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Rob Aquilina

Educational Counselor/Tutor Coordinator
Center for Academic Resources (CFAR)
Years Worked at UNH: 
2
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health is the ability to thrive physically, mentally, spiritually, socially…it’s having something for every dimension of wellness.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I like to stay active when I can. I built a standing work station, I go for a walk, run or work out on my lunch breaks or at the end of the day. I try to be as social as I can and engage with the community around me; I try to smile, laugh and learn, and find opportunities for others to do the same.
How do you stay fit?: 
I move slow a lot, and fast a little bit, lift heavy things, and play. I love exercise that doesn't feel like exercise: walking, hiking, biking, some jogging, playing sports, climbing trees and other things. When I do exercise, I keep it short and intense by running sprints or doing intense body weight resistance movements—no gym…just give me a spot of grass or floor and a place to do some pull ups. Those keep me ready to run in a 5k, 10k or mud run. My favorite way to stay fit is taking my dog for a walk and helping him chase squirrels.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Eat whole foods, and eat a variety. Good food doesn't come in a box; it comes from gardens and trees and animals (wild or raised eating what they were designed to eat) and the ocean. It doesn't come from companies; it comes from farmers or the natural world. After that, you've got to find the food that works for you. I eat to feel good, so an ancestral health diet works for me.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I used to be obese. Very obese. It was prohibitively debilitating, and I was ashamed of myself. When I made the choice to get healthy, I started losing weight and increasing my activity, I was suddenly able to do more things. Everything got better as I continued to improve my health. Instead of focusing on what I couldn't do, I was focusing on what I could do (5k, climb a mountain, run a triathlon). My shame turned to pride and the world filled up with new experiences. I build my own motivation by setting goals and constantly exploring my fullest potential.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Yes. I grew up heavier than my peers. I was extremely obese all through my 20’s, suffered from sleep apnea and insomnia, had very high blood pressure that caused lots of nosebleeds, couldn’t do much, ate poorly and struggled with ongoing depression. I was active from time to time, but mostly sedentary, and ended up with 5 subluxations/bulging discs causing constant back pain, and carrying that weight around made my knees scream from time to time. These were just some of the problems I encountered before getting healthy; there were dozens more I didn’t even know about. Then I decided to get healthy and lose some weight. Throughout that process, my blood pressure regulated, my pain started to dissipate, and my sleep started to improve. I was starting to feel better. As I continued to improve my health, things improved even more. I stopped focusing on weight and started losing fat, I was able to do more, and my energy skyrocketed. Plus, I keep finding more and more benefits. But the biggest change wasn't physical; it was mental. Being obese and unhealthy affected my mental health in a negative way. At times, I was in a very dark place. My journey to health brought me to a much more positive mental space. This is often overlooked as people tend to focus only on measurable, physical health, but I think the real secret to staying healthy is to give equal attention to both the body and the mind.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Being healthy is a choice, and it can be a difficult one. It may seem like the hard part is changing diet and exercising, but they are easy compared to the commitment you make to your life. It’s the best choice a person can make because our health affects everything in our lives. The body already wants to be healthy; it’s the mind that needs to change. And, true health isn't something that can be measured. Weight, body fat percentage, blood pressure, cholesterol…those are all just indicators of health, and unreliable ones at that. True health is felt from within, and it’s different for everyone. Nobody can tell you you’re healthy but you. When you feel it, you’ll know it.

Angela Flanagan

Information Technologist
Research Computing Center
Years Worked at UNH: 
2
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
It means taking care of myself – body and mind. I find that happiness is the key. You can’t truly be healthy if you aren't happy.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I use the Employee Fitness Center, and run on the indoor track when it’s available. I participate in Healthy Returns and the USNH Wellness Connection, and I did the Stress Eraser program. I also run the UNH Homecoming 5K in the fall.
How do you stay fit?: 
I run a couple times a week, and weight-train at the Employee Fitness Center in the Field House. I’ll do an occasional 5k road race. In summer and fall, I hike when the weather is nice.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Do most of your food shopping along the perimeter of the grocery store. That’s where all the fresh foods are!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I have an old back injury from a car accident that acts up when I’m sedentary for too long. It goes away when I stick to my workouts. I could probably get it fixed, but in a way I don’t want to. Sometimes it’s the only thing that gets me moving!
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Absolutely, the most significant is stress and anxiety management. Stress is a fact of life for most of us, but finding healthy ways to deal with it is a must.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
A lot of people say, “Find a workout you love!” And that’s great if you do, but you don’t have to love it. But you should do it. You know you should. I think of it as just another item on my to-do list. Laundry, Dishes, Workout, Vacuum, etc.

