Monthly Archives: February 2017

Eating Disorder Awareness 2017: What’s your take on food?

When you go to a restaurant or have a meal at home, what’s your first response? For most people, their mouth waters and their stomach grumbles. This response is usually considered normal. However there is a part of the population that does not see food as everyone else does. This is where eating disorders could come into play. Individuals with eating disorders are the same as you and I. They go to school or work, interact with the community, and even have successful relationships. These individuals run into problems with food, however, in a way that is not considered normal to the average human. In the United Stated today about 20 million females and 10 million males suffer from some type of eating disorder at some point in their life.

Eating disorders are classified as “Serious conditions that involve extreme emotions, behaviors, and attitudes surrounding food”. There are three main types of eating disorders, although some can be classified as Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED) which do not fall within the three main categories. Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating are the three most prevalent types of eating disorders in America today. These disorders have the highest mortality rate among all mental illnesses because most individuals tend to hide there habits from family and friends.

Anorexia Nervosa is classified in the DSM-5, a manual for the diagnosis of mental disorders,  as the restriction of food leading to low body weight, an intense fear of becoming fat or gaining weight even though the individual is under weight, and the distorted perception of body image in regards to weight and shape. People with this ED have a distorted image of themselves where they view their body as fat and overweight when in reality they are severally underweight. This perceived image often leads to food restriction and purging behaviors. Of all the people with anorexia 90 to 95% are young females.

The next is bulimia nervosa. With bulimia, as according to the DSM-5, there are episodes of binge eating in which a large amount of food is consumed in a short amount of time coupled with a sense of no control of behaviors during the episode. The next key piece of bulimia is the recurrent behaviors of purging to prevent weight gain. These behaviors must be present at lease once a week for three months. Individuals with bulimia also have a negative self image in regards to weight similar to anorexia. Today bulimia affects one to two percent of adolescent and young adult females. This illness is also often associated with symptoms of depression.

The last of the three main EDs is Binge Eating. Although binge eating can be associated with bulimia, on it’s own binge eating is something different. The big difference between binge eating and bulimia is that binge eating is not associated with a negative purging behaviors. These binge eating episodes can include eating faster than normal, feeling uncomfortable full, eating a lot when you do not feel hungry, isolated eating due to shame, and a feeling of disgust at oneself. An individual with BED, or binge eating disorder, will tend to eat large amounts of food in isolation but will not follow up with purging activities such as throwing up or excessive use of laxatives.

Treatments for eating disorders include what is know to be a team approach. Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual and their needs. A team of a psychologist or psychiatrist, a social worker, and the individual’s primary care doctor work to provide psychotherapy and most times medication to assist the patient. The treatment will take time and patience in order to work successfully. Individuals with eating disorders can get better with the help of their team and the support of family and friends.

So let me ask, what’s your take on food? The answer to this question is up to you and you alone. If you suspect that you or someone close to you may have an eating disorder it is best to talk to someone that can provide access to help. Eating disorders, like any other mental illness, do not define people. This is only a part of what they go through and who they are. Individuals with EDs are no more different that one person to another and should be treated with respect along with the everyone else.




Smile! It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month 2017!


Mastering good oral hygiene habits in children can be a chore! Did you know that tooth decay is the most common, preventable, chronic disease in children? No wonder it can be frustrating for parents! Fortunately, there are several resources to use that can guide parents through this process as well as plenty of fun activities for children to help them understand why tooth brushing and flossing is so important!

Promoting the benefits of good oral health is the goal of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Every February a campaign slogan is released to spread the message. This year’s slogan is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” which promotes drinking tap water that contains fluoride rather than sugary drinks. The American Dental Association (ADA) provides printable activity and coloring pages at the following link:

The ADA also provides resources such as brushing charts at this website:

Good oral health is so important in children and good habits should be started early. Use the countless resources available to help children learn and become excited about taking care of their teeth! There are informative tools to help parents go through this experience, too! Nobody misses out in the promotion of good oral hygiene. Mouth Healthy Kids ( by the American Dental Association is a wonderful source for both kids and parents. Check it out and start promoting good dental health today!




