National Eating Disorders Week is February 23 to March 1, 2014

National Eating Disorders Week is February 23 to March 1, 2014


What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder include extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.  Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.

Did you know?

15% of women ages 17 to 24 have disordered eating

91% of women in college have attempted to control their weight through dieting

54% of men of unhappy with their appearance and wish their bodies were different

Concerned about Someone?  Here are Some Things to Look for.

  • Dramatic weight loss/gain in a relatively short period of time
  • Belief that thinness will bring happiness
  • Isolation – fear of eating with or around others
  • Compulsive exercise – over-exercising; exercising when physically exhausted
  • Food restriction and self starvation: lying about eating habits
  • Mood swings, depression, fatigue
  • Obsession with calories, fat and/or weight
  • Hair loss, dizziness, headaches, lack of concentration
  • Loss of menstrual cycle

How to Help a Friend with Eating and Body Image Issues

  • Learn as much as you can about eating disorders
  • Know the differences between facts and myths about weight, nutrition and exercise.  Knowing the facts will help you reason against any inaccurate ideas that your friend may be using as excuses to continue disordered eating patterns.
  • Be honest.  Talk openly and honestly about your concerns.  Avoiding or ignoring it won’t help!
  • Compliment your friend’s wonderful personality, successes or accomplishments.  Remind them that true beauty is not simply skin deep. 
  • Be a good role model of sensible eating, exercise and self-acceptance
  • Tell someone!  Addressing body image or eating problems in the beginning stages offers your friend the best chance for working through these issues and becoming healthy again. 

Remember, you cannot force someone to seek help, change their habits or adjust their attitudes.  You will make progress in honestly sharing your concerns and providing support.  People struggling with disordered eating need professional help!  There is help available and there is hope! 

Information from National Eating Disorders

Association (NEDA) and Multi-Service Eating

Disorder Association, Inc (MEDA) publications



Eating Disorder Screenings available to students!  Free!  Confidential and Anonymous!

Online screening for depression, anxiety, alcohol and eating disorders available to students. This screening does not provide diagnosis.  It is provided so that you may find out, in a few minutes, whether or not professional consultation would be helpful to you.  

 For your free, confidential screening go to:

Choose the “Mental Health Self Assessment Help” button on the right hand side and use “northland” for the keyword




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You are Invited to a Career Planning and Exploration Session, Tuesday, November 12th, EGF Computer Lab, Room 214 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

You are invited to participate in a Career Planning and Exploration Session, Tuesday, November 12th in the  EGF Computer Lab, Room 214 from 11:00 to 1:00 P.M.   There will be goodies to eat as well as some free give-aways and door prizes.

We will have  resources including the KuderJourney Career Planning System and the GPS LifePlan, to name a couple,  available for students to use and review.  These and other valuable resources can be used by students who aren’t sure of their major or career, as well as those students who may be graduating and need resources for their job search.   The screening sessions or discussions will be open at your own pace on the computer during the two hours from 11:00  to 1:00 pm, so please stop by whenever you can during this time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Kate in Room 110, or Marna in Room 109 in the Student Services area of the East Grand Forks campus.  Hope to see you there!

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You Are Invited to Participate…

You are invited to participate in a Mental Health Screening, Tuesday,
October 29, 2013 in the East Grand Forks Campus Computer Lab, Room 214 from 11:00 am to 12:55 pm.

There will be goodies to eat and door prizes. Please stop by anytime during this informational session.
The screening session will be at your own pace on the computer and is for anybody and everybody! Maybe it’s not you who is having difficulty – maybe you are concerned about a friend or relative. Learn about mental health and where to turn for help. The screening is provided to find out, in a few minutes, whether or not a professional consultation would be helpful. This screening does not provide diagnosis.
Remember, mental illness may not be seen on an x-ray, yet, it is just as painful as any physical ailment.


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by | October 28, 2013 · 9:08 pm

Money Management

Figuring out how to pay for college expenses, as well as living expenses, can add stress to your college experience.  You can reduce the stress by being an informed consumer.  It helps to make money management and sticking to a budget a conscious process!  This means you have to think about money management, make plans (budgets), and review and adjust your plans regularly.

First you need to know what your monthly income is.  Income includes the following:  wages (less taxes), financial aid, scholarships, money from family, money from savings.  Then you need to know what your monthly expenses are.  Expenses can include the following:  tuition and fees, books, rent, transportation, food, clothing, entertainment and insurance.  Usually the list of expenses is much longer than your list of income.  Remember to plan in advance for one time or unusual expenses such as trips home over holidays.  Spring financial aid is not disbursed until February – plan to cover your January rent out of fall income. 

Your goal should be that your income is higher than expenses!

If your expenses are higher than your income, you have two choices!  Increase your income or reduce your spending! 

Income can be increased by finding work or increasing your work hours.  See if you have eligibility for student loans, but work hard to keep your borrowing reasonable.  Maybe you have items you don’t use anymore and can sell to generate extra money. 

