Healthy UNH Blogger: Kim Mayo

Home Town: Merrimack, NH

Major: Nutrition & EcoGastronomy

Graduation Year: 2013

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH? I want students to gain a better understanding about moderation of certain foods. When it comes to eating junk foods, it is not recommended to have them everyday, but every once in a while is not a problem. Students should reward themselves every once and a while with a favorite treat.

Favorite Food: Shrimp & Vegetable Stir Fry

Favorite Movie: The Wedding Singer

Favorite Book:  The Help

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

Favorite Dining Hall: Hoco (Holloway Commons)

What do you love most about UNH? I love the community of students and how I immediately feel at home to moment I step onto campus.

As a Healthy UNH Intern, What are you most excited about? As a Healthy UNH intern I am excited about representing my school in a positive light and to be a part of something I truly believe in.

Skipping Class Actually Costs Money

Monday, February 4, 2013
By: Kim Mayo

As the temperature starts to drop, it seems that our immune system also goes down with it. Living in a dorm room, late nights in the library, and eating in the same locations is ideal for the germs also living at UNH. Getting sick often gives students the excuse to miss class. It is true that we are thinking about the other students in class and don’t want to get them sick, but have you ever thought about how much money you are losing?

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Tagged In: flu shots, flu vaccine, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, immune system, Kim Mayo, skipping class

The “Other Side” of The Gym

Friday, February 1, 2013
By: Kim Mayo


Right when you walk into the gym at the Rec Center it is clear that there is a gender divide. Typically the men are towards the right in the free weight and bench press area, while the women are towards the left with the aerobic equipment and assisted weight machines. Unfortunately, it seems out of the norm when an individual of the opposite gender crosses over into that other section. This subtle move takes a lot of confidence and should be applauded! 

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Tagged In: gym, gym etiquette, Health, Healthy UNH, Kim Mayo, Physical Activity, Physical Exercise, UNH rec center

Hot Chocolate for the Soul

Friday, January 18, 2013
By: Kim Mayo

After getting home from class or work on a dark, chilly night why not warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate? Hot chocolate can be a great treat to curb any sweet cravings plus you can add your own personal twist to it.

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Tagged In: corn syrup, healthier hot chocolate, Healthy UNH, Hot Chocolate, hydrogenated, Kim Mayo, Nutrition

Don’t Burn Your Money By Tanning

Monday, January 14, 2013
By: Kim Mayo

It is typically right around now when we look into the mirror and ask, “Who is that pale person staring back at me?”  In Durham there are several locations that offer tanning and promote specials that claim to save you money, but will you really be saving money in the long run?

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Tagged In: Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, Kim Mayo, Light Therapy, melanoma, Seasonal Affective Disorder, skin cancer, tanning, Tanning Tax, UV radiation

It’s Snow Much Fun!

Monday, December 17, 2012
By: Kim Mayo

With the warm weather and colorful leaves starting to dwindle it can only mean one thing…winter is coming! Not everyone shares the same enthusiasm about freezing temperatures, but when snow finally comes new outdoors activities are possible! Skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, and snowshoeing are just a couple. UNH is in a perfect location for winter sports because Durham is only 1 hour – 1.5 hours away to the closest ski mountain! College Woods and other UNH affiliated land, such as Kingman Farm, are great places to go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

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Tagged In: cold, Healthy UNH, Kim Mayo, Outdoor activity, Physical Activity, Physical Exercise, skiing, UNH Ski & Board club

Protein Problems?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
By: Kim Mayo

Ever since the term “pink slime” was brought to our attention meat is seemingly less appealing. Red meat in particular over chicken or other poultry. Personally I don’t consider myself to be a vegetarian, but if I am offered a veggie burger or a hamburger I will always chose the non-meat option. Since I do not eat much meat I need to make sure that I am getting protein from other sources! 

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Tagged In: Healthy UNH, Kim Mayo, Nutrition, pink slime, protein, vegetarian

Staying Calm After Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
By: Kim Mayo

New Hampshire was extremely fortunate not to receive the full force of Hurricane Sandy; however, students here come from all over the country. If you happen to be from one of the hard hit areas, such as New Jersey or New York, do not hesitate to talk to a friend or a support system about it. Keeping one’s mental health as high as possible during a time of devastation can be very difficult, but reaching out to a friend or to family members back home can help your emotions stay elevated.

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Tagged In: disasters, Healthy UNH, hurricane, Kim Mayo, Mental Health, mental wellness, phychology, staying calm, Stress

How to Handle a Disappointing Grade

Monday, November 5, 2012
By: Kim Mayo

Now that we are officially a month into the semester, the first wave of exams has come and gone. Having more than one test in a week is tough, especially when it comes to managing your time.  Getting a low or failing grade on a test is not the end of your college career, but it should be used as motivation to do better the next time around. As a student one can blame a bad exam grade on the teacher, any distractions, that one class you missed, or just overall bad timing.

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Tagged In: dealing with disappointment, Healthy UNH, Kim Mayo, low grades, Mental Health, mental wellness, positive thinking

SPIN Working Alongside Women’s Ice Hockey Team

Monday, October 22, 2012
By: Kim Mayo

The peer education group SPIN (Students Promoting Information on Nutrition) has started working with the Women’s Ice Hockey Team to help improve their knowledge on nutrition. This is the first program of its kind where nutrition students are educating their student peer athletes! They hope to continue working with other sport teams in the future, as of now, the women’s gymnastics team has also showed an interest. The peer educators’ goals are to debunk common health myths and to teach the team how to eat in order to reach peak performance.

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Tagged In: Healthy UNH, Kim Mayo, Nutrition, SPIN, Women's Hockey team

The Nutrition Behind Whiter Teeth

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
By: Kim Mayo

There are so many advertisements today about how to get brighter, whiter teeth, and who doesn’t want perfect pearly whites? From Crest 3D White mouthwash to the generic brands of whitening strips, the amount of money made off theses products is overwhelming. For 20 treatments of Crest 3D White Professional Effects white strips, it costs approximately $54! As a college student it may be difficult to find the extra money to get your teeth brighter, but luckily there are ways to prevent your teeth from stains and other erosion that may occur in your mouth!

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Tagged In: dental, Healthy UNH, Kim Mayo, Nutrition, whiter teeth