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Faculty/Staff

Allison Jean

Accreditation and Compliance Manager/Dispatcher
UNH Police Department
Years Worked at UNH: 
19
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and taking care of my body with sleep, exercise and diet to prevent getting sick.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
Try to get employees to go with me to Healthy Returns.
How do you stay fit?: 
Walk, yoga and coach my kids’ sports teams and participate in the activities with them.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I try to eat smaller portions. If I snack, I try to eat crunchy things like carrots, celery or apples.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I have four children and want to be healthy for them and also want them to see healthy choices so they will make them as well.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Yes; participating in Healthy Returns and walking with colleagues across campus in warmer weather.

Holly Hillsgrove

Administrative Assistant
IT Academic Technology
Years Worked at UNH: 
14
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
To me health means feeling well enough to enjoy activities and time with family and friends.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I ride my bike to work occasionally. I often walk during my lunch hour, returning energized for a more productive afternoon. I participate and encourage colleagues to take advantage of the many healthy programs that UNH offers, such as Healthy Returns, the Employee Fitness Program, Stress Eraser, snow shoe and cross country ski lessons, and I just signed up for a standup paddleboard tour later this month. I was also team captain in the Fall into Fitness Program in 2010, recording our activities and competing with other teams was motivating and a lot of fun.
How do you stay fit?: 
I have to admit, healthy is probably a better word to describe me than fit. Taking care of myself is important to me. I eat well on a regular basis and stay active biking, kayaking, hiking, playing tennis, snow shoeing and spending time at the gym. I also try to schedule at least a full day-trip a month enjoying outdoor activities with friends.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I’ve continued with the same eating habits that were recommended during my pregnancy in the early 90’s, having small servings often. I include a well balance of healthy foods, but I don’t stress about counting calories or carbohydrates. When I go out to eat I enjoy trying new foods, even sinful desserts, but in moderation.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
Fortunately I love being outside and exercising so making time for activities, or a jog at the gym is routine for me. I also enjoy dancing and find music to be a great motivator when I need a little boost in spirit or energy.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I appreciate the full 24 hours a day, so regardless of the number of commitments I have I’m usually able to squeeze in an activity or two; this is sometimes referred to as “all about me time”. I also devote a few hours on weeknights to household chores so that I don’t have to spend a large amount of time with those on the weekends.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
I hope to preserve a healthy body and mind so that I’ll be able to enjoy the golden years of retirement, or semi-retirement as I may choose to work a few hours a week during the later years to have travel and play money. I love planning and looking forward to adventurous experiences; I have a date to skydive with my daughter in August and chose a photo from a trip we shared swimming with dolphins in 2012.

Bill Stratton

Adjunct Instructor
English
Years Worked at UNH: 
5
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
As a teacher of writing I would feel embarrassed if I did not do what I encourage my students to do when attempting to interact with meaning and language: use the dictionary. Health is defined as follows: 1. the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease 2. the general condition of body and mind: in poor health 3. the condition of any unit, society, etc: the economic health of a nation 4. a toast to a person, wishing him or her good health, happiness, etc 5. (modifier) of or relating to food or other goods reputed to be beneficial to the health: health food ; a health store 6. (modifier) of or relating to health, esp to the administration of health: a health committee ; health resort ; health service. *** I can't help but notice how these definitions refer to vigor, condition, and happiness. For me, these things are the center of what I consider to be health. To be healthy is to be active and to maintain the ability to stay active, to keep the body and mind functioning properly, and most importantly, to do these things and derive a satisfaction and happiness from them.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
Mostly I do my best to keep myself healthy and encourage my friends and students to do the same.
How do you stay fit?: 
I use the employee fitness center 4-5 times a week, and on my off days, I do a lot of hiking.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Find the foods you like to eat, and learn how to prepare and substitute in a constructive way. As a former college athlete and especially as a wrestler, food was a big part of my life growing up. I won't say I've mastered it, but I have a pretty good system that fits what I want to eat with what I ought to eat to stay healthy. It’s important not to try to force yourself to abandon all of your favorites; not many people are able to keep a diet they hate, or that takes away their comfort foods. If you love hamburgers, try finding good, local meat and trimming down to once a week instead of every day. If you like pizza, make your own with fresh, local ingredients. Whatever it is you like, there is a way to do it within the structure of health and healthy eating.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I hate to say it, but it takes discipline. I don't always want to exercise, but I know what the alternative is. I think one of the things that turns people off is they never get past the 'hump' of routine. I've read that in terms of how the brain operates, it takes three weeks to three months to make something routine. Once staying active becomes part of your life in the same way work and play are, for example, it gets easier. Until then, however, I think people assume it’s not going to be that hard. Well, I disagree. It is going to be difficult, but like everything else in life, the more you do it, the easier it gets. That's not to say it ever gets really 'easy', in the same way, say, tying your shoes does. Still, most people don't have to try that hard to find an analogy in their life that fits. So I work hard to keep that in mind as I'm working out. The same logic is applied to lifestyle choices as well. The first time you skip McDonalds, it’s going to feel crappy. In a few months, it will feel a lot better. Lastly, it’s easy to make excuses. We all do. But, we also all know when we are making excuses. Think about that next time you're saying to yourself: “It's too cold!” or “I'll just do more tomorrow”.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Yep!
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Firstly, it’s great that UNH allows space, time, and resources for its employees to stay in shape. It’s incredibly important and certainly has long term benefits to both the employees and the institution. Secondly, it’s easy to get discouraged when working towards being healthy. Don't let that stop you from continuing. Lastly, we all get older. Staying healthy only gets more important with each day that passes.

