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SEE for Yourself on Monday!

SEE Tip: Afraid of getting sick? Give your immune system a boost by exercising. People who exercise experience fewer and milder colds. Studies have shown that exercise helps improve the immune system. People who exercise regularly are less likely to get sick and tend to have quicker recovery times. For more information, click here.

Quit Tip from HKB: Which came first, the smoking or the brain impulse? A recent study found that a certain area of the cerebral cortex is thinner in smokers than in people who have never smoked. This area of the brain deals with the reward pathway, impulse control, and decision making. While scientist aren't sure of the cause and effect pathway, there certainly does seem to be a brain difference. Smoking causes many negative side effects on your body and brain so protect yourself by quitting today!

Mellow Out Monday: Daylight Savings Time gave you an extra hour this past weekend. Regardless of how you used that time, think of ways to 'reset' your own clock this time of year. Are you feeling stressed, anxious, rundown? Take a moment to yourself to think about all the positive things in your life. Think about how you spend your time throughout the day and think of ways to make it more efficient. Once you settle your mind you may find it easier to settle your schedule. You can also let Stressbusters melt your stress away. FREE 5-minute seated back rubs are available every Monday night at the MSE library, Q-level from 8-10 pm.

Minimize Monday: If you have the option, use a toaster oven instead of a conventional oven, and you'll consume far less energy.  Tests have shown that a well-insulated toaster oven, with plenty of room for air to circulate around it, consumes a whopping 50 percent less energy. As an added bonus, using a toaster oven will keep your kitchen cooler. Maybe using a compact toaster with a 10 x 10-inch footprint more often will get you thinking about downsizing your overall carbon footprint, too. For more information on living green, visit The Daily Green.

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