Rhiannon C. Beauregard

Program Coordinator, 4-H Animal and Agricultural Science
UNH Cooperative Extension
Years Worked at UNH: 
2
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health means a lot to me- without health I couldn't be a functioning and contributing member of society! When I applied for my position at UNH, one of the things that attracted me to work for UNH was how much it seemed like as a campus they put health as a priority!
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I do a lot! I drink out of my Healthy UNH water bottle that I got when I was hired! I walk to campus from my office in Moiles House. I use my Wellness Connection dollars to attend yoga classes twice a week and I attend a weekly Weight Watchers at Work meeting on campus! I participate in the variety of activities UNH has to offer, including the snowshoeing clinic through UNH Outdoor Adventures this past winter. I also compete at the UNH Dressage Shows that UNH puts on each year with my horse (the photo is of us last year at the UNH Dressage Show- you can see the UNH Observatory in the background!) There are so many opportunities to be healthy at UNH!
How do you stay fit?: 
I ride my horse 3-5 times per week, I do yoga at least twice a week, and I walk my dog a lot. About two years ago, I had major spinal surgery that changed my whole perception on exercise, health, wellness, and well- life! An athlete my whole life, I had to think well-ness, over fit-ness. What I found is that I can have well-ness and fit-ness!
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Fresh fruits, vegetables, and portion control. Being a lifetime member of Weight Watchers has taught me to make good choices and be rewarded for healthy choices! I also plan ahead so that I can make healthy choices. I am a huge fan of slow cooking!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
Healthy to me = pain free. Being out of pain is a huge motivator. That means I need to watch my diet, my exercise, and my level of fitness. Feeling good and pain-free is a huge motivator.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I’ve changed my mindset that exercise doesn't have to be this rigid, organized event. I find a tremendous benefit to my mind, body, and soul by brushing my horse, going on a walk with my dog, doing housework, or doing a gentle/restorative yoga class. When I used to think exercise was about pushing myself, I missed out on a huge benefit of exercise: relaxation. I now try to look at exercise as a way to relax and be grateful for my body, not try to see how far I can go.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
I relearned how to be active after a major injury, surgery, and very long recovery period. Anyone can reinvent themselves into a healthy, active person. It’s never too early (or too late!). And never say never- I never thought I would ride my beautiful horse again, and we are back to it!

Bruno Pape

Information Technologist
EOS/SSC
Years Worked at UNH: 
7
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Staying one step, or maybe half a step, ahead of getting old.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I try to make people smile, giggle, laugh, and/or say hello.
How do you stay fit?: 
I like to water ski, play outside, and sometimes ride around on a unicycle.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Buy your breakfast cereal in 50 lb. bags, and don’t try to eat it all in one sitting.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
Fear. I’m afraid of getting old, tired, and lazy, or maybe just any more so than I already am.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Yes, I would like to think so, but I might just be getting even more delusional.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Oh, and don’t forget to take advantage of Healthy Returns, the Stress Eraser program, and all the other wonderful and healthy benefits that UNH has to offer.

Scott Kitterman

Network Administrator
IT Network Operations
Years Worked at UNH: 
20
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Being able to stay active, play with my family and enjoy the outdoors whether it is hiking in the White Mountains or canoeing on a local waterway.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I like to think my positive attitude and good spirits bring a healthy aspect to UNH.
How do you stay fit?: 
As a creature of habit I visit the Works Health club at least three mornings a week on my way to UNH. I try to get in a walk every day at lunchtime.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Drink more water and have fewer snacks at the desk. These tips are for my benefit as much as anyone reading this.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
Basically I know healthy habits will help keep me away from the doctor. Knowing that good health will keep me active with my family is another big motivator.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I would say participating in Healthy Returns makes a big difference in my habits. It is a nice reminder to keep on track, which really helps.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
I just do my best to keep healthy habits and take great satisfaction in all the positive habits.

