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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...

Fit Facts: Anti-dairy diet not based on factual research

By Blake Glosson | September 23, 2014

Google “Should I go dairy-free?” and you’ll get hammered with results of trendies telling you to avoid dairy like the plague.But, this advice isn’t necessarily driven by research.“The media false advertises dairy sometimes if they want people...

Fit Facts: Keep test scores up with brain food

Fit Facts: Keep test scores up with brain food

By Blake Glosson | September 15, 2014

Although you didn’t have a say in the brain you were born with, you can certainly impact how well it functions.With exams kicking back into gear and midterms looming, maximizing your brainpower is a necessity. Unfortunately, medical professionals have...

Volunteer center to offer dinner

By Northern Star Staff | February 4, 2014

The Voluntary Action Center’s community dinner will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today in the VAC Dining Room in the DeKalb Community Center.The VAC Dining room, 330 Grove St., serves these dinners every first, third and fifth Wednesday of the month. The...

Surviving colds in the cold

By Blake Glosson | January 20, 2014

It might seem that being sick just comes with the territory this time of year; however you don’t have to join the misery just because everyone else is doing it.Germs are easily spread when everyone is stuck inside in close quarters. On top of that,...

Too much caffeine can be harmful

By Kim Randall | April 9, 2013

With college, many sleepless nights spent working away on assignments of varying complexity and concentrations often come--you know, that midterm exam or the eight-page research paper that’s due tomorrow. When the night has gone and it is morning, those...

NIU hosts Health and Wellness Fair

By Guadalupe Lopez | March 27, 2013

Students and the DeKalb area community gathered together to experience exotic yoga poses, fix their posture and meet counselors at the 15th annual Health & Wellness Fair. The fair was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center’s...

Gymnastics share health-related majors

By Matt Hopkinson | March 4, 2013

For any team, there is a common bond of passion for that particular sport, and sometimes parallels can be drawn for other passions and for the NIU gymnastics team there are some similar roads ahead. Out of the 18 athletes that comprise the roster for...

Illinois should join the list of naturopathic health-provided states

By Hayley Devitt | February 6, 2013

I predict that 2013 will be an important year for naturopathic and complimentary, alternative and integrative medicine (CAM) health providers as more recognition is brought to these services. I hope this will be the case since next year the bulk of the...

Former Northern Star Sophomore accounting major Goran Ikanovic picks up an apple in the Stevenson dining hall. Stevenson’s dinning center has a variety of healthy food choices for students to choose from.

Healthy food provides energy, attention

By Erin Kolb | October 9, 2012

Students can find many options to eat healthy on campus. The nutrition and wellness service offered by the Campus Recreation Center can help students determine general needs like food, weight loss, weight gain, diabetes education and sports nutrition....

High temperature weather poses potential health risk

By Maria Ahmad | July 1, 2012

Warm temperatures in DeKalb create potential heat-related health hazards. Those without air conditioning are encouraged to go to local cooling centers, according to the American Red Cross website. A cooling center can be a local school, library, mall...

Wanda Wynes, Northern Illinois University Foundation Assistant
Controller, works her cardiovascular system on a stair stepper at
the YMCA, 2500 Bethany Road in Sycamore, Monday night.

Local exercise experts help students stay in shape

By Olivia Willoughby | October 24, 2011

The sweet treats-filled Halloween and hefty helpings of Thanksgiving are coming up, but working off the extra weight doesn't have to be a challenge. FitWorkz, 1690 Sycamore Road, is the largest health club in the DeKalb area, said owner Ray Binkowski....