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Meditation for Mental Health

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

Do you often find yourself being anxious, stressed, or tense? Have you ever considered trying meditation to help you overcome these feelings?    Meditation has been shown to improve mental health, physical well being, and achieve an overall feeling of inner peace.  When taking part in meditation you will learn to let go of all thoughts and enter a state of consciousness.  This state can bring you the serenity and clarity you have been searching for.  This is a great way to clear your mind of crowded thoughts that are leading to your increasing stress levels.

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Tagged In: anxiety, cardiovascular, distress, Fatigue, Health, Healthy UNH, Meditation for Mental Health, Mental Health, mental wellness, pain, positive, Sleep, Stress, UNH Health Services

The Benefits of Dietary Supplements

Monday, June 24, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

Dietary Supplements have become a staple in many Americans diets today.  There are hundreds of different dietary supplements available on market shelves and it can be overwhelming trying to decipher which products are both safe and effective.  One important thing to note is that the FDA does not monitor the production and safety of supplements—that is the manufacturer’s job.  This is why it is extra important to make sure you are purchasing from a reliable source!

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Tagged In: chamomile, Coenzyme Q-10, Dietary Supplements, flax seed, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, Nutrition, Omega-3 Fish Oil, St. John’s Wort

Foods that Contain Toxic Ingredients

Friday, June 21, 2013
By: Haeley Stewart

Today "food" is comprised of so many different additives and chemicals in order to make it edible and appealing for a consumer to purchase and eat. Recently there has been a lot of controversy over which chemicals and substances are dangerous and how all of these additives can affect us down the line. I don't know about you, but having weird additives in my food that I don't know are safe or not kind of creeps me out. Luckily, nutrition professionals Mira and Jayson Calton, authors of Rich Food, Poor Food, came up with a grocery list to help you avoid toxic chemicals in your food!

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Tagged In: additives, food, Haeley Stewart, Healthy UNH, ingredients, Nutrition, toxic

The Delicious Italian Cuisine

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
By: Courtney Eaton

Two weeks ago I toured around different parts of Italy. Italy is obviously home to the most delicious food in the world, in my opinion. The cities are beautiful and so much fun, but the food is what sold me. This is no Olive Garden. Italian food is part of the Mediterranean diet so it is considered quite healthy, to the surprise of many. There are three major differences between genuine Italian cuisine and what Americans think is Italian.

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Tagged In: Courtney Eaton, Cuisine, gelato, Healthy UNH, Italian, Italy, Nutrition, overwieght

Study shows link between group singing and mental health

Monday, June 17, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

I’ve always loved to sing. I grew up in a musical family, where we were constantly performing for and with each other. There’s nothing I enjoy more than harmonizing with my siblings. There’s something special about singing in harmony with others—your personal responsibility to hold your own part, while acknowledging others and blending with their voices. It’s an awesome experience to produce a balanced oneness among different voices. It requires practice, patience, and motivation, but the end result is well worth it.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, anxiety, common goal, community singing, harmony, Healthy UNH, Mental Health, mental wellness, singing, social capital, wellbeing

Religion’s Impact on Peoples’ Diets

Friday, June 14, 2013
By: Courtney Eaton

I am taking a world religions class originally to simply fulfill my general education requirement, but I have come to realize that it is more important than I thought. It is especially crucial for those going into the nutrition field to study different religious dietary rules and practices in order to be successful in helping an individual reach their nutrition goals.  

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Tagged In: Courtney Eaton, Diet, Healthy UNH, Nutrition, Religion

Build a Better Breakfast

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
By: Gabby Chesney

Breakfast is one of my favorite parts of each morning. It’s the first meal of the day and there are so many delicious choices available. While I love eating an extravagant breakfast every now and then, I am always on the lookout for healthy breakfast options that taste good and will fuel me through the day. Breakfast is an important meal because not only does it get your metabolism moving, it also is what fuels you through a good portion of the day until lunch!

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Tagged In: Breakfast, eggs, Gabby Chesney, Healthy UNH, metabolism, Nutrition, nuts, oatmeal, Omega-3, seeds, UNH dining, Yogurt

Ways to Beat Anxiety

Monday, June 10, 2013
By: Haeley Stewart

Anxiety is defined as apprehension to an upcoming event and as college students, we have plenty of reasons for having anxiety. Anxiety can stem from an upcoming test, ten page paper, an overflowing to do list or even just finding a parking spot in order to make it to class on time. Symptoms to look for in determining if you suffer from everyday anxiety are things like increased heart rate, lack of concentration in school and work, having issues sleeping or just not being your normal self.

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Tagged In: anxiety, De-Clutter, Haeley Stewart, Healthy UNH, manage, Mental Health, mental wellness, Nutrition, play, Sleep

Are Generic Drugs Safe?

Friday, June 7, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

The day before I left for college after winter break, I stopped at Rite Aid to pick up a prescription that I had just been issued. I pulled up to the drive through window and gave the pharmacist my name and date of birth. The pharmacist then said the worst thing a young college student wants to hear, “Your total comes to $400; your insurance covered the rest.” That was more than I had in my bank account! I eventually researched a generic drug that only cost me $17. It worked exactly the same and was so much more affordable for my tight budget.

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Tagged In: brand name drugs, Cost, drug companies, FDA, generic drugs, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, safe drugs, Savings

Yoga and Mental Health

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

I’ve always loved stretching and meditating. I can attribute this practice to my mom, who teaches Hatha yoga. Growing up, stretching was a part of my daily life. If I were stressed, I would do some stretches and deep breathing to try to calm down. This practice has followed me to college and has helped me calm down many times when overwhelmed with academic and personal commitments. I usually have practiced on my own, but have recently started taking yoga classes downtown at Three Bridges Yoga .

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, anxiety, breathing, Depression, Healthy UNH, meditating, Mental Health, mental wellness, Physical Activity, Stress, stretching, Yoga
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