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Body weight fitness for student health

From Thigh Master to Shake Weight to Zumba, exercise trends and gimmicks have been around for years. Each year fitness professionals (and marketing executives) predict what the next fitness trend will be. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conducted its annual fitness trend forecast based on survey responses from thousands of fitness professionals.

Body weight fitness is the next big trend in workouts for 2015. (Credit: Elaina Verhoff )

Body weight fitness is the next big trend in workouts for 2015. (Credit: Elaina Verhoff )

Top of the list for the official fitness trend for 2015 will be… body weight training. Read on to learn about body weight workouts for good student health in the new year. Read more

Dorm life hygiene tips for good student health

Maybe you’re a slob or a neat freak, but the cramped living conditions of dorm life on a college campus make for a struggle to achieve disease-free cleanliness and good student hygiene.

Good hygiene includes doing laundry regularly. (Credit: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Thinkstock)

Good hygiene includes doing laundry regularly. (Credit: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Thinkstock)

Here are some hygiene tips for college students for personal appearance, dorm rooms and shared bathrooms. Read more

Relieve acne in college for good student health

It’s a new school year with lots of new people to meet. For college students, putting your best face forward means cleaning up your face if you’re prone to acne. While primarily a genetic problem (yes, you can blame your parents!), acne can be controlled and treated so it is kept to a minimum.

Learn the best ways to control and treat acne. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

Learn the best ways to control and treat acne. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

It requires a bit of care and planning, but the results will be worth it. To enjoy your college life, as well as your social life, here are some lifehack college tips to improve your acne and overall student health. Read more

College tips for homesickness: Improve campus life

Many college students feel homesickness. We miss the comfortable and predictable lifestyle that made us feel safe at home and during high school.

If you experience homesickness, there are many ways to help you cope.

If you experience homesickness, there are many ways to help you cope.

Now everything is different, new and strange. Since good student health depends on working through being homesick, here are some college tips for a successful and happy campus life. Read more

6 tips to be prepared for college classes

“Be prepared!” is a motto not just for Boy Scouts — or the hyenas in The Lion King. A new school year is upon us, so how will you be prepared for class?

To achieve student success, being prepared is an important step. (Credit: Laughmoreabundant)

To achieve student success, being prepared is an important step. (Credit: Laughmoreabundant)

From study tips to dorm life to student health, here are six tips for college students to be prepared for college life and achieve student success. Read more

Do-it-yourself green cleaning tips for college dorms

Get creative with our DIY green cleaning tips.

Get creative with our DIY green cleaning tips.

College students – you don’t need expensive cleaning products and insect repellent for your dorm rooms. And you don’t need to jeopardize student health with many toxic ingredients found in traditional cleansers. Instead, you can make your own green cleaning solutions out of safe ingredients for an environmentally friendly clean. Here are some do-it-yourself tips for college dorms.

Hazardous chemicals

“Cleaning products are bad for your health and bad for the environment! The formaldehyde used in many household & personal cleaners can lead to respiratory issues, heart palpations and even cause skin irritations,” according to “Green Your Dorm Room,” from Bentley University in Massachusetts. In addition, household cleaners and laundry soap have phosphates that get into rivers and lakes, cause rapid growth of algae, pollute natural settings and cause damage to wildlife. Read more

Student health for college students: Surgeon general’s report hits 50

While less people smoke now than in 1964, more work still needs to be done to reduce tobacco use.

While less people smoke now than in 1964, more work still needs to be done to reduce tobacco use.

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark report announcing that smoking cigarettes causes serious diseases. Recent Surgeon General Regina Benjamin hosted a summit of former Surgeons General at Xavier University in New Orleans to discuss the leading cause of preventable death—smoking—and ways to keep young people from getting addicted. The topic is urgent as an overwhelming majority of smokers begin before the age of 25. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden wrote in Journal of the American Medical Association article “Tobacco control progress and potential”: “Tobacco is, quite simply, in a league of its own in terms of the sheer numbers and varieties of ways it kills and maims people.”

50 years ago

Believe it or not, there was actually a time when physicians recommended that people take up smoking to calm their nerves. Read more

Easy, affordable home remedies for sore throat, headaches and other ailments for college students

Adding honey to your diet can help relieve sore throats. (Credit:  Berenice Herrmann)

Adding honey to your diet can help relieve sore throats. (Credit: Berenice Herrmann)

When you have classes to attend and deadlines to meet, you can’t afford to let yourself get sick. Neither do you have a lot of time or money for doctors. That’s why learning about home remedies for sore throat or headaches can come in handy. Thanks to Doctor Oz and other health professionals, we now have validation for many affordable and easy-to-use home remedies. Here are just a few.

Home remedies warning

Before we get started, let’s think about some safety issues. The editors at HowStuffWorks.com put things in perspective in an article titled, “Home Remedies A-Z.” Read more

How to beat the winter blues—DIY tips for college students

It can be hard to get moving during Winter, but we believe you can do it!

It can be hard to get moving during Winter, but we believe you can do it!

Spring semester has started—you’re half way finished with the year! Congratulations! So why are you not excited? Maybe you’re even having trouble leaving that warm, cozy bed to brave the cold and make it to class on time. Wintertime can cause many of us to feel a little depressed. How to beat the winter blues, keep your grades up and make it to spring break and beyond? Here are some easy, breezy DIY tips for college students on making it through the cold, dark winter months.

Why you feel down

There are a multitude of reasons you may be feeling less than perky after the holidays. College can be challenging after all, and the initial excitement you felt in the fall may have worn off. In “How to handle the college winter blues,” posted on January 25, 2012, for U.S. News & World Report, Kelci Lynn Lucier offered tips for beating the blues. Read more

Dorm life: College tips for non-alcoholic party ideas

Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.

Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.

Winter is cold and boring, and cabin-fever is making you crazy. Why not throw a party? Combine that with your New Year’s Resolution to improve your student health by cutting down on the drinking and you can throw a fabulous non-alcoholic party in your dorm rooms. You could even get rid of some useless gifts you got this holiday season. Here are some tips for college parties that don’t involve alcohol.

“The problem with using drugs or drinking alcohol is the loss of control and the risk for dependence. When you drink or do drugs, you are no longer yourself. You can’t truly experience and enjoy anything while under the influence. Read more