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Avoiding Hidden Calories During the Holidays

hot chocolateIt is very common knowledge that most people tend to over-indulge during holiday dinners. In my family, it’s almost a family tradition to make ourselves so full that we lay on the couches in a food coma after every meal.

There are so many yummy foods and it would be a waste to only eat one serving and not go back for seconds, or thirds, or fourths. I’m not saying this is a bad thing because I find myself doing it every year.

But this huge increase of extra calories has to be balanced out somehow.

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The Five Best Holiday Movies

rudolph the red-nosed reindeerThe holiday season is here! We’ve eaten the turkey and the radio stations are playing holiday songs 24/7. It’s time to start watching those traditional holiday movies.

For your viewing pleasure, I compiled a list of some of my favorite holiday movies. So next time you need to avoid studying for finals or want to eat a big bag of popcorn with your parents, put on one of these movies and enjoy yourself. After all, the season only comes once a year.

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Promise Neighborhoods Bring Change to Families in Inner-Cities

harlem children's zone logoSometimes it is hard to break out of a cycle, especially when the cycle is one your family or you have been living for years. But a non-profit organization called the Harlem Children’s Zone does just that for children and families who live in one of the most impoverished cities in the country.

The Harlem Children’s Zone’s mission is breaking the cycle of generational poverty for the thousands of children and families it serves by focusing on urban education. The organization was established in the 1970s and has helped tens of thousands of people since it was founded. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Fast-Food Better than School Lunches?

school lunchImagine sitting down at a table and having to choose between a brown paper bag full of hamburgers and chicken sandwiches from a local fast food joint or a school cafeteria tray loaded up with lasagna and mashed potatoes.

Which one would you think is healthier and meets the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s standards for a healthy school lunch?

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Three Good Things About Finals Week

studyingArgh. It’s finals time. It’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year with the holidays almost here, but if you are in school, this is also one of the most stressful times of the year.

So far, I’ve pulled two all-nighters and drank more cups of coffee than should be humanly possible, all in the name of studying for those darn tests! If you’re in the same boat as me, it might seem quite easy to sink into a finals depression, where dropping out and living under a bridge sounds better than looking at your notes one more time. If that’s where you are, then try to take comfort in the three nice things about this week so that you can stay sane during finals.

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Students Arrested at San Francisco State University

Image courtesy of CNN.com

Image courtesy of CNN.com

The cost of getting a higher education in the United States is on the rise. Granted, students are not going to be pleased about this, but most just have to just grin and bare it.

Unless you were one of the 26 students who were arrested at San Francisco State University last week.

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The Country’s Best High Schools

 high schoolU.S. News & World Report‘s  just released their list for America’s Best High Schools. After examining more than 21,000 public high schools around the country, U.S. News and its partner in the project, School Evaluation Services, uses a three-step process that analyzes first how schools are educating all of their students, then their minority and disadvantaged students, and finally their college-bound students based on student scores on statewide tests, Advanced Placement tests, and International Baccalaureate tests.

Without further adieu, here are the top ten high schools that made the Gold Medal List:

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College Enrollment on the Rise

college students studyingMore and more students are attending college, a new report by Pew Research Center revealed. In fact, almost 40 percent of 18-24 year olds were enrolled in college classes last year, which was a record-setting percentage. Experts believe this increase was driven by more students attending community colleges than ever before.

“We have anecdotally got this sense that there’s been this college enrollment boom,” said Richard Fry, a research associate at Pew Research Center. “But now we’ve got confirmation, and we know that at least among young adults, the increase seems to be a two-year college phenomenon.”

Part of the reason for this surge in college attendance is that more students are graduating high school than ever before. By October 2008, 84.9 percent of 18-24 year-olds had completed high school.

The increase is not limited to only two-year, community colleges. Enrollment at four-year colleges and universities is also on the rise; roughly eight million students are attending these schools. However, the increase is still the most noticeable at two-year schools.


This could be due to the economic recession. Community colleges cost less than larger universities and allow students to get a head start on their academic careers.

The most important thing about this new report is that it shows that students are starting to bridge the education gap in the hopes of finding better jobs. Hopefully we will continue to see an increase in the percentage of students who attend college every year.

Via New York Times.

Read and Ride Program Combats Childhood Obesity and Illiteracy

read and ride logoObesity is considered an epidemic in America. Over 34 percent of adults are considered obese. How did this happen? They didn’t turn 18 and magically gain weight. Unfortunately, a large percentage of these adults were overweight or obese as children as well.

Now, one elementary school in North Carolina has started a program to combat childhood obesity and illiteracy.

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College Graduates Have Average Debt of $23,200

College fundWe go to college to make money in the long run. Sure, we eat Ramon noodles and Hamburger Helper for four years, but we know that after graduation, our money woes will be over and we can eat steak and drink the finest foreign bottled water every day.

Unless, you are like the average graduating college student, and owe $23,200 in student debt.

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