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Student Health Delayed Opening on Friday, 2/27

Due to inclement weather, the Student Health Center will open at 10:30am on Friday, February 27th.

For healthcare options during closed hours, please call us at 919-681-9355.

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Student Health Closed Thursday, 2/26

Due to severe weather, the Student Health Center will be closed on Thursday, February 26th.

During closed hours, please call us at 919-681-9355 for health care options or nurse advice.

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Student Health Delayed Opening on Wednesday, 2/25

Due to inclement weather, the Student Health Center will open at 10:30am on Wednesday, February 25th.

For healthcare options during closed hours, please call us at 919-681-9355.

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SnapChat Across the Atlantic

What I would send across the Atlantic if I used SnapChat
…Little snippets of my home and study-abroad experience in Spain!

Scene 1—Brr-eakfast:

Each day in my new Madrid apartment brings new comforts, surprises, joys and challenges. These of course begin the very moment I wake up, when I enjoy a delicious breakfast while wearing finger-less knit gloves. (Americans, I have realized, are total whimps when it comes to the cold—we actually turn the heating on. The bad-ass Spaniards on the other hand…)

Scene 2—At  the “Uni”:

Entering a classroom composed entirely of Spaniards speaking animated, rapid Castellano? That brings your “new kid at school” complex to a whole new level. Knowing the answer to the question, but being unable to articulate the language quickly enough to speak a coherent response? That is frustrating. Sitting in class and not understanding what in the world was just said? Ha, well I suppose some confusions are endemic to university life in general.

Scene 3—My host family is better than yours:

I unfold from its tin-foil casing a beautifully made bocadillo. Fresh avocado, sliced cheese of delicious origin, vinaigrette, pepper…You get the idea. This is a damn good sandwich.

A non-Dukie but fellow American student looks laughs. Her host parent also packed a sandwich for her. She unpacks it; two slices of Wonder-Bread. Nada más. The fellow American looks relieved and tells me that it is better than the 5-pack of uncooked Oscar Meyer hot dogs she got for lunch yesterday.

Woah.

Scene 4—Tripping on your tongue:

When you speak in Spanish, and then afterwards realize that the literal translation went something like this: Yes I will like to have ordered me a pint of coffee…So perhaps their lingering gaze was not because you are incredibly attractive, but rather that you made no sense.

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Are You a Moody Foodie?

I remember several years ago as a young adolescent my daughter and her friend dressing up in homemade Halloween costumes as “We’ve Been Dumped Girls”. The costumes consisted of PJs, bathrobes, fuzzy slippers, hair in sloppy ponytails, smeared mascara and of course empty containers of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.  Creative-Yes! Accurate? Let’s see…

New research shows that people with temporary mood lows generally bounce back pretty well on their own regardless of what they may eat. Those with more prolonged mood lows may turn to food on a more regular basis for comfort but the resulting lift in spirits is generally short lived and may result in cyclical emotional eating patterns. For these folks consulting a qualified therapist for an evaluation is the best advice.

But for the majority of us who experience temporary emotional lows the “comfort” we receive from eating certain foods may have more to do with associations we have with that food than any magical mood lifting powers. For example did you and your mom (or dad) make cookies together for fun? Did you share an ice cream cone with a beloved grandparent?

 The memory of the good feelings may be what is actually helping.

Although we do know that foods high in carbohydrate temporarily make you feel better, a piece of fruit or a granola bar will do the job just as nicely as ice cream or brownies or chips—although these foods will probably not be the thing that comes to mind first.

Here is a list of some “comfort” with a healthier twist”

·         Oatmeal

·         Fresh fruit and a little nut butter

·         Nuts and dark chocolate

·         Bean soups

·         Grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread

·         Whole grain granola bar

Let’s face it though; sometimes you do just want a little ice cream because it tastes good. Enjoy it for that reason alone.

 

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Why Are We Celebrating Our Bodies?

