Wellzine February 2014
Wellzine is a health and wellness publication created for and by Winona State University students.
19 17 06 05 Whatâ€™s Inside Affordable Health Insurance Options for Students South East Tech Blood Drive Tech-Driven Relationships: The Pros and Cons Four tips for Success at a Job Fair WSU Health & Wellness Services, Vol. 2/ No. 5 | February 2014 EDITOR’S LETTER Each February, every store is strewn with red and pink décor: hearts, cupid bows and arrows, plus tons of candy hearts and chocolates. The amount of couple lovey-dovey pictures on Facebook multiplies and the amount of single people complaining about how single they are does too. When you’re younger, Valentine’s Day takes on a different meaning. The opposite gender still has cooties and lets be honest, you’re more excited about the candy you’re going to get from your second grade class’s valentine exchange than by the thought of even having a valentine. At least I always was, but I just really like candy. As you get older, society seems to put a lot of pressure on people to have a significant other on Valentine’s Day. Commercials and movies depict couples as endlessly happy and all single people as these depressed men and women sobbing into large glasses of wine and heart shaped chocolate boxes. When did having a significant other become a necessity for happiness? Somewhere along the lines of glittery hallmark cards and chalk-tasting candy hearts, the holiday became less about celebrating those in your life that you love and more about whether or not you had a date. Get back to the heart of the holiday and show the important people in your life that you truly care about them, regardless if that someone you’re dating or just your roommates that have witnessed you do a million embarrassing things. Show them they are special to you. Still in a Valentine’s Day slump? Well allow me to let you in on a secret: you don’t need anyone else for happiness—you, yes you, are complete and wonderful all on your own. Kim wellzine | February 2014 r e d i e n h c S contents pg 13 pg 09 09 11 13 15 17 19 21 pg 11 7 DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS The Power of an Open Mind EVERY ISSUE INTELLECTUAL SPIRITUAL Slowing Down for Serenity EMOTIONAL A Higher Percentage ENVIRONMENTAL De-Icing Damages Tech-Driven Relationships: The Pros and Cons of Facebook SOCIAL OCCUPATIONAL Four tips for Success at a Job Fair Take the Step PHYSICAL 03 05 06 07 23 25 27 CALENDAR CREDITS & HEALTH& WELLNESS SERVICES Affordable Health Insurance Give Blood to Save a LIfe SE TECH FRESHMEN NEWS & STUDENT GROUPS HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES Active Dates for Valentines Day BULLETINS FIVE TIPS Single Valentines Day Activities Feb. SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY 2 credits PUBLISHERS Shawnessy Mohawk EDITOR IN CHIEF Kimberly Schneider GRAPHIC DESIGNER Jack Morey COVER PHOTO CREDIT Maire McMahon Healthy Monday, 7pm, IWC 138 WSU Wellness Challenge Begins! 3 Fit Stop, 11am, IWC 138 4 9 10 Healthy Monday, 7pm, IWC 138 Anxiety Mgmt Seminar, 11am, IWC 222 11 Fit Stop, 11am, IWC 138 Moving Beyond Depression, 1pm, IWC 222 February Observances American Heart Month Black History Month National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Feb. 23 - March 1 16 17 Healthy Monday, 7pm, IWC 138 Anxiety Mgmt Seminar, 11am, IWC 222 Fit Stop, 11am, IWC 138 Moving Beyond Depression, 1pm, IWC 222 18 23 24 Healthy Monday, 7pm, IWC 138 Health in a Weight Focused World Anxiety Mgmt Seminar, 11am, IWC 222 25 Fit Stop, 11am, IWC 138 Moving Beyond Depression, 1pm, IWC 222 wellzine | February 2014 WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 Wellness Wednesday, Free Health Insurance 3pm, Enrollment Assistance, IWC 138 11am-2pm, IWC 138 5 6 7 8 Wellness Wednesday, Valentineâ€™s Day Anxiety Mgmt 3pm, Seminar, 11am, IWC 222 IWC 138 Free Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance, 1pm-5pm, Semcac Clinic 12 13 14 15 University Assessment Free Health Insurance Day-NO CLASSES Enrollment Assistance, 11am-2pm, IWC 138 19 20 21 22 Wellness Wednesday, Anxiety Mgmt Free Health Insurance 3pm, Seminar, 11am, IWC 222 Enrollment Assistance, IWC 138 1pm-5pm, Semcac Clinic 26 27 28 Clinic IWC 222 Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30 - 5 p.m. Pharmacy IWC 130 Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Health & Wellness Services Affordable Health Insurance: The Affordable Care Act went into effect January 2014 and as a result, every mandated American taxpayer is required to carry health insurance. In order for this to be accomplished, an insurance marketplace was created to house all available health care plans and offer enrollment opportunities in one place. The federal exchange is Healthcare.gov and the Minnesota sponsored site is MNsure.org. MNsure is primarily for individuals, family or small businesses who are residents of Minnesota. Participating plans vary depending on income, age, family size, the region you live in and the level of coverage you choose. There are 14 health plans available by Medica and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. They are broken down into three levels: • Bronze: lowest plan with highest deductibles/co-pays • Silver: moderate plan with moderate deductibles/co-pays • Gold: highest plan costs with lowest deductibles Once you access the website, you pick which category you are classified in—individual or family. Next you answer key questions to determine the type of coverage needed. After looking over the various levels and comparing provider and service options, you choose a plan. There is also an opportunity to see if you would qualify for tax credits or health programs to further lower your coverage costs through Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. The final step is to complete the enrollment process by filling out an application online that works for any of the plans listed. Check out the website and at any time you can get help from trained specialists over the phone through the contact center. Just call 1.855.3MNSURE. MN Sure Informational Sessions February 3rd February 26th Enrollment Sessions February 6th February 14th February 20th February 28th Dear WSU Students, Peace Corps Fest Southeast Tech Give Blood, Save a Life! The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at Winona State during the first week of February and is looking for students to donate. Blood donation is a safe and simple procedure and gives you the great feeling of having saved up to three lives. The whole process takes around an hour but the actual donation only takes about eight to ten minutes. But Why Should I Give Blood? You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason. Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood someday. Some believe it is the right thing to do. Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. You’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life. If you are a first-time donor or a returning donor, following a few recommendations before, during and after your blood donation can help you make your donation experience as safe, successful and pleasant as possible. Winona State University it excited to announce the first annual Peace Corps Fest. We will be holding the event 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 in East Hall, Kyzsko Commons on the Winona State campus. Hear first-hand experiences from Winona’s very own past Peace Corps volunteers, learn more about getting your registration process started, and maybe make a few connections. This event will include activities such as interactive maps and making friendship bracelets. Food and drink are provided. For more information, visit Winona State’s Peace Corps Fest Facebook page Facebook or visit the Peace Corps webpage. Peace Corps Register Now Student News health & wellness services 06 ABOUT Winona State Universityâ€™s Health & Wellness Services collaborates with a variety of wellnessfocused clubs and organizations on campus to promote holistic wellness for Winona State students and Southeast Technical College students. These groups focus on peer-to-peer education on specific wellness related topics in order promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. If you are interested in working with Health & Wellness Services to join a Student-2-Student Communicator Group, please contact the Health & Wellness Promotion graduate assistant Shawnessy Mohawk. Email SHAG Sexual Health Awareness Group SHAG is a group of students that work together to promote sexual health through various education and awareness events on Winona State Campus. In January 2014, SHAG was recognized for their efforts and was selected as a Great American Condom Campaign SafeSite. The Great American Condom Campaign (GACC) is a youth-led grassroots movement to make the U.S. a sexually healthy nation. Each year, GACC members give out 1,000,000 Trojan Brand condoms on college campuses across the United States, educate their peers about sexual health, and organize to improve the policies that affect young peopleâ€™s health and lives. SHAG was selected to take part in this movement with a team of 1,200 young people from all 50 states and Washington D.C. to create a sexually healthy nation. Health & Wellness Advocates This March, the Health and Wellness Advocates would like to offer 60 free Certified Peer Education Training to clubs and students interested in developing leadership skills to be able to successfully develop and implement campus programs. The Certified Peer Education training is a nationally recognized training from the BACCHUS Network. Students that participate in the comprehensive training will strengthen skills in the following areas: - - - - - - - - Understand the basic skills of prevention regardless of a particular health specialty Become a caring helper to others Provide awareness on health and safety risks Make referrals of students at risk to professionals Conduct educational programs and events Increase leadership abilities Increase awareness of personal wellness Teach team building Details will be made available shortly for students about how you can take advantage of this exciting opportunity! Heatlh Services health & wellness services Kim Schneider, Sophomore Mass Communications Journalism and English Writing The Power of an Open Mind As we’ve grown older, we’ve all heard at least one person tell us to be more open-minded. Children tend to be naïve and sheltered from the world of differing opinions and disagreements, but as adults with a wide variety of experiences, we know better. As we become more aware of society’s disagreements, it becomes difficult to decide what our own views are in the midst of all the chaos. It becomes essential to keep an open mind. According to Dr. David Speetzen of the Philosophy department at Winona State University, being openminded means that you possess a willingness to examine new ideas and reexamine previous ideas in light of what you’ve learned. Dr. Patrick Clipsham, also part of the Philosophy department said that when a person is open-minded, they are willing to question their own assumptions and beliefs. