November 15, 2013
With the costs of health care increasing in all aspects, it is important to understand the difference between emergency rooms and urgent care centers. If you find yourself in an emergency situation, don't hesitate to go to the emergency department of a hospital but if you have a less threatening condition, consider an urgent care facility.
Emergency rooms are extremely expensive not only due to the procedures, services, and equipment offered there, but also because much of the care they deliver... Read More
November 14, 2013
Former Graduate Student
Recreation Management and Policy
What does health mean to you?: Health includes both physical and mental health. To me, physical health means a strong immune system which means not being sick often and a standard weight based on your height. Mental health means the ability to deal with pressure and keep optimistic.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: I like to work out more actively. So I choose to go to the Hamel Rec on our campus at least three times a week and I... Read More
November 13, 2013
Do you ever find yourself craving a little something sweet after dinner? Or lunch? Or even just because? If you answered yes, know that you are certainly not alone! In honor of national dessert month, its time to celebrate and appreciate our sweet tooth. People talk about how “bad” or “forbidden” dessert is when the reality is, dessert can be your friend, not your enemy. Yes, eating a brownie sundae with hot fudge and whipped cream every day may not be the most nutritious habit, but once in a... Read More
November 8, 2013
Year Started at UNH: 2009
What does health mean to you?: To me, health means being physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually fit.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: To make a healthy UNH community, I have tried to enhance the opportunities and knowledge other students have regarding healthy living at UNH. For example, as president of the club tennis team, I expanded the membership by 10 people so more players can get out and play. And as... Read More
November 8, 2013
Food. We eat it everyday to keep ourselves alive and functioning. For most people however, food serves a much greater purpose. Meals serve as a gathering place for friends; recipes are a way to pass down traditions from generation to generation. Not to mention trying new dishes and foods is satisfying and good for the soul. While the dining hall has a lot of options, it can get boring eating at the same place multiple times a day for the whole year. So why not spice it up a bit, support UNH... Read More
November 6, 2013
Heart rate is a great tool to have when it comes to being physically active.Monitoring your heart rate can tell you how hard your heart is working.A target heart rate is an ideal range for working out.It is about 50-85% of your maximum heart rate.Below this range and you may not be working hard enough to see health benefits.Above this range can be dangerous as it is straining your heart.Target heart rates can be different for everyone.As you age, your target heart rate decreases.
A shorthand... Read More
November 5, 2013
Alumni, Track Coach, Minister
What does health mean to you?: To me, health means feeling great emotionally, physically, and spiritually. When I think of the word health I picture someone who is positive, full of energy and has a balanced life (faith, friends, family, work, exercise). I also associate being disease free with being healthy.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: I am a minister on campus with a group called Cru, and I am also volunteer track coach. I love both of these roles!... Read More
November 4, 2013
If there was one thing that I learned in Italy this summer, it is that all fats should NOT be treated equally. It is important to be able to recognize healthier fats and try to minimize certain less healthy fats in your diet.
For a general rule of thumb, saturated fats are solid at room temperature. They can be found in many animal products such as cheese, meat, milk, etc. Foods that have lots of butter and shortening are also high in saturated fat. The American Heart Association recommends... Read More
November 1, 2013
It’s official! Fall has arrived and with it comes a season full of beautiful changing leaves, fun holidays and my personal favorite… delicious foods! Here in New Hampshire there are all sorts of foods that are in season during fall. What’s even better is many of them are packed with nutrients!
This one might be obvious, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t great! Apples are one of the fruits just coming into season here in NH and they are a great addition to any diet. You’ve heard the... Read More
October 30, 2013
So often when we think about being “health” in the context of the foods we eat we consider the nutrients, calories and other nutrition-related information. One important area of health that is often overlooked is the Psychology of eating. While many people know what types of foods they should be eating to fuel the body and the mind, most people are unaware of why they eat the way they do. I recently had the opportunity to speak with author and expert on the psychology of eating, Karen R. Koenig... Read More