June 25, 2014
Let’s talk about IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, a group of symptoms that effect the large intestine. Approximately 20% of US adults have IBS. The symptoms of IBS can be rather uncomfortable such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation, and gassiness. Keep in mind, these symptoms could be caused by other factors, and not necessarily IBS. Fortunately, there are many things related to your diet that can help manage IBS that are also helpful to general health. Regardless of if you... Read More
June 2, 2014
Looking for a cool new workout during the hot summer? Why not try swimming? Swimming is fun and can be a great workout, not to mention it's way better on your joints than pounding the pavement. It's a low impact activity that uses your entire body against the water resistance. Swimming continuously keeps your heart rate up and builds endurance. The activity combines cardio training and muscle strengthening for a total body workout. As you are pushing yourself through the water, you are also... Read More
May 21, 2014
Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness month? Mental Health America has named May Mental Health Awareness month and chose this year’s theme to be “Mind Your Health”. The goal of Mental Health America is to construct public acknowledgement of the importance of mental health on the body and towards overall health. It’s important to recognize how the body and mind interact with each other. Poor health on one can greatly affect the other.
On the Mental Health America website, there are... Read More
May 12, 2014
As finals are here, now is a great time to talk about procrastination. It may seem like you have plenty of time to study and finish all your assignments, but with a full course load, you will probably need all the time you can get. Procrastinating and getting distracted can put you way behind schedule. What may seem like a quick Facebook break, can easily turn into an hour long process of looking through random people's pictures (we all know it happens) or taking countless Buzzfeed quizzes. All... Read More
May 9, 2014
For my nutrition class freshman year, I had to wear a pedometer everywhere I went for 3 days. I felt a little silly walking around with it attached to my belt loop but at the end of those three days we were able to average our steps and convert it into miles. It was really cool to see how much I was actually walking, on average about 6 miles a day! That 6 miles was just from my daily activities: walking to classes, to the library, to the dining halls. You may not have time to get to the gym... Read More
May 5, 2014
The dentist may not be everyone's favorite place to go and it may be tempting to ditch a few visits but skipping on these appointment could cause much more harm than an uncomfortable visit. Just think about all the things we use our mouth for, talking, singing, eating. It's important to keep our mouth healthy so that we can continue using it without any pain.
While you may think brushing twice a day will be enough, it's actually not. Dentists are trained to look for warning... Read More
April 23, 2014
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States, especially among young women.Iron is essential to making hemoglobin, a part of red blood cells that transports oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout our body.When our bodies do not receive enough iron, it becomes iron deficient and our red blood cells can no longer properly carry oxygen.Symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, pale skin, weakness, headache and dizziness.
Many people become iron... Read More
April 16, 2014
As the ground is finally unthawing and the leaves are starting to grow, it's time to start getting outdoors again! Spring is finally (FINALLY) here and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air while working out? One of my favorite outdoor activities is hiking. It's a really great form of exercise and can also be good for your mental health. Hiking has similar health benefits as walking, such as a lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, plus... Read More
April 11, 2014
Happy National Public Health Week!This week, April 7-13th 2014, celebrates the advances and importance of public health.Each day of the week has a different theme related to public health which you can check out in more detail at nphw.org.Today's theme is Healthiest Nation in One Generation.
Did you know that for the first time in decades, the current generation isn't as healthy as the one prior to it?For generations in the past, health was constantly improving as... Read More
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