The Charger Bulletin

My First 5K

Melanie Rovinsky May 4, 2011

Although I have been running for quite some time, I did not participate in my first race until this past March. After playing soccer my entire life, when I came to college, I was simply looking for a way...

Hike Your Way to Better Health

Melanie Rovinsky April 27, 2011

With the nice weather upon us, it’s hard to stay inside and get done the massive amounts of work you have to turn in before the end of the semester. However, getting outside is more beneficial to your...

Artificial Dye Deemed Safe by FDA

Melanie Rovinsky April 20, 2011

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel, which met to consider placing warning labels on foods containing artificial dyes, determined at the end of March that these colorings were safe to eat. The...

Sugar: The Not-So-Sweet Truth

Melanie Rovinsky April 13, 2011

If you have ever looked carefully at a nutrition label, you may have noticed that no percent daily value is given for sugar. However, considering the increase of sugar consumption in our society, this...

The Power of Peanut Butter

Melanie Rovinsky April 6, 2011

I am a strong believer in the power of peanut butter. As a regular morning runner, my metabolism kicks into high gear around 6:45 a.m. and doesn’t seem to slow down until I go to bed. Unless I feed my...

Born to Exercise: The Role of Genetics in Fitness

Melanie Rovinsky March 30, 2011

Have you ever wondered why two people following the exact same fitness and diet regimen will often achieve different results? It turns out the answer may be genetics. What do the scientists say? The...

The Best Time to Exercise: AM or PM?

Melanie Rovinsky March 23, 2011

Do you prefer to roll out of bed and into your running sneakers, or would you rather hit the gym after class and work? Although most experts agree that the time of exercise is not nearly as important as...

A Look at Irish Fare

Melanie Rovinsky March 2, 2011

The mere mention of St. Patrick’s Day is enough to make the typical American’s mouth water. After all, who doesn’t love a big heaping plate of corned beef and cabbage washed down with a pint of Guiness...

Counting Calories: What does it mean?

Melanie Rovinsky February 23, 2011

If you’ve ever attempted to shed a few pounds or even just maintain your current weight, you are aware of the dreaded act of counting calories. And sure, we are all equipped with the basic adding skills...

The Big Fat Secrets: Why eliminating fats from your diet is not the best weight loss solution

Melanie Rovinsky February 16, 2011

With aisle after aisle of tempting low-fat and fat-free foods, it is no surprise that individuals trying to lose or maintain their weight load up their shopping carts with these products. The problem with...

Cardio: Short and Intense or Long and Steady

Melanie Rovinsky February 9, 2011

When it comes to cardio training, is it better to work out for a long time at a steady pace or for a brief period at a more demanding rate? Experts believe both routines have their benefits, and you must...

Caffeine: The College Student’s Stimulant

Melanie Rovinsky February 2, 2011

When most people think of caffeine, they automatically think of coffee. However, the stimulant is hiding in numerous other areas of our diet, from over-the-counter drugs to candy bars. But other than being...

Diet and Fitness Resolutions: How to Make Them Last Until Next Year

Melanie Rovinsky January 26, 2011

Ever wonder why your New Year’s resolution to be healthier never seems to make it past the month of January? You’re not alone. According to MSNBC, 54 percent of individuals who made resolutions failed...

Raise Your Glass, Not Your Weight

Melanie Rovinsky December 8, 2010

With Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and the end of the semester around the corner, there are plenty of reasons to toast the night away… for those of us 21 and older, of course! However, a night of clinking...

Don’t Skimp on the Holidays

Melanie Rovinsky December 1, 2010

With the holiday season upon us and a few million Thanksgiving calories consumed, I can already feel my jeans getting snug. The season of indulgence is here, and so is the overabundance of high-calorie...

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