Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall…Where’s the Truth Behind it All?


There are many misconceptions about eating disorders and the people who struggle with them. Student Health and Counseling Services will host a special event with authors Nikki Dubose, Washed Away: From Darkness to Light and Shannon Kopp, Pound for Pound, to dispel some of the myths surrounding eating disorders. Join us as we hear their personal stories and begin the conversation on how to thrive through eating disorders and love yourself!

Lunch and Learn and Exclusive Book Signing

Date: Thursday, October 27th

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm

Location: Dome Terrace

Please RSVP to cberry@csusm.edu

*Individuals with disabilities please contact Cheryl Berry, at least seven days prior to the event with special needs request.

Until our Lunch and Learn and Exclusive Book Signing, here are some truths to help start the conversation on eating disorders.

Truth 1: Eating disorders do not discriminate between age, gender, race, class, or sexual orientation.

Truth 2: Eating disorders are not a choice; they are a mental disorder, which require help from a health professional.

Truth 3: You can’t tell by someone’s size whether they have an eating disorder.

Truth 4: Eating disorders come in many forms. Learn the most common signs:

  • Constant thoughts about food, weight, calories, body image, or exercise
  • Obsessed with weight and weighs self frequently
  • Severely restricting the consumption of food
  • Avoiding eating with friends and family
  • Eating as a response to emotions (e.g. stress, anxiety)

Think you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder?

Your next step is to reach out and get help from CSUSM Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). Please contact our offices for more information and make an appointment at 760-750-4915, or email shcs@csusm.edu.

Written By: Charity Marino (CSUSM Alum 2014) Graduate Student Intern

Be-Aware: Monthly Breast Self-Exam Will Save Your Life

breast_cancer_awareness_lgOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most people have an unrealistic assumption that they will not be exposed to any serious diseases or disorders in their lifetime. Maybe some might think it’s a plot twist in a movie or a dramatic television show. It’s not a plot twist. It’s reality.

United States statistics:

  • 1 in 8 women each year is diagnosed with breast cancer
  • 1 in 1000 men each year is diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Each year, 246,660 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 die
  • Every 2 minutes, 1 woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, and 1 woman dies from it every 13 minutes.
  • There are currently more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors still alive in the United States.

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Depression: What next?

“Anxiety is the cousin visiting out of town that depression felt obligated to bring to the party. Mom, I am the party, only I am a party I don’t want to be at.” –(Button Poetry) Sabrina Benaim.

Depression is a word full of stigma and taboo, that our society often pushes aside and tries to avoid. Now, what exactly does the word depression mean to you? To many it’s a word used as a simple temporary emotion. Reality, depression is defined as a serious mental health condition in which a person feels very hopeless, unimportant and sad. Those affected by it are often unable to live in a normal way, and it typically occurs for prolonged periods of time.

quote-depression-chemistryAn estimate of 25 million individuals in the United States suffer from major depression. According Nami, National Alliance on Mental Illnesses, “Women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression, and young adults aged 18–25 are 60% more likely to have depression than people aged 50 or older.” http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Depression

Being affected by depression makes it difficult to feel motivated to try to push yourself to feel better. Overcoming depression isn’t easy, it takes a lot of time and patience with oneself. You can’t just will yourself or others to simply “snap out of it,” or “get over it” chances are it won’t help them or you. However, there are many options and abilities to govern depression better than you realize—even if it’s severe or very persistent. Feeling better takes time, but can be achieved if you make positive choices for yourself or others each day. It’s important to start small by:

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Women’s Fitness: A mini guide for CSUSM women to stay fit!

Today is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. As CSUSM students, we are all familiar with the amount of stair climbing it takes to get from point A to point B. Those stairs seem never-ending with a heavy backpack filled with textbooks, binders, and even laptop at times! Let’s not dread those stairs, but instead see it as a chance to be active and be reminded to be motivated to overcome any obstacle that comes in our path. fitness

Have an hour break or falling asleep while studying in the library? Try packing a workout outfit and some tennis shoes and showing those stairs who’s the boss! The stairs will get that heart pumping, sweat dripping, and blood flowing. The blood flow can help wake you up during that afternoon crash and keep your mind fresh for all the information you will be learning during class.

