Health

Your Guide To Staying Healthy at URI

July 31, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health

URI Mackal Field House Indoor Track

URI Mackal Field House Indoor Track

We all know how difficult it can be to remain healthy and fit while away at school and students at the University of Rhode Island are no exception to that. Dining halls, late night munchies, and fast food spots surrounding us wherever we go. Although eating has a tremendous impact on how healthy you are, staying active is just as important. Here are some tips on how to avoid the freshmen fifteen, lose the sophomore sixteen, dodge the junior jillion, and shave off the senior seventeen. 

TIP #1: MAKE THE TIME TO WORK OUT
I can’t tell you how many people I know that have used the excuse, “I don’t have the time!” Truth is, we’re all students with social lives and with grades to keep up; none of us have the spare time either. You have to make the time to work out in order to be a healthier you. Even if that means setting your alarm clock an hour early before class or saying no to happy-hour once a week!

Avoid the late night munchies

Avoid the late night munchies

TIP #2:DON’T EAT WHEN YOU GET HOME FROM A NIGHT OUT
I know we all enjoy eating a Chicken Parmesan calzone at 3AM from I-Zone, but it’s not doing you any good. Those extra calories are proving to be deadly and will help you gain weight immediately. Instead of ordering food, maybe set a side a snack for when you get home. Believe it or not, a peanut butter and banana sandwich tastes great after a long night out down-the-line.

TIP #3: FIND A WORK OUT PARTNER 
It’s never easy getting yourself to the gym, but when you have another person depending on you, things change. Having a workout buddy can mean the difference between getting a work out in or taking a nap. It’s important to surround yourself with people who have similar goals as you because believe it or not you’ll end up inspiring each other and now you won’t have an excuse because URI has a brand new state of the art fitness center right across from Hope Dining Hall. 

Remain active

Remain active

TIP #4: TRY NEW THINGS 
Switching up your routine is key in order to see results, but also to keep you interested in your workout. Try out new workout regimes to spice up your daily routines. If you’re not much of a runner, pick a beautiful day (Rhode Island has plenty to choose from) and around alongside the seawall or even through campus. If your a cardio fanatic, get yourself into a weight training class and learn about proper form and technique. The new Anna Fascitelli Fitness studio has a wide range of classes from dance to weight training and even kickboxing. This could really do your body some justice!

TIP #5: GET SOME SLEEP
Believe me, I know it’s difficult to get those 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you’re not up studying for an exam then you’re probably out and about in Narragansett or maybe your a Netflix series binge watcher. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to sleep when you have the time to because this will help you regain your energy to work out better, focus on your classes, and be an overall happier individual.

TIP #6: HAVE A WELL BALANCED DIETBalanced Diet
Truth is, as college students we are all growing physically and mentally. In order for that growth to peek we must fuel our bodies to the best of our abilities. Yes, I encourage you to eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, but I also encourage you to consume protein and fats regularly. I don’t mean a large fries from Burger King when I say fat, but instead try some almonds, peanuts, or avocados. These are all great sources of good fat and are tasty, too. Mix things up and enjoy your fast metabolism while you still got it!

TIP #7: BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS
So often college students get caught up in the pressures of school, society, and family. It’s okay to admit that you’re stressed out and to cut back on some of  the responsibilities on your plate. Being kind to yourself also means being honest with how you feel physically and mentally. Take a break once and a while…you deserve it! While you’re at it, don’t forget to be kind to those around you. This will make you happier and more at peace with yourself. Mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why it must be practiced regularly.

Consider these tips when trying to remain healthy and fit at any college or university. Luckily for the students at the University of Rhode Island being active outdoors comes easy because of the cool ocean breeze and wide open space in and around campus. Whatever town or city you are from, these tips can help you become more physically, emotionally, and even sexually healthier. 

Dinning Hall Dilemma at URI

June 19, 2015 in Campus Life, Colleges, Health, Reviews

The University of Rhode Island offers more than just traditional dining halls. Although you’ll find yourself going to Hope Commons and Butterfield for most of your meals, it’s still important to change things up. Don’t fear the Freshmen 15 and enjoy some good eats on-campus!

At the top of campus, you’ll find the Emporium…you’ll grow to love it because of the diversity of foods, but you’ll also hate it because it’s not a far walk from your dorm. Which means, you’ll probably find yourself there at least once or twice a week.

