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Our generation is constantly being told, “Stop looking at your phone!” But, these handy little devices are capable of much more than just sending a tweet. Here are some great health apps that can really put that smartphone in good use! And they are free (your “broke college student” piggy bank can thank me later!)

1. Fooducate

This app is your ultimate grocery store buddy! No more getting frustrated and confused looking at the nutrition label. Just scan the barcode of the food and Fooducate gives you the item’s rating from either an A+ to F. These ratings are derived from a logarithm that takes into consideration calories, fat, sugar, ect. It doesn’t just stop there though. It will alert you if the item is highly processed, contains certain additives, even if it contains GMOs. Not sure what that means? Fooducate will explain it to you! You may not be a nutritionist, but with this app you can certainly shop like one!

 

2. Whole Foods Market Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have yet to visit the Whole Foods Market in the Brentwood Promenade, I highly recommend you take a gander around that supermarket (you try a free sample of their delicious gelato)! Well, the company also has this great recipe app! Not only can you search through thousands of recipes, you can even add the recipe ingredients to a mass shopping checklist. Or if you just want to use up what you have in your pantry, the app’s “On Hand” feature shows you recipes you can make with what you already have! This app is currently only available for Apple product, however the Andriod version is on its way!

 

3. Home Remedies (Lite)

This app is great for finding natural remedies for hundreds of health issues, from sunburn to headaches to dandruff. It is sorted by medical concern. Once you select one, the app will give you numerous options to combat it. You can even save your favorites for easy access. This app is great if you want to try more natural, budget-friendly options!

 

4. Fitness Buddy Free

Just as it states, this app is a great workout partner! Whether you want to track your progress, search for a new ab exercise, or find a whole new routine all together, Fitness Buddy Free has all this is one place! You can search exercises by muscle group or explore new cardio routines. While this is your ultimate workout companion, you will still need a spotter for that bench press…(safety first!)

 

5. Happier

One aspect of our health we often overlook is our mental health. Nothing drains you faster than negativity. That where Happier comes in! Much like Facebook, with this app you can share your status with your friends, only there is more emphasis on gratitude and happiness! It is a great spirit-lifter when you are feeling a bit down. And I don’t know about you, but somethings I get pretty tired from all the Facebook griping! So get this app and put some positivity back into your perspective!

What health apps do you frequently use? :)

Also, look for the new post on my blog, The Wholey Trinity, coming soon! (I’ve also been working on the look of the blog, so check it out!)

-XOXO Hannah

 

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

We are about to that time in the semester where the newness is wearing off, assignments are piling in, and I am gradually starting to get behind on my laundry… Welcome back to college! I am very excited to have the opportunity to post for all of you this year! First, let me tell you a bit about myself…

My name is Hannah. I made the conscious decision to accept entrance into Fontbonne’s graduate program to obtain my Master’s in Multidisciplinary Health Communication Studies (yeah, it’s a mouthful :-D). I am doing the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (I will refer to is as ISPP in my further posts) option, which is just a fancy way to say my Dietetic Internship (DI). I just graduated in May with my undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in Nutrition & Dietetics (Go Huskies!). My hopes and dreams for my future career are to be a Registered Dietitian involved in nutrition communication; whether that be public relations, health campaigns, event coordinating, or political advocacy.

A month after walking across that stage, I moved to St. Louis from Rockford, Illinois, to start in Fontbonne’s grad program! Therefore, I still consider myself a newb to the area. I have managed, however, to forgo the GPS and be an independent navigator, which is a pretty big feat I must say! Anywho, I am incredibly happy with my decision to come to Fontbonne as a grad student (although I greatly underestimated how much brain strain was involved in grad school..) and embark on this new journey! St. Louis and the Fontbonne community have been gracious hosts thus far and this seems to be a great voyage for my academic growth!

Since I am not just a dietetic-professional-in-training but also a health enthusiast, I will be using my blog posts to share (what I hope to be) helpful, healthful insight to the Fontbonne community! Since this is the first post, I will start you on a more painless note. :)

I say it is the little things in life that count; catching that green light, someone holding the door open for you, or getting that last chocolate chip cookie (yes! I do eat those!) Just as it is the small moments that make life sweet, the same holds true with your health. It is the tiny things that are often overlooked or seem insignificant that can really make or break your progress towards a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few small, simple things I try to do everyday to keep my body in tip top condition.

1. Add a spoonful of chia seeds

Chia seeds have been getting a lot of attention lately for being a “superfood.” In my mind, all foods are super in one way or another (taste, health benefit, ect.) and therefore I don’t like to put only specific ones in this spotlight. However, chia seeds can be very beneficial when looking at nutrient content. They are a great source of Omega-3, protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium, and zinc! I simply add a spoonful of chia seeds to breakfast cereal, smoothies, or yogurt to give them a bit more of a nutritious punch.