Apply for Fall 2017 RN to BSN Program!

MSUM is accepting RN-BSN nursing applications from motivated RNs seeking to earn their baccalaureate degree. With the BSN, you can more greatly impact patient outcomes, advance your career, and consider graduate school one day. Obtaining a BSN opens up many opportunities for career advancement. Nurses with this degree are in high demand and the field continues to grow! If you are curious about this degree check out some of the many reasons its a great day to be a Dragon!


• Flexibility with total online delivery, semi-annual admission, and progression at your own pace (average part-time completion: 2 years)

National accreditation since 1981 through CCNE to ensure the highest academic rigor to advance your career – and/or be accepted into graduate schools one day

• A smart investment by delivering a nationally recognized and highly reputable BSN more affordability than any in the area (e.g. compared to other public, for-profit, private institutions)

Meaningful connections and readily accessible faculty who are well equipped to manage an online learning environment with high quality faculty

• Spring application deadline: March 15 (summer/fall start)

Learn more:

  1. Visit the RN-BSN program website |
  2. You will note a separate link for the RN-BSN Program Admission & Application information.
  3. Call or email to get your questions answered with ease. 218.477.2693 |


Observe World Day of Social Justice, February 20,2017

“Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.”

This is the definition that the United Nations has on their web page of social justice. Their vision, which should be shared by everyone, is a world with equal opportunity with equal outcome. This means that there would be no social barriers that would inhibit one’s desire for upward mobility. Their main idea for how this could be helped along is with economic development, as well as setting planetary boundaries.

Every year, they urge members to help the global community and themselves by working to eradicate the poverty in their respective nations while also providing full employment to those that desire it with good work. They believe, with much research to back them up, that if the basic human needs are met, that there are no “needs” such as food, water, shelter or health care that go unmet on a daily basis, true equality will be allowed to develop mostly on its own.

They also recognize that our respective economies cannot grow infinitely on a planet with finite resources. That’s why they propose that the jobs that are being created do not go towards material consumption, but instead towards making older jobs more green and trying to restore areas that natural resources have been lost.



Celebrate Black History Month 2017


Every year in school, kids are taught history in their social science classes. The Civil and World Wars take up a large chunk of that time as well as actions such as the Gold Rush and signing of the Declaration of Independence. What gets glossed over are the people that participated in and made changes in those eras. In particular, the accomplishments of minorities get covered by those made by their Caucasian counter parts. February is the time of year where we look at these accomplishments and acknowledge them. Black history month was created to make sure that these people of history are not lost.

William Edward Burghardt DuBois was one of the founders of NAACP. He was also the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University with a doctoral degree. He later became a university writer which helped him later become a social scientist that focused on black culture. While many activists at the time wanted to integrate black culture into the white society, DuBois was against that. He wanted black culture to stay independent through separatism. He was a strong figure head for the African-American community from 1910 until the 1960’s.

Benjamin Banneker is considered to be the first African-American scientist by many. He was born free from slavery in the 1800’s on a small farm in Maryland. He did attend school, but was mostly self taught. His abilities in analytical and mathematical skills were well known in the the local area. He helped survey the Federal Territory ( what is now Washington DC) and assisted in getting a precise measurement for the meter. He also corresponded with Thomas Jefferson on the issue of slavery. Little else is known about him because all his personal records were burned in a house fire on the day of his funeral.

Charles Drew is to be thanked by millions of people for saving their lives. In 1940 he discovered that plasma from blood could be separated and stored for later use. This discovery helped develop the national blood banks. These banks saved at least a few thousand lives during World War II. After the war, he went on to become a professor at Howard University in Washington DC.

Condoleezza Rice was the first African American women to hold the title of Secretary of State. She was a prodigy both in her studies and at playing piano. She went to college at the age of 15 with the intent of being a pianist. She eventually changed her mind and studied international politics. She taught at Stanford University before working at the Pentagon with the senior George Bush. She was appointed as the SOE in 2005 by Bill Clinton and held the position until the next election in 2009.

