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Mac McNaughton

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American Airline Pilot
Alumni
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health to me is a question of balance. When I was an R.A for three years we were taught to stress the importance of having as many aspects of your life in equilibrium as possible. Spiritual, physical, educational, emotional, social etc. That is tough to do when you need to focus so much time on studies, but I found scheduling fun time with friends and getting involved in campus activities both enriching and a great diversion.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
Now that I’m an alumni with one of my kids attending UNH, I find it refreshing how much everyone I meet on campus is involved in some type of group activity. The dorms are offering contest and theme parties, which I believe keeps students in community and active. I have played racquetball at the new rec. center and I am part of a group of adults who support many of the CRU functions on and off campus.
How do you stay fit?: 
In keeping with my renaissance and balanced personality, I do lots of physical activity: Sanchin Ryu Karate, soccer, yoga, alpine and cross country skiing, water skiing, tennis, golf, hiking and hunting. I have also found what my mom always said holds true, drink plenty of water and get to bed early and your next day will be full of energy. I also find that after I read my Bible in the morning if I spend ten minutes journaling it helps anchor my day.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Balance once again is key. In my profession as a commercial pilot I am not always able to eat on a normal schedule, so I find it important to snack when I am hungry so that I don’t feel really hungry late at night after a flight and pig out when its late. At home we juice green apples and carrots to get enzymes into us to aid in digestion. Too much of what is in our food supply is processed and cooked robbing us of the natural goodness of the base food.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
My wife still looks like she did when I met her 28 years ago, she is amazing and in great shape because we try to do many of the activities mentioned above like karate and skiing together. Since I travel a lot, we try to carve out time just to be together, walk or explore new restaurants. We have found that going on couples retreats to the White Mountains with our church a great way to boost our relationship.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Physically I have found yoga has helped my body, which like many life long athletes is in need of realignment and stretching. Mentally, my wife and I are active in our church and belong to an adult Bible study. We find the closer we are both drawn to Jesus the closer we are to each other.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
We have found the newsletter Alternatives by Dr. David Williams has a lot of to offer. More importantly the organization Healthquarters.org is our primary means of receiving nutritional information we rely on to stay healthy. Big picture stuff: I believe you only make three decisions in your life that truly matter. First, who or what you worship, everyone worships something, choose wisely it will have eternal ramifications. Second, whom you choose to marry is the basis for your physical, sexual, emotional and financial health. Lastly, whom you choose for friends. Friends are the sparks, which keep your life interesting.

Megan Donohue

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Alumni, Track Coach, Minister
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
To me, health means feeling great emotionally, physically, and spiritually. When I think of the word health I picture someone who is positive, full of energy and has a balanced life (faith, friends, family, work, exercise). I also associate being disease free with being healthy.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I am a minister on campus with a group called Cru, and I am also volunteer track coach. I love both of these roles! With the work I do with Cru, I encourage students to know and experience Jesus, who not only yearns for us to experience joy and satisfaction through knowing him, but cares about our emotional, mental, and physical well-being too. Through Cru, I get to mentor students in more practical things such as growing in their relationships with others, knowing how to structure their time, etc. As a track coach I get to focus more on coaching students in their running and encourage them to make healthy choices outside of track practice. Examples of those are: getting enough sleep, eating enough, getting proper nutrition, and having healthy outlets for fun!
How do you stay fit?: 
I love running and weight lifting! As a coach I get to run with the track team sometimes and lift weights with them (in the weight room in the field house). I exercise 5-6 times a week, and bike and swim for cross training some of those days. I also try to make little choices throughout the day that will just get my body moving (walking instead of driving, doing house hold chores, stretch in the morning, or even something like answering emails while standing, etc.).
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I try to only eat “real” foods: ones that are not processed and have lots of added unnatural ingredients. If I cannot recognize the ingredients on food labels, I usually do not buy them because I do not want to add chemicals to my body! I do most of my shopping on the outside of the grocery store (where the produce is), and eat a nice big salad for lunch (with some sort of protein in it) with fruits, veggies, and nuts for snacks. I also try to plan what I eat before meals (helps me avoid over eating or making poor choices). Before I go into the dining hall, I usually look online at what is being served that day to avoid the temptation to take a lot of everything! Hanging out with and cooking with friends who care about eating healthfully has also been very helpful! We bounce ideas off of each other and they help hold me accountable to making smart choices.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
Reading books on nutrition has been super helpful to me! I never knew how powerful food is until I learned about how certain nutrients in foods affect our bodies. As a coach, being around and running with athletes who are in great shape motivates me too. I want to be a good role model to them by being physically fit (and be able to keep up with them on runs too!)! The healthier I am (physically, emotionally, etc.), the more engaged and present I am in what I am doing. Being healthy frees me to do what I was created for!
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I recently have been taking more initiative to do activities that are life giving for me: hikes, spending time with friends and family, going on walks, etc. I also try to take one day off a week where I am not working and can rest (I keep the schedule free that day!). It is easy to let our schedules fill up with work and other things that need to get done, but scheduling in rejuvenating activities and rest is so important!
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Remember that we are human beings with limited time and capacities! It’s ok to not be able to do everything. I have to stop during certain seasons of life and decide what my priorities are, and pick a few things and focus on doing those well! Living within my boundaries allows me to relax, have more quality relationships, and in general enjoy life more!

