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December 31, 2008

Why Trivial Disputes Can Turn Ugly

Everyday, humans commit acts of aggression against each other, many times over the most trivial of circumstances -- a fender bender or misplaced food order for instance. But why are some more inclined to make a mountain out of a molehill? In a new study, University of Minnesota Carlson School assistant professor of marketing Vlad Griskevicius has discovered that it's all a state of mind.


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Posted by dswain at 11:32 AM

December 24, 2008

New Year's Resolution: Exercise your Mind

When it comes to resolutions for the New Year, most people hit the gym to work on their physical well-being. But the University of Minnesota's Compleat Scholars Program is offering a series of enrichment courses open to the public that stimulate mental well-being. Lara Roy, director of the program, explains.


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December 18, 2008

Staying Fit in the Cold

It's a fact -- when the temperature outside drops so do physical activity levels. But exercise experts are encouraging people to find ways to stay fit through the winter months. Beth Lewis, assistant professor in the U of M's School of Kinesiology, says the first thing to do is keep workout regimens consistent.


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December 11, 2008

U of M Study Makes a Case for Flu Shots

If you've ever gotten a flu shot you've probably wondered if it's really worth it. It very likely is, says Dr. Ed Ehlinger, director of the University of Minnesota Boynton Health Service, especially if you're in college. Ehlinger and his colleagues studied college students' behavior and whether or not they received a flu shot and made some interesting findings.


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December 4, 2008

Helping "Mom & Pop" Stay Competitive

There's an obvious difficulty for small-town businesses to compete with large retailers. But University of Minnesota Extension community economics educator Bruce Schwartau says a small city's main street businesses must work with each other and emphasize their online presence to remain competitive.


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Posted by dswain at 11:59 AM