All We Can Do Is Grow Old

There is nothing glorious about studying ageing. Unless you have found the key to stopping it, no one wants to talk to you! There are creams, diets, exercise regimes, surgeries, meditations, and more that all promise to hide, delay, or even reverse ageing- but let me save you the trouble and say you might as…

Government internship, round 2

This post is part of a series about my summer internship. For background, please see the first post. Three summers ago, I interned in Washington, D.C. and it’s probably the reason I’m writing this blog post as a public health student. Science had always been a forte and a singular focus of mine. A summer…

Trying out the real world

Summer is well under way, and it’s been a while since the second-years have left us with their parting advice on this blog. All of the rising second-years are busy at their internships, some of which are blogging here, here, and here. Before I talk about my internship, I’m going to briefly describe the search. It…

I Can Almost Taste the Non-Hydrogenated Victory

As a dietitian, I am sometimes asked if there are foods that I avoid. I think most questioners expect me to curse excess sugar/salt/fat/carbohydrates or to give a long-winded commentary about how everything should be in moderation. They are usually surprised when I say that I always check for trans fats. So, imagine the way…

‘Til Death Do Us Part: a talk by Ken Warner

Ever since school started, I’ve been bombarded with emails about various talks happening around campus. The University has high-profile speakers visiting campus on a regular basis, such as the EPA Administrator. Sometimes, we’re lucky enough to call them our own. On Monday, October 7, I attended a talk at the Ford School of Public Policy…

Driving? Turn the Phone Off!

Driving is debatably the biggest public safety and public health issue of our nation. It is the leading cause of death among Americans ages 1 to 34, and the leading cause of long-term disability for all (McMillin, 2010). Statistically speaking, it is the single most dangerous activity most of us will do today. Skydiving or…

Promoting a Culture of Health

On September 12, 2012 I attended the kick-off of the National Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative here at SPH. Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, U of M President Mary Sue Coleman, and SPH Dean Martin Philbert gave remarks on the significance of this day in history.…