Marc Flore

Senior Data Analyst
Institute for Health Policy and Practice
Years Worked at UNH: 
3
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health means doing what I want, when I want, without having to worry about my body holding me back.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I bring humor to the office. Humor has been shown to improve health. I also encourage people to try things like Ultimate Frisbee, Disc Golf, and to join me at Healthy UNH events.
How do you stay fit?: 
I recently joined the Employee Fitness Program, which I recommend. I was paired up with a senior Kinesiology student who is wonderful. He has shown me around the gym, a place I used to avoid. I attend as many Healthy UNH events as possible, including Healthy Returns and a recent snowshoeing trip out to college woods. I play Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I find that if I fill up on healthier foods, I’m not scrounging for the bad stuff as often. I also try to avoid grocery shopping while hungry. If I buy it, I will eat it. Avoiding temptation is easier than finding the willpower to say “no”.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I’ve spent a good portion of my life overweight and out of shape. I find that I’m much happier when I’m fit & healthy. I’m able to do things I could not do before and I enjoy many activities much more than I used to.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I’ve lowered my BMI, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. Most of these were a result of small changes to my diet and increased activity - nothing drastic.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
I find that once I go home after work, I’m unlikely to exercise. If I do something first thing in the morning, or just after work, I’m a lot more likely to do something active.

John Bunker

Director of External Relations
College of Health and Human Services Years
Years Worked at UNH: 
3
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health means a combination of several domains: physical, emotional, environmental, spiritual, community and family.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I serve as co-chair of the Healthy UNH initiative; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in CHHS; try to serve healthy snacks at meetings, although chocolate often falls into this category; I work out at the UNH Employee Fitness Center; and I recently collaborated with the terrific staff at the UNH Alumni Office to organize a Yellowstone Winter Expedition (seven UNH alumni joined us for a great trip to explore the park in winter, including cross country skiing and snow shoeing).
How do you stay fit?: 
I try to exercise every day, whether it is yoga in downtown Exeter, working out at the UNH Employee Fitness Center, downhill and/or cross country skiing, golfing and biking soon, hiking and fly fishing. My wife and I are taking more walks around the neighborhood and downtown Exeter, especially when we don’t have time for biking, working out, squash, tennis, etc.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I try to select a modest amount of quality food when visiting Holloway Commons…but sometimes those fresh baked chocolate chip cookies just call out to me. I pack a PBJ sandwich most days and add an apple/banana. My best tip: marry someone who has a healthy diet.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
Both of my parents suffered a heart attack, my father when he was 43 and my mother at 63. Because of my public health training, it is clear that staying healthy is a critical priority…every day. I enjoy traveling and many outdoor activities, and improving my diet and daily exercise routines is a good investment for future adventures with my sons and wife in Yellowstone and Glacier, New Zealand, Banff and Jasper, Austria and Switzerland…you get the idea.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I recently started a regular yoga program in downtown Exeter after the hospital closed their athletic facility. Yoga has improved my balance, flexibility, and stamina.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Like the ad says…Just Do It! To the best of your ability!

Anne Broussard

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Social Work
Years Worked at UNH: 
13
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
It means so many things to me that it’s hard to put into words, from doing what I want when I want, to living cancer-free (for 11 years), to fun times participating in sporting events with my husband and children. Since I did the Rome Marathon in March, I’ll quote a Roman poet and say, “The greatest wealth is health” (Virgil).
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I challenge my colleagues and students to schedule a half marathon or marathon with me and I volunteer for athletic training students, which motivates me to work out in the Employee Fitness Center regularly. Also I participate in Healthy UNH events.
How do you stay fit?: 
I racewalked 21 marathons and ultramarathons in 2012 and have completed more than 50 in all. To train for races, I work out on a treadmill or outside, rebound on my teeny trampoline, use the machines at the Employee Fitness Center, and participate in 5, 10 and 15k races. I’m planning to add lap-swimming back into my routine this spring.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Unfortunately, I love sugar and stout so I try very hard to surround myself with healthy foods and to keep the “bad” ones out of my line of sight.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
After a cancer diagnosis and treatment that filled all of 2002, I started signing up for races to reduce the risk of recurrence and discovered racewalking (I especially like to pass runners!). I wear a FitBit pedometer all the time as do many friends, my sister, and my children; our data is automatically downloaded to our computers so we engage in friendly competition to see who can get the most steps every day.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I have moved toward cross-training and better food choices in the last couple of years. Also, I used to work day and night. Now I try to leave the office every day at a reasonable hour and make every effort to avoid working at night and at least one weekend day.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
I have very strong support from family and friends. My husband (of 35 years) does most races with me. He’s completed more than 90 marathons and triathlons, so I support him as a spectator when I’m not participating. I hooked my sister on marathons and ultras a few years ago and my daughter, a UNH alum, is a runner and triathlete also.

