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Essential health advice for MWSU students | Lifestyles

Navigating the demands of higher education, college students often find it challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle, with many unaware of the essentials for staying healthy. Finding nutritional options and staying active can be particularly tough for students in college.

One common nutritional challenge students face is not knowing what to eat, as they are used to home-cooked meals with nutritious foods provided for them. Now on meal plans, they are left unaware of what they should be consuming. 

“A lot of these college kids come with their parents either cooking for them or buying them nutritious meals, and they get here and they’re on a meal plan,” Sports and Performance Coach Rachel Pike said. 

Despite the availability of unhealthy items like pizza, burgers, fries, cake and more provided at the school, students can still make healthy choices. 

“They have that sandwich area, fresh produce sections, and you really just want to make sure that you’re building a very colorful and diverse plate,” Pike said.

At Missouri Western, students can build a sandwich in the cafeteria or at Subway, allowing them to add protein rich meat and colorful vegetables. 

Zach Fears, the director of sports performance, mentions that Chick-fil-A offers healthy options such as salads, fruit cups, yogurt, wraps and grilled nuggets.

“They have grilled nuggets that are actually really calorie friendly,” Fears said.

Not knowing what foods students should consume and how many calories they need per day could impact their weight and health. 

“Understanding when you need things, why you should eat the thing, that’s the biggest thing,” Fears said. “It’s really hard to get in shape if you have no idea how many calories and what type of calories you’re putting in.”

If students are wondering what foods to consume and how many calories they should eat,

‘Not acceptable’: UBC medical students voice emergency room concerns

Two University of British Columbia medical students are speaking out for their future, their fellow community members and potential patients.

UBC medical students Sandra Smiley and Christina Schwarz spoke with Global News regarding the current state of B.C.’s health-care system — especially regarding emergency health departments.

“Things are getting worse rather than getting better in emergency departments as we speak,” Sandra Smiley said.

“The system as (it) is, is not acceptable to patients or staff,” Schwarz said. “The further we get into our studies, the harder it’s going to get until we are the physicians that have to make those really tough decisions because our system is failing patients.”

The failure, the students say, is attributed to overcrowding, understaffing and violence in B.C. emergency departments.

Click to play video: 'Patient spends 9 days in Vancouver Island hospital hallway'

Patient spends 9 days in Vancouver Island hospital hallway

The pair is part of the UBC medicine PAC whose recent paper, Enough Waiting: A Call to Resuscitate BC Emergency Departments, says the median time that in-patients are kept in emergency departments is about 17.5 hours.

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“I’ve seen people boarded in the emergency department for hours, days sometimes,” Smiley said.

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“When people have to suffer through these wait times, they lose faith in the system,” Schwarz added.

The students met with the province earlier this month and brought forward a list of remedies that include increased capacity for primary care, and better long-term care and supportive housing options to reduce hospital stays.

“I think they’ve got great suggestions and we will look at anything they bring forward as they are seeing the front line of the health-care system

Health Unit Mailing Out More Than 1,300 Suspension Notices For Students Not Up To Date On Vaccinations Or Missing Information

KAWARTHA LAKES-This month the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) says it will be mailing out 1,374 suspension notices to parents of students in Grades 3 and Grades 9 to 12 who do not meet the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requirements. This means the student’s record with the Health Unit is missing immunization information, either because a parent and/or guardian has not yet submitted the immunization information or a valid exemption to the Health Unit, or the student has not yet received the immunizations. If the Health Unit does not receive the required information for a student’s immunization file, they will be suspended from school starting February 5, 2024, for up to 20 days or until public health records are updated to meet ISPA requirements.

According to the health unit, The Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) R.S.O.1990 requires all students in Ontario to be vaccinated, or have a valid exemption, against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease and varicella. The HKPR District Health Unit is required to maintain and review vaccine records and exemptions for every student attending school within the City of Kawartha Lakes, the County of Haliburton, and Northumberland County. Those with incomplete records are at risk of being suspended from school for up to 20 days.

Throughout the 2022-23 school year, the HKPR District Health Unit addressed the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic by mailing out notices to parents of students who were overdue for immunizations.

“As part of our continued work to prevent the spread of vaccine preventable diseases our teams have been working diligently with local school boards to support parents through the process of updating vaccines and records with the Health Unit,” says Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medical Officer of Health, and CEO for

Ball State students and members of the local community have brought vintage style into their lives.

Long mirror? Check. Phone? Check. Outfit of the day? Check. Everything was ready to go. 

Patrick Phillips posed in front of the mirror, snapped a photo and uploaded the day’s “fit check” with its signature swirl and star emojis to their social media. These emojis are Phillips’ favorites. They said that the swirl reminds them of the ’80s and ’90s, and the star is a representation of aesthetics and good fortune.

They first started posting “fit checks” for personal enjoyment, saying they like to show people what they’re wearing, but Phillips also wants to encourage others to embrace being different and express themselves. 

“I like helping people and motivating people,” Phillips said. “I remember one time I was in North [Dining], and somebody came up to me and was like, ‘Yo, look at this shirt. You’re the reason why I’m wearing this. You gave me the confidence to wear this shirt.’ And I felt really good. I’m like, ‘That’s what my intentions are. I want you to feel comfortable being yourself.’”

Phillips, a second-year fashion major, first got into vintage fashion back in their senior year of high school after dressing up for Throwback Thursday with their friend in ’80s outfits.

