Aren’t you excited about Thanksgiving holiday?! What comes to my mind when I think of Thanksgiving I think of FOOD!!! LOts and lots of yummy food.
Thanksgiving food is some of the most delicious fare that you’ll eat all year long. We all should use a guide to healthy choices on this special day; Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, so why not go ahead and splurge? Because gaining weight during the holiday season is a national pastime. Year after year, most of us pack on at least a pound (some gain more) during the holidays– and keep all extra weight permanently.
Important information we all need to know:
- · Eat less and exercise more’ is the winning formula to prevent weight gain during the holidays,” Diekman says. “Increase your steps or lengthen your fitness routine the weeks ahead and especially the day of the feast.”
- ·You might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal; experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast–such as an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk — so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the gathering; that could make you eat much less when the big meal ready.
Have a Great Healthy Thanksgiving,
As many of you may know this Saturday is the Walk for Hope at JMU. How many of you are planning to go? I hope all of you are going because it truly is an amazing event to go to and a wonderful experience. It’s a great time to spend with your friends and having fun meeting new people while getting some exercise and raising awareness. All the while you can be hanging out with the one and only Herm!
For those of you who don’t know the Walk for Hope is an event created to raise funds and awareness for the treatment of mental illness. It was started by a community to honor a man that they knew and loved that died in 1988. He and his wife started the Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness after a close family member of theirs was diagnosed with severe Bi-polar disorder. Together the community walked around Raleigh, NC and ended up having over 200 people with them and raised more than $35,000 to give to the Foundation of Hope. To date the walks have raised and given over $3.4 Million toward research, treatments, and developing new researchers at the University of North Carolina. It’s crazy to think that the Walk for Hope is the Foundation’s ONLY annual fundraiser that they have and it is enough to provide the money needed for research innovations. And you can be a crucial part of that too!
So how can I get involved you ask? Here’s how:
This Saturday from 9a.m. to 12 p.m. you can show up at JMU’s Godwin field and walk! In order to get a t-shirt and really feel involved, you’ll need to “Sign up” to walk. To do this you can log in to your Facebook account and type in “Walk for Hope- Harrisonburg” and the page will appear before your eyes. You will then need to click on the icon with a blue butterfly that says “Register to Walk”. It will then guide you through the steps to get registered. If you can’t make it on Saturday, but still want to help out, you can always make a donation. To do this you can go to their main website <www.walkforhope.com> and under the “Participate” tab you can click on “General Contribution” and make a monetary donation to the Foundation.
What all will be there for me to do? Well there will be snacks! Yay for snack! If you are anything like me, food is amazing and free food is even better! There are going to be guest speakers that you can listen to, music to dance and have a good time with and lots of activities to partake in.
So if you are just looking for something to do to get out of your dorm room this weekend this is the perfect thing to do. Not only is it celebrating the beginning of Spring, but you are making a difference in so many lives while getting some exercise for your own health benefit too! So grab a friend and head on down to JMU and walk with a purpose.
As the Foundation says by “Walking together we ARE the HOPE!”
Have a great rest of your week and hope to see you out walking on Saturday!
Like many in the world who claim their heritage to be Irish I am looking forward to this Sunday! It’s a day for me to spend time with my family and to consume traditional Irish food of Shepherd’s Pie and Corned beef and cabbage. But did you know where St. Paddy’s Day originated from and that the color originally associated with Saint Patrick himself was not green?
Traditionally St. Patrick’s Day was created to commemorate Saint Patrick one of the most recognized patron saints of Ireland. He was noted for bringing Christianity to Ireland and getting rid of all the “snakes”. He was not the first person to introduce Christianity to the island, but the first to “make it stick”. St. Patrick was believed to not even be from Ireland either! It is said that he was actually from Britain and was then enslaved in Ireland for many years and then after having dreams of angels talking to him as well as God, he returned to Ireland to get rid of all the pagans.
The very first St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t even celebrated in Ireland either. It was introduced right here in the United States in none other Boston, Massachusetts in 1737. It didn’t become an official holiday in Ireland until 1903. In the U.S. it is not observed as an official holiday, but is recognized by just about everybody. Unfortunately the day has lost it’s meaning over the years as it has become more and more secularized by other countries. We tend to focus on the wearing of green, drinking of alcohol, and parades. We have forgotten what St. Paddy did for Ireland and how it would be different if not for him. Speaking of wearing green, green wasn’t even the color originally associated with St. Patrick. Can you guess what it might have been? It was…blue! Weird right? Well it wasn’t until kids started wearing the green to school that it became the now iconic color of St. Patrick’s Day.