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are several ways in which people are close-minded without necessarily meaning to be. Speetzen said that what he notices most often with students is that they are unwilling to reconsider the ideas they were raised with. What we’ve been taught in our childhood impacts us greatly as adults. However, Speetzen recognizes this as a hindrance. “Unless you understand the opposition,” said Speetzen, “you don’t really understand your own position.” Keeping an open mind when dealing with other peoples differing beliefs can help keep you from having a biased opinion. Speetzen says that ethical and moral decisionmaking requires trying to understand the other side. “I can’t think of a single walk of life where you wouldn’t February 2014 be benefited by thinking outside the box,” said Clipsham. Although challenging ones beliefs can be difficult, the pay off can include developing a better sense of self. College tends to be the time that many people discover who they truly are. You’re put in completely new situations that allow you to explore personal preferences and activities you truly enjoy. “Developing the ability to think for yourself and developing your own opinion is necessary to create a sense of Intellectual Above: WSU Student (Lina Tawfik) Opposite: Open Minded (thinkpublic, Flickr.com) Wellzine self,” Speetzen said. Since many people are already firm in their beliefs and classrooms often discuss controversial issues, it is easy to disagree with someone. Opening yourself up to new ideas is pretty painless. However, opening your mind to someone else’s beliefs is an entirely different ordeal. “Try to be as charitable as possible,” Clipsham said. Even if you completely disagree with someone, they have reasons for their views. Clipsham said you should try to understand what they’re actually saying. Having this attitude is beneficial in all walks of life because you will often meet people whose views differ greatly from yours. Speetzen also said that you should be able to accept when you were wrong about something because the knowledge you take from that can be a good learning experience. “I used to play chess a lot and they always say you learn more from the games you lose than the games you win,” said Speetzen. Possessing an open mind also goes hand in hand with critical thinking. “Critical thinking is the kind of skill that has a universal adapter on it,” Speetzen said. Speetzen sees critical thinking as a basic career building skill. Critical thinking skills can aid in making important decisions that could further impact your career. Although opening your mind up to new ideas can be difficult, it’s important when collaborating with other people and developing yourself as a person. Allowing yourself to think critically and question beliefs you already hold will not only root you as a person into your beliefs, but also expand your knowledge on what you already know. “It’s essential that people keep reading, watch TV that’s provocative and challenge what they know,” Speetzen said. health & wellness services Ben Strand, Sophomore Mass Communications Journalism and English Writing Slowing Down for Serenity There are many sacred places on earth people go to escape the harsh realities of life and feel a sense of spirituality and peace. Places like Cenote Sagrado, Mexico, Mecca, even Crater Lake, Oregon, are some popular attractions. Due to the ability of technology and natural human curiosity, there are people trying to find new, sacred and serene spots on earth for people to visit. These unknown places could be beautiful underground waterfalls in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, or a plateau on a mountain with the most splendid view on earth. It’s not very often someone gets the chance to visit such places in an average lifetime. What a lot of people don’t know is that you don’t always need to go on an expensive vacation to be somewhere beautiful, relaxing and away from stress. Sometimes these places are in our own backyard but they’re so convenient it takes away from the appreciation they really deserve. In today’s fast paced society where everything is in the now, people get caught up in their busy day and forget to take time to themselves. Being students in college, people say this is the most vital and pivotal time of our lives and that alone is a heavy load to burden. This can push alone time to the bottom of the priority list. There are many other factors that contribute to students stress in college, like being away from home for the first time or juggling a job and classes. Jake George, a sophomore at Winona State University, is going to school full time and works four days a week at Dominos. When asked how difficult it is to balance the two, he said, “It’s hard sometimes, it can wear you out. I don’t have very much free time at the end of most days.” Maintaining a healthy lifestyle when dealing with a busy and stressful life can be a difficult task for any student. Many look February 2014 Spiritual Wellzine Left: Lake Winona Opposite: Snowy WSU Campus (Credit: Chelsea Corcoran) for de-stressors in the wrong places, which can make bad situations worse. Sometimes people even become so focused on working hard for their successful future, they forget about their stress and how to enjoy the present. Being able to deal with stress is important for students, and there are many different ways to do so, other than partying on the weekend. Some other ways students can deal with stress is to go on long walks or bike rides, read a book somewhere quiet, take a stroll through the forest, etc. Winona State’s Outdoor Education and Recreation Center director Eric Barnard says students don’t take advantage of the Recreations Center as much as they should. “If you’re a student at Winona State you have to take advantage of the Mississippi River and go canoeing at least once,” Barnard said. “It’s the most beautiful river in North America and canoeing is an amazing experience.” Not only is there the Mississippi River in Winona, but the bluffs are also a beautiful and unique element of nature here frequently overlooked. In ten minutes you could be standing on top of the bluffs overlooking the busy scene of the city, relaxing and away from it all, in nature. In today’s society it can be hard to slow down in a fast paced environment because you’re always feeling pushed. However, it is important to do so because it gives you time to deal with the stress that comes with it. So if you’re looking for ways to relax and get away from reality, leave your electronics behind and go interact with nature. You never know how calming it could be unless you try. health & wellness services A Higher Percentage Since 1976, February has been celebrated as Black History Month. Many events are held across the nation and the painful, yet proud background is brought to the forefront of Americanâ€™s minds. College students are known for revolutions and making progress on social justice issues. The underrepresentation of blacks on college campuses is an issue that we as students can address and make progress with. ence at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities on November 15th and16th. Mohawk was surprised at the amount of WSU students attending and presenting. They spoke of the inequalities on campus. Though we have our shortcomings, our campus has been making strides to promote equality and inclusion for our diverse students. The KEAP Center, located slightly off campus in Wabasha Hall, was established in the spring of 2013 and is a place for various clubs and organizations to congregate. The Center is founded and named based on the principles of Knowledge, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Pluralism. Besides developing a space for education, resources, and students to retreat to, President Olson has selected diversity for his Hopes and Dreams campaign. This means it will be one of the things WSU will be working to improve upon in the coming year. The Inclusion and Diversity Offices is working to make social strides for our campus as well. Alex Hines, the Director of Inclusion and Diversity briefed me on one of their important events. HOPE Academic Leadership Academy is an opportunity for 50-60 diverse, underrep- Grace Pesch, Sophomore Public Health According to the WSU Inclusion and Diversity officeâ€™s website, in 2011 the amount of black students enrolled at WSU was a measly 165 out of the total 8,450 students. I did the math for all of us and I calculated that less than 2% of students attending Winona State University at that time were black. Only 1 person out of your 20 person class would be black. This seems like a ridiculously low number to me. Shawnessy Mohawk, WSU Health Promotion Graduate Assistant, attended the Overcoming Racism Confer- Emotional Wellzine February 2014 Left and Opposite: WSU diversity (Marie McMahon) resented, and underserved students in 9th through 12th grade to visit our campus for 8 to 11 days in June. The event hosted by the Inclusion and Diversity office is to help make higher education appealing to students who might not be considering pursuing it. Along with their events, a new committee was just formed called the Inclusion and Diversity ad-hoc committee. They meet to discuss and implement new ways to make our campus a more welcoming place for students of different races, levels of ability, social status, and genders. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, contact Christopher Veeder at cveeder12@ winona.edu When researching for this article, I was interested in what other campuses are doing to diversify. Alexandra Ofori-Atta, sophomore at Loyola University-Chicago informed me of what steps her campus is taking to represent a variety of students. The Damen Center opened last spring and houses the Black Cultural Center. The Student Diversity Multi-Cultural Association (SDMA) and other racial affiliated clubs’ offices are housed there. Ofori-Atta explained that the Damen Center holds mixers for speakers who come to their campus. Soledad O’Brien came to speak and mingle with students which Ofori-Atta was excited about. Loyola University-Chicago’s campus is similar to ours in their racial representation statistics. Ofori-Atta noted that only 4% of her campus is black. Her reaction to this was surprisingly positive, “Well, that’s more than my high school.” Still a low number, Ofori-Atta can feel the change in surroundings. As stated earlier, college students make change. A higher percentage of blacks on our campuses is something to strive for. Education is extremely important to determining a quality of life for yourself and future generations. Something as simple as skin color already sets people back several steps and an education can be a huge leap forward. The huge majority of our campus is made up of white students and the privilege of being white keeps us oblivious to issues involving other races. Black History Month is a great time to examine just how difficult or unappealing attaining an education can be for someone who is underrepresented in higher education institutions. Besides planting that seed of an idea in people’s heads, encourage universities to be more inclusive and help them work towards increasing their percentages. Staff members need to be informed on how to reach out to this underrepresented population and make education more accessible and their campuses more inclusive. health & wellness services De-Icing Damages It is always entertaining to try and guess the actual colors of cars on the roads in the middle of winter. That nice layer of white, grimy salt seems to coat everything this time of year. It corrodes our cars and ruins our shoes. According to the Mother Nature Network, 15 million tons of salt are dumped nationwide on our roads every winter. While salt is an absolute necessity in order to keep drivers safe on the roads, it poses a serious problem when it comes to its environmental impact. Not only is road salt damaging to plants, vegetation, and animals, but it can also be harmful to humans. The salt used on the roads during the wintertime is not your everyday table salt. It is made up of sodium, chloride, and an additive called ferrocyanide, an anti-caking agent. Mix that with other impurities, and you have a very potent combination. Unfortunately, when the winter ends and the snow begins to melt, these chemicals do not just disappear. According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, they wash away into the soil, groundwater supplies and surrounding rivers and lakes, causing all sorts of environmental damage. Firstly, salt erodes soil and vegetation along the roadside. The salt changes the soilâ€™s permeability and depletes it, making it infertile. It also leaks into groundwater storages. For plants, salt causes dehydration, root damage, and disruption in the intake of nutrientsâ€”all of which are detrimental to plant growth. Not to mention, animals that rely on plants as a food source will be ingesting these harmful chemicals. Additionally, salt attracts wildlife like moose and deer to the roadside where they can be hit by cars and killed, potentially causing damage to the driver as well. Birds often mistake the salt for food and may ingest it. Many animals drink the melted snow and the high concentration of sodium chloride can cause a multitude of harmful symptoms. In regards to aquatic life, the high chloride levels can be toxic to fish, insects, amphibians, and other creatures living in large bodies of water. The salinity can affect species diversity and inhibit nutrients and oxygen intake. Road salt can even be harmful to pets. According to the ASPCAâ€™s Animal Poison Control Center, ingestion of the road salt can cause vomiting, disorientation, and in extreme cases, seizures or death. It is also damaging to the feet pads of dogs and cats, as it dries, tears, and irritates them. Environmental Leah Perri, Sophomore English Writing Wellzine February 2014 Left: de-icing salt (Beth Bullock, Flickr.com) Opposite: Icicles (Marie McMahon) Sodium is generally not harmful to humans; in fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, 2,300 mg or less is the recommended amount for daily intake. However, saltcontaminated drinking water can be very dangerous for people with high blood pressure. Because of this, many states have had to temporarily shut down public water wells. Chloride is not toxic to humans at low levels, but the taste and odor is noticeable and not pleasant. Salt can also corrode underground plumbing and other infrastructure that affects daily life. Alternative Solutions How do we solve the salt problem? Well, unfortunately, road salt is the best solution we have in keeping the roads from freezing over. There are however, a few alternative solutions that could be used. Different combinations of calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, and acetate can also achieve valuable de-icing results. They are generally environmentally friendly, but they are also drastically more expensive than salt. Other than finding an alternative solution to salt, other efforts