Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 7:32 pm

Benefits of jogging hard to ignore

By Darby Newell
Columnist
Have you ever considered taking up jogging? Fall is a great time to start. I started jogging in the fall of 2003, and have been doing so ever since. The health benefits are excellent and seemingly endless. Here are a few reasons to consider becoming a jogger.
 • It can improve your physical well being. Jogging will help burn off those extra calories. It helps to build strong bones and strengthens muscles. Developing a regular jogging habit can effectively reduce your chances of developing cancer and heart disease. A stronger immune system is also connected to regular exercise. Jogging is said to be one of the best forms of exercise and is easily accessible for those interested.
 • It can help reduce stress and anxiety. Students face many pressures to succeed in school. This can lead to stress, which is known to have a negative impact on your...

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Health-care options for students

By JULIET KADZVITI
Staff Writer
Niagara College offers healthcare services for students throughout the academic year at both the Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland campuses.
Penny McKee, healthcare nurse at the Welland campus, says the facility functions like a clinic. “We have an on-site medical facili ty for the students that is multifaceted in terms of what services we provide.”
The confidential medical services are staffed by two registered nurses, as well as three physicians who come in at least three times a week. There is also a psychiatrist available monthly upon request.
“Students can pre-book an appointment in advance by calling our office or they can come down to book the appointments. That way I get an opportunity to speak to the students and determine what their needs are,” says McKee, who interacts with a lot of students in the facility.
Once there students can fill out a student health card, and bring...

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Caffeine on our brains

By JILL BORDEN
Staff Writer
Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world, but many of us don’t know what it does to our bodies.
For many, caffeine is consumed in the form of coffee or tea in the morning as a wake up; others take caffeine pills or drink energy drinks for that boost of energy. But what other impacts does caffeine have?
“Caffeine is a drug that has affects on the brain; there are receptors that respond to it,” says Dr. Cheryl McCormick, a Brock University professor and Canada Research Chair in neuroscience in an interview.
“Like all drugs that have their own effects on the body, it is mimicking natural compounds working in our brain.”
When consumed, caffeine molecules bind at the “adenosine” receptors, a natural compound that regulates brain functions; caffeine mimics the adenosine molecule, which is what gives you that energy you count on with your morning...

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The lies between your thighs

Studies show that 50 per cent of high school girls are “terrified” of gaining weight and are disgusted by their bodies. PHOTO BY MAZIE BISHOPBy MAZIE BISHOP
Staff Writer
The thigh gap has been the trending fitness goal for women for the past year, but experts are alarmed by the health risks women are taking trying to change their skeleton structure.
The unobtainable goal is to be able to stand with your feet together and to still have a gap between your thighs. Some women are going to unreal lengths to achieve it.
In 2012, the thigh gap craze exploded online and found its way into every news feed of every form of social media. But at some point between the start  of this trend and now, it changed from a fitness phenomenon to a status symbol for teenage girls.  An Australian study shows  more than 50 per cent of 1,000 high school girls are “terrified” of gaining weight and are severely unhappy with their bodies.
In the past two years there have been reports of starvation, eating...

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Parappilly: 'Live the life you want and pursue your passion'

Alex Parappilly with his dance team in Vancouver.By JASLEEN KAUR KALRA
Staff Writer
“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” – Paulo Coelho
“My passion is Bharata Natyam, an Indian classical dance which originates from South India,” says 19-year-old Alex Parappilly, who is a second-year student in the Bachelor of Science: Major in Biochemistry program at the University of the British Columbia, Okanagan campus.
He says this dance was used to perform in front of the gods in Hinduism, but is now performed not only in India, but around the world.
Bharata Natyam is a female dominated dance and it is rare to have a male perform, says Parappilly.
It is a dance in which you wear bells on your feet, tons of jewelry and a colourful costume. You must be wondering how...

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Green tea beneficial for your health

Green tea has been known for many beneficial attributes to  a healthy lifestyle.  PHOTO BY KAITLYN ANDREWSBy KAITLYN ANDREWS
Staff Writer
I see trees of green and healthy living too with the help of green tea. When it comes to living well, it can be difficult with a busy schedule and temptation knocking at your door.
For all of the vitamins, immune boosters and coffee ingested daily by people around the world, this special little tree has been overlooked. One cup a day can help to promote that healthy life you’re looking for, along with a healthier mind.
Green tea is packed with anti-oxidants. These are important for protection of the body’s cells and molecules.
“There are some studies that show green tea can prevent certain cancers (breast, prostate and colorectal), in that respect it may be helpful in preserving life,” said Holly Letourneau, a naturopathic doctor at Hart & Sol Integrative Healthcare.
Green tea could also help prevent age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; reduce blood sugar levels, which is...

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Start your 1,000-mile journey

Submitted PhotoBy JESSE ROBITAILLE
Columnist
“Man is by nature a political animal.” — Aristotle
But we were creatures of habit long before entering the world of politics — a history that’s very telling of our current state of being.
Habits and patterns are evolutionary, but politics is learned behaviour. Hunter S. Thompson said politics is the art of controlling your environment, but I hardly see anyone taking control of their own existence and becoming politicians of their daily lives. Perhaps, we lack our parents’ artistry or maybe we’re distracted and tired.
After all, times have changed. It seems information could be hurting us rather than helping us. We have access to vast resources and seemingly self-replicating technology, but we’re only a step or two past apes biologically. Our technology has evolved faster than our biology. There is so much to do and see and so little time to do it in, but I’m not...

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