October 1, 2015
Why Secondhand Smoke Could Be Harming Your Work Environment
It is a well-known fact that smoking is extremely harmful towards your health. It is one of the leading causes of preventable death in America. However, did you know that over time secondhand smoke could also lead to cancer and other health issues in non-smokers?
What is secondhand smoke?
Secondhand smoke is when a non-smoker breaths in the smoke from a cigarette, as well as the smoke breathed out by the smoker.
Why is secondhand smoke... Read More
September 29, 2015
HoCo Purchases New Equipment and Uses Local Food to Provide Healthier Options
With the new semester comes a newly renovated dining hall: Holloway Commons. While making these renovations, UNH considered its goals to create an environment that promotes nutritional, earth-friendly lifestyles as part of Menus of Change: the Business of Healthy, Sustainable, Delicious Food Choices. This includes:
focusing on natural foods;
using better agricultural methods; and
and serving food in smaller... Read More
September 24, 2015
UNH Employees, Do You Feel Stressed? Do You Feel Like You Need to Find New Ways to Cope?
The moment you feel yourself getting stressed, stop and think of ways to remove the negativity and initial discomfort. Even though nutrition and physical activity are two of the most important components of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, your mental wellness is just as important.
Sustaining a negative state of mind will put your health at risk.
According to the American Psychological Association,... Read More
September 22, 2015
Are You Unsure of The Cause of Your Stress? Do You Have Issues Dealing With Your Work and/or Personal Life?
If you feel you cannot handle what life throws at you, use the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) , a prepaid counseling service that can help you, your spouse and your dependents reduce stress and fix problems in your lives. The program has a network of unbiased counselors who can provide an unbiased point of view and help you brainstorm new, realistic options.
These professionals have... Read More
September 17, 2015
Tips For Adding More Physical Activity Into Busy Work Schedules
The older we get, the busier we get. The more we work, the more apt we are to feeling more tired and lazier at the end of a long work day.
Whether you’re an adjunct or full-time employee at UNH, you can’t let work interfere with including physical activity into your daily schedule. Physical activity is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention,... Read More
September 10, 2015
Healthy Eating Habits and Portion Size
After a relaxing summer vacation, it’s time for the kids to start the school year and ease back into your busy schedule. It might be tempting to order takeout from your favorite restaurant, but a better choice is getting the entire family involved in making a nutritious dinner. Teach your kids to pour and stir ingredients, wash potatoes, and peel vegetables. Cook old family recipes or create new meal options.
A home-cooked meal shows children healthy... Read More
September 8, 2015
The Beginning Of Any Semester Can Cause A Great Deal Of Stress, And In Order To Have A Successful Year, Mental Wellness Is Key
As a faculty member, you have a lot going on. You are busy with students, grading, and your personal life. It is easy to forget about your own mental wellness as an adult because life can so easily get in the way.
The question that I pose to you is: HOW DO YOU STAY STRESS FREE, AND WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
There are many things that you can do to reduce stress. It is... Read More
August 20, 2015
Are You an Employee Looking to Exercise? Well Look No Further UNH Has Got You Covered!
In 1988, UNH created the Employee Fitness Program (EFP). The EFP was established for faculty and staff that was interested in participating in exercise testing and training. The EFP provides real life laboratory situations for undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Kinesiology/Exercise sciences. The employees who choose to participate in this program go through a variety of testings such... Read More
August 19, 2015
Are You Eating Enough Fish?
Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week? Why? It is because the omega-3 fatty acids that are found in in fish can help reduce the risk of heart disease! This is especially beneficial towards people who have a high risk of cardiovascular disease. What exactly are omega-3 fatty acids? Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated fats that protect against the development of erratic cardiac rhythm disturbances,... Read More
August 13, 2015
Campus Wellness Promotion is Important For Healthy, Happy Students
While attending the University of Newcastle for a semester in Australia, I came across the University of Newcastle Healthy UoN plate. This plate gives guidance for a healthy meal very similarly to the Healthy UNH Wildcat Plates seen around UNH dining halls in Durham, NH. Half of the plate is designated for fruits and vegetables, one quarter is protein, and one quarter is grains. It is exciting to see similar advice and nutrition... Read More