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Obesity in children under five rises

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

April 2, 2018


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 It has been found that obesity has aroused in children under the age of five. After a study conducted by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research, it was found that one in three children are overweight before their fifth birthday. This is risky situation because if a child stays obese,...

Weight watchers offers 6 weeks free for teens

Weight watchers offers 6 weeks free for teens

Salma Gomez

April 2, 2018


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Weight watchers is offering free six-week memberships for teens between the age of 13 and 17 this summer.The requirements to join the program are to obtain a doctor's referral, to get parent/guardian signature, and to not be suffering from a chronic illness or under a long term medication. The compa...

Veganism: key to end world hunger

Cassidy Monson, Reporter

February 6, 2018


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  World hunger is obviously a huge problem; it’s an epidemic people have been working on ending for a long time. Many solutions have come up, and many pick away at the problem, but none have actually made a big enough difference to be considered successful.   According to the Food Aid Foundation, 7...

Starvation struggle: The need is real

Starvation struggle: The need is real

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

January 31, 2018


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Food insecurity is a daily problem that many people in the world are facing. Out of the 240 thousand people who are food insecure in Idaho, one in six children don’t know where their next meal will come from. As children are growing, their brain is developing as well, and without the right nutrition...

Pets: More than just a want Psychological benefits of owning a furry friend

Pets: More than just a want Psychological benefits of owning a furry friend

Nicolas Sloan, Reporter

January 4, 2018


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With Christmas right around the corner, many children all over the US dream of getting a new puppy or kitten for Christmas, and research shows that that could be a great idea. Countless studies have shown that pet-owners, compared to families or individuals without pets, show less signs of stress, high...

Students help animals at local shelter

Students help animals at local shelter

Tania Carrillo Malagon

December 14, 2017


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Approximately 100 Cats and dogs in Idaho Falls are without a home this Christmas. According to Gayle Contreras, who works at the Idaho Falls Animal Shelter, cats and dogs aren’t being spayed or neutered, and most of the time the animal owners can’t afford to have extra animals to take care of so...

Worldwide Cultural Celebrations

Worldwide Cultural Celebrations

Shay Harris, Reporter

November 15, 2017


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The celebration of Thanksgiving in different countries are quite different than what we do here in America. For example Norwegians refer to the holiday as Høsttakkefest, which directly translates to “Harvest Thanksgiving Feast.” However, the roots mostly reflect both religious and secular tradition...

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

November 13, 2017


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El Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2. Many think it is similar to Halloween, but it is a different holiday. It is a day to honor the dead and remember their life. The living use this holiday to connect with the dead. Famil...

Haunted Attractions

Shay Harris, Brittany Corona, Shelby Lee, and Cassidy Monson

October 24, 2017


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Ammon Cemetery The Ammon Cemetery has long been known as a spot for paranormal activity. One common tale of the cemetery that has circulated around is that a girl named Susan Marie Gulkstein climbs up a tree next to her grave and watches people visiting loved ones. The story is that the girl fatally d...

Loss of Sleep: How Bad Is It?

Loss of Sleep: How Bad Is It?

Marcos Resendiz, Reporter

September 27, 2017


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Sleep deprivation has been a problem for many students and many of them don’t know the impact it can have towards a lot of people. In the long term sleeping is an important part of life and lacking sleep can bring death closer to you than ever. Lack of sleep can cause oneself to not be as alert; even...

Your phone affects how well you sleep

Your phone affects how well you sleep

Emilio Lee

September 27, 2017


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Sleep. It is one of the most important things in order for our bodies to grow, regain energy, and function, along with breakfast being the most important meal of the day. But with today's day and age of advancements with technology, not many people seem to be worried that screens are affecting their bod...

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