With the semester now in full swing, school has taken over our brains. From keeping track of due dates to making sure you are in the right Zoom class, it’s all anyone can think about. That being said, it’s important to remember to take care of the organ that makes it all happen: your brain. September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center has some food for thought when it comes to preventing this disease.

About Alzheimer's

First, let’s talk about what Alzheimer’s Disease is. Alzheimer’s affects the brain and causes inflammation, plaque build-up, and increased cell death. The outward expression of AD can present itself in many ways, including changes in thinking, memory, and motor abilities, as well as in behavior and personality.

Food Fight!

Luckily, there are ways you can lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s through your diet! The KRNC has a whole blog dedicated to the “MIND” diet. The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet has been shown to slow down the process of cognitive decline by including foods that are known to be protective against this disease. The diet also warns against foods to limit and avoid, although dietitians say the MIND diet should be used as a guide to encourage the consumption of brain-boosting food groups. 


Here are the KRNC’s tips for MINDful eating:

  1. Be bold with berries (2 or more servings per week)
  2. Load up on leafy green vegetables (at least 1 serving per day)
  3. Focus on healthy fats (1 or more servings of seafood per week)
  4. Build your plate around grains and beans (3 or more servings of whole grains per day, 4 or more servings of beans per week)
  5. Limit meats and sweets

Recipe of the Month

Looking for new recipes? The KRNC has you covered with their recipes of the month! Check out this month’s savory salmon patties.

Welcome back Rams, we are so excited to have you back! Though this semester may look a little different than what we are used to, Campus Rec is committed to providing you a healthy, fun environment to RECreate in! That said, here’s how the Rec is currently operating:

New Normal

At CSU, Rams take care of Rams, and the Rec is no exception. This semester we are requiring all patrons to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose. Check-in is now touch-less, so remember to bring your RamCard to swipe in! We have sanitizing stations placed throughout the Rec and ask that you continue to wipe down equipment before and after use. We also have rearranged our equipment to accommodate social distancing guidelines and expect patrons to respect the 6-feet of distance. We have also lowered the total building capacity to 175 people (including Campus Rec staff). To see capacities for specific areas and a live building count check here.


Our doors are once again open, so the Rec is also requiring that you complete the daily symptom checker before entering the building. Our hours can be found here, and for any unexpected closures check out our socials, @csurec on Twitter and Instagram, as well as @csucampusrec on Facebook. Due to the current building capacity limits, The Rec is only open to students. Meaning there are no faculty/staff, spouse/partner, alumni, affiliate memberships, guests, day-passes, day memberships, or tours. Part-time students can still purchase a membership using a credit card or RamCard. Click here or more information on memberships. 

Locker Rooms

We want you all to stay healthy and feel comfortable working out at The Rec. Both Men’s, Women’s locker rooms as well as the All Gender changing rooms are available for changing and restroom use only (showers are unavailable). The lockers within the locker rooms aren’t up for grabs, but good news: the day-use lockers located outside of the locker rooms are available for use.

Program Areas

Each program is running a bit differently these days. Fitness classes will be taught outside the Rec and in the MAC gym when necessary. Remember to register online before attending your class! In-person sports clubs will be taking a backseat this semester due to the pandemic. Find out more about sports clubs here. But hold your horses, or should I say Rams, because select intramurals are still happening! Check out their website for more information. The aquatic center is closed for the foreseeable future, however  CPR classes are still available. 

Campus Rec has got your back during these weird times. We hope you can still find healthy ways to enjoy being active at The Rec. Together we can make it through these unique times. Welcome back and have a great semester!