• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

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    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

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    Apple Valley, MN

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    Accounting and Finance

Enjoying the Rays and Your Health

Summer is all about being outside. Spending time on the lake, gardening, fishing, going to bonfires, and all of the other wonderful outdoor activities that go along with the warm weather are all absolutely necessary during the season. However, it is also true that during this time the sun’s rays are at their very strongest, meaning that the amount of uv radiation surging through the air is at its highest and most dangerous. From 11 to 2 or 3 in the afternoon is the peak time for sun exposure, meaning this time frame is also the most dangerous in terms of uv. Of course, none of us are going to stay inside just to stay away from the sun (that’s what we want more than anything!). So how can you protect yourself? Here are a few tips for playing in the sun this summer:

1. Wear sunscreen. You may say “duh,” but it is a step that most people fail to embrace. If you are worried about it blocking your skin from getting a tan, think again. Even by wearing a low spf sunscreen that will still enable the sun to give your skin a nice glow, you still are doing much more to protect your skin from uv. If you can, take it one step further and wear spf lip balm, as well. Not only will you be free from sun burn, but you will protect your skin from diseases associated with uv, such as melanoma.

2. Protect your head. If you are a guy, wear a hat when you go out fishing or are playing on the beach. For girls, wear a sunhat when going out shopping in outdoor stores or markets or when chatting on the beach. This provides a greater shielding of the sun from beating down directly on your head and also provides shade for the rest of your face.

3. Wear cover ups. For guys, this doesn’t necessarily apply quite as much. However, for the ladies, when you have had enough of the rays for the day, throw on a little sundress or light colored tee to cover your shoulders and back. This will protect you from further exposure and give your skin a break from tanning.

4. Avoid using tanning oils and lotions. Although these products may seem to benefit you by helping you gain tan and color, they are essentially “basting” you with oil and blocking sun rays directly on your body. Just like when you butter a chicken before baking, it burns your skin to a crisp and traps heat. Not the best thing for your skin, needless to say!

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