Meditating Your Way Through Finals

Hey there Griffs! Finals week is that magical time that happens at the end of every semester when we have to try and cram everything that we learned during the semester back into our brains so that we can try and pass a test. There's long nights, lots of time spent...

Living abroad and finding Canisius College

The search for the best graduate program that fits all the criteria in my life has been a three year search. I started with Canisius College’s online graduate studies program in September 2014. The program I am in is Applied Nutrition with a concentration in Obesity &...

Snow Day!

Hi everyone! Happy fall- though it's looking a lot more like winter here in Buffalo!  I'm on snow day number 3 from work.  The phone call on the first snow day was super exciting, but this storm is C-R-A-Z-Y!  I'm getting a little antsy being cooped up inside! The...

Halloween!

Hello Again, Last week was Halloween, and it is so fun getting to work with children around holidays!  I work as a nutritionist in the city of Buffalo.  We, of course, like to make work fun, so we dressed up at the office, and so did a lot of the kiddos that came in. ...

“Fat Tax”

Another discussion amongst those in my Nutrition class was concerning whether or not our government should place a "fat tax" on sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda. Many agree to disagree, however I feel that this tax would be treated no differently than the taxes...

Taking Sides

What are your thoughts about Orthorexia? Do you feel that it should be recognized as an eating disorder? This interesting topic arose during our discussion post this week in my Nutrition class and to tell you the truth I had never heard of Orthorexia prior to this...

Back to work

And I thought switching gears was a break in itself....but I'm not going to complain having a week off of class was pretty nice! Wish I could've went someplace a little warmer than Buffalo...burrrr!!! Nevertheless I spent most of my spring break at Buffalo Cardiology...

Part 2 of Spring!

Hello all! I'd first like to apologize things got pretty overwhelming last few weeks of EKG so I fell a little behind on my blogs. On a positive note were up and running again and beginning the second quarter of the semester. So last week we had our practical along...

American Heart Month

Even though the end of February is near I still would like to take the time to appreciate the month for what it truly symbolizes. February is American Heart Month, allowing the human heart to symbolize love. Not only should we love others, but we should take the time...

I can see the end of the tunnel!

Three weeks left yet I feel as though there is so much more to learn. This week we had our midterm and I felt very confident walking out of the exam. Dr. Koch has done an excellent job breaking everything down. So far we have learned about the various sinus, atrial,...

Arrhythmias

Only 4 weeks into the semester and already half way through EKG!! Gotta love 8 week terms! Unfortunately my brain isn't as excited lol. All this information is causing my brain to swell! On a positive note, I have been learning so much and we are now starting to see...

Food for Thought

Interested in loosing weight? Not only is it important to exercise on a regular basis, but it is vital that you manage your diet as well, and here's why. Tommy for example runs on a treadmill 4 times a week for a half an hr. He maintains an average speed of  7 mph at...

Happy New Year!

Welcome back! Some of you I'm sure are feeling overwhelmed while others are still on vacation mode, I know I am, especially after having a nice long weekend! However, I shouldn't complain my first week back was pretty light. I'm currently taking EKG, which is held at...

Fun Facts about Demerly Hall

Demerly Hall is home to both the Women's Business Center and the Health and Human Performance Center. Within the Health and Human Performance Center you will find the necessary equipment needed to perform various stress tests and body composition tests, such as bike...

VO2 Max Test

There are many forms of stress tests, one of which is known as a VO2 Max Test. This test is designed to measure an individual’s aerobic fitness by measuring the highest oxygen consumption elicited during a graded exercise. In simpler terms, this test is an all-out...

Needing some motivation?

Quote of the Day: "Success doesn’t come to you… you go to it." – Marva Collins   Assuming that most of my readers are either undergraduates or professionals looking to better their skills and enhance their knowledge, I figured I would share this inspirational quote in...

Trick or Treat!!

Tis the season for treats and sweets! October is a tough month to stay healthy. You have pumpkin pie, chocolates and candies surrounding you 24/7, and it only gets worse as the month comes to a close. As Halloween nears the temptation of sneaking that piece of candy...

Graduate Open House

Well I made it through finals week and now it’s time to start up a new quarter. For these next 8 weeks I will only be taking one class, ALH 621 Cardiovascular Pharmacodynamics. This class is entirely online and will provide a basic knowledge of the drugs used to treat...

Are you a Libra?

For those born between October 10th and October 23rd one would say, "You are the type of Libran who is constantly on the hunt for knowledge and information. You are an eternal student who will never tire of learning new things."  If you thrive off learning and would...

Is Fall Break Slipping Away?!