I would love to be able to go Ireland just to explore where my dad’s side of the family came from and to see the beautiful countryside. It would also be awesome to go celebrate this day with the Irish in Ireland as well. In Ireland though, since we Americans associate this day with drinking and going to the bar, most of the bars are closed on St. Patrick’s Day so everyone can spend time with their families. Also they will life the restrictions from Lent for the day so that people can consume alcohol and other such items. An old Irish tradition is to “Drown the Shamrock”. In this tradition you are to place a shamrock on top of your whiskey an let it float in order to have a prosperous year. Interesting!
Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is observed in over 11 different countries? Some of these are Japan, Argentina, and Russia! Also in the U.S. in Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green every year! Wow, that’s a lot of dye! In every country St. Paddy’s Day is celebrated a little differently, but they all include some sort of parade, the drinking of beer, and wearing of green. Some countries have a little more elaborate celebrations than others, but they all have the same secular background.
So what are you going to do this St. Patrick’s Day? I hope that you can at least take a minute to acknowledge the introduction of Christianity into Ireland and what it has done for us now in 2013. Of course you can still have fun and wear the green and dress up as leprechauns, but also try and celebrate our faith.
Have a great weekend!
As you all know Spring Break is just around the corner! But while we are on break we still need to make sure that we stay safe and make good choices. Yes we can splurge on our diets a little, and not workout as much as we usually do because after all it’s a vacation! But, we need to make sure that we do things in a responsible manner because you never know who might be around to see what’s going on for all we know it could be a future employer!!
I know my break isn’t going to be fun like I hoped it would be. I have a lot of catching up to do with my homework and projects that need to be finished so I won’t be going to the beach, hanging out with friends (that much) or going to Kings Dominion or anything, but in my mind I will be there most of the time!
Some ways to stay safe over break is to remember to wear sunscreen if you are going to the beach. Even if it is not going to be that warm or sunny if you are going to be outside you need to be protected. The best time to get a sunburn is when it is overcast outside!
If you are planning on drinking alcohol please be responsible and don’t drive afterward! Even if you feel a little buzzed pleased don’t drive, call a cab, call a friend, anything but drive! Also, please remember to drink water as you are consuming alcohol because it will keep you hydrated and you won’t be impaired as quickly. When you drink water it also helps fight against a hang over the next day because you are keeping your body hydrated!
Make sure that you don’t go anywhere alone, especially when you are out and about in an unfamiliar place. Always use the buddy system to make sure that nothing happens to you or your friends. The most vulnerable time for people to get into trouble is when they are in a new place that is unfamiliar and/or they are impaired through alcohol or drugs!
Even though I don’t know most of you here on campus I would hate to see anything happen to you all that could’ve been prevented. I do want everyone to have a great time over break, relax and let loose so when you come back to school you have a fresh new mind and can tackle whatever the professors throw at you!
Happy Spring Break Everyone! See you in a week!
In the spirit of today being Career Services Day I just thought that I would talk a little bit about how we can all get prepared for life after college. Today was also the day for Departments to have their own Chapels and would have been a great time to go and hear how other students/professionals transitioned after college and how their faith influenced such careers.
So be sure to check out all of the vendors that are going to be set up on the track in University Commons to talk with employers to see what they are looking for in new employees. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, they like that! By going to the Career Fair you can get a head start at looking for a job in the specific department you are majoring in. Even if it doesn’t work out for this time, maybe you can still maintain a good relationship with the company to get hired after you graduate, you never know!
I lead my department’s chapel today and we had a guest speaker come in and talk to us about the transition from being a student to being an employee. It was very refreshing and she gave insight in to what she could have done more while in school to help prepare her a little more. The biggest thing she said to do is to don’t hesitate to ask questions of your supervisor or of your professors. These are the people that can give you the most answers about anything, and they love for you to ask the questions to make sure that you are following protocol and so forth.
Another thing that we could be doing right now as we are going through our college years is to continuously build our resume’s. As we go through our classes and are volunteering, doing practicums, etc. we can be putting these out there for potential employers to know. If you are like me and have no clue how or what the best way to put together a resume is, well you are in luck! Here on campus in the Student Life Suite, you can make an appointment with Jennifer Litwiller to help you create your Resume as well as cover letters, etc. to get you ready for life after college! She is located in the University Commons Room 224. She is by appointment only so be sure to call her at 432-4131, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
These are just some very quick ways to get started, but be sure to talk with professionals and ask questions to see what they are looking for in an employee and build your resume to be what they are looking for!
Have a great week and take part in the Career Fair!