“I remember that day, I looked in the mirror, and I was like, ‘I’m really digging this style,’” Phillips said.


Second year fashion major Patrick Phillips, poses wearing vintage baggy jeans with an 80s era Mickey Mouse crewneck for a photo Nov. 27 at Park Hall. Andrew Berger, DN

Beginning to wear vintage clothing was a gradual process for them, and it wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic hit that they began to do a lot of research on the style. After that, Phillips began wearing ’80s and ’90s outfits all the time, thrifting the majority of their clothes.


These Western med students started a website to simplify the health-care system for newcomers

Three medical students at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry have started an online resource centre that provides culturally-specific health information for newcomers and refugees to Canada. 

The Newcomer Health Hub (NHH) educates community members and frontline health care workers on how to treat the complex health challenges newcomers may have, using evidence-based information tailored to their unique needs. 

Third-year students, Lotus Alphonsus, Theshani De Silva, and Penelope Neocleous started NHH to advocate for and empower newcomers to take control of their own health.

“In medical school, refugees are treated as one group and what we’ve noticed is that certain communities have certain issues and traumas they’ve experienced,” Alphonsus said. 

“Without having that background and knowing what you should be asking, it’s really hard to help give holistic care, especially to these communities who aren’t used to advocating for themselves or knowing that they can.”

They’ve created infographics focusing on how conflicts around the world impact immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ+, South Asian, African, Caribbean, and Black communities respectively. They also share knowledge around mental health, and sexual and reproductive health. 

Goals to bridge the gaps 

A screengrab of the NHH website
NHH’s website is spread out into categories focusing on different communities and how they can better access health care, along with preventative measures they need to take to manage their health. (Newcomer Health Hub )

The trio’s passion to bridge the gaps within the system came from their shared backgrounds as children of refugee parents who struggled to get the care they needed.

“Access to resources were not always optimal and as soon as I was old enough, I was attending appointments with my parents to help them better understand the system,” De Silva said. 

De Silva had a relative who was diagnosed with a disease that could’ve been prevented had she gotten the

UO students’ clothing brands and the optimistic future of fashion. | Arts & Culture

In recent years, streetwear has seen a trend of diversifying and individualizing fashion that has encouraged individuals to make, thrift and upcycling clothing. 

Though all UO product design students are taking similar steps in their careers, Eliana Kertzner, Danny Infante-Pardo and Kundai Kapurura have vastly different clothing companies, aesthetics and inspirations. Their major has fostered a community where students flourish and find their niche in the world.

ELKE | Eliana Kertzner


Eliana Kertzner is a third-year product design major who owns and operates the brand ELKE. Many students at the University of Oregon are putting their passion for fashion to use by creating their own clothing brands. (Molly McPherson/Emerald)

When she was young, Kertzner fell in love with Belle from Beauty and the Beast, more specifically Belle’s dress. The gown is flowy yet gathered and structured, which intrigued her nine-year-old self. She pleaded with her mom to take her to the fabric store to create her dream princess dress. Through trial and error, over the years Kertzner became able to recreate it and more.

“I was kind of obsessed with Disney princess dresses and was totally convinced I could make one,” Kertzner said.

ELKE is a commission-based clothing business in which Kertzner brings new techniques and inspirations and applies them to older silhouettes — the shape of the outfit and the way it lays on one’s body — and mediums such as quilting, corsetry, women’s medieval fashion and, of course, Disney princess dresses.

The COVID-19 pandemic allowed ELKE to really flourish. Though a difficult time for most people around the world, for Kertzner, it was time for individual growth. She spent her time alone sewing, and sewing and sewing. Kertzner now finds herself at a point where she can create almost anything.

“Part of creating my brand was

Old clothing, fresh looks: Winnipeg fashion students embrace nationwide upcycling challenge

Fashion design students at a Winnipeg college are taking on a nationwide challenge that encourages up-and-coming designers to find ways to reduce waste by transforming worn garments and scraps into unique and updated outfits.

Research suggests Canadians end up throwing 85 per cent of their textiles into landfills, says Cal Lakhan, who teaches at York University’s faculty of environmental and urban change and specializes in waste diversion.

More than 1.1 billion kilograms of textile waste goes to landfills in Canada each year, Lakhan said, citing data from waste audits and research conducted by Sabine Weber, a professor at Seneca Polytechnic who also works with the sustainability non-profit Fashion Takes Action.

Much of that waste stems from fast fashion — cheap, trendy clothing that’s often only worn a handful of times.

“We just dump it,” said Lee Cirujales, a student at Winnipeg’s MC College, with a tone of frustration in her voice.

“There’s just so much waste in the world,” she added, remarking on how discarded clothes are often shipped off to other countries, with some excess items being burned in landfills. 

Cirujales and her classmates at MC College are taking part in the Upcycling Challenge, a Canada-wide contest put on by the advocacy group Fashion Revolution, which encourages students to breathe new life into tired old clothes.

WATCH | See the students’ upcycled designs:

Upcycling fashion to tackle textile waste

Fashion design students at Winnipeg’s MC College are taking on the Upcycling Challenge, a nationwide contest that encourages up-and-coming designers to transform worn clothing into unique, updated styles.

“Even a few garments, like a T-shirt or a sweatshirt that you upcycle and make into something else — a small thing can really make a huge difference,” said Cirujales.

Her entry in the Upcycling Challenge is a knit

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