Hannah McQuilkin

Graduate Student and Leader/ Staff
Marriage & Family Therapy and Outdoor Adventures
Years Worked at UNH: 
1
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
I view health as an umbrella term that refers to one’s level of personal well-being, as related to one’s mind, body, and spirit.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I lead trips for Outdoor Adventures, a program run through Campus Recreation. We bring students and staff on all sorts of trips such as snowshoeing, Cross Country skiing, hiking, and canoeing. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring individuals in the UNH community together, while also supporting one's physical and mental health.
How do you stay fit?: 
I’m most passionate about staying fit through exercise in the outdoors, as it helps promote not only physical fitness, but also mental and spiritual health. I love to run, bike, swim, rock climb, snowboard, cross country ski, hike, kayak, do yoga, and the list could go on. On a weekly basis, I try to exercise at least four days out of the week, with a combination of these activities. While I run pretty consistently throughout the year, the other activities will vary seasonally. I also try to maintain a balanced diet to maintain my health and fitness.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I tend to eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and sources of protein, while attempting to limit myself from eating too many grains and sugars. I’ve found this paleo type of diet particularly helpful if I feel that I am starting to get sick; immediately cutting out any “white” foods (breads, crackers, etc.), sugar, and processed foods when you feel a cold or other symptoms coming on can do amazing wonders and keep sickness at bay! However, I am not a die-hard stickler… sometimes I just can’t say no to a good baked good or piece of pizza!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I physically and mentally feel so much better when I am exercising regularly and eating healthfully. I find that I am more focused and attentive to my work and others, more excited about my day, and probably more pleasant to be around. At times, I have also found it helpful to have a goal to work towards (i.e. a half or full marathon). Setting tangible goals for myself has definitely provided me with further motivation to get out there and stay healthy, while both pushing myself and having a fun time. All of these factors (and the endorphins of course) keep me motivated to stay healthy.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Certainly. I am all about maintaining a strong balance in my life, and try my best to make that happen on a daily basis. Particularly in the past few years, I have become very adamant about getting into a regular sleep pattern (8-9 hours/ night), eating healthfully, exercising regularly, socializing, spending time in nature, engaging in extra-curricular activities, and of course, keeping up with my work. Overall, living my life in this way has proved to help me feel healthy, happy, and centered.

Laura Jeffords

Admin III
Thompson School of Applied Science
Years Worked at UNH: 
1
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
You are what you eat! A healthy body = a healthy mind. Some say your body is a temple and you should treat it as such. I completely agree with that.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
Instead of hopping on the bus, I make time to walk to my campus destinations. College Woods offer a wonderful escape from reality.
How do you stay fit?: 
I work out at a gym about 3-4 times a week. I love hikes and yoga. During the summer I try to find time to swim.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I think if you are just getting started on the “health track” a food/exercise journal is an excellent way to get a sense and big picture of your habits. The key is being honest. If you ate 10 cookies, write that down. If you spent the whole weekend on the couch watching TV, write that down too! This way, you SEE what you do and then you can make necessary changes to get healthy!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
It is important to listen to your body. Over the years I have learned that if I do not exercise or eat well my mood changes, drastically. For me that is motivation in its self!
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Since I started working out and eating well consistently, I can honestly say I am a happier person. I sleep great and wake up feeling positive and ready for the day. I now compare exercise to brushing your teeth, you just do it!
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Get healthy for you, not for someone else!

