Be Healthy, Be Fit, Be Happy

BY KILEY FARRELL // MARCH 3, 2015 //

Spring Break is right around the corner, which means more motivation for eating right and exercising to get the body of your dreams. But then you find yourself eating Domino’s in bed at 2 a.m.

We’ve all done it.

Between attending classes, doing homework, working, and—of course—napping, it really does seem like there’s no “time” to exercise and eat well. However, time is what we make of it. So are our choices. Instead of eating that greasy cheeseburger, choose to go to the salad bar. Instead of sitting around playing video games, choose to go to the Fitness Center.

Being healthy is a choice, which includes eating more fruits and vegetables. // PHOTO BY DEAN HOCHMAN, hy-vee // creative commons
Being healthy is a choice, which includes eating more fruits and vegetables. // PHOTO BY DEAN HOCHMAN, hy-vee // creative commons

Here are some tips and advice to consider when thinking about a healthier you.

Take a Class
If you feel as if all of your classes are lectures, and sometimes boring, remember that Curry also offers credited classes that help with your fitness, such as cardio fitness, pilates, yoga and strength training for health.

I know it’s too late to sign up for a class now, but think about it for next semester or in the near future. Go to Course Selection Guide/Wish List on the myCurry portal, and search “physical education.”

Optional Activities
If the classes don’t fit into your schedule, or they just don’t interest you, the Fitness Center at the Student Center holds drop-in classes every week. These include Zumba, pilates, yoga and more.

Stop by the Fitness Center for the schedule, or check out their website.

Make Your Own Food
I always hear people complain about the food they’re served in the Student Center, or how it’s “impossible” to eat healthy at Curry. There’s a Stop&Shop just minutes away from Curry, along with a WholeFoods in Dedham. Most students have cars on campus to make the drive to buy some food.

If you cannot or do not have a car, take the shuttle to the Braintree Plaza and pick out some yummy food at Target. It’s easy to make healthy meals yourself, particularly on the cheap.

Blue Hills
Exercising doesn’t always have to be boring. Grab a group of your friends and go on a nice hike up to Blue Hills when the weather starts to get warmer. Bring a healthy lunch and hike up to the top of the mountain. Lunch with a view!

If you cannot wait until the warm weather, get your snowboard or ski’s and hit the slopes with your friends.

Healthy living is a choice. Make good ones.

 

 

Own Your Own Health

BY TAYLOR EVANS // FEB. 13, 2014 //

Let’s be real. Eating healthy on a college campus is hard. There are so many temptations, from the ice cream to the snacks to the junk food to the burgers and fries.

On top of that, college students are busy. In addition to our classes and studies, most of us have jobs or take part in some sort of extracurricular activity. Sometimes, good eating takes a back seat to any eating.

PHOTO BY PIETER V MARION
PHOTO BY PIETER V MARION

Your health is important, though. Even if you don’t gain the “freshman 15,” you may start to pack on the pounds at one point or another. Sure, a huge part of eating healthy is looking good. But it’s more important to feel good. Eating well can boost your energy and prevent an array of future health problems.

When it comes to taking care of yourself on campus, there are a few things I have found that work.

1. Stay away from junk food. Yes, it may scream your name late at night, but your mind and self control have to be stronger than your stomach. Some ice cream while watching “The Notebook” won’t kill you—in fact, it will probably comfort you if you’re a girl—but don’t let sugary desserts become a habit.

If you can afford ice cream, you can also buy yogurt. Put down the Doritos and try Pita chips. Back away from the cookies; pick up a piece of fruit.

2. Stay active. As a college athlete, I’m always busy and I love it. Sure, it’s hard getting to the gym sometimes, but anything is better than nothing. Find a “workout buddy,” as it will increase your motivation and it’s always fun to exercise with a friend. You’ll also both look amazing when swimsuit season rolls around.

3. Eat! Avoiding food is simply not good for you. In fact, it’s horrible. When you deprive yourself of the nutrients you need, your body will react negatively, as will your brain. In fact, studies have shown that an inconsistent eating schedule often leads to binge eating, which often leads to consuming a boatload of unhealthy foods (remember point No. 1?).

Most every college has on-campus resources to help you stay on track. Whether it’s someone at the Fitness Center or someone that works in the cafeteria. First and foremost, though, taking care of yourself starts with you.

Town Health Inspector Called to Campus

BY NICK IRONSIDE // SEPT. 6, 2012 //

A WBZ reporter stands next to Public Safety chief Brian Greeley, while director of Residence Life, Erik Muurisepp, talks on his phone in front of Main House residence hall. // PHOTO BY NICK IRONSIDE

A Curry junior took some bold steps this afternoon to shine a light on his basement dorm room.

Peter Maxwell Jr., a communication major, called the town of Milton’s board of health department today to file a formal complaint about his living conditions. The town’s health and building inspectors came to Main House this afternoon, but reportedly found no code violations.

According to Maxwell, he has complained multiple times over the past two years to Residence Life about his living conditions on campus, yet his concerns have largely gone unresolved, he said. Despite the inspectors’ findings, Maxwell said he plans to run his own mold test, which he will “ship off to a laboratory.”

