MyPlate and SuperTracker

Hi, everyone! I’d like to talk about some great tools and resources to help you with your health and wellness goals. They are called MyPlate and SuperTracker, both created by the USDA to help Americans achieve a healthy lifestyle. What is MyPlate? “MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to…

New Dining Service Icons

Hello, MSU! Dining Services is proud to present new icons that will soon be on display, both online and in the T-Room. These icons were created to help our students identify food items that fit their dietary needs and their lifestyle. Be on the lookout! They will make your food selections easier. They are as…

Increase Your Energy by Eating!

With finals upon us and the daylight shortening, we can all admit that we feel our energy levels lagging a bit. Instead of drinking large amounts of coffee, energy drinks, or soda, try adjusting your eating habits to give yourself a more natural boost. Wean yourself off of the caffeinated beverages. Many of these drinks…

Study Workout

We have reached the daily grind of classes, homework, repeat. I am sure that the homework load is starting to pick up for you, and that means a lot of your time will be spent studying. If you are like me, I get antsy when I have to sit for prolonged periods of time. While…

Healthy Baking Substitutions

Perhaps it’s the crisp fall air, or the smell of pumpkin spice near every coffee shop, or maybe even the changing colors of nature, but something about this time of year really makes me want to start baking like Betty Crocker. It’s an inevitable urge that comes mid-October and lasts throughout the holidays, where I…

Candy Cravings

Halloween is creeping up on us again. When you go to the grocery store, everywhere you turn will be a stand of assorted candy…sold in bulk! If you’re like me, I develop a huge sweet tooth during this time of year that goes perfectly with the added emphasis on treats. Don’t deny yourself something sweet,…

Be Choosy in the Dining Halls

The Painted Plate would like to welcome new and returning students to Murray State! We are here to encourage healthy living to all Racers. Many students worry about options at the cafeterias on campus. MyPlate has created some tips to stay healthy in the dining halls: Know what you’re eating. Quite a few dishes from…

Make Summer 2014 Unforgettable!!

Summer is the best time of the year for college students. You are done with another challenging school year and are dying to jump in any kind of body of water. People start their summer jobs and don’t have the stress of classes bearing on their shoulders. Summer is underway, and we all want a…

On a Carb Fad!

Are carbs good or bad for you? People everywhere, for years, have been asking this same question. It seems like every year we hear something different about carbs. Especially when the “Low-carb” and “Carb-free” fad diets started becoming popular. People loved these diets, because they did lose weight fast, but their nutrition and health were…

Bikini Body Here I Come

           The new semester is under way, and spring break seems to be inching closer and closer. Now is the time that people begin to get crazy about working out and eating healthy, trying to ensure they get a “beach bod.” Other people are preparing for summer, getting a head start…

Relieve Your Stress by Eating!!

As we start off 2014 and a new semester, everyone is focused on making a good start to the year with classes, grades, their health, and their social lives. As we get into our routine, things will start to get busier, and we can start to get overwhelmed. There are different techniques people use in…

Curb Your Stuffing: Healthy Techniques for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the holiday season that everyone looks forward to all year. It is where you can sit around with your friends and family and enjoy some turkey and football. Thanksgiving is only once a year, so why not splurge? Gaining weight is expected during the holiday season. But Thanksgiving does not…