Health and Wellness

Colleges and Universities Mandating the COVID-19 Vaccine: Should They?

As more colleges and universities announce an intention to require all students be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in the fall, they’ve thrust themselves into the center of a contentious debate about whether education institutions should mandate vaccines.

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CDC relaxes guidelines for vaccinated individuals

Tuesday the CDC amended their official recommendations saying that those who are fully vaccinated can be outdoors without a mask when not in large crowds doing activities like jogging, walking, biking or dining outside.

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Is a Return to the Pre-COVID Normal Possible?

Will things ever return to normal – pre-COVID normal? We keep asking this question during the coronavirus pandemic, and our priorities and expectations keep shifting.

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For the #BodyPositive movement to be successful, thin women need to stop co-opting the movement

Over the last few months, I’ve had an interesting ride with the social media app TikTok. While
it’s been fun to post my personal workouts in my feeble attempts of reaching TikTok fame, I’ve
also found myself in the ‘body positive movement’ algorithm of the app. Now, like many other
men and women, I’ve had my fair share of time spent growing up uncomfortable in my skin.
However, watching the body positive movement get co-opted my much slimmer, white women
over the past few months has been nothing short of irritating yet completely predictable.

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Pink Himalayan Salt

Claims about the health benefits of pink salt range from claims that salt lamps purify the air to claims that it has the ability to detoxify the body of heavy minerals. Pink salt, however, still contains a lot of sodium, just as regular table salt does. It is a mineral and, as such, it is almost pure sodium and will still add a lot of sodium to your diet when consumed.

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Women’s Heart Health

My sorority’s national philanthropy dedicated a week to fundraising for and educating people on women’s heart health. Since our activities this year were virtual, I feel as though I have learned mounds of information about how heart disease impacts women around the world.

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Hatcher: Things I’m excited to do in Cleveland this Spring!

This past winter was a lot different than years past. Most states were still partially locked down due to COVID-19, and I had contracted the virus myself right before Christmas. Thus, I spent many a day in quarantine, pining away at freedom and reminiscing on the days when I was both covid free and when the weather wasn’t quite as cold.

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Hatcher: March Fitness Goals update

The month of March has been full of surprises for me in the gym. For starters, I hit my 100th ride with Peloton the other day without even realizing it, I’ve broken in some new shoes that were gifted to me by a friend, and I’ve begun to enjoy my strength training personal training sessions with my trainer!

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Hatcher: My Two favorite Peloton Cycling Instructors

Everyone who knows me knows that I love a good Peloton ride. Ever since I signed up for my gym membership at Tremont Athletic Club, which came with a Peloton membership, I haven’t been able to pull myself away from their extensive collection of on-demand classes.

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Hatcher: March 2021 Fitness Goals

Last month, I had a great time sharing my fitness goals with you, the reader. Therefore, I will be continuing this trend, and I am excited to share what I’ll be working on during the month of March. February set a great foundation in terms of correcting some dietary habits and needs, getting into strength training, and overall resetting my energy to what’s the most important to me health and wellness wise.

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February 2021: BHM Round-up and fitness check in

As promised, during the month of February I have been keeping tabs on all things Black history and embarked on some new fitness goals. Over the last 25 days, I’ve celebrated being Black for myself and accomplished some pretty fun things both in and outside of the gym. I’m excited to share some of my favorite Black History Month finds and update you all on my fitness journey!

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Hatcher: February 2021 Fitness Goals

This month, I am setting new goals for myself in mind, body, and spirit. I took the month of January to pause and reflect on what has worked for me in the past and how I can do better in the future with goal-setting and accountability, thus setting myself up for more success this month and in the future when it comes to creating life-long sustainable habits.

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