Beginning next Monday, February 16th, Nutrition Services is partnering with many offices across campus to host a positive body image week.  In the past, we’ve celebrated National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, but found that students are already aware of eating disorders.  Renaming the week and focusing on learning to embrace our bodies can help students to move away from some of the behaviors that might increase risk of developing disordered eating and exercise patterns.

Here’s a breakdown of the events we have going on next week, all of which are free and do not require tickets.

Monday, February 16th:

From 11am to 1pm, The Center for Multicultural Affairs is offering lunch at their Monday Motivation titled “Being Fine with Who You Are”.  At a roundtable discussion, students can discuss culture and body image with Mazella Fuller, PhD, MSW, LCSW from CAPS, J’nai Adams from the CMA and Kate Sayre, MPH, RDN from Student Health.  Courtney E. Martin will join the discussion.

Our keynote speaker’s talk and launch of our “Identity Over Image” campaign will take place at 7pm in the Nelson Music Room.  Courtney E. Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters and TED talk presenter, will discuss how effortless perfection is harming young women.  One of her quotes that we find most powerful is “We’re a generation of young {people} who were told they could be anything and heard they had to be everything”.

Tuesday, February 17th:

Have you heard of the “fitspo” movement?  These “inspirations” to exercise can be much more damaging than helpful.  We’re hosting a “true fitspiration” event in Brodie Gym from 5-7:30pm.  Here students can focus on positive reasons why they work out.  It may be to build strength, relieve stress or be able to sleep better.  It’s important we think of these benefits rather than superficial ones.

Those of us who treat eating disorders are often asked by students how they can approach a friend who they think is struggling with disordered behaviors.  Partnering with Duke students, we’ve created a recurring event called “Is This Normal?: How to Help a Friend with Disordered Eating”.  Embody Carolina is joining us to empower our community members to help each other.  This session will start at 6:30pm in McClendon 2.

Wednesday, February 18th:

WHOspeaks images remain powerful reminders of how we view our bodies.  The Women’s Center is hosting a showcase of these pictures as well as a discussion from 2-4pm.

Thursday, February 19th:

Me Too Monologues just wrapped up another very successful year.  We’re grateful to those who shared their stories, the actors and all in attendance.  We’re hosting a screening of past monologues that discuss body image.  Join us in the Keohane Atrium at 6:30pm.

Friday, February 20th:

To wrap up our week, we’re kicking it back at the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity from 3-5pm.  Karen Kuebler, the art therapist from Veritas Collaborative, is leading an activity titled "Using Visual Language to Promote Self-Compassion and Positive Body Image". We’ll be creating individual and collective positive art and would love you to join us.  Food will be provided.

With this week of events, we’re hoping to start and continue conversation on campus of how we can better treat ourselves and our bodies.  If you aren’t able to attend the events, we ask that you do your part.  Use positive language, disallow “fat talk” in your social circles, and celebrate your body for all it is capable of.  If you’re concerned about your own behaviors, please take our anonymous screen to assess.

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You Can't Take Duke Out Of The Girl

Happy belated 2015! I am studying abroad in Madrid this semester as part of the Duke in Madrid program. We are only 30 + days into the year, and already it has brought me so many adventures. So much to be grateful for.

So why, you might be wondering, am I still blogging on Student Affairs when I could be at the Museo del Prado looking at Picasso’s Guernica, eating tapas, or at least doing my homework, which must know I am a Duke student after seeing how much I have received over the past few days. I think the answer to this is best described by a Duke 360 photo I saw very early in the New Year. (https://document360.duke.edu/2015/01/05/january-5-2015/). To put it another way, you can take the girl out of Duke but you can’t take Duke out of the girl.

I have one more year in college and then it’s the “real world.” So I'm taking this semi-independent study abroad program as a dry run of what it means to be living without Duke’s campus, Duke infinite resources, and Div Cafe’s baked oatmeal. 

I have blogs of more “substance” coming, but for now I will let the photos speak for themselves--taken in Sevilla and Madrid. Keep it dirty, Durham! Over and out.

