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A&E >  Movies

Water Cooler: Films to celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month

UPDATED: Mon., March 8, 2021

Most everyone knows that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up next week, but did you know that March is also Irish-American Heritage Month? The cultural celebration was first established in 1991 when it was designated by the U.S. Congress as a month-long tribute to Irish American culture and contributions.
News >  Health

Water Cooler: The inner workings of the body’s core

UPDATED: Mon., March 8, 2021

When somebody has a strong core, they have much more than just a six-pack. The body’s core refers to the entire midsection of the body, the front, back and sides included. It is made up of complex muscles which stabilize us and allow us to transfer force between extremities to perform functional movement. This is why a healthy core is much more than just well-developed abdominals, and deserves to be appreciated and cared for as a crucial component of overall physical health.
News >  Home

Water Cooler: Easy eco-friendly lifestyle changes

UPDATED: Thu., March 4, 2021

Eco-friendly is described as anything that is not harmful to that environment. Given that vague description, it can be hard to know where to start. Eco-friendly living has a bad reputation for seeming extreme, but you don’t have to unplug all your electronics, sell your car or swear off buying new clothes to live a more eco-friendly life. Here are some small things you can change in your day-to-day life that may benefit the environment, and might even save you some money and hassle.

A&E >  Food

Water Cooler: A beginner’s guide to risotto

UPDATED: Thu., March 4, 2021

Risotto is a hearty, versatile and budget-friendly dish. This Italian dish has many regional varieties, and professional and home cooks alike can easily put their own spin on it by adding different vegetables or seasonings. 
News >  Health

Water Cooler: General exercise may help reduce low back pain

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 27, 2021

It’s no secret that sitting for long periods of time on a regular basis can lead to lower back pain. Desk jobs, sedentary lifestyles or past injuries can all be contributing factors, but luckily there are a lot of ways you can help your back heal and strengthen. Here are a few things you can do from home to help out your lower back, but make sure to consult your doctor before taking on new physical activities.
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Water Cooler: Tips and resources for environmentally friendly living

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 25, 2021

Starting a journey toward being more environmentally friendly can be daunting. The extra work and thought that goes into reducing environmental impact can be frustrating, especially when it seems your efforts hardly make a dent. If you’re interested in making lifestyle changes for the better of the planet, here are a few tips for small changes you can make at your own pace and some products and resources that can make things a bit simpler.
News >  Family

Water Cooler: Explore space with YouTube

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

Space has captured the imagination of humans throughout history. Even today, with all our developments here on Earth, space still holds endless mysteries. If you love to dream about space, and maybe need a bit of fun, escapist learning, then head over to YouTube.