could be enforced. For one, street-clearing methods could be more efficient. By using road-weather information systems, road agencies can predict when and where they should de-ice and how much salt chemicals they should use at a given time. This would save money by eliminating wasteful de-icing chemicals. Road agencies could also work hard to â€œanti-iceâ€? before a snowstorm hits. This would help prevent ice formation right from the start of the storm, as well as save Sand, for one, can be used as a de-icer, not because it melts ice, but for traction purposes. It is extremely cheap money and salt chemicals. and can be used in places that normally wouldnâ€™t be salted. The cleanup cost for sand can be a problem, how- De-icing will always be a necessity as long as the snow is falling. Unfortunately for now, salt still seems to be ever, as it can clog storm drains and threaten flooding. Beet or corn solution can also be used. These liquids are the go-to solution. However, other methods are quickly known to block ice formation and are virtually harmless evolving to meet the costly environmental damages. Hopefully we find a solution that sticks, not slips! to plants, animals and humans. When combined with salt solutions, they work even better. These liquids can have a strong odor however, and are sometimes hard to procure. health & wellness services Tech-Driven Relationships: The Pros and Cons Mitch Johnson, Senior English Writing Social To say the platform for relationships has shifted in the past couple decades is an understatement. With the advent of the Internet and of course, Facebook, a relationship can take place entirely online with no face-to-face interaction. Like any issue, there are pros and cons to the changing medium of relationships. On one side, there are those who see social media sites as a February 2014 valuable tool to connect with people who have common interests or who they would otherwise never meet. On the other hand, there are those who resist technologyâ€™s encroachment and the ever-present option of Facebook, prizing face-to-face interaction. Above: People using Facebook (Master OSM 2011, Flickr.com) Opposite: Facebook thumb like (owenwbrown, Flickr.com) Wellzine Cons Pros aside, social networking also has its downfalls, primarily in the loss of face-to-face interaction. The trouble begins with the inability of written words to fully encapsulate meaning the way a person’s facial expression or tone of voice does. In a university setting, social networks are used as a substitute for human interaction. Without a Facebook, a person is far out of the loop in social life, a fault that is not theirs. Some people balk at the deprivation of privacy a Facebook account entails. This leads to another issue: the lack of privacy involved in social networking and the Internet. Whatever is put online stays online. Understandably, some are nervous putting their lives into their status updates and photos. Additionally, brief communication is prized on all social networking. This easily leads to misunderstandings, a decrease in working vocabulary, and a general inaptitude for descriptively expressing one’s feelings. Lack of face-to-face communication evolves into relationships that rely largely on constant, superficial communication. In The Guardian, Richard Adams cites a 2010 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, that states two-thirds of lawyers in divorce cases use Facebook as their primary source of evidence. Clearly the communication you do on the Internet can affect you in other walks of life as well. Pros Social networking sites provide a medium to connect people throughout the world. As opposed to longdistance phone calls, long-winded letters, or days of prolonged miscommunication, social networks provide quick means to contact anyone – from the neighbors to an internship opportunity in India. Closer to college life, social media maintains relationships with friends and relatives who would otherwise be too far away to keep up with. With Facebook, everyone is in one place, easily contacted with a click. Also, social networks establish an opportunity for discussion between people with common interests. Everything posted (opinion articles, vacation opportunities, statistics, etc.) is instantly subject to peer review, making it next to impossible to falsify information. In addition, according to a study on Uop News done by the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, Facebook can actually create a “self-soothing effect when feeling low in mood.” Researchers found that looking back at photos and wall posts causes “positive reminiscence,” a powerful therapeutic tool to calm oneself down when stressed. Conclusion Ultimately, social networking’s presence in relationships is irrevocable. Jonathan Nelson, a junior at Winona State University, perhaps states both sides of the issue best. “Facebook can be a useful tool for communication and networking,” said Nelson, “However, most people today simply use it for entertainment.” “That being the case, it has become a distraction,” he said.” Such a distraction that it has begun to interfere with human face to face interaction and people’s abilities to form meaningful relationships.” health & wellness services 4 Tips