Fall break is just around the corner and the thought of finally having a four day weekend is indescribable! Well, sorry to burst your bubble folks, but those long weekend breaks that everyone looks forward to, do not actually pertain to graduate students. I know it's...

That’s a Wrap!

That’s a wrap! Well at least for this school year. I have officially completed half of the curriculum for Health and Human Performance! I plan on going home for the summer to work and spend time with family and friends. Then I’ll be back to Buffalo in the fall to...

Fight Obesity!

Obesity in the United States is a major epidemic. Statistics show that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. If that statistic isn't scary enough, “Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three...

Tracking Your Diet

Do you know what your diet consists of? Sure, you may think you have a healthy diet, but do you really? Maybe you know your diet is rather unhealthy, but do you know how out of control it really is? With today's technology you can find out the answers to these...

Spring is Here!

The spring semester is rockin’ and rollin’! Classes are in full swing, there have been all sorts of events going on, and students are gearing up for the end of the year. It is an exciting time of year to say the least. My Nutrition class is going well. Taking an...

Online Learning

The 2nd spring semester is off to a good start! This semester I am taking Nutrition which is a fully online course. During the fall I took a hybrid course which was taught half in class and half online. This is the first time I have ever taken a fully online class so...

Wild Week

The first spring semester is over! Coming into finals week I had a project, a practical, and two final exams, all within four days. The weekend prior I was prepared to study, study, study, in hopes that I would be prepared for the week to come and not be to...

Hands On Learning

There are only two weeks left in the first spring semester. Wow, is time flying by. The two classes I have been taking, Functional Conditioning and EKG & Clinical Stress Testing, have kept me very busy. The two courses are very different but they have one big...

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Everyone wants a happy, healthy heart on Valentine’s Day, and maybe some flowers and chocolate too! Unfortunately, millions of people suffer from some form of heart disease every February 14th. As I have mentioned in a previous post, heart disease is the leading cause...

All Done!

Yay! I have officially finished my 1st semester of graduate school. It’s always a good feeling when you get passed the rush of final papers, projects, and finals. Now it is time for a solid month of break! To start off my break I was surprised with tickets to go see...

Coronary Artery Disease

I have taken a total of 9 credits so far: CardioPulmonary Pathophysiology, Exercise Testing, and Cardiovascular Pharmacodynamics. A portion of each class was focused on a different aspect of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). Coronary Artery Disease, we have all heard of...

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is almost time for Thanksgiving break! I know I have a lot to be thankful for, and break is on the list. As much as I enjoy living in Buffalo and going to school at Canisius, I am looking forward to going home to spend some quality time with family and friends. My...

VO2 Max Testing

Demerly Hall has been a very busy place! Demerly is where most of the Health and Human Performance classes are held, along with undergrad classes in related health and wellness fields. It is an awesome facility because it has a multimedia classroom, a stress testing...

Hybrid Classes

I have officially completed my first 6 credits of Graduate School. Only 29 credits to go! I'm not really counting down the credits for reasons you might think. I really enjoying my program and want to get everything I can out of it before entering the profession. I...

Cystic Fibrosis

On Wednesday morning I watched the Today Show as I was getting ready for work when I heard a news story about Cystic Fibrosis that caught my attention. I recently learned about Cystic Fibrosis in my Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology class so I was very interested in...

8 Week Classes?!

This is the first year the Health and Human Performance program has been set up where classes are 8 weeks long. How in the world do you take an original 15 week class and turn it into an 8 week class? A concerning question for both students and professors. I have just...

Wellness Fair

This past Tuesday and Wednesday Canisius held an on-campus wellness fair. Several venders from around the Buffalo area set up booths to promote healthy living. Of course, the Health and Human Performance Department had a booth. We presented people with information on...

Hi!

Hi Everyone! My name is Alycia and I am the new student blogger for Health and Human Performance. I am so excited to share my journey through grad school with you. Sharing my thoughts and experiences with you may answer some of your questions, ease some of your fears,...

Do what you love…

Hi everyone! Today marks the day of my last blog. I cannot believe that the semester is nearing its end and that I will be walking for graduation on May 16th. I say walking because I am taking one more class this summer and then I will officially have my MS in...

Time is precious…

Hello everyone!!! In the words of my boyfriend, I would like to “switch up” the previous topics of my blogs and instead focus on the convenience of online classes. On Friday the 13th, I left Buffalo after work to spend some time in Horseheads, NY (outside of Elmira)...

What’s been going on?

Hello everyone! Wow! What a difference a couple of weeks make? The weather now is more seasonable and gloves and coats appear to be more commonplace than shorts and t-shirts. One thing is a guarantee though…the most predictable thing about weather in Buffalo is that...

