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

 

Why Cutting Your Costs Is Good For More Than Just Your Wallet

Benefits of reducing your spending

While it is nice to see the monetary benefits of cutting costs, money is not the only factor to consider when reducing your spending. Eliminating some everyday expenses can benefit your health, the environment, your future, and the economy.

For one, people who use public transportation are helping to reduce congestion. The latest research reveals that in 2011, U.S. modes of public transportation saved 865 million hours in travel time, and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 in urban areas. People who use public transportation are supporting a system of more efficient travel. Public transportation reduces gasoline consumption and our carbon footprint. With more people using public transportation systems, we can work toward correcting our nation’s economic, energy, and environmental challenges.

The European Way:  Europeans encourage biking by making driving inconvenient. Did you know that gas costs in Europe are $8.00/gallon???

The European Way:  Europeans encourage biking by making driving inconvenient. Did you know that gas costs in Europe are $8.00/gallon???

Secondly, reducing our spending can help save us! After tobacco, diseases related to inactivity are the next biggest killer in the U.S. It turns out that cutting our gasoline costs, and picking up a bicycle instead of getting in the vehicle, can help to solve this problem! Did you know that in the first year of biking to work, the average person will lose up to 13 pounds? That is huge, and the cardiovascular benefits are even better! 

But the best part is, that bikes beat cars in time, space, and money! Up to 20 bikes can be parked in the same spot as one car. An MIT study in Lyon, France found that bikes are faster than cars during rush hour. And adding 30 minutes of everyday cycling saves us each about $500 in medical costs per year! (Not to mention bikes/bike maintenance are way cheaper than vehicles/vehicle maintenance). 

Lastly, cutting our electricity consumption, and coming up with more efficient energy use can benefit the economy and the environment. Electronically supported communication systems are huge parts of our personal and economic lives. We depend on electricity at home and at work to keep our systems operating, to run our appliances, light our spaces, charge our computers and cell phones, etc. However, the electric industry produces more pollution than any other single industry in the U.S. Recent data (from 2002) shows that electricity is responsible for: 

63% of sulfur dioxide emissions that contribute to acid rain

22% of NOx emissions that contribute to urban smog

39% of carbon emissions that contribute to global climate change

33% of mercury emissions that pose significant health risks

By reducing our energy consumption, we reduce the demand for fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas. Nowadays, you can almost always find an energy efficient alternative for every kind of appliance or light fixture. There are several other steps you can take to make energy-smart choices, like weatherizing your home or apartment, updating your windows, insulating your walls and ceilings, not overheating or overcooling rooms, using low-flow shower heads, and many more! 

Be smart, reduce your spending, and make a difference for our environment, economy, and health!

Mallory

Sources:

http://www.apta.com/mediacenter/ptbenefits/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/13/bike-to-work-infographic-benefits-health_n_1145815.html

http://powerscorecard.org/reduce_energy.cfm