New online magazine helps young adults stay savvy about health and wellness

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Healthy pizza. College depression. Beauty tips from Miss Florida. These are a few of the topics covered in Student Body Magazine, a new online publication by college-age adults for their peers.  The new site, which launched last week, is a one-stop shop for information on how young adults can enhance their quality of life.

Developed by a team of 15 students at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, the digital magazine includes information on nutrition, fitness, sleep, mental health, beauty, holistic health, body image, sexual health, sports performance and much more.

Student Body Magazine is unique because it's the only website providing health and fitness content specifically targeted to a college-age population. The final product was indirectly modeled after popular health sites like Women's Health, Men's Health, Shape and Prevention. The site also offers unique multimedia features including fitness videos.

Doctoral student Nicki Karimipour and adjunct faculty member Tom Burton led a team of students in the Health Media Innovations course who developed the name, design and content for the site.

"I'm really proud of all of the work that Nicki, Tom and all of the students did to get the site up and going," said Ted Spiker, who initiated the idea when he became chair of the College's Journalism Department earlier this year.  "I think that when you look at the potential for growth – to really get good health content to this demographic – you can see that this is a platform that can be incredibly relevant and robust. Not only will it serve the audience well, but it will also be a great training lab for different genres and forms of storytelling for our students."

The magazine is available online at www.StudentBodyUF.com with updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

For more information contact Nicki Karimipour at nkarimipour@ufl.edu.

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