Brenda H. Whitmore

Director
Facilities Project Management
Years Worked at UNH: 
25
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health is the ultimate balance between the mental, physical and spiritual resulting in a comprehensive sense of well-being. All three need to be in balance so that I can perform my work to the highest level. Health allows me to build and maintain relationships with my family, friend and co-workers in positive ways. Health allows me to move the ball down the field towards goodness each and every day while making a positive difference here at work and at home.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I make sure to take care of myself. I engage in organized physical activity every day. I walk to every meeting I can on campus and I encourage my team of project managers to do the same. I also encourage them to make time for themselves and to exercise their minds and bodies every day. I urge balance in all things and I do my best every day to walk the talk. I lead by example. Leading by example illustrates an action motivated life, and action changes everything. People tend to follow leaders of demonstrated positive action and I want to be that kind of leader here on the University Campus.
How do you stay fit?: 
I stay fit in many ways. I eat healthy, exercise regularly and I meditate. The nutritionist says that if the item contains more than five ingredients, don’t eat it. This has been very helpful. I exercise every day and 4 times a week I practice Isshin Ryu Karate at Quest Martial Arts in Barrington. I began Karate when I was 50 years old and it is the best physical activity that I have ever engaged in. It keeps me physically fit, mentally sharp and spiritually grounded. I am currently a brown belt and working towards improving every day. I walk every day and I kayak as soon as the ice is out of the lake and right up until November. I meditate and take care of myself to reduce stress and I believe in a higher power greater than myself, and that’s easy to do, especially when I think of how amazing the human body is in all that it does and performs on a daily basis, in spite of decisions and actions I choose sometimes. I am thankful that the body is resilient and forgiving.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Eat fresh local foods when possible, fresh always, eat lots of fiber, drink lots of water and limit red meat and processed foods always. Do not over indulge in anything. Maintain balance in all things and, by choice, keep the bad things out of your body. These are choices that I choose to make every day to the best of my ability. Some days are better than others and that is ok too.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
My motivation to stay healthy fundamentally is how I feel. I feel great and when I feel great I have a better chance of being a positive influence on the lives of others.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Oh yes, positive changes in my life have allowed me to maintain a high level of physical and mental activity. My perspective is always half full, and life is good. I am where I am today- mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially because of the decisions I have made. My decisions to be healthy, on all levels, in conjunction with a plan of action to accomplish this goal, have improved every aspect of my life.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Being healthy is a proactive positive choice and it benefits not only me but those around me. Healthy people, mentally, physically and spiritually are people we all want to be around. Healthy people are happy people. Being healthy and happy is a choice I make every day when I get up in the morning. Happy, healthy people fill us up and encourage and inspire us. I want to always be the kind of person that others want to have and be around.

Steven Troy

Resident Assistant
ResLife
Years Worked at UNH: 
3
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
To me, health means being physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually fit.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
To make a healthy UNH community, I have tried to enhance the opportunities and knowledge other students have regarding healthy living at UNH. For example, as president of the club tennis team, I expanded the membership by 10 people so more players can get out and play. And as a resident assistant, I have made bulletin boards that explain ways students can live healthier lives and give them knowledge, such as the health benefits of eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep at night.
How do you stay fit?: 
To stay fit, I try my best to work out 4-5 times per week. On nice days, I will almost always play tennis (sometimes multiple times per day). On rainy days, I will go to the gym and bicycle on a stationary bike. I also try to eat at least one salad a day and stay away from refined and processed foods.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Yes, I would say that it is very important to keep up the habit of eating healthy food. I find that if I deviate from healthy eating, I am much more likely to grab unhealthy food even when I am not craving it. I know that the cheesy bread and fresh chocolate chip cookies from the dining hall can be very tempting, but the more I discipline myself, the easier I find it to avoid eating unhealthy food.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I feel my body is very sensitive - if I start eating bad foods or stop exercising, I feel sluggish both physically and mentally. However, if I am eating the right foods and exercising regularly, I feel great. It may just by psychological for me, but that good feeling I get after I work out or the satisfaction I get from restraining myself from a cookie is worth it.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Yes! I notice that whenever I am eating unhealthy and neglecting to work out, my muscles become very tight and I feel like my posture is not well. I believe this is not good for my body, and I cannot think clearly if my body does not feel good. However, when I eat healthy and exercise, I feel much more limber and I am not as stressed.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
For me, the thing I like most about working out is sweating profusely. I know some people are grossed out by it, but I find the feeling of pushing myself to my limits very rewarding both physically and mentally. I also find that my mood is much better when I am working out and eating healthy as well – another reason why I try to live life as healthy as I can.

