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I went vegan for a week (well, kind of). Here’s how I did it

Junior Sarah Moore shows off her veggie rice paper roll.
November 10, 2020
Going vegan for a week opened my eyes to a range of dishes, snacks and funky flavors that I never would have experienced otherwise. It also led me to the realization that there really are so many foods that are vegan that we don’t even know about. 

The summer of Chloe Ting: How quarantine changed fitness for Mercer students 

The summer of Chloe Ting: How quarantine changed fitness for Mercer students 
September 10, 2020

In the early days of quarantine, Chloe Ting became a social media juggernaut. She skyrocketed to acclaim with her Two Week Shred Challenge, a fitness program promising ab development and weight loss in...

Wear your mask, but make it fashion

A student wears her mask.
August 21, 2020
Here are three tips to make sure your mask will never disappoint in keeping you safe and trendy.

How waking up at 6 a.m. can impact your life

How waking up at 6 a.m. can impact your life
March 26, 2020
While I don’t think that getting up at 6 a.m. every day is in my future plans, I do think that the whole “early to rise” idea has some truth in it.

How to tell the difference between anxiety and panic, and why it’s important

How to tell the difference between anxiety and panic, and why it’s important
February 27, 2020
It’s important to know the differences so that you can talk to your doctor about your experiences and symptoms if you choose to seek treatment.

What you should know before going to the gym

What you should know before going to the gym
February 26, 2020
Mercer's fitness center is an incredibly valuable resource for students, but there are a few things to keep in mind prior to stepping inside the gym.

Beyond the Diagnosis: How I dealt with bipolar disorder when transitioning to college

The Counseling and Psychological Services office is located behind Mary Erin Porter Hall on Mercer's campus.
February 14, 2020
Just because my emotions can swing from one extreme to the other doesn’t mean I’m dangerous, but it does make me worry that they’ll think I am.

I tried intermittent fasting for three days

I tried intermittent fasting for three days
January 31, 2020
Regardless of my own experience with it, the premise of it is that someone restricts their eating in odd ways to try to be “healthier.” It concerns me that this is another unhealthy fad masquerading as a legitimate way to be healthier.

Burned out in college? Here’s how you can recover

Mercer students study in Tarver Library’s 24-hour study floor.
November 25, 2019
The World Health Organization classified burnout as a syndrome resulting from chronic stress that leads to mental health problems. How does one recover?

This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that the 2019-2020 shot is only 29% effective. However, the CDC says some coverage is better than none, and last year’s vaccine prevented an estimated 40,000 to 90,000 hospitalizations despite being no more than 32% effective.
October 23, 2019
When enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, it can’t travel as easily from person to person, and the entire community is less likely to catch it. This phenomenon is called herd immunity, and it helps keep everyone safe.

Here’s why NEDA’s weight stigma awareness campaign matters

Weight stigma is discrimination or stereotyping based on a person’s size. It can manifest in fatphobia, which is the dislike or fear of being or becoming fat.
September 30, 2019
I talked to a Mercer junior about her experience with eating disorders and weight stigma. From around the ages of 14 to 18, she struggled with anorexia, which is characterized by restrictive eating behaviors and a fear of food.

My story with birth control

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office On Women’s Health, hormonal birth control can be broken down into two subtypes: long-acting reversible contraceptives and short-acting hormonal methods.
September 25, 2019
Although I came in feeling like a strong woman taking charge of her health, I immediately felt like a teenage girl being warned not to get pregnant. My doctor took me through a birth control tour unprompted, showing off an IUD like a brand new Mercedes. I said I would think about it.
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