By Scott Horsley of NPR

April 24, 2012

President Obama wrapped up a two-day tour of three major public universities on Wednesday. The final stop was at the University of Iowa, where students have a high rate of student loan debt.


From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I’m Robert Siegel.

President Obama wrapped up a three-state tour of college campuses this afternoon with a speech at the University of Iowa. He’s been urging students to use Twitter and Facebook to pressure Congress to maintain low interest rates on college loans. Today, Mr. Obama heard from students who could be personally affected if rates double this summer as scheduled. NPR’s Scott Horsley has the story.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: President Obama met privately with five University of Iowa students who told him about their own struggles in paying for school. Senior Marissa Boles says subsidized loans made it possible for her to go to college, even after her father lost his job at a shuttered Maytag plant.

Later, Mr. Obama told a crowd at the University Field House everyone should have that same opportunity.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We can’t price out folks who are trying to make sure that they not only succeed for themselves but help the country succeed.

HORSLEY: The Democratic-controlled Senate is considering a bill to keep interest rates where they are, but Mr. Obama says its fate in the GOP House is uncertain. He urged students to launch a 21st century lobbying campaign to keep the pressure on lawmakers.

OBAMA: Call them, email them, write on their Facebook page, tweet.


OBAMA: We’ve got a hashtag: Don’t Double My Rate.


OBAMA: Don’t Double My Rate.

HORSLEY: The president’s three college visits this week are part of a coordinated effort aimed at young voters, who are generally supportive of Mr. Obama, but less so than they were four years ago. Last night, he appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s late night TV program, where he answered questions that mostly youthful viewers had sent in via Twitter.

JIMMY FALLON: Due to economic pressures, influence on voters could likely see a dot, dot, dot – ah, forget it. Are you going to legalize weed or what?


HORSLEY: The president’s youth campaign does not go that far. Mr. Obama stressed the federal government won’t be legalizing marijuana any time soon. Scott Horsley, NPR News, Iowa City.

LLOYD BISHOP/NBC – Jimmy Fallon hosts President Obama on late-night show.

By Lisa de Moraes of the Washington Post

Based on early projections, it appears that about 2 million people watched Jimmy Fallon and President Obama slow-jam the news on Fallon’s NBC late-night show.It was Obama’s first appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” The show traveled to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the broadcast Tuesday night.

Pulitzer Prize winner, Peabody recipient, Medal of Freedom honoree — Lisa de Moraes is none of these, but she is an authority on the bad direction, over-acting, and muddled plot lines being played out in the TV industry’s executive suites.During an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" filmed on the campus of the University of North Carolina, President Barack Obama talked about his relationship with Mitt Romney. Obama also helped with a skit called 'Slow Jam The News'.

During an appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” filmed on the campus of the University of North Carolina, President Barack Obama talked about his relationship with Mitt Romney. Obama also helped with a skit called ‘Slow Jam The News’.

The episode clocked the show’s best numbers in two years in household ratings in the country’s “metered markets” (of which Washington is one), NBC boasted Wednesday morning.It bested the show’s Tuesday season average by about 30 percent and did even better than that among the 18-to-49-year-old viewers who are the currency of broadcast TV, though they’re only a slice of the 18-to-dead audience — the currency of Obama’s reelection bid.

If these local-market averages translate nationally the way “Late Night” does typically, Obama’s visit would wind up with roughly 2 million viewers.

That number could change, what with a POTUS appearance maybe skewing toward those major markets that are “metered” — or toward older viewers (who tend to be more interested in political programming). Nielsen won’t actually put out final numbers on Obama’s slow-jam of the news until a week from Thursday.

“You guys might have seen this in the news, but President Obama has asked Congress to stop the interest rate on Stafford student loans from going up this summer,” Fallon told an adoring college crowd toward the top of the Obama episode.

“I was going to make a joke about this news, but I don’t think it needs a joke. . . . That’s right, I want to slow-jam the news. And I’m not the only one!”

The curtain opened. Out walked Obama.

