Young & Free Takes On Texas!

Young & Free Takes On Texas!

Take a sneak peak of what the Spokester life is all about, and see what happened in Austin, Texas! The Young & Free Spokesters from across the U.S. and Canada met up for the first time, we attended conferences, walked around and shot footage, and got to know each other! Check out the recap of our time in Texas! 

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Make Life In College Easier With These Life Hacks

I've always wondered...why do you always feel so READY-TO-GO the first week of school? And then the second week comes along, and you still feel quite motivated, although the work is beginning to trickle in. And then the third week of school arrives and it's like a whole pile of work has crept out of nowhere, and you are caught in the never-ending web of work.

It happens like this every year, so I have found some life hacks that make college life a little less complicated, and help you stay motivated! I hope these help ease the stress of the semester! 

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Save time by listening to lectures on fast forward!! (Just kidding, don't really do this one)

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Take notes in colorful pens....because it's fun!! And because it helps to improve your visual memory.

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Improve your GPA early, when classes are still easy.

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Fold your clothes like this!!!

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Dryer sheets are good for more than just freshening your clothes! 

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Life hacks for college students from http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/important-life-hacks-every-college-student-should-know#zclbsw

Hope these tips have been helpful in making college life easier! 

Mallory

Always Pay Yourself First - Build Your Savings!

Always Pay Yourself First - Build Your Savings!

Once you determine your spending patterns, and the costs that you can afford to cut, you can focus on your savings! It is important to save each month, even if it's only a small amount at a time. Savings will help you lessen your dependency on credit cards and other types of borrowing. Experts recommend saving between three to six months of living expenses for an emergency fund.

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Fresh & Fit Friday: Sustainable Eating, Why Should We Care?

What is ‘Sustainable’?

Gardening gives you a greater appreciation for what it takes to grow food. It allows you to understand the variety of factors involved in making plants thrive, the attention needed to successfully grow food and how uncertain the process can be. Having those insights may influence how you buy, use and dispose of food.

Gardening gives you a greater appreciation for what it takes to grow food. It allows you to understand the variety of factors involved in making plants thrive, the attention needed to successfully grow food and how uncertain the process can be. Having those insights may influence how you buy, use and dispose of food.

In agriculture, sustainability pertains to the production of food or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect public health, communities, the environment, and the well-being of animals. Agricultural sustainability allows for the production of healthful food without jeopardizing future generations’ ability to do the same. The concept of ‘sustainable eating’ is choosing foods that are beneficial to our environment and our bodies. 

Why should we strive toward sustainable eating? 

Diana Dyer, MS, RD, and organic farmer says that "Sustainable agriculture and eating are regenerative. They lead to healthy, thriving individuals and communities, and better, more balanced ecosystems.” Dyer says that sustainable eating: 

    •    Improves the economic health and liveliness of communities.

    •    Reduces the use of limited natural resources, like fossil fuels.

    •    Protects the environment from chemicals and practices that harm farmer and consumer health.

    •    Preserves the diversity of plants, animals and nutrients found in the soil.

    •    Encourages top nutrition through naturally nutrient-dense foods.

How to eat sustainably: 

  1. Understand how you eat, and your eating patterns.
  2. Shop locally - Look for your local Farmer’s Market! Or check your grocery store for locally grown products.
  3. Grow something.
  4. Initiate food conversations with farmers, restaurateurs, or grocery store owners. Find out more about your food, where it comes from, and whether it is sustainable! 
  5. Eat seasonally.
  6. Be mindful of what you are eating, where it comes from, and whether or not it is local.

Happy Fresh & Fit Friday!

Mallory

Source:

http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442477592

By Susan Moores, MS, RD. Reviewed August 2013