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Talking about Mental Health

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

More than one in four adults over 18 years of age in the U.S. suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml). Individuals struggling with mental illnesses often feel stigmatized or too embarrassed to share their personal struggles with friends or family members.

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Nutritious and Delicious—Alternatives to Easter Candy

Monday, March 25, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

Easter is right around the corner, which means it is time for Easter Basket creation. Children love receiving Easter Baskets, and many families celebrate it as a tradition for Easter morning. Easter treats can still be enjoyed, but try to look beyond the stocked shelves of Peeps and Chocolate Bunnies this year and consider healthy alternatives to usual Easter candy. One Cadbury Solid Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny, a popular Easter treat, contains 890 calories, and 48.6 grams of fat!

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Tagged In: Alternative candy, Ann Steeves, chocolate, Easter, Healthy UNH, Nutrition, sugar

Hiking for Health

Friday, March 22, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

Physical activity does not necessarily require going to the gym.  Why spend time exercising indoors when you have the glorious wilderness to explore?! Hiking is a great workout—for the body and the mind. Even a couple miles is a great cardiovascular workout, especially if you’re carrying extra weight like a backpack with water or snacks. The serenity of nature allows your mind to be at ease as you trek the trail. The combination of aerobic activity and meditation provides a unique experience, unparalleled by other forms of physical activity.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, cardiovascular, challenge, Fitness, fresh air, Grand Canyon, Healthy UNH, Hiking, Outdoors, Spring Break, UNH Outdoor Adventures

2013 UNH Kick Butts Day!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

On Wednesday, March 20th 2013, UNH will be celebrating National Kick Butts day! It’s time to kick those smoking habits to the curb!  This day of activism was created to help stop the use of tobacco by youth and college students.   There will be close to 1000 programs taking place throughout the country, and UNH will be a great contributor!

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Tagged In: habits, Health, healthy lifestyle, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, Kick Butts Day, March 20, petition, S.A.F.E., smoke-free, Substance Awareness, tobacco-free, Wellness

Feeling Under the Weather?

Monday, March 18, 2013
By: Haeley Stewart

We've all heard that this year is one of the worst years for the flu. Everywhere you go there is someone sniffling, someone with a fever and someone who is so sick they can't even make it out of bed. Being a student means having the flu can be a death sentence, because having the flu results in missed classes, piling homework and not so happy professors. It doesn't help things much since it is so easy to catch the flu on a college campus due to close living conditions and huge class sizes.

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Tagged In: flu, Haeley, Healthy UNH, UNH Health Services

The Key to Vitamin D

Friday, March 15, 2013
By: Gabby Chesney

Over the years Vitamin D has not been one of the most commonly talked about vitamins. Despite not being a frequent topic of discussion among the general public, Vitamin D plays a critical role in health. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Vitamin D has many health benefits. One of the main roles Vitamin D plays is aiding in calcium absorption and bone health. Without adequate Vitamin D a person runs the risk of developing weak and misshapen bones or even Osteoporosis.

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Tagged In: bone health, calcium, calcium absorption, cancer, diabetes, eggs, Gabby Chesney, Healthy UNH, heart disease, hypertension, Nutrition, osteoporosis, Outdoors, salmon, tuna, Vitamin D

The Melting Pot of English Cuisine

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
By: Courtney Eaton

Regent’s College has a variety of meals each day and I thought it was because they are trying to cater to the different cultures here at the school, but this is not the case. English cuisine  is similar to American cuisine in that it is a mix of different cultures. In the morning, there is a combination of a full English breakfast, French croissants and pain au chocolat (a chocolate-filled croissant), and some granola and yogurt.

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Tagged In: Courtney Eaton, England, Healthy UNH, London, Nutrition

Is Obama’s Health Care Law Creating a Doctor Shortage?

Monday, March 11, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by the time we reach 2015, we are going to be short 62,900 primary care physicians in the United States. They expect this number to be almost doubled by the time we reach 2025. A primary care physician is the first person a patient will seek if they are ill. Today, people are bypassing this, and going directly to emergency care. Many times, people are admitting themselves to the emergency room when in reality; they really do not need to be there. Why?

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Zumba- the most fun you can have at the gym!

Friday, March 8, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

Like to dance? Looking to get in shape or change up your cardio workout? Ever heard of Zumba? Zumba is an energetic dance class where participants are able to let loose and have fun!  I took a Zumba class a few days ago after a two-year hiatus of zumba-ing and I honestly forgot how much fun it was! The dance moves are relatively simple but fast paced to get your heartbeat going. Most of the music is top-40’s hits that you can sing along to if you want to make the most of the experience. It’s a one-hour class of dancing to the beat in a room of 30+ people doing the same thing.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, dance, Fitness, Hamel rec center, Healthy UNH, whittemore, Zumba, zumba classes

March, It’s National Nutrition Month!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

March is National Nutrition Month! 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of this campaign, hosted by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. The theme for 2013 is, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day!”  National Nutrition Month urges people to understand that food choices are based on their health concerns, their food preferences, their lifestyle, their culture and their traditions. The campaign is spreading the message to choose healthy food choices, personalized specifically to you.

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Tagged In: food choices, Health, healthy food, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, moderation, My Plate, National Nutrition Month, USDA, Wildcat Plate
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