Journalism at Michigan State University

“We value a lot of things over healthiness”

Caitlin Strong has worked at Mid-Michigan Family Practice in East Lansing as a medical assistant for the past six years. View the graphic below to read Strong’s take on how the healthiness of individuals is viewed in society and what this means as far as who we are.

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VIDEO: MSU Running Club members talk group exercise

For professional writing sophomore Eric Hyames, joining MSU’s Running Club was an easy decision. He saw the club’s booth at Sparticipation and signed up his freshman year. Ever since, Hyames said he uses the community atmosphere to stay motivated and to help him keep in shape. Hyames said running with the group is like all of the members are “suffering,” while “having fun” together. “A lot of what makes running difficult is the mental aspect,” Hyames said.

Sleep problems widespread among college students

For journalism freshman Kate Buyers, getting a full-night’s rest is pretty uncommon. She said as a college student she has to balance a social life with homework, among other things. Buyers said she was not surprised to learn that 46 percent of MSU students reported experiencing sleep difficulties, according to the State of Spartan Health 2016. Prioritizing things like going out with friends or studying for an exam over sleep says a lot about the college culture, Buyers said. “It shows students and people in the college age group are able to prioritize what’s important to them even if that means putting these things in front of their health,” Buyers said.