March 8, 2017
10 Ways to Participate in Act Happy Week
Happiness has been associated with many positive health implications, such as helping to maintain healthy blood pressure, boost your immune system, and oppose dangers associated with stress hormones. Being happy can also improve your mood and the mood of those around you. Is this not enough to make you want to improve your happiness?
Act Happy Week occurs every year during the third week of March, this year it runs from March 20th to March 26th. Right... Read More
March 2, 2017
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Do you ever feel like you're in a fog or “out of it” during stressful times? Being mindful can actually help alleviate these feelings. You may have heard of the term “mindfulness” but may not understand what it means to be mindful. According to the American Psychological Association, mindfulness is “a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment” and is considered a “state and not a trait” that can be practiced.
Being mindful is being aware of... Read More
February 24, 2017
How to Best Understand Nutrition Fact Labels and Build a Healthy Diet
If you want to start eating healthier, or just know what you’re eating, understanding the nutrition facts
label can be very helpful. The nutrition facts label contains information on the serving size of products, nutrient information, as well as calories. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics put out an article, The Basics of the Nutrition Facts Label, in which they discuss a guide to decoding nutrition fact labels to help... Read More
February 22, 2017
Do You Have Questions About Following a Plant-Based Diet? Read More to Find Answers!
About 7.3 million people in America follow a vegetarian-based diet, and approximately one million of that count are vegans. As a newly-inspired member of the vegan community for the past year, I get praised and criticized based on my diet. One thing I have noticed is hearing the same misconceptions about a plant-based diet from people who are either against it or are curious and thinking of transitioning.
The... Read More
February 22, 2017
The Right and Wrong Time to Utilize Hospital Emergency Rooms
In a report put out by the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) research found that in 2007 approximately $700 billion was wasted on unnecessary health care expenses in America. Of this $700 billion, $38 billion was spent due to emergency room overuse.
Emergency department overuse can also cause overcrowding and long waits for persons requiring true emergency care.
To help stop this misuse of hospital emergency departments here are... Read More
February 15, 2017
Name: Lauren Barker
Position/Role at UNH: student
Year started at UNH: 2013
1. What does health mean to you?
To me, health is a subjective experience. Each person needs to determine what health means to them. For me, it is knowing that when I get stressed, I need exercise, a good night’s sleep and nutritious food to keep me healthy. It’s about knowing my limits but also striving to improve myself every day.
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
To make a healthy UNH, I... Read More
February 15, 2017
Join UNH’s Student Nutrition Association
Here at UNH, a lot of people are looking for more ways to get involved on campus, and even more people are looking for ways to stay healthy. So, are you interested in a healthy living and wellness? UNH’s Student Nutrition Association (SNA) is the perfect place to bond with fellow classmates and learn more about staying healthy as a college student.
This on-campus club is open to all majors, anyone who is interested in health and wellness. SNA hosts... Read More
February 8, 2017
Tips to Manage your Emotional Wellbeing Throughout the Semester
As the semester begins, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of your new classes, reuniting with friends, and upcoming events in the community. With all this going on, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and frazzled, and may negatively affect your mental health.
According to mentalhealth.gov, some ways to maintain and improve mental wellness are to:
Be connected with others: Join a club or organization (all of which can... Read More
February 8, 2017
Are Fats Actually Good For You, or Should They be Avoided?
With nutrition advice changing on a seemingly day-to-day basis, does anyone really know what is considered “good” anymore? There are diets that praise protein and make carbs the enemy, compared to diets that worship carbs and give fats a bad name.
Fats provide nine calories per gram making them the densest macronutrient we can eat. There are three types of fats including unsaturated (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), saturated, and... Read More
February 3, 2017
Breaking Down the Basic Facts About Flu Shots and Why Some of us Get Sick Anyway.
The topic of getting the flu shot can bring about some interesting questions; Are flu shots necessary? Will getting vaccinated make me sicker than if I hadn’t? Are they just a waste of money?
As many may know, the Influenza vaccine is typically a deactivated form of the most common strain(s) of influenza, predicted for the upcoming year. The vaccines are designed to help those injected build immunity (via... Read More