Sleep no more: students struggle to find time to rest

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor The late spring serves as crunch time for many OCU students. With final exams looming, final performances drawing near, and a lagging sense of focus, sleep is often the last thing students think about during this busy period. However, a restful sleep schedule can build a solid basis for a […]

Finishing the school year strong: tips and hints

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor While spring semester is drawing to a close, students often feel the need for a productivity boost as focus lags. The end of the school year can bring on bouts of anxiety, fatigue, and procrastination just when students need focus and energy.  For seniors, this lack of drive can be […]

University counselors encourage stress relief during finals week

The university counselors promote stress relief during finals week by brining therapy dogs to campus. Brandi Gibson, director of university counseling, said the best way to relieve stress is to maintain a healthy diet and sleep regularly throughout the semester.

Counselors, students promote mental health awareness

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Students and university officials are working to establish better mental health services and access on campus. Brandi Gibson, director of university counseling, serves at the director of the behavior intervention team. Click here to read more on the team’s objectives and members. “I provide feedback regarding mental health issues if there’s a student in question […]

Gluten Free Diets: A Health Nut Fad, or Practical Science?

The gluten-free diet has become a cultural phenomenon for those seeking to lose weight and boost their digestive health

Healthy habits lead to lower levels of stress, success

By Lauren Matheny, Staff Writer The fall semester signals a fresh start for students across campus. It also brings the beginning of unhealthy habits: late night pizza binges, hours spent avoiding homework and watching Netflix, and a host of other college vices that can lead to sickness, stress and impaired class performance. Starting out the […]

More consumers opting for low-calorie choices

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By Amy Fuhrman, Staff Writer French fry sales are dropping across America, according to the Hudson Institute. Fast food companies are making more money by offering healthier options, such as apple slices, oatmeal and low-calorie meals. For more information, click here.

Teen continues recovery from synthetic marijuana-induced illness

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By Ally Hansen Emily Bauer, 16, of Cypress, Texas, is slowly recovering from near-lethal complications after smoking synthetic marijuana. The drug, also known as “spice,” was linked to more than 11,000 emergency department visits in 2010, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To read Emily’s full story, click […]

Super bowl servings

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By Amy Fuhrman Whichever team you may be rooting for this weekend, the Super Bowl is a huge event for both football and snacking. It is estimated that Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings, 4.4 million pizzas and 11.2 million pounds of potato chips. With obesity on the rise in America, it may be […]

Fast food may be linked to asthma, eczema and hay fever

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By Lindey Boatman The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) has discovered evidence of clear associations between certain unhealthy foods and severe asthma, hay fever and eczema. Similarly, it has been found that children who eat fruit regularly were protected against severe asthma in addition to enjoying other health advantages. To read […]

Dietitian suggests root vegetables for winter

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By Lindey Boatman, Ad/Marketing Director Getting the proper nutrients is necessary for college students but often proves difficult. This is especially important during the cold and flu season. Dietitian Becky Varner recently described the benefits of root vegetables that can be found in the winter and shares her recipe for Roasted Vegetable Medley. To view […]

Oklahoma continues to see light flu season

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By Lindey Boatman State health officials have stated that the flu season remains mild in Oklahoma.  Public health officials continue to recommend that residents get their flu vaccine, however. To read more, click here.

Tobacco executives required to reveal truth about smoking

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A federal judge has ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements correcting lies about the dangers of smoking this past Tuesday.

Health experts reevaluate diagnostic standards

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The American Psychiatric Association’s board of trustees will decide this weekend whether or not to adopt a new diagnostic system for personality disorders.

Colleges encourage healthy eating choices

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According to The Boston Globe, an increasing number of colleges across the nation are taking steps to offer healthier menus.

Tips for college fitness

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U.S. News wrote a list of ways for college students to stay in shape.

Five tips for homesick freshmen

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Feeling homesick or generally “blue” is a problem that many college freshmen face. Many freshmen find themselves far away from their families and homes for the first time. This coupled with attending an entirely new school and facing a new and more intense academic workload often seems overwhelming. Study Successful has written a new list […]

New York City institutes new soft drink size policy

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New York City became the first city in the United States to limit the size of sugary drinks sold at food establishments. While some are praising the measure, others are outraged by the new law. Click here to read more about the new law and New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley’s statement.

Sleep deprivation impacts college students

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Colleges are discovering how lack of sleep hurts students’ academic and athletic performances.

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