Health Beat

‘Incorporating what you love to eat’: WU dietician discusses ‘balanced’ eating

With midterms starting and the semester kicking into full gear, crafting a nutritious, well-balanced diet is often the last thing on Washington University students’ minds.

| Senior Scene Editor

Fifteen years of backrubs: Stressbusters creator Jordan Friedman visits campus

Over a dozen Washington University undergraduate and graduate students attended training to become Stressbusters volunteers Saturday, Sept. 28. Stressbusters are mental health ambassadors for the Habif Health and Wellness Center, best known for providing free five-minute backrubs at multiple on-campus events and in Olin Library during finals season each semester.

| Senior Editor

Testing laptops and phones as stress-reducing aids through SHS’s new program

One scene writer test’s out the Therapy Assisted Online (TAO) app, a new service by Wash. U.’s Student Health Service.

| Staff Writer

Why to choose organic (at least sometimes)

Growing up, I paid little attention to what I ate and where it came from. I ate what my mom prepared for dinner, avoided fast food and assumed that this meant I was a healthy eater. When I got to college though, I began to read more about the process of growing produce and how, oftentimes, this involves pesticides that are detrimental to long-term health.

The skinny on diet pills

According to a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan, approximately 25 percent of girls seeking to lose weight turn to diet pills. Unfortunately, many of these girls will end up disappointed, or worse, sick.

| Scene Online Editor

The power of touch

In studying the healing practices of different cultures, one finds certain commonalities, the most notable of which is the “laying on of hands.” The human touch has long been considered to have healing powers, and the practice of laying on of hands can be seen even in ape families, in which grooming is an intimate […]

| Scene Online Editor

Running on all eight cylinders

The benefits of drinking vegetable juice have long been touted, but it wasn’t until a good friend of mine spent a week at a yoga retreat that I actually gave it any consideration. Don’t get me wrong—I love my vegetables, but drinking them? It just didn’t seem appetizing. After trying it, however, I soon found […]

| Online Editor

Traveling: A real pain in the neck

When finals are done and papers are handed in, whether you are headed home or to St. Barths for winter break, chances are you are doing it with a smile on your face. That is, until pain strikes. For many travelers, the process can be a real pain in the neck—both figuratively and literally. Between […]

| Health Columnist

Acai: The proof is in the berry

Just one Google search, and I am bombarded with the “health and wellness” benefits of açaí. Pronounced “Ah-sigh-ee,” this powerful berry has been picked up on several radar screens with news coverage from ABC News, CBS’s “The Early Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” as well as an article in The Washington Post. It seems this […]

| Health Columnist

Bikram Yoga: What’s hot right now

I push myself off from the ground, sweat dripping down my brow, my back, my arms and my legs. I take a deep breath as I stare at myself in the mirror. My flushed face and focused eyes stare back at me, determined to finish the 90-minute stretch and sweat session.

| Health Columnist

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