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Sharon Flanagan

Employment Coordinator
Human Resources
Years Worked at UNH: 
18
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!

Mike Ferrara

Dean
College of Health and Human Services
Years Worked at UNH: 
2
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.

Nikki Hentz

Interlibrary Loan Assistant
Dimond Library Interlibrary Loan
Years Worked at UNH: 
4
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health means not feeling crappy and having the energy and ability to do fun things. And also, looking good - vanity. It’s for real.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I don’t jaywalk.
How do you stay fit?: 
I don’t eat carbs; I try to do exercise-y type things a few days a week. I was really into Step Aerobics for a while, I also do Pilates, I walk my dog, ride a bike. I’m also in a local Burlesque troupe, so our practices count as exercise, right? I've been counting them on the Wellness Connection Activity Log gift card thingy.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Don’t eat chocolate cake for every meal. But seriously, I stay away from carbs. I haven’t eaten carbs on the regular for 7 months and I lost 30 lbs. I also feel better and never get that starving feeling. Cutting out carbs is like magic, and it does not actually kill you, cave men didn’t eat bread, think about it. At the very least, I participate in Healthy UNH Rewards Biometric Screenings twice a year; I had the best cholesterol and blood sugar results ever!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I want to stay fabulous for as long as possible. And be fit for my Burlesque troupe.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
The low carb thing has changed my life. I lost 30 lbs of chub and gained a bunch of confidence.

David May

Associate VP
Office of Business Affairs
Years Worked at UNH: 
17
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Feeling good on a daily basis. No aches or pains.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
UNH Dining is committed to helping the University be healthy by being very supportive of the Healthy UNH initiative. We have an excellent Dietitian on staff, Rochelle L’Italien. She has been very active on campus and in working with students, faculty and staff. She is always available for a session to get you on the right track.
How do you stay fit?: 
Joined a health club. 30 minutes of cardio at least 4-5 times per week. Lift weights 2 times per week. Walk. Eat healthy.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Watch portions. Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables. Lean protein. Drink lots of water. Treat yourself once in a while to something bad. I love using the new Wildcat plate to keep me in line.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I lost my dad to cancer. I want to be around to see my future grandchildren grow up. Something he did not get to do.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
The exercising and healthy eating has contributed to loss of weight. I know this is a positive step for me. I use a device called Jawbone to monitor my steps during the day and it tracks how I sleep. It’s a motivator to walk. I have started walking all 18 holes at the golf course. It’s incredible how many steps I take. I guess that is reflective of my game.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Eating healthy has turned me on to many new foods-Brussels sprouts, low fat yogurt, seafood, spinach, beets.

Ken Fuld

Dean
College of Liberal Arts
Years Worked at UNH: 
35
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health is the condition of the body and mind as they carry out their normal biological and psychological functions.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
Besides attempting to stay fit (see below), I try to eat well. My attempts are often unsuccessful, but if I adhere to the principle “everything in moderation,” I generally meet my goals.
How do you stay fit?: 
I try to workout 5 or 6 days per week. I run for an hour on each of three days; the other three days I do some other aerobic exercise (e.g., elliptical) for 30 minutes followed by weight training.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Everything in moderation.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
The dividends come after the workout. Rather than feeling sluggish and tired during workday afternoons, I feel energized. When I hike or kayak or engage in some other recreational activity requiring physical exertion, I don’t suffer from fatigue, which would otherwise detract from the experience.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
To be honest, I don’t see changes to my physical health, but I feel better, and I believe my mental health is improved. I feel generally less stressed and happier when I work out and eat well.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
The Employee Fitness Center is one of UNH’s hidden jewels. Tim Quinn and his colleagues (Dain LaRoche, Summer Cook, and Melissa Rodgers), with the help of their students, run a first-rate exercise center—excellent equipment, available instruction, friendly atmosphere. It’s almost fun to exercise when I’m at the Field House.