“I’m President Barack Obama. And I, too, want to slow-jam the news!” said Obama as the audience roared its approval. Backed by the show’s band, the Roots, they broke into the routine:

OBAMA: On July 1st of this year, the interest rates on Stafford student loans, the same loans that many of you use to help pay for college, are set to double. . . . I’ve called on Congress to prevent this from happening. What we’ve said is simple: Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people.

FALLON: Aww yeah! You should listen to the president — or, as I like to call him, the Preezy of the United Steezy. . . . Things are heating up inside of Congress’s chambers, behind all those closed doors. So the president made a few discreet calls across the aisle. He said: “Hey, let’s get together on this one.” . . .

(“If Congress doesn’t act, it’s the students who pay. The right and left should join on this, like Kim and Kanye,” sang the Roots singer Tariq Trotter, a.k.a. Black Thought.)

OBAMA: Now there’s some in Congress who disagree. They say keeping the interest rate low isn’t the way to help our students. They say we should be doing everything we can to pay down the national debt. Well, so long as it doesn’t include taxing billionaires. But their position is that students just have to make this rate increase work. Frankly, I don’t buy it.

FALLON: Mmm-mmm-mmm! The Barackness Monster ain’t buying it. We all know our legislative bodies in the House, tossing and turning late into the night, but still Republicans disagree and could even filibuster. But, if they do, the president said, they’re gonna feel it, buster.(“The GOP is steady saying, ‘No, no, no!’ They should find something new to do, like Tim Tebow,” Trotter sang.)

Pulitzer Prize winner, Peabody recipient, Medal of Freedom honoree — Lisa de Moraes is none of these, but she is an authority on the bad direction, over-acting, and muddled plot lines being played out in the TV industry’s executive suites.

During an appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” filmed on the campus of the University of North Carolina, President Barack Obama talked about his relationship with Mitt Romney. Obama also helped with a skit called ‘Slow Jam The News’.

After finishing the bit and a commercial break, Fallon, who’d been giddy since Obama first walked onstage, began to “interview” him. And by “interview,” we mean Fallon suggested that Obama deliberately fall while getting off Air Force One because it would be really funny — like the time President George W. Bush choked on the pretzel. Obama said he didn’t find it funny.Then they spoke a few minutes about the handful of Secret Service “knuckleheads” with the hookers in Cartagena, Colombia — setting off a tsunami of “knucklehead” blog posts and tweets by The Reporters Who Cover Obama.

Fallon said he really likes Obama’s house. “It’s a rental,” Obama replied. Fallon giggled.

Finally, Fallon began pitching Twitter questions to Obama.

@BoboBrian asked Obama whether he was “going to legalize weed or what?” Then Fallon wondered how Obama’s doing with the whole “stop smoking” thing. The host then tried to use that to segue into some gag about Colombia and the Secret Service scandal and nicotine patches but made a botch of it with all the giggling and gushing.

We’ve seen tween girls more poised around Justin Bieber.

Couric’s Yahoo series

On the heels of Katie Couric’s much-ballyhooed guest-anchoring of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” ABC News announced Wednesday that she will host a weekly digital video series from ABC News and Yahoo — which will be featured on a dedicated page on Yahoo.

In each episode of “Katie’s Take,” the ABC News special correspondent will provide her own “fun and unique” perspective on the subjects of health, nutrition, parenting and “wellness.” Look for exciting episodes that examine the myth of “healthy” snacks, the dangers of over-parenting, the correlation between menopause and sleeplessness, and special segments on fitness and finance, ABC News said.

“I am happy to have found a place in the digital world where I can cut through fads and trends,” Couric said in the announcement.

“Poland Spring, along with our other regional 100% natural spring water brands — Arrowhead®, Deer Park®, Ice Mountain®, Ozarka®, and Zephyrhills® — are born better,” added Poland Spring Brand Manager Sarah Linden. Poland Spring Natural Spring Water is the series’ exclusive launch partner.

Last summer, Couric signed a deal with ABC parent Disney to host a new syndicated daytime TV show that launches in September. That contract also puts her to work for ABC News — hence the much-covered “GMA” guest gig while Robin Roberts vacationed.