Introduction to Spring II!

Hello readers, I am sitting here writing on March 22nd and can you believe it, it is 78 degrees and sunny.  Who said that Buffalo is ALWAYS freezing? I can’t believe that March is almost over.  As cliché as it sounds, time is really going by so fast. Like usual, this...

Finishing up….

Hi again everyone, I know that this it has been a little while since I have written, but it has been a crazy past couple of weeks. I finished up my first session on March 10th, right before the start of Spring Break. As with typical 15-week classes, there is always...

Finishing up the first session…

Hi again!  Not only have I been reading, completing assignments and posting in discussion boards for Program Planning, but I also have been busy doing the same for Research Methods.  In both Weeks 4 and 7, I had exams in this class.  However, since the class is a...

Where has the time gone?

Hi everyone! I cannot believe that it is already week 8. Today marks the beginning of the home stretch. Next week at this time, we will be on Spring Break. However, before the relaxation starts, the work needs to be completed. For the past couple of weeks, I have been...

Learning so much..

Hi again, Wow, I can’t believe that we are actually entering the 4th week of the semester. For my program, that means that my first session is almost halfway over. Again, wow! The time really does fly by. Over the past couple of weeks, I have enjoyed learning more...

How it all works together….

Hello again everyone & Happy New Semester! And for all of you that are new to reading my blog……My name is Mary Grace Furtney and I am currently enrolled as a student in the new online MS in Community and School Health (CSH). While working on my Master’s, I am a...

The final week…

Hi again, Today marks the last week for my 8-week class. I can’t believe that Christmas is just around the corner! However, with the arrival of Christmas, comes the last push to finish out the semester. Since I am enrolled in an online program, it is nice that I do...

Another week with the wiki….

Hi everyone, The theme for this past week was the importance of building community partnerships. For health initiatives or any other initiatives for that matter, it is integral that different organizations work together to reach the utmost success. For the...

Wikis, wikis everywhere….

For class this week, I was able to explore something new to me: wikis. For those of you that don’t know what they are, wikis are websites where users can register and build accounts on to enable multiple people to comment on one page. It is almost like a large...

Dealing with conflict..

This past week in my Leadership class we talked about a pretty normal, yet debilitating subject: conflict. Some people view conflict as a catalyst for change and others avoid it at all costs. Either way, it is something that we all go through not only in our personal...

Keep plugging away…

Hi again everyone, I know that this is a common theme, but I can’t believe that it is already almost the middle of November. Time really does fly by…this session is just going by so quickly. I am still enjoying my Leadership class, partly because I enjoy the material...

What a wonderful class!

Hi again everyone, I just wanted to share with all of you my love for my Leadership Initiatives class. We are just coming up on the end of the 1st week and I can’t believe it! Only 7 more weeks to go before Christmas break. WOW! So far, this class is AMAZING. The...

A New Beginning!

Hi everyone, Honestly, I can’t believe that it is already October 24th. This is an important day because it signals the start of the second eight-week session for the Fall semester. During this session, I am taking Leadership Initiatives and hope to get a jump-start...

Benefits of Online Learning!

Hi Everyone! It is nice to be able to blog again and give you some more insight into my program. I really just wanted to discuss the benefits of attending classes online today. I have always been an advocate of online learning. I think it gives both students and...

Welcome/Introduction

Hello everyone, My name is Mary Grace Furtney and I will be contributing blogs on here this semester. Hopefully, you will all enjoy my posts and will find them helpful in choosing the best graduate program for you. As an added bonus, I am excited to share my...

Epidemiology & Obesity

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope the start of another school semester has been a good one for you. So far (I realize we’re only a few weeks in!) classes are going well for me and although it’s a lot to juggle (I’m taking four classes this semester), I know it will all work out somehow. The hardest part has been getting back into the school frame of mind. I really have to force myself to stay focused and organized at times!

School Year Resolutions

Wow. I cannot believe school starts this coming Monday! Where exactly did this summer go?? Does anyone have an answer to that one? Personally, it has been a very roller-coaster like summer for me. I’ve had some great highs and equally hard lows, but I know I’m not alone in that. I sincerely hope it’s been a good summer for you!! We’ve definitely had a lot of nice weather here in Buffalo, NY to enjoy!

Shark Week!

Happy August everyone!! We’ve reached the final few weeks before the fall semester begins…as if I have to remind you of that! I’m just about done with my internship. My official last day is August 18th. Working with the staff in the Cardiac Rehab unit of DeGraff Hospital has been such a great experience. I have been able to assist individuals with starting a new exercise program, witness numerous stress tests (the treadmill variety), and become much better at taking someone’s blood pressure! It really has been an eye-opening experience for me as well…and the patients have impacted me – they have such a new, fresh outlook on life and what is really important.

