The Columbia Chronicle

Obama confirms withdraw from Afghanistan

By Heather Scroering

May 22, 2012

By Heather Schroering, Valeria Fanelli, Kaitlyn Mattson & Julieta SholinyanPresident Barack Obama, speaking at the end of the two-day NATO summit in Chicago,  laid out several steps he said would lead to a successful transition from foreign to Afghan military control of the embattled country.The president repeated the promise to return 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the summer. He added that NATO leaders a...

Happily unhealthy: A case study of sports fans

By Lindsey Woods

April 30, 2012

The fragrant, distinct smell of spicy buffalo wings, the familiar crack of a beer being opened, face paint and foam fingers can only mean one thing: It’s game time.The game day activities many fans relish are undoubtedly unhealthy, but new research published in The Sport Journal suggests that poor eating and drinking habits may extend beyond game day.According to the study co-authored by Daniel Sweeney, a professor at the ...

Health care act sparks moral debate

By Tim Shaunnessey

April 23, 2012

Separation of church and state has long been a contentious issue. Recently, issues of religious freedom versus the prevention of discrimination have resulted in conflicts between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Catholic Church.During an April 16 forum about the separation of church and state in an age of health care reform, Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, spoke at the Union League Cl...

Summer program aims to decrease youth unemployment, violence on South Side

By Tim Shaunnessey

April 16, 2012

The summer season has a radiance not present during other times of the year. That radiance leads many to spend the waning days of spring longing for months spent in the sun. But there are dangers inherent in the summer, particularly for youths, as a result of excess free time and subsequent violence among young people.In an effort to combat this problem, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle anno...

City launches health plan for LGBT community

By Tim Shaunnessey

April 9, 2012

In many senses, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons live the same lives as their heterosexual counterparts, yet there are unique health issues these community members face that aren’t as well documented or researched as those of the mainstream community, according to Hutson Inniss, executive director of the National Coalition for LGBT Health.Hoping to address these disconnects, the Chicago Department of Public Hea...

Lack of testing gets a failing grade

By Brianna Wellen

February 27, 2012

The college experience, though fun and exciting, can also be an extremely nerve-racking time in a young person’s life. Besides the stresses of moving to a new place with a new group of people, new responsibilities—such as supporting yourself financially and looking after your own well-being—often come into play.Typically, colleges make the latter as easy and accessible as possible. On-campus health clinics provide su...

Activists find strength in collaboration

By Aviva Einhorn

February 13, 2012

Occupy el Barrio members and community activists came together Feb. 4 to voice concerns about issues faced by Chicago’s Latino immigrant population and to discuss upcoming events.Occupy el Barrio, a Pilsen-based branch of the larger movement dedicated to addressing economic and other issues faced by the community, held a town hall meeting at Casa Aztlan, 1831 S. Racine Ave. Occupy el Barrio members Crystal Vance Guerra a...

Becoming a better vegan/vegetarian

By Lindsey Woods

December 12, 2011

by Sam BohneContributing WriterWhile the traditional turkey or ham is passed around the dinner table this Christmas, some may opt for the vegetarian or vegan-friendly tofurkey instead.It is clear that while nutritionists and dieticians still differ in their regarding opinion regarding whether an animal-free diet is the way to go, or whether animal products are necessary for good health, there are more people then ever choos...

Westside Health Authority’s Community Kitchen

By Estefania Martinez

October 24, 2011

Members of the Austin community came out for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Westside Health Authority's Community Kitchen located at 5852 West Noth Ave. on Monday Oct. 17. The Community Kitchen will hold nutritional classes to encourage a healthier lifestyle and to prevent obesity. AARP and Trader Joes sponsor the Community Kitchen and chef and nutritional coach Norma Rixter prepared a vegan meal for everyone in attendance....

Unique site provides support for sick

By Nader Ihmoud

October 10, 2011

Unique from all other social networking sites, Dimmi.com is an outlet for those dealing with a medical condition or just looking for guidance on overall wellness. This site is the first of its kind has been developed by an unlikely source.Family-owned, Consolidating Shoe Company’s advisory board developed this nonprofit social networking site, which brings together people who are affected by the same ailment or cause.Dimm...

Study shows 15 minute workout is sufficient for health

By Nader Ihmoud

October 3, 2011

Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, published a study in August that found moderate workouts can add a year to life expectancy. Benefits of working out 15 minutes per day applied to all age groups, both sexes and those with cardiovascular disease.The study investigated whether it is possible to receive health benefits from leisure-time physical activity while doing less exercise than the 150 minutes per ...

How to: Get whiter teeth

By Contributing Writer

May 2, 2011

by: Hiba Abdillahi, Contributing WriterWhether you’re going on a first date or interviewing for an internship, having a white smile can give you the confidence boost you need.“Your teeth are naturally white, but it is the things you eat and how you take care of them that make them lose their color,” said Carol Sag, certified dental assistant at the RiverWalk Family Dental, in Naperville, Ill. With these five steps, you...

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