Dorm conditions do vary greatly at Curry. Some freshmen live in the warm and worn Mayflower Hall on the north side of campus, while select upperclassmen relax in the air-conditioned South Campus Residence Hall on the south side. Main House, located next to the PAL office building, is on the older side of Curry dorms.

“It’s disgusting how [Curry] is treating me,” said Maxwell. “I feel like I’m a prisoner in my own room.”

According to Erik Muurisepp, Curry’s director of residence life, his office is looking into the issues brought forward by Maxwell. Among the issues is poor ventilation—Maxwell lives in the basement of the building—and some interior water infiltration. Muurisepp declined to comment further.

To call even greater attention to his concerns, Maxwell contacted WBZ channel 4 and other media outlets. WBZ was on campus today, interviewing Maxwell as well as other students.

Things Happen for a Reason

BY DANIELLE HAUSNER // MAY 9, 2012 // 

What began as “just a job” ended up becoming Kendra Patick’s calling in life.

As a freshman in high school, Patick landed a job at the Greenwood Nursing Home in Wakefield, Mass. Patick worked as an activities coordinator, planning BINGO contests, karaoke nights, crafts projects and spa days (mainly for the ladies). In her four years working at Greenwood, Patick says she became increasingly interested in helping people, both medically and mentally. She enjoyed seeing the pleasure she brought to patients by assisting and talking to them, and decided to pursue a career in nursing.

“I loved working with the residents and truly enjoyed caring for them and making a difference in their lives,” says Patick, who later notes that the deaths of various family members in recent years strengthened her resolve to work in the health care industry. “Becoming a nurse would allow me to share my compassion and have a greater impact on many more lives.”

Patick’s mentor, Melrose High School nurse Diane Ely, encouraged her to attend Regis College, Ely’s alma mater. But Patick instead chose Curry, citing the college’s highly regarded nursing program and the “close-knit feel” of the campus.

Many students are unsure of their futures, but Kendra Patick has sought a career in health services for the better part of the past eight years. // PHOTO BY DANIELLE HAUSNER

Four years later, Patick’s undergraduate career is coming to an end, and her full-time professional career will soon launch. She hasn’t yet settled on a job, but wherever she goes she’ll come armed with loads of experience.

Patick has worked as a patient care associate at Mass General Hospital in Boston and is in her third year as a resident assistant, currently in The Suites. She’s not too shabby academically either, having earned Dean’s List recognition the past seven—most likely eight—consecutive semesters. If that weren’t enough, Patick is also a member of Curry’s Alexander Graham Bell Honors Society and Sigma Theta Tau, the international honors society of nursing, as well as the National Student Nurses of America. She is a recipient of The Promise of Nursing Scholarship.

“My day is never the same,” she says. “There is always a variety of cases and people to learn from.”

Patick says she enjoys her ever-hectic schedule, particularly when she’s caring for others, whether in a medical setting or as an RA. She defines herself as dedicated, passionate and hardworking.

Patick’s efforts, both in the classroom and out, have caught the attention of many of her peers. She’s “outgoing, willing to speak her mind and a very hard worker,” said Brita Larson, a senior nursing major who has had numerous courses with Patick.

Although she’s extremely active on campus, Patick says she is excited to move on from college and find a good nursing job in the medical/surgical field.

“I truly put everything that I have within me toward doing my best,” she says.

Train for Pain

BY BRENDAN CRONIN // APRIL 10, 2012 //  

The battle for a healthy lifestyle begins in the mind. In order to reach your fitness goals, you must eliminate the words “why” and “how” from your everyday vocabulary. Throwing away your inhibitions and becoming receptive to new ideas about fitness and health, can result in major lifestyle changes. One of the first things you should do is set a goal/goals. This is important because it gives you incentive to stay motivated and disciplined.

PHOTO BY AMBRO

That being said, the goals you set for yourself have to be realistic and reachable. After eating Domino’s pizza for a month straight, don’t be surprised that you can’t run a mile without sucking wind. Sometimes we have to set the bar really low, step over it, and pat ourselves on the back so that we can feel accomplished and build up our confidence.  When you are working to attain something, I feel that it’s important to have confidence and motivation to get the job done. You must make drastic changes in your psyche to remain consistent with your training and eating habits. You have to make up your mind to be special because no one’s okay with just being mediocre. Once you come to the realization that you are special, you’ll be able to achieve great things beyond your own comprehension.

This all may sound cliché and I might come across sounding like Tony Robbins, but if you work to improve mental toughness, the physical part becomes easy. Many say they want to live a healthy lifestyle but don’t think hard enough and dig deep enough to achieve great levels of health and fitness. I would go as far as to say that achieving a good level of health and fitness is 90% mental and 10% physical. You need to incorporate a little mental toughness on days when you want to eat Krispy Kreme doughnuts for breakfast and skip a run. These are the make or break moments that can mean the difference between losing ten pounds and gaining 20.