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Danielle Blanchette

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Student, Senior Nutrition Major
COLSA
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health, to me, can be a number of different things: healthy physically, mentally, or emotionally. All of which are extremely important to anyone’s well-being. To be healthy means that you give your body what it needs to thrive. Our bodies and minds are fragile, so to me, you can achieve health by feeding yourself good food, filling your mind with positive thoughts, and/or exercising to sweat the toxins and stress away.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I love walking. It clears my mind and I get to listen to great music and enjoy my free time. However when I get to go for a walk with a group of friends, it makes it that much better. Encouraging your friends to go outside and get some fresh air with you is a great way to make a healthy UNH. We are very lucky that we have access to a swimming pool, countless sports fields and beautiful woods to go to and get some exercise.
How do you stay fit?: 
I actually am kind of bias because I personally love exercising. I have been playing soccer since I was three and ever since then, I need to run in order to stay sane. I love to run outside, or on the treadmill at the gym. I also have a friend who is a personal trainer and so he has recently been getting me into lifting weights which is a huge feat on its own! Snowboarding is also really fun to me, it works muscles I never knew I had! However, I do have my off days and so when I really don’t feel like leaving my room and walking all the way to the gym (I live by DHOP so walking to the gym can take a while), I tend to dance. It sounds weird, but I love to just dance completely ungracefully around in my room (I’m sure my five other roommates have heard me from time to time). I also have been practicing yoga for a few years now and it really benefits me physically and mentally by strengthening my body and also letting me focus on my breath so I can clear my mind.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
There are countless ways to eat healthy! If you exercise a lot, be sure to refuel your body with carbs and protein and your muscles will thank you. Also, eating a salad can sound pretty boring but if you add other things to it like a hard-boiled egg or pretzels (pretzels are actually amazing in a salad), you won’t feel like you’re just eating a bed of spinach or lettuce!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I find motivation to stay healthy by knowing that my body will function so much better if I treat it right. I love the feeling after a great workout knowing that I just accomplished something great, so having that feeling is a great incentive for me to exercise. I also find motivation by exercising in a way that is fun. Doing Zumba and other classes at the Hamel Rec Center gives you such a great workout but the time flies because you’re simply enjoying yourself and you have an instructor to keep you going the entire time.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Committing to regular exercise like yoga has been a great investment in my health. The regular classes and teachers keep me motivated and coming back. Yoga is the perfect balance of physical and mental well-being.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Give tofu a chance! It’s really yummy in stir-fry’s. Also, being healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. There are so many different ways to stay healthy and it can be fun, too!

Emily Heidt

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Student
Years Worked at UNH: 
3
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health is a positive lifestyle in mind, body, and spirit. It is overcoming obstacles and tough times and coming out on the other side a changed person. Whether it is going for a ten minute run in between class, going to the gym for an hour every day, running a 5k every weekend, or even skipping out on the cookie at Stillings, every person is different.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I try my absolute best to keep a positive attitude. Having a positive attitude does wonders. It keeps you motivated and motivates others as well. I try to use the stairs as much as I can around campus and eat a well-balanced meal every day.
How do you stay fit?: 
I am an avid horseback rider so I ride at least 4 times a week during breaks and at least 2 times a week during the school year. Besides that, I like to switch between running around the track and using the machines at the Whit. I like to change up my work out schedule a lot to keep things interesting.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
If you are a snacker, try to keep healthy snacks around you. I keep things like yogurt, graham crackers, apples, rice cakes, trail mix, and fruit in my room to snack on. The best thing you can do is keep yourself busy and you will forget that you are hungry. When you eat at the dining halls, it is hard to keep your plate healthy with all of the options they give you. I stick to the first couple of stations in each dining hall because you can usually find a balanced meal such as a meat, vegetable, and a starch. Try to put at least one vegetable or fruit on your plate for each meal. Drink lots of water, eat in moderation, and focus on eating whole foods!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I find motivation in positivity, prayer, and through friends. I have a quote board by my door in my dorm room for quick inspiration before class and my friends and text each other upbeat texts throughout the day to keep us going. We motivate each other to stay healthy and active as much as we can.
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 and being healthy doesn’t mean you have to do this rigid program 7 days a week. I started college thinking that was the only way you could stay active, and if I missed a day of my designated program, I would feel terrible about myself. Instead, I work out to feel good-mentally, instead of just physically. The physical stuff will follow. Hanging out with my horse, jogging around the track for ten minutes, or even just going for a walk around campus gives me great relief in my mind, body, and soul. I work out to relieve stress and help with my anxiety. If I feel tense or even if my posture isn't good, I know I’m all balled up inside and immediately head to the gym. I used to push myself too hard and there would be no run or relaxation involved. Since I have changed my attitude about working out I find myself ten times happier, relaxed, and stress free.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
This is your life so you can decide how you live it and what being healthy means to you. Don’t forget the support and encouragement of your friends and family around you and take advantage of all the things healthy UNH has to offer!

