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NIU is making an effort to keep its students health-conscious through semester-long nutrition coaching.

Nutrition coaches for students, early bird pricing available

By Laqes Davis, Lifestyle Writer | August 26, 2022

Come join the nutrition coaching starting Sept. 2 at the recreation center located on campus at 325 N Annie Glidden Road. Make sure to take advantage of the price reduction that ends on Sept. 4 before it returns back to standard prices on Sept. 5.  The...

Small businesses embrace wellness to help retain staffers

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG | February 19, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Every month, the 30 staffers at Chris Boehlke's public relations firm each get $100 to pay for anything that contributes to their wellness. And not just for typical expenditures like gym memberships or yoga classes.“You can get nails...

Weight loss drug Belviq pulled from market over cancer risk

By LINDA A. JOHNSON | February 13, 2020

The maker of a weight loss drug pulled it from the market Thursday at the request of federal regulators, who said it posed a slight increased risk of cancer.Japan’s Eisai Inc. said it was voluntarily withdrawing the drug, Belviq. However, the company...

California may pause student fitness tests due to bullying

By CUNEYT DIL | February 4, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to pause physical education tests for students for three years due to concerns over bullying and the test discriminating against disabled and non-binary students. The move also comes after...

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Five Days of Eating Vegan: Day One

By Sarah Lalond | December 2, 2018

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ways to eat free on campus

By Northern Star staff | November 28, 2016

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Why I chose NIU

Why I chose NIU

By Yeon Woo Kim | November 23, 2016

Q: Why did you choose NIU?

A: "Went here as an undergraduate and it's close to come since it's 30 minutes away," said Matt Murges, graduate student for teaching license in special education. "The teaching program is great."

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

By Blake Glosson | September 24, 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...

Diverse diets are best

Diverse diets are best

By Blake Glosson | February 27, 2014

When it comes to eating on campus, there doesn’t seem to be much diversity in students’ diets.Unfortunately, many students don’t realize the benefits of deviating from eating routines every once in a while. A diverse diet can improve your nutrition...

Healthy foods enhance workout

By Blake Glosson | January 28, 2014

Eating around a workout seems counterproductive, but your body needs food for fuel and to repair muscles.The most important macronutrients to consume around a workout are carbohydrates and protein.Carbs are converted to glucose in the body, which is 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,...

Scavenger hunt to teach healthy eating

By Blake Glosson | November 18, 2013

If you’re a quest junky and you enjoy prizes to help you get fit while saving time and money, you won’t want to miss Wednesday’s Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt.Many students do not shop as efficiently and healthfully as they could. The media is saturated...