Festival Season

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately. Anyone go the Italian Fest this past weekend in North Buffalo? I was only there briefly on Sunday, but I got to experience the festival all weekend – my family and I live on one of the streets right off of Hertel Ave so the festivities were just a short walk away. I really don’t mind having the festival so close for the most part. Parking on the street is the biggest frustration. Overall I think it’s such a great event for Buffalo – local businesses get some exposure and people get to see all that Buffalo has to offer. There was a HUGE turnout this year.

Are you content?

Whoa! I have been totally slacking on my blogging duty! These summer days are just flying by. Forgive me if I’ve said this in a previous blog, but I feel as though the older I get the faster each day (month, year) seems to go! Sometimes I can’t even remember what I did each day – they seem to just blur together. Sitting here now I’m trying to recall what I’ve been up to for the past couple of weeks.

And just like that…everything changes

Wow – June 30th already? What an incredibly eventful month I’ve had. This past week alone has been very significant. As many of you may know, I finally headed to Rochester this past Thursday evening for an ablation procedure at Strong Memorial Hospital. The hope was that this procedure, which uses a special catheter to destroy problematic cells in the heart, would cure my heart arrhythmia. Going in, we didn’t know what would happen – if the procedure would be a success for me. Millions of questions and scenarios raced through my mind as I was prepped for surgery – anxious for answers.

Half full or half empty?

What a beautiful summer day! I’m sitting here staring out the doors that lead to our front porch and feel that familiar itch to be outside enjoying the sunshine! We get so few incredibly gorgeous summer days here in Buffalo – personally I feel the need to soak up as much as I can! Before I head outside, I wanted to take a minute to update you on how my internship at DeGraff Hospital has been going.

Day One

Hi everyone! How is the month of June treating you so far? OK, so I realize we’re only a week or so in, but a lot can happen in that time. I’ve been enjoying the break from homework. Spending time outdoors and with friends/family is always enjoyable to me. A few events this month hold a special significance in my life. My sister is turning 21 this year, which is so weird to me! It will be fun to celebrate with her. The day after her birthday, I will be going in for my heart procedure at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

New York State of Mind

It’s weird. I’m sitting here, my son is napping, and I don’t know what to do with myself!! The transition from chaotic semester to more-relaxed summer is one that I look forward to and welcome with open arms and yet….I find myself unsure of what to do! I’m trying to really take this time for myself though. With all that’s been going on (school, my heart situation, etc.) I need a recovery period of sorts.

School’s out!

And that’s it! The semester is complete. I’m sitting here at home wondering what to do with myself now that I don’t have to study for a while. OK, so that’s not entirely true…my son keeps me plenty busy, but at least I have a break from the school stuff until the fall.

To be continued…

Happy May 5th! I apologize for being so non-exsistent lately when it comes to blogging. I’ve had a lot on my plate, both with school and in my personal life (which I’m sure everyone can relate to at this point in the semester!). I FINALLY got to go to the doctor today to talk about the event that happened almost a month ago (see ‘ER’ blog).

Jump!

Hey everyone!  We are almost there!  Personally, I am looking forward to wrapping up this semester.  As the weather continues to improve, the harder it is to concentrate on anything!  Plus, this whole situation with my heart is pretty exhausting.  I had mentioned it...

ER

This month of April just keeps getting better for me and my family! I mentioned last week the old saying, “When it rains, it pours”…and well, this past weekend I got caught in my own rainstorm.

When it rains, it pours…

So I hate to admit it, but sometimes those old sayings (i.e. my post title!) are very accurate! Although I had a great Easter weekend with the family, the following week (or rather, this week) has been filled with nothing but bad news. It all started late Sunday evening. My Dad is a pastor at a church out in Medina and he received a call on Sunday that a family from his church had been involved in a terrible propane explosion. The explosion leveled their whole house! Everyone at the house made it out alive at the time, but the father passed away mid-week because of injuries related to the explosion. My heart really goes out to that family…and to my Dad who is trying to figure out the best way to help them at this time.

Back to Sesame Street

Julianne

This morning I took my son to the Buffalo Museum of Science for the first time. Being a huge fan of Sesame Street, I thought my son might get a kick out of the newest exhibit: Sesame Street – The Body. I was a little curious myself as to what the exhibit was all about and welcomed the chance to tire Noah out!

