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For generations, there has been a strong stigma around mental health. But Dr. Amy Falvo, Eckerd’s new director of counseling services, wants to break that trend.

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On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Eckerd's Center for Spiritual Life held their annual Pet Blessing Ceremony to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  Father Stephan Brown, Douglas McMahon Jr. and Rabbi Ed Rosenthal all attended to bless the pets of Eckerd. Students …

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Are you thinking of studying abroad? Immersing yourself in another culture, exploring somewhere new and stepping outside of your comfort zone? That is exactly what exchange students Isac Lago, Miyu Morishita and Yuka Nakata did when they decided to come to Eckerd College for the spring and f…

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The Eckerd College Queer Straight Alliance (ECQSA) is a club that welcomes both allies and members of the LGBTQ community to foster a community of acceptance, and believe in the importance of education on a variety of LGBTQ-related topics.

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Mikhayl AbrahamsComing face to face with enormous animals like hammerhead sharks is no issue for first-year Mikhayl Abrahams. The 18-year-old underwater videographer is willing to do whatever it takes to get the perfect picture.“I dive literally everywhere I can,” Abrahams said.Abrahams trav…

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Last winter term, I took a two week trip to Cuba and found myself immersed in a culture as foreign to me as the language. I felt like I was in a different world, not just a different country. This semester, myself and 15 other Eckerd students are staying in the heart of London, just a block …

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For some, it's easy to forget the holiday season in the midst of finals, while others are readily counting down the days until more turkey, stuffing and their long awaited eggnog drink. For those already gearing up for the milky concoction, this five-minute healthy eggnog smoothie can be an …

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Many of Eckerd’s students come from hometowns that truly embody the December holiday season. These students are used to icy temperatures and gigantic piles of snow by this time of year. While the palm trees and access to sunny South Beach are undeniably amazing, many wonder how Eckerd can re…

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Chia seeds, also known as salvia hispanica, are grown in southern Mexico and known for their high nutritional value. The seeds used to be a huge part of the Aztec diet and are again gaining popularity in the diets of health-conscious people today.

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According to a recent study done by the Department of Nutrition in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Unit for Nutrition Research at the Central Kitchen in Herlev, Denmark, a five percent increase of protein content in one’s diet, known as the Diogene diet, can significantly help with weight loss.

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Walking into the local XTC for a shopping trip is a very different process than you would find at a supermarket. Consumers will examine a product’s details for its size, shape, packaging, texture and more, but will often overlook an important element: the ingredients. A major factor of the q…

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Eyes darting, heart pounding, mind racing — order up! Cocaine isn’t the only white powder addicting Americans -- in  fact, it’d be lost if thrown among the masses of caffeine soaking us each morning. The 15 million pounds our nation consumes annually is a mindboggling 21 pounds of white per …

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There is something about warm weather that conjures images of barbeques and cookouts filled with cold salads and charred (veggie) burgers. This potato salad is free from heavy mayonnaise and eggs, two ingredients which are not only unfriendly for those with “Top 8” food allergies, but rack u…

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Pull-ups are an exercise that many students dread or hate for the simple reason that they are hard. For me personally, I struggled for almost a year trying to learn how to build muscle to do even one pull-up. A common belief that using the assisted pull-up machine will help one  master an ac…

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As summer starts to roll back around, it is important to start thinking about sun protection.

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Peanut butter and what? Jelly. What will you pour on those mashed potatoes? Gravy. In American culture, these duos are classics. Tradition breeds comfort, but routine can lead to boredom. We live in a time where we can eat a greater variety of food in a week than ancient peoples could in the…

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Senior Peter Chindavong is the president and founder of the Powerlifting Club, located in the Gamble Weight Room on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. All fitness levels are welcome.

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According to a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, energy drinks may be adding unnecessary ingredients.

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Most often when someone decides to change their omnivorous diet to an herbivorous one, a lot of decision-making and thought comes into play.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, food cravings activate the same reward circuits in the brain as cravings for drugs or alcohol. This discovery was uncovered in a series of functional MRI scans, tests that measure brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow.

