Friday, December 21, 2012
Middle and high school are notorious for being difficult. Changing bodies and expectations have been the inspiration for many books, movies and TV shows. These tough times of life have been stereotyped and turned humorous. Bullying in middle school and high school has been considered normal- almost a rite of passage in modern America.
However, in recent decades, the truth about bullying has been pulled forward into our social viewpoints. Bullying is not funny, and it is not okay. It affects everyone involved negatively. Most of this effort has been focused on elementary, middle school and high school bullying. However, what about college?
Bullying in college is a very real issue, though it is not necessarily called bullying. Terms such as hazing, harassment and stalking are used to describe some bullying in campus settings. Cyber bullying is a very prevalent issue recently. However, it doesn’t matter how it is termed- bullying in any setting isn’t okay. In fact, most of these types of harassment are illegal and can lead to police action.
If you feel like you are being bullied, be sure to tell someone you trust- although your parents may not be around, talk to a mentor or professor. They will be able to help you find the best way to deal with the situation. You should never be bullied without taking action- no one deserves such treatment.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Do people describe you as an over-achiever? Do you strive for perfection? Are your friends amazed by your organizational abilities and timeliness? These traits describe people with “Type A” personalities. People who exhibit type A personalities tend to be very well on top of things, but having this sort of personality actually raises your risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease later in life, as proven by research done a few years ago.
New research also shows that people with lots of stress in their lives and type A personalities also are at higher risk of stroke- double or even quadruple the risk of someone who is more easygoing.
It’s not all bad news for us Type A’s, though. Fortunately, as long as there is an outlet for stress such as exercise or meditation, the risk of these harmful events is greatly reduced. So grab those running shoes or your yoga mat and work that stress away.
Monday, December 17, 2012
With the warm weather and colorful leaves starting to dwindle it can only mean one thing…winter is coming! Not everyone shares the same enthusiasm about freezing temperatures, but when snow finally comes new outdoors activities are possible! Skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, and snowshoeing are just a couple. UNH is in a perfect location for winter sports because Durham is only 1 hour – 1.5 hours away to the closest ski mountain! College Woods and other UNH affiliated land, such as Kingman Farm, are great places to go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
Cross-country skiing is a low-impact total body activity, as well as, the ultimate cardio workout. Simultaneously having to push and pull muscles of all regions provides benefits that other aerobic exercise can’t. The UNH Ski & Board club provides transportation to Sunday River and Loon Mountain on designated Saturdays from January through early March. Join the club by signing up at the front desk of the Hamel Rec Center. Be sure to provide: your UNH ID, proof of medical insurance, complete health history form (available at desk), and a signed Code of Conduct form (available at desk). Members must pay $50 for the year. Don’t have your own equipment? Rentals are available at the Rec Center!
Ski passes for New England can be purchased for a variety of mountains. For the past several years, I have bought the pass to Sunday River, Loon, and Sugarloaf! All 3 of these mountains are fantastic for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. They all receive a good amount of snow throughout the season; fingers crossed we will get more snow this winter than last winter! Find a friend who can teach you and head north!
Friday, December 14, 2012
Almost everyone knows someone that acts like they are dying when they have a couch and a sore throat. Perhaps it is you that complains continuously about your runny nose. Have you noticed that these people tend to be sick more often or for longer periods of time?
A study was done in 1997 through 2001 by Dr. Sheldon Cohen and other students and professors from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburg to test the idea of disposition playing a role in illness. They wanted to know if it was true that those with a “negative emotional style” (NES) had a higher risk for contracting the cold virus than those with a “positive emotional style” (PES). The 334 subjects were given nasal shots of a rhinovirus for the common cold and observed in quarantine in separate rooms. After blood tests, they discovered that the individuals with a PES showed lower levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine which contribute to the lower risk for disease. They also exhibited less symptoms and more resistance to the virus. The NES individuals exhibited more symptoms and less resistance due to higher levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. So those people who always seem to be sick and miserable are probably sick because they are miserable. Next time you feel lousy busy yourself with things that make you happy. Take a walk in the woods or lay in the sun. Maybe you would rather just stay in and watch a funny movie with some friends. Feeling sorry for yourself will not make you feel better and it will annoy everyone around you. So make the best of it. Grin and bear it because it will help you recover faster!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Many people have the incorrect notion that you can’t find fresh vegetables and produce in the winter months that provide nutritious salads and other main dishes. Luckily, that idea could not be farther from the truth. In fact, many farmers are preparing right now for upcoming winter farmer’s markets in these next few months.
Some of the most nutritious vegetables are available during the winter and are varieties of leafy greens as well as many root vegetables. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, cauliflower, endive, kale, leeks and lettuce are just a few of the vegetables that can be harvested in the winter that will go great in a nutritious winter salad. Garlic, beans, beats, chicory, carrots, turnips, radishes and many others are also available in the winter months and have great nutritious value.
Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli and the like are especially abundant in the winter months and especially beneficial to your health. Nicknamed “Super-Veggies” cruciferous vegetables are extremely favorable to your health, and even have some cancer preventing properties according to The National Cancer Institute. Cruciferous vegetables are classified by their four-petaled flowers, which resemble a crucifer, or cross, hence the name “Cruciferous.” The veggies in this family of cross-like structures are your best bet on a nutritious choice – and they are extremely abundant in the winter months.
To find out where you can find winter produce near you visit Seacoast Eat Local to find your nearest farmers market.
Monday, December 10, 2012
It’s tough to stay in shape. As college students, we are committed to our education and clubs, and we want to spare some time for fun too. Even when we find the spare minutes to fit in some physical activity, it’s incredibly easy to come up with any excuse not to work out. It’s cold, it’s early, it’s raining, my knee hurts… Well, you know. The list goes on. But what if your workout was actually fun, and you were surrounded by your friends the whole time? That’s one reason why group fitness classes are superbly beneficial in helping busy people stay in shape.
Group fitness classes are generally held at gyms and led by well-trained professionals. They’re scheduled conveniently early in the morning, during the day or after dinner. Other benefits of group fitness classes include encouragement from friends, adherence to a routine (classes are generally at the same time each week), and the fact that you’re getting guidance and a well-rounded workout from a fitness professional. There’s no denying the good qualities of working out in a class. Check out all the classes available to you at the Hamel Rec Center for free as a UNH student. And even if you can’t make it to a group fitness class, exercising with a partner has many of the same benefits to making you more motivated!
Friday, December 7, 2012
It's officially finals time! We're at the last stretch of our semester, but for most of us, the hardest part of our semester. I don't know whose idea it was to make the hardest part of our year the part where we are all mentally exhausted, but we just need to man up and get it done.
With finals on the brain, I know it is hard to even think about anything but the upcoming finals looming over our heads, but it is crucial to be eating smart during finals to increase your brain function as much as possible. One of the most important things to do is make sure you are eating breakfast. We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal, blah blah... BUT IT REALLY IS! Make sure you are getting a mixture of fiber, protein, fruits and veggies during breakfast instead of a donut or muffin to make sure you are fully energized and ready to tackle that stack of note cards you need to make.
Is your stomach grumbling for a snack? Grab a banana or any fruit for that matter. Fruits are ranked one of the best foods you can eat for your brain. So forget the Ben and Jerry's or bag of chips and opt for a fruit instead. Maybe one of the most important tips, STAY HYDRATED! Water is obviously your best option, but I know that during finals the only thing people want to consume are Redbull's and coffee. If that is the route your taking, then just make sure you are taking in moderate amounts to reduce jitters and make sure you don't crash when you need to be studying the most. Happy end of the semester and good luck studying!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Everyone has heard of the dreaded "Freshman 15," however for me, it was more like the freshman 20. Coming to UNH as a freshman and having an unlimited dining plan made it super easy for me to eat WAY to much in our dining halls. Don't get me wrong, there are PLENTY of healthy choices to be made while eating on campus, but I just couldn't get over the delicious desert bar or the french fries that seemed to be there every single day. However, this year Healthy UNH and Dining Services collaborated to form the brand new Wildcat Plate. The Wildcats Plate is available in all three of our dining halls. The plate outlines how much of the five food groups (dairy, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and protein) should be eaten in one meal. These plates are really helpful because if you are someone who doesn't know what you should be eating, how much you should be eating or even just want to be healthier in general, you can use these plates as a guide while creating meals in the dining hall. One of the reasons I like it so much is because with the plate you don't even have to think about what to eat and what size portion to grab; all the hard work is done for you! Your only job is to stick within the guidelines outlined on the plate and enjoy your meal. Go try out one of these plates for yourself! Learn more about it here.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities! Today is dedicated to those who have both visible and non-visible disabilities. These students, no matter how severe the ailment, can have a hard time doing well on exams and completing work on time. This day is a great way to show them that they can achieve all they wish to achieve despite their disability. UNH’s Occupational Therapy Department, Health Services, Residential Life, Disability Services, the Education Department, the Center for Academic Resources and the Office of Affirmative Action and Equity all have sponsored an event today beginning 10:00am until 2:00pm. This event will be held in MUB room 330-332 and welcomes anyone to come in and try out different assistive devices and speak with service providers. The goal of today’s event is to educate people on the new devices and instructive methods available to help eliminate the barriers that those with disabilities face.
This event is hosted by the President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities. This organization is committed to promoting the “empowerment and inclusion of students, faculty and staff, and guests with disabilities at the University of New Hampshire.” The President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities believes that everyone that has a disability is an important aspect of our community. Each and every one of them adds value and diversity to our community.
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