Nykora aims for the bucket … and misses. The man’s bright red nose lights up, and a buzzer sounds. Nyakora jumps, and his friends laugh. Luckily for Nyakora — and the patient, Operation’s “Cavity Sam” — the surgery is only a game, part of a stress-management workshop for freshmen and sophomores in a program for underrepresented students here at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The idea, said Ann Swartz-Beckius, interim director of student achievement, is to teach students how to remain calm under pressure, “to tune out the noise in their heads.” The program’s larger goal is much more ambitious: eliminating the nearly 30 percentage point graduation gap, on average, between white students and black and Latino students at this campus of 13,000 undergraduates, 85 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. Minnesota ranks among the most educated states in the country, with nearly half of adults aged 25 to 64 holding an associate … [Read more...] about Minnesota’s persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?
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When you bring home a newborn baby, your world gets turned upside down and the daily routines that you took for granted are no longer a given. Meals fall by the wayside as you learn to navigate your new life with this little miracle. It’s hard to eat healthy when you’re constantly worried about keeping a tiny human alive. And, if you’re a breastfeeding mama, eating is even further complicated by the fact that you are responsible for keeping two people nourished. But eating during those first overwhelming weeks with a newborn doesn’t need to be complicated. As long as you keep it simple, you’ll get through the fog of those early days and onto a new routine where (spoiler alert) your new challenge will no longer be that you forget to eat, but that you’re eating your child’s meal and your own. Here are four easy nutrition tips for new parents: 1. Stock up on healthy snacks If I were a nutritionist, I would tell you not to skip meals. … [Read more...] about A nutritional survival guide for sleep-deprived parents
Does having a week’s worth of dinners planned out in advance sound appealing to you? It always has for me too. But with so many different meal planning blueprints out there to choose from, the process can seem a bit intimidating. The good news is it doesn’t have to be. In fact, meal planning couldn’t be easier! What Are Your Meal-Planning Goals? Before you start meal planning, you should decide on your goals. Meal planning can accomplish many things, from cost savings to cutting down on food waste. But it’s difficult to accomplish all of them at once. Decide on your top two or three reasons as these will help drive your recipe choices. Common reasons for meal-planningIntroduce some variety into your mealsSave moneyEat healthierCut down on food wasteSave time and reduce stress while planning dinner Once you decide on your meal planning goals, this easy, three-step process is a great place to start. Allow yourself enough time to make a list, shop, and prep your … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about meal planning
On his final day, before he went to a Swiss clinic to die, David Goodall spoke about his 104 years of life - and his scheduled death.The Australian scientist, who had traveled to Switzerland to end his life because euthanasia isn't legal in his homeland, answered questions about his well-publicized plans for an assisted suicide: Did he want to eat anything in particular for his last meal? He didn't know. Did he want any special song played at his bedside? He wasn't sure - but if he had to choose one, it would be the final movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.Then, the 104-year-old man burst spontaneously into song in German.In accordance with his plan, Goodall died Thursday at an assisted-suicide clinic, putting an end to a life that, he said, had become increasingly difficult to live.Around midday, an IV was placed into Goodall's arm, allowing him to turn a wheel to let the lethal drugs to flow into his bloodstream, according to Exit International, an Australian nonprofit that … [Read more...] about David Goodall, 104, just took his own life, after making a powerful statement about assisted death
Hungry, but can't get away from your desk? Too tired to cook something or run out to a restaurant? Uber Eats has got you. The online and mobile food delivery service is now available in most of western Lake County. The Uber Eats website shows it now offers deliveries from hundreds of local restaurants to destinations in Munster, Highland, Griffith, Crown Point, Merrillville, Hammond, Dyer, St. John, Schererville, Whiting, East Chicago and Gary. The service is not yet available in most of Hobart, Lake Station, New Chicago, Miller Beach, Lake of the Four Seasons, Cedar Lake, Lowell, Porter County or LaPorte County.The website shows that Merrillville residents or office workers can have food delivered from a number of restaurants including IHOP, Bar Louie, Big Daddy's BBQ, Mastercue, Aladdin Pita, Pork Chop, Villa Del Sol and Qdoba.Uber Eats touted food from Round the Clock, Rosati's, Ciao Bella and Harold's Chicken in a message to customers."You can use the Uber Eats app … [Read more...] about Uber Eats now delivering restaurant meals to most of Lake County