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Positive benefits of exercise

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    The benefits of exercise can be pursued at UCC's gym.

Exercise has an endless list of benefits, including clearer skin and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
There are hundreds of different ways to be more active. It is important to find the right one for you and your lifestyle. Finding an exercise that you can stick with and you like is most important.

“When people are similar to the activities they pursue,” says James Gavin, a professor at Concordia University in Montreal, “they tend to be happier, express more satisfaction and stay with it longer.” When finding the right exercise routine take into consideration, your schedule, fitness goals, and training benefits.

Even just taking a daily walk, swim or bike ride, can significantly increase the positive benefits of exercising. For example exercising just 30 minutes a day can improve your mood, decrease your risk of chronic diseases, help maintain a healthy weight, help with digestion, increase prevention of diabetes, and can even lower anxiety.

Even if you have been exercising for years, sometimes it’s hard to find motivation to workout. Make a commitment to a friend you work out with, research shows if someone else is depending on you to show up for a workout there’s a higher chance you will show up, according to Michelle P. Maidenberg, PhD, MPH, clinical director of Westchester Group Works in Harrison, N.Y. Positive thinking can go along way, reward yourself after a long workout, treat yourself to something fun.

Once you have motivation to exercise it’s important to get into a habit. Make fitness a priority, stick to a regular time every day, write in a calendar, try logging activities, and be aware of progress.

Douglas County has quite a few gyms, exercise programs, and activities to join, including the YMCA located NW Stewart Parkway for more information about their memberships their contact number is 541-839-6117.
Fitness First located Oakland Ave. Contact information is 541-673-0555
Downtown Fitness and Aerobics located on Jackson St. contact information is 541-673-4848

Cancer Awareness

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Every year worldwide 14 million people learn they have cancer, and 8 million people die from the disease. Over 100 types of cancer exist and any part of the body can be affected.The Union for International Cancer Control is trying to bring awareness to this epidemic with National Cancer Prevention month this February and World Cancer Day, Feb. 4.

Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably to destroy body tissue.“Cancer cells differ from normal cells in many ways that allow them to grow out of control and become invasive. Cancer cells are also often able to evade the immune system, a network of organs, tissues, and specialized cells that protects the body from infections and other conditions” according to the National Cancer Institute.

 

Cancer Prevention

Nothing can guarantee cancer prevention; however, many things can reduce risk, including being aware of  family history (five to ten percent of cancer is hereditary), monitoring for any changes, and letting your physician know if changes occur. Lifestyle choices can also reduce risk:  avoid tobacco, limit alcohol use, stay physically active, maintain a healthy body weight, eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, avoid indoor tanning and protect skin from sun exposure, according to recommendations from the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Making a Difference

The Conquer Cancer Foundation asks communities to help reduce cancer by offering support to local cancer programs with cancer-related volunteer activities to raise awareness and educate people about cancer prevention and screening information. They ask that volunteers be advocates; this may involve speaking out about issues that affect cancer patients and supporting legislation that helps cancer patients and their families. Fundraising is important for organizations to raise money to provide services and programs for patients and their families. Getting involved and making a difference could be as easy as participating in a race, attending a concert, or holding an auction. Roseburg’s Community Cancer Center provides volunteer activities. To contact them, call 541-673-2267.

Early diagnosis is important. “This year an estimate of more than 252,000 women and 2,400 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and more than 41,000 people will die from the disease. If diagnosed early and treated before it spreads, a five year survival rate for breast cancer is 99 percent,” the Prevent Cancer Foundation says.

It’s recommended women have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 who are at average risk. A clinical breast exam at least every three years starting at the age of 20, and every year starting at age 40, is also recommended. The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization recommends calling the Oregon ScreenWise program for more information and assistance at            877-255-7070.

Better grades, less stress

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    Stephanie Brosky, Wayne Jaworski and Chloe Fink use the study hall and tutoring center in the library. Emily Boesch / The Mainstream

The Success Center currently offers free tutoring as well as free supplemental instruction for all UCC math, writing, computer science and Spanish courses. Tutoring not only improves grades, a study by the University of Wisconsin shows it also improves students’ social skills and motivation and decreases anxiety.

“Nationally students who work with a tutor do better. If you’re struggling in a class, a tutor is going to get you to a passing level at least; if you’re doing pretty well in a class and you just want some extra exposure to the material, come work with us,” Sadie Arch, the Success Center initiatives coordinator, says.

“Being able to work in a collaborative setting with somebody to kind of bounce ideas off is huge in retaining information. It’s much better than sitting and reading textbooks by yourself,”Arch says.

Core Mastery Program, Supplemental Instruction, Drop-in

Students who got a lower score than they’d like in their course placement exams can enroll in the Center’s Core Mastery program. Students can use this program to go over things they had problems with so they do not have to take a lower course.

Tutors will also take a class for the second time in the Center’s supplemental instruction program to help struggling students taking the same class for the first time.

The Success Center also has a drop in program where any student can come in and meet with a tutor to get help with any subject, no appointment needed.

“I think there’s still a stigma around asking for help. When people think of being a grown up responsible adult college student, they think they can take on everything on their own, and if they aren’t able to do it on their own, somehow they’re not smart enough, and that’s not true. Learning doesn’t happen by yourself. Learning is a very communal activity, and I think people need to get over that stigma and recognize asking for help is actually a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness,” Arch says.

The tutors are prepared for students with disabilities. “Our tutors are very aware of neurodiversity and that brains learn differently, I’m very proud to say our tutors are very neurodiverse, and they come from a variety of different backgrounds and have had their own struggles with a variety of things, so I think our tutors are well equipped to work with folks who learn a bit differently than the norm,” Arch says.

During the weekend before finals March 18, the Success Center will be open for a study-in from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be snacks and tutors.

To become tutors, students just need to apply. The Success Center is always accepting applications. They are paid positions and an opportunity to help others. There is an interview process where staff will be looking for some of the following: efficiency in the subject you would like to tutor, people skills, caring and passionate personalities and the drive to help others.

The Success Center, attached to the library, is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

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