Tagged wellness

Frosh 2017: Backpack packing list

By Christie Melhorn — Hauling around a loaded backpack on campus is fun for the first week of classes, but gets old really fast. Hate your bag a little less by stocking it with the following items. Lip Balm: Most university students’ first year involves a lot of coffee and sloppy kissing. Stress habits like lip-biting and…

Frosh 2017: Health services

By Nikayla Goddard As a freshman entering university life, you’ll be tasked with creating the perfect balance between work and play. This may seem easy until you take into account attending class, taking notes, studying for and writing exams, completing lab reports, finishing assignments and writing essays and… whew. You may feel stressed in your first…

Frosh 2017: Fitness

By Christie Melhorn Finding time to workout with a busy student schedule can be tricky. But the stress relief and endorphin kick of exercise enhances both physical health and academic performance. Between the Active Living Center and student clubs, the University of Calgary offers tons of ways to get active. Here are a few fun options….

Chocolate can improve your mood and your grades

By Christie Melhorn, July 20 2017 — Chocolate is often demonized as a fattening junk food. While snacking on Mars bars all day will show in your need for new pants and an aching stomach, moderate doses of minimally processed chocolate are good for the body and soul. Chocolate usually consists of cacao beans, cacao…

Embrace silence to hear your inner voice

By Christie Melhorn, June 21 2017 — Most of us have experienced awkward silence — those painful pauses in conversations where you endlessly untangle words in your head without actually saying anything. But there are also enjoyable moments of silence when time loses relevance and your surroundings seem to melt away. In the bustle of…

Ditch the diet mentality with intuitive eating

By Christie Melhorn, June 15 2017 —  Mindless munching is a normal part of student life. A handful of chips or a bite of chocolate is comforting when you get writer’s block or are sick of working through a difficult problem. Many students attempt to “clean up” their eating over the summer by cutting out…

Knowing your resting metabolic rate can guide your diet

By Christie Melhorn, June 2, 2017 — In a world catered to a 2,000-calorie diet, numbers on food labels can be misrepresentative of individual dietary needs. While many let grams and percentages rule their diets, knowing your optimal caloric intake can enhance your well-being. After feeling sluggish and ravenous for a few weeks despite eating “healthy”…

Taking study breaks can be good for productivity

By Emma Gammans, January 24 2017 — Starting school in September holds a certain thrill. In a few months over the summer, students come to romanticize the smell of textbooks and tedious PowerPoint presentations. We miss our friends, our classes and the thrill of learning. While a few months off does the trick from May…

Relieve your mid-semester headache with these light exercises

By Christie Melhorn, January 24 2017 — Between sitting for too long, living off double-doubles and Calgary’s inconsistent weather, being a University of Calgary student can be a literal headache. As a consequence we either get used to having those chronic headaches or pound back more coffees and ibuprofens than necessary to mediate them. But…

A light workout while over-tired could be great for your health

By Christie Melhorn, November 15 2016 — In my time as a student, I’ve woken up one too many times with the ache of exhaustion making me want to stay in my bed until my body has melted into it. For most students, the thought of working out on a few hours of sleep is…

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