2. Balance with fruits and vegetables

As I mentioned earlier, I might be a dietetic student but I also have quite a sweet tooth! Even though I know those chocolate chip cookies are not the best for me, I have a hard time saying no. Thus comes another nutrition philosophy of mine, all things in moderation! Don’t deprive yourself of sweet treats, just moderate them. I like to help quite the guilt of succumbing to my sweet tooth by adding a handful of fruit or veggies on the side. Take this morning for example; I made cinnamon rolls. I had a few (small) cinnamon rolls but I also had a few kiwis to make sure my breakfast included some beneficial nutrients. I also did not eat the entire package of cinnamon rolls (though tempted..) Pairing a small portion of a “sometimes” food with a handful of fruits or veggies is a great way to treat yourself while still getting essential nutrients as well!

3. Finding time to play!

We have all heard time and time again how important exercise is for our health. I was thinking the other day, how was it so easy to be active as a child yet more difficult as we become adults? Granted, yes less energy and busier schedules play a factor, but I believe your mental approach is key to every situation! As kids, we simply saw it as going outside to play! I find it much easier to entice myself to be active if I see it as “playing” rather than “exercising.” When I think, “I need to go exercise,” I get the immediate feeling of boredom, angst, and resistance. I find a million excuses and reasons for why I should do other things instead. But when I say, “I need to go play,” I start to feel energized and excited! Seeing it as “playing” just gives it that sense of fun and a way to release stress! It takes those same activities and gives them a more positive attitude. Also, calling physical activity “playing” opens your mind to more ways to accelerate that heart rate rather than the boring, old jogging on a treadmill (seriously.. 10 mins of that is all I can take..). So relax a while today and go play!

Are there any small tricks you try to implement into your day to stay on top of your health game?

Feel free to send in any nutrition or health questions to EddyH@fontbonne.edu and I may feature my responses in a future post! Also, I encourage you all to check out my personal health blog, The Wholey Trinity, and like the Facebook page!

- XOXO Hannah

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Tim

This is the new year

by Tim on September 11, 2014

in After College,Career Paths

It is my last semester here at Fontbonne. It is starting to kick in that I will be starting a new adventure after this. I have grown since I transferred here — about myself and about others that I care about. Here is a list of things that  I have discovered since I began here.

  • i can trust my friends
  • when you are taking a class with Dr. Sommer, you have to give a lot of details
  • teaching is not for me, but writing is for me
  • enjoy the little things in life, like walking to Walgreens or Bread Co on a nice day instead of driving
  • having hope is a good thing to have
  • teachers want to help you graduate

I began thinking about what will happen after December, which is kind of scary for me. Here is another list of things, only this is what I want to accomplish.

  • see the last The Hobbit movie
  • adopt a beagle
  • get a job
  • kick off living on my own with one of my best friends

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This is my last semester of my undergrad!

Nerves are kicking in.

I have mixed feelings about this, I am scared but also really excited. I am so much closer to the real world; it’s intimidating. That’s not going to stop me from enjoying my last semester at Fontbonne though. I have lots of plans this semester with multiple organizations and in my personal life.

Right now, I am taking my senior seminar class for advertising. It’s the real deal. To me, it’s a test to see if this is really what I should be doing with my life. So far, I think it is and will be forever.

Plans after FBU:

  1. Move out of my house in Chicago
  2. Go to Denver
  3. Take a year or so off of school to pay back Fontbonne and get a car.
  4. Go to Grad school
  5. Finally MOVE TO LA

Its going to be tough but totally worth it. Especially if I have family and friends supporting me!

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Good Impressions

by Sarah B. September 8, 2014

These first few weeks of school have been great. Classes are going well, seeing my friends for the first time in 3 months is amazing, and watching the Women’s Soccer team come out on top for their first couple games is awesome. This school year starts a lot of firsts for me, as it does for everyone. We all […]

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Women and Wardrobe

by Carlyn August 4, 2014

Earlier this summer, an amazing opportunity came my way. I was asked to help produce a fashion show by the director of the fashion merchandising department at Fontbonne, Mrs. Angie Liljequist. She knows that I want to pursue a career in event planning, so this would be a great way for me to gain more […]

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Meet the Intern at TalentPlus

by Carlyn July 30, 2014

In order to get my degree in fashion merchandising, it is a requirement to complete an internship. And as hard as it is to believe, I am at that point in my college career. My internship is at a company called TalentPlus Universal, which was originally intended to be solely a summer thing. But, I […]

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Lovely Life in Lexington

by Carlyn July 23, 2014

Way back in February, I found out about an internship opportunity on the Omicron Delta Kappa website. It said “Are you interested in a career in event planning!?” And since I am interested in such a career and am an ODK member, I thought this would be perfect. The position would entail an intern to […]

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This Is It.

by Alumni Posts May 10, 2014

I’ve been thinking about what to say in my final Fontbonne blog for some time now. I’ve been trying to think of witty comments or good advice to give to current and incoming students. But, for the first time, I think I’ll just make it short and sweet. These past four years have definitely been […]

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The Next Step

by Kristen April 30, 2014

It’s the last week of class . . . where has the time gone?   I know that everyone is excited that summer is nearly here.  Unfortunately, we still have that week of stress known as “finals” standing in our way.  Ugh! Anyway, for many students, these last two weeks are the final days of school […]

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