Getting sick in college is no fun. Anything that is touched such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, faucets, keyboards etc. can get a college student sick. The following tips and advice will help students avoid getting sick in college.


Colds and the flu spread like wildfires in college dorms because of the confined space many college students must share. Since students are sharing rooms and bathrooms, colds and sicknesses can be transferred very easily.

Why students get sick in college

With most colds and sicknesses, people who are infected don’t show signs of the cold right away, so college students who seem fine and healthy, may have already caught a cold or sickness, and can pass it onto other students. This makes every person a student comes into contact with a suspect that needs to be avoided.


To avoid getting sick in college, a student must avoid (to the best of their ability) exposing themselves to high risk areas.

  • Get a flu shot – the flu is no fun and can put you out of commission for several days. Getting a flu shot every year is the best way to avoid dealing with the flu.
  • Wear gloves as much as possible – wearing gloves will help students from directly touching surfaces that could potentially contain a virus or cold.
  • Use Lysol disinfectant on everything – if you or your roommate is sick, you should spray Lysol (or some generic brand) disinfectant on everything one would touch, this will help kill germs that could get you sick at college
  • Don’t share cups or glasses – you never know if someone just got sick, so if you play beer pong, set up brand new cups, and dont share drinks with friends during the cold/flu season.
  • Try not to hook up with too many people – every person you hook up with is multiplying your chances of getting sick. Try to limit yourself until the cold season is over.

Following these simple tips can help cut down on a student’s chances of getting sick in college. Good Luck!

Maybe you keep your dorm room cleaner than your room at home. Or maybe not. But chances are that your dorm room and the entire dormitory that you reside in are cesspools for infections and supplies

In order to stay healthy in college this year, follow these five key hygiene practices:

1) Kitchen Appliances: It is very convenient to have a microwave and mini fridge in your dorm. But these appliances are also vulnerable to bacteria growth which can send you or your roomie to the studentmedical center. Once a week, clean your microwave, mini fridge and/or hot-pot with kitchen soap and warm water. Also, get in the habit of tossing out leftovers within 24 hours and definitely do not leave opened containers around the dorm room or else you run the risk of opening up your living quarters to pests like rodents, cockroaches and other fun creatures.

2) Showers: Since you’ll likely be sharing a shower with 20 or so other students, it is a wise idea toinvest a few dollars in a pair of shower shoes. Fungi that cause athlete’s foots and plantar warts live on bare surfaces like the floor of the shower, so protect yourself and your fellow dorm-mates and slip on a pair of shoes before sudsing up.

3.) Cosmetics: As tempting as it may be to test out your roomie’s new lip gloss or mascara, do refrain from sharing make-up and save yourself the risk of developing a cold sore or pinkeye.

4.) Hand-washing: You’ve heard your mom tell you this every day of your pre-college life, but there is great reason to heed her request. Most germs are passed from common encounters like shaking someone’s hand, touching a door knob, handling money and countless other actions that we engage in numerous times over the course of a single day. Protect yourself by washing your hands with soap and water every time you return home from class, before each meal, after each bathroom break and following a workout session.

5.) Bed Linens: Even though you no longer have mom around to do your laundry every week, it is so important to wash your bed sheets, pillows and comforters regularly. Bed mites, also called dust mites, are a common allergen that love the dark environment of your mattress. Prevent the allergies and rashes that can come from a serious bed mite infestation and designate one day as laundry day and clean your bed linens in hot water with laundry detergent each week.

Working out doesn’t mean having to own a ton of equipment or pay for a fancy gym membership. In fact, there are many ways that college students can stay fit right in their own dorm rooms with very little equipment and just the power of their own bodies. Here are 100 exercises to work your whole body that you can do without ever leaving home.

General Ideas

These general tips will help you get in the fitness mindset.