for Success at a Job Fair Occupational 1 2 3 4 Michelle McCoy, Graduate Assistant, Career Services Research organizations that you wish to network with. Visit webpages of companies you are interested in. Learn about the mission of the organization, who they are and where they are located, and employment opportunities available. Having this knowledge will help you connect to the representatives. Prepare and critique your resume. How will employers perceive you through the content on one piece of paper? Work with professors in your program or schedule an appointment with the Warrior Success Center to have your resume critiqued and polished. Also, remember to print out enough resumes for all of the employers you wish to visit. Select your professional dress. Make a lasting and professional impression on employers. You want each employer you meet to take you seriously. Professional dress can include full business suits, suit jackets and slacks, and close-toed shoes. A conservative look is suggested, meaning modest jewelry and makeup for women. Prepare your 30-second sales pitch. Having a sales pitch prepared will help you introduce yourself and your professional background. Make your pitch conversational and welcoming. Wellzine February 2014 Left: Job fair (Daniel Ramirez, Flickr. com) Whether you’re drawing near to the end of your college experience at Winona State University, Southeast Technical College, or just beginning your journey, the idea of job and internship search has probably been engrained into your never-ending future to-do list. For many students, this concept of job searching is completely new and may be seen as intimidating. One great way to ease into the job search process is to attend a job fair near you. Job fairs provide students with opportunities to network with employers and professionals who are in the work force, specifically within their field of interest. At these fairs, students can learn about companies and organizations that align with their educational backgrounds and future goals. Job fairs are also a great place to practice professional skills and inquire with employers about available and trending positions. Some employers even interview students right on the spot. So, it’s the day before the job fair—how do you prepare? What do you bring with you? What do you wear? These are all important questions to consider. In order to make the most of your time at a job fair, consider the tips listed on the previous page. Below are a few upcoming job and internship fairs The MN Job and Internship Fair The MN job and Internship Fair takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and the Warrior Success Center provides free transportation for Winona State students. Camp, Internship and Volunteer Fair The Camp, Internship and Volunteer Fair which takes place 11-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 in Kryzsko Commons- Student Union. MN Education Job Fair The MN Education Job Fair is available to Winona State students in the education program and this fair is also stationed in the Minneapolis Convention Center on April 8. Please visit the Winona State Career Services website for more information on events and student resources. The Warrior Success Center is here to serve you- schedule an appointment today! health & wellness services NIcole Cullinan, Sophomore Mass Communications Photography and Digiital Take The Step Winona State University instructor and nutritionist Janet Macon strongly believes this is an important concept to grasp in terms of understanding a person’s battle with an eating disorder. Macon also points out that the more we label the eating disorder with the person suffering from it, the more they personally define themselves in the same manner. So where do you begin in seeking help if you are struggling with an eating disorder? Trickier yet, how do you help a friend or a loved one who is living with an eating disorder? “The first step is recognition… Just simply acknowledging something doesn’t feel right with my relationship with food,” said Macon. Macon says the detection can be that broad. The act of admitting to yourself that something is amiss is not the entire battle but it is the first step onto the path of recovering. “The eating disorder does not define the person” Macon then says her next step to take would be to tell someone. She says you need to ask yourself, “Who in my family or circle of support do I feel safe and comfortable sharing this with in order to facilitate getting me the resources I need to asses this?” Often times we just instinctually feel that something is wrong, but we may not be able to medically define it. This is the point “…where you need to have that diagnosis come from somewhere else, so you need to follow up with a medical provider, a doctor, or a nurse practitioner, and then a counselor,” said Macon. If self-recognition is the first step, then how are you supposed to help a friend? This is a situation that needs to be handled delicately and with care. Macon says it is important to “tread carefully when approaching the topic because a peer, a friend, nor a sibling can diagnose what’s going on.” She says the best thing to do is to express your concern and ask if they have noticed it themselves. Let the