Live Healthy Appalachia dedicated to improve wellbeing of SE Ohio

Live Healthy Appalachia is a non-profit organization that is actively working towards promoting a healthy lifestyle to the Athens and surrounding communities. They offer programs to children and adults on how to shop for healthier foods, get active, cook more nutritious meals, and more.

Live Healthy Appalachia’s mission is “to improve the health and wellbeing in the Appalachian Region through education, outreach, and advocacy emphasizing nutrition and other lifestyle choices.”

One major program that Live Healthy Appalachia is a part of is the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP). It is a nine week program dedicated to creating and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes. It can normalize blood sugar, lower cholesterol and BMI, help one lose weight, and many more positive changes. CHIP is not unique to only the Athens area; it is a worldwide campaign to promote healthy lifestyles.

A CHIP class is scheduled for February 4, 2016 and will continue to be held every Tuesday and Thursday in Baker Center. An information session is scheduled for January 12, 2016 in Baker Center, room 231 from 12:10-1:10 PM.

If the nine week program is too much of a commitment, there are alternative routes to live a healthier life through the CHIP program. There are various restaurants that sell CHIP approved items and even four Athens restaurants that are fully CHIP approved: Busy Day Market, The Farmacy, Gourmet Your Way, and Lui Lui.

Casa Nueva, Avalanche Pizza, Village Bakery, Fluff Bakery, Chelsea’s Real Food, and many other restaurants in town have CHIP approved options.

You can call 780-856-6100 to ask about booking a nutritious cooking class for your dorm room, class, or community. Live Healthy Appalachia also offers multiple 5Ks for adults and children to get outside and get active. There are grocery shopping tips and programs that are put on at Kroger on how to shop for healthy food on a budget (perfect for us college students!)

Here is a guide that Live Healthy Appalachia put out in regard to restocking your kitchen with better nutritious foods. Since they promote a mostly plant based diet, one of their tips is to have meat as an accent to a dish, not a main course.

Volunteers are needed to keep this organization going. Long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities are available. If you are interested, you can contact Live Healthy Appalachia and get started right away!

In a time where obesity and heart disease are common among American families, Live Healthy Appalachia is pledging to help the Appalachia area of Ohio live longer and better lives.



3 easy recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers

I’m guessing we are all in a food coma right about now and thankful that our awkward family dinner conversations are over.

Now we must make our most important decision: what do we do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers?

Personally, I get sick of eating just turkey and stuffing for a week straight after Thanksgiving. Well, what’s easier than just taking things out of your fridge and mixing them in a bowl to make it even more delicious!  It’s time to shake things up to get whole new meals out of our holiday feasts.

1. Pumpkin Bread French Toast

It’s the morning after and all you see in your fridge is the pounds of food that you ate just hours before. A simple breakfast recipe is to take leftover bread and make a simple french toast!

I used pumpkin bread from Athens Bread Company.

  • Ingredients for toast coating:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of milk (doesn’t matter what kind)
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Slice the bread to your preferred width. Submerge the bread in the mix and then cook on the stove on medium heat.


Voila! Simple as that!

2. Mashed Potato Cakes

Sick of eating just plain mashed potatoes? This is an easy recipe that you can even substitute sweet potatoes if you wish!

  • Pour olive oil into a large skillet and place on medium heat.
  • Flatten a ball of mashed potatoes to create a 1 inch cake.
  • Place in skillet and let the magic happen!
  • Add some garlic, basil, or any other seasoning for more flavor!

3. Turkey, Stuffing, and Sweet Potato Hash 

I got this recipe from Delicious Meets Healthy, but will put my own spin on it to make it even more simple.

  • Add 1 cup diced onions in skillet with 1 tbsp of butter.
  • Place left over turkey meat, stuffing, and sweet potatoes in the skillet.
  • Cook a number of fried or scrambled eggs in separate skillet and add to hash.
  • Add any seasonings that you like and then you’re ready to dig in!

Have you come up with any good recipes for your Thanksgiving meals? Comment down below!




A breakdown of OU athletic spending

In a day and age where student loan debt has risen substantially, it’s important to know what your thousands of dollars are going towards in the university.

Dr. Steve Hays, an associate professor in the Classics & World Religions department here at OU, conducted research for a committee in faculty senate during the 2014-2015 school year. With a diverse set of opinions on the subject of athletic spending, they were given a task to bring pros and cons to the table. Hays took it upon himself to publish the findings on his own website, which is a breakdown of OU athletic spending.