Kelly Moynihan

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Student
Nutrition-Dietetics
Years Worked at UNH: 
5
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Many people think of health as the food choices you make and your physical stamina but it is really so much more than that. Health goes beyond just physical status and includes mental and emotional health as well. Being healthy to me means that you are able to live a lifestyle in which you are able to do all the things that make you happy. For some people that is going for a 10 mile run every day, but for others it is taking a walk or gardening. Staying positive and being emotionally well is just as important to being healthy as making good food choices and staying active.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
As a dietetics student, I have more opportunities than most to make a healthy UNH. I encourage students to use the resources that UNH has available, such as the Whittemore Center, tennis courts, swimming pool, etc. to stay active. Intramural sports are also a great way to make new friends and stay active.
How do you stay fit?: 
As a student, I find it hard to have a consistent workout schedule so it’s always changing. Some days I will walk on my treadmill while catching up on the shows I’ve missed, and other times I will go for a bike ride. I play on a few of the intramural teams as well, which are some of my favorite memories here!
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Eating healthy is a lot easier than most people think. There are so many nutritious foods that taste great and I think it’s important for people to go out and try new things. It is important to remember that there are no “good” or “bad” foods, and that everything is okay in moderation. There are also plenty of ways to sneak fruits and vegetables into the foods you already eat which will help you get on the right track.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
One of the best benefits of living a healthy lifestyle is that it feels great! Staying healthy means being able to manage stress, have a great mood and feel like you can accomplish anything!
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Yes, I recently learned how to better manage stress which is a huge part of staying healthy. I've found that staying organized, staying positive, and eating right has kept me feeling good about myself and has helped me accomplish a lot over the past few years.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Being healthy is a lifestyle for everyone, and I think it is important to always have a goal to be working towards. Whenever you are having an off day you can always look at how far you have already gone toward achieving your goal! Stick to it and stay positive!

Molly Wienberg

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Student and RA in the Upper Quad
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.

Jerica Rich

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Former RA in Gibbs Hall
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health to me means being happy in my own skin.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I walk whenever I can rather than taking the bus. I get involved on campus (Pre-vet Club, MUB events, being an RA). Getting involved is healthy because it allows you to get out of your dorm room and become one with the community here at UNH. You can meet and make new friends and get the opportunity to become a leader here at UNH and with all that comes the learned skills of time management, public speaking, and pride for UNH. All of these qualities are recipe for a healthy emotional life, it builds self esteem and with all those new friends made i'm sure you'll be smiling and laughing alot more.. which also contributes to being physically healthy! :)
How do you stay fit?: 
I get 6-8 hours of sleep a night. I eat three meals a day, and snack on healthful things like fruit from the dining halls. I try to go to the gym every day, for an hour. I do at least 20 push-ups and sit-ups a day.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Drink a full glass of water before each meal. Eat the healthy stuff on your plate first; that way you might be full by the time you get to those mozzarella sticks you couldn't pass up. Cut out the sugary nothing-ness (i.e. candy, soda, desserts). Give yourself a cheat day! (Eat yummy "bad" food that you've been craving, this method helps you stay on track for the rest of your diet week).
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I envision the muscular legs that I would like to have. I tell myself, "Self, you are young and your body is in its prime... take advantage of it!" I work out and diet with friends who have the same goals in mind.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I don't ever drink soda... no cavities or aspartame - yay! I can do a considerable amount of push-ups since I've started doing them every day with fellow RAs.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
It is NEVER too late to decide you want to start being healthy! Remember everyone has a different definition of healthy; you just have to recognize the goals that you have for your own lifestyle and make everything else work towards accomplishing those goals. Have fun and love yourself, It's a GREAT day to be a Wildcat!!!

