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Friday, January 19, 2018
Public speaking

Ask the academic advisor: Public speaking

“How get better at public speaking?”—Olivia, Muncie, IndianaYou certainly asked the right person about getting better at public speaking. I remember when I first started speaking in public and my legs would shake...
Young male stretching

Ask the trainer: How can I improve my endurance?

“How can I improve my endurance?”—Amber, Bronxville, New YorkEndurance, or the body’s ability to withstand physical stress over a long period of time, is a key component of overall health and wellness. If you...
Girl with grapefruit

Ask the nutritionist: How many fruits and vegetables do I need to eat every...

"How many fruits and vegetables do I need to eat every day?"—Amy, Little Rock, ArkansasAmy,It's nearly impossible to eat too many fruits and vegetables. But aiming for at least five servings a day is...
Colorful tissue box

Ask the doc: “How do I know if I have mono?”

—Camden*, Saint Louis, Missouri (*Name changed)I get this question fairly often. Here’s what’s important to know: Most students know someone who has been diagnosed with mono (infectious mononucleosis) in the past year and a...
Ask the academic advisor: How can you stop feeling like a bad week in classes means you are stupid or talentless?

Ask the academic advisor: How can you stop feeling like a bad week in...

—Tony*, Lowell, Massachusetts Oh, boy, there are times that I have bad days when I feel as though I’m not the smartest person on the planet. It usually happens when I’m teaching and make a...
Loose tobacco leaves

Smokeless tobacco: Is it as bad as cigarettes?

In the past few years, cigarette use has steadily declined in the US. However, some young people still use smokeless tobacco—also called dip or chew. Smokeless tobacco tends to be popular with people involved...
Skin cleanser

Ask the doc: The best way to treat chest and back acne

“What is the best way to treat chest and back acne?”—Jon, Elmhurst, IllinoisJon,Every day, your skin sheds dead skin cells, and these can mix with sebum and plug your hair follicles. Sebum is a...
Quinoa

Ask the nutritionist: Which popular ‘health’ foods are truly healthy?

"Which popular 'health' foods are truly healthy?"—Name and city withheldAre popular “health” foods truly healthy? Sometimes. Quinoa, Greek yogurt, egg whites, and green juice and smoothies can all be delicious and contribute valuable nutrients...
Man doing crunches

Ask the trainer: I hear people talk about working out the ‘core’ a lot,...

"I hear people talk about working out the 'core' a lot, what does that mean?"—Conor, Albany, New YorkConor,That’s a great question. So let’s explore exactly which muscles make up your core, why they’re important,...
Tired student

Ask the academic advisor: Motivation for starting an assignment

“What are your tips for getting motivated to start an assignment?”—Jamie, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJamie,If you only knew how long I procrastinated before answering this question, you would realize that we all have trouble getting motivated....