Expenses can be reduced in a variety of ways.  Some ideas include: buy used books or rent rather than buy new books; find a roommate; take advantage of coupons and discounts; cook at home; stop costly habits such as smoking, lottery tickets and/or daily cappuccino. 

Websites with great information:

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by | September 6, 2013 · 11:24 am

Confused? Have LOTS of Questions and Not Sure Who to Ask?

The first couple of weeks of the semester can be confusing, especially, if it is your first semester. There’s so much to learn and it’s not just your course materials! There’s D2L and how to figure that out. Then there is the school email account.  Where do I access that, again? Then there’s all that information about Financial Aid; and,  how do I pay my bill?   Your distance online courses: How do I pay for them? I don’t want to get dropped! How do I order my books? It’s hard to remember where everything is. “Where did I see that on the webpage?” “How do I do that, again?” “Who do I ask about. . .?” “What was that password?”  Where do I go for…?”  My ID Number? Can I change my schedule?   Yikes!  There’s so much to do!

Stop by Student  Services and ask the friendly staff for help or ask a question.  If we can’t help you or don’t know the answer, we will find someone who can.  Have a great semester!

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Congratulations, Graduates! You have what it takes to get a good job.

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Congratulations, Graduate, on your accomplishment and hard work!
Are you ready to make the next step in your career? People who take the time to plan and use proven strategies are more likely to find the right job quickly, and start a meaningful career. If you are serious about finding a good job, consider the following strategies.

 1.      Use Your College’s Career Center and local State Job Services:

Find out about local employers who may hire graduates.  Career Services advisors can provide up-to-date information about effective job search strategies, local hiring trends, and in-demand occupations for your degree and experience.   Ask about job search workshops, job fairs in your field, and employer recruitment efforts.

  1. 1.      Know Your Strengths and Value in the Job Market:
    Be clear about how your skills, experience and strengths match employer needs.  You’ll have a stronger resume and interviews if you know this about yourself.  Use one or both of these online assessments on ISEEK to help clarify your strengths:

2.      Find the Right Fit:

Employers want to hire someone who fits into their work environment, and has the specific skills and qualification to help their organization to be successful.  Not sure how you or your degree fit employer needs? ISEEK’s Career Profiles can help you explore what’s out there.  Look at the list of skills, then choose which ones to use on your resume and talk about in interviews.

 3.      Make Contacts to Find Job Openings:
Who you know and how you relate to people will determine the type of job leads you find.  Use multiple channels to find out who is hiring.

4.      Effectively Apply for Jobs:
Job search activities such as contacting employers, filling out applications, creating good resumes and cover letters, and interviewing require planning and effort.  

 5.      Advance Your Career:
You’ve landed a job! How do you live up to your employer’s expectations?  Do you have the attitude and know-how to get a promotion? For many new graduates, even an entry-level job in their field can launch them on a career path of lifelong learning and success. 

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Spring Break is Next Week!!

Spring Break is next week! It is hard to believe with heaps of snow all around us after that last storm.    Some of you may be planning a trip to the ski slopes or a trip to the beach,or maybe you are just staying home and planning some fun things to do with friends.  Spring Break can be a great, relaxing time!  How does the saying go?  “Whatever  happens on Spring Break, stays on Spring Break” –  Right?  Well, maybe.  You don’t want to be bringing home anything that you would be embarrassed to explain to your Gramma, you know, right?

Whatever your plans,  please be safe!  Here are some tips to stay safe not just for Spring Break, but anytime.

  • Choose not to drink if you are driving, or be safe with a designated driver.
  • If you aren’t 21, don’t drink at all!
  • Wear your seatbelt. Always. It’s your best protection in a crash.
  • Distracted driving is dangerous. Park the car to check mobile devices.
  • Don’t drive while under the influence of other substances, or, just to be safe,  don’t take any other substances. 
  • Be careful when driving while taking some prescription drugs.  They can cause sleepiness or inattention. They can also be especially dangerous if  mixed with alcohol.
  • Respect other peoples’ right, and your own, to choose not to take various substances or drink.
  • Respect state laws and campus policies.
  • Stay out of dangerous situations involving alcohol and/or drugs whether in a car, bar or bedroom.
  • If a friend drinks to the point of passing out, alcohol poisoning is a real danger. If you’re concerned,  seek medical attention. Better safe than sorry!
  • If you happen to be in need of some cash, be careful around ATM’s.
  • Go places with friends or at least tell them where you are going and when to expect you back.
  • If you have never been to a place you are going on Spring Break, (or otherwise), do your homework! Get a map or one of those tourist books with all the information you need to get around safely. Check the hotel website.  Besides, the more you know about where you are going, the more fun you will have!
  • Check to see  if your cell phone carrier has coverage where you are going.

These are just a few suggestions.   Have a Great and Safe Spring Break!

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