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Catherine Levesque

Catherine Levesque
Catherine attending New York University as a Biology major. She aspires to be a pediatric oncologist, and is excited to see how pharmacogenetics revolutionizes the field of cancer treatment.

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10 Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2017 9:19:00 AM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Holiday Health & Wellness 6 min read time

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re anything like most people, you haven’t quite finished your gift shopping yet. Tired of giving presents that never get used? Struggling to come up with something unique for your significant other? Not sure what to buy that one friend who has everything? We’ve got you covered. Here are 10 health conscious gift options sure to suit anyone on your list this season.



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Surviving Finals Week: How to Stay Healthy During Finals - Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 14, 2017 10:53:47 AM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Diet & Eating, Healthy eating 4 min read time

We’re back, with 3 more tips to help college and graduate students stay healthy as you tackle final exams!

 

1) You Still Need Water In The Winter

When temperatures dip down below zero and the sun starts to set at 4:00 pm, you’re way less likely to drink all the water your body needs. But just because it isn’t hot out, doesn’t mean you can fall short on H2O consumption, especially during finals season. Dehydration can lead to symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and exhaustion - all of which can hinder your ability to study and test well. In fact, according to Mayo Clinic, “Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.” One trick is to place a full cup of water by your bed before you sleep, and to chug it as soon as you wake up. On top of that, be sure to keep a water bottle with you throughout the day and set a goal to refill it every few hours (setting a timer on your phone can help you remember!). 




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Surviving Finals Week: How to Stay Healthy During Finals - Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 12, 2017 12:31:10 PM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Diet & Eating, SNPs, Healthy eating 4 min read time

Unfortunately for us college kids and graduate students, we can’t quite get excited about the holiday season until we get through one dreadful thing, final exams. During this stressful time, it’s easy to start neglecting our health in favor of late nights in the library and excessive quantities of Red Bull. But let’s face it - we can’t perform to the best of our abilities when we put our health on the back burner. And after all, nobody wants to be 'that guy' coughing up a storm mid-test. Here’s a short list you can use guilt-free on your upcoming finals - a cheat-sheet to keep you feeling your best amidst the stress this month.

 



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3 Healthy Alternatives for Your Favorite Fall Foods and Drinks

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Healthy eating, Holiday Recipes 4 min read time

Now that we're "officially" in the holiday season, we find ourselves faced once again with many of our favorite foods. There seems to be a constant struggle between trying to be health-conscious and wanting to indulge in an entire box of apple-cider donuts. Luckily, you don’t have to compromise. Here are three Fall food ideas that are as healthy as they are delicious.



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The Benefits of Genetic Testing for Athletes

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2017 3:37:27 PM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Exercise, Genetic Testing 101 3 min read time

You’re a gym junkie, a Crossfit enthusiast, hot-yoga devotee

Fitness is an integral part of who you are, and whether it be in the weight room, on the track, or in the pool, you’re constantly striving to improve your performance.

Perhaps you’ve hit a plateau in your - a point in your athletic career when you’re doing all the “right” things, but don’t seem to be making any progress. Your goals are in sight, but just out of reach. How do you get there?

 

Whatever your goal, however ambitious, an AGS at home genetic test can help:

Success starts with the ultimate training schedule. You know you need to engage in both strength and endurance exercises for optimal fitness, but how much of each? Would you benefit more from going for another run, or by swapping a day of cardio for resistance training?



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