Research released last week suggests that people who suffer from nickel and cobalt allergies may need to be careful when selecting a cell phone. A bank of mobile devices researched in a study led by a Stony Brook University Associate Professor revealed that some expose cobalt, nickel, or even both.
Cobalt and nickel are two sources of allergies in people that can cause swelling, itching, and blistering where exposed. Numerous case reports have since linked cell phones to nickel allergy, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men. Dermal issues associated with the allergy are more commonly triggered by wearing jewelry.
Join the SUNY Team at the United Way Bridge Walk in New York City this Saturday, September 29! The procession will make its way across the Brooklyn Bridge to show its support of United Way’s mission to “raise awareness of the need to bridge critical gaps in educational achievement, income stability and access to healthy food for low-income New Yorkers.”
SUNY is a major economic driver in the downstate region and our efforts to improve the lives of New Yorkers aligns directly with United Way’s Bridge Walk awareness campaign.
SUNY has been an ongoing supporter of United Way’s efforts in New York. In fact, Chancellor Zimpher, a member of United Way NYC’s Board of Directors, joined the walk last year with a huge mass of SUNY students, alumni and faculty.
We’re inviting all alumni, students and faculty in the area on Saturday to join the very visible SUNY Team. Our group, donned in SUNY stickers, will walk behind a large SUNY banner. Campuses that have pledged walkers include Stony Brook University, College of Optometry, Fashion Institute of Technology, Downstate Medical University and College at Old Westbury.
1. Click here and click “Join a Team” to join the SUNY Team.
2. Meet the SUNY Team at 8:30AM at Foley Square on Saturday, September 29.
After the walk, a festival will be held featuring live music, children’s activities, food and more. For the full event schedule, click here.
A group of volunteers and interns, with a little help from Mother Nature, have turned a rooftop of Stony Brook University’s Medical Center into a bountiful vegetable garden. In first year that the garden has been grown, the University has yielded enough crops to incorporate them into at least one meal a day for patients.
The “farm”, appropriately named Stony Brook Heights, is headed by the Hospital’s Department of Family Medicine, Nutrition Division. The Division is filled with staff members, interns, and other students all volunteering their time to work the “field”. The farm is a result of a grant from New York State Department of Health’s Healthy Heart Program, which for the next two years provides over $80,000 in funding.
Stony Brook University’s Sustainability Studies Program says that the farm began as a somewhat neglected plot receiving little or no attention, but saw a complete 180-degree flip about a year later.
Stony Brook Heights now boasts enough vegetables to serve in at least one meal every day for the patients of the Hospital. The produce, including cabbage, kale and eggplant, is result of a larger step toward sustainability than simply growing food.
“We’re trying to teach them — if they don’t already know — about the problems with food, whether it’s pesticide issues, transportation, the price of hauling food from outside areas,” coordinator Iman Marghoob explained to Newsday. “So it’s a lot of learning going on at one time.”
The success of the garden was embellished with a fundraiser on September 10, featuring local chefs’ preparation of dishes using the vegetables and herbs from the garden. The money raised is to be used to continue funding the garden once the Healthy Heart Program grant expires.
But sustainability doesn’t stop at the edge of the roof; the same grant that funds the rooftop garden also enables the hospital to maintain 10 more community gardens in impoverished neighborhoods throughout Long Island. Now, that’s Healthier New York!
On New Year’s Day, millions of people make resolutions to start the year off right. People want to face challenges, look good and feel good, and live a better life than the previous year. Some of the most popular resolutions include “eat healthy food, get fit, lose weight, and manage stress” (source).
At college, a new school year can come with many new changes; new home, new roommates, and a new schedule. It also provides a new opportunity to start the school year off right! Keeping up with your health in college is one of the keys to success. If you take care of yourself, you’ll be less likely to get sick (and therefore less likely to miss class), you may have better concentration, and you may find it easier to study and tackle assignments. You may also gain a new sense of self confidence that helps you to make new friends and improves your public speaking skills. Taking care of yourself involves a proper sleep pattern, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and time management skills.
Getting enough sleep. There are many excuses and reasons for why college students don’t get enough sleep. You may be up late working on an assignment for your 8am class, you may be pulling a late shift to pay for your textbooks, or you just don’t feel like going to bed. Continue reading →
Before I went off to college, I had many fears about the next four years of my life. I wondered about the workload, homesickness and making new friends, finding my way around, and the dreaded Freshman 15. I actually thought the Freshman 15 was an inevitable part of college, and that late night pizza deliveries and endless dining hall desserts were just a fact of college, like exams and papers.
If the Freshman 15 is something you find yourself in fear of, you can breathe a sigh of relief because a nationwide study conducted by the Ohio State University found that it is just a myth. The study featured data from 7, 418 people between the ages of 13 and 17 in 1997, and continued to interview them about their weight and college status each year since. What the study found was that only 10% of students actually gained 15 or more pounds during their freshman year! Women, on average, gained 2.4 pounds and men gained an average of 3.4 pounds as freshman. A quarter of the participants were found to actually have lost weight! So where does the small weight change come from? Simply growing up and becoming an adult. (source)
If you are still worried about the Freshman 15, or would simply like to pick up a healthy new lifestyle, college provides a great opportunity to do this.
In the dining hall:
SUNY dining halls are excellent in providing a variety of healthy choices. Use it to your advantage!
Simple tips to sneak in healthy food at the dining hall
Enjoy a fresh salad, topped with a lean meat such as skinless grilled chicken, sliced turkey, or protein-packed beans (garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils)
Ask for your sandwich on whole wheat bread, and pile fresh veggies onto your sandwich such as lettuce and tomato, cucumbers, onion, bell pepper strips- just skip the mayo!
Swap out a hamburger for a leaner meat such as skinless grilled chicken or a turkey burger, or even a fiber-filled veggie burger!
Try an egg white omelet. They are low in cholesterol and high in protein! Fill it with veggies and skip the bacon.
Start your day the right way by having a bowl of whole grain cereal such as cheerio’s or raisin bran with skim milk and fresh fruit.
Moderation is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle, so don’t feel that you can’t have your favorite treats like French fries or dessert. Limit those items to a few times a week, and really savor the moment when you are eating them!
In your dorm room:
Residence halls are a great part of the SUNY experience. This is probably where you will meet your first friends, do your homework, and relax. Make it a part of your healthy lifestyle by keeping healthy choices there!
Healthy options for your new home
Keep healthy breakfast items in your room in case you don’t have time to hit the dining hall before class. Whole grain cereal, skim milk, fresh fruit, granola bars, yogurt, oatmeal, and peanut butter are all great options!
Eating a small snack between meals can be a great way to help you control your weight and stave off hunger. Easy small snack choices (less than 200 calories) can include string cheese made with skim milk, veggie sticks and hummus, whole grain crackers, trail mix, yogurt, fresh fruit, peanut butter, and popcorn.
For a small sweet treat, keep individually wrapped dark chocolate pieces, pudding made with skim milk, or frozen yogurt bars, fruit bars, or small ice cream bars on hand! They can be a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without sending you overboard.
Keeping or adopting a healthier lifestyle in college is something that can be both attainable and enjoyable. Be sure to take advantage of the campus gym and exercise classes to keep your body as healthy as you can!