Sarah Proctor

Program Director of Veterinary Technology
Veterinary Technology at the Thompson School
Years Worked at UNH: 
6
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
It means being able to do what I want without limitations. The older I get, the more I realize the importance of my health. If I want to keep doing what I like, for as long as possible, I have to stay healthy.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I encourage my students to stay active, to walk rather than take the bus, etc. I also teach my students about mental and emotional health. In a high stress career like veterinary medicine, we are very prone to substance abuse, burn out and compassion fatigue. Last year, I participated in the Employee Fitness Program. I also participate in the Healthy Returns program and the Harvard Pilgrim Wellness Connection.
How do you stay fit?: 
I play soccer 1-2 times per week. I play tennis 1-2 times per week. My women’s tennis team just won the New England Championship and will be representing New England at the National Championship in October! At times I kayak downhill and cross-country ski, do yoga, hike, and bicycle. I also park at the back of parking lots and take the stairs two at a time.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Think about why you’re eating something before you eat it. I often find that if I just think about eating the peanut butter cup, and how short-lived the pleasure will be, I can skip it completely. I switched water for soda and juice; after about a month I didn't really even like soda and juice – they were too sweet! Now if I have juice, I have to dilute it with water to make it tolerable.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I remember the time when I was not so healthy. I couldn't touch my toes, and would get winded just climbing a set of stairs. I remember how painful it was to get from that state back to fitness. It’s much easier to stay fit than to get fit.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Yes! As a practicing vet I allowed myself to lose fitness and did not take care of myself mentally. I burned out and left the practice. Now I have learned better stress management through exercise (particularly yoga), and have a healthier outlook on work and stress. I do not allow work to take over and push personal and fitness time to the side.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Just like taking a class, you won’t succeed at becoming healthy unless you have some motivation to do so. You have to find a personally compelling reason to do it or it just won’t work. But once you get there, it’s so worth it!!

Bentley Bonnell

Lead Personal Trainer
Campus Recreation
Years Worked at UNH: 
4
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Being healthy is a lifestyle choice that encompasses more than one component. A healthy diet, exercise program, and strong relationship with family and friends, are just examples of some components of health that aggregate to promote an overall feeling of fulfillment in life. I use these components to create a healthy lifestyle for myself and balance that allows me experience life to the fullest.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I try to be promoter of healthy habits at UNH. I believe leading by example is the best way to do this. When I’m not in class or at my job, I’m working out. When I’m not working out, I’m making a healthy meal. When I’m not eating, I’m hanging out with friends or enjoying down-time. I believe learning to balance a healthy lifestyle with classes and work is key. I model for others at UNH to get out, stay fit, eat right, and find balance within their own lives.
How do you stay fit?: 
I work out 6 days a week; cardio in the mornings and weight training in the evenings. I also love to hike, swim, and play basketball pick-up games in the Whit, even though my skills in it leave something to be desired.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Eat your fruit and vegetables; no joke.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
Learn to love living a healthy lifestyle; then it’s no longer finding motivation, but purely enjoying it.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
By eating right, exercising, and keeping balance in mind, I overcame childhood obesity and found my adult self.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
I would recommend taking a class at the Whit such as: W4, yoga, or boot camp. The instructors are great and really care about helping you get a great workout. If you want a custom workout or one-on-one time, check out the personal training programs at Campus Rec.

Sarah Stinson

Library Services Assistant – Boston Library Consortium Expert
Dimond Library, Interlibrary Loan
Years Worked at UNH: 
8
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health is one of the few things that can’t be overstated, right? You’re lost without it. Health is happiness. Health is freedom. Health can also be a mildly annoying topic to hear someone else go on about, so I’ll stop there.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
Does wearing sunblock count?
How do you stay fit?: 
I ride my bike to work when the weather is fair. I walk a lot. I play music at full volume and dance in my kitchen most nights!
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
What I know about eating healthfully is pretty much what everyone knows about eating healthfully: eat veggies, drink water, try new things, don’t eat too much. Anyone can intuit that an apple is healthier than a donut, right? So, pick the apple most of the time and you’ll be fine. Don’t overthink nutrition, I say. It doesn’t need to be complicated and it shouldn’t make you feel bad. Just keep it real and enjoy your food! Chewing thoroughly is probably a good idea, too.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I have so much to do! I still want to travel more, make movies, be in a band, grow more vegetables than weeds, read and read and read, listen to music, travel some more, clean out the garage, do wonderful things with and for my friends and family, etc., etc. I need to live a long, healthy life to get through my list!
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
It sounds silly but the most tangible improvement I’ve made to my health in recent years has been to wear a bike helmet consistently. Honestly, I hated to do it but it proved wise. While riding to work one beautiful morning I was struck by a minivan (a minivan!). It was a painful and sobering experience; without the helmet I wouldn’t have survived it. My older sister jokingly insists that I did suffer brain damage, as I went straight from “too cool” to “helmet haranguer.” Her kids all got bike helmets and a lecture for Christmas. Can you picture the eye-rolling? Now if I could invent a gadget that would text me when they’re not buckled... What’s with kids wearing helmets but not buckling them? It kills me!
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Seriously, people, wear a helmet! Go ahead and get one of those awful neon jackets while you’re at it. You won’t regret it. Your health, your life is worth the effort.

