Monthly Archives: April 2012

Putting Rape To Rest

As the semester is coming to a close, many of us are excited for what awaits us this summer. Plans for summer vacation, beach outings, and camping trips with friends are all in the back of our minds. But what about safety? The Rape and Domestic Violence Center in Morgantown recently hosted “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” an event meant to raise awareness for sexual assault victims throughout the community.

One of my closest friends, Mark Shaw participated in the event because he thought it would be a good way to support women who have been victims of rape or other life changing incidents. He says, “It wasn’t easy to walk in those heels, but it was worth it and I felt good about it afterwards.” I read in the Daily Athenauem that the event raised over two thousand dollars, which is great because it lets us know that people are coming out and acknowledging the efforts that people are putting into place for the victims. The men walking in the event were making a statement that it’s not acceptable to dominate and hurt women in this way. I honestly have the utmost respect for the men in our community who are showing their concerns because rape can happen anywhere and anytime (and we all know walking in heels isn’t easy.)

Although Shaw didn’t win any kind of prize for his set of heels, he told me that’s not what he was after. “I was just glad I found out about the event when I did because responding to organizations that manage these events should be something everyone does at least once.” The number one thing to remember this summer is to never go out alone and always be aware of your surroundings. Being alert can make all the difference. If you’d like to strive to show your support, visit the RDVIC website to extend awareness about sexual-based violence.

What precautions do you take before going out?

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A Chart You Can Count On

I had my last visit at student health today and I have to say it was bittersweet. The WVU staff and administration has always been so supportive in helping students and providing us with whatever we need while away from home. When I sat down in the office today, the secretary informed me that WVU Healthcare is offering a new service known as MyWVUChart. It’s a convenient way for you to access your records, request an appointment, view test results, communicate electronically, and even refill prescriptions. This new system is a stress-free way to maintain all of your personal information without having to make a trip to the office. If you’ve ever been to student health, you know it’s always busy and takes weeks before they can fit you in their schedule. Moreover, your health is important to you around the clock, not just during office hours.

Although I ‘m graduating, it will still be beneficial to use the chart system because other offices will be able to view my medical history without much effort. I tend to be very organized with my schoolwork, yet misplace important medical documents so this amenity will keep everything in one place. If you’d like to start using the chart system, you need to activate an account and receive a temporary activation code. When you visit the site for the first time, you will be asked to confirm your date of birth and social security number before you can create a username and password. The best part is, you don’t have to be sitting at a computer to access all of your healthcare information because there is an app that you can download. I would recommend students take advantage of the chart because it’s free, easy, and secure way to stay on top of things.

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The Walk Of A Lifetime

As we go through life, nothing gives us a sense of fulfillment quite like helping others. That’s why I plan to aid others this weekend by signing up for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The organization schedules events all over the country in order to help fight cancer.

I’ve decided to participate because I’m usually spending my time and money on things that aren’t nearly as important as donating to cancer research. The event caters to many cancer survivors as well in which the special “survivor lap” is a very rewarding experience for those who were fortunate enough to defeat the deadly disease. I joined a team last year and ended up having a blast. Everyone is so nice and there are always tents and food stands set up all day to continue raising money for the various teams. So far, more than 1,500 people have raised over 64,000 dollars. If you’d like to join, the relay starts at 6:00 p.m. at the WVU track.  The weather is supposed to be nice so go ahead and tell your friends to sign up. You have the opportunity to assist in saving a person’s life for a small fee of just 10 dollars.

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Protecting Your Pearly Whites

I’ve hated brushing my teeth ever since I was a little kid. It’s always seemed like such a hassle but I can still remember my grandfather telling me to brush for approximately 2 minutes. The combination between loving sweets and being lazy before bedtime led me to countless cavities and a root canal by the time I hit the 5 th grade. It took me a long time to realize how important it is to take care of my teeth and today I made my last dentist appointment before my dental insurance runs out. Of course I’m hoping to land a job that offers benefits, but because that’s not guaranteed, I’m taking advantage of one more cleaning and any fillings that may need done. Being away from home has turned into an excuse not to pencil in life’s necessary checkups. I think many students put off appointments because they don’t know where to go if it’s outside of their hometown or maybe that don’t feel like paying a small copay. If you’re fortunate enough to have dental insurance through your parents while you’re still in school, I would suggest using it. Afterall, you can only benefiting from it.

I realize now more than ever that life comes with more responsibilities than just homework. Taking care of our teeth is crucial because it affects other aspects of our lives. And no, I don’t mean maintaining your appearance with twice a day white strips or freshening your breath with a little bit of mouthwash. If you wait too long before your next examination, your dentist may not be able to discover all of those nasty germs that are constantly spreading in your mouth. Early detection can reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or even lung disease. I’m guilty of not scheduling regular appointments, but I want other students to learn from my mistakes . Keeping your teeth healthy by means of early detection will save pain, money, and potentially serious health problems.

Dr. Chetan recommends 9 ways to keep your teeth healthy (most of which you can do from home).

In addition, I enjoyed reading this article about facts that your dentist wants you to know!

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