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Creatures of comfort: Animal therapy bonds lead to life changing rewards

C’mon, who can resist a cuddly dog’s wagging tail? Yet while animal therapy bonds can prove life-changing, the approval process isn’t as simple as begging for treats.

No rest for the bleary: Underestimating sleep could lead to dangerous health effects

With sports and speech team piled on top of rigorous Advanced Placement and Honors classes, Rachel Schmidt’s crazy schedule doesn’t allow much room for sleep.

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Keeping schools safe: Gun control grabs the headlines, but more is needed to protect teens

Sandy Hook. Like Columbine before it, the name will forever be attached to school violence.

The struggle to get help: 'Some of us can't do everything ourselves ...'

“Taking care of yourself can have a lot of stigma, but it’s an important thing to do,” writes Tatum Anderson. She also has a few solutions for how others can help her along the way.

Fixing your soda fix: Banning large soft drinks isn't a bad idea

Before you guzzle down that super-sized Mountain Dew, maybe it would be wise to consider a bit of soda moderation.

Budding debate: Minnesota teens argue whether marijuana should be legalized

With votes considered unthinkable a decade ago, residents of Colorado and Washington are free to breathe in new freedoms thanks to the legalization of marijuana last November—a first in the U.S.

Prostitution unmasked: Campaign reveals the pain of teen victims

Organizations led by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota are rallying for change and working to end the sexual exploitation of teen girls.

When the smoke clears: What are teen attitudes about marijuana use?

Marijuana doesn’t get the full court press like alcohol or tobacco. So what do teens think about pro-pot legislation and recent studies that show an intelligence drop-off from frequent usage?

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Disappointed and anxious, young voters unlikely to show up in record numbers this fall

Frustrated by a weak job market and high college costs, many young voters are less excited about this year’s presidential election than they were in 2008.

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12 Weeks to Fitness: Continuing with my progress

Q&A with ThreeSixty Journalism and Kris Mitchell to find out how the 12-week program to get fit and healthy went and hear about Kris’s challenges, successes, failures and the future.

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12 Weeks to Fitness: Good grades vs. good health


I have three finals, a group presentation, two tests and a five-page paper due all in one week. If I don’t do well, it may be my last days in St. Thomas because I could lose my scholarship. Because school is important to me, I am putting school over my health at the moment.

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12 Weeks to Fitness: Concerns after surgery checkup

In week 4 of my blog, I talked about the surgery I had on my back to help me improve my overall health and fitness. This month, I had my check up with Dr. Polly and this is what I found out. The tumor that was in my spine was not fully removed; however, he assured me that the procedure was done in a way that will give me the bone support that I need. I didn’t like this news personally because I don’t want the tumor to grow again, which would mean it would set me back from my health goal of being entirely healthy and cause me pain as it did before.

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12 Weeks to Fitness: A setback wrapped in bacon, cheese and more

I had one of the greasiest, fattening things I have ever eaten. It was a brat wrapped in bacon, surrounded by a hamburger with cheese. I probably wiped out my whole diet with a week’s worth calories.

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12 Weeks to Fitness: Program results

Overall, I have more energy, and I’m happier and healthier emotionally, mentally and physically than when I started the program. A proud success is that I have totally changed my eating habits. Most importantly, the program helped me start what I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

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12 Weeks to Fitness: Is counting calories healthy?


I don’t understand why people think that just counting calories and not exercising will help them lose weight. Do these same people think that two trips to McDonald’s are healthy as long as they stay under their calorie limit?

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12 Weeks to Fitness: Increasing my energy by sleeping


Now that I’ve kicked the caffeine out of my diet, sleeping better will help to give me more energy and stay more alert in class. I have made it a goal to get more than 7 hours of sleep each night. Here are some tips from a sleep presentation offered by the Wellness Center at the University of St Thomas I attended that I want to pass along.

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12 Weeks to Fitness: Staying active

I am continuing in my recovery from the surgery I recently had on my back and have been given two restrictions: to not lift more than 10 lbs. and not bend down. To try to keep my muscles moving, I have adapted small but more useful techniques. Read more on this and watch me demonstrate these exercises.

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12 Weeks to Fitness: Bye back pain, hello progress

Watch my interview with ThreeSixty Journalism as I explain my determination to get rid of back problems that have prevented me from staying healthy and fit.

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12 Weeks to Fitness: Sticking to My Diet


In my previous post, I talked about what my new diet consists of. However, mixing it into my life is a different story. I was used to eating what was easiest to grab on-the-go. I needed to find snacks that were small, healthy and of course, delicious. I have come up with alternative snacks to adapt to my lifestyle. These have improved my energy and helped me eat well.

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12 Weeks to Fitness: Eat This!

My second week of the program was full of habit breaking and choices at every snack and meal, although caffeine and junk food continued to be temptations. This week’s post is about my past and current eating habits.

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