Sunday, 01 March 2015, 5:26 am

Healthy options always available

By JUHYUNG PARK
Staff Writer
Donna Graham presented healthy alternatives to high-fat foods for students. PHOTO BY JUHYUNG PARKIt is possible to have better health by changing a few ingredients when you cook.
The Thorold Public Library held  an information session on Lower Fat Cooking on Jan. 24.
This presented what is the lower fat options cooks have and shared the information about how to make healthful food.
Attendees registered through the library’s website. A sparse but attentive group welcomed Donna Graham, event presenter and a volunteer community food adviser at the Niagara Region.
She introduced various lower fat foods, recipes, and which food can be good for different ages.
“Everything we do, as a community food adviser, we do according to Canada’s Food Guide,” said Graham, handing out the few recipes and small poster entitled Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.
In the poster it showed Canada’s Food Guide and there were a few things listed on how to eat well.
Among the advisories are getting the recommended number of servings...

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Giving anxiety a run for its money

By KAITLYN ANDREWS
Staff Writer
Students may deal with many issues that can affect their studies. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY KAITLYN ANDREWSEating healthy and exercising daily play big roles in keeping those heart palpitating, nerve wracking, palm sweating anxious monsters at bay in your ocean of emotion.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. There are many forms of anxiety disorders, one being generalized anxiety disorder. This involves excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, panic disorder, which is unprovoked anxiety attacks causing heart palpitations, chest pain, sweating and phobia anxiety, specific to an intense fear of an object or situation.
Another is social anxiety disorder, an overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations.
Whether you suffer from one or more, the following methods can improve your well being, if used correctly and properly balanced into your daily life.
“There are a wide range of natural remedies for anxiety, but it’s best to assess each individual as to which one might...

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Quality nutrition before trendy diets

By ANDREA CROSBY
Staff Writer
Apples are a good source of Vitamin C. PHOTO BY CARLY MCHUGHDiet fads and trends are popular across the board, at any age, especially with new generations constantly being subjected to them through media and magazines. 
Students are no exception, except their diet fads are more extreme. Starving, skipping meals, cutting out fats or carbs completely, are just some of the ways students struggle with dieting. Why these methods? They’re easy.
However, it’s not about fads, it’s about nutrition for successful weight loss, fitness, and overall, a healthier student. 
Zach Peckham, a Pre-health university student at Niagara College, recommends eating foods like chicken, sweet potato, rice and vegetables to optimize performance during a workout. 
“Pretty much anything healthy will benefit you when you’re trying to perform better,” said Peckham. 
“It all depends on what your goal is. When people are trying to get better aesthetics, they’re usually cutting out their carbs, but for someone that wants to lift heavier weights they eat...

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The Taboo on Tattoos at Work

By MAZIE BISHOP
Staff Writer
‘Love Life’: Niagara College students show off their visible tattoos. PHOTOS BY MAZIE BISHOPTattoos and body modifications are a large part of today’s culture although it’s well known they weren’t widely accepted in the past.
Tattoos were associated with gangs, bikers and other rebellious groups. When it came to occupations, employers would look at tattooed applicants and deny them work based on the marks on their bodies.
Today, tattoos and piercings have gained more acceptance in the workplace and at Niagara College.
Many employers, one of the most notable being WalMart and Target, say they are on board with this form of art, and some have policies which state that no one will be turned away based on body art, piercings or any body modifications that will not affect their ability to work.
This policy is a leap in the right direction, but what are colleges doing to assure this acceptance?
Jenna Lainey, 19, is still warming up to this acceptance and talks about how...

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PiƱa coladas and toxin removal

By KAITLYN ANDREWS
Staff Writer
Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help with oral health. PHOTO BY KAITLYN ANDREWSIf you like piña coladas and living healthy, keep reading.
Coconut oil has many beneficial traits and positive effects on the body.
Let’s start with coconut oil’s abundance in medium chain triglycerides (MCT), a type of saturated fat that’s quickly and easily turned into energy.
Because our bodies metabolize MCTs fairly quickly, the result is less storage of them in the form of fat. Since MCTs undergo increased beta-oxidation (fat breakdown) and energy expenditure, there is a possibility it can help with weight loss, complimented by daily physical activity and a balanced diet.
“Coconut oil has the potential to help with weight loss, if used correctly,” said Joanna Cielen, a professor of nutrition and wellness at Niagara College.
For example, coconut oil could aid weight loss by simply replacing other oils, combined with a balanced diet and physical activity.
Another is that it has the potential to decrease hunger.
“If combined with healthy proteins...

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Use these tips, flick the switch off on energy use

By BECKI CREWE
Staff Writer
It’s time to start saving energy. Niagara College can do it and so can the rest of us.
The college has made many improvements over the last two years to become more energy efficient, and now it’s our turn.
Students in the Environmental Management and Assessment (EMA) program have a variety of professional tips and advice about reducing energy consumption.
Krysten Bates said a tip for conserving energy is, “reduce your thermostat by one degree in the winter months and increase it by one degree in the summer months.”
Mack Seebach said by doing this, you will save money on your energy bill “because you’re using less natural gas and electricity.”
A thermostat is part of the temperature control system of the building and senses the temperature so the building can maintain a desired climate.
Thermostats will switch heating and cooling systems on and off as well as regulate the flow of hot...

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Food, Simple

By ANDREA CROSBY
Staff Writer
Rosemarie Meier, owner of Zeta Farms, holds one of her organic baby lambs. PHOTO BY ANDREA CROSBYFrom fruits and veggies, to grains and meat, there are plenty of food choices to suit everyone’s needs. And for almost every kind of food, there is likely an organic alternative.
Organic supports a true and natural environment where the ingredients “were not produced, in any way, involving chemicals or pesticides,” said Bonnie Servos, employee at Healthwise health food store in Welland.
“Less is more. You’re not getting a lot of fillers, you’re not getting artificial dyes, or artificial sugars. People are starting to realize now, the more we consume these things the last few decades that it’s building up in our bodies and in the environment.”
The green and white “Certified Organic” label is becoming more prominent in today’s society, but Servos says the label is a movement that goes back to what was used decades ago; “cleaner ingredients” and back to the “simple basics.” 
“Organic food is the way...

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