If your anything like me, studying and getting your homework done is quite a challenge sometimes. Well for me this weekend was one of those weekends. I was not able to get to any of my homework done this weekend because of working. I know that there are many of you out there who are experiencing the same thing, working while going to school is very difficult!
I am consciously working to get better at balancing my two jobs with my schoolwork so that I can get the grades that I need and get my work in on time. So maybe together we can work on managing our time better and getting that homework in on time! One thing I have learned is that if I sit down that night for at least 30 minutes and work on a little bit of homework that I have from each class then it will help manage the time and get it done. Typically I’ll try and spend around 30 minutes per class working on reading, and assignments that are due. Also, working ahead helps me too because I don’t know about you, but I am a very good procrastinator! So if I can get a head start on something it tends to help me in the long run.
How about studying? Are you good at studying for tests/quizzes or just studying the material in general? I’m not. I am not good at studying at all. For me it is very hard to sit down and read over my notes and articles that my professors have given me. Even flash cards don’t help most of the time when it comes to learning terminology. This then affects my test grades because most of the time I just don’t study because I don’t know how!
Some tips that I have learned in the past have been to set a routine. Establish a specific time to study on certain days and stick to that. Also, switching up where you study can help your brain retain the information because of the different stimuli around you. And if you’re anything like me, you hate tests! But it is good to remember to quiz yourself on what you have been studying because it will let you know what you need to work on before test time. Don’t be afraid to ask your professor for help when it comes to studying or the information that you are learning in class. Nine times out of ten they will be more than happy to help you, they are here to make sure you succeed, not fail! And the number one tip that I never remember to utilize is when you are studying be sure to drink plenty of fluids, water if you can, and eat healthy snacks to ensure total body health to help the brain retain the information!
So let’s try some of these tips together and see if it helps us retain more information, get better grades and to most importantly get our homework in on time!
As many of you may already know February 1st was the National Wear Red Day. But do any of you know exactly why we do this? Well if not I’ll tell you. The National Wear Red Day is a campaign that has been going on for about 10 years to raise awareness about the number 1 killer in women, Heart Disease! February recognizes the Go Red Campaign all month, so it’s not too late to get involved!
According to Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Professor of Cardiology attending cardiologist and Senior Vice President of Community and Public Health at North Shore, an estimated 43 million women are affected by heart disease in the U.S., but only 1 in 5 think that it is their biggest health threat. That’s a staggering number of people, but together raising awareness we can slowly change that so every woman is looking for the signs and preventing heart disease. And just because this targets women doesn’t mean men can’t get involved either, they can advocate just as much as women can.
The first step that everyone needs to know are the signs of a heart attack and they are different in women than they are in men. For women, these are some of the signs that you will see:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or feeling lightheaded.
If you or someone around you is expressing these signs, here is what you need to do:
- Do not wait to call for help. Dial 9-1-1, make sure to follow the operator’s instructions and get to a hospital right away.
- Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other choice.
- Try to stay as calm as possible and take deep, slow breaths while you wait for the emergency responders.
There are many ways that we can get out there and help prevent heart disease from overtaking our life together! Men and women both can take part in these activities because men can experience heart disease as well, but it is more prevalent in women. So here are some steps we can take to lower our risk:
- Don’t smoke
- Manage your blood sugar
- Get your blood pressure under control
- Lower your cholesterol
- Know your family history
- Stay active
- Lose weight
- Eat healthy
Just remember to stay informed, educate yourself and others around you and let’s join forces and work to knock out heart disease! Show your dedication by wearing red this month and speaking out to others on the causes, prevention methods, and what we can do to help. For more information on what you can do, check out the Go Red Campaign’s website at http://www.goredforwomen.org
That’s right! This coming Sunday is the Super Bowl!! I know I am so excited, I love me some football! As we approach this iconic American holiday, let’s keep in mind to stay safe and healthy.
I know that the best part of Super Bowl Sunday is to partake in very good, yet not so healthy foods. My favorite football food is wings! My friend’s mom made the BEST teriyaki wings, I would eat and eat on those the whole game. I know that it wasn’t the best for me, but they were just so darn good! So as we start planning our parties and what we are going to eat, let’s try and incorporate some healthy choices as well. For instance if I choose to make wings, I will bake them instead of frying them, that way I won’t have all the added grease.
I don’t know about you, but I also love to eat chips and salsa/guacamole. (Did you know that experts estimate that Americans eat around 11 million pounds of chips during the game! Wow that’s a lot of chips!) The only bad part is all the carbs that you are taking in from the chips. I got to thinking, maybe we could try some multigrain chips instead that way you are adding some fiber to your diet as well.