The Harlem Renaissance was a period in time where the African-American Community in Manhattan increased in concentration. It started in the 1920’s and lasted until the late 1930’s. New York was the perfect place for the revolution of Black culture to be reborn. New York was the publishing capital along with the being a port city. This allowed for any works created to be dispersed over a large area. The main focus of this era was for African-
Americans to embrace their individual characteristics and cultural background rather than looking for acceptance by the majority racial group.

MSUM’s Black Student Union has had several events planned for this month to help celebrate their cultural backgrounds. Several have already passed, but MSUM is having speaker Nick Gaines come and speak. He will be in the Glasrud Auditorium in Weld Hall on February 23rd from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

National Condom Week 2017

National condom week 2017 is to take place February 14th through the 21st which also coincides with Valentine’s day. As Valentines Day approaches, the romance rises between couples. While romantic, this can have some devastating effects if not prepared for properly. The most common contraceptives among young adults and middle aged people are birth control and condoms. However, condoms are not always used regularly. Situations like pregnancy and getting a sexually transmitted disease or infection could arise from this practice.

For those who don’t know, there is a difference between birth control and condom use. Birth control is often hormone based and used to prevent pregnancy or lessen the effects of a woman’s period. Birth control is recommended for those who want to avoid pregnancy until they are ready. Condoms are used during sexual intercourse to help prevent pregnancy as well but they do one other, very important, thing. Condoms can assist in preventing both partners from getting a sexually transmitted disease. Most of the time, medical professionals will recommend birth control and condom use together to increase your protection.

There are benefits of using condoms. The first is as stated above, condoms are effective in preventing STD’s. “Condoms and female condoms are the only methods of birth control that also help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections” (Planned Parenthood). Another is that condoms do not cost much and they are easy to get. In the United States, they can be bought almost anywhere including convenience stores. Next is pleasure, condoms provide protection while also allowing both people to enjoy the moment, “Safer sex is better sex because it stops stress from killing the mood” (Planned Parenthood). Lastly is that condoms do not have any side effects other than a possible latex allergy and they help other methods of birth control work better, “Adding condoms to your birth control lineup can give you extra pregnancy protection. No method is 100% effective, so adding condoms as a backup helps you prevent pregnancy if you make a mistake with your other method or it fails” (Planned Parenthood).

All in all, there seems to be no reason as to why someone would not use condoms. They provide protection, they can improve the pleasure of the moment, and are easily accessible. Considering Valentine’s day is approaching it is best to be prepared and safe instead of scared and worried down the road. Don’t you think?


National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2017

The teenage years are when many people begin to date and have romantic relationships. It is a new experience that teens are exploring and learning more about. Parents may view their children’s relationships as cute and innocent and look back to their own teenage dating years or maybe cringe at the thought of their own children dating! Whatever the case, most teens do not share every detail of their relationships with their parents. How much knowledge do teens even have about relationships?  Do they know what a healthy and respectful relationship is or looks like? Many teens do not understand what is acceptable in a relationship and what is not. Last year, 1 in 10 teens reported that they were purposely hit or physically hurt by their partner. Dating violence doesn’t stop at being physical. It can be emotional and sexual violence, too. Violent actions in relationships have  been linked as causes of negative effects for the victims;  including  depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, decreased school performance, and a higher risk to become a victim of violence in college and adult relationships. Teen dating violence is very serious and needs to stop. That is why February has been declared National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The goal is to reach out to teens and parents and provide resources to prevent and stop teen dating violence. The best way to promote healthy and respectful relationships is to educate!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers great resources and tips in tackling teen dating violence. Ideally we want to avoid violence all together, but whether it is occurring or not, it is never too late to take steps to stop. Discussing with teens about what is acceptable and unacceptable in relationships is very important. This step is extremely beneficial when it is discussed before a relationship begins as the teens have this knowledge in their minds and know when a red flag appears. Other resources could include school-based programs or online seminars. To learn more about teen dating violence, take a look at the following resources: