Healthy UNH Blogger: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Home Town: Denville, New Jersey

Major: Nutrition & Dietetics 

Graduation Year: 2014

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH? I encourage friends and classmates to make healthy choices in the dining halls and be a good example for them as well. I try to always smile and be happy so that I can exude happiness to others!

Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate

Favorite Movie: P.S. I Love You

Favorite Book: Illusions

What place in the world do you most want to visit? Ireland, Norway, Australia, Italy and Greece!

Favorite Dining Hall: My favorite dining hall is hoco because I feel like it has the most meal options. I also love the warm atmosphere and most of my friends eat there! It's the best place to be when it's snowing out in the winter because you can sit right next to a window and watch the snow fall! I love it!

What do you love about UNH? The people! And of course, the amazing dining halls!

As a Healthy UNH Intern, What are you most excited about? I am so excited to learn more about health and to reach out to students who may be struggling with health issues, whether that be mental or physical. I am so excited to be a positive influence for UNH students!

Boosting Body Image

Monday, October 21, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

As a female student, and nutrition major, I see first hand how important body image is to maintaining a healthy mind. According to Brown University Health Education, 74.4% of normal weight college women, often or all the time had thoughts about their body image. 46% of college men, who were at a healthy weight, had the same thoughts. 

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Tagged In: Body Image, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, Mental Health, mental wellness

Operation Beautiful

Friday, October 18, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

“I CHOOSE to be positive.” This is a phrase that we do not hear enough in our world. You know how when someone says, “I love your hair today”, or “You are absolutely wonderful”, you feel absolutely amazing inside? Why don’t we say these simple phrases everyday? Why don’t we make someone’s day, everyday? The goal of Operation Beautiful is to end negative self talk or “fat talk”. Negative self-talk inflicts pain; emotionally, spiritually and physically.

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Tagged In: Fat Talk Free, Health Services, Healthy UNH, inspire, Jenna Channell, mental wellness, Operation Beautiful, positive, UNH Program

Diabetes Dilemma

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

This past summer, I volunteered for a week at a summer camp for children with diabetes.The American Diabetes Association’s, Camp Carefree was geared toward bringing children with diabetes together and providing them with support from all over the country. The kids amazed me every single day with their knowledge and bravery. I knew nothing about how hard their daily lives were; I only knew what I had learned in classes at UNH.

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Tagged In: active, Camp Carefree, diabetes, Exercise, glucose, healthy fats, Healthy UNH, inactivity, insulin, Jenna Channell, Nutrition, Obesity, plant-based foods, prevention, sugary beverages, Wildcat Plate

Reiki Circles

Monday, September 16, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

The Buddhist practice of Reiki is coming to UNH Health Services this October 8th! Free classes will be available to students and employees once a month, starting in October and concluding in April. No registration is required! The spiritual practice of Reiki is used to promote stress relief by using life force energy.

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Tagged In: Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, mental wellness, Reiki, Stress, UNH Health Services

First Year Fears

Monday, September 9, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

The transition from high school to college is a big step for many teens. Moving into a dorm room, eating in dining halls, hugging your parents’ goodbye, and leaving childhood friends, can be extremely overwhelming for a college freshman. It is a time of change and for many it represents the beginning of adulthood. Many students, like myself, do not do well with change at all. The sudden change of environment and new responsibilities can cause students a great deal of stress and can make the transition difficult.

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Tagged In: anxiety, communication, Depression, first year students, freshmen, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, Mental Health, mental wellness, signs of depression, UNH Counseling, UNH Health Services

Birth Control Costs and The Affordable Care Act

Monday, July 29, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

In today’s world, many women attend college, get successful jobs, and travel the world, all before they even consider having a baby. In my current situation, 20 years old, Dietetics major, homework all the time, I cannot even imagine having a child. Birth control helps women establish themselves and become financially stable before getting pregnant. According to a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute, 65% of women report using birth control because they cannot afford to have a child.

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Tagged In: Affordable Care Act, birth control, Health Care Consumerism, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell

The Cost of Organics

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Why should people buy organic? For a start, non-organic fruits and vegetables are covered in dangerous and toxic pesticides. These deadly chemicals have been shown to cause cancer and central nervous system damage. Not only do non-organic fruits and vegetables affect our health, but they also can harm wildlife that live in the area that they are being grown. The pesticides get into our drinking water, harming both us and the animals that drink it.

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Tagged In: apples, bell peppers, carrots, celery, Health Care Consumerism, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, Nutrition, organic, pesticides, strawberries, toxic

The Difference Between Good and Bad Fats

Friday, June 28, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

People are constantly being told that “Fats are bad”, and many people will spend lots of time and money to completely rid their diet of fat. The truth is, that we need fats. Fat is actually necessary for you to lose weight. It all depends on the source of food you are getting it from! 

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Tagged In: avocado, bad fats, fat, good cholesterol, good fats, HDL, Healthy UNH, hydrogenation, Jenna Channell, LDL, linoleic acids, Nutrition, oleic acid, Omega-3, omega-6, overeating, saturated fats, trans fats, weight gain

Are Generic Drugs Safe?

Friday, June 7, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

The day before I left for college after winter break, I stopped at Rite Aid to pick up a prescription that I had just been issued. I pulled up to the drive through window and gave the pharmacist my name and date of birth. The pharmacist then said the worst thing a young college student wants to hear, “Your total comes to $400; your insurance covered the rest.” That was more than I had in my bank account! I eventually researched a generic drug that only cost me $17. It worked exactly the same and was so much more affordable for my tight budget.

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Tagged In: brand name drugs, Cost, drug companies, FDA, generic drugs, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, safe drugs, Savings

Five Steps to Sustain a Relationship

Friday, May 31, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Breakups in college are the absolute worst. All you want to do is be home with family, cuddle up with a good movie and a tub of ice cream. The problem is, you have classes and other important obligations to attend to. So how can you avoid this? How can you avoid the heartbreak? These five steps can help you create a healthy, long-lasting relationship and help avoid the painful breakup blues.

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Tagged In: communication, empathy, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, Mental Health, mental wellness, relationships, therapy