Benitez-Beat Writers: The Pulse of UCLA Club Sports

Look around you. Our campus is filled with incredibly hard working students, staff, faculty, and world-class athletes. If you’re lucky, you may even spot an Olympian or two causally sitting in one of your lecture halls, or a MacArthur Fellow teaching one of your classes. My point is this: UCLA’s hyper-competitive nature gives it its …

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Answers to your Food Week questions on food, health, and climate

In fall, the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative hosted a Food Day panel discussion with three experts to help us better understand the environmental footprint of our food—our “foodprint.” We followed up with the panelists to answer some outstanding questions from our audience. Meet the experts: Dr. Jennifer (Jenny) Jay, PhD - Professor, UCLA Institute of …

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The Current Hottest Beverage Trend: Kombucha

  Kombucha is one of the hottest health beverage trends today, despite having been around for centuries. Its first recorded use was in China 221BC during the Tsin Dynasty. So what’s the big deal? Let’s first take a step back and discover what kombucha actually is. Kombucha is a fermented tea which tastes like a …

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The Many Benefits of Knitting

When we hear the word “knitting”, many of us think of sweet-looking, elderly grandmothers. However, this connotation does not do the hobby justice. Research conducted on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Knitting reveals that its benefits for mental health are remarkable. Gone are the days where knitting needles and copious amounts of yarn are the instruments of secluded …

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Celebrating the Healthy Campus Initiative: Looking back and looking forward

UCLA is excitingly marking the fifth year of the presence of the Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) on its campus. The initiative was officially launched by Chancellor Gene Block in January 2013, thanks to the vision, funding, support, and participation of philanthropists Jane and Terry Semel. In honor of this milestone, let’s take a look back …

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