Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cookin’ with the Kiddos at the Culinary Corner

Mealtime with kids is usually a challenge for parents everywhere – how do you get them to eat some nutritious broccoli when all they want is a Happy Meal? Well, today’s your lucky day because researchers from the University of Alberta have found you a solution: play dress up and turn them in to a mini chef! That’s right, gathering your children in the kitchen to help with preparing meals will result in healthier eating habits. According to the university’s survey of fifth graders in Alberta, doing this will make your kids choose healthier fruits and vegetables over bad-for-you junk food.

Little ones love to feel grown up and helping in the kitchen definitely does the trick. Being around healthy fruits and vegetables and incorporating them into a nutritious home-cooked meal means that kids will actually enjoy the process. As a result, they will begin to like fruits and vegetables and soon enough, they will ditch the burgers and cookies in favor of apples and carrots.

To help you get started, the Culinary Corner (located in the Wellness Center) is hosting “Cooking with the Kiddos”, a series of classes held Tuesdays in July. At just $5 per kiddo, and parents getting in free, this class offers an excellent chance for family time while teaching your children the importance of healthy eating. Attend three classes and get the fourth class FREE!

To register, go to http://und.edu/health-wellness/wellness/nutrition

[Source: www.sciendaily.com]

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more about the guy who ate another guy’s face

so i saw that there is this new article  that came out with more information about the guy who ate someone’s face. guess the one who got eaten was a homeless man who was dozing off in the shade when this guy on drugs found him. apparently he attacked him in this “ghoulish, drawn-out assault in plain view on a city sidewalk.”

can you imagine what it would be like to walk down the sidewalk and all of a sudden run across oh, a naked guy eating someone else’s face?! i’m not sure what i would do. i’d probably want to kick the guy, yet puke at the same time…

the cops, when they found him, ended up having to shoot him which is how he died. but get this, now that they tested for what drugs and whatever was in his body, he wasn’t even on bath salts! they thought that he probably was because his psychotic behavior was just like other people who have been on bath salts in the US. i guess he took some pills, or that’s what they think, cause they kinda found some in his stomach, but what they know for sure is that he had done marijuana.

it’s crazy! i know people who think pot isn’t a big deal, “oh, i can’t overdose on it” but look at this guy! i’ve heard that smoking pot leaves a lot more tar and junk in your lungs than cigarettes do, and we already know that causes cancer, but this article said that marijuana is known to spark violence. i had no clue.

when i think of people who are stoned on pot i assumed they’re munching away on chips, totally relaxed, and just hanging out. i didn’t know that it sparks violence and who would have guessed that it could end up causing something like this! i mean i know that they are saying it still is a bit odd and there are still some unknowns, but who knows, maybe marijuana is what caused this guy to unhinge and naw on some dude’s face!

i wonder if he lived, the guy who was attacked. i cannot even begin to imagine what it would be like to be attacked like that. or to have chunks of your face bitten off….man. i’m gonna pray for him. and i know one thing, i’m passing this on and staying away from all that crap! if you ask me, getting high on drugs is not worth chewing off someone’s face!

Important information from UND Student Health Services

Congratulations and welcome to the University of North Dakota community!  The staff of UND Student Health Services (SHS) looks forward to assisting students with maintaining optimal health so they may realize their full educational potential and thrive academically.  We invite students to take advantage of Student Health Services and its vast array comprehensive services.

North Dakota University System has approved policy that necessitates compliance with Immunization Requirements.  All students enrolled in 1 or more credit(s) at UND must provide documentation of:

  • Two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella).  The first dose must have been given after the first birthday to be considered a valid dose.  TB (Tuberculosis) Screening form is required as well.
  • Effective for students enrolling for Fall 2012 Academic TermAll newly enrolled students 21 years of age and younger living in campus housing (residence halls and UND apartments) will need to provide the required immunization paperwork along with documentation of a Meningitis vaccination given after the 16th birthday.  SHS must have receipt of the above prior to move in and the beginning of classes.  Failure to submit proof of Immunization records will result in a student’s inability to register for classes.  Forms can be located on the Student Health Services website.

Consulting Psychiatric Service Providers from Altru Health System, Dr. Ellen Feldman & Nicole Wilson, NP will transition from the University Counseling Center (2nd Floor) to Student Health Services (1st Floor) in McCannel Hall effective July 1, 2012.  To better serve students, all prescribing providers will be located in the same clinical area.

The North Dakota University System (N.D.U.S.), in cooperation with individual campuses, recently endorsed a health insurance plan designed specifically with students in mind.  Bid awarded to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BC/BS of ND).  For more information, or to enroll, please direct students to Student Blue. Enrolled students will be eligible for coverage with effective date of August, 2012.  The new plan offers a comprehensive array of benefits for a reasonable premium.  Rate information and details to be published soon.

Student Health Services will be implementing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system Fall, 2012.  When fully functional and exchangeable, the benefits of EHRs offer far more than a paper record can, to include:  improve quality and convenience of patient care; increase patient participation in their care; improve accuracy of diagnoses and health outcomes; improve care coordination; and increase practice efficiencies.  A greater and more seamless flow of information, aided by electronic health records (EHRs) can transform health care by organizing it around the patient.

