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Rebecca Lastra

Sunday Fun-day

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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Rebecca Lastra
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

With spring break only a few weeks away, I have seen the gym with a constant influx of students, faculty, and staff in determination to get their beach body ready. However, there is one catch. I tend to see these die-hard, rock hard ab go-getters at the Hamel Recreation Center on Mondays through Saturdays. So where are they on Sunday, you may ask?

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The Real Power Behind a Nap

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Rebecca Lastra
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For many years of my life, I have been taught that taking a nap during the day would cause negative effects on my ability to fall asleep later in the evening.

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Ski Your Way to Fitness

Friday, February 3, 2012

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Rebecca Lastra
Friday, February 3, 2012

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to work out more and lead a healthier life? Are you bored of doing the same old workout everyday? Well luckily, the UNH Outdoor Adventure Club can help! On February 14th, they will be hosting a Moonlight Cross Country Ski event across Medums Pond. It only costs five dollars and it includes transportation and ski gear.

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Time is Money

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Rebecca Lastra
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Imagine being able to rake leaves or mowing lawns in exchange for a doctor’s visit. Well in Falmouth, Maine, there are thirty-three patients who do just that. An article published by NPR examines the structure behind True North’s system of “time dollars” and how patients can qualify for the program.

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Motivation at your Fingertips

Monday, December 5, 2011

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Rebecca Lastra
Monday, December 5, 2011

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In a recent post by Katrina Heisler, she discussed the different apps that are compatible with iPhones to help us stay motivated to hit the gym and how as little as text messaging could contribute to weight loss. Well another app to add to the list is "Nexercise".

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Beating the Nighttime Blues

Friday, November 18, 2011

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Rebecca Lastra
Friday, November 18, 2011

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With the constant stress of school, work, or other day-to-day events, a majority of people have a hard time shutting off their brain to get some shut eye. During finals week or feeling completely overwhelmed with other commitments, I find myself not receiving enough of sleep due my racing mind standing in the way.

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Benefits of Breakfast

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Rebecca Lastra
Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Breakfast is often coined as the most important meal of the day and should help jump-start your day. Research shows that people who consume cereal for breakfast are more likely to consume more produce and whole grains throughout the day. However, not all cereals are created equal and some can be loaded with unwanted sugar.

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Where can we go for health knowledge?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Healthy UNH
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Chocolate is the heart's best medicine? Dark not milk. Eat it everyday but don’t go overboard. Organic or not?

Sound familiar? These all too often restrictions we put on our chocolate consumption can get confusing. Some experts claim that certain types of chocolate can reduce our risk of heart disease but how much are we supposed to be eating? How can we be sure it won’t offset our fitness and diet regiment?

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Brand Name Frenzy

Friday, October 21, 2011

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Rebecca Lastra
Friday, October 21, 2011

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Throughout our lives, we have been trained that purchasing any product with a respectable name attached to it deems it more effective than any generic product. Primarily through media and word of mouth, we have defined that labeled brands are better products and they usually cost significantly more. Sometimes it is worth the extra couple of bucks, but other times it is completely irrelevant. One product that most Americans get hung up on, is if they should buy a generic or brand named drug.

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Coffee Confusion

Friday, October 7, 2011

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Rebecca Lastra
Friday, October 7, 2011

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Ever since I was young, I had the common assumption that “coffee stunts your growth” drilled into my head. As I got older, I watched my parents drink multiple cups of coffee before heading off to work and I eventually found myself relying on the drink either in the morning or pulling an all-nighter to study for an exam. With that being said, there has been a constant debate for decades if coffee is actually harmful to your health and Health Magazine tries to get to the bottom of it.

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