Spotlight On: Jennifer Hammond
UNH Information Technology
Year Started at UNH: 2004
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.