Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Step it up, EIU!

By: Alyssa Carlson | Intern

EIU has taken a huge step in educating their students on bystander intervention. “Bystander Intervention is a philosophy and strategy used for prevention of various types of violence. Types of violence include: bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.” Knowing the steps to bystander intervention is key when helping someone in any circumstance. Eastern’s StepUp! Program allows students to take part in an interactive session to understand the importance of raising awareness to others. The safety of Eastern’s students is top priority and being a part of this program is a step in the right direction!

The goals for the training are as follows:
  • Raise awareness of helping behaviors
  • Increase motivation to help
  • Develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns
  • Ensure overall safety and well-being of self and others
In relation to EIU StepsUP! is the IT'S ON US campaign. This is a national campaign focused on educating and preventing sexual violence on college campuses. Click here to learn more or to take the pledge!

On Campus Resources:
Counseling Center

Health Service

Health Education Resource Center

Office of Student Standards

Office of Civil Rights

Community Resources:
Toll-free at 1-888-345-2846

HOPE of East Central Illinois
Toll-free at 1-888-345-3990

Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital
(217) 238-4950

Please note: If you are having a medical emergency and/or are in danger, call 911 immediately!

The HERC staff can come to you! We give presentations for residence halls, RSOs, classrooms, etc. on a variety of topics including: bystander intervention, consent, alcohol and substance use, nutrition and more! Visit for more information or to request a program.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Health Service: Exceptional Care Conveniently Located on Campus!

By: Shelby Sandefer | Health Communication & Marketing Coordinator

EIU Health Service offers convenient care right here on campus! The Clinic is dedicated to providing student-oriented primary care and health education through medical services and a variety of programs. With 22 full-time professional staff, Health Service offers a wide variety of services including: acute and chronic care, women’s and men’s general and sexual health, prevention, free flu shots, sports medicine, travel consultations, mental health services, nutritional counseling, TB screenings and testing, educational programs, as well as public health interventions. Together, the Health Service strives to meet all of students’ medical needs on campus in a conveniently located, top notch facility!


Primary Care

EIU students are able to visit the Health Service for all of their primary care needs. Whether a sore throat, cough, cold, or many other illnesses, the student may see a provider free of charge! Health Service providers are dedicated to ensuring that all students are Healthy Panthers!

Women’s Health

The Health Service makes women’s health appointments easy and convenient. Licensed providers offer a wide range of services including, but not limited to: pap exams, breast exams, contraception consults, common vaginal infection testing, medication refills for established patients, as well as sexually transmitted infection testing, counseling, and treatment.

EIU Pharmacy

EIU Pharmacy provides students with medications prescribed by Health Service providers, private physicians, and dentists. The pharmacy also carries a variety of over-the-counter medications so students don’t have to leave campus! Aside from prescribed and over-the-counter medications, the pharmacy also offers other personal items. Some of those items include: emergency contraceptives, lip balm, condoms, first aid supplies and more! Students may pay via cash or bill the charges to their student account.


The Health Service also has a Radiology Department. This department offers digital x-rays with a radiologist’s interpretation, electrocardiograms and rhythm strips with a cardiologist’s interpretation, and digital x-ray images on CD.


There is a state certified lab located on campus, within the Health Service! All orders for lab tests must be written on a prescription pad printed with the physician’s name, address, phone number, as well as fax number. All orders must be signed by the ordering physician.

Health Education Resource Center:

The Health Education Resource Center serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff by providing programs, campaigns, interventions, and one-on-one consultations regarding health related topics. The HERC offers health programming in the areas of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and education, flu and cold prevention and education, nutritional analysis and education, and sexual health education, in addition to many other health related topics.

Additional Information:

Cost of Services:

General medical visits, health assessments, special programs and educational resources are provided to students at no cost! The Health Service is funded through the student’s tuition/fees, which supplements funding for primary care visits to the Health Service and Health Education programs. This funding also helps keep additional service fees low!

