Staff editorial: Student Health Services needs more than just a new director

As Student Health Services inches ever closer to hiring a new director, it will host an open listening session in the DUC. A new director, however, should be more than just a new face in charge of Student Health Services.

Health Hacks Timeline

It is National Nutrition Month! Time to put away those chips and pizzas and chocolates, and get healthy. Don’t know where to start? Worry not, this Health Hacks Timeline has some good ideas for healthy swaps that can get you through the day.

| Culture Editor

Washington University report reveals startling health discrepancies, prompts panel

Washington University researchers recently found that life expectancy in northern downtown St. Louis city is 67 years, while on campus and in Clayton, it is 85 years, highlighting health discrepancies within the St. Louis region.

| News Editor

New College Diabetes Network chapter on campus aims to increase diabetes awareness

Washington University students are working to educate and raise awareness about diabetes within the student body, which they say often holds misconceptions about the disease. Junior Hansika Narayanan and freshman Melanie Goldring have started a College Diabetes Network (CDN) chapter at Washington University.

John Lin | Contributing Reporter

The problem with pop culture

In 2012, Beyonce signed a $50 million deal with Pepsi to create a partnership that included advertising, commercials and PepsiCo’s funding of Beyonce’s creative projects. Unless you have been living in a blackout, you have probably seen the advertisements. This year’s Super Bowl halftime show, starring Beyonce, was sponsored by Pepsi.

Elizabeth Peters | Contributing Author

Everything in moderation, except chocolate bombs

Every single time I surf the health sections of online newspapers these days, I seem to run into at least one article trying to inform me of how beneficial to one’s health something like chocolate can be when eaten in moderation. The articles back up their arguments with studies and quotations from authorities that I am sure are reliable.

New study declares freshman 15 a ‘media myth’

A new study on college weight gain asserts that the oft-fabled freshman 15 is actually more like the freshman 2.5 to 3.5. Researchers from Ohio State University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn have deemed the freshman 15 a media myth, finding that college freshmen, on average, only gain about half a pound more than young adults not enrolled in college.

| Contributing Reporter

Campus evades local E. coli scare: officials still search for cause

An outbreak of E. coli in St. Louis has, thus far, left Washington University students unscathed. The St. Louis County Health Department has yet to find the cause of the breakout of over 30 cases in the area, which were originally rumored to be linked to salads at nearby Schnucks locations. So far there have been no cases of E.

| contributing reporter

Hypocrisy in health

Last week, I received my first flu shot and was surprised by how easy it was. I walked in, filled out the forms, waited for my turn and then was administered the vaccine. All in all, it took approximately 20 minutes from the time I entered Student Health Services.

| Staff Columnist

The price of eating well

When I came to Washington University, I promised myself I’d try to be healthier. Walk everywhere. Go to the gym. Eat better. The usual stuff. Of course, once I realized that the walk to the art school while trying to manage an unwieldy portfolio was next to impossible at 7:30 in the morning, I started taking Campus Circ.

| Staff Columnist