What does healthy mean?

May 30, 2014

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Health and healthy are words you hear daily. Many people will think of “fitspiration” and thin men and woman as being the picture of health. I disagree with the notion that healthy is synonymous with being thin. Health should be individualized and encompass balance of mental and physical health. 

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary health is defined as “the condition of being well or free from disease.” Though I agree that being free of disease improves ones’ health I believe that there are many aspects this definition is missing. People with a disease actually could be healthy socially and mentally, and the reverse is true, someone may not have a diagnosed disease and be very unhealthy. 

It is important to remember that everyone comes in different shapes and sizes. There will never be a certain weight, mental state, or fitness level that deems you as “healthy or unhealthy.” Setting goals for yourself is an easy way to keep your health in check. You can talk to your doctor about optimal body weight and exercise goals, but keep in mind that there is more to health then your size.


Bottom line? BALANCE! Balance your plate, exercise, time with others, sleep, play, and work! Don’t forget that everyone is different, it can be tempting to compare yourself to others, but health is more than skin deep. 

UNH students check out Healthy UNH! It is a great resource to find all things positive and health oriented going on here at UNH. Walking maps, Wildcat plate information, blogs: you name it and Healthy UNH has it!

Find out what health means to you! And check out Healthy UNH- to help discover all the health-promoting resources available to students!


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