  1. Watch free workout videosThere are loads of free workout videos to be had online, many of which you can do from the comfort of your own dorm room, so look around to get some free guidance.
  2. Clear a space for working out. To prevent any injuries, make sure you move any pointy or potentially dangerous objects out of your workout area before you begin.
  3. Get your own mats and equipmentTo get the most out of your workout and to ensure you stay comfortable, use a mat to work out on and consider getting some small weights so that you can increase the difficulty of your workout over time.
  4. Use other parts of the dorm as well. Often a lounge, stairwells and even the halls can be great places to work out as well, so take full advantage of your dorm space.
  5. Make it a routineGetting into the habit of working out rather than making it something that you do every once in a while will help your health and make it easier to stay on track.
  6. Dedicate time each day. A big part of establishing a routine is having a set time to work out. Whether you like to do this early, in between classes or while you’re watching your favorite shows is up to you.
  7. Schedule around roomies. Dorm rooms are small as it is, so adding working out into the mix can further crowd things. Try to work with your roomie so you work out when he or she isn’t there.
  8. Get a Wii. If you’ve got the bucks, you can use a Wii Fit to stay in shape in the dorms. When you’re not working out you can play fun games on it, just make sure it’s secure when you leave.
  9. Be inventive. Because dorm rooms are small and equipment is limited, you’ll need to be inventive to get the workout you need. Have some creativity and be willing to try new things and you may be handsomely rewarded.
  10. Have fun. Working out doesn’t have to be a chore. Whether you dance, do yoga or play a video game, make sure your workouts aren’t something you dread.
  11. Warm up. To avoid injuries when you’re working out, make sure you take the time to warm up and stretch out before beginning, even if you’re just doing a short workout.
  12. Mix up your workout. Doing the same thing all the time can be boring and make you lose interest in working out. Shake things up and try a new routine every once in awhile to keep things interesting.
  13. Use furniture and other items to help your workout. If you’ve got a desk or a chair, find a way to use it in your workout. You’ll save on equipment and have more workout space in your space.
  14. Do a circuit. Circuits can be a great way to work all the parts of your body you want to while making sure you push yourself hard enough to progress.


Get your heart pumping with these simple exercises.

  1. Jogging in placeIf you can’t go outside to jog you can at least get moving around in your dorm by running in place.
  2. Running up the stepsThose who live up a story or two in the dorms can work out by using the stairwells as their own personal gym. Just be careful not to stumble!
  3. Step aerobicsYou can use a variety of things as the “step” for this workout that will have your lower body burning in no time.
  4. GrapevinesWith a little room you can do this simple exercise that gets you moving around by crisscrossing your legs.
  5. Jumping jacksThis classic exercise will work your entire body and get your heart rate up at the same time. Better yet, it doesn’t take up a ton of space.
  6. KickboxingBasic jabs, crosses, uppercuts and roundhouses can have you breaking a sweat without leaving your room.
  7. DancingMake your workout fun by adding dance into the mix. Simply put on your favorite tunes and get moving.
  8. Jump ropeIf you don’t have room to use a real jump rope, miming the movements will give you much of the same effect.
  9. Stadium runEven if you don’t have a stadium on hand you can mimic this workout in your room by raising your knees higher to your chest while running in place.
  10. Cardio blastsDoing intense but short sets of cardio exercises can help boost your energy and give you the workout you need.

Arms and Chest

Work your upper body to stay toned and fit with these exercises.

  1. Push-upsThis easy exercise will give your arms and chest a good workout without requiring much extra space or any weight except your own.
  2. Tricep dips using a chairBegin this exercise by pulling up your desk chair, placing your hands on the edge of the seat with your back facing it. Then, simply bend at the elbows lowering your body towards the ground.
  3. Wall pushupFace the wall, place your hands next to one another and lean in. Then, push yourself away from the wall, similarly to how you would with the floor in a regular pushup.
  4. Tricep liftsThis movement can be done using just about anything. Sit on a chair, bend forward and lift the object backwards.
  5. Bicep curlUsing a weight or a heavy object you have around your room, curl your forearm towards your body so that your bicep gets some toning and strengthening.
  6. Chin upsIf you have a workout bar (you can buy portable versions) you can do this exercise anywhere. Follow the link to learn how to do it properly.
  7. Pull upsPull-ups differ from chin-ups in that the palms face away from the body using more back power.
  8. Staggered push upsTo do a staggered push-up, put one hand on a book and do a regular pushup, switching which side has the object after a few reps.
  9. One-armed pushupIf you want to take your push-ups to the next level, try doing them using only one arm, alternating so both sides get a workout.
  10. Arm circlesMake sure you have room before spreading out your arms to do these simple circles that can stretch and strengthen them.

