Healthy UNH Blogger: Kelley Simpson

Home Town: Sanford, Maine

Major: Nutrition & Eco Gastronomy

Graduation Year: 2013

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH? I support our campuses use of local and sustainable foods and sharing information on health through this blog!

Favorite Food: Anything chocolate!

Favorite Movie: Pitch Perfect or Brides Maids

Favorite Book: The Hunger Games

What place in the world do you most want to visit? Greece

Favorite Dining Hall: Philbrook

What do you love about UNH? All of the great opportunities offered for students and the beautiful campus.

As a Healthy UNH Intern, What are you most excited about? Sharing information on health and nutrition with other UNH students and hopefully making a positive impact on their lives.

The Truth about Antioxidants

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

What are antioxidants anyway? Most people understand that they’re beneficial to health, but may be unsure of what they are or how they work! Our cells need oxygen to perform vital tasks, such as transferring energy stored in food, or for powering our muscles. When our cells use energy, they produce a by-product of organic molecules known as free-radicals.  Unfortunately, these free radicals are damaging to our bodies. They can lead to aging, tissue damage, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. This is where antioxidants come in!

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Tagged In: antioxidants, Carotenoids, free-radicals, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, Lutein, Lycopene, Nutrition, prevent, repair, Slelnium, Vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E

Meditation for Mental Health

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

Do you often find yourself being anxious, stressed, or tense? Have you ever considered trying meditation to help you overcome these feelings?    Meditation has been shown to improve mental health, physical well being, and achieve an overall feeling of inner peace.  When taking part in meditation you will learn to let go of all thoughts and enter a state of consciousness.  This state can bring you the serenity and clarity you have been searching for.  This is a great way to clear your mind of crowded thoughts that are leading to your increasing stress levels.

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Tagged In: anxiety, cardiovascular, distress, Fatigue, Health, Healthy UNH, Meditation for Mental Health, Mental Health, mental wellness, pain, positive, Sleep, Stress, UNH Health Services

The Benefits of Dietary Supplements

Monday, June 24, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

Dietary Supplements have become a staple in many Americans diets today.  There are hundreds of different dietary supplements available on market shelves and it can be overwhelming trying to decipher which products are both safe and effective.  One important thing to note is that the FDA does not monitor the production and safety of supplements—that is the manufacturer’s job.  This is why it is extra important to make sure you are purchasing from a reliable source!

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Tagged In: chamomile, Coenzyme Q-10, Dietary Supplements, flax seed, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, Nutrition, Omega-3 Fish Oil, St. John’s Wort

Employee Wellness Programs

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

Employee Wellness Programs Cutting Healthcare Costs

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Tagged In: employee wellness program, Fitness, Health Cost, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, lower costs, Physical Activity

Is Overuse of Technology Affecting Mental Health?

Monday, May 13, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

Whether we like it or not, technology has become a part of our everyday lives.  We rely on it for quick information, social networking, job searching, school related assignments, and entertainment for when we are bored. But is being constantly connected to the technological world affecting student’s mental health?

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Tagged In: communicating, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, Mental Health, mental wellness, Stress, technology

Pre-Orientation Adventure for Wildcats

Monday, April 29, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

Will you be an incoming first year student at UNH in the fall or know of anyone that will be joining our campus next year? If so, PAWs is the perfect program to get an early start on your UNH experience!

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Tagged In: backpacking, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, Mendums Pond, PAWS, Physical Activity, Pre-Orientation Adventure, White Mountains

Empowering a Healthy Community

Friday, April 5, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

Public health works to prevent disease and prolong the lives of individuals.   To accomplish this, public health works at a community level to improve and protect the health of our communities and empower them to achieve health goals and make lasting changes.  There are many different social determinants that shape the lives of communities throughout the United States and public health officials work to provide services needed for all populations.  The Center for Disease Control has created a Healthy Commu

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Tagged In: community, Health Care Consumerism, Healthy Communities Program, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, public health

2013 UNH Kick Butts Day!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

On Wednesday, March 20th 2013, UNH will be celebrating National Kick Butts day! It’s time to kick those smoking habits to the curb!  This day of activism was created to help stop the use of tobacco by youth and college students.   There will be close to 1000 programs taking place throughout the country, and UNH will be a great contributor!

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Tagged In: habits, Health, healthy lifestyle, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, Kick Butts Day, March 20, Nutrition, petition, Physical Activity, S.A.F.E., smoke-free, Substance Awareness, tobacco-free, Wellness

Sleeping Into a Better State of Mind

Monday, March 4, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

Remember the days when you would cry at the mention of bed time?  All the fighting for only an extra hour of TV time.  As a college student, sleep seems to become more of a reward; one that you could not be happier to achieve!  When your work is done for the day you can finally relax and dream away all of your stress.  More and more sleep is being lost today though, especially in the lives of college students.

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Tagged In: concentrate, energy, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, Mental Health, mental wellness, Sleep