Daydreams and Disorders

I feel as though we’ve reached that point in the semester when a couple of things happen. One, you suddenly go from having a minimal (or very manageable) amount of school work to do to an overwhelming amount! I don’t know about you, but all of a sudden it seems as though I have a ton of stuff to accomplish before the end of the semester!!

A Diet cRAzE!

What a gorgeous day it is today! My family and I just spent the morning at the Buffalo Zoo. My little guy, Noah, is napping right now and I’m sure it’ll be a long one. Since beginning to walk around New Year’s, Noah has become more and more independent. Or at least he tries to be more independent every day…which can be a good and bad thing. He did great today though! Pretty much walked the entire zoo. I’m definitely all for him being active…especially when it helps him to sleep so well 😉

A quick update


Hey everyone! These weeks are flying by. Can I tell you how excited I am that it’s March and we’ve actually had some sunshine over the past few days! It really makes such a big difference in my overall mood….although I must also admit that as the weather gets nicer, the harder it is to stay focused on schoolwork! I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way.

Mind Over Matter

We’ve all heard the expression, “Mind Over Matter”, before. Maybe it was brought to your attention during a challenging sporting or academic event. I honestly cannot remember when I first heard the expression, but I do know it’s been one I’ve heard countless times. Oddly enough, it’s been on my mind this week. Thursday I had my first exam in EKG. We were given a packet of EKG strips and had to diagnose the different rhythms on each strip. Fun huh? I felt somewhat prepared for the exam. I tried to study a little bit each day, specifically focusing on my weakest points when it came to identifying EKG rhythms.

The Olympic Games

What is it about the Olympics that keeps us constantly tuned in? The answer to that question can be incredibly personal, but I think overall it’s exciting to watch top athletes compete and to root for our country. While driving in my car the other day, I heard someone on the radio say that the Olympics are a lot like a special food/dessert/activity that you only get (or only get to do) on a very limited occasion.

The Heart of Life

Hearts have been on my mind lately. This is likely due to two reasons. One, Valentine’s Day is this weekend and it’s impossible to go anywhere without being reminded of that fact. Secondly, being a student of an EKG class gets you thinking about hearts quite regularly! Of course, a heart you receive on Valentine’s Day is significantly different to the human heart…which I’m sure you were well aware of already!

Sunshine on a wintry day

Ah, the sounds of Buffalo in the winter! I can hear a snow plow nearby as one of my neighbors attempts to clean out their driveway after getting quite a bit of snow last night. The sun is shining though, which makes a huge difference to me. No matter how cold it is outside, the sun can do miraculous things in helping lift the chill, even just a bit.

EKG overload!

Hey everyone! It’s official! The spring semester has begun (as if you weren’t aware of that already).

I was waiting to write my weekly blog until I attended my first class, which was last night. Can I admit something? I was totally not mentally prepared for this first class! For some reason, I still have this idea in my mind that every first class is a cake walk. I’m so used to just getting the semester syllabus, sometimes having to introduce myself/do a class “ice breaker”, etc. Well, it didn’t take long for me to remember that ‘Hey! I’m in grad school’ and that means things are a little different.

Welcome back!

Hey everyone! Welcome back and Happy 2010! I hope everyone had a great holiday break. Christmas for me was exhausting, especially with a toddler at home, but good none-the-less. I think any student would agree that the kind of exhaustion you feel after the holidays is a welcome change to how one feels after a semester of graduate school is over! Aside from the expected holiday madness, my Christmas break was really relaxing and I feel ready to start another semester.

Neo in B-LO

Keanu Reeves in Buffalo (Courtesy of The Buffalo News)
In case you haven’t heard, Keanu Reeves and his film crew have taken over Downtown Buffalo over the past few days.

I know what you’re thinking…”Whoa”.

Finishing up

Julianne

Hey everyone. I’m sitting here wondering exactly what I’m going to do with my time now that the semester is finished. OK, so that’s not entirely true. With Christmas coming in a few weeks, there are a lot of things I could be doing. Anything school related, however, can go on the back burner for now. It’s a unique feeling, isn’t it? For a couple weeks before the end of the semester, all of your time and energy is spent doing project, papers, or studying. Stress, along with end of the term assignments, keeps building up and then all of a sudden…you’re done! In an instant, school-related stress is gone.

Turkey Trottin!

So this past Thanksgiving I was one of the 12,000 people running the Turkey Trot in downtown Buffalo.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the event, here's a quick overview.  This year marked the 114th Turkey Trot for Buffalo.  It is the longest consecutive...

“Life moves pretty fast.”

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to be writing my first blog!  I guess I should start out by telling you a little bit about myself.  This past fall, I started the Health and Human Performance graduate program here at Canisius.  Although I was very familiar with the...