Best Wishes & Kindest Regards,

Michelle D. Eslinger, M.B.A., Director

Summer time at RecSports

It has been a busy summer here at RecSports.  We have had a number of groups and camps come in to use the Rock Wall and the gym space, including Indians into Medicine (INMED), ELS Language Centers, and Century Elementary School.

Century Elementary Field Trip – Rock Wall

We have also been busy planning for the upcoming school year with new or improved intramural sports and Rock Wall events, such as Flag Football and Cosmic Climbing. Registration dates and league dates have been posted online at the UND Wellness Center website.

RecSport has also implemented a new online intramural scheduling and team/player registration system called IMLeagues.  The new system will be used for players to register their teams, invite players to join their roster, view their team schedules, and communicate easily with their teammates and the RecSports staff.  Instructions for signing up on IMLeagues are posted on the UND Wellness Center website.

Lastly, RecSports has been revamping their officials training program.  The training program will have emphasis on positioning, mechanics, and other skills essential to becoming a great intramural sports official.  We are always looking for good people to become officials so please consider joining our team.

It’s an exciting time for RecSports as we prepare for the upcoming school year with new sports, programs, and ideas.  We are working hard to provide the best intramural program we can and we hope you come out and Get Playing!

Breaking records in worksite wellness!

UND hit an all-time record for staff and faculty involvement in WORKSITE WELLNESS programming!!!!!!  A total of 50% of the workforce took part in at least one Work Well or related-wellness activities (Health Club Credit, Healthy Blues, etc.). This will allow UND to apply for the American Heart Association Platinum level Fit-Friendly Company award for Year 2012 by achieving the new participation level criteria.

UND has received four Platinum-level awards and six overall national awards from the American Heart Association.  UND was the first organization in North Dakota to receive a national Fit-Friendly Company award in 2007. Criteria for the award includes providing programming in physical activity and nutrition, providing a culture of wellness (worksite has wellness program coordinator, health risk assessments, preventative health programing, etc.), and has at least 50% of employee participation in worksite wellness activities.

Running with Lynn Show

Good morning UND it’s looking like another nice day today we should have a high of 80 degrees with slight wind. I went to the movies on sunday and saw Snow White and the HuntsMan, real good movie, it’s a movie for the big screen the story was good everybody played a good role. The wicked queen did a great job, evil and wicked as it gets. the special effects were good, the giant camels and Medieval battles. I saw Prometheus a week ago that also was a movie for the big screen, the story was sent that great but the special effect, outer space, aliens, and spaceships make it fun to watch. And now Whats Grinds My Gears, early this morning I catch the bus to work and the bus driver has the radio turned up loud so everyone can listen. The guy next to me starts talking on his cell phone, instead of the radio we have to listen to this guy’s conversation. And that what grinds my gears. Back to you Tom, and in other news U.S, seizes cargo ship suspected of carrying stowaways. Have a nice day!

National HIV Testing Day – June 27, 2012

We hear about it. We talk about it. And then we dismiss it. Until it happens to someone you know –  an acquaintance, a friend, a family member. But are we concerned enough to think it could happen to us?

HIV/AIDS – What is it, really?

Today is National HIV Testing Day. But what do we really know about this deadly disease?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a disease that affects the human immune system. It is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Due to its impact on the immune system (weakens the immune system), HIV/AIDS increases the likelihood of infections, viral flues and tumors that do not normally affect those with healthy, working immune systems. These problems increase and worsen over time as the disease progresses.

HIV/AIDS is a huge health problem and is considered a pandemic due to its active presence in many parts of the world. The disease is transmitted mainly through sexual intercourse, hypodermic needles, and contact with contaminated blood. It is also transmitted from mother to child through pregnancy, childbirth and breast-feeding.

Is There a Cure?

There is no known cure for HIV/AIDS, but antiretroviral treatments can slow down its course, and may even allow patients to lead a near-normal life expectancy. However, this treatment is very expensive and may have side effects. According to UNAIDS 2011, approximately 34 million people have HIV globally, a statistic as of 2010.

Diagnosis and Testing

HIV testing is recommended for anyone diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, as well as those known to be at high risk, such as drug users. HIV is diagnosed through laboratory testing, where they look for antibodies in blood or saliva.

While doctors recommend testing for patients with risk of contracting the disease, many people choose not to get tested for fear of being diagnosed HIV positive. It is extremely important to get tested and get treatment as soon as possible. Significant improvements have been made over the last 50 years since the disease was recognized by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1981.

Here in the United States, access to treatment and care is readily available, more so than anywhere else in the world; yet statistics of people infected (and new diagnoses) remain about the same (UNAID 2011). This shows that the problem is not access to care, but rather education and awareness and of course, the realization that it can, in fact, happen to you.

Testing is crucial to detect, treat and prevent HIV infection. Getting tested is the first step in receiving access to health care and support systems whose mission is to ensure your survival and give you a good quality of life. Getting tested and then treated is important not just for you, but also to reduce the chance of you transmitting the disease to others.

