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Mental Health on Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Chocolate hearts and drug stores decked out in pink and red can only mean that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. While there is no shortage of romance, the holiday can produce more anxiety than bliss for some. There is constant pressure from the media to prove your love for someone through a single day of gifts and grand gestures. Couples often stress over what buy each other and those who do not have a partner are sometimes left feeling alone; hence the term “Single Awareness Day”.

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Tagged In: anxiety, appreciate, expectations, focus, Healthy UNH, Heather DeMello, Mental Health, mental wellness, psychological, relationships, relax, replenish, self-worth, social interactions, Valentine's Day

The Sweet Truth

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

February is notorious as the month of Valentine's Day, but it is also Chocolate Lover's Month! Whether you love or hate Valentine's Day, there is always an abundant amount of chocolate lining the walls of grocery stores and convenience stores dedicated to this one day. However, there may be no reason to feel bad about indulging in some chocolate. Over the past few years, research studies have proven that small to moderate chocolate consumption is linked to lower risk of heart failure.

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Tagged In: antioxidants, chocolate, Chocolate Lover's Month, dark chocolate, flavonoids, Healthy UNH, Julie Hurlbut, Nutrition, Valentine's Day

One step at a time

Monday, February 10, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

As you may have heard before, taking the stairs is a great way to get a little extra exercise into your daily routine. Every step you take adds up throughout the day. Stair climbing is even now considered a "vigorous exercise". In a recent article in BBC, medical correspondent, Fergus Walsh explains why he takes the stairs, stating his impatience for the elevator and his knowledge of the health benefits. Walsh also mentions StepJockey, a new app in the world of health and fitness. StepJockey can track how many steps you take a day and calculate the amount of calories burned.

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Tagged In: Exercise, Fitness, Healthy UNH, Physical Activity, stairs, Suzanne Hogan

Soy, Oh Boy!

Friday, February 7, 2014
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Soy has been getting a lot of attention in the nutrition world. Not only is it delicious as chocolate milk, but also emerging studies are finding some incredible health benefits. Foods made with soy can potentially lower cholesterol, lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer, help with weight loss, and help prevent osteoporosis. A plant-made estrogen, called may be the magic ingredient that can help cause all of these health benefits. 

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Tagged In: estrogen, Harvard School of Public Health, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, Nutrition, Soy

The Power of Yoga

Thursday, February 6, 2014
By: Mary Houghton

Getting our daily dosage of physical activity is extremely important; providing countless health benefits, ranging from disease prevention to positive mental health. Regardless of how important it is, it can be very challenging for people to find a form of physical activity that really works for them. Not everybody enjoys running or cross-fit, and can be discouraged by the gym. Good news! There is a great form of physical activity out there that is good for the soul and doesn’t even require you to leave your bedroom.  Yoga!

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Tagged In: active, breathing, Campus Rec, Fitness, Healthy UNH, low impact, Mary Houghton, mental wellness, online, Physical Activity, stretch, video, Yoga

Guide to Balanced Meals-Wildcat Style!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
By: Kelsey McCullough

Many students today will claim that they know what My-Plate, or “The Wildcat Plate” as we like to call it here at UNH, is but do you know how to use it? Wildcat Plate is a passive guide to healthy and most importantly BALANCED eating. What I like about Wildcat Plate is you don’t necessarily need to understand portion sizes, or give up your favorite treats, but learn how make your plate a nutritionally balanced meal. 

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Tagged In: balanced meal, Healthy UNH, Kelsey McCullough, Nutrition, Wildcat

Comparative Effectiveness Research: What is it?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
By: Mary Houghton

Doesn’t it seem like we are always hearing about how we can lower health care costs? Do you ever wonder if there are any good things that are being done by medical organizations to help us in the battle of rising health costs? Well here is something that I recently learned about; comparative effectiveness research. 

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Tagged In: AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, Comparative Effectiveness Research, disease, Health Care Consumerism, Health Cost, Healthy UNH, Mary Houghton, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, prevention, treatments

Wonderful Winter Workouts

Monday, February 3, 2014
By: Gabby Chesney

Pumpkin spice lattes have left the building and have been replaced by cups covered in snowflakes and filled with peppermint flavors. This can only mean one thing: winter is on the way. Whether you have been keeping active all semester or are just looking to start, winter is a great time to spice up your workout routine and try something new. Living in New England we are lucky enough to experience all four seasons and have access to many winter sports people living in warmer climates aren’t able to participate in.

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Tagged In: active, Cross-Country Skiing, Fitness, Gabby Chesney, Healthy UNH, Physical Activity, skiing, Snow Shoeing, Snowboarding, Winter Workouts

Important Questions to Save You Cash!

Friday, January 31, 2014
By: Gabby Chesney

In this day and age, saving money is at the forefront of many people’s minds, especially when it comes to healthcare. There are all sorts of ways you can try to save money on healthcare and a simple place to start is at the doctor’s office! Health magazine has outlined several questions patients can ask during visits to their primary care provider to try and help save money. Keep reading if you want to hear a few tips!

#1 Ask for the Least Expensive Option

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Tagged In: doctor visit, Gabby Chesney, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthcare, Healthy UNH

Veg Out!

Thursday, January 30, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

          Thinking about switching to a vegetarian diet? I personally have been a vegetarian for almost 13 years. When I was younger, I stopped eating meat for the purpose of animal rights but I have continued not eating meat for the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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Tagged In: Healthy UNH, meat substitutes, Nutrition, plant-based diet, protein, Suzanne Hogan, vegetarian, Vegetarianism
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