Showing posts with label FitTip. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FitTip. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Enjoy Cooking Lessons from Rio Chefs!

Need an idea for dinner‬? Check out this Maricopa Now: Chef's Menu cooking demo from the MCTV team, featuring Rio Salado Chef Michael Hodgins preparing a yummy salmon and kale salad! 

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Get in-person cooking and gardening lessons from the Cafe at Rio chefs and Sustainable Food Systems team by taking part in Rio Salado's spring 2016 Community Culinary & Gardening Classes.

Your next lesson: Indian‬ Cooking at Home for Beginners!

colorful Indian rice and peas dish

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This non-credit class is only $39 and be held at our state-of-the-art RSC Thomas demo kitchen this Thursday, 6-8 p.m.  Learn the basics of making Indian curries and demystify exotic Indian ingredients. Work with a professional chef to create and sample dishes such as chicken tikka masala, chana masala, lentil dhal and steamed basmati rice. Visit this class schedule page or additional details.

Please register in advance by calling 480-517-8000 or register now online at

No test, no grades, just good old fashion fun in the kitchen! 

Check out this RioNews blog post for details about other cooking and gardening classes.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Transform Lifeless Clay Into Rich Soil!

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Time to get those fall seeds in the ground! Need guidance? Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems team can help with a non-credit soil building class October 10!  

Desert Gardening: 
Soil Building
Saturday, Oct. 10
9-11 a.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Garden
Class fee: $20

Tired of your clay soil? Do your plants die every summer? Not sure when or how much to fertilize? Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process in your garden. Familiarize yourself with the benefits of microbes in your soil, and how to employ no-till techniques turning your hard clay into rich, loamy earth by allowing nature work for you.
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Register now online or call 480-517-8540 for assistance.

This fun, 2-hour class is part of the college's 2015-16 community education cooking classes. Check out the full schedule of upcoming classes in the flier to your right.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June is Men’s Health Month!

Men’s Health Month is a time to celebrate men and raise awareness of the preventable health problems that affect males.

image of a man on a treadmill.

It is an opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The Rio Salado Library is proud to participate in Men’s Health Month by pooling together relevant resources from the library and the web to support the goals of Men’s Health Month.

Rio Salado Library:
  • Men’s Health Magazine: Articles for men on fitness, exercise, nutrition, grooming tips, fashion, new products, and men's health questions.
  • Harvard Men’s Health Watch: Contains men's health news and advice directly from the more than 8,000 doctors and researchers at Harvard Medical School. Puts the reader in closer touch with everything that's happening now in cutting edge medicine, new prevention strategies, and new medicine.
  • Men’s Health Advisor: Direct from the renowned Cleveland Clinic, this monthly publication discusses important and vital issues facing men concerned about their health.
Please note, you must be logged into RioLearn to access Rio Salado Library resources.

Online Resources:
  • Men’s Health Fact Sheets & Information: Sponsored by the Men’s Health Network, this site contains the latest data sets and statistics on men’s health issues, including the top causes of death, life expectancy by sex and race, and prostate cancer facts, among others.
  • Men’s Health Online Resource Center: Search through the various disease categories at this site to learn more about different maladies that affect men and what you need to know about them.
  • 30 Stay-Healthy Tips for Men: This resource provides a month-long plan for disease prevention. 

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Image by CarlosNewsom under a CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Healthy Habits of Successful Students

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To be a successful college student it’s critical to have well-rounded goals, tools, and success strategies that can assist. One that may not be first to come to mind is overall physical health and well being.

Heard any of these things recently?
I’ve got six tests this week and a term paper, so I’ve decided to only sleep every other night.

If we only eat from the dollar menu and join a lot of clubs we can eat for five dollars a week.


I don’t need to exercise… I get enough exercise walking to class.
The party goes until four am but I don’t have class until eight am so… it’s going to be great!
I don’t need to drink water. There is plenty in soda and other drinks I buy.

If these sound all too familiar, chances are succeeding is a priority and health is on the back burner.

The problem with making everything but personal health a priority is that success is unattainable if a student is ill, fatigued, or burnt out.

Here are some basic tips that will help in feeling better and being more successful while achieving that college degree.

The “doing good” mindset…hardly anyone will eat perfectly, sleep eight hours a night, or exercise daily. However, the “doing good” mindset increases the body’s ability to fight off stress, illness, exhaustion, and depression.

Don’t give into the “forget about it” effect that encourages ignoring foods etc. that are healthy…just because you have one bad meal or night out.

Hate going to the gym? Find a place close to you that offers fun classes such as Zumba.Enlist friends to help. Make trips to the store for healthier food items. Schedule time to study and exercise with them….then schedule time to blow off steam and have fun.

SLEEP! Sleep is by far one of the best things that does a body good! Minds recover while sleeping as well as immune systems. Not to mention sleep makes people nicer! Basically, take care because the human body will find it’s own way to rest and recuperate if it has to…unplanned illness and mental burn out is highly inconvenient and stressful.

Maintaining healthy habits can increase a body’s fight/flight response to win and fight off stress of any kind…even the good kind.

Here’s to health and college success!

Contributed by Thomas/Avondale Counselor Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services team, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cookie's Tips to Stay Well Through The Holidays

Written by Rio Salado College Intern, Matt Loper

With the holidays around the corner, some might be worried about how to keep a strong mind and body with the extra stress and food that this season can be known for.

Cookie Potter, coordinator of wellness education for Rio Salado College, shares some holiday wellness tips. She says that if you are going out of town, having visitors, or looking for some time off work, that eating and exercise routines can be easily interrupted, but there are ways to make sure you don’t let things get out of hand.

While traveling, make sure to stretch to help your body better handle the stress and long hours of sitting. When scoping out hotels, looks for options that have fitness centers or you can look for gyms around the area you can go to.

“I look for local yoga studios, and I take a class,” Potter said.

Travelers should also prepare for contact with large groups of fellow travelers that can take a toll on the immune system.

“You want to make sure before you even go on your trip, you’re boosting your immune system,” Potter said.

If you are staying home or expecting visitors, you can still make plans before the holidays come to make sure you keep your fitness where you want. Planning ahead of time will make it easier to accomplish your goals.

If your holiday season includes family gatherings and parties, over eating can be a big concern.

Potter suggests having a healthy snack right before heading to a party so that you aren’t too hungry. She also said that sometimes you might feel hungry, but your body could be asking for something else.

“Sometimes you think you are hungry but you are really dehydrated,” she said.

Planning ahead how much you are going to eat and setting limits for yourself can make it easier to say no to second or third helpings. Writing goals down for eating and exercise is a good way to hold yourself accountable and help you avoid seasonal setbacks along with added stress and anxiety.

Regular stretching and relaxing can help calm the worried mind and bring some peaceful moments into a hectic time. If you are feeling stressed, it is important to give your body a boost with some strengthening nutrients.

“Because the holidays can be stressful, I think about vitamin supplements,” Potter said.

For those who may feel sad or lonely, one of the best ways to kick the holiday blues is to help someone else in need.

“Get out and volunteer,” Potter suggested.

For those who may find themselves without plans for the holiday, service is an option as well, and you can even bring the relatives.

So whether you are facing traveling, family, massive amounts of calories, or looking for a chance to give to others, make sure that while you are taking care of everything that needs to get done, take care of your well-being.

This article can also be found in the December 22 edition of The Tempe Republic.