Desafío Aceptado

Desafío Aceptado
Por Estudiantes Trystanna Williams, DC

La mayoría, si no todos de nosotros, se ha enfrentado a un reto en algún momento de nuestras vidas. El verdadero carácter brilla y se desarrolla durante estos tiempos difíciles. Recientemente tuve la oportunidad de entrevistar a tres estudiantes latinoamericanos increíbles de Puerto Rico. Les pregunté acerca de algunos de los retos que se han enfrentado durante su tiempo en Estados Unidos y cómo se han de superar esos desafíos. Los desafíos son los que hacen que la vida sea interesante , superando ellos es lo que hace que sea significativo.

Myanell Orta –García
MiaEstaba tan emocionado y feliz de venir a la Universidad de la Vida para convertirse en un quiropráctico. Ha sido uno de mis mayores deseos y sueños de estar en esta escuela. Incluso cuando yo estaba en Puerto Rico, yo visualizo a mí mismo caminando por el campus y disfrutar de mi vida como estudiante aquí. Para ser honesto, me sorprendió cuando llegué aquí. Incluso con la influencia de Estados Unidos en Puerto Rico, todavía hay una diferencia en el lenguaje, el pensamiento, la comida, el clima, etc… Uno de los mayores desafíos que he enfrentado ocurrieron durante la orientación. Me enteré de que mi préstamo estudiantil no había sido aprobado y cuando pregunté sobre ello, no he recibido una explicación clara de por qué. Yo estaba solo en un nuevo condado, sin familia o amigos y con sólo la cantidad limitada de dinero que traje conmigo. Afortunadamente, una empleada de la vida me dejó quedarme con ella hasta que todo se resuelva. Esta fue una oportunidad para mí para crecer y para encontrar valor en lo que es verdaderamente importante en la vida. La vida es acerca de disfrutar los momentos que te hacen y aquellos que comparten esos momentos con feliz. Se trata también de esos momentos de logro cuando estás en paz, ya que logró lo que había que y no lo que usted quería necesariamente. Hay dos componentes en mi vida que han hecho posible para mí para superar los desafíos que enfrento: Mi relación con Dios y con mi grupo de apoyo. Yo trato de alimentar mi relación con Dios todos los días. Mi grupo de apoyo formado por mi familia, amigos cercanos y gente extraordinaria que he conocido aquí. Es importante aceptar retos en la vida, cambiar lo que debe mejorar y se adhieren a lo que te hace único.

Andrés Julia
AndresCuando se trata de ser un estudiante latinoamericano iniciar una escuela en los Estados Unidos, hay muchos desafíos a los que nos podamos enfrentar, entre ellos: el lenguaje. Tuve el privilegio de asistir a una escuela bilingüe, sin embargo, la última vez que tomé una clase de Inglés antes de iniciar la vida U fue tres años antes. No hace falta decir que estaba oxidado. Muchos de los estudiantes de habla Inglés tienen dificultades para entender los profesores debido a sus acentos. Es un reto para escuchar en Inglés y pensar en español. Otro de mis mayores obstáculos fue conseguir la aceptación de los otros estudiantes y otras personas. Durante el registro, me aconsejaron no tomar una “carga completa porque usted va a fracasar.” Me tomé la tarea de estudiar el doble de duro y han demostrado a mí mismo ya los que es posible tener éxito. He estado en los Presidentes y Lista del Decano durante 5 trimestres consecutivos y nada me ha detenido. He tratado de encontrar maneras de tener éxito sólo con mi pasión. Con pasión, la barrera del idioma se hace insignificante.

Amanda Rodríguez
AmandaComo puertorriqueño, mi mayor reto ha estado viviendo tan lejos de mi hogar y familia. La isla Crecí en es pequeño en diámetro, pero grande de corazón. Ha sido un proceso de aventura y el crecimiento al estar tan lejos de casa. Bebemos, comer, bailar y disfrutar de la compañía del otro sin ninguna razón específica. Una vez que haya experimentado eso, te vas a perder todos los detalles de la casa y luchar contra la nostalgia. He superado este reto por ser activo en nuestra comunidad escolar y que es 100% en Quiropráctica. Al permanecer ocupado con académicos, seminarios, clubes y técnicas de tiempo ha pasado rápido. La cantidad de las oportunidades y los recursos que están a nuestro alcance aquí en la Universidad de la Vida han hecho que el reto de la falta de mi familia y el hogar más fácil de soportar. La mejor parte de ser activa en estas actividades es no sólo que ocuparon mi tiempo, pero que han ayudado a mejorar mi lenguaje, el conocimiento, las habilidades y el manierismo. Ha sido una bendición para formar parte de esta profesión. Estar implicado me ha proporcionado no sólo conocimiento de la educación, sino también (para mi sorpresa) una nueva familia quiropráctica! Animo a todos los estudiantes a alcanzar y buscar fuera de su rutina académica. Hay una gran cantidad de oportunidades esperando por usted que le ayudará a hacer su vida más fácil, más feliz y absolutamente significativa.

Gilles Lamarche DC: Here to Make a Difference

Holla Back Y’all
Gilles Lamarche DC: Here to Make a Difference
By Michael Hollerbach, DC Student

Holla Back Y’all is a regular column which gives one member of the Life University community an opportunity to offer their thoughts and opinions and share themselves with the rest of us; in addition, it gives the community the opportunity to be able to get to know one of the many incredible people on this campus.

This edition I would like to introduce Dr. Gilles Lamarche, DC. Giles LamarcheHe is a recent addition to the Life University family and comes here with boundless energy and passion for principled chiropractic. He is the new Vice President of Professional Relations and Gilles is an author, mentor, professional coach, motivational speaker and has an impressive resume. He came to Marietta with his wife, Melissa Briscoe Lamarche, DC and is here to bring the most passionate dynamic speakers in the world to our campus. He recently organized the first Philosophy Night in Lyceum Park. In addition, he is creating LifeTalks, an annual event that will soon rival the Ted Talks series. Currently, he his working to promote the Life Vision events. I recently was able to chat with Dr. Lamarche and get his story.

Michael Hollerbach: How did your journey bring you to Life University?
Dr. Gilles Lamarche: I spent 6 years at Parker University, beginning as seminar director and moving to VP in charge of clinics, research, CE and seminars. Left there in July 2012. Dr Riekeman reached out to me in May of 2013. I was driven to come to LIFE after sharing a couple days with him and learning of the vision for chiropractic that he had, and that was prevalent at LIFE. I saw this as an opportunity to have a major impact on world health, and leave a legacy.

MH: Oh that is fantastic. Very nice to hear. Do you have a personal mission statement or motto you live by?
GL: Yes I do, my personal mission statement is: “I hereby pledge my life to my greatest expression of love and service for the benefit of humanity.”

MH: So where were you born and raised and how did you find your way to chiropractic school?
GL: Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. My first experience with chiropractic was at the age of 12. Though I presented for low back pain after an injury, I soon understood the importance of the nervous system and the negative effects of subluxation on my health. I had been an unwell child, digestion and elimination issues, and discovered that these were due to subluxation, likely caused during my forceps delivery. Within a short time I regained my health and decided to do what it would take to become a DC.

MH: What has your career path been since graduating?
GL: I started my own practice in a small town of Hearst, Ontario, population 5,000. Within a few short months I had a thriving practice. Spent 5 years there, and also had a satellite practice in the town of Longlac (population 1,500). Both were high volume, principled practices, teaching the chiropractic principles for health and wellbeing. I sold both practices and then moved back to my hometown of Timmins, Ontario. Built that practice to capacity within a few months and maintained a high level service practice there for 20 years.

MH: What do you enjoy doing outside of your office?
GL: I read a lot, rarely fiction, more philosophy, psychology of success, personal and professional growth; I write – articles, books etc. I run and cycle; spend quality time with my wife who is also a DC; have always enjoyed being dad and doing things with my children, who are now adults. I have three children – Jason is a DC in the Chicago area, as is his wife, Rebecca; they have a 6 month old daughter, Brielle. My daughter is an RMT, married with a 2-year-old daughter, Kherington, living in Edmonton, Alberta. And my youngest son, Christopher, is an automotive electronics technician, owns his own business in Timmins, ON, married to Melissa, and they recently, April 22, 2014, had a daughter, Harper.

MH: What do you think of Georgia and how has your experience been since arriving?
GL: It has been wonderful. Great people, beautiful terrain, greenery… We bought a beautiful home in Marietta, and have the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park as our backyard. It’s peaceful and a great place to think, live and thrive. The Marietta Town Square also offers so much. Close to downtown Atlanta for entertainment and all that life has to offer.

MH: Have you and your wife, Melissa, explored Georgia and/or Atlanta much yet?
GL: We have spent a bit of time getting acquainted with Atlanta, a few concerts, a few great restaurants, and our immediate area. We have had one trip up to the Blue Ridge Mountains with more to come this summer.

MH: So this Life Talks series, what is it and what are your intentions for it?
GL: LIFE Talks – the inaugural event will be held at Life University in Marietta, GA (Atlanta), April 24 and 25, 2015. The goal is to have thought leaders/decision makers come together and experience the Vitalistic health paradigm conversation from a physical, mental, social, environmental and spiritual wellbeing perspective. We want to invite speakers on nutrition, exercise physiology, positive psychology, compassion, relationships, vitalism, and environmental health – all important in our opinion to a Vitalistic balanced healthy lifestyle. We believe that having thought leaders involved in this conversation will lead to improved social change.

Well, thank you Dr. Lamarche, it was an honor to be able to interview you. I look forward to seeing what great things you do on this campus in the future.

Relaxation and Representation

Relaxation and Representation
Take Time for You
By Nick Montgomery, DC Student

Living is similar to keeping your head above water when treading water. There are so many parts that come together to make a whole piece. Here at Life University we believe the vitalism principle which states the body must be analyzed functionally as a whole in order to diagnose any dysfunction. While at Life, does everyone do that with himself or herself first, before they move on to helping the entire entity of others?

unnamed-1Given the magnitude of the program it is easy to get bogged down with all the details. You can become overwhelmed and spread thin due to stress from tests: midterms, lab tests, finals, not to mention the national boards and OSCEs. How do you cope with this? Don’t forget to breathe.

It is important to take time for relaxation and rejuvenation while in the chiropractic bubble. We have all chosen to be here for some reason. By taking the time to deal with more than just your spine, the transition will be better when you leave the bubble. Dr. Riekeman tells all of us in first quarter to focus on ourselves and define our core beliefs. Expounding on his message by working on all the suffering that you’ve witnessed, you will not be affected as much by the cyclical stresses. Find time to experience new things such as water sports, historical landmarks, and different social settings. Learning about yourself and fixing the hand prints on the wall of your mental fortress will keep you charging forward. A reinforced purpose will allow you to succeed in school, practice, and life. Removing power from negative experiences (mental blocks) keeps the blocks from reminding you how it’s endless, how endlessly you fall when you cannot keep your head above water.

While counseling is one traditional method for releasing blocks, various chiropractic techniques incorporate methods to help you breathe – Network Spinal Analysis, BEST, BGI, and NET, for example, will help you to just breathe.

Having a solid foundation helps prepare you to weather the rough times where you are in the quiet of the shadow before a test.Just Breathe No longer will you have the overwhelming intense anxiety while in the corner of a room. Coming to a better understanding means when the darkness moves upon you like a cloud across the moon, you can dismiss it and succeed. While in this process you may stumble across things that startle you or cause you to want to stop making progress, you can absorb the awkward experiences with an attitude that it was not a mistake but rather a lesson which you can choose to not take again.

Procrastinating and deciding to work on the issues later will not be beneficial because, if this program teaches you nothing else, you should know there is no eleventh hour reprieve. Delaying anything eventually over stresses students at Life because, as soon as one thing is over, you have another looming over the horizon. It is also a small world because that horizon normally shows up in about a week.

So remember that your whole life is here and if you do not work on it now it will be more cumbersome due to a lack of an eleventh hour reprieve. Here and now is the time to build up your knowledge of the human body, develop your skill at palpation, critical thinking and understanding who you are. Allow the candle to have more space and air while discovering just how much wick and wax you have, so that you are not burnt out before you leave Life.

A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember
The Appalachian Trail
Rachel Brower, UG Student

With the active months of summer and fall just around the bend, we all begin conjuring up fun ideas and trips in our heads. How to get away, how to enjoy time wisely, where to go, what to do, who with…etc. As mentioned in an earlier article, I am a huge nature advocate and cannot stress enough the fact that nature has immense benefits on our overall health and wellbeing.

But in this issue, rather than simply stating why nature is so great, I will point you to a specific location – The Appalachian Trail. unnamedThis long, winding path through numerous mountain ranges, campsites, and fields is one of the longest foot trails known to this day. Extending over 2,160 miles from the North Georgia Mountains into Maine, it is home to the homeless, and a wandering platform for the restless and adventurous at heart.

Now, I am not suggesting that you hike its entire length, for those people earn a special title – “thru hikers” – in which they pack lightly, stop at local towns, and hike for up to years at a time in order to complete the trail at their own pace.

But it is very much possible to choose a section to hike, mark out the span of miles you will cover and how much time will be needed, pack some camping utensils, and mark out some time from your summer to experience this beautiful stretch of timeless nature.

P6020212 (1)Just recently, a group of friends and I embarked on such a journey. Mildly new to the “trekking” culture, we were slightly underprepared, but survived and are living to tell the exciting tails the journey brought us. We considered it a “trial and error” trip, teaching us for future occasions just how to navigate the great unknown with the most minimalistic mindset.

To spare this from being an article with a bloggy feel to it, I will only say that choosing to negate technology, completely get off the grid, live off the land and from packs, and truly become one with nature on this excursion is arguably the most impactful trip I’ve ever taken.

I am saying this to share it with you. And hopefully inspire the same, if not a similar, experience. There is nothing like the natural high you receive from being engrossed in every way with mother earth, surrounded by those you care about, discovering wildlife up close and personal, and meeting other like-minded souls along the journey.

If you are inspired to take me up on the adventure challenge, there are a few things you must know. Start off slow – don’t plan for anything longer than a few weeks. Realize that you will be living out of a pack, but also carrying it. Do not over pack – I’m speaking to ladies in general with this one, though some guys have actually quite surprised me as well. You will mostly need food and water to sustain you as you walk about 10 miles each day, much of it climbing mountains and scaling the ridges. A combination of food – protein, carbs, and packaged meals specifically made for camping will come in handy. Water sources are presented to you in the form of small wooden signs leading to local mountain springs. Numerous canteens for your group will be necessary, as well as a filter in order to purify the water once you’ve obtained it. There is one given “luxury” on this trip – shelters along the way! I’ll let luxury remain a relative term, for I’m not referring to four-star resort cabins. unnamed (1)In fact, quite the opposite exist, though it feels like a luxury when you’ve been so engrossed in the wild and lacking any visual stimulation of civilization. It’s safe to say they are “covered huts” with level wooden platforms on which you can lay out a sleeping bag if you so desire. Don’t rely on these entirely, however. Keep them as a goal for the end of the day, but know that in some cases, like our group, you will be climbing four to five mountains within the one span of daylight, rendering you exhausted and unable to reach a shelter safely by sundown. In these cases, plan ahead by packing a tent or ENO hammocks. Remember that camping by sundown is essential, for much of the wildlife you do not want to deal with will make themselves known at night. Bring para-cord or rope and tie up both your food and toiletries at night to prevent bears and woodland scavengers from entering your camp sight – at least for very long. They will give up once they realize their goal of food is unattainable. If, during the day, you happen to run into a bear, try and ignore it. It is a part of nature like you and is only searching for food. However, if the rare occasion presents itself where it is threatened (i.e. a mother with her offspring), group together, make lots of loud noise, and fearlessly charge it. Never hike alone! At least not as a beginner. The cliché holds true in this case: there is always safety in numbers. I hope this basic introduction to the trekking lifestyle sparks as much excitement as it did for us. There are honestly no words to describe the raw connection to life and primitive sense of wellbeing that arose from a simple choice to be spontaneous, spend time off the grid, and uncover the many secrets that the Appalachian Trail has to offer.

Challenge Accepted

Challenge Accepted
By Trystanna Williams, DC Students

Most, if not all of us, have faced a challenge at some point in our lives. True character shines and is developed during these difficult times. I recently had the opportunity to interview three amazing Latin American students from Puerto Rico. I asked them about some of the challenges they have faced during their time in America and how have they overcome those challenges. Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.

Myanell Orta-Garcia
MiaI was so excited and happy to come to Life University to become a Chiropractor. It has been one of my biggest desires and dreams to be at this school. Even while I was in Puerto Rico, I would visualize myself walking on campus and enjoying my life as a student here. To be honest, I was shocked when I arrived here. Even with the American influence in Puerto Rico, there is still a difference in language, thinking, food, weather, etc… One of the greatest challenges I have faced occurred during orientation. I found out that my student loan had not been approved and when I inquired about it, I did not receive a clear explanation as to why. I was alone in a new county, without any family or friends and with only the limited amount of money I brought with me. Thankfully, an employee at Life let me stay with her until everything resolved. This was an opportunity for me to grow and to find value in what is truly important in life. Life is about enjoying the moments that make you, and those you share those moments with, happy. It is also about those moments of achievement when you are at peace because you accomplished what you had to and not what you necessarily wanted to. There are two components in my life that have made it possible for me to overcome any challenges I face: my relationship with God and my support group. I try to nourish my relationship with God daily. My support group consists of my family, close friends and extraordinary people I have met here. It is important to accept challenges in life, change what needs to improve and stick to what makes you unique.

Andres Julia
AndresWhen it comes to being a Latin American student starting a school in the United States, there are many challenges that we may face, amongst them: language. I was privileged to attend a bilingual school; however, the last time I took an English class prior to starting Life U was three years earlier. Needless to say, I was rusty. Many English-speaking students have a difficult time understanding professors due to their accents. It is a challenge to listen in English and think in Spanish. Another one of my greatest obstacles was getting acceptance from other students and other people. During registration I was advised not to take a “full load because you are going to fail.” I took the task of studying twice as hard and have proven myself and them that it is possible to succeed. I have been on the Presidents and Dean’s List for 5 quarters straight and nothing has stopped me. I have tried to find ways to succeed with just my passion. With passion, the language barrier becomes insignificant.

Amanda Rodriguez
AmandaAs a Puerto Rican, my biggest challenge has been living so far away from my home and family. The island I grew up on is small in diameter but big in heart. It has been an adventure and growth process being so far away from home. We drink, eat, dance and enjoy each other’s company for no specific reason. Once you have experienced that, you will miss every detail of home and fight homesickness. I have overcome this challenge by being active in our school community and being 100% in Chiropractic. By staying busy with academic, seminars, clubs, and techniques time has gone by fast. The amount of opportunities and resources that are within our reach here at Life University have made the challenge of missing my family and home easier to bear. The best part of being active in these activities is not only that they occupied my time but they have helped me improve my language, knowledge, skills and mannerism. It has been a blessing to become a part of this profession. Being involved has provided me with not only educational knowledge but also (to my surprise) a new Chiropractic family! I encourage all students to reach out and search outside their academic routine. There is a plethora of opportunities waiting for you that will help make your life easier, happier and absolutely meaningful.

The CRC Experience

The CRC Experience
The Ultimate Life Rugby Fan Event
By Mike Hollerbach DC Student

The Life University Rugby 7’s team worked hard, fought hard and once again made the Life community proud of their efforts. Although it was a very disappointing final minute loss to Kutztown State the guys played very well coming in third out of the twenty best rugby programs in the country. This year’s event had most of the major colleges in the country in attendance. Schools like UCLA, Notre Dame, Michigan, Texas, Ohio State and Arizona, to name a few, with the ultimate champion for the second consecutive year being the University of California. The Life U Running Eagles dominated in their first three games of the tournament, out scoring their opponents 85-0. On the final day in the first game of the elimination round the boys trailed the entire game and won it in exciting fashion with a last-second try against the Navy. Although the ending was not what the Life contingency had hoped for, it was still an exciting weekend that helped promote the university and the Life Rugby program on a national level.

The CRC tournament is a made-for-TV event that happens at the beginning of June each year and is broadcast via NBC and NBC SportsNetwork. The tournament is held at PPL Park, the home of the Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union. PPL Park is a beautiful state of the art artificial grass stadium located in suburban Chester, Pa. It is a very picturesque location alongside the Delaware River, adjacent to the New Jersey riverbank with the Commodore Barry Bridge overlooking the stadium. Many times during the weekend large freighter ships gracefully pass the stadium which enhances the beauty of the stadium.

Life University rugby fans traveled from all across the country to be at this year’s event. last gameThe Life fans were loud and enthusiastic. Even though there were four local schools that may have had more fans in attendance, Life fans were much more boisterous. The marketing department provided inflatable noisemakers to enhance the spirit of the crowd. There were approximately four hundred Life fans in attendance with 50% of them being students who made the thirteen hour drive to Chester, Pa.

I have been fortunate enough to attend the Collegiate Rugby 7’s Championship in Philadelphia, Pa. over the past three years and I must say it is some of the most fun that I have had in my four years of being a student at Life University. The event grows each year, and each year Life University is committed to making a great impression on the national rugby community, spreading the message of chiropractic while exhibiting the passion we have for Life Rugby. The administration, the Life U marketing department, student services and the athletic department do a fantastic job of working together to promote student involvement and also promote the Life brand. At the tournament Life is well represented by running videos of the university on the stadium’s big screen multiple times each day and also buys advertisements for thirty second commercials on the nationally televised NBC broadcast. During these commercials they share the vitalistic philosophy of the school in promoting the undergraduate program as well as the Chiropractic program. Each year Life University is one of the standout schools of the event on and off of the field.

The majority of the 8,000 fans in attendance were well aware of Life University due to our great representation over the past two CRC events. In last years event, the marketing department handed out over three thousand Life U t-shirts for free which was a very popular decision. They went with the intention of selling the shirts but when told they were not allowed to sell the shirts due to a non-compete clause with another merchandiser. Shelly Batcher and the marketing team decided to just give the shirts away which created quite a stir in the concourse with fans from other schools eager to grab our shirts. This year I saw many of those same shirts worn by people who are fans of other schools and I personally had six people ask me if we were passing out shirts or they wanted to know where they could get one of our new shirts. At one point on Saturday I had a family approach me and say how much their children liked the shirts they got last year and how the children love wearing the shirts as pajamas. The family was very friendly and appreciative of last year’s gesture. It put a smile on my face to have complete strangers ask for something we take for granted. There were even many people who work in the stadium that remembered us and were happy to see us because of the good impressions we made the past two years.

As far as the student’s involvement, the CRC bus trip package was offered to students for $100, which was a fantastic deal for the experience they received. The $100 got them coach bus transportation to Philadelphia, two nights hotel including breakfast, tickets to the games on Saturday and Sunday. The students also received two very stylish shirts similar to the jerseys worn on the field each day. One of the shirts was a replica dry fit blue and neon green jersey. The other shirt was an unconventional red with Christmas tree green lettering. The red shirt was an odd choice and not typical of the Life University green. But, with four hundred people wearing the red shirts in our section of the stadium it was quite a site, very eye-catching. All of Life’s uniforms were chosen by Life President Dr. Riekeman, and although the red shirt was not well received by the Life contingency it really did look great in and around the stadium.

When asked about the event, Life University Sports Information Director Craig Dekshenieks said, “Once again, LifeU fans were the loudest, most passionate and largest of all the schools, including teams from the Philadelphia area. We have also set the standard for fans at the CRC with our t-shirts as well as our cheers and chants. We now see other schools trying to follow our lead, which only helps the popularity of the sport of rugby and the CRC event in particular.”

Included in the weekend was a Kickoff Party on the 33rd floor of the Loews Hotel in Center City Philadelphia. It was a beautiful site for a gathering. The views of the downtown buildings with the sun setting over the city and overlooking the William Penn statue perched atop of the Philadelphia City Hall building was truly remarkable. try1At the party, students were able to mingle with Dr. Riekeman, Dr. Cynthia Boyd and many other members of the administration. As well as getting the opportunity to chat with Dr. Riekeman and Boyd, there were numerous successful alumni in attendance to network with. Towards the end of the evening Coach Dan Payne and the rugby team stopped by to show their appreciation. It was a relaxing environment with delicious appetizers and desserts. Another bonus of the Kickoff Party this year was that there were many of the replica shirts free for the taking. Many students were encouraged to take extra shirts with them as they left the party. In all, there were forty three students who chose to take advantage of the university’s generosity and ride the charter bus.

