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Food For Thought

We’ve all been there. You’re hard at work in class, nose deep in a Dental Radiology textbook, and your stomach is dead set on drowning out the teacher with its growling. Working on your Dental Assisting diploma is hard work, and it’s easy to miss a meal or two during the rush. But instead of reaching for a quick candy bar or bag of chips to tide you over, why not consider packing one of our “brain food” snack suggestions below.

Greek Yogurt – Any food product that has that many commercials can’t be a good choice, right? Well, in this case, the snack lives up to the hype. Greek Yogurt is low in sugar but high in protein, which means it will keep you satisfied longer and you won’t have that sugar crash 30-minutes later. You also get the bonus of a huge variety of flavors to choose from.

Eggs – We suggest boiling before packing, but eggs are a brain power boosting super food like none other. Not only are eggs inexpensive, but you get the powerful mix of protein and choline, which boosts brain function and memory—two handy traits when you’re squeezing in all those study hours.

Its not only good, its good for you!

Combine these great ideas into a delicious and healthy breakfast!

Blueberries – Judge them not by their size—a healthy helping of blueberries has been found to prevent memory loss, and they can help increase learning capacity and motor skills. Blueberries are a natural choice if you’re a snacker—just keep a sandwich bag with you and grab a few when you’re feeling peckish.

Dark Chocolate – Okay, don’t go crazy on this one, but small amounts of dark chocolate can be helpful. Not only does it hit you with a little energy, but the snack causes your body to release mood-improving endorphins. Trust us, it’s a lot easier to remember the difference between a “Rad” and a “Rem” if you’re in a good mood.

Pumpkin Seeds – Not to be confused with “Pumpkin Spice” (the flavor that overtakes everything from coffee to ice cream every fall), Pumpkin Seeds are a light, crunchy snack that packs a healthy dose of zinc. And zinc packs a healthy dose of enhanced thinking and memory abilities.

Oatmeal – This one’s a little harder to pack with your textbooks, but eat a good-sized bowl of oats before heading to class and you’ll find you don’t need to pack a snack. Oatmeal provides a slow release of glucose (brain fuel), which keeps you sharp for several hours. And because it breaks down so slowly, it helps you feel full a lot longer.

Apples and Cheese – Okay, this snack isn’t a brain food, but it is considered to be a snack that helps promote healthy teeth, and we figure healthy teeth on a future Dental Assistant is pretty reassuring to all your future dental patients. The calcium in cheese helps strengthen tooth enamel, and the high water content of apples dilutes the fruit’s acids and sugars, plus it helps stimulate saliva which washes away food particles and adds an additional layer of protection against acid.

If you’ve come across any other great study snack ideas, we’d love to hear them! Share them in the comment section below this blog post, and be sure to check back for suggestions from other Unitek College students. Happy studying!

 

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Take a break and smell the roses

Whether you’re in class, learning in the field with your dental assisting externship, or building practical experience in the Unitek College Dental Assisting Lab, one thing is the same: you’re working hard. When you’re working towards a possible new career in the Dental Assisting field, it’s easy to get caught up in studies, projects, and exams, and there’s nothing at all wrong with working hard to meet your career goals. But it’s also important to take moments when possible to “rest your brain”, refuel, and refocus. Fortunately, if you’re studying at our Sacramento campus, you’ve got plenty of options. Here are a few ideas on how to spend your valuable down time.

Smell the Roses in MSmell the RosescKinley Park – Literally. McKinely Park is home to one of Sacramento’s famous rose gardens, a must-see if you’re the type of person who needs to get outdoors to clear your head. The rose garden features free admission and takes about 30-minutes to see start-to-finish. There’s also a jogging track, plenty of play areas for kids, and the park is dog-friendly if your furry roommate needs a break as well. We’re told April is a particularly nice time to visit.

Coast Along the American River Bicycle Trail – Considered one of the best bicycle trails in the country, the American River Bicycle Trail winds its way through the Sacramento area and is available only for non-motorized visitors… which is great news for students who enjoy biking without worrying about distracted drivers. It’s a quick way to forget that you’re in the middle of a city. Look for beautiful river views, quiet forests, and occasional wildlife… but if possible, avoid the trails around midday on the weekends. They can get crowded!

Shop in Old Sacramento – Nature not your thing? Check out the cobble-stone streets of Old Sacramento. There’s a little something for everyone, whether you like museums, food, or shopping (they have a great mix of old-timey shops plus a few modern boutiques). If you play your cards right, you’ll come back from your visit an expert on California Gold Rush history.

Catch a Movie – There are lots of ways to watch a movie, and Sacramento has all of them. Check out a concert or catch a classic movie at The Crest. Or combine entertainment with the great outdoors and see a blockbuster at the Sacramento 6 Drive In. Need a little more “oomph” in your films? The Esquire Imax Theater just got an upgrade (and we hear the new seats are very comfy).

Chow Down with a Food Tour – Foodies, we didn’t forget about you. And hey, who can study on an empty stomach? Check out the Local Roots Food Tours for a personalized tour of some of the best restaurants, cafe’s, and watering holes off the beaten path. Or satisfy the sweet tooth with a tour of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Whether you’re on your own, with kids, or with pets, the Unitek College Sacramento campus is surrounded by activities, attractions, food, and unique experiences. We all need a break from studies at one point or another, and our Dental Assisting students have a world of opportunities from which to choose. Don’t forget to let us know some of your favorites!

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Federal Student Aid Approval for Sacramento & Bay Area Received

Unitek College’s Sacramento campus has received Department of Education (DOE) approval to offer Federal Student Aid to students for all existing programs. This approval opens the door for more students to take advantage of training with fewer financial barriers that previously had left numerous prospective students unable to afford training.

Federal Student Aid loans and grants ensure accessibility, affordability and accountability in higher education. The financial aid options at Unitek College include:

  • Pell Grant
  • Federal Subsidized Loans
  • Federal Unsubsidized Loans
  • Parent Plus Loan

Unitek College’s DOE approval for Title IV Federal Student Aid funding for Sacramento and the Bay Area underscores that it has adhered to and met with stringent criteria that includes proof of financial responsibility, quality of curriculum, accreditation, and state authorization. To apply and qualify for Federal Student Aid funding, Unitek College went through a rigorous application process to meet and surpass all requirements and standards set by the DOE.

Expressing great enthusiasm and pride, Navraj Bawa, COO, Unitek College said, “One of our guiding principles is to provide an opportunity for all students to earn the skills and expertise to scale great heights in their nursing and allied healthcare careers. Obtaining Federal Financial Aid approval for our Sacramento and Bay Area campuses is a momentous occasion for us and the students who will be able to achieve and surpass their dreams of a better future through education.”

The Sacramento and Bay Area campuses offer in-demand healthcare training in Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN), Registered Nursing (RN), and an Online Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). Each of these campus locations feature modern classrooms and labs.

To learn more about Unitek College’s Federal financial aid options, prospective and current students can go online to the financial aid section of the Unitek College portal or speak with Financial Aid Representatives at 888-735-4355.

About Federal Student Aid: Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 covers the administration and management of the United States federal student financial aid programs. The goal of all Title IV programs is to better prepare students for employment and future learning.