Category Archives: Health and Fitness

VCU Cary St. Gym Re-Opens

By Kyle Horan, Chandelis Duster and Agazit Asihel
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — After two years of renovation and $47 million, the Cary St. Gym on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus is back in business.

At 125,000 square feet the new exercise and recreational complex is bigger than two football fields. It includes an indoor soccer field, an indoor track, four basketball courts, two racquetball courts, and a rock climbing wall.

“There’s so many different activities and things to do while you’re here,” Jenn DePuy, a VCU junior, said.

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Few VCU Students Get H1N1 Shot

By Juliette Delp
VCU Insight

RICHMOND, Va. — Only 1300 of nearly 32,000 Virginia Commonwealth University students have received the H1N1 vaccine.

Dr. Margaret Roberson, Director of VCU’s Student Health Services, says that those who have not received the vaccine still should.

“Definitely we still want people to get vaccinated,” said Roberson.

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Hookah May Be As Harmful As Cigarettes, Study Shows

By Juliette Delp and David Preut
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–  A recent two year-long study conducted by a professor from Virginia Commonwealth University revealed that smoking hookah could be just as harmful as cigarettes.

Led by Dr. Thomas Eissenberg, a VCU professor of biopsychology, the study’s results were featured in the December 2009 issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

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Opinions Differ On Smoking Ban

By Jerome Foster and Chelse Greaux
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — The smoking ban went into effect on December 1. The law prohibits smoking in bars and restaurants. Some people disagree with it, while others agree with the law.

Smoker Clyde Willis and Applebee’s server Tyneisha Wells are opposed to the law.

“Well, I really feel like it was something against people that smoke where it’s another right that you’re losing and that’s really not good,” Willis said.

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Acupuncture Gaining Popularity Among Students

By Iva Radman and Amy Via
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – In ancient times, acupuncture was a last resort medical treatment. Now people everywhere, including students at Virginia Commonwealth University, are using the Asian treatment to help everything from migraines to sports injuries.

Katherine Sammons, a VCU senior in social work, had acupuncture treatments because she said her lack of energy was interfering with schoolwork. After the four-month treatment, she noticed a difference.

“It was really beneficial to me so I definitely sing its praises,” said Sammons.

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Holiday Foods Raise Health Awareness

By Taylor Hall and Curtis Colbert
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.– As everyone prepares for the holiday season, they also start to decide how to become more health conscious around the holidays–one of the hardest times of the year.

Some students like VCU freshman Rebecca Morrison have found a way to eat healthier all around.

“I’m actually a vegetarian and my parents aren’t so I always cook for myself for Thanksgiving.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than one-third of the U.S. is obese or overweight.

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New Cary Street Gym To Provide ‘All-In-One’ Service

By Amy Via
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Commonwealth University’s Cary Street Gym on the Monroe Park Campus has been in construction for just under two years.  The renovations will accommodate the university’s increasing volume of students.

Tom Diehl, Director of VCU Recreational Sports, hopes the new space will bring in up to 4,000 students per day.

“What we have is an all-in-one facility.  Everything we could imagine is all in one building,” said Diehl.

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