Senior Data Analyst
NH Institute for Health Policy and Practice
Years Worked at UNH:2
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.
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