October 18, 2010
Throughout the past three weeks I’ve been wearing a pedometer to count the number of steps I take on a given day. Being a fairly active person who walks to class rather than taking the bus and works as a server at a very busy restaurant in Newington, I assumed that I walked approximately two to four miles per day. What I found, however, absolutely astonished me. On school days, work days, and days where I both went to school and worked I walked approximately two to four, seven to twelve, and... Read More
October 15, 2010
I have a huge sweet tooth. Personally, the hardest part of living a healthy lifestyle for me is controlling my sugar intake. Many Americans struggle to live healthier lifestyles, but feel unsatisfied if they don’t have something sweet at the end of the day. While it is important to satisfy your cravings, many desserts are high in fat and empty calories. In order to find some desserts that I could indulge in, I went on a search for some sweet tasting treats that left me feeling satisfied without... Read More
October 11, 2010
Tests, quizzes, group projects, work, financial issues, social life, and fitting in the gym…..when does it all end? If any of these situations sounds familiar (which most of them probably do for every college student), then you have a great deal of stress factors. The unfortunate thing is that stress doesn’t end once you leave college, only the specific causes do. This may seem like negative news, but it doesn’t have to be. Stress is a normal part of everyday life. Your body actually needs some... Read More
October 8, 2010
For as long as I can remember I have always heard, “to lose weight- diet and exercise”, but a recent article written in TIME Magazine reports on some contraindicating news. Some of you may have heard the recent buzz surrounding exercise and weight loss, where researchers and weight loss gurus are claiming there is not always a positive correlation. Yes, exercise may not be helping you lose weight, it may in fact be causing you to gain weight!
We know that to lose weight you have to burn more... Read More
October 7, 2010
twenty years ago, Congress passed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act,
which required all packaged foods to display a detailed nutrition facts label.
This label was to include serving sizes, energy content, and ingredients.
Overtime, however, companies have come up with a variety of ways to “trick”
consumers with the writing they present on their packaged goods. Due to this
deception by food producers, the Center for Science in the Public Interest
wants to give the nutrition... Read More
October 6, 2010
With the cost of health care on the rise, many Americans struggle with finding the right health insurance plan that will give them the coverage they need without breaking the bank. Getting the type of health insurance that is right for you is important so that you can be covered whenever you need it. Before choosing a health care plan, some things that you want to compare are:
Premiums (how much the policyholder needs to pay for coverage)
Coverage/benefits (look at your history and what you use... Read More
October 1, 2010
As the temperatures start to drop out of the 70’s, many people begin to get into “winter” mode and forget about all the great things the fall has to offer, especially in New England. This season is a great time to take advantage of some outside physical activities. Around UNH, you can find some great running routes or take a stroll through college woods. All the leaves are beginning to change colors and a walk in college woods is not only great for your health, but maybe a nice stress... Read More
September 29, 2010
TIME Magazine wrote an article in which they announced 9 out of 10 Americans are eating too much salt. That’s 90 percent! While current guidelines recommend the average serving to be 2,300 mg, just a teaspoon, per day, the CDC conducted a study where they found only 19% were actually meeting the standard. The amount of sodium drops even more to 1,500 mg for those who are at risk for heart disease. Why so much salt? Well, you may be surprised to hear that 80% of our salt intake comes not from... Read More
September 27, 2010
When you go to the pharmacy, which prescription do you choose? Do you go for the brand-name pill that’s been around for years or the generic drug to save yourself a little money? What do you base your decision on? Do you ever wonder if the generics are as reliable as the brand-name drugs?
Public Citizen’s Health Research Group recently published an article discussing the myths and facts about generic drugs. The essence of the piece suggested that there were virtually no difference between... Read More
September 24, 2010
Procrastination is a defense mechanism that many people use to help cope with the stress of their daily life. Whether it is putting off a tedious reading assignment until later or waiting for your favorite TV show to end before taking out the trash, most Americans use some form of procrastination in their everyday lives. While some people view procrastinators as “lazy”, procrastinators generally want to accomplish their goals. Their problem is not that they never want to take out the trash or... Read More