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Health Myth #1
Myth: Eating foods containing fat, makes you fat.
Why: Eating fat does not cause you to gain weight or become fat. For many people, the real reason for weight gain is excess carbohydrates. When your body takes in carbohydrates, regardless of the form (sugar, bread, fruits, or vegetables), your body converts them into glucose. When your glucose levels rise your body produces insulin to get rid of the excess glucose. Your body does this by converting glucose into glycogen which is stored in the liver and muscles. Because your body can only handle a limited amount of glycogen, the excess glucose is stored as body fat. Once your glucose levels fall below normal, you become hungry and the process begins all over again.
Tip: Eat a diet containing roughly 30% fats, 40% protein, 30% carbs. Make sure the carbs you take in, are primarily complex carbs and carbs coming from fruits and vegetables.
You know that call you keep meaning to make to your parents, a family member, or a friend from another city? Call them. College is a time for creating new ties but also not letting go of your current ones. Hearing a loved one’s voice can de-stress your mind and even your body from tension you didn’t know you had.
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If you have a busy schedule with barely any time to stop for lunch, buy healthy snacks to pack and bring with you when you leave. The snacks can include fruit, apples, berries, or bananas; vegetables, such as carrots or sliced peppers; protein sources like nuts or hard boiled eggs; or even pretzels and a granola bar.
Carrying around snacks like these are easy and don’t make a mess! Packing snacks will help you from buying convenient snacks or fast food meals that are calorie filled and lack nutrients. Buying healthy snacks in bulk at a grocery store and packing it yourself is much more inexpensive than buying snacks on the go from gas stations and convenient stores. They also fill you up if you still have a lot of time before your next meal, so you don’t have to continue to snack all day.
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Need something fun and active to do over the long weekend?
The YMCA is having an MLK Fitness Challenge on Sunday, January 18th from 1-5 p.m.
Challenge your friends and have some fun as you go through the obstacle challenges and prepare yourself physically for the near year. Registration information can be obtained at the Multicultural Affairs Center and the Adair County YMCA.
More students are making their way to the Wellness Zone to check things out. Although still under slight construction, the wellness zone seems to be making its mark on Truman’s campus with more visitors coming on a daily basis. This has a lot to do with the advertisement done by students in Health courses and the on campus student health committee.
Although not set in stone, the Wellness Zone, which is now located on the first floor in Pickler Memorial Library on Truman’s campus, is subject to move so stay on the look out for any changes! These possible changes will not take effect until next semester!
Visit Truman State University’s very own Wellness Zone on Twitter @TrumanZone!!!!!!!!!