September 14, 2020
Reducing Stress And Anxiety
With the semester under way, some people may start to begin to feel the early stages of stress. Between new classes, new professors, and new protocols for the pandemic, the stress we experience may feel worse than it has during previous semesters. To help relieve some of the symptoms of stress, doctors and psychologists might suggest drinking herbal tea during a stressful day. Herbal tea is the type of tea that contains little to no caffeine and is known to relieve... Read More
September 10, 2020
Medical Services Through Health & Wellness
Now that the semester is in full swing, you may find yourself with your regular back-to-school cold or needing an immunization that you missed at your annual physical exam. Thanks to Health & Wellness, you can get what you need and more! Health & Wellness is the medical office on campus that has a holistic approach to health. They offer regular medical services in addition to wellness services and different types of wellness counseling.... Read More
September 9, 2020
Understanding Safe Drinking
On any given weekend during a college semester, most people think of things such as parties, socializing, and alcohol. Although there are many new changes surrounding safety protocols this semester due to the pandemic, it is still crucial that we understand what it means to “drink safely,” even if you choose not to attend parties or go out to bars. To understand safe drinking, we need to know what a standard serving of alcohol looks like, how many drinks the body... Read More
September 8, 2020
Eating Pattern Series
For the final eating pattern blog, I will be covering pescatarian!
The Basics: The final eating pattern, pescatarian, is very similar to Mediterranean, which was covered last week. Interestingly, pescatarian is technically on the spectrum of vegetarianism. This is because of the emphasis on fruits and vegetables with a limited consumption of animal-based protein. Similarly to Mediterranean, a pescatarian eating pattern emphasizes whole grains, legumes (beans), nuts, seeds... Read More
September 2, 2020
Skin Protection This Summer
While the hottest months of summer may have passed, it is still important to remember to use sunscreen. Many doctors recommend everyday use of sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging. If you walk into any drugstore though, you may find yourself overwhelmed with all of the different types of sunscreen. To help narrow down your choices, here is some information and answers to common questions about sun protection:
UVA vs. UVB: There are two... Read More
September 1, 2020
Resources To Check In On Mental Health
Those who have lived on campus can probably agree that getting the notification from the Granite Square Station that a care package has been delivered for you can be incredibly exciting. This is especially exciting if the care package is unexpected.
Recently, Psychological & Counseling Services (PACS) has decided to created a care package of their own for Wildcats. This is virtual and is "packed" with fun and helpful resources for all students,... Read More
August 31, 2020
Eating Pattern Series
This week I'm covering an eating pattern that has an interesting history: Mediterranean! Because of this, I've added a history section to share more about this eating pattern.
The History: Eating Mediterranean may not be what a lot of people think it is. Unfortunately, it does not exclusively promote eating pizza and pasta and drinking wine. It actually emphasizes eating the way that poorer communities in southern Italy and Greece would have eaten in the early 1960s. Why... Read More
August 27, 2020
A Guide To Making The Perfect Smoothie
With the summer heat, people are looking for all kinds of ways to cool off. Smoothies are a great way to cool off and have a delicious and nutritious snack. Some may find themselves completely overwhelmed at the tought of coming up with something so creative. Fear no more; grab your blender and check out this "101" guide to making the perfect smoothie!
Base: Every smoothie needs a "base." This is something that is going to give it that classic smoothie... Read More
August 25, 2020
How Can I...
Welcome back! Today's blog is entitled "How can I educate myself?"
To get us started, we're going to talk about the idea that what you think you know about American history is probably wrong. Specifically, what you were taught about slavery, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the civil rights movement; everything that has led us to the existence of racism in today's society IS PROBABLY WRONG.
A 2018 report from the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates a widespread... Read More
August 24, 2020
Eating Pattern Series
This week I will be covering a lesser-known eating pattern, DASH!
The Basics: DASH is an acronym for dietary approaches to stop hypertension. In the early 1990s, the National Institute of Health allocated funds for research to see if there were specific eating patterns that could reduce hypertension (blood pressure) and risk of diabetes over time. The original study only changed the eating patterns that subjects followed, leaving other lifestyle factors unchanged such as... Read More