A dog gone way to relax — Therapy dogs visit with students at the Idaho Commons 02.03.2017

Vandal Health Education in conjunction with Pet Partner volunteers held a dog therapy session in the Idaho Commons Wednesday. Several kinds of dogs and one cat populated the Whitewater Room in the commons offering comfort and a therapeutic presence for students to sit and pet the animals. Vandal Health Education intern, Alex Rodriguez said the […]

Prioritizing the mind 12.05.2016

With Counseling and Testing Center understaffed, students must fend for themselves

Letter to the editor 10.10.2016

Tiffany Mayes and her daughter Chloe (18 months old now) were featured last spring in The Argonaut. Tiffany is married and her husband (Chloe’s dad) Anthony is an electrical engineering student at UI. Tiffany is a fourth generation Vandal and a senior studying elementary education.

Life hacks: surviving stress 04.21.2016

For most college students, finals are the most stressful time of the semester. A range of emotions can be experienced, and it can be difficult to calm down. Here are some hacks that range from stress to studying that can help any student through finals week. For studying: Chew gum while in class, studying and […]

Balancing a budget – Nutrition tips for students” grocery store trips 03.24.2016

As college students, we sometimes neglect nutrition and put it on the back burner. School, jobs, social engagements and other responsibilities often take precedence over proper nourishment. Other barriers might include finances, dietary restrictions or a general lack of nutritional knowledge. However, if we compromise what is good for what is cheap, we deny our […]

Promoting with pink – Gritman celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 10.29.2015

From NFL football fields to popular food packaging, pink was the color of choice in October as organizations supported National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Debi Dockins, director of Volunteer Services at Gritman Medical Center, said this month holds a lot of importance for the staff at the Gritman Medical Center. “We all have a cancer […]

Flu season returns – Students can stay healthy with on-campus resources 10.12.2015

Fall is the season for cooler temperatures, pumpkin-spiced everything and, of course, the flu. Flu season is officially here, but there are many on-campus resources for University of Idaho students. Emily Tuschhoff, health education coordinator at Vandal Health, said she has been working since the start of the month to raise awareness for flu vaccinations. […]

Reflection on alcohol programs – Improving alcohol programs with CollegeAIM 10.01.2015

Idaho is exploring new ideas to help students make better decisions about alcohol. One of these ideas is the Alcohol Intervention Matrix, or CollegeAIM. Sharon Fritz, a psychologist at the Counseling and Testing Center, said CollegeAIM is a system that provides different strategies to schools looking to help their students. “It is an opportunity to […]

Practice mindfulness– UI program aims to help people focus, be present in moment 09.24.2015

The Mindfulness Meditation program is the gym for the mind. “The idea behind mindfulness isn”t to force positive thinking,” said Jamie Derrick, a psychologist for the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies and the teacher of Mindfulness Meditation. “The idea behind mindfulness is to be present with whatever you actually are experiencing.” Since January, Mindfulness […]

Get talking, get tested 05.04.2015

Gain knowledge and power by getting tested for STIs Knowing you and your partner’s sexual history is commonly overlooked before committing to having sex. Imagine being in the midst of a new relationship and deciding to take the next big step. Can you guarantee you will not contract an STI? No one can. Yet there’s […]

Changing healthcare 04.20.2015

UI evaluates necessity for SHIP The University of Idaho is reviewing the value of its Student Health Insurance Program after the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) recently decided to no longer require universities to provide students with an option for health insurance, determining students could find less expensive coverage on the Idaho Health Exchange.

Highlight your health 04.02.2015

Campus resources focus on student health At the beginning of the spring semester, it can be easy to make health a priority. New Year’s resolutions, a new semester and starting with a clean slate after the holidays all give people motivation to focus on their health and wellness goals.