Spotlight On: Maureen Miller
Business Manager II
Year Started at UNH: 2001
What does health mean to you?: To be well in body, mind and spirit. To have a positive attitude. To be disciplined in terms of decisions about choices related to nutrition, being active, and how much sleep I get each night.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: I teach yoga to my co-workers at the Institute on Disability. (I work part time for the Institute and I own a yoga business as my ‘other’ job.)
How do you stay fit?: I practice yoga 3-5 times per week. I teach yoga 3 times per week. I walk almost every day.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: Shop at local farmers markets whenever possible – local food is best in terms of freshness and the least impact on the environment (reducing carbon footprint). Know what foods are best to purchase organic to reduce chemical intake. And when shopping at grocery stores stay toward the outside aisles. That is where we will find the freshest food. Minimize intake of packaged food and when purchasing packaged foods - read and understand the label/ingredients.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: I remember times when I did not feel well, and that motivates me to make better decisions.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: Yoga changed my life. Yoga is not just about postures. Yoga teaches us to balance our lives – on and off the mat. Yoga practices (meditation, breathing techniques, affirmations/mantras, postures) contribute to being aware of how we are care for ourselves and by noticing that, and taking ownership, we are invited to transform the way we think so that we move toward more consistent, positive choices contributing to overall health. I believe when we live that way – we can also inspire others to make the best choices for themselves.
Anything else you would like to add?: I think it is critical to have support from family and friends. Choosing to spend time with people who support your healthy lifestyle will increase the likelihood of consistent, permanent change.