No Nicotine November

            Looking for some motivation and reasons to help you quit smoking or vaping? This blog contains a variety of reasons why individuals like yourself should put the cigarettes out and throw the JUUL in the junk! Many individuals use vaping products such JUUL, dab-pen, pods, E-cigarettes and more because they believe it is safer and healthier than actual cigarettes. However, those products contain both nicotine or THC with chemicals which can do the exact same amount of harm or far worse to your body and lungs. Every November is national Lung cancer awareness month and this November, I am encouraging and helping students and individuals who need that little push to get all the nicotine products out of their life for good. Below, you will find some interesting facts from John Hopkins Medicine article about the ugly truth regarding vaping and smoking.

  1. Vaping is still bad for your health- its primary agent is nicotine that is used in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes. It is very addictive and can cause a huge withdrawal.
  2. Vaping has unknown chemicals in it- E-cigarettes heat the nicotine and the flavoring to create the vapor you inhale. Regular tobacco cigarettes have around 7,000 chemicals, which many of are highly toxic, so who knows how many are in e-cigarettes.
  3.  Electronic Cigarettes Are Just as Addictive as Traditional Ones. Both the e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain nicotine, which researchers are gathering and suggest that it  may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine usage. Many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product because you can buy extra-strength cartridges that have a higher concentration of nicotine. In addition, users can increase the e-cigarette’s voltage to get a greater hit of the substance cause them to have a higher intake of nicotine.
  4. Smoking leads to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. If you are looking to quit cigarettes, don’t use any vaping products to stop the usage. It will only make things harder, more addictive and cause more health problems.
  5. A New Generation Is Getting Hooked on Nicotine at such a young age. Among youth, e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. E-cigarette use among high school students had increased by 900%, and 40% of young e-cigarette users had never smoked regular tobacco. There are three possible reasons why e-cigarettes may be particularly enticing to young people. The first, many teens believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking. Second, e-cigarettes have a lower per-use cost than traditional cigarettes. And third, vape cartridges are often formulated with flavorings that appeal to younger users.

Everyone has some sort of addiction, this one just happens to be more serious. Vaping and smoking can cause serious health problems because the users don’t know exactly what they are putting into their body. It may look fun and cool to vape especially if you are around people who do it. This November, I encourage and challenge all of you to take a stance and reduce your smoking intake to help make an impactful decision of never lighting up or “takin a hit” again! Your lungs and health will thank you one day!

Emma O’Connor

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

Fitting in Fitness

FINDING TIME FOR WELLNESS

I’m about to get fat.

I can feel it. I’ve only had a few runs this month, and I haven’t been to Group Fitness since the start of the year! I can feel my body getting used to the low daily step counts, and I’m still eating the same or more than I did in the summer.

One massive problem for sticking to a Wellness schedule has been the insane scheduling difficulties of the first month of school. You might be in the same situation: after week 1 & 2 you’ve figured out your classes and what times you need to do homework, and around week 3-4 you added a few clubs, student orgs or picked up a side job. However, don’t let your schedule be complete without some sort of fitness scheduled in.

Fitness is an important part of your daily lifestyle, and if you don’t get some sort of exercise each month, studies show that side effects like depression and lower endorphin rates. Make sure to put it into your daily or weekly planners, because it’s not the sort of thing that happens by itself.

            Exercise isn’t the only part of wellness that I want to focus on. Another part of wellness that may not get as much attention is mental health. As a demographic, college students are one of the hardest hit by depression. It’s real. We suffer. However, there are always things you can do to put yourself in a better place.

            Whether it’s making sure you have a day off scheduled during the week, or it means taking a 15 minute walk each day, mental health is a physical responsibility that you have to care for, like hunger or thirst. One technique I use is putting my phone down for a few minutes and just sitting in silence, taking time to think about the day’s ordeals. Another thing I had done is Yoga, but now that my semester schedule is different, I have to find a way to fit that in.

            Remember that Wellness is a journey. Please, do not expect results after the first few times. In fact, a benefit of scheduling exercise and mental fitness is that you force yourself to stay in a routine. It will be tough to stick too once the novelty wears off, but the results have been worth it for me. I would encourage anyone to try to pick up a Wellness routine, no matter the amount of time you commit. Your body will thank you.

I hope you reach your Wellness Goals

Ethan Maurice

State of Competition

The last kick of my high school soccer career was one of the lowest lows of my entire life. The game had gone poorly for my school. We were a top seed, playing a home game in the first round of the state tournament, but hadn’t looked like it. Field conditions were very poor, and we hadn’t scored all game. We played the required overtime, and as an unused substitute, I could do nothing but look on as the opposition kick in the final shootout goal to eliminate our team. It left a sour taste in my mouth.

Only about 6% of sports careers make it past high school, and at that moment, it looked like mine was going to be one of them.

As I graduated high school and moved on to college, I found fitness opportunities decreasing. It seems like we are always running around, living the busy lifestyle college students do. On top of that, the fitness opportunities that are readily available didn’t satisfy me. Sure, setting a personal record on the track or squatting a new max gives a good feeling, but for me there was nothing like technically dominating someone on a soccer field. I couldn’t find a similar feeling to flying down the sideline, as defenders tried desperately to kick any part of the ball or your leg.

When a friend asked me to be on an intramural team, I was skeptical at first. I thought Intramurals wasn’t very serious! People don’t show up all the time, and when they do, they don’t give their all. They might not even be in shape for intramurals!

However, when I showed up to my team’s first game, I was quickly proved wrong. Intramural the other team was also quite good, and soon players were flying around, hitting accurate passes and fair tackles. Not only did we not win, we didn’t even score! Turns out, intramurals were a bigger deal than I thought.

For some people, not having a competitive outlet can affect their lives in negative ways. I felt like I was short with people, not having an open mind. I also had less confidence. However, after intramurals helped me to have somewhere to put my competitive spirit, I found I was much more relaxed in other parts of my life. Why don’t you give them a try? Sign up here!

I Hope you reach your fitness goals!

Ethan Maurice

Where’s the Beef?

Getting food on a college campus never seems to be as easy as it sounds. Sure, you’ve got Esker and Drumlin to check out for your first few weeks on campus. However, if you’re like I am and get bored of eating the same thing, you’ve come to just the right spot to find out the best spots to use your meal plan on campus. Continue reading