Amy Schwartz

Director, Health Care Cost Containment
Finance and Administration
Years Worked at UNH: 
13
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Being able to do the things I want to easily; having more energy, being able to say “yes” when my friends want to go for a bike ride, train for a road race or just go for a walk around the neighborhood. I want to keep up with my kids, my husband (who is very fit) and my dogs. It also means less time at the doctor’s office; that’s my biggest goal!
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I stand up frequently and walk around my desk or my office. I also purposefully park far from my office building, take the stairs and never the elevator—even when I am traveling, I use the hotel stairways. I avoid lunch meetings. I prefer breakfast meetings instead; it’s easier to make healthy choices first thing in the morning!
How do you stay fit?: 
I do a little bit of everything, and I am always up for trying new things. I take classes, since that’s “scheduled” exercise. I take yoga, aerobics and lift weights. This summer, I did a spin class with my daughter that mixed biking and calisthenics—wow, was that hard! To mix it up, I started running this summer with my neighbor (a buddy helps). I also bike with my husband, walk with friends and tried surfing lessons—I always say yes to keep from being bored.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I think it helps to cook at home. I always make enough for leftovers so we have plenty of healthy, home cooked food to accommodate our crazy schedules. Eating well takes planning, so I try to always have something in mind for the next meal. I stock up on fruits and vegetables. I avoid pre-packaged or prepared foods. I also make sure that when I buy something that’s a real weakness—like sea salt caramel gelato, I tell my son so he finishes it before I can get a second helping!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I find motivation in my family. All four of us are “gym rats”—I am proud that I often hear my kids talking about their workout plans for the day and we often re-arrange plans to accommodate our family’s workout schedule. This summer, my daughter was training for her college crew team, my son was training for football and my husband and I were just trying to maintain! A highlight this summer was running with my kids in a 5k “Color Run” in Portland Maine. Two teenagers got up and in the car at 6:30 am on a Saturday to go run a road race, now that’s pretty amazing! It was a fun family goal and my son told me it was “cool” to see me running.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I do Healthy Returns twice a year and my numbers are always great, which my doctor attributes to my exercise routine.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
I think starting an exercise routine is the hardest part and if you aren’t an active person, it can be very overwhelming. I think classes are a good plan since they are at a scheduled time, and they are social—after a while people ask where you are and tell you they missed you at class. If I am not in the mood to exercise classes are perfect—someone leads me through and before I know it, it’s over. Just don’t give up!

Olivia Saunders

Field Specialist in Food & Agriculture
UNH Cooperative Extension
Years Worked at UNH: 
2
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Simple meals, plenty of outdoor activities, and peace of mind. Keeping my mind & body in balance.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
Eat lots of vegetables! Occasionally my office mates and I will go out for a post-work bike ride and share in a pot luck after. We don’t often have time to engage socially, and this way we encourage each other to stay active and be happy. We hope to do a few more rides before the season is over!
How do you stay fit?: 
I live in a place where you don’t need a gym membership to stay active. I enjoy mountain biking and taking my cyclocross out on the dirt roads, long lake swims, and hikes with friends. In winter, I trade my bike for cross country skis or ice skates.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Even though I’ve been cooking for years, there is still no substitute for browsing through a good cookbook. I get ideas and it helps me to prepare nutritious, wholesome meals. You can often find me thumbing through one of Mark Bittman’s books over breakfast.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I’m a very goal oriented runner. I know this about myself. So this summer I signed up for the Granite Man triathlon to motivate me to stay fit. It’s been great to train all summer long, and I probably wouldn't have been so committed without a race event in mind.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Staying fit is an intentional act. I like to set positive goals for myself, or plan activities with friends
Anything else you would like to add?: 
When I’m really working hard I tell myself, until you really push, you never know how much you've really got. I know I always have more to give, more to push, I just have to find the will to do it.
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