When asked about the bus trip Craig said, “Our rugby team definitely appreciates our fans. Many of them have expressed that hearing our section cheer for them really spurs them on. The Athletic Department wants to thank the students who made the ultimate road trip to Philadelphia. Their support is what makes the CRC invite us back year after year.”

The next CRC is less than eleven months away, and I for one am looking forward to it already and I know I am not the only one. With our team coming in fourth in 2012, 2nd in 2013 and 3rd this year I know we have a great chance of winning it all next year. So with each student loan check set $25 under your mattress and you will be all set to join us next year in Philly. And like each year in the past, Saturday night of CRC weekend you will be able to eat a Philly Cheesesteak or Italian Hoagie alongside the “Rocky” statue. And if you have always dreamt of running up those famous steps to the Philadelphia Art Museum just like Rocky Balboa himself, you will have the opportunity to fulfill your dream. So stay focused and always remember to keep the “Eye of the Tiger.”

Chia Seeds – Hydration Powerhouses

Chia Seeds
Hydration Powerhouses
By Caridad Claiborne, Dietetic Program

Yay for warmer weather! After the long and icy winter had us stuck indoors, I’m sure we are all delighted to be able to enjoy the sun again. With nice weather, comes more opportunities for outdoor activities, sports, and exercises. Now if you are one of those outdoor loving people and spend most of spring and summer outside, there is one rule you must follow: Stay hydrated! When the weather is hot there is a risk of dehydration and an even greater risk for those who practice high intensity workouts and sweat profusely. Dehydration can set in when you have not taken in enough fluids or lose too many fluids through sweating. Symptoms such as lightheadedness, nausea, weakness, confusion, a decrease in urine, and fainting could occur. Though an increase of thirst could occur as well, you should not always rely on thirst alone as a sign of dehydration. It is extremely important to drink plenty of liquids, water being the most effective, as well as making sure you drink beverages to replenish electrolytes.

One of my favorite ways to stay hydrated during outdoor activities in hot conditions is consuming chia seeds. Yes, these are the same chia seeds used in the Chia Pets that where popular in the 80’s. Sing it with me now…”Ch-ch-ch-chia!” Chia seeds are just as fun to eat or drink, as the jingle is to say. So what exactly are chia seed and how do they keep you hydrated? Chia seeds are these edible little powerhouses that are grown in Mexico and have been a staple food in Mayan and Aztec cultures. The word “Chia” means strength and these tiny seeds are said to increase endurance and boost energy. MyPlate states that two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 138 calories, 5 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of dietary fiber, and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Additionally, they are easily digested and have higher amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids than flax seeds. Chia seeds can slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars, which will fuel your body longer. Therefore, taking them before a workout can aid in endurance.

So how do you eat these black and white seeds that resemble marbled dinosaur eggs? You could sprinkle them into yogurt, oatmeal, over salad, or on toast. However, to use them to help with hydration you must first allow them to absorb liquid. Chia seeds have a hydrophilic property that allows them to absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid. This means it is important to place the seeds in plenty of liquid and allow them to soak up the liquid for 10 minute before consuming. This is also what helps them combat dehydration. When the seeds absorb the liquid a gel forms around them. If the texture of foods is important to you, this might be a slight issue, but I assure you it is worth it to forge through. Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor that won’t over power the taste of whatever you mix them with. Now that you have the complete background on chia seeds, here is a super hydrating and energy packed drink recipe to try before you next outdoor adventure:

Claiborne-chia22 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 cups of coconut water (you could use regular water but coconut water is packed with electrolytes)
the juice of one lemon (or 2-3 tablespoons of any fruit juice you like)

Let the chia seed sit in the water for 10mins. Add juice. Enjoy!