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The untold story of emergency responder stress The emotional toll suffered by people in medical professions is seldom told. Those out on the front lines and in the emergency room attempting to save family and friends are only human. TV shows like “House M.D.” and “Grey’s Anatomy” portray medically trained professionals as heroes who can bring back people from the dead and perform miraculous procedures any day. Yes, sometimes people are inexplicably saved, but realistically that is not always the case. Because workers in medical fields can accumulate a great amount of stress after every single incident they respond to, UCC paramedic students are requiredRead More →

resiliency and wellness

Umpqua Community College is working on building a new wellness department on campus to focus on students’  mental health and accessibilities needs.  A  wellness center is now located in the Educational Skills Building  across from the Swanson Amphitheater. The center provides many recourses to help students through difficult times such as specialty short term counseling services, special academic advising, weekly wellness workshops, support groups and  the resiliency room (located in ESB 9). A group from Dustin Cosby’s Small Group discussion class is hosting a Resiliency Week in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 to March 3 to helpRead More →

feminine hygiene basket

Zip. Zip. Clank. Swivel, swivel. Silence. You may have needed a feminine hygiene product while on campus and found yourself in a UCC restroom having to unzip your wallet for change, clank a quarter into the machine, swivel the knob to the right only to be followed by silence and a feeling of despair. This is a common problem. Only three out of 13 women’s restrooms on UCC’s campus are stocked with both tampons and pads. Mainstream staff members walked restroom to restroom conducting a study to see which women’s restrooms carry feminine hygiene products. They found that four buildings have broken feminine hygiene dispensers.Read More →

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Imagine – the sweet scent of pumpkin, cinnamon and sugar drifting throughout the house as temperatures drop outside from the approaching winter. Fireplaces are lit and thermostats are turned on to keep warm. Each day passing is a day closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and soon everyone will be buzzing in preparation.Read More →

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Flu season has started, and for many students that means staying at home battling through the long list of debilitating symptoms. Carolyn Crampton, a clinical nursing instructor on campus, says that the best remedy for the common cold is to start off the day by drinking a lot of fluids. Eating chicken noodle soup helps as it includes an antiviral component effective in treating viral infections. Most colds are caused by viruses, the most common being the rotavirus which takes about two days for the symptoms to occur. Many of these viruses are on classroom and bathroom door handles, or buttons in an elevator. “Use yourRead More →

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We’ve all been told at one time or another that we should drink more water. Maybe your doctor mentioned it during an appointment, an athletic coach said something at practice, or a health teacher covered the benefits of water and body function in class.   It could be something as simple as a parent telling you to drink more water in order to get you to quit drinking all the soda. Whatever the source, the bottom line is water is good for you.Read More →

mason jar salad

The arrival of spring brings with it the perfect weather for planting. Regardless of where you live – in a house or an apartment – your options aren’t limited to just flowers. Even the most space challenged can grow a salad garden. All you need is a large container, or several smaller containers, potting soil for the containers and the plants.Read More →

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As a student, you spend a lot of time indoors. Many days you never see sunlight, especially prior to mid-terms and finals. Periods of time like this can leave you in a low mood and just a little on the cranky side. It would be easy to blame the work load, but the culprit may really be a Vitamin D deficiency.Read More →

shepheard pie

A couple of years ago, we took a coastal road trip down Highway 1 and ended up at Monterey Bay, California, where I re-discovered Shepherd Pie at a local British pub.  I had it once when I was young, but Shepherd Pie was not something I had on a regular basis growing up and, for the most part, I forgot it even existed until I saw it on that menu.  Now Shepherd Pie makes a regular appearance in our dinner rotation, specifically when it’s my turn to cook.Read More →

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Stress is something that everybody deals with whether the situation is good or bad. Studying throughout the term, work and other household obligations makes for one very stressed person. How we deal with that stress is important. The fun way to deal with stress is to color. There are numerous ways to get your hands on these coloring pages, some can cost a few dollars while others only a few cents. In the crisis center previously used as the Riverhawk Bistro at the student center students can walk in and sit down at one of tables to color, or even talk to the councilor thatRead More →