In the chart below, the first column shows how much money Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) generates on its own. The second column is OU generated money that goes to ICA.

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A portion of the general fee every student pays (approx. $628 per semester) in their tuition is for ICA Operations, which equaled $9.3 million. The indirect costs and scholarships are not in the general fee, but the university’s General Fund, which is tuition and state support of instruction revenue. To maintain the facilities that the athletics department uses (i.e. custodial services, facilities management, utilities, etc.) it is calculated that it cost the university $3.7 million over the period of a year. ICA does not make enough money to run its program, so $20.3 million of the $25 million in the span of a year comes directly from tuition and state sponsored funding. ICA’s $4.7 million revenue comes from ticket sales, NCAA payments, sponsorships, etc.

So what’s this all about? Why spend so much money with no profit?

The overall cost of the athletics program is 3% of the university’s budget. The budget in 2015 was $709.2 million.

OU athletics helps with advertising the university. When an OU football game is shown on ESPN, it is a way for the audience to become more acquainted with the university. Ultimately helping with grabbing potential future students.

Donors and alumni are a key element of fundraising. Athletics is also said to be a key element of fundraising. The discussion on this position is controversial, since the athletic donations from alumni and others are included in the $4.7 million revenue that ICA obtained in the 2014-2015 school year. Read more here for the various pros and cons discussion.

The ICA scholarships give students the chance to attend a university that due to financial reasons, they might not be able to attend without. The chart below breaks down scholarships for the school, athletic and non-athletic. Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 7.00.14 PM

There is a discussion on this topic as well. An average of almost $19,000 for each athletic scholarship is given to 357 students. An average of $3300 is given to 8,908 non-athletic students.

This has been a hot topic since the spending and focus has shifted more towards athletics, a New York Times article  gives a glimpse of what campuses around the country have been doing. The American Institutes for Research did an important study in 2013 comparing academic spending to athletic spending at universities.

Check out the OU Dialogue website to become more educated on the topic of university spending.

What do yOU think? Are OU sports worth the money we are giving them?



Student Org Screens ‘Obvious Child’

United Campus Ministries located on College Street is showing a free screening of the film, Obvious Child on Saturday at 4 PM. Youth Against Misogyny and Sexism is hosting the event. On their Facebook page, they describe themselves as “a group of young people dedicated to fighting to end misogyny and sexism that plague our society.”

United Campus Ministries: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice is a nonprofit organization that focuses on interfaith and socially progressive values. It is located at 18 N. College Street right across from the Athens Police Department.

With the topic of abortion being a huge debate for people of all faiths and political ideologies in the US,  this film sheds light on what is a very controversial issue that affects us all.

The film stars Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, David Cross, and Gaby Hoffman. Donna (Jenny Slate) is the main character that has a drunken one night stand and finds out she is pregnant. This is an unexpected romantic comedy/drama that focuses on real experiences that happen to women everyday.

Check out the trailer below:

Obvious Child was listed as a New York Times Critic’s Pick and gave a review that said, “’s both funny and serious without trying too hard to be either, and by trying above all to be honest.”

The Washington Post movie critic, Ann Hornaday, weighed in stating “The result is a movie that feels risky and forgiving and, despite its traditional rom-com contours, refreshingly new.”

You can find out more about this event on the Facebook page.

The film will be showing at 4 PM at UCM and remember, it’s FREE!


Athena Cinema celebrates 100th year

The Athena Cinema is one of the oldest movie theaters in the nation. It opened its doors in 1915 and was restored by Ohio University in 2001. It is an integral part of Athens from a historic and entertainment standpoint.

Their mission statement reads, “Our goal as a community- based, mission-driven theater is to bring the finest premiere art house cinema to Southeastern Ohio. Today, we are a nonprofit cultural institution, dedicated
 to our mission and committed to creating a wide array of film-going experiences.”

The Athena has been celebrating its 100th year with monthly screenings of classic movies starting back in January. The screenings show how the art of movie making has evolved over the last 100 years.

All shows start at 3:00 PM and there are four more showings within the 100th Anniversary Film Series that you can’t miss!

9/26: Annie Hall (Drama/Romance 1977)

10/24: Do the Right Thing (Drama 1989)

11/21: Brokeback Mountain (Drama/Romance 2005)

12/26: The Artist (Drama/Comedy 2011)

You can check out more about the 100th Anniversary and other events or show times on their website. The Athena Cinema is an integral part of Athens and OU culture. Go out and celebrate 100 years of history with some popcorn and a good movie!