Legs and Butt

Try these exercises to shape up your lower half.

  1. Squat jumpsYou won’t need any extras to do this exercise. Begin standing up, squat down and push yourself off to jump up going back into the squat position when you land.
  2. Forward lungesThe forward lunge asks you to stand up straight then extend one leg in front of you until the knee is at 90 degrees.
  3. Hip flexorStand up straight and raise alternating knees to do this basic workout.
  4. Calf raiseUse a textbook or the stairs as a platform for this exercise. Place your feet on the object so that just your toes are on and raise and lower yourself pushing off with your toes.
  5. Squats on tiptoesThis modification of squats can give you a little variation in your workout.
  6. Leg liftThis exercise has you kick backwards with your leg until your foot actually touches your butt.
  7. Stiff leg squats. Put your arms out in front of you for balance and squat down with one leg raised in the air slightly.
  8. Step upsThese exercises only require that you have something to step up on, alternating your legs as you go.
  9. Bridges. To do a bridge, you’ll lie on the floor with one leg over your knee. Push up on your remaining leg so that your gluteal muscles are engaged and then lower yourself back to the floor.
  10. Glute liftsThis exercise will have you rocking toned glutes in no time.
  11. Arabesque. In this exercise you’ll start standing straight, and end up extending one leg behind you while raising the same side’s arm in front of you over your head.
  12. Grand plie jump. Use this ballet move to get an explosive way to shape up your lower body.


Make sure the core of your body is strong with these exercises.

  1. Sit-upsA sit-up has you put your feet flat on the floor and pull yourself up all the way. It can help to use an object or get a friend to hold your feet while doing them.
  2. CrunchesA crunch differs from a sit-up in that you’ll only come up halfway. If you want, you can raise your legs in the air.
  3. PlankTo do the plank exercise you’ll get into a push-up position and hold yourself there for anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes.
  4. Side PlankSide planks twist you around so your obliques are doing the work.
  5. Crunches with twistThis movement has you do a crunch, but instead of coming straight up has you tilt your body slightly to the side instead.
  6. Chair knee liftsSit in your desk chair and pull your knees towards your body to do this simple but effective exercise.
  7. Ab tucksThis video will show you how to do an ab tuck with a balance ball–a very inexpensive piece of equipment. If you don’t have one, use another lighter object to do the movements.
  8. Hula hoopIf you’ve got some room to spread out, using a hula hoop can be one way to get your abs in shape.
  9. BicycleModify your crunches by touching your elbows to your opposite knee as you come up in this movement.
  10. Rock and Roll. Begin in a plank position with your forearms flat on the floor, then twist your body as far to one side as you can without moving your arms from the floor. Repeat in the other direction.

Back and Shoulders

Try these movements to work your back and shoulders.

  1. Back extensionTo do this exercise, you’ll lie down on the floor on your stomach with your arms flat at your sides. Slowly raise your torso up to a 45-degree angle using your lower back muscles. Lower yourself back to the floor and repeat.
  2. SwimmingYou don’t need a pool to go swimming, as this video demonstrates.
  3. Shoulder holdYou can use your own bath towel to do this exercise, putting one end under your foot and holding the other in your hand. Simply extend out your arm to the side until it extends as far as the towel will allow.
  4. Wall pushupWall pushups are an easy alternative to the traditional pushups, done in much the same manner as well, though hands must be closer together.
  5. ITYIn this exercise you’ll make the respective letters of the alphabet, starting out in an I position with arms down at sides and head tilted back. You’ll move your arms out until you look like a T, finally brining your arms over your head to form a Y.
  6. Shoulder PressUse water bottles to give this exercise a boost. Push the water bottles towards the ceiling with arms straight while standing upright.
  7. Rear delt flyUse a heavier item around your room to complete this exercise. Check out this video to see how to do it correctly.