Kate Crary

Program Manager
Institute for Health Policy and Practice
Years Worked at UNH: 
2
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health, to me, is simply recognizing and celebrating your worth by taking care of yourself in whole, as well as the people you love. While working towards self-health concerning mind, body and spirit, is key, taking care of and increasing the health of those around us is what true well-being is all about.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I work in Concord, and contribute towards a Healthy UNH by promoting healthy practices in my workplace. I use the stairs instead of the elevator (I work on the 4th floor), I go for walks during breaks, and I encourage my colleagues to join me whenever possible. I believe that a Healthy UNH extends beyond the campus to our professional partners; what better partnership to foster than a partnership of health?
How do you stay fit?: 
I was a landscaper for over a decade; I enjoy building things and working out of doors. Any time I can exercise while connecting to nature makes me more relaxed, focused, and at peace. I have learned that exercise isn't rocket science: if you don’t like it, you’re probably not going to keep doing it long term. So, I've learned to build exercise into what I love in a way that I enjoy. Right now, I’m trying to teach myself to “enjoy” running by bringing along my 6 month-old blue-tick coon hound puppy.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I love food. LOVE IT. For me, it’s all about portion control, cooking from scratch, and trying to remember that my body is both a machine and a temple. It’s not something to be critiqued. It’s something to love and accept. Before I make a questionable food choice, I think about those two metaphors. It’s helped me make much better choices, helps me to learn to love my body more, and boosts my self-confidence. The higher my confidence, the better I eat!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
My biggest motivation comes from my parents. We were a very close family, and I loved them dearly. Unfortunately, they passed away last year. Both were 60 years of age. I know that if they could speak to me now, they would want be to be as healthy as I possibly can be for my son. They would want me to pass along to him the knowledge that he, too, is a temple.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Yes! Before coming to work at UNH, I quit smoking. I had smoked for a number of years. Once I started to think of my body as a temple and a machine, I knew I had to quit. Not only are the health benefits of quitting smoking almost too many to count, the accomplishment helps to motivate me in other areas of my life. Every time I feel like I can’t accomplish something, or begin to doubt myself, I take a deep breath. When I feel the oxygen fill my lungs, I think, “I quit smoking. I can breathe. I can run without getting winded. I beat an addiction. I can do this; I can do anything”.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Perhaps the most important aspect of health, to me, is loving yourself. Love who you are. Love what you look like. There is only one you, and you are awesome, and worth the hard work of being healthy. Once you start to embrace yourself, adopting healthy practices is a natural next step!

Jennifer Hammond

Information Technologist
UNH Information Technology
Years Worked at UNH: 
9
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health means that my mind, heart and body are all working efficiently together. I wake up happy and I go to sleep content. It helps me be the best possible me I can be.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I utilize the great programs that UNH has to offer. Through the USNH Wellness Connection program I earn incentives to participate in regular activity. I utilize the $200 yearly reimbursement for wellness classes. I participate in the various Healthy UNH activities throughout the year. I am a member of The Works Health and Fitness Center in Somersworth NH. This facility offers endless wellness activities from swimming to Zumba. If I am not at The Works I can be found in the Employee Fitness Center at the field house on campus. By making wellness an important part of my life I demonstrate healthy behavior. A little encouragement can blossom into something amazing. I believe a healthy environment is a happy one.
How do you stay fit?: 
I enjoy a variety of activities. I participate in many races and especially enjoy the ones that contain mud pits and/or encourage costumes. I practice Vinyasa yoga 3-4 times a week. I also enjoy a crazy boot camp or hip hop dance class on occasion. My snow shoes also get a good workout in the winter. I enjoy laughing at myself doing Wii fit or Dance Central. I do love atomic pushups on the TRX and feel most comfortable cutting a rug wherever there is room and a good tune.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Food is such a life force. We are so lucky to live where we do and have access to all kinds of great local harvests. Farmers markets are a great way to experience this harvest and support a sustainable world. Don’t be afraid to taste new things.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
Staying healthy means I can rely less on external, material things to keep me happy. Maintaining my health has enabled me to live more simply. With my health I feel so much more alive and vibrant. Life is good.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I have struggled with my weight for much of my life. I have remained active but my relationship with food has been rocky. I have recently discovered that if I feed my body rather than my mind and heart I will be in a much better place. Not really a new concept but one I have yet to fully have control over. It’s certainly a journey. I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue to get better with every breath.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Wellness is so personal and really has to fit you. Find something you love and do it with all your heart. Although smiling more may seem too simple, it can help in so many ways. Healthy UNH relies on smiles.
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