Category Nutrition

A Thank You Note to My Office By Elizabeth Teurlay


Elizabeth Teurlay is currently a Program Advisor in Academic Services at Brandeis University. She earned her M. Ed. in Student Affairs at UCLA and previously served as a Resident Director at Boston College. Elizabeth enjoys staying involved in the NASPA Region 1 WISA & SAPAA KC’s and reading about all things Higher Ed. Outside of work, she is training for her second 5K and loves taking her dog Riley to the dog park. You can connect with her on Twitter at @eteurlay. 


As I quickly approach my one year work anniversary at Brandeis University, I realize I have a lot to be grateful for. I enjoy my new role, my new students, and my new dog that came with the live-off life...

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Watch Me Go by Summer (King) Mattina


Summer (King) Mattina happily serves as an Academic Advisor for Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology at Saint Louis University. She is a member of NASPA, ACPA, and NACADA, and enjoys rock and roll, rocky beaches, and rocking chairs. She also likes stone soup. Get to know her by connecting on Twitter @SummerMattina.


Watch Me Go

In the past year, I have moved three times, started two jobs, acquired one always-ornery dog, and joined forces and households with one occasionally-ornery partner...

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My kingdom for a good night’s sleep. By Dr. Carolyn Golz


Dr. Carolyn Golz is a College Administrative Officer for Cowell & Stevenson Colleges at UC Santa Cruz. Carolyn loves her dogs, her bike,  and her new life in California. She can be found on twitter at: @CarolynGolz


When editing a friend’s blog post about wellness last year, I suggested that she

strike a statement that said something along the lines of “healthy people do not need

to nap in the middle of the day”. I told her that this statement might offend some and

that I considered myself a healthy person, yet I would LOVE to take a nap every day.

I am perpetually tired. I go to bed by 9:30 each night and have difficulty waking up

when my alarm goes off at 6:45 each morning...

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Influencing behaviors: it’s organic! by Lauren Piontkoski

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Lauren Piontkoski works as an Area Director for Residential Life Programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she serves as a liaison for faculty and in-hall academic support, develops programmatic initiatives to support women in the STEM field and co-supervises graduate/post-doctoral resident tutors. Additionally, she finds herself utilizing her recently acquired group fitness certification through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as a bootcamp instructor in the Greater Boston Area. Lauren can be reached via Twitter: wickedrunnah


Influencing behaviors: it’s organic!

Two years ago I began a fitness journey, and I never thought it would have snowballed into the lifestyle ...

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SA Professionals- Are we practicing what we preach? by Megan Dobmeier


Megan Dobmeier currently works at the University of Nebraska Lincoln as the Assistant Director of Residence Life for Recruitment, Selection, and Personnel.

She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration-Management 2009 and Master’s in Counseling- Student Affairs emphasis 2012 from the University of Nebraska Kearney.

The picture above is with her coach who with her help she has lost 108lbs and counting. She now has a passion for health and fitness. Together they have completed two 5k’s and will be doing a 10k in March!

I believe there is some correlation with SA professionals and being overweight...

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Being Johnny Bravo was never the goal by Chris Hein


Chris Hein is in his third year as a Resident Director at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is originally from Nebraska. He got his B.S. in Psychology and Sociology and a M.S. Ed. all from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He love the outdoors and enjoys spending free time fishing, hunting, disc golfing, hiking, and camping during the summers.


I want to talk about a topic of health and well-being that is often overlooked. I think it is fair to say that many health blogs consist almost entirely of articles regarding how to lose weight and get skinnier. While these blogs and articles are useful for a large number of people, some of us have the opposite problem...

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My Five-Step Plan to Mastering the Dining Hall and Eating Well on Campus by Mike McCarthy

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Mike McCarthy is the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fitchburg State College (now Fitchburg State University) in 2006 and 2009 respectively. While earning his undergraduate degree he completed internships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL and Summit Entertainment in Santa Monica, CA. In 2010, he also completed a certificate program in Leadership through Cornell University.

In addition to his work within Student Affairs, Mike and his partner Doro started a health and fitness coaching project called Team Ted Fitness in 2012. The project has led 30-day health and wellness groups, personal development workshops, and recently began leading Insanity workout classes.

You can follow Mike and Do...

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Starting with the “Why” by Kerrie Montgomery

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Kerrie Montgomery is the Associate Director of Student Activities and Involvement at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She received a BA in Classical Studies, a MA in Art History, and an MEd in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida, and is completing her PhD in Higher Education (Organization and Governance track) at the University of Denver, where she served as the Assistant Director of Campus Activities for five years prior to her current position. She spends her free time running, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, listening to music, playing with her dissertation, and cooking/eating good (healthy) food.


A while back, a friend and colleague pointed ...

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The Balancing Act by Gabrielle Rimmaudo



Gabrielle Rimmaudo is a second year graduate student at the University of South Florida. Her undergraduate degree is from George Mason University. Currently she serves as a graduate advisor in the Office of New Student Connections. As a big Disney enthusiast, her next half marathon is the Disney Wine & Dine Half in November with her dad. Gabrielle can be reached on Twitter at @gfrimmaudo or check out her blog,!


Prior to starting graduate school I had never been the most healthy or active individual...

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Double the Fun: Finding Myself Through Weight Loss and Running by Jeff Parker


Jeff Parker is currently a Residence Director at Johnson & Wales University – Denver Campus. Originally from the great state of Minnesota, Jeff received his B.S. in English & Speech Communication from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and his M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida.  Jeff loves playing volleyball and has ran at least one race every month since December 2010.  Visit his blog at and find him on Twitter @jeffyp2003


Each of us has a story to tell – one that discovers our innermost passions and desires.  One that leads us to the person we are today.

Many of us have a weight loss story.

I have two.

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The Backstory

I was an active kid ...

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