Another thing that you can do is to make your own chips! It’s really not as hard as it seems! I would recommend using corn tortillas and cutting them into smaller triangles. Then just lay them on to a baking sheet and bake them at 350 for 10 minutes and flip them once so they get good and crispy on both sides! Voila you have made your own healthy tortilla chips!
Also, don’t underestimate the power of a simple Caesar Salad! Everyone loves this classic salad and it will cut back on the amount of calories you’re eating while watching the game because it will start to fill you up. Another tip to help make sure not to consume as many calories is to only eat during halftime. This way you aren’t eating the whole way through the game!
I know that a lot of these things may seem a little disturbing to some and may not want to take part in the “healthy” fad, but if you try and least one of these tips, you may just change your mind! Also, if you are planning on drinking please do it responsibly and whatever you do, PLEASE don’t drink and drive!
Enjoy the game and have fun!
As we start back to our school routines, there’s one day that we should all keep in mind, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (this Monday). There are a lot of events going on that day for us to be able to get involved in and really understand the legacy that he left behind for us. Also, there are cultural activities planned for students, faculty, staff, and the general public to attend on campus and in the surrounding areas.
Here are some of the events and activities scheduled for the day:
10 a.m.-Chapel, with guest speaker Shane Claiborne talking about MLK’s legacy and relating it to our culture today
10:40 a.m.- Faculty (from the Education Dept.) talk back to debrief the message heard during Chapel
12 p.m.- Lunch Conversations within the community, either in the Caf, or at OCP
4:30 p.m.- Shane Claiborne will wrap up MLK day events in Lehman Auditorium
Be sure to go to Sprague’s Barbershop (Downtown, next to Jess’ Quick Lunch, 6th floor. Look for the red/blue spiral stand in front) to hear about modern day peacemaking, and to get a haircut from my friends Sammy or Tyrone!! Tell them Allison recommended you!
These are just a few events going on across campus for more information please check out the following site with the complete list of events and activities.
Did you know:
1. Before it was known as MLK day, the third Monday in January was originally called Lee-Jackson Day. But eventually it was moved to the Friday before MLK Day and it is only observed in the state of VA. Lee-Jackson Day was created, in 1889, to celebrate the birthdays of Civil War Confederate Generals, Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson.
2. The only place outside of the U.S. that observes MLK Day with equal importance is in Hiroshima, Japan. The Mayor holds a banquet in order to honor MLK’s message of human rights to unify his country over peace.
3. Because of the boycott of MLK Day, the 1993 NFL Superbowl was moved from Phoenix, AZ to Pasadena, Cali.
Personally I love the idea of the whole country getting together on one day to provide services to others. I think MLK was a very intuitive person and was way ahead of his time when it came to civil rights and the equality of everyone. Being from Virginia, and a person who was raised to appreciate our country’s military, I am sad that not many people know about Lee-Jackson Day and what those Generals did for our country as well. I hope that you all take advantage of the opportunities that are being provided to us on campus and throughout the area to learn more about this day and things that MLK did for us and how they may or may not have changed from then until now.
Christmas break is almost here! I probably shouldn’t have told you that for two reasons, a) you probably already know…and b) whatever homework you were just doing now won’t get done for another couple hours because your mind is probably now thinking about all of the wonderful things about break; Christmas lights, candles, presents, family, card games, cookies, mashed potatoes, pleasure reading (what is this?!), mistletoe, evergreen, holly, poinsettias (keep these away from dogs and babies!), movies, catching up on TV seasons, and I could go on and on and on and on…
So the purpose for this message is to give you hope! Do what you need to do to get your homework done, study up for those finals, but if you’re ready to give up…don’t! Remember that you will have all the time in the world to play video games and watch those TV shows that are taunting you with their charm AFTER finals…they will still be there after next week!
Make sure that you take care of yourself as best you can these next few days. With finals looming, eat a hearty breakfast the morning of and get a good night’s sleep (as good as you can) the night before as it will allow you to be on top of your game and make your brain as sharp as my Cutco knives (ask me about this sometime, they’re sharp.) And then you can skip away from school and have a solid three weeks off and then return and do it all over again! As a senior, I’m realizing how much of a blessing it is to return to school after being on a break…enjoy it.
This is my last blog post as I am graduating *tear* after this semester. Rest assured though, another able-bodied/minded individual (perhaps more so than myself) will be taking over as soon as we (you) come back! Blessings to you and yours this coming season as we embark on a new year (if we make it past this one…)