Feeling Informed
Nov04

Feeling Informed

What is a calorie and why is it important? A calorie is a measured unit of energy. One calorie is the energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. 3,500 calories= 1 pound of fat The recommended number of calories in a daily diet is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men, but depending on weight, height and activeness calories needed vary. Eat all regular meals including breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day because it jump starts metabolism. Keeping an elevated metabolism in return contributes to burning fat. Eating three meals and two snacks daily helps sustain metabolism levels. Warning: Try not to get too hung up on just counting calories. Plenty of foods show low in calorie but have questionable nutritional value. Reasons to eat a Banana a day: -They give an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. -Two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. -They help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions such as anemia, high blood pressure, stroke, constipation, depression, heartburn, morning sickness, PMS, ulcers, smoking, seasonal affective disorder and stress. -They help to power brain activity and make students more alert. -The fruit helps in cases of mosquito bites and warts. Check out uncommon foods and their benefits: -Pomegranates help prevent prostate cancer. -Mangoes, plentiful in antioxidants, enhance eye health. -Ginger effectively treats nausea. -Vegetables such as alfalfa and bell peppers aid in the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue, which are essential to human health. -Sardines, known for their antioxidants, supply energy to the...

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Feeling Fruity
Nov04

Feeling Fruity

Some disguised fruit drinks stack up the calories. A normal calorie count for an 8-ounce smoothie can be anywhere from 125 to 220 depending on the fruit and added yogurt and milk. Also size matters. Most serving sizes are three times the recommended amount. Freshens Smoothies (1 pint 5 ounces) Pineapple Paradise -331 calories Orange Sunrise -385 calories Yogurt Smoothies Strawberry Squeeze -313 calories Peanut Butter Energizer -474 calories Low Cal Mango Beach Smoothie -90 calories Fruit juices are both healthy and great tasting. Some juices have added nutrients such as calcium and vitamin C, but they are already packed with healthy ingredients. Fruit juices are also fat free and have anywhere from 60 to 80 calories per half cup. They have phytonutrients which contain disease-fighting agents. However, everything is good in moderation. Too much juice can result in excess...

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Feeling Energized

Fitness & Wellness opportunities available at Mayborn Campus Center: Free “Cru-Fit” Fitness Classes: Cru-Crunch (abs), Kickboxing, Pilates, CycleFIT Spinning, Power Pilates and Yoga Wellness Wednesdays: Free informative health presentations given by experts in their field. Workouts vary for each individual depending on weight, height and desired outcome. Check out Mayborn Campus Center’s Human Performance Lab to get a free personal workout schedule. The facility offers a foundation for preparing a healthy...

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Feeling Balanced
Nov04

Feeling Balanced

The choice in foods and physical activity affects how one feels today, tomorrow and in the future.Here are some tips to get started: -Make half your grains whole -Vary your veggies -Focus on fruit -Get your calcium-rich foods -Go lean with protein -Find your balance between food and physical activity -Keep food safe to eat The food pyramid has been redesigned from what most of us grew up knowing. Here are some basics to consider: -Whole grains at every meal. -White rice, white bread, potatoes, pasta, sweets use sparingly. -Vegetables in abundance. -Fruits 2-3 times a day. -Plant oils at most meals. -Red meat, butter use sparingly. -Nuts 1-3 times a day -Fish, poultry, eggs 0-2 times a day. -Dairy or calcium supplements 1-2 times a day. -30 minutes of physical activity is required on most...

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Grad student creates fat loss educational program

By Andra Holbrooks Laura Williams, operations manager in the Mayborn Campus Center, came up with an idea that has turned into a full time job, but unpaid. FATLOSS, Foundation for Altered Thinking on Lifestyle, Overweight, and our Sedentary Status ,came to Williams’ mind through her experience. “I’ve always kind of had body issues, and they started way back in high school,” she said. “Good, bad or indifferent, I was always really critical of myself.” Williams’ undergrad degree is in exercise sports science, and she has learned many of the things one needs to know about weight, body fat and living a healthy lifestyle. Since graduating college, she has worked in the fitness industry. “But I could never quite overcome my own personal issues with myself,” she said. “And this isn’t to say that I ever thought I was totally unattractive or overweight, anything like that. I just was overly critical of my body.” Last spring when Williams began graduate school, a “light bulb clicked. I wanted to get my knowledge out there in a way that would be fun and exciting—and free—to anyone.” FATLOSS is an organization geared toward providing educational information and programs to increase physical activity and healthy living choices in Americans. “All the services provided are offered free of charge because no one should be denied the opportunity for good health,” Williams said. Knowledge is key to living a healthy lifestyle. “With as much information and wisdom that I personally have, that’s distressing when you think of all the people out there who don’t have that knowledge and probably have the same issues or worse,” she said. Pressures are all around society, such as TV stars, magazine beauties, infomercials about quick weight loss and fad diets. “It’s not even about your weight. That’s a terrible measurement,” Williams said. “Body fat testing tells you a lot about what weight really is as a measurement of health and fitness. I don’t ever have to think about my weight as long as I do the things I need to be doing to stay healthy.” Williams is not only concerned for the UMHB community, but for Americans all over. “The goal throughout society has to change. Losing weight, being thin or being a certain size should redirect towards to being a healthy person in general. And when you make good choices to become that person, like getting the correct groceries or doing more physical activity, the other will come as a byproduct of that,” she said. Sarah Peterson, one of Williams’ employees, said, “What Laura is doing is really great. FATLOSS has the potential to change the minds of so...

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New deans are welcomed as Crusaders

This year has been one of change, and changes have reached the university in the form of the new deans in the College of Christian Studies and the Scott & White School of Nursing. Both new faculty members have much experience and plan to bring positive changes to their departments and to the campus. Dean of nursing, Dr. Sharon Souter, arrived at the campus in August and has felt welcome by faculty and administration from the moment she stepped into Vann Circle. She said of her colleagues, “I think the majority have been very supportive. We have an excellent faculty.” The things she has enjoyed most so far about the university are “how pretty it is and that the people are very friendly.” Souter intends to implement some positive change in the School of Nursing. Some of her ideas for the program include instituting a new curriculum and possibly acquiring a new building. She said, “This is going to be the best nursing program in the state — possibly in the nation.” Students have enjoyed Souter’s presence in the classroom. Junior nursing major Meg Roe is taking Souter’s Foundations of Nursing class and thinks that she has a love for the Lord and a desire to mold students into great nurses. “Because Dr. Souter has a passion for nursing education, I know that she will excel this nursing program,” she said. “Numerous changes will take place shortly in the Scott & White School of Nursing, but I am confident that all of these changes will be for the benefit of us, the students, here at UMHB.” Roe commends Souter for her ability to make Foundations of Nursing an interesting class. “Learning the theories and legalities of nursing is generally not very fun, but Dr. Souter brings real life application and excitement to the curriculum,” she said. The College of Christian Studies is also seeing excitement in its new building. Dean, Dr. Timothy Crawford, has big plans for the department and is thankful for the privilege to come into a brand-new building and an accepting staff. “Everybody has been really welcoming,” he said, “I have come into a position where I’m a little higher up the food chain than just a new faculty person, and sometimes there are issues that you walk into, but it has been remarkably smooth.” Crawford took over a program previously headed by friend and colleague, Dr. William Carrell. Crawford and Carrell worked together for a number of years at Crawford’s previous school, Bluefield College. Crawford plans on hiring more fulltime faculty for the Christian studies department in order to help ease the load on professors...

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