Get Educated. Get Tested. Help Prevent HIV/AIDS.

Sources (Also linked above):

unaids.org

mayoclinic.com

cdc.gov

Women aged 40-60: Participate in the Life In All Seasons (LENAS) Research Study!

Participate in a new research study at the Human Nutrition Research Center

Earn up to $1200!

Life In All Seasons (LENAS) study

For women 40-60 years of age

Join us in a year-long observational study of  mood, stress level, sleep, eating, health and activity behaviors and body weight over four seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter)

What do I need to do?

  • Two center visits each season
  • Wear physical activity and heart rate monitors for 7 days during each of the 4 seasons
  • Rest of the year
    • Monthly center visits
    • Complete dietary recalls on the computer from your home 3 times each month

Who can participate?

  • Women 40 – 60 years of age
  • Normal body weight –overweight (Body mass index (BMI) between 18-35 kg/m2)
  • Access to high-speed internet

CLICK HERE for more information

Or call: 701-795-8385

the guy who ate someone else’s face bc of bath salts

i’ll never forget the day i walked into my new apartment to see my new roommate and my old RA each doing a line of coke. i had no plans of ever seeing cocaine in my lifetime, let alone watching someone else do it and later that night ask me if i wanted to smoke some pot with half a pill of meth in it. this is the last thing i expected i would be dealing with after spending the last 8 hours competing at a regional tournament. what i kept hearing in my head was an echo of what my old RA had said only a few months ago, “i’d never do something hard core, just a little pot and some X every now and again” cocaine and meth?! if that’s not ‘hard core’ what is?

i heard about this whole bath salt thing and, honestly, i thought it was ridiculous. who would eat or snort bath salt?! how does something like that even start? well, regardless of how it all started, it legitimately screws you up. just the other day i was reading about it online and came across a story about how a man in Kentucky or Florida, i forget which now, was tripping so hard on it that he literally ate another man’s face. like bit chunks of his face off and ate it! it’s not just some little high you get from it, it is a serious do-things-you’re-gonna-go-to-jail-for kind of serious.

i guess it’s hit home a lot harder now that the drug is reeking havoc right here in Grand Forks/East Grand Forks… police said that there have been 6 people who have overdosed on it and 2 more who have DIED because of it….”he was foaming at the mouth, and growling….then he started banging his head against the pavement…” there’s one guy in the paper today who is now on trial for MURDER because of something as stupid as bath salts!

i get why people want to get high or buzzed sometimes, but seriously, this just isn’t worth it. this bath salt stuff isn’t like having a beer or smoking a cigarette for the first time, with this one, all you have to do is try it once for it to kill you. idk what people are saying yet, but i’d pair this stuff with things like heroin and crack and meth, you just don’t want to mess with that stuff.

all i know is that this is just as crazy as walking in on my roommate and RA doing coke…there’s other ways to get high or escape from life for a while then messing with drugs. it’s just not worth it, even something that seems as simple as bath salts.

Summer Health and Safety: Chillin’ and Grillin’

Now that the first day of Summer is officially here, there is absolutely no excuse not to be grilling outside and enjoying the weather – if you haven’t started already. Relaxing with friends and eating hotdogs is all well and good, but it is also important to make sure you are engaging in healthful activities. This can include everything from food safety to protecting  yourself from the sun. Read on for a list of precautions to take when you are chillin’ and grillin’!

Food Facts:

  • Always make sure to thoroughly cook all meat and poultry. Use a meat thermometer so you know when the grilled meats are “done.” Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of about 160 Farenheit.
  • Do NOT put the grilled meat back on the plate which held the raw meat. Always use clean plates because this will help prevent cross-contamination.
  • Before grilling, preheat the coals for about a half hour, or until the coals are lightly coated with ash.
  • Remember to wash hands, utensils and kitchen surfaces with soap and water after contact with raw meat.
  • Clean produce before preparing them for your meal. Tip: Keep your salads fresh and clean by removing the outermost leaves on a head of lettuce or cabbage.
  • After a fun day of grilling and a full meal, you probably want to take a nap. But first, don’t forget to store leftovers in the refrigerator!

Soaking the Sun:

  • Don’t forget to wear sunblock and re-apply every two hours.
  • Wear sunglasses and maybe a hat – they are both chic accessories for summer and they will keep you safe from all those UV rays.
  • Try to avoid grilling outdoors when the temperature is intensely hot.
  • Drink plenty of water (or other decaffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages) to prevent dehydration and over exposure to heat. A good tip is to drink water frequently – even before you feel thirsty.
  • Choose to wear light-colored clothing as well as clothes that aren’t too tight and clingy.

Bugs Be Gone:

  • Use bug repellant, but refrain from using a 2-in-1 bug spray/sunblock. It’s best to use two separate products.
  • Don’t gorget to check your pets for ticks.
  • Do not apply repellant on cuts or wounds.
  • Only apply repellant to skin that is not covered by clothing.
  • Spray repellant away from food.

Next time you are in the mood for grilling, remember these tips 🙂 Have fun and stay safe!

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