Ashley Wood

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Office Aid, Life Guard, Swim instructor, Personal Trainer
Campus Recreation, Aquatics
Years Worked at UNH: 
3
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health means that both your physically well and mentally happy. When I am healthy, it means that my stress is down, I have energy to do the things I love and need to do, I participate socially with those I care about, I can work through most issues that come my way without being affected negatively, and my body feels good and without pain. Health is a way of life and although life isn’t always easy, if you can maintain that balance of physical health and mental health, then life will be fulfilling and memorable.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I feel that I make a healthy UNH by being positive and supporting those around me to be happy and engaged in things they love that can help make them healthy. Whenever I can I encourage my friends to run/jog, hike, rock climb, or even just walk around with me. I even try to find fun events at UNH and outside to participate in for myself and my friends/co-workers. In fact, at the end of last semester a co-worker and I signed up for the color run; we spent a little money on it so we definitely could not back down, plus it’s the happiest 5k on the planet! I also do my best to let others know I am there for them for anything. I feel that helps create a healthy and strong relationship in which you can trust and rely on each other.
How do you stay fit?: 
I have come a long way in terms of being and staying fit. It took me 3 years to achieve my most fit self, which involved losing 80lbs and finding a healthy mindset. Back at my most fit, I worked at FedEx, went rock climbing 2-3 times a week, ran 2-3 times a week, and went hiking/biking or just participated in very active games such as soccer/football (though I mostly ran back and forth) etc. To stay fit nowadays, with all my schooling and many jobs, I try find jobs in which I must move and stay active. I am a life guard and swim instructor as well as a new personal trainer so in each position not only must I maintain and excel in my physical fitness but I am being active while performing my duties. Outside of my jobs I enjoying hiking, rock climbing (when I can), cleaning my condo with music on and moving to it, I go to the gym with my friend 2-3 times a week, and hop in the pool to do laps/aqua jog/ or tread water. During the summer, I help pick peaches and nectarines at an orchard, so that really works my upper body. Even if I go out for a night I always try and find a place I can dance in to keep me active.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Stock your home with non processed foods-fruit, veggies, and healthy homemade dips. Those really come in handy when you start to get hungry and you are plowing away at homework. I find that having small healthy snacks like nuts, fruits, veggies, and granola around help when you begin to feel hungry (I try to keep them in my purse or backpack). Drinking lots of water also helps to lessen your hunger cravings because you fill up on it. Finally, trying new healthy foods and recipes help to encourage eating healthy. Plus those are always the most flavorful foods!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
There are still many times when motivation is hard to come by. Remember that you may have your down days or “cheat” days, but that’s okay. Just remember, if you start being active even for 5 minutes, that feeling will infect you and help encourage you to continue. Also, if you love to cook or bake or even just that you like to eat make it a challenge to find things healthy and new to try.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
The biggest tangible improvement to my health has been my weight loss due to my positive change in my emotional and mental state. Ever since I was little, when under stress, I would “comfort” eat, now it wasn't just eating constantly but eating too many sweets or processed carbohydrates and at the wrong times. I still fall into the habit every now and then when my stress level is way high. But the more I focus on making myself happy and finding ways to remove unnecessary stress from my life, the less I find myself “comfort” eating. Over the last 5 years I have maintained a healthy weight along with feeling happier and more stable in my life.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Love yourself. It is the hardest thing to do but I know that if you can do that than your health and life will be wonderful. Don’t deny things either to yourself that only sets you up for failure because if you “cave” into that which you have denied yourself then you will only make yourself feel bad. Moderation is key and making things enjoyable and special will help you moderate your treats.