person know you care and are a support system whether or not that means you seek resources for them or go with them in the search of help. Macon deems the best Above: Health, counseling and wellness services sign Opposite: Bent fork (Nicole Cullinan) Physical Wellzine February 2014 thing to do is to basically be there for them. “Try not to push because often times you get resistance,” said Macon. For those whom this article is striking a chord with, services are accessible. Janet Macon is available four hours a week as a clinical dietitian and she does work with eating disorder patients. Another resource would be the Health & Wellness Services provided on the Winona State campus. You can find these services by visiting the Integrated Wellness Center, room 222, or calling (507)-457-5160 between the hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Macon is also part of the team over in Health & Wellness Services and she encourages students who want to seek help to meet with the available counselors and nurse practitioners. In fact, these resources are a priority for expanding. Macon affirmed that the university is actively working within health services to increase the resources that are already available. If these approaches seem a bit daunting, consider checking out the Healthy Monday event on Feb. 24. A speaker from The Emily Program [theemilyprogram.com] will be hosting “Health in a Weight Focused World.” The Emily Program is focused on outpatient treatment for eating disorders and related problems and is a great resource for information and support. In the war against an eating disorder, the strongest weapon is support. The simple act of being there for your friend or loved one will help more than you may realize. If you’re the one struggling with an eating disorder, support yourself. It can get better. You just have to take the step. health & wellness services For more information about The Emily Program visit their web page. The Emily Program You can also like them on Facebook. Facebook Healthy alternatives February is here and Valentineâ€™s Day is right around the corner. Whether you are in a relationship, single or have a strong dislike for everyone, February can inspire some fun healthy activities. On most Valentineâ€™s dates people eat chocolate candies from heart shaped boxes and go out to eat. To evoke some love on the special day participating in a lazy, overdone date is completely unacceptable. Below are a variety of different ideas with a healthy twist. There are many different ways to be healthy on a date. You can do something active, do something to benefit the environment, or you could even give back to the community. There are many different ways you can be healthy besides eating vegetables. However, eating your vegetables is always a good idea. Jordan Degidio, Sophomore Mass Communications Advertising Wellzine February 2014 Having an active date is great because it increases your happiness level as well as burning some excess calories. There are many options for active dates. For winter you can go ice-skating, skiing, build a snowman or have a snowball fight. For the warmer months you can go on a walk, swim, rollerblade, run around a lake, play a sport and any other activities you enjoy. To benefit the environment, it can help you bond and feel good about yourself. You can try planting a tree, shopping for only recycled materials, carpooling with your friends, take a city bus instead of driving. If youâ€™re really confident, you can install solar panels and windmills. All of these things can benefit the environment and you can find ways to make that fun. To benefit the community, you have many options to choose from. You can give back through donations. You could also do charity work, by just donating your time. There are many different charities that range world wide or even in your local areas. Find a charity that speaks to you and try to give back. Above: Couple skiing (Skistar Trysil, Flickr.com) Opposite top: Couple building snowman (McKay Savage, Flickr.com) Opposite bottom: ice skating ( Asif Musthafa) ! y o j n E health & wellness services Attention! wellzine | February 2014 rm a W y a t S ! Warriors health & wellness services FIVE TIPS 1 2 3 4 5 Activities to Do On Valentines If You’re Single Julie Thao, Sophomore Mass Communications Public Relations Hang out with your other single friends. Enjoy a movie with friends at the Winona 7 Theatre located downtown on Second Street. Every year the Winona State University bookstore holds a Valentines Day contest with prizes to give away, including a $20 gift card to Winona 7 Theatre. Go on an adventure—whether it’s back home to spend time with your family for the weekend or just out of town for the day. This Valentines Day falls on a Friday and makes it possible for you to take a miniature trip. 5 Indulge a little. Go to Mugby, Acoustic Café, or one of the other many cafés and restaurants and have a sweet treat with some friends. Pick up a new hobby. Downtown has tons of hobby stores such as Yarnology and Pipe Dreams to explore multiple possibilities of amusement. Get crafty! Whether its making a card for a family member or making treats for your friends, showing someone you care is really what Valentines Day is about.