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No-shave month promotes men’s health conversations

By Jackie Nevarez | November 12, 2013

As beards and mustaches flourish throughout November, many forget the real reason for the unkempt whiskers is to promote men’s health awareness.No Shave November is the time for razors to be set aside and facial scruff to run wild and free. But, this...

Smokeout encourages kicking nicotine habits

By AJ Edwards | November 6, 2013

If you’ve tried to quit smoking before but have had no luck, now is your opportunity to quit for the last time.The American Cancer Society is holding the Great American Smokeout this month, which encourages smokers to set a goal to quit by or shortly...

Getting tested: sign of trust, honesty

By James Casey | September 10, 2013

If you’re starting an intimate relationship with somebody, it is important to discuss sexually transmitted infections as early as possible.There’s an obvious problem with this conversation: It’s a bit awkward to bring up and can be a mood killer....

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Small breaks, exercise during finals studying helps avoid stress

By Hailey Kurth | December 1, 2011

Finals week can prove stressful for many students, but there are steps they can take to prevent or treat stress that arises from tests, papers and projects. Alicia Czachowski, assistant director of Health Enhancement, said there is no set number of how...

Poor health comes with seasonal change

By Hailey Kurth | October 19, 2011

To blow, or not to blow. While sitting in class, many students are faced with the decision to blow their nose and disrupt the learning, or to suck it up. Pun intended. The season changing is a normal factor that contributes to the start of colds. There...

Help for those who want to kick the habit

By Shakira Bates | September 19, 2010

Students hoping to quit smoking are in luck. NIU offers assistance programs for quitting on campus available for students and faculty. Karen Smith, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) specialist, said EAP has ended and the Health Enhancement program has...