Amy Parker

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Work Study at Business Services
College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
Years Worked at UNH: 
4
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health, to me, is having a positive mind and outlook on life. Obstacles only help us discover new things about ourselves and seeing it as an opportunity, rather than a problem, can make all the difference. Being healthy is also finding the right balance between yourself and the environment, while respecting both.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I worked on a study in the Business Services office assisting parents and students with all of their questions. It’s a great feeling being able to help out UNH families with the billing process, and seeing the excitement of incoming freshman always puts a smile on my face.
How do you stay fit?: 
I stay fit by living the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time I eat clean, whole foods and the remaining 20% is for my favorite treats like lattes and DHOP. I also try to buy local and fair-trade products as much as I can. I walk everywhere on campus and rarely take the bus, and College Woods is one of my favorite places to run!
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Start with small changes! It’s easy to incorporate a small change a week, rather than doing a “cold-turkey” approach. Another tip is to know that you don’t have to be perfect! It’s great if you can eat healthy all the time, but it’s also okay to give into your cravings. That’s why I use the 80/20 rule. An 80 is still a B, so you can’t go wrong!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I am a Nutrition major, so I’m always striving to learn the newest trends and topics in health. I also try to surround myself with healthy people. My mom recently lost 65 pounds, so we love to find new, healthy recipes and cook together. Jogging with friends is also a great motivator and gives you some friendly competition to push yourself!
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I have been inspired by a friend at home who had done a 5 week paleo/cross-fit challenge. I wanted to experiment and see how I felt after strict clean eating, so I kept a journal and tried it out myself. After only 3 weeks, not only did I feel like a brand new person, but I was also down 15 pounds. I have incorporated much of what I learned while doing it into my daily habits now. I have also found ways to cope with stress, like deep breathing and aromatherapy. Reduced stress has helped clear up my skin and decrease emotional snacking.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Being healthy is a habit! While diets make work in the short-term, a healthy lifestyle will give you a lifetime full of endless benefits. There are so many different ways to improve your health, so remember to take some time and dedicate it to yourself!

Haley Goodson

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College of Liberal Arts
Years Worked at UNH: 
0
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health is all about loving who you are and loving your body enough to take care of it; emotionally, mentally, and physically.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
When I came to the Freshman Orientation, I loved using the Wildcat (portion) Plates. I also can’t wait to start taking some of the Boot Camps offered.
How do you stay fit?: 
I was a gymnast all through high school. I also love to run. I am training this summer to run in my first 5k in September. I hope to one day run in the Boston Marathon.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
Everything in moderation is good.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I love being competitive, always pushing myself to be better, whether it be gymnastics or running.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
I used to have a group of friends that were really negative. I was really depressed, and I had little to no energy to do anything. Once I stopped hanging out with them and found a more positive group of people, I had more energy and I became a friendlier, outgoing person.
Anything else you would like to add?: 
Being healthy is not just about being fit it’s about loving who you are, and wanting to be a better you, mind, body, and soul.

Leah Burke, Intern

Intern
Institute for Health Policy and Practice
Years Worked at UNH: 
2
Healthy Eating and Active Living
What does health mean to you?: 
Health is the general feeling of wellness that I have: physically, mentally and emotionally. Keeping these three balanced makes me feel my best and most energetic.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: 
I love to cook! Cooking keeps me in touch with my health because I know exactly what I’m putting into my body and how it makes me feel. Taking the time to prepare food for yourself makes you respect what you’re eating and where your food is coming from. Also, it’s a lot of fun and very gratifying.
How do you stay fit?: 
I try to sneak in exercise wherever possible. For example, since I live on the third floor of my apartment building, I do lunges up the stairs to my door. It doesn't take any extra time out of my day, but I can definitely feel the difference.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: 
I would recommend avoiding processed foods as much as possible, and using the best ingredients while cooking. Not only are foods grown locally fresher and have more nutrients, you’re also supporting your local economy by buying from members of your community.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: 
I stay motivated by setting goals. For example, I have a friend who is hosting a 5k race later in the spring. When I have a fitness goal to strive for, I’m more motivated to do the small things that will keep me in shape and healthy until then.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: 
Keeping myself de-stressed with relaxation techniques such as yoga, stretching and breathing exercises has affected my body in surprising ways, such as sleeping better at night and clearer skin.
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