The myths and realities of the ‘freshman 15’

When coming to college, many people experience a gain in weight, otherwise known as the “freshman 15.”

Arielle Tolbert is a junior at MSU majoring in computer engineering with a minor in theatre. She’s a certified personal trainer and a Miss Michigan pageant competitor. Tolbert recently published a book called “Get Fit! How to Gain the Freshman 15 of Muscle,” and released a clothing line called FITnessin. Originally, her uncle, a certified personal trainer, was her inspiration and guide behind getting in shape, until Tolbert got certified herself.

Fad diets aren’t reliable for health, MSU expert says

Atkins diet, Weight Watchers, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Keto: The list is endless for popular fad diets in today’s health and fitness world. Every day there’s a new big thing for dieting, and people are taking the bait and trying new things all the time. It’s been proven that a clean, healthy diet is effective, so why are fad diets so popular? From veganism to macronutrient counting or detoxing and cleansing, there’s some kind of diet out there to intrigue just about anyone. Supplements like protein or branched chain amino acids (also known as BCAAs), to the more complex and new fad of taking collagen in just about every form, have popped up and become more popular since the beginning of health and fitness, but even more so recently.

What’s the obsession with coconut oil?

In your hair, on your body, in your food or coffee or as a cooking oil, it’s commonly thought that coconut oil can do the trick for many of our ailments and can make our food or drinks even more delicious with its texture, taste. However, there aren’t many studies that show that there are actual health benefits from consuming or using coconut oil. “There is no convincing evidence of any health benefits. Many claims on websites and in commercial literature have said that coconut oil is a healthy fat in terms of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, helping with weight loss, and increasing satiety,” said Peggy Crum, MA, RD, a registered dietitian and nutritionist for Health4U, MSU’s health promotion program for faculty, staff, graduate student employees, and retirees in an email. Crum says that a rise in popularity is related to health claims that are lacking consistent evidence.

Drinking water is fine, city officials say, residents disagree

The quality of drinking water for the City of Grand Ledge is an inconvenience, not a health risk, Public Service Director Larry LaHaie said. Many residents believe they are paying too much to be inconvenienced. The city has a multistep water treatment process that removes iron and adds fluoride, LaHaie said. “The treatment process, we pump it from wells and then it goes through an iron removal process, where actually it’s aerated and the dissolved iron in the water then bonds with the oxygen so that it can be filtered through, it’s like a sand filter almost,” he  said. https://soundcloud.com/user-185485168/larry-lahaie-1

“After that it is chlorinated for disinfection and we add phosphate for corrosion control,” he said.

McDonald’s employee makes Grand Ledge a happier place

Yvonne Shepard, 62, loves her job, and Grand Ledge loves her. Recently in the Grand Ledge Community Facebook group, a post was created in praise of Shepard and her positivity, singing and dancing and general happy demeanor, and that created a firestorm of comments commending and showering her with gratefulness. Shepard works the morning shift at McDonald’s in Grand Ledge from 5-9 a.m., making it a tough job to interact with early risers. Early mornings usually call for some grumpy people just wanting their coffee, but Shepard makes sure she keeps her positive, cheerful attitude with everyone she comes across. “I only have seconds to make my customers smile… and I can do it,” Shepard said.

MSU students looking forward to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and MSU students are ready for family time and their favorite home-cooked meals. Journalism major Madison Loney said she is looking forward the most to being with her family and the Thanksgiving dinner. “In my family my mom is the best cook she makes stuffing,” Loney said. Media and information student Keiahna Dunbar-Reppuhn plans on staying home and working for the holiday. “I’m just gonna go to the movies and make some turkey,” Dunbar-Reppuhn said.