Spotlight On: Rochelle L'Italien

Rochelle L'Italien

Registered Dietitian
UNH Dining

Years Worked at UNH: 26

What does health mean to you?: Health is mind, body, spirit – the whole package. I choose how I fuel my body, how I work my body for fitness and what I feed my mind with thoughts. I then can have a positive influence on myself, those around me, and how I contribute to my community and place on this planet.

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: I walk to meetings, always take the stairs, bike commute in good weather, and choose fruits and vegetables first for meals and snacks. I run in College Woods, participated in Wildcat Workout Project and other wellness activities. I talk with students and staff to help inspire them to accept themselves and make good health choices for eating and fitness.

How do you stay fit?: I love to participate in yoga, road cycling, open water swimming, running trails and roads, hiking and anything outside. I like to find new things to try for fun – like stand up paddleboard yoga and handstands.

Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: Become more mindful of the choices and portion sizes you make for selecting and eating foods. Make more scratch meals at home, pack a snack and lunch, drink water, think colors- to get more fruits and veggies for nutrient density. Slow down your pace of eating. Enjoy the taste.

How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: Fitness, fun and an attitude of gratitude are core values for me. Meeting up with groups of like-minded people helps keep one accountable (such as group bike rides or trail runs). Being a role model to my sons for health and having a good attitude is very important to me as well.

Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: Positive changes open up to positive opportunities to grasp. Opportunity requires action and I have taken action. Daily moments of practice add up to sustainable progress

Anything else you would like to add?: It is wonderful discovering what you’re capable of if you just decide, commit and take action. I didn’t learn to snowboard until I was about 37 years old – did my first century bike ride (100 miles) when I was 44. Headstand on a paddleboard and mountain summit at 48. Embrace life at any age; learn and try new things. Honor your body, mind and spirit.

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