General Strength Training

These great exercises will help you strengthen your entire body.

  1. Arm and leg extensions. With your hands and knees on the floor, extend an opposite hand and knee out, switching off as needed.
  2. Good Mornings. Hold a textbook and stand up straight with your arms over your head. Bend over at the waist until your upper body is parallel with the floor. Lift up and repeat.
  3. InchwormStarting in a push-up position, slowly move your feet towards your hands keeping your knees straight as far as you can comfortably. Then inch hands away from feet until you reach your original position.
  4. Military dropFor this exercise you’ll start standing up, squat down and fall into the push-up position by kicking your legs out, and then jump back up into the standing position.
  5. Flamingo reach and pressYou might look silly, but this move will pump up your core and lower body. Stand on one leg, and bend down pushing one leg out behind you while raising one arm out to the side touching the floor with the other. Stand up and switch legs as needed.
  6. Squat chop. Use this movement in this link to work your core, lower body and upper body.
  7. Lunge reach and twist. Lunges are a great way to work your entire body, as this exercise will show you.


Make sure you don’t get injured when working out by doing some of these stretchesbeforehand and afterwards.

  1. Triangle PoseThis yoga pose will help you stretch out your whole body. Simply stand with your feet apart on the floor, lean to one side raising one arm towards the ceiling.
  2. Torso TwistSit on the floor with one knee raised. Then, twist to one side using your elbow against your knee to keep you there.
  3. NeckThe neck stretches provided by this link will help to make sure you don’t injure this important part of the body.
  4. TricepsTo stretch out your tricep, lift one arm over behind your head and use the other arm to push it down.
  5. ShouldersUse these shoulder stretches to keep your shoulders limber and injury-free.
  6. Wrist and forearmYou can stretch out your wrists by holding your hand out in front of you and bending it forward or backward with your other hand.
  7. HamstringYou can stretch your hamstrings by lying on your back and raising your leg straight up as far as you can, pulling on it gently if you need to.
  8. QuadsStand on one leg and raise your bent leg behind you until you can grab it with your hand to stretch your quadriceps.
  9. Inner thighsIn this stretch, you’ll sit on the floor, putting your feet together bottom to bottom by bending your knees.
  10. Hurdler stretchThis well-known stretch will help you loosen up tight hamstrings.


If you want to reduce stress and focus your mind while working out, consider these basicyoga poses.

  1. Child’s poseThe Child’s Pose requires you to sit on the floor on your knees, slowly bending over your knees with your arms stretched out until your bend as far forward as you can.
  2. Upward and downward facing dogThe upward dog requires you to lie on your stomach on the floor, place your hands below your shoulders and curve your spine upwards until your head tilts slightly back. The downward dog starts on your knees, asking you to place your feet on the floor, pushing up until you are fully extended.
  3. Forward bendThis pose can get harder as your ability progresses. Simply stand straight up, bend at the waist and pull your face towards your knees bending as far as you can.
  4. Bow poseLie on your stomach to begin this pose, and reach your arms back and curl your legs up until you can grasp your ankles with your hands.
  5. Cobra poseStretch out your lower back with this pose that has you lie on your stomach, and push up with your arms until the top half of your body is raised slightly off of the floor.
  6. Crane poseThis is a fairly advanced pose, so you may struggle with it if you’re just starting yoga. You’ll begin in a squat on the floor, placing your hands in front of you on the floor. Slowly raise your body so that all your weight is balancing on those two hands. You can rest your weight on your elbows if that is easier.
  7. Bridge poseBegin by lying with your back on the floor, bringing your feet up so that they are flat on the floor. Push your butt up off of the floor and raise your hands over your head to complete.
  8. Plough poseUse a gentle push to raise your legs over your head so your feet touch the floor above where your head rests on the floor (if possible) then extend your arms over your head as well.
  9. Double leg raisesThis simple movement will help strengthen your core. Lie flat on your back and simply raise both of your legs up until they are pointing straight up.
  10. HeadstandMake sure you have room before attempting this pose. Place your elbows on the floor so that they support your head with arms crossed over. Arch up into a 45-degree angle with your feet on the floor. Walk your feet up towards your head until you feel balanced enough to raise them off of the floor. Use a partner if you need to.


