June 30, 2014
Nutritionists and doctors have long emphasized the benefits of a low-fat diet, but not all fats are bad for your health! More than just the amount of fat, the types of fat that one consumes is what really matters. There are “good” fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids which play a crucial role in cognitive function, as well as normal growth and development. Omega-3 fats aid in the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory diseases and cancer. Research has also shown a recent... Read More
June 25, 2014
Let’s talk about IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, a group of symptoms that effect the large intestine. Approximately 20% of US adults have IBS. The symptoms of IBS can be rather uncomfortable such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation, and gassiness. Keep in mind, these symptoms could be caused by other factors, and not necessarily IBS. Fortunately, there are many things related to your diet that can help manage IBS that are also helpful to general health. Regardless of if you... Read More
June 18, 2014
Everyone knows that it is important for humans to consume water. Sometimes the health benefits of drinking water are over looked. Here is a how to guide to consuming more water and the science as to why water is an under rated super drink!
The human body is 60% made up of water. Water is excreted through the body in multiple ways: urine, stools, perspiration, and simply breathing. It is vital for the body to replenish water loss otherwise we become dehydrated. Dehydration is very dangerous and... Read More
May 30, 2014
Health and healthy are words you hear daily. Many people will think of “fitspiration” and thin men and woman as being the picture of health. I disagree with the notion that healthy is synonymous with being thin. Health should be individualized and encompass balance of mental and physical health.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary health is defined as “the condition of being well or free from disease.” Though I agree that being free of disease improves ones’ health I believe that there... Read More
May 21, 2014
Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness month? Mental Health America has named May Mental Health Awareness month and chose this year’s theme to be “Mind Your Health”. The goal of Mental Health America is to construct public acknowledgement of the importance of mental health on the body and towards overall health. It’s important to recognize how the body and mind interact with each other. Poor health on one can greatly affect the other.
On the Mental Health America website, there are... Read More
May 19, 2014
Making time to eat a healthy breakfast can often be put on the backburner. Work is important, but breakfast is just as important- in fact, it’s arguably the most important meal of the day!
What are the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast?
Breakfast gives you your first boost of energy that you will carry throughout the day and help overcome feelings of groggy-ness upon first waking up.
Breakfast can give you increased concentration and helps you retain and recall information more efficiently... Read More
May 16, 2014
Did you know that your chances of getting a foodborne illness this year are 1 in 6? When we eat and cook healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits and lean proteins we are indeed making the right choices by choosing foods that are beneficial to our health. But what’s also important is making sure that our food is handled, cooked and stored safely and properly!
With the increase in warm weather and tendency for bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses to quickly multiply and spread, be sure to... Read More
May 2, 2014
Did you know that in addition to the “Wildcat Plate” every UNH dining hall offers Guiding Stars to help pick the best food options for you?
Learn to read the stars and create a healthy plate! They help navigate you to make healthy food choices. Each star represents a certain nutritional value with one being designated as “good”, two as “better”, and three stars as “best”. If a food has no stars that means it does not meet the Guiding Star criteria, or it has not been rated yet.
An easy... Read More
April 23, 2014
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States, especially among young women.Iron is essential to making hemoglobin, a part of red blood cells that transports oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout our body.When our bodies do not receive enough iron, it becomes iron deficient and our red blood cells can no longer properly carry oxygen.Symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, pale skin, weakness, headache and dizziness.
Many people become iron... Read More
April 11, 2014
Happy National Public Health Week!This week, April 7-13th 2014, celebrates the advances and importance of public health.Each day of the week has a different theme related to public health which you can check out in more detail at nphw.org.Today's theme is Healthiest Nation in One Generation.
Did you know that for the first time in decades, the current generation isn't as healthy as the one prior to it?For generations in the past, health was constantly improving as... Read More