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As temperatures rise, the farmer’s market selection begins to change, which means saying goodbye to some winter favorites. One I will be sad to see go is brussels sprouts. This recipe aims to transform the little green leafy spheres’ bad reputation with a crispy salty outer shell and sweet a…

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With all the deadlines, study sessions and papers to write, it is no wonder Eckerd is offering more and more meditation services for students to relax and refocus. From yoga classes at the Fitness Center to weekly meditation at Wireman Chapel, the practice continues to benefit a diverse popu…

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In almost every gym, there is usually a bag or some other apparatus that is specifically for punching and other forms of hand-to-hand combat. Whether trained in some fighting sport or not, many students enjoy using this equipment. It can be useful for a plethora of reasons, from practicing s…

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There are three types of alcohol: wine, beer and liquor. Many adults of legal drinking age drink a glass of red or white wine before going to sleep, which leads people to believe that wine might not only be less harmful to one’s health, but even beneficial in overall healthiness.

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From the jar of dark broth in his hands, Montezuma sipped his 50th hot chocolate of the day as the sun set on his Aztec home. To the south, his Mayan neighbors are credited with the earliest signs of cacao farms and coined the term xocolatl for their chocolate drink, literally translated as …

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Freshman Paige Wood is Eckerd’s new spin instructor. She teaches classes that any student or faculty member can attend. After taking spin classes for about a year, Wood got her teaching certification this fall and began teaching classes at Eckerd fitness center right away. Wood understands t…

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Got tuna? If you’re lucky enough to answer yes, I can guarantee your grandfather could have caught one that was not only healthier, but many sizes larger. Our inability to juggle commercialism with regard for the environment has been destroying the quality and quantity of this planet’s tuna supply.

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The pool is a major component of fitness that is at the disposal of most people interested in getting in shape or staying healthy. It is also one that is often overlooked when people plan their weekly workout routines. This happens for a wide range of reasons that span from being uncomfortab…

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Whether one’s fitness goals are to gain muscle, lose fat or to run a marathon, diet is arguably 70 percent of the process. One of the biggest questions athletes have is what they should be eating to maximize their fitness goals. What someone eats before and after their workout is one of the …

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Wearing the proper workout shoe changes depending on the type of exercise performed. Running, squatting and deadlifting or other heavy weight lifting all require different styles of shoes. Owning these different styles will not only provide better stability and form, but they can also improv…

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Of all spices and additives, few have been as vilified by the Western kitchen as monosodium glutamate, commonly known as MSG. Claims of its adverse effects on the brain have left customers searching for bold print on menus assuring them the ingredient won’t be included. There are still peopl…

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Resistance bands have been used for strength training, muscle toning and injury prevention for years. According to Livestrong, while elastic resistance bands are often used in fitness programs, their origins lie in physical therapy. Resistance training can aid in the reduction of muscular im…

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A big part of successful college eating is preparation. Finding meals that can be cooked one time, portioned and stored for the week establishes a healthy store of weekday meals, eliminating the desperate late night pizza or skipping a meal. This meal can be prepared from start to finish in …

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Sports drinks are notoriously over-consumed. They were created for the purpose of refueling high performing athletes post-performance with necessary carbohydrates, electrolytes and water. They are also specifically targeted for athletes performing in areas of high heat and humidity, hence th…

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Staying hydrated is absolutely critical for well-being. Proper hydration affects everything from skin appearance and health to digestion and energy. According to Medical Daily, an estimated 75 percent of all Americans are chronically dehydrated. Issues like weight gain, chronic fatigue, slee…

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As college students, it can be difficult to wake up earlier than is necessary for an 8:20 a.m. class. However, research suggests that morning exercise can actually improve sleep.

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Struggling to meet your fitness-related New Year’s Resolution?  Confused on which diets are actually worth attempting to maintain with cafeteria food? Data from researchers at the University of Toulouse suggests that dietary habits centered around new guidelines could aid in the study of how…

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Smoothies can be a very nutritious and delicious drink for anyone. For many students, getting a fruit smoothie from Triton’s Pub is a daily habit. Many times before a workout or after class, students will head to the pub to grab a mango and strawberry smoothie to get a little boost of energy.

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Lack of time and not knowing what to do are the main excuses people tell me for skipping the gym. This article is going to explain a circuit workout that can last as long as you want. Any person at any fitness level can do it and it will work muscles all over your body.

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When it comes to sex, people usually hold the importance of health in physical appearance. However, physical health and lifestyle choices have a strong impact on sexual health, performance and libido. Let us look at the aspects of lifestyle that can affect men’s sexual health in particular.

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The holidays are right around the corner. No matter what you celebrate, the months of December and January bring their own unique set of wellness challenges. It is important to remain flexible and persistent during these times. It can be so easy to become overwhelmed by all of the events and…

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