Additional Service Fees:

Charges apply to all specialty visits including: women’s and men’s health, nutritional/dietary, psychiatric, travel consults, and employment physicals. Charges and low service fees for lab, x-ray, immunizations, etc, including charges for pharmacy medications, may be billed to the student’s university account or paid by cash. A list of additional charges is available at the Health Service or online at

Student Insurance Coverage at Health Service:

Students who are covered by the Student Insurance Plan have coverage for most service charges at the Health Service. Students also benefit from reduced charges, without a deductible. The Student Insurance Plan also provides coverage for medical services off campus.

Make an Appointment Today!

Physicians and other medical professionals at the Health Service are seen through appointment only. Students may visit and make an appointment using the MyHealth Portal. Students may also call 217-581-3013 to make an appointment or go to the Health Service and speak with an Appointment Clerk.

"98% of students say they had convenient appointments and of those, 90% say they waited less than 10 minutes."

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Benefits of Eating Fruits & Vegetables
The Benefits of Eating Fruits & Vegetables
By: Heather Hallberg | Intern


There are many benefits to eating fruits and vegetables. In this blog you will see the benefits of eating by color, what nutrients each fruit and vegetable contain, in season fruits and vegetables for winter, and how to pick out the freshest fruits and vegetables available.  MyPlate is available to help recognize the five different food groups and how much of each food group an individual should eat. My plate recommends filling half or more of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables, whether cooked, fresh, frozen, canned, or as 100% fruit or vegetable juices all count as a serving. Females ages 19-30 should consume approximately 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables a day. Males between the ages of 19-30 should consume approximately 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables each day. The daily amounts will differ depending on your calorie needs. Consider eating a variety of colors. Listed below are examples and benefits of each color. MyPlate recommends women ages 19-30 consume 1 ½ cups of dark green, 5 ½ cups red and orange, 1 ½ beans and peas, 5 cups starchy, and 4 cups of other vegetables per week. For men ages 19-30, MyPlate recommends 2 cups dark green, 6 cups red and orange, 2 cups beans and peas, 6 cups starchy vegetables, and 5 cups of other vegetables per week. Visit for more healthy eating tips.

Benefits of Eating by Color

Tomatoes, watermelon, guava
Lycopene: antioxidants that remove potentially damaging cells from the body
Carrots, yams, mangos, pumpkins
Beta-carotene: builds/enhances immune system
Oranges, lemons, papayas, peaches
Vitamin C: detoxes harmful substances
Spinach, kale, collards
Folate: builds healthy cells
Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage
Indoles, lutein: eliminate carcinogens
Garlic, onions, chives, asparagus
Allyl sulfides: destroy cancer cells
Blueberries, plums
Anthocyanins: destroy free radicals
Grapes, berries
Resveratrol: decrease estrogen
Whole Grains, legumes
Fiber: makes consistent with other cells



What’s in a Fruit and Vegetable

There are many nutrients available in fruits and vegetables. The chart below lists some fruits and vegetables, the unique nutrients in them, and the function of these nutrients.  


