March 3, 2014
During this time of year, it can become easy to catch a cold or even the flu. Luckily there are many things you can do to keep yourself healthy and lower your risk. Along with proper hygiene and hand washing, you can also use nutrition to keep away viruses. Proper nutrition can boost you immune system as a form of protection. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has listed the five nutrients essential for a healthy immune system.
Protein- Your body uses protein in a variety of different ways... Read More
February 24, 2014
Eating Concerns Awareness Week has arrived!
Put on every year by the Eating Concern Mentors at Health Services, this week is devoted to raising awareness about eating disorders. Almost everyone knows someone who has struggled with an eating disorder or body image issues. Eating disorders are the most common and most deadly forms of mental illness. It’s about so much more than just food and it also affects both men and women. The Eating Concern Mentors have a different theme each... Read More
February 20, 2014
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), also known as the Winter Blues, is a pattern of seasonal depression usually starting in the fall months and ending in the spring time.Many people experience S.A.D. as there is less sunlight in the winter months and less time spent outdoors.Symptoms of S.A.D. include increased sadness, higher irritability, increased anxiety, increase in weight, lack of energy, and increased sleep.While everyone may feel a bit more sluggish in the colder months, S.A.D. can... Read More
February 14, 2014
This past Christmas I received a pair of ice skates as a gift.I had never been skating but I'm always up for new winter activities.When it is cold out, it's easy to want to stay inside all day watching movies on the couch.While I'll admit I love doing this from time to time, I also love to get active and stay moving.Ice skating is a relatively cheap and easy way to stay active in the winter time.It's also very fun.After falling a few times, I finally got the hang of it and was... Read More
February 10, 2014
As you may have heard before, taking the stairs is a great way to get a little extra exercise into your daily routine. Every step you take adds up throughout the day. Stair climbing is even now considered a "vigorous exercise". In a recent article in BBC, medical correspondent, Fergus Walsh explains why he takes the stairs, stating his impatience for the elevator and his knowledge of the health benefits. Walsh also mentions StepJockey, a new app in the world of health and fitness. StepJockey... Read More
January 30, 2014
Thinking about switching to a vegetarian diet? I personally have been a vegetarian for almost 13 years. When I was younger, I stopped eating meat for the purpose of animal rights but I have continued not eating meat for the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Many people assume they will not consume enough protein if they cut out meat all together; however, there are a variety of other sources of protein that can be incorporated into a vegetarian diet.
Beans and... Read More
January 24, 2014
The increase in health care costs can be attributed to a variety of different factors such as the aging population, defensive medicine, hospital costs increases, changes in insurance and much more. A big contributing factor to the increase in cost is medical technology.
Medical technology includes new practices such as robotic surgery, telemedicine, electronic medical records, and a variety of new drugs on the market. In many cases these new technologies increase the costs of health care,... Read More
January 21, 2014
The Memorial Union Building (aka the MUB) is a great place for entertainment with many activities being held every weekend. My personal favorite events of the MUB are the movies they offer. It's a great little date idea for a college budget. MUB movies play on large screen projectors in theaters 1 and 2 every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. They offer two showings of each movie a night, one around 7pm and the other around 9pm. The movies are fairly recent and usually include one... Read More