Albie's Steak and Cheese Sandwich

Albie’s Steak and Cheese Sandwich

Albie’s Place offers some great greasy sandwiches a long with your traditional burgers, french fries and breakfast foods. My personal favorites have got to be the Phat Sandwiches. These are Albie’s signature sandwiches that you won’t find anywhere else. Like the Phat Albie, which includes chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, steak fries, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard on a sub or wrap. My freshmen year was changed the day I order a Phat Grenade. At 11PM on a Friday night I devoured a sub filled with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and marinara sauce. Not to mention the steak fries that are absolutely to die for.

Peking Tokyo General Tso's

Peking Tokyo General Tso’s

Are you in the mood for some Chinese or Japanese food? Peking Tokyo is the place for you! From traditional sushi to fried chicken and rice, this restaurant definitely switches things up for the students at URI. Sometimes you’re just in the mood for some sesame chicken, especially during finals week when nothing seems to satisfy your craving unless its greasy, unhealthy, and extremely filling. You won’t leave this place unhappy. Your greatest fortune has got to be trying some of this Chinese and Japanese food while attending URI.

Who doesn’t love burritos and some chips? At the University of Rhode Island Emporium ,you can find well known eatery, Caliente Mexican Grill. From traditional burritos to burritos that have steak, fried beans, and rice with some barbecue sauce on the side, your taste buds will be singing once you step foot inside. Don’t be shy, their friendly staff is always open to suggestions and will add just about anything to your burrito, including chips, guac and some tasteful salsa. Freshmen fifteen here we come!

Falafel Salad from I-Pocket

Falafel Salad from I-Pocket

Last, but certainly not least International Pocket brings a little bit of Greek culture to URI. Offering salads, gyro sandwiches and falafels, I-Pocket is exploding with taste! Their taziki is freshly made, which adds even more taste to the sandwiches and salads. If you’re ever looking for a little bit more taste than your average meal, this is the place for you.

Make your time at the University of Rhode Island a memorable one and try out some of these places! Although the dining hall food is digestible, sometimes you’re in a bit of a dinning hall dilemma and must make some decisions. Forget the freshmen fifteen and enjoy yourself…this is the time to do it!

Snacks We Love (but Hate at the Same Time) During College

April 24, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Health

We all know that when a person goes to college their daily diet changes over time. As we are told the “Freshman 15” happens to almost all students who goes to college and who lives in the dorms. There are some students who can control their desire for junk food and late night snacks, but we do not all have such a self-résistance to eat whatever we want, at any time we want. Here are some snacks we desire when we are in college, especially at the end of the semester.

Snacks we love and hate

Snacks we love and hate!

Candy: We all know candy will get any person who is tired and sleepy with a lot of energy. I know we are not kids who always get sugar high, but it still does the same effect. Candies such as sneaker bars, Kit Kat, gummy bears, chocolate, white chocolate, and most importantly, sour patch. Not everyone likes candy and they are certainly bad for your teeth and for your health, but this is one snack we, as college students, do not reject especially when we are in need of energy at the end of a long and painful semester.

Energy Drinks: I know that drinks are not snacks but are often accompany with several of snacks that help with the level of energy. With energy drinks along candy and other snacks it provides the body with such an amount of sugar that helps the college student become awake and alert during exams and classes. Some of the energy drinks are Monster, Red Bull and sodas (soft drinks) such as Coca Cola and Pepsi. Using drinks a long with other unhealthy snacks can provide a college student with an unhealthy diet, but let’s be honest, when in a state of stress and of writing final papers, eating healthy is the last thought in mind.

Chips: Oh the lovely sound of eating chips and the crunchy feeling while we eat Doritos and Lays Chips! Eating chips while doing homework or attending class is so common that it is a difficult habit to break. As college students we sometimes do not have time to get a full meal between classes and eating chips is a fast and convincement way to get the stomach filled until you have a proper meal. Who does not love chips, I can guess some people do not because of the empty calories that it has, but eating chips has become the most effective way of getting energy for classes and when doing homework.

While eating a lot of snacks is definably not healthy for the body. It is also important to know that eating snacks is a way to survive long hours of classes and hours of doing homework/group work. While some stay away from snacks that are empty calories, I also believe that these snacks helps a person who is in need for a quick energy boost before going to class or while doing a long essay and should be considered life savers for college students.

