Saturday, August 1, 2015

Friendship Day

According to, daysoftheyear.comFriendship day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending eachother cards, but by 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually it died out completely. However, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations (believe it or not!), and in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognised 30th July asInternational Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!
The Friendship Day declaration states, we are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities
You can celebrate friendship day by, spending time with a friend, sending them a note of appreciation, or give a small inexpensive gift such as a photo or craft. What will you do to celebrate friendship day?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What a can of Coke does to your body in only one hour Guest Post

Have you ever wondered what happens to your body after you drink a can of your favourite fizzy drink?
A new infographic has revealed the reaction you go through for an hour after consuming, from the first sip, right through to 60 minutes after finishing.
The graphic was compiled by The Renegade Pharmacist, a blog run by former UK pharmacist Niraj Naik and includes a seven-stop breakdown.
In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100 per cent of your recommended daily intake.)
In 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst.
In 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
In 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. 
>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
>60 Minutes: The caffeine's diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you'll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
As the rave inside of you dies down you'll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You've also now, literally, urinated the water that was in the Coke.
But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.
Mr Naik told the Daily Mail: "When I worked as a community pharmacist I had some great success at helping people get off long term medication. Especially blood pressure medication, statins and diabetic medication.
"Many of them [patients] would consume fizzy drinks on a daily basis. A few on several medications would consume two to three cans a day. In one case a guy was on every heart drug under the sun and taking big doses.
"So I created my own system to help my patients where I would write little shopping lists for people based on their conditions. My first advice to them would be to do a simple swap, replacing fizzy drinks with water with fresh lemon or lime juice.
"In many cases just doing this would have a dramatic effect on their health. So this indicated to me that fizzy drinks and sugar were big issues relating to blood pressure and metabolic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
"Then I did a lot more research and discovered that there were other scientists and doctors who backed up my claims."
If you are looking for more information about nutrition check out the CSS WellU webpage and the Stewardship in Seconds Webinars.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

International Friendship Day! July 30th

The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures.

What do people do?

To mark the International Day of Friendship, the UN encourages governments, organizations, and community groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that promote solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

Message from the Secretary General
The International Day of Friendship is an important opportunity to confront the misunderstandings and distrust that underlie so many of the tensions and conflicts in today’s world.
It is a reminder that human solidarity is essential to promoting lasting peace and fostering sustainable development.
On this International Day of Friendship, let us cultivate warm ties that strengthen our common humanity and promote the well-being of the human family.
Ban Ki-moon
What can you do today to promote the well-being of the human family?  
Will you send a card to someone you have not talked to in awhile?  Could you invite someone for a walk or out to coffee? Try it and see what happens! 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day

About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that predominantly infects the cells of the liver. This can result in inflammation and significant damage to the liver. It can also affect the liver’s ability to perform its essential functions. Although it has always been regarded as a liver disease - ‘hepatitis’ means ‘inflammation of the liver’ - recent research has shown that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) affects a number of other areas of the body. These can include the digestive system, the lymphatic system, the immune system and the brain.
Hepatitis C was first discovered in the 1980s when it became apparent that there was a new virus (not hepatitis A or B) causing liver damage. Before being properly identified in 1989 it was originally known as non-A non-B hepatitis. In 1991 a screening process was developed making it possible to detect HCV in blood samples. As a relatively new disease there are still many aspects of hepatitis C which are yet to be fully understood.
There are an estimated 150 million people worldwide chronically infected with hepatitis C. The level of infection, known as prevalence, varies widely from country to country. In some countries, such as Egypt, it is as high as15%. In the United States it is believed to be 1% and in the UK it is believed to be around 0.5%. The virus can only be transmitted by infected blood.

HCV World Prevalence

Hepatitis C is an RNA virus. RNA viruses mutate much more than DNA viruses. This ability to mutate makes the RNA virus much harder for the body’s immune system to locate and destroy it. In hepatitis C there are 6 major variations of the virus, labelled 1 to 6. These are known as ‘genotypes’. Different genotypes predominate in different parts of the world. One genotype cannot change into another. However, it is possible, although rare, to be infected with more than one genotype at the same time.
A hepatitis C infection can be categorised into two stages. The first stage is acute infection (following initial infection). The second stage is chronic infection. The acute stage refers to the first 6 months of infection and does not necessarily result in any noticeable symptoms. Approximately 20% of those infected with hepatitis C will naturally clear the virus from their body within the first six months. For the remaining 80% a chronic (long-term) infection will develop.
The course of a chronic hepatitis C infection is extremely varied and unpredictable. Some people experience very few symptoms for as long as a decade. Others can suffer symptoms almost from the start. Some will progress to develop fibrosis and cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer or end stage liver disease, while others experience very little liver damage, even after many years. In cases where there is an absence of symptoms many people do not discover that they have HCV until some time after they have been infected.
Another reason that hepatitis C goes undiagnosed for many years is that its symptoms can often be put down to other illnesses. For example, depression, fatigue, skin problems, insomnia, pain and digestive disorders could all have other causes. For these reasons hepatitis C is often referred to as the ‘Silent Epidemic’.
Drug treatment to eradicate the virus has advanced greatly in the last few years. The success rates for genotype 1 are now as high as 70%. Genotype 2 still seems to be the easiest to treat, having a success rate of 80%. Genotype 3 treatment is successful in approximately 70% of people. Genotype 4 treatment seems to be successful in approximately 40% of cases. However, the treatment can have significant side effects and is definitely not suited to everyone. A vaccine remains some time off.

For more information about hepatitis, visit:

Monday, July 20, 2015

JED Foundation - Music Video Debut

"My Own Way" Music Video Debut

We are excited to help announce the debut of a new music video by our friend and mental health advocate, Jay Stolar.
My Own Way is a video created by Stolar in support of JED's Love is Louder movement. Join the conversation online with #MyOwnWay.
We all face different challenges, but there are things we can all do to reach out, feel better and love ourselves. You’re not alone - friends, family and professionals can help you through the hard times.

A portion of the proceeds from "My Own Way" will help support JED's Love is Louder movement

If you are looking for additional resources go to the Faculty/Staff Resource page on the WellU website.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Funny! Nick Offerman PSA

The Public Safety Announcement by Nick Offerman is a little over the top but provides a good laugh about a serious topic.

This video was sponsored by the American Heart Association to shed some light on the government school lunch recommendations. If you enjoyed this video you may want to check out the blog post from the ,

If you want additional resources about a nutritious diet go to the Well U Stewardship in Seconds webpage to review the short videos about eating at your desk, eating on a budget and more!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I scream, You scream, We all scream for Ice Cream!

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

There are several ways to celebrate Ice Cream month. One is to invite a few friends over to make homemade ice cream. Below is a link to 5 homemade icecream recipes including Banana Ice Cream. This homemade ice cream is easier than you ever imagined. More important, it's low in sugar and calories, and high in omega-3s, fiber, and Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat.