Monthly Archives: March 2019

Ways to prevent sun damage (aside from sunscreen)

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By: Sarah Hofstedt, CSUN Public Health Intern

Sun protection is essential nowadays. California has an almost year-round sunny season, and because sun damage is cumulative, we have to be sure to protect our skin and eyes. Sunscreen is a good start, but there are other ways to increase your defenses against sun damage. Continue reading

How to Reduce Your Caffeine Intake

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By: Sarah Hofstedt, CSUN Public Health Intern

Caffeine is ubiquitous in the college student’s world: it is in coffee and tea sold by the myriad of coffee shops in and around college campuses, and it is what gives energy drinks their kick. Most sodas contain caffeine, and even chocolate has some caffeine in it. It can be useful for getting a jumpstart on mornings when we feel sluggish, or keep us going during an afternoon slump. Continue reading


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By: Sarah Hofstedt, CSUN Public Health Intern

What’s the difference?

The biggest difference between raw and regular honey is that raw honey has not been treated with high heat, or pasteurized. Pasteurization extends the shelf life of honey and makes it look less “cloudy,” which people may find aesthetically pleasing. Both raw and regular honey have been filtered to some degree, but raw honey has undergone less processing overall than regular honey. Raw honey is often thicker and crystallizes faster, and contains far more antioxidants than its processed counterpart. Continue reading

Spring is Coming! Bending the Knee to a Safe Spring Break.

By: Araceli Salcedo, CSUN Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing Volunteer

Spring Break is upon us! Spring break is an opportunity for students to enjoy oneself with friends or family and allows for a week long halt from studying and midterms. When asking a couple people what came to mind when thinking of Spring Break, immediately some answered (with excitement) partying, travel plans to Mexico, resting, going out, or simply enjoying the time off! Now all those answers sound lovely, but what many don’t think about, is having a safe Spring Break. Although Spring Break has a certain association, or is associated with risky behavior, does not mean students have to put themselves at risk. Below are some safety tips for your awesome plans for break! Continue reading

Burnout: An Essential Guide

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By: Sarah Hofstedt, CSUN Public Health Intern

What is burnout?

Burnout happens when people become emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausted due to intense, prolonged stress. It is characterized by feeling resentful of one’s daily life, hopelessness or anger at lack of progress, and being perpetually tired, and people who experience chronic stress are more likely to be in a state of burnout.

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