A head start on health — Students should start thinking about their health 02.04.2016

Today is National Wear Red Day, which recognizes that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the world. Until recently, many people didn’t know that heart disease was the leading cause of death for women, but according to the American Heart Association it kills one out of three women each year. Heart

Fit for the holidays — UI faculty and staff compete in annual Healthy Holiday Challenge 12.10.2015

The Holiday Fitness Challenge gives University of Idaho faculty and staff the opportunity to keep the stress and holiday weight gain under control. The goal of the event is to help participants stay consistent with workouts during this holiday season, a busy and often calorie-filled time of year. Peggy Hamlett, Wellness and Fitness director, has

Destress for dead week — University offers massages, yoga class during dead week 12.07.2015

As the stress of dead week piles on, University of Idaho students can take part in events and programs going on during dead week intended to allow students to take a break from their studying to clear their minds and relax. Emily Tuschhoff, a health education coordinator with Vandal Health, said the programs are being

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

Ode to … workout classes: Workout courses keep students accountable and healthy 09.15.2015

Sure, students are primarily at the University of Idaho to get an education, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stay healthy, too. Unfortunately the opportunities that students have to be healthy are scarce. With many of our schedules so jam-packed, most of the time we pick the easy option, which is very rarely also the

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.

Horoscopes 3.27.15 03.26.2015

Aries 3/21-4/19 Are you a good cook? A bad cook? Use this week to learn a new dish, even if it’s just scrambled eggs. It saves a lot of money on take-out.

Sleep when you’re busy 03.02.2015

Getting adequate sleep is important for productive life Sleep when you’re busy. Sounds counterintuitive, right? You may be thinking, “How am I supposed to sleep when I have to finish a project, study for a midterm and work the late shift?”

Blurred lines and eating disorders 02.26.2015

Finding a flexible, healthy relationship with food and weight Editor’s note: This column originally ran on Tuesday and included errors added during the editing process. Each day, I work with students to promote healthy eating and optimal nutrition. Through nutrition counseling appointments, I see a wide variety of nutrition concerns.

Food is fuel’ 02.23.2015

UI takes part in Eating Disorder Awareness Week Mimi Price started eating less to follow in her older brother’s footsteps. Her brother struggled with anorexia nervosa when they were both in high school and Price, now a junior at the University of Idaho, was diagnosed with bulimia nervosa her senior year of high school. Price

Mumps and the media 02.17.2015

Outbreaks in Boise and Washington reportedly linked to Moscow campus Anna Olson, staff epidemiologist at the Idaho Public Health office in Lewiston, said there are six confirmed mumps cases in Boise and two in Washington, and based on information the public health district has received the cases are linked to the fall outbreak at the

Community immunity 02.17.2015

Differing opinions shed light on vaccinations Lawrence Moran, a non-traditional veteran student at the University of Idaho, said he was stunned when a neighbor asked to bring her infant granddaughter into his home to contract chickenpox from his recently ill children. He said he wondered if she knew there was a vaccine designed for the

Working together 02.17.2015

Martin Forum speaker talks politics, challenges of Ebola Ernest Danjuma Enebi said a key part of responding to any crisis is engaging with local organizations. Enebi is a campaign engagement manager for Africa Responds, a San Francisco-based grassroots organization that mobilizes Africans and friends of Africa to support locally rooted organizations at the frontline of

A helping hand for health 02.12.2015

Health coordinator reaches out to students, shares knowledge According to Virginia Solan, coordinator of violence prevention programs, the current University of Idaho Vandal Health Education coordinator embodies the qualities necessary to help students learn about their health — warmth, compassion and the drive to make a difference. “Health is really something Emily has a passion

Meditate stress away 02.12.2015

UI professor to offer mindfulness meditation classes A University of Idaho faculty member is offering students the chance to escape from homework, class and other responsibilities for 25 minutes a week. Jamie Derrick, assistant professor in the psychology department, recently began leading free mindfulness meditation sessions from 12-12:25 p.m. Wednesdays in room 012 of the

Sharp relief 02.12.2015

Acupuncturists treat locals, healing together Moscow acupuncturists have been providing trauma-relief clinics to build bonds between locals and help repair the community in the wake of the January shootings that killed three and left one injured. Acupuncturists Kameron Schott, Cass McLean and Naomi Brownson administer the clinic, where Schott needles patients’ ears to help relieve

With great sex comes great responsibility 02.09.2015

Sexual Responsibility Week promotes safety, mutual respect Josie Bryan, an intern for Vandal Health Education, said Sexual Responsibility Week is about much more than using contraceptives, although safety is incredibly important.

Letter to the editor — Designated smoking areas don’t work 01.15.2015

While attending a Tobacco Free Idaho Alliance meeting in Boise on Dec. 8, 2014, I had the opportunity to listen to a riveting speaker by the name of Victor DeNoble. He was recruited by Philip Morris in 1980 to work in a chemistry research lab. His work with Phillip Morris helped identify and understand the

Extending amnesty 11.17.2014

Moscow police consider adopting an amnesty policy It’s a crisis situation — an underage student has alcohol poisoning and needs medical attention immediately. Instead of seeking help, however, the thoughts of the student or the friends around them may be more focused on the consequences to follow, rather than the emergency at hand.

Horoscopes 11.14.14 11.13.2014

Scorpio 10/23-11/21 In less than seven days, you’ll be on the road again. You just can’t wait to get on the road again.