Healthy UNH Blogger: Suzanne Hogan

Major: Nutrition, Dietetics

Graduation Year: 2015

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH? As a member of the Eating Concern Mentors program here at UNH, I encourage people to have a happy, healthy relationship with food and their body image.

Favorite Food: Mom's shrimp scampi

Favorite Movie: The Day After Tomorrow

Favorite Book: The Lovely Bones

What place in the world do you most want to visit? Rome, again!

Favorite Dining Hall: Stillings is my favorite dining hall because I have some of the best memories there! If you live in Area 1, Stillings is the go-to place. Plus they always have guacamole and Linda makes the best breakfast sandwiches!

What do you love about UNH? The beautiful campus

As a Healthy UNH Intern, What are you most excited about? I really hope to educate students on what it means to be healthy. It's so much more than just eating right. I'm excited to become more involved on campus as well!

How to manage IBS

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

Let’s talk about IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, a  group of symptoms that effect the large intestine. Approximately 20% of US adults have IBS. The symptoms of IBS can be rather uncomfortable such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation, and gassiness. Keep in mind, these symptoms could be caused by other factors, and not necessarily IBS.

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Tagged In: abdominal pain, bloating, caffeine, constipation, cramping, fiber, gas, Healthy UNH, IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, Nutrition, Stress, Suzy Hogan, water

Splash into Summer!

Monday, June 2, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

Looking for a cool new workout during the hot summer? Why not try swimming? Swimming is fun and can be a great workout, not to mention it's way better on your joints than pounding the pavement. It's a low impact activity that uses your entire body against the water resistance. Swimming continuously keeps your heart rate up and builds endurance. The activity combines cardio training and muscle strengthening for a total body workout. As you are pushing yourself through the water, you are also improving balance, posture, and coordination.

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Tagged In: active, balance, CampusRec, coordination, Healthy UNH, low impact, Mental Health, Physical Activity, posture, Stress, Summer, Summer Fitness, Suzy Hogan, Swasey Indoor Pool

Mental Health Month

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness month? Mental Health America has named May Mental Health Awareness month and chose this year’s theme to be “Mind Your Health”. The goal of Mental Health America is to construct public acknowledgement of the importance of mental health on the body and towards overall health. It’s important to recognize how the body and mind interact with each other. Poor health on one can greatly affect the other.

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Tagged In: anxiety, counseling, Counseling Center, Healthy UNH, Mental Health Month, mental wellness, Mind Your Health, Nutrition, Stress, Suzy Hogan, UNH Health Services

Overcoming Procrastination, Stop Putting it Off!

Monday, May 12, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

As finals are here, now is a great time to talk about procrastination. It may seem like you have plenty of time to study and finish all your assignments, but with a full course load, you will probably need all the time you can get. Procrastinating and getting distracted can put you way behind schedule. What may seem like a quick Facebook break, can easily turn into an hour long process of looking through random people's pictures (we all know it happens) or taking countless Buzzfeed quizzes. All this procrastinating can lead to stress and unnecessary anxiety.

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Tagged In: anxiety, Healthy UNH, immune system, Mental Health, mental wellness, motivation, Procrastination, schedule, Suzy Hogan

Take a walk

Friday, May 9, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

For my nutrition class freshman year, I had to wear a pedometer everywhere I went for 3 days. I felt a little silly walking around with it attached to my belt loop but at the end of those three days we were able to average our steps and convert it into miles. It was really cool to see how much I was actually walking, on average about 6 miles a day! That 6 miles was just from my daily activities: walking to classes, to the library, to the dining halls. You may not have time to get to the gym everyday but that's okay. You can get a lot of physical activity in just by walking.

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Tagged In: active, Fitness, Healthy UNH, Physical Activity, Suzy Hogan, UNH Walking Map, walk

Don't ditch the dentist!

Monday, May 5, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

The dentist may not be everyone's favorite place to go and it may be tempting to ditch a few visits but skipping on these appointment could cause much more harm than an uncomfortable visit.  Just think about all the things we use our mouth for, talking, singing, eating. It's important to keep our mouth healthy so that we can continue using it without any pain.

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Tagged In: brush teeth, checkups, Dentist, disease, floss, gum disease, Health Care Consumerism, healthcost, Healthy UNH, oral health, prevention, save, Suzy Hogan, tooth decay

Iron Deficiency

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States, especially among young women.Iron is essential to making hemoglobin, a part of red blood cells that transports oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout our body.When our bodies do not receive enough iron, it becomes iron deficient and our red blood cells can no longer properly carry oxygen.Symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, pale skin, weakness, headache and dizziness.

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Tagged In: Healthy UNH, hemoglobin, iron, Iron Deficiency, Nutrition, Suzy Hogan, vegetarian, vitamin C

Hike for better Health

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

As the ground is finally unthawing and the leaves are starting to grow, it's time to start getting outdoors again! Spring is finally (FINALLY) here and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air while working out? One of my favorite outdoor activities is hiking. It's a really great form of exercise and can also be good for your mental health.

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Tagged In: active, bone density, cardio, Fitness, Healthy UNH, Hiking, Mental Health, mental wellness, Outdoors, Physical Activity, safety, Suzy Hogan

Healthiest Nation in One Generation

Friday, April 11, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

               Happy National Public Health Week!This week, April 7-13th 2014, celebrates the advances and importance of public health.Each day of the week has a different theme related to public health which you can check out in more detail at's theme is Healthiest Nation in One Generation.

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Tagged In: Campus Rec, Counseling Center, Dining Services, Health Care Consumerism, Health care costs, health concerns, health risk, Health Services, healthiest campus community in the country by 2020, Healthiest Nation in One Generation, Healthy UNH, improve, Mental Health, National Public Health Week, Nutrition, Physical Activity, resources, Suzy Hogan, Wildcat Plate

Nutrition for a healthy immune system

Monday, March 3, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

During this time of year, it can become easy to catch a cold or even the flu. Luckily there are many things you can do to keep yourself healthy and lower your risk. Along with proper hygiene and hand washing, you can also use nutrition to keep away viruses. Proper nutrition can boost you immune system as a form of protection. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has listed the five nutrients essential for a healthy immune system.

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Tagged In: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, balance, Diet, energy, Healthy UNH, immune system, immunity, Nutrition, protection, protein, Suzanne Hogan, viruses, Vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc