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In Focus: What are your plans, goals and advice for winter break?

In Focus: What are your plans, goals and advice for winter break?

By Perspective Staff | December 7, 2014

Blake GlossonOver break, I will do job shadowing, prepare to lead a young adult’s ministry at my church and I might even do some laundry once or twice.But, let’s be honest, what would I actually accomplish by describing my winter plans to you? Unless...

In Focus: What are you doing to prepare for your final exams next week?

By Perspective Staff | December 2, 2014

Blake GlossonFor the most part, my preparation for finals week is pretty typical.In terms of studying, I set aside time each morning to review my notes from lectures. I have also found it helpful in semesters past to create study guides from scratch to...

Fit Facts: Don’t be timid of eating foods with saturated fat

By Blake Glosson | December 1, 2014

Although saturated fat is frequently accused of being unhealthy, evidence is beginning to demonstrate that this blame might be unmerited.The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans says people should consume less than 10 percent of calories from saturated...

Thanksgiving meals can be healthy in moderation

Thanksgiving meals can be healthy in moderation

By Blake Glosson | November 24, 2014

You can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without regret — and without derailing your health goals.I know that’s hard to believe when the starting lineup this Thursday includes succulent turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, casseroles and warm stuffing — all...

In Focus: How can the SA improve parking for students?

By Perspective Staff | November 18, 2014

Blake GlossonOne potential solution to this problem is to convert at least some of the blue parking spaces into yellow.Aside from the lack of parking, metered parking is a flawed system — at least from the student’s standpoint. For one thing, the...

Stop inflammation with healthy diet

Stop inflammation with healthy diet

By Blake Glosson | November 12, 2014

Although inflammation is designed to help your body, it can be damaging when left uncontrolled.If you’re careful about how you treat your body — particularly with the foods you eat — you will be less susceptible to the harms of inflammation.There...

Stop inflammation with healthy diet

Students: Take action to ease your mental health

By Blake Glosson | November 5, 2014

One in five of your friends, classmates or colleagues likely suffers from a mental illness.Unfortunately, research has shown this to be the case, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Two of the most prevalent mental disorders are anxiety...

Stop inflammation with healthy diet

Fit Facts: Support your gut bacteria

By Blake Glosson | October 28, 2014

In a society that emphasizes taking action to prevent the growth of bacteria, it’s easy to forget we have friendly bacteria living inside of us, keeping us alive.Called natural flora, or gut microbiota, this is the stuff you should protect and nurture...

Stop inflammation with healthy diet

Fit Facts: Avoid malnutrition by using supplementation

By Blake Glosson | October 22, 2014

While hunger is a problem in the world, undernourishment poses a similar threat that also needs to be addressed.Whether you think you might be at risk for malnutrition or you’re looking for a way to help those in need, this issue becomes even more pressing...

In Focus: Should students worry about Ebola in the USA?

In Focus: Should students worry about Ebola in the USA?

By Perspective Staff | October 20, 2014

Angelina McNeela | @A_McNeela_NSI don’t find it unreasonable to consider a potential pandemic.No, I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t think Ebola is being used as a fear factor — this is a real threat. The Centers for Disease Control is estimating...

Fit Facts: Be aware of external influences over diet

By Blake Glosson | October 14, 2014

Whether you realize it or not, your environment has a huge impact on the food you eat.If you want to master your diet, it’s important to recognize what negative influences impact your body. This way, you can deflect them instead of succumbing to their...

Take painkillers only when needed

Take painkillers only when needed

By Blake Glosson | October 7, 2014

Although taking over-the-counter painkillers won’t fix health problems, they can be useful for pain relief when used correctly.By understanding the function, risks and benefits of over-the-counter pain medications, you can develop a plan of action to...