The CC Scene Told Through Disney Movies

April 17, 2015 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health, Love, Sports

I absolutely love watching movies about the college experience. So what better way than to tell you the ABSOLUTE truth about the CC social scene than through DISNEY MOVIES? Yes, you read right. #enjoy

Monsters University

1. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY. AND MORE STUDY. Monsters University is probably one of the best sequels in all of Disney movie history! (Sorry Disney, we only speak the truth.) What makes this movie even more fantastic? IT CANNOT BE MORE TRUE! Part of a community college social scene are people studying. If you have goals to reach, the library might just be your BFF! One-eyed Mike Wazowski has the dream of being a full-fledged scarer, and he knows that studying is one way to get there! So what are you all doing? Let’s get to studying! #hopontoit

The Rescuers

2. THE CLUB LIFE. We crown Bernard and Miss Bianca King and Queen of The Club Life! Community College is all about networking, and what better way to do that than to join clubs? Join clubs that you take interest in! Are you a woman with a voice? Feminist Club may be your calling. Do you have a knack for acting? The Theatre Club would love to have you! Of course if saving little children from villainous people if your thing, the Rescue Aid Society may be hiring in your area. #rescuersreference

Hercules

3. ZERO TO HERO. The social scene is more than just joining clubs and studying. It’s also about staying fit and staying healthy! Many college students take part in after- school activities such as sports. Taking part in a sport gives you discipline and allows you to meet people with the same passion you do. In my opinion, if it worked for Hercules, it could work for you, too! Who doesn’t want killer abs and toned legs for beach season? #notme!

Lady and the Tramp

4. THE OCCASIONAL DATE. Yes, once in while you will get asked out and hopefully, he or she will sweep you off your feet! This is one of the most looked-forwarded to things when it comes to embracing the social scene in college. Have fun and enjoy the time you have meeting new girls or guys. BUT, don’t let your emotions cloud your head! This is still school, which means you need to keep your grades in check and at all times! So with that said; Stop day- dreaming and get back to studying!

Tangled

5. LEAVE THE TOWER. Rapunzel knows what she’s doing; It’s time to leave the tower. Yes, of course you may take a break from studying so hard in the library! Explore the community surrounding your college! I go to school in Pasadena, California which is great because just five minutes away is an outdoor mall! Tons of college kids hang around the surrounding community after school to relax and enjoy the college life. You did more than just apply to go to school, you also applied to become part of the community. Take advantage of it. It could just end up being your #bestdayever.

Sleeping Beauty

6. FOR THE MOST PART. Aurora has the right idea. Sleeping is the one thing you will be doing for most of your college experience. Because let’s face it, after studying hard, joining clubs, working out, going on romantic dates, and exploring the surrounding community, we just become DEAD TIRED. Right, Aurora? #imakemyselflaughsometimes Luckily for us college kids, we don’t need a kiss from a prince or princess to wake us up. So after you get your beauty sleep, you better wake up and do it again. Like now. #onrepeat

Until Next Time!

 

Stress and How to Manage It

April 10, 2015 in Alive Campus, Health

StressWe’ve all been overwhelmed time and again. I myself get overwhelmed what seems like a majority of the time. Sometimes, I feel like all I ever am is stressed out. We’re all college students, who, let’s face it, are broke and trying to figure out what we want to do with our lives and the stress just seems to pile up. The important thing to remember is to not let it build up to where you don’t see a way out. You have to be able to manage your stress or otherwise you will not be able to function, well unless you are a superhero or something.

It is important to make time for yourself each and every day and I know this can be hard to do with our schedules, especially for those who are trying to raise a family, working more than one job, or going to a military college. Time is limited and time is our enemy, but if you continue on an overloaded schedule then you might lose time. By simply taking 30 minutes out of your day to do something you enjoy or taking a nap does wonders to your health both emotionally and physically. Our bodies are not meant to be going on a never ending schedule because they will eventually break down and then you won’t have any time to do your work or everything else you were doing on your overloaded schedule.

Additionally, you must manage and prioritize your schedule as well. This allows you to realize that you have so many hours within the day and you must pick and choose what you are able to do within that day. However, just make sure you do not over schedule yourself because then there was no point in making a schedule in the first place. You make a schedule so you can keep track of time and not stress yourself out.

Consequently, there will come a time, maybe more than once, that you will get stressed out. This is when you need to take time for yourself and relieve that stress. There are many different things you can do to relieve stress and crying is one of them. Not many people like to admit it, especially guys, but crying is a good stress reliever. It releases everything that you might have been feeling and leaves you feeling relieved and unfortunately tired afterwards. Other things you might consider are going for a run. Exercising is a great stress reliever also, or maybe you already know what works for you. Either way, find your outlet and let it all out. You will feel better in the end, even though you might not think so.

Overall, stress is something everyone deals with. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, because everyone has their breaking point. The point is to make sure you know what to do when you have that breaking point. Simply step away from the situation and re-group. We all need those moments and it doesn’t make us weak by any means, it simply makes us human.