UNH Alumni: Tracey Jacobi ’03 and Ben Saunders ‘02

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Sales Manager for Nemo Equipment (Ben)
Years Worked at UNH: 
1
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
For us, health means eating whole, local foods as much as possible, getting outside with our dogs, and being active!
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
We try to take advantage of all of the amazing recreation and healthy food resources available to us! Mendoms Pond is the perfect spot for an after-work swim, Adams Point is a beautiful retreat to walk our dogs, and the Dairy Bar offers a ton of great options for local, organic lunch fare.
How do you stay fit?: 
We love to run, and Kingman Farm provides the perfect outdoor venue. The trails are hard packed and beautifully maintained. Onsite parking and a number of different loops make it easy to accommodate what kind of running mood we are in each day!
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
With the help of the Organic Garden Club, we have started our own vegetable garden this year! Knowing where your food comes from is a BIG part of healthy living for us. Being responsible for growing our own food is a tough change, but the rewards are well worth it when you harvest your own meal. The Organic Garden Club sells a variety of fruits and veggies throughout the summer and even offers an office delivery service for just $1! How much easier can it get? We also try to limit the amount we eat out, and most importantly we always let ourselves splurge on the occasional ice cream or other treat. It’s necessary to maintain a balance.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
We both find that when we are eating better and staying active we are just happier people. And being happy is a pretty great motivator!
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
We both feel like happier and healthier versions of ourselves. We have more stamina to run, work out, and enjoy all of the beautiful outdoor spots around us!
Anything else you would like to add?: 
There is no such thing as “perfect” health. It’s a balance, and by taking each day one at a time, you find better success. Health is not a destination it’s a journey!

Maureen Miller

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Business Manager II
Carsey Institute
Years Worked at UNH: 
7
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
To be well in body, mind and spirit. To have a positive attitude. To be disciplined in terms of decisions about choices related to nutrition, being active, and how much sleep I get each night.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I teach yoga to my co-workers at the Institute on Disability. (I work part time for the Institute and I own a yoga business as my ‘other’ job.)
How do you stay fit?: 
I practice yoga 3-5 times per week. I teach yoga 3 times per week. I walk almost every day.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Shop at local farmers markets whenever possible – local food is best in terms of freshness and the least impact on the environment (reducing carbon footprint). Know what foods are best to purchase organic to reduce chemical intake. And when shopping at grocery stores stay toward the outside aisles. That is where we will find the freshest food. Minimize intake of packaged food and when purchasing packaged foods - read and understand the label/ingredients.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I remember times when I did not feel well, and that motivates me to make better decisions.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Yoga changed my life. Yoga is not just about postures. Yoga teaches us to balance our lives – on and off the mat. Yoga practices (meditation, breathing techniques, affirmations/mantras, postures) contribute to being aware of how we are care for ourselves and by noticing that, and taking ownership, we are invited to transform the way we think so that we move toward more consistent, positive choices contributing to overall health. I believe when we live that way – we can also inspire others to make the best choices for themselves.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
I think it is critical to have support from family and friends. Choosing to spend time with people who support your healthy lifestyle will increase the likelihood of consistent, permanent change.
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