Monday, September 26, 2016

On-Campus Food Hacks for the Busy Student

On-Campus Food Hacks for the Busy Student
            Running late for class and skipped a meal? We’ve all been there. No one wants to sit in class with a grumbling stomach, so here are some quick and hearty meal options you can grab on campus!

Convenience Store Hacks:
The Beach Hut, Bookstore, Corner Market, and The Outpost convenience stores are packed with nutritious options for the starving student on the go. Light breakfast options like mini cereal bowls, low fat or 2% milk, or self-serve warm oatmeal with a banana are simple and easy to prepare. Pretzels, nuts, apples, and ready-to-eat sandwiches and salads are the perfect snacks to hold you over until lunch time. You can also grab a healthy fruit smoothie from the beverage brands Naked or Odwalla. Each of these cost $5 or less!

University Dining Plaza (at the USU) Hacks:
Beach Walk Café – USU 3rd Floor
The Beach Walk Café is packed with nutritious foods and also offers vegan and vegetarian options. Satisfying choices such as the Avocado Chicken Wrap, Protein Bowl, and Turkey Pesto Sandwich are just some of the many healthy menu items available here. Everything on the menu costs under $8.

El Pollo Loco – USU 2nd Floor
Not looking for a full meal? El Pollo Loco’s sides such as seasoned rice, black beans, corn, or steamed broccoli can be paired with a leg of El Pollo Loco’s famous fire-grilled chicken for a small yet filling lunch. Sides cost as little as $1.89 for small and $3.59 for large.

Subway – USU 2nd Floor
Customize your Subway sandwich with whole grain breads and a variety of fresh vegetables. Take advantage of the six-inch sub of the day for only $3.50 and stretch your dollar! There are seven different sandwiches to choose from, one for each day of the week, like tuna or sweet onion chicken teriyaki. It’s a great way to sample the menu and silence that growling stomach.

            Get creative with the food options available here on campus. With a little searching, you’re sure to find delicious and affordable food on campus to keep you going!

by Monica Roque


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

There is No Wrong Way to Have a Body

There is No Wrong Way to Have a Body
            As individuals of the CSULB community we are all probably familiar with these common stressors: school, work, personal relationships, money, etc. However, some of us may be hesitant to acknowledge another common worry- poor self-body image.
            From a very early age, many external factors can condition girls to think that their appearance is the most important thing about them. Whether it’s the media, family, or peers, the idea of what a girls are supposed to look like is hammered into their minds. Guys don’t fare any better. Boys are exposed to the media's idea of what a man is supposed to look like: muscular, handsome, and fearless. We are presented with these unobtainable body images and are expected to try and look like them. For both boys and girls, not meeting any or all of these qualifications can lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-loathing.
            The bottom line is this: there is too much stress and pressure in life already without turning on yourself. If you can learn to love yourself, you will realize just how beautiful you already are. This may sound like a daunting task, which is way the Health Resource Center is here to help.
            The Body Positive is a social movement that helps individuals learn to love themselves while also promoting a positive body image. Its founders, Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott, began the movement in 1996 with the goal of helping people overcome conflicts with their bodies so that they can lead happier and more productive lives. In an effort to promote their work, the Student Health Services created Body Positive @ The Beach, an eight week series for CSULB students to begin a journey of self-love and self-acceptance. In addition, Student Health Services is hosting a community presentation and workshops to introduce the campus community to the core concepts of The Body Positive.
            The community presentation will take place on Tuesday, September 20th at the Anatol Center from 3:30-5:00pm here on campus. Thanks to a generous donation from Centers for Discovery, a local eating disorder treatment facility, The Student Health Services was able to invite one of the founders of The Body Positive, Connie Sobczak, to conduct these presentations. This community event is open to all students, staff, faculty as well as the public. We encourage interested participants to bring any family and friends who may benefit from this positive message.
            There will be a Staff & Faculty workshop on Wednesday, September 21st from 12pm-1:30pm at the Barrett Athletic Administration Conference Center. There will also be a student workshop on Wednesday, September 21st from 3:30pm-5:00pm in USU room 303 (Redondo Room). For both of these workshops, we ask that you RSVP as space is limited. Refreshments and snacks will be provided at both the presentation and the workshops!

                        We recommend that individuals come by and take advantage of these helpful services. The process of learning to love yourself is not an easy one. That is why we’re here to offer you support and show you that you are not alone in your struggle.  Please contact or call (562) 985-4664 to RSVP for more information or to RSVP for any of the upcoming events. 

by Adam Vargas

Smoking or Vaping on Campus? Sorry! After Sept 1 No More

Smoking or Vaping on Campus? Sorry! After Sept 1 No More

CSULB students, welcome back to The Beach! We have a new policy that will go into effect this semester: Starting September 1st, 2016 our campus will be smoke, vapor, and tobacco free. This new policy is being implemented through the BREATHE campaign, which promotes everyone’s right to breathe fresh air. If you’re curious as to how this new policy may affect you, check out scenarios below:

Scenario 1: You’re leaving the library after a long study session with your Starbucks in hand, bag full of books, and a look that says you are ready to go home. You step outside and your nostrils are soon hit with the smell of second-hand smoke. Fumes are everywhere and now they are all you can notice.

Impact on You: This scenario will soon be a thing of the past. Starting September 1st, smoking, vaping, and tobacco products will be prohibited on campus.

Side Note: Although you may not be a smoker, you’re probably aware of how difficult it can be to stop smoking. Let’s try and be empathetic to those who will soon be unable to smoke on campus. Your patience, support, and understanding are all needed to make this campus a healthier place.

Scenario 2: You’ve just finished preparing for a big test. You’re mentally drained and need an afternoon pick-me-up. You light your cigarette to unwind and all you notice are people giving you dirty looks or avoiding your path. No matter where you move, people seem to be upset.

Impact on You: Because of the new policy, you will have to travel off campus to either 7th street orBellflower Blvd to smoke. Students who may have difficulty not smoking are encouraged to stop by the Student Health Services for help.

Side Note: No one likes being told what to do. You’re probably sick of constantly hearing how bad smoking is for you. This policy is not an attempt to force you to quit smoking. This policy is to create a healthier environment for all. 

If you are trying to quit smoking, or just make it through the day, Student Health Services is here to help. We offer many resources such as:
  •  Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (Patches, Gum)
  •  Non-Nicotine Medication (Zyban)
  • We also offer a support group calledNew Beginnings, which offers recovery support for all addictions, every Monday from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. at the Soroptomist House on campus. 
  • Individual health education counseling 
  • For more information contact Heidi Ortiz at (562-985-5859) or at
bBy Adam Vargas

Party Safe

Party Safe

Welcome to college! A place where you can practically do whatever the heck you want. Woo-hoo! You’re finally an adult. There is no more curfew, no more having to be bossed around by mom and dad, or hearing your mother yell, “go do your chores!” But of course, with independence comes a great deal of responsibility. 

There comes a time in every teen’s life when they have to leave the nest and branch off into the real world. For many of us, that real world is college. Many students, particularly freshman, are eager to “get wild” and “cut loose” because they have never been exposed to so much freedom. A huge part of the college experience is a student’s social life. In college, there are going to be so many parties and social events and it will be important to prioritize your safety while having a good time. Below are some tips on how you can party safe.  

Now, imagine you are at your first college party and there’s alcohol everywhere—lots of it. You’re not a big fan of alcohol and you don’t really drink a lot; maybe a few sips here and there. Now all your friends are drinking and having a good a time, and God forbid you’re the only one that’s not drinking. So you go against the norm and start drinking more than you ever have. After the first drink you’re probably thinking, “Mmm that wasn’t too bad” and now, you’re on your second, third, and fourth drink. You never want to get too intoxicated to the point where you have no idea what’s going on around you. However, if this happens to be you. make sure you’re accompanied by a friend that you trust, which leads us to the first tip.

Tip #1: Use the buddy system
Never attend a party alone. It’s always safer to go with a group of friends. For instance, your friends can tell when you’ve had way too much to drink. Or they can make sure you get home safe. Or keep that creepy guy/girl away from you when you don't their attention. 

Tip #2: Arrange for a safe ride  
Never drink and drive or get in the car with someone who is intoxicated. Remember, DUI’s are 100% preventable. DUI's are expensive and mess up your future regarding school and work. And saving your life and someone else's is another great reason to never drink and drive! If you’re too intoxicated, find an alternative form of transportation such as, Uber or Lyft. 

Tip #3: Don’t leave your drink unattended
I’m sure we all know how this story goes. Someone leaves their drink unattended and quickly runs to the bathroom while leaving their drink behind. While they’re away at the restroom someone slips an unknown substance in their drink…I think we all know what could happen next. The moral of the story is, never leave your drink alone under any circumstance. If you have to go to the restroom, take it with you or throw it away. Watch your drinks being poured and just like candy, don't take a drink from a stranger! 

Tip #5: Know your limits
Be conscious of how much alcohol you are consuming. Your body can only process 1 standard drink per hour. You can use the red solo cups also known as the “infamous red cup” to keep track of how many drinks you’ve had the entire night. There are markers on the cup that indicate the standard level consumption of various alcohol beverages. Drink water or another non-alcoholic beverage between each drink. Eat food before and during a party. 

All in all, we want to encourage students to make their safety a priority while having a great time. Yes, it is okay to enjoy yourself; however, choosing to party safe can make a world of difference in your life!

By Stephanie Aninyei

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