You might be asking, “well, what are some fun stair work outs I can do?” There are actually a ton of work outs you can do with stairs. Here are some videos I found that looked like you would enjoy:

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Men’s Health: Why is it Such a Secret?

What does the word health mean to you? To many it means being healthy sexually, emotionally, physically etc., but to some that word has no affect to them. As college students, many individuals go through many troubling issues and they are being challenged to remove themselves from their own comfort zone.

Many students have to work two jobs while taking on a full load of classes. Some students are dealing with relationship problems and social problems. All these issues can lead to health problems and it’s important to understand what your body is going through and how to get help when it is needed.


We all know men do not like to talk about their own issues to others. That’s a generalized statement, but it may be true. Many do not like to show their weaknesses or they try to prove that they can do whatever they want without having to get help. According to an article published by Mary Brophy Marcus, only a whopping 7% of men talk about their health issues with others (CBS 2016). That can become a problem, especially for those that attend college and deal with many health issues that arise.

Why do men not talk about their health issues as much as women do? Why is this a problem? Men are taught to act tough at such a young age, to be brave, to not have emotions because it would consider them to be less manly or “feminine.” It may be a problem because if one does not share or act fast on any health issue, it could become worse or it could be too late.   Continue reading

Suicide Awareness and Prevention


We were given life to live-no matter how you believe you were born or where you come from or where you will go after your time is up, we are meant to live. There are misfortunate events that occur every day, one of the worst and serious action known as suicide.

As a college student only at the age of 20, I have unfortunately seen my fair share of the planning of a suicide or suicidal ideations, suicide attempts and unfortunately those that have lost the battle against their mental illnesses and succumb to the act of suicide.

6 people. I have been in the same room with 6 different people that have tried to take their own life. These ranged from my loved ones, friends, family, and honestly complete strangers. Sometimes I had happened to be in the right place at the right time. I do say right place and right time because all six of those people are living today. Continue reading

Let’s DE – STRESS before we get STRESSED

Yoga dates back to 3000 B.C., with focus on applying and understanding your place in the world and how to live harmoniously with others in it.   But between 12 units, working part time and trying to find parking at CSUSM, who has the time to breathe and de – stress!? Well, what most students don’t know is that Breathing and taking the time to de – stress is one of the most important steps into succeeding academically. One of the easiest ways to de – stress is to do Yoga. Yoga is a great way to connect the body, mind and spirit, begin a healthy life-style and promote a good sense of well being. A study done in 2012 by the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, states that “Yoga, especially breathing techniques, can also increase concentration and academic performance in students struggling academically”.

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How to Keep your Heart Healthy

In this article I will discuss what defines a healthy heart and how to keep it healthy. Firstly, we need to know what a healthy heart is. One way to determine whether our hearts are healthy is to measure the heart rate. For children and adults from 10 years and up a healthy heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute. For an athlete the healthy heart rate is 40-60 beats per minute.

h_exerciseBlood pressure is also a way to measure our hearts health. An adult should have less than 120/80mm Hg (120 systolic and 80 diastolic) blood pressure. The systolic pressure measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats and the diastolic measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats.

There are different ways to keep a healthy heart. One important aspect is exercise. You don’t need to be Usain Bolt, the important thing is that you get into the gym and get a good workout in. The doorstep is often the biggest step to a healthier heart. Getting into a good rhythm when it comes to going to the gym is very important. It is all about being consistent and getting a habit of exercising.

Everything helps. That leads to my next point, stay active throughout the day. If you have some extra time do some push ups or squats. Just getting the heart rate up is healthy is good for you. Here is a good article about how to start and keep an active lifestyle: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/exercise-fitness/easy-ways-to-start-exercising.htm

The third tip to keep a heart healthy is very important. Diet. Try and limit the amount of processed food. Put the kitchen to use and start making food from scratch, it is fun and the reward is worth it. Limit your sugar intake, and instead eat fruits and nuts. Clean meat, vegetables, whole grains and unrefined carbs are what your body needs. Here are some healthy food recipes : http://damndelicious.net/2014/12/16/15-quick-and-easy-healthy-recipes/.

Try and get into a healthy habit of eating cleaner.🙂

Written by Peer Educator – Magne Wallacher