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Time to Rethink the Midnight Snack?

As a Duke student, I am no stranger to the late-night cram session the night before an exam, or the essay-writing marathon that stretches into the early morning hours.  For many of us in college, day and night have become flexible terms that more often than not misalign with being awake and being asleep.  When burning the midnight oil, we often crave a snack to keep us going through the night.  However, a recent study by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (reviewed here in the NY Times) suggests that these late-night nibbles may be messing with our bodies’ internal clocks.

Published this past December in the journal Cell Metabolism, the study used mice to look at the relationships between meal times, weight gain, and overall health.  Mice were allowed to eat on two different schedules – one group had access to food all day long, while the other group of mice had access to food for only 9 or 12 hours per day.  The results showed that even though all of the mice consumed the same number of daily calories, those mice that only ate during the 9 to 12 hour window were healthier, gained less weight (some obese mice even lost weight), and had more lean muscle mass than the mice that ate all day long.

Scientists believe that the results seen in the mice may have significant implications for humans too.  Although the exact mechanism is still being researched further, this study hypothesizes that meal times affect the body’s circadian rhythms, even more so than dark and light cycles.   Circadian rhythms are our bodily processes that run on an approximately 24-hour cycle, and they affect how our genes work.  This study suggests that eating only within a 12-hour time window allows for our genes and metabolic pathways to synchronize and work together more effectively, keeping our bodies leaner and stronger.  While the old adage goes, “we are what we eat,” it may be more likely that “we are when we eat. “

This being said, it can be nearly impossible to avoid those midnight cravings all the time, so it’s important to be smart when choosing a late-night snack.  To give yourself a boost of fuel at any hour, pair a carbohydrate (fresh or dried fruit, whole grain crackers, veggies) with a protein source (yogurt, cheese, nuts, hummus) – check out this Smart Snacking resource for more ideas!  Also, be sure to feed yourself well and regularly during the day to meet your daily energy needs, so when nighttime rolls around, you’re still feeling satisfied and productive.  Your body and its clock will thank you!

      

 

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Recruitment Stats

The Interfraternity Council extended 467 bids to potential new members during 2015 formal recruitment, while the Panhellenic Association extended 355 bids.  This represents an increase in bids offered for both IFC and Panhel compared to the previous year.

 

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My life as the Fresh Pres(ident) of Bel Air

Coming to Edens, I was extremely nervous about how things would turn out. The majority of my dorm mates freshmen year were people I did not feel connected to, and my RA was usually MIA. More than that, people always talk about Edens as a sort of “black hole” of West Campus because of it being the farthest dorm from all the academic buildings and the Bryan Center. This less-than wonderful experience my freshman year led me to become involved in house council and become president.

Even with all this negative opinion surrounding the dorm, I can honestly say it has been an incredibly positive experience. Both RAs are extremely friendly and excited to foster a sense of community, and they make themselves available to everyone. Moreover, the small amount of people in the dorm makes it really easy to get to know other people in the dorm. Even the housekeepers have been incredibly friendly and welcoming! It doesn’t even matter that Edens is the farthest from the academic buildings and most of the West Campus facilities because the environment is so relaxed and open that it makes it easy to take the extra few minutes to reach my dorm.

In the semester that I’ve already spent here, we’ve had a Chipotle event, a DUI performance, a Finvite to the Durham Food Tour, and a trip to the DPAC to see an accapella group.  The best part about it is that, because it is an independent house, the people who go to these events all have different interests and involvements at Duke. There is an incredible artist in my hall, some lacrosse players who get really extreme when they play Ping-Pong with each other, and a guy who orders Grace’s Café for delivery almost every day.

There’s something incredibly comforting about the consistency of coming back from class and seeing the Grace’s delivery guy or hearing the pitter patter of the ping pong ball. As my RC said in an email the first week of classes in August, Edens really is “the hidden gem” of Duke. I love being part of this community and helping it grow as a community with my position.
 

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