What it contains
How it helps the body
Vitamin C, E, A, B1, B2, pectin, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, flavonoids, & boron
Increase bone density
Increase mental alertness
Lowers cholesterol
Aids in diabetes management
Increase teeth & gum health
Aids in digestion
Vitamin C, A, B-complex
Good source of beta carotene, calcium, folate, potassium, magnesium, amino acids & pectin
Immune booster
Maintains skin health and is essential for vision
Helps control heart rate and blood pressure
Vitamin A, C , B6
Aids digestion
Good for joints & muscles
Improves circulation
Good for memory and mood
Vitamins C, A, calcium, iron, folate, magnesium & manganese
Has diuretic and antiseptic properties
Aids digestion & removes fat from lymphatic system
Promotes cardiovascular health
Vitamins A, B’s, C, niacin, riboflavin, iron, carotenes, lutein, flavonoids, lycopene & boron
Prevents against heart disease
Promotes circulation
Regulates digestion and bowel movements
Vitamins C, A, B; has double the iron, calcium, magnesium, & potassium than an orange
Good for vision & immune system growth
Enhances memory function
Lowers risk of heart disease
Anti-fungal properties
Vitamins A, E, C, B-complex, carotenes, flavonoids, folate, potassium, magnesium & pantothenic acid
Protects DNA from free-radicals
Stimulates tissue recovery
Healthful for colon health
Boosts immune system
Good for lungs & regulates blood sugar
More calcium than milk, vitamin K, E, A, C, iron, folate, lutein, potassium
Good for the heart & liver
Protects against cancer, age-related macular degeneration
Builds bone density
Best beta carotene source, vitamins A, E, niacin, B12, potassium
Lowers cholesterol
Cleanses blood cell walls
Fights infection, cancer, and aging diseases: stroke & hearts attacks
Promotes eye-health
High levels of calcium, iron, iodine, potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, vitamin A, B’s, C, E, K, & folic acid
Detoxifies the body
Relieves constipation
Good for stomach & digestive tract
Boosts immune system
High in calcium and vitamins C which aids in iron absorption, essential folic acid, potassium, & beta carotene
Anti-inflammatory properties
Good for nervous system repair and function
Balances blood sugar levels and pH levels
Prevents cataract development
Combats osteoporosis
Reduces cholesterol
Contains lycopene, vitamin A, thiamine, C, E, K, calcium, iron, phosphorus & potassium
Protects against prostate cancer
Prevents blood clots
Regulates blood sugars
Contains calcium, vitamins K, A, C, iron, folate, & beta-carotene
Anti-inflammatory properties
Boosts immune system
Lowers blood pressure
Contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese & phosphorus, vitamins B’s, A, K, E, beta-carotene, lutein, &  iron
Removes toxins, crucial for cell replication
Has anti-inflammatory agents




In-season Fruits and Vegetables for Winter

It’s important to know which fruits and vegetables are in-season to get the freshest, most nutrient dense foods you can find.  In-season produce will also be cheaper, so eat up! However, there are a lot of fruits and vegetables that are available all year long! To get more information about what is currently in-season, visit The following are some of the produce in season for winter: Brussels sprouts, Buttercup squash, Chestnuts, Clementine, Collard Greens, Dates, Grapefruit Kale, Kiwi, Leeks, Mandarin Oranges, Passion Fruit, Pear, Pomegranate, Sweet Potatoes, Tangerines, and Turnips.

How to Pick Popular Produce for Maximum Nutrients


When visiting the grocery store, it is important to keep in mind that picking out the freshest produce will maximize health benefits by providing the most vitamins and minerals. However, some nutrients are lost during the long road from the farm to your plate. Trust your senses, smell and touch, when you are choosing fruits and vegetables and you will enjoy all the delicious health benefits fresh produce has to offer. Below are some helpful tips on how to pick out some of the most popular fruits and vegetables. Try a local farmer’s market during the summer and early fall months for “right off the vine” freshness. Also, look for locally grown produce in your grocery store as well.


Signs they are fresh
Delicate Aroma; yellow-tinged skin; thick texture on the rind; no stem
Average to large size; smooth, shiny surface; new looking stems
Tender and plump; firmly attached to the stem; green grapes may have a slight amber blush
Plump; firm, with a slight cushion; white or yellow color with a red blush
Heavy; firm, smooth texture
Cream-colored underside; symmetrical shape
Straight, green stalks; closed tips
Bell Peppers
Thick; bright; glossy skin; firm
Firm; deep green color; closed florets
Bright orange; smooth; firm
Green beans
Long pods; straight; firm; crisp
Dry; papery; smooth skim; small necks
Potatoes (white)
Firm; oval shape; smooth
Plump; rich overall red color; slight cushion; smooth