Healthy UNH Blogger: Mary Houghton

Home Town: Alton, New Hampshire

Major: Nutrition and Wellness

Graduation Year: 2014

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH? I encourage others to live healthy and active lifestyles with me. I also love to make people laugh. I think that keeping life light and full of humor is key to a healthy lifestyle.

Favorite Food: Constantly changing; right now avocados and mangos.

Favorite Movie: How to lose a guy in ten days

Favorite Book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

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

Favorite Dining Hall: I like Hoco the best because it has a nice layout and I can easily find everything. I also think that it tends to have the widest variety of the 3 dining halls.

What do you love about UNH? I love that UNH is so big yet it has a really nice community feeling. There are also so many opportunities to get involved and meet new people.

As a Healthy UNH Intern, What are you most excited about? I am excited to really understand how an organization like Healthy UNH works and I am excited to research different topics that I am interested in!

The Inside Scoop on Dessert

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
By: Mary Houghton

Do you ever find yourself craving a little something sweet after dinner? Or lunch? Or even just because? If you answered yes, know that you are certainly not alone! In honor of national dessert month, its time to celebrate and appreciate our sweet tooth. People talk about how “bad” or “forbidden” dessert is when the reality is, dessert can be your friend, not your enemy. Yes, eating a brownie sundae with hot fudge and whipped cream every day may not be the most nutritious habit, but once in a while? Go right ahead! Everything is good in moderation!

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Tagged In: cinnamon, dark chocolate, Dessert, Eating Well, fruit, Healthy UNH, Mary Houghton, moderation, National Dessert Month, Nutrition, Yogurt

Maintaining Mental Health During a Breakup

Monday, September 30, 2013
By: Mary Houghton

In college, students are continuously meeting new people and engaging in relationships. Most college students at some point experience a breakup and it can be emotionally devastating. Dealing with a breakup can be very stressful and harmful for your mental health. The most important thing to avoid in the coping process is letting your emotions affect your wellbeing and having your academics suffer. Don’t let a breakup get in the way of a happy and healthy life!

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Tagged In: counselor, Healthy UNH, Mary Houghton, Mental Health, mental wellness, positive thinking, relationships, Stress

Lowering Health Costs: Take Care of Your Back!

Friday, September 27, 2013
By: Mary Houghton

Health costs is a significant problem in today’s economy. It is very important for college students to be aware of health care costs even if they are not yet accountable for their own health care yet. Because health care costs is not an easy problem to fix, it is our responsibility to limit our own costs. One way that we as college students can lower our personal costs right now and for the future is to protect our backs!

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Tagged In: back pain, guidelines, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, Mary Houghton, prevent back pain, prevention

Intimidated by Exercise? Walk it Out!

Friday, September 20, 2013
By: Mary Houghton

Physical activity is key to a happy and healthy lifestyle.Physical activity reduces cardiovascular disease risk, helps in maintaining a healthy weight, helps keep blood pressure and blood lipid profiles in a healthy range, and also helps reduce risk for other diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

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Tagged In: cardiovascular, Fitness, Healthy UNH, Mary Houghton, motivation, Physical Activity, UNH Walking Guide, walk to fit, walking

Chia: More than just a pet

Friday, September 6, 2013
By: Mary Houghton

What exactly are chia seeds? They come from a desert plant called salvia hispanica, originated from Central America. Research finds that Chia seeds are a great source of omega - 3 fatty acid and also contains a surprising amount of fiber. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 1 ounce of chia seeds provides 10 grams of fiber. That's almost half of your suggested daily amount! Chia seeds also provide a good amount of easily digestible protein and minerals such as iron and calcium.

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Tagged In: calcium, Chai, fatty acid, fiber, Healthy UNH, iron, Mary Hougton, Nutrition, omega 3, recipes