The 20 seminars focus on topics such as treatments for stimulant use disorders, adolescent substance use disorders, domestic violence and addictions, intervention and treatment for substance use disorders and professional ethics. There are also a series of seminars focusing on eating disorders and behavioral addictions.

Many seminars have 4, 8 and 14 week completion options and most textbook and course materials are available at no or low cost (<$40). Many seminars do not require additional course materials.

Photo of Kirk Bowden smilingThe seminars were developed under the direction of Bowden, a well-known leader in the addictions and counseling industry who plays an integral role in the development of Rio Salado’s Addiction and Substance Use Disorders program. Rio Salado is one of Arizona’s top educators of addictions counseling professionals.

Bowden has served as the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Substance Abuse Academic Review Committee (ARC) chair since 2015 and completed a 2014-16 term as president for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. Bowden has also served as chair of the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), which accredits college and university addiction studies programs.

The American Psychological Association will recognize Bowden this August with a 2017 Distinguish Career Contribution to Education and Training award for the contributions he has made to the field of addiction science education throughout his career.

“The people of this country need to be protected and deserve to have counselors who are educated, well-informed and knowledgeable about the latest issues, treatments and news about addiction treatment and recovery,” said Bowden.

For more information about Rio Salado’s Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders programs, visit www.riosalado.edu/ASD.

We Need You! Take Part in a Rio Photo Shoot 4/12!

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Are you interested in participating in a photo shoot with Rio Salado College? 

We need your help to create collateral used for marketing purposes on website, flyers, and other mediums. The photo shoot will take part at Rio Salado Southern and the Rio Salado Tempe locations on Wednesday, April 12.
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Rio Salado – Southern

Wed. April 12, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3320 S Price Rd. Tempe, AZ 85282

Rio Salado – Tempe

Wed. April 12, 2017
1 - 6 p.m.
2323 W 14th St. Tempe, AZ 85281

Wardrobe Reminders:
  • Avoid clothing with large logos except official Rio Salado College merchandise. 
  • Jewel toned clothing looks best on camera.
  • Try to avoid white or light colored clothing as they do not show up well. 
  • Props: Feel free to bring laptops, backpacks and any other media items appropriate for a college environment.

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate. If you are interested in attending, please bring valid ID and be prepared to sign a Model Release Form authorizing Rio Salado College and the Maricopa County Community Colleges to use the images.

Light refreshments will be served. We hope you will be able to join us. Please contact Harpreet.Maan@riosalado.edu with any questions.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Support Our Rio Library for National Library Week

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The Rio Salado College Library is proud to celebrate National Library Week April 9 – 15. 

Nation Library Week is the time to celebrate the transformative power of our nation’s libraries! First celebrated in 1958, it is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country.

Check out the National Library Week Guide which highlights Rio Salado Library’s expanding offerings and the way our library users have helped transform the services we offer to students and staff. In addition, check out the newest featured titles at the Rio Salado Library including Captain America: Civil War starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. To request a title please call the library at (480)517-8424.

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Fiction
Nonfiction
DVDs

Be in High Demand in a Growing Industry

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Do you find that little things in life sometimes make the biggest difference?

Sure, notes in your lunchbox are nice but what if you were able change the way that technology is applied to fields like engineering, physics and chemistry?

Rio Salado’s Nanotechnology program allows you to enjoy the little things while starting out in one of the most innovative career fields. What’s even better is that projections indicate the need for more than two million technicians in nanotechnology and micro-fabrication.

You can learn about chemical bonding, quantum mechanics, and microstructure and how this science is used in electronic devices, consumer applications and medicine.

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You may not even realize that nanotechnology is a part of daily life.

According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative, nanotechnology touches most of us "through a variety of consumer products such as clear films on eyeglasses, computer screens, camera displays, and windows, and by making these surfaces repellent, anti-reflective, self-cleaning, antimicrobial and scratch-resistant."

If you have to see it to believe it, sign up for Rio’s Nanotechnology program today. For more information, please visit riosalado.edu/nano.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Celebrate World Health Day with 5 Easy Health Tips

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Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy life! Celebrate World Health Day on April 7.

April 7 celebrates the founding day of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. WHO is an international organization in more than 150 countries that works with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.

Here are five easy ways that you can start living a healthier life today!

1. Eat more things that grow.
Fruits and veggies are essential to a healthy diet, plus they add some color to your meals. Beige looks good on your favorite sweater, but not your plate (bread, pasta, etc.).

2. Move! Stretch throughout the day, do some cardio, lift weights, maybe even dance a little. Get those exercise endorphins going.

3. Do something that makes you happy.
Yoga, reading, painting, synchronized swimming, shower singing - whatever it is that you are passionate about, do more of that. Having a hobby can help you meet new people and cope with stress. Learn more about the benefits of having a hobby here.

4. Catch some Z's. Lack of sleep can negatively affect your level of focus, not to mention you'll get a bad case of the grumpies. According to one article by Harvard Medical School, sleep is vital to learning and retention. Of course it is hard to learn when you are tired, but did you know that when you don't get a good night's sleep after a long day of learning, you won't retain as much of the information?

5. Unplug. Technology is awesome! It's helpful for learning and research, school and work efficiency, getting connected, and much more. It's amazing to have access to seemingly limitless information and entertainment at your fingertips, but it's evident that there are some challenges with technology when it comes to disconnecting.

Many of us have trouble disconnecting. When was the last time you turned your phone on airplane mode or OFF completely and didn't feel slightly hesitant beforehand? When was the last time you left your phone at home? If you can't remember the last time you went without technology, check out these expert tips on how to disconnect and get to relaxing by Renne Simpson on Huffington Post.

Show us how you're getting healthy for #WorldHealthDay on social by tagging Rio Salado in your posts for this exciting day.
Contributed by Shaelyn McCormack, Public Relations Assistant.