Low Impact Exercises For Students During COVID-19 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests working out for 30 minutes five days a week or a total of 150 minutes per week. While staying inside many of us have succumbed to the sedentary lifestyle. Students in particular are sitting more than usual and for prolonged periods of time. While students sit at the computer working on homework and assignments lower back pain from sitting too long and wrist pain from typing and writing may occur. While gyms and natural areas are currently shut down many students are looking for ways to get a workout while at home.  ForRead More →

Throw out the take-out: Learning how to make a good meal Good food means happiness, family, comfort and warmth. Especially if cheese is involved.  But without knowing how to plan meals or shop effectively and affordably, you just get hungry.  For those on a budget, like many students, learning how to cook, meal plan, and grocery shop efficiently also helps to stretch the dollar and save time. To get started plan out a menu for a week. “When I first started really cooking (which wasn’t until I got married two years ago), I would plan a week of meals. This helped me to know whatRead More →

Covid-19 and how to make testing for it easier As the U.S. enters the acceleration phase of the pandemic conflicts about testing and quarantining are rising. Even though the country is in a bit of a tough situation, not everyone agrees with how it is being handled. It is not hard to tell who disagrees due to individuals posting memes, conspiracy theories and misinformation concerning COVID-19. Most objections to quarantining that are circulating the web compare COVID-19 to other flu deaths or deaths from other common diseases, insinuating that COVID-19 is not serious enough to justify shutting down the economy. For example, one meme circulatingRead More →

Photo provided by Hannah Turner Former UCC student helps make over 900 face masks and shares her pattern With the arrival of COVID-19, a simple trip to the grocery store has become an occasion for everyone to wear a mask according to the guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Former UCC student Hannah Turner, who is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Business Organization and Management at Eastern Oregon University, has joined community efforts to provide masks not only for the immunocompromised, but also for healthcare workers who are facing shortages during this time. She is part of aRead More →

Covid-19 Virus Biology key to understanding virus Ever wondered how something too small to see could send our nation into lockdown? The answer lies in the form and function of the miniscule virus pseudo-organism. What exactly is a virus? When compared to other infectious agents such as bacteria or yeast, a virus is small and fairly simple. Viruses consist of two basic parts: the viral genome and the protein capsid, according to Neal Rote in the textbook “Understanding Pathophysiology.” The virus’s two-part design is very different from the cell, which is the basic unit of life. Viruses are non-cellular infectious agents. A cell composes all other unicellular andRead More →

Relief for American Families: One-time tax rebate check: • $1,200 for an individual, $2,400 for a couple, $500 per child.• Not reduced for lower income Americans.• Reduced for higher income Americans, starting at $75,000 or $150,000 per couple.• Phases out completely for individuals with adjusted gross income of $99,000 or $198,000 for couples.Unemployment Insurance:Expanded unemployment insurance to cover independent contractors, self-employed, and non-profit employees. Small Business Assistance • $349 billion in forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, with no personal guarantee or collateral required. See further details below.• $10 billion for SBA economic injury disaster loans (EIDL), which provide grants of up to $10,000Read More →

photo of Melody Bruggeman Beginners guide to skincare and advice to getting healthier skin Are you looking for ways to keep your skin healthy and hydrated, but don’t know how to start a skin care routine? When it comes to looking after your skin, the process can seem daunting; there’s so much to choose from whether your skin is oily, dry, or a combination. You should be curating your beauty routine to your skin type. If your skin tends to get patchy, you probably have dry skin. If your face gets shiny all over throughout the day, you most likely have an oily type. However,Read More →

Owen Cherry/The MainstreamGail Radford shows Alicia Kutz and Kiela Manes how to prepare for sterile procedures. The dental assisting program at UCC brings together some of the key advantages of a community college education: affordability, learning valuable career skills and excellent employment opportunities after graduation. Tamara Loosli is the director of UCC’s dental assisting program. Here she shares some insights on dental assisting and UCC’s program.  What is dental assisting? The trend in dentistry for a long time now has been four-handed operative dentistry. This increases the efficiency and productivity of the doctor. The traditional dental assistant role has been to make sure that theRead More →

Photo provided by Aaron CherryWild fires have an important function in maintaining the healthy and diversity of a forest ecosystem. Fire plays important role in forest ecology Wildfires play a complex role in forest ecosystems. While often perceived by the public as universally destructive, the real picture of the effects of wildfire on forests is more diverse. Fire often performs critical ecosystem functions within the forest ecosystem, but when forests are managed without taking into account the importance of fire within a forest the result if often severe, destructive, and uncontrollable wildfires. Forest management practices play a key role in preventing the deleterious effects soRead More →

Photo provided by PixabayRegular exercise can strengthen the immune system, leading to an increased resistance to illness during flu season. Natural ways to have a healthy immune system Improving the immune system will help keep one healthy and be beneficial overall. As many students know, getting sick can be a major problem because it clashes with their ability to do well in school. There are many natural ways to improve your immune system.  Getting enough exercise, eating healthier foods, and getting adequate sleep will greatly help the health of the immune system, which helps to fend off illnesses.  Yet there are more ways to helpRead More →

Lisa Clark/ The MainstreamNursing Student Cami Mattravers feels great eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet. The food you eat can determine how you live Despite the incredible advances in medicine and science, lifestyle changes are essential to living a long, healthy life. “Back in 1903, Thomas Edison predicted that the ‘doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of [the] human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of diseases,’” says Dr. Michael Greger in his book “How Not to Die.” More than 100 years later the majority of doctors are still not instructingRead More →

Kamilah Mirza/The MainstreamVyla Grindberg has been preparing ASUCC’s food boxes for the campus pantry ASUCC student leadership projects reaching students in need The ASUCC Student Leadership Team is managing several projects to help students in need of resources. Vyla Grindberg, business manager for ASUCC, has been preparing food boxes as a part of the campus’s food pantry called Project C.A.N.S. Fall term, ASUCC filled 69 food box orders and gave 179 gas voucher cards to students. “This is part of my responsibilities as business manager, but I’ve always wanted to help serve others in the public whether it’s in the community or on campus,” GrindbergRead More →

Holiday meal table setting. Photo from: Pixabay Holiday Meal Recipes for Alternative Diets Holiday Meal Recipes for Alternative Diets As the holiday season approaches, many people may be planning something a little different than traditional American food staples such as meat and potatoes. When walking through grocery store isles the words “gluten-free,” “vegan,” “keto friendly,” “plaeo”, jump up at us. Diet trends are sweeping the nation and  many individuals are looking for a change. We also may have guests visiting with food intolerances or allergies and may want to ensure everyone is feeling satisfied at the dinner table. There is a plethora of unique andRead More →