Sharon Flanagan

Employment Coordinator
Human Resources
Years Worked at UNH: 
17
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health means feeling good physically as well as mentally.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I attend Healthy Returns, participate in the Wellness Connection program, go at least twice a week to the UNH Employee Fitness Center at the Field House and I walk with several of my friends at my lunch hour around campus.
How do you stay fit?: 
I belong to a gym and take several group exercise classes, get in at least twice a week strength training, walk most days and generally just staying active and I keep moving. That is the key, to stay active and keep moving to keep your body from stiffening up.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Moderation is the key. Don’t deprive yourself of anything you really are craving. Fruits and Veggies are the most important food group and the rest just control your portions. I drink lots of water. Always have a cup of water on my desk. Never drink soda. My grandchildren refer to my “Grammy’s homemade meals” or “Grammy made this from scratch” (I just love that!). Eat very little process foods and try to make everything yourself so you know what is it in your food.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I just look at my three beautiful grandchildren and that is motivation enough! Also, I have one life and one body and I want to treat it in the best way I know how so I live a long time. I have a lot of living to do and want to enjoy life as best I can while being healthy!
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I do read nutrition labels; I try to only eat out a couple of times a month (unless I am on vacation!). I try to hang around positive people. Negative people just don’t fit in with my style.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Well the choice is yours. You can either just sit on the couch and pig out, sit at a bar and drink the night away, and after doing these types of activities, feel lousy, or keep moving and exercise every day by going for walks with your friends, meeting people at the gym. Eat healthy by cooking meals with your family and friends, and feel so good mentally and physically afterwards. The choice is yours and yours alone. So make the right choice and I can guarantee you, if you make the right choice you will reap the benefits and feel great!

Molly Wienberg

RA in the Upper Quad
Years Worked at UNH: 
3
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
I feel that health means to have a proper diet and feel energized and ready to accomplish school. To be healthy means that I am ready to take on all obstacles that are presented to me.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
Recycling, promoting good eating habits to my residents, and encouraging people to be outside and be active.
How do you stay fit?: 
I stay fit by trying to go to the gym about 5 times a week and watch what I eat. I feel I focus on my school work better and can relax in stressful situations if I go to the gym on a regular basis.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I always read the signs next to the food in the dining hall. Each meal I try to make it balanced, especially dinner. I will be sure to have my main course along with vegetables and one other healthy choice.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I have a lot of friends who enjoy working out and we will plan to go to the gym together. This motivates me to go and to keep going.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I have learned to eat healthier and go to the Whittemore Center campus recreation center more often. I also love to run through College Woods and the faculty neighborhood. I have seen a positive change in my attitude due to this.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
I feel that working out is the best way to cope with stress that comes from school work and other aspects of life. I try to focus on what I eat and my mental well-being because this will help me be a more positive person and role model for my residents.

Mike Ferrara

Dean
College of Health and Human Services
Years Worked at UNH: 
1
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Being healthy is a lifestyle and a choice. It is about being active and also making good nutrition choices, managing stress, getting adequate sleep.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I always try to be as active as possible during the day by walking to all campus meetings, taking the stairs, monitoring my diet and parking far away from stores in the parking lot.
How do you stay fit?: 
I just finished training for the Northeast Passage (NEP) Century Ride and my next goal is to ride a metric century later in the Fall. I’ve never used biking as a method for physical fitness but it puts less stress on my knees and more specifically, my IT Band. Also, I like learning about new sports and experimenting with different training principles and see how my body responds to those new activities and physical challenges. For example, I’ve run a marathon in 2007 and hiked to Everest Base Camp in 2009.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I try to monitor my diet whenever possible. I have several meals out during a week that I try to make thoughtful choices to eat well. I have also started to snack more during the day so I don’t eat such a large meal at dinner. The biggest adjustment I have made recently is to consistently drink more water during the day to stay hydrated.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
My motivation is two-fold. First are my kids and by remaining physically active allows me to keep up with them when we go hiking, biking or skiing. We have always been an active family and participated in a variety of recreational and sporting activities. Second, I want to continue to be able to do the things I want as I get older and not be limited by injury or other preventable ailments that could deter my enjoyment.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Since I started training for the Northeast Passage Three Notch Century, I have lost weight and generally feel better. I also notice that when I am physically active, I sleep much better.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
The hardest part is getting into a routine and sticking with that routine whether it is being physically active or making good nutrition choices. It is best to find friends who like similar activities to train together which make you accountable. The Employee Fitness Center has a great staff and a wonderful facility in helping anyone interested in physical activity and to maintain that motivation for continued success.
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