Healthy UNH Blogger: Katrina Heisler

Home Town: Dedham, MA

Major: Nursing, Nutrition Minor

Graduation Year: 2012

Favorite Movie: Aladdin

What do you love about UNH: The beautiful campus and friendly people.

As a Healthy UNH Intern, what are you most excited about: Frazzle Free Finals Week!

Setting Down the Drink to Save

Friday, December 10, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

According to a study published by The Journal of the American Medical Association, the cost of drinking goes far beyond your bar tab or the price of a 12 pack each week. In 1999, the U.S. consumer expenditure was $116.2 billion.

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Sip to Relieve Stress

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

Let me start by saying I am a huge tea drinker; I’m talking five or six cups a day. For all the coffee addicts out there whose java is more “their cup of tea”, I can sympathize with you, the day just isn’t the same without it! I love the taste, the smell, the feeling of tea as it warms up my whole body and I just feel relaxed. This sparked in my mind and made me wonder, does tea have any stress relieving affects?

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What Would Our Ancestors Do? Run Barefoot!

Friday, November 19, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

Everyone has their own gym attire, but most of the time you see the same work out gear; shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers, but while at the gym recently I noticed something a little more unusual. Instead of sneakers, a girl was wearing shoes that were so unlike sneakers they looked like toe socks. The thin fabric covering her feat outlined each toe and was being held on her foot by a Velcro strap. Is she really going to run in those? I thought to myself.

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Grocery Shop to Save Money and Calories

Monday, November 8, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

We all know that feeling when we open up the fridge at the end of the week and stand with the door open, staring aimlessly into the vast, empty appliance we depend on to supply us with food. Yes, it is that time of the week again; time to go grocery shopping.

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Are Tests Always Needed?

Friday, October 29, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

A review of the UNH Dialogue Series, Too Much Information: “Do I Really Need to Have That Test? Understanding risk and making medical decisions in the age of TMI” By Dr. Gene Harkless

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Too Much of a Good Thing?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

A NPR interview done with UCLA professor Rita Effros, discussed the effect stress plays on the immune system and how a hormone can be too much of  a good thing. Effros states “it all starts with Cortisol, a hormone we produce when we’re stressed”.

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To Exercise, or Not to Exercise? That is The Question.

Friday, October 8, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

For as long as I can remember I have always heard, “to lose weight- diet and exercise”, but a recent article written in TIME Magazine reports on some contraindicating news. Some of you may have heard the recent buzz surrounding exercise and weight loss, where researchers and weight loss gurus are claiming there is not always a positive correlation.

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Pass the Sea Salt, Please?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

TIME Magazine wrote an article in which they announced 9 out of 10 Americans are eating too much salt. That’s 90 percent! While current guidelines recommend the average serving to be 2,300 mg, just a teaspoon, per day, the CDC conducted a study where they found only 19% were actually meeting the standard.

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The Cost of Being Overweight

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

Reported by CNN in February, 2010, the first lady, Michelle Obama spoke about the increasing costs the United States spends on treating obesity related issues and the economic effect. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study in 2009 stating “obese patients spent an average of $1,429 more for their medical care than did people within a normal weight range.” This figure had me thinking, being overweight is not only costly to our health, but costly to our wallets as well.

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A Stressful End to Summer?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is reluctantly bidding farewell to summer, but why does it always seem that as summer nears its end, the endless “to do” list begins to grow and what should have been a care-free, relaxing end starts slipping away. A stressful end to summer, that doesn’t sound right. Summer should be about spending time on the beach, catching up with friends, and eat ice cream on a hot afternoon, not running around getting your back-to-school essentials. Feeling under enough stress already with classes and work beginning, we could all use a little help trying to unwind.

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