Pilates requires little equipment and improves both flexibility and strength, making it a perfect fit for dorm life.

  1. Chest liftTo do the chest lift you’ll lie on your back with your knees bent, hands behind your head (much like you would to do a crunch) and very slowly raise your body up focusing on the abs–making sure you’re breathing.
  2. The hundredPerhaps one of the better known pilates exercises, this movement requires that you first lie flat on the floor, then raise your neck and legs up off of the floor. Once you are in this angled position pump your arms up and down at your sides while counting out ten breaths. Repeat until you get to a hundred.
  3. The roll upBegin by lying flat on the floor and extending your arms straight up towards the ceiling. Then curl your body up until your head touches your knees.
  4. One leg circleLie on the floor and bring one knee up to your chest. You will then raise your other leg and begin circling it clockwise, then counterclockwise. Repeat with the opposite leg.
  5. Open leg balanceOne of the tougher moves you’ll encounter, this position asks you to sit on the floor, grab your ankle and slowly raise your legs until they are off the floor in a “v” position. Hold and breathe.
  6. Side kicksTo do this movement, lie on your side and support your head with one arm then bring your leg up as far as you can towards the side of your body.
  7. Rolling ballBegin by balancing in a sitting position. Then, roll back onto your upper back until you reach your shoulders, then rolling back up into your sitting position.
  8. PlankGive your abs a killer workout with this basic move that asks you to simply hold yourself in a push-up position for a set amount of time.
  9. The SawSit on the floor with your legs in a “v” and your arms straight out to the sides. Then reach to touch each toe with the opposite hand concentrating on twisting at the waist.
  10. The MermaidIn this movement you’ll sit on the floor on your knees, shifting yourself to one side. Raise your arm over your head, reaching as far as you can towards the other side, eventually raising your body off of the floor until your other arm rests on the floor. Return to your original position and repeat on the other side.

Link  —  Posted: April 26, 2012 in HealthFix

It’s summer concert season ya’ll, and you know what that means…. the HBCUFix has a list of the hottest tours that you need to attend this summer!

Hip Hop Heads:

  • Unexpected Victory Tour: Raekwon, Maino, Action Bronson & Friends
  • Lil’ Kim
  • Iggy Azalea
  • The Weekend
  • Drake
  • Rakim
  • Meek Mill
  • Childish Gambino
  • J. Cole ft. Big K.R.I.T.
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Return of the R: DMX, Swizz Beats & Friends
  • Hot 97 Summer Jam
R&B/Neo-Soul Groovers
  • Beyonce
  • Elle Varner ft. Soul Sessions
  • Maya Azucena & Rachel Brown
  • PJ Morton, Dawn Richard & Aaron Camper
  • Anita Baker
  • Leela James
  • Ledisi ft. Eric Benet
  • Maxwell
Pop Addicts
  • LMFAO & Special Guests
  • Kelly Clarkson & The Fray
  • Santigold
  • Florence and the Machine
  • One Direction
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Jason Mraz

Tickets to all of these events can be purchased online at: or
PS. To get some tickets that you weren’t able to snag when they were on sale, go to! There is no such thing as “sold out” 😉
-By Jeanette B.

By Claire

People recently named Beyoncé The World’s Most Beautiful Woman of 2012:

The wife, mother, and music mogul covers the magazine’s special double “Most Beautiful” issue, on newsstands Friday April 27th.

In the exclusive interview, Beyonce says, “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.” She adds, “The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy…The word ‘love’ means something completely different now.”