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It’s a fact: every year, heart disease causes one in four deaths in the United States, making it the country’s leading killer.

But the good news is that heart disease can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices. February is American Heart Month and it’s a perfect time to focus on our hearts and see what steps we can take to live healthier. 

Ben Hunt, employee wellness coordinator at Missouri State University, shares the importance of wellness and exercise in protecting heart health.

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Under Governor Eric Greitens' proposed FY19 budget, public universities in Missouri would see a 10 percent decrease in funding.  Missouri State University President Clif Smart said that would mean a reduction of $8,668,000 for the university.  According to Smart, if that reduction is realized, MSU would be receiving $10 million less  than it received in 2001 when the university had 6000 fewer students.

On Feb. 16, 2018, Asian communities worldwide will welcome the Year of the Dog.

Based on the lunar calendar, the Lunar New Year celebration, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, falls on a different date each year, normally between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. Lasting for 15 days, it’s a time to gather with family and wish each other happiness and prosperity.

In Springfield, Missouri State University will host a lineup of events on campus Feb. 17-24 to mark the holiday. 

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Celebrations of black Americans’ culture, history and accomplishments are underway at Missouri State University.

Black History Month, traditionally celebrated during the month of February in the U.S., started with a Black History Month Kickoff event on Feb. 1 at Missouri State University.

Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director for MSU Multicultural Programs, said Black History month is focused on learning about and appreciating the contributions of African Americans that we may not have learned about in school.

Throughout history, the culture and contributions of African Americans have, too often, been neglected or overlooked. That’s why Black History Month, which takes place in the United States each year in February, is an important observance.

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