Cooking for college students—quick, healthy recipes you can make

Dorm life cookingWhen it comes to food and college students, what one imagines isn’t cooking at all, but the stereotypical stacks of pizza boxes. Whether or not that imagery is accurate, your dining life on campus doesn’t have to be confined to the local delivery joint and the dining hall. Cooking for college students in not an oxymoron. In fact, there are many quick, healthy recipes that you can make (yes, you!) with just a little creativity and preparation. No, you probably won’t be trying out for Iron Chef any time soon, but cooking in college doesn’t have to be like an episode of Hell’s Kitchen either.

Dorm-based options

Depending on the age of your dorm, you may not have a private kitchen, but most offer some sort of kitchen facility in each hall. Read more

College tips for student health and staying in shape

Fresh vegetables are important components of a...

Fresh veggies are important components of a healthy diet!

How to be healthy in college? That’s a big question. With the dreaded “Freshman 15” weight gain looming, college may not evoke a place of healthy eating and exercise, what with the pizza, late parties and extensive napping. But some very common sense tips for college life can help you stay in shape and maintain student health while you’re juggling classes, a part-time job and a social life.

Exercise tips

Exercise: make a plan and do it. Map out a fitness schedule each day or a few days a week for some vigorous exercise to give your body and mind a good workout. Read more

Student health: Peanut allergy risk factors on campus and in the dining hall

Nut allergiesWhen talking about campus safety, most people think about crime on college campuses. What they may not think about are the health risks for people with severe allergies. Following the death of Natalie Giorgi, a thirteen year old with a severe peanut allergy, who had a deadly allergic reaction after inadvertently ingesting a treat at camp containing peanut butter, peanut allergies are again making the news. While children receive the majority of attention on this topic, college students face risks from not only dorm room treat sharing, but also from lax administrative policies. If you have a nut allergy, what risk factors do you face on campus or in the dining hall? If you are working with children as part of your academic program, what steps should you take to keep young students safe? Read more

Student health tips: How to train for a 5k

Marahon shoesSo you think you want to be a runner? Maybe you’ve even signed up for your first 5K. But now you need to prepare for that 3.1 mile run. It may sound daunting, but you can do it, and probably train for a 5K it in less time than you think. Whether you have been running for some time or never laced up a pair of sneakers and hit the pavement, here are some tips on how to train for your first 5K. Read more

College life: How to put together a tool kit to keep you prepared for just about anything!

What Every Teacher Needs

Must-have tool kit (Photo credit: Old Shoe Woman)

If this is going to be your first time living on your own, you’ll want to have a handy tool kit that will ensure that you’re prepared for almost anything! Here are my best “go-to” tips for living on your own and making it in this crazy world as an adult.

The fix-anything kit

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on top-of-the-line tools to stash in your closet in the event that you might need to fix something someday, but a few middle-of-the-road pieces will make your life much easier — especially if your parents are hundreds of miles away. My suggestions? Read more

Health and fitness: Fun fitness workouts and exercise ideas to keep you motivated

Woman with hula hoop, Folsum Street Fair, San ...During the summer months, health and fitness come naturally and staying in shape is no problem. There are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and fun fitness workouts to enjoy wherever you go. But once you’re back on a school schedule you may need some exercise ideas that will keep you motivated when you’re short on time.

Dance your butt off

The best kind of exercise is one where you don’t feel as you’re working out at all. That means stepping to the rhythm of a powerful beat. If you love to dance, you’ve got to try Zumba. This popular trend is popping up everywhere. You can join a class or buy a DVD and dance the night away at home yourself or with a friend. Read more

The Kentucky Derby 2013: From past traditions at Churchill Downs to Orb… and a little fashion in between

Photo credit= AP | Joel Rosario rides Orb during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. (May 4, 2013)

Oversized hats and mint juleps can only mean one thing: The Kentucky Derby 2013! Held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May every year, the Derby is THE place to be and be seen! And not just for the horses. This year, over 150,000 people flocked to the race and the festivities. If you couldn’t make it down to Kentucky or if you missed the broadcast (which started later than scheduled), don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Read further for a live-cast video of the race, celebrity fashions, the Derby winner, Orb, and everything you need to know about this year’s famed race! Read more

Top 5 ways to boost school spirits on your college campus

Enfield High School takes pride and spirit ser...What’s the big deal about school spirit anyway? Maybe it’s overrated or maybe you’re secretly jealous about all the fun those peppy students are having? It’s time to try getting into the spirit, if you haven’t already. Having school spirit isn’t just about sports or the fraternity/sorority set. After all, we are a part of this school, too, and we’re proud to be here. No one wants to miss out on the excitement. If you’re looking for ways to get your spirit on, check out these ideas.  Read more

Sexual assault policies on campus: College students speak out via social media

Sexual Assault AwarenessIn the wake of the Steubenville rape case where two students were found guilty, colleges across the country are grappling with their own sexual assault policies (or lack thereof) in dealing with sexual assault reports and the culture of rape that surrounds victims and perpetrators. College students at several high-profile universities have claimed their schools botched rape cases among the student body over recent months and are stressing the importance of speaking out via social media. Doing so, they have started a new national conversation. They are pleading with college officials to ramp up education on sexual education and are pushing for more resources for counseling, health services and legal support. We, as college students, can make a difference. Silence and shame do not need to be tolerated. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, find out how your peers are taking a stand. Read on to find out how others are making a difference. Read more

Student health and effects of sleep deprivation: Best study habits include adequate sleep

Sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)

The effect of sleep deprivation on college students is a well-known problem. As we face the new experiences of dorm life, new sleep patterns, sharing dorm rooms, freedom away from parents to party, late night study habits, new clubs and activities — all this can lead to sleep deprivation and disruptive effects on our bodies and school performance. Don’t believe me? Read on to learn how more sleep means better test results, a healthier body and fewer trips to the student health center! Read more