UNH Speakers Bureau

Too busy to be healthy? Join the club


Program Description:

When was the last time you had someone tell you they had free time? Most likely it would be difficult to recall. As a nation, we are constantly telling each other how busy we are on a daily basis. We cannot imagine our forbearers two hundred years ago were less busy, but they had one advantage to our present generation. Their lifestyles were more active by nature and necessity. The adult obesity levels are climbing, our activity levels are declining, and diets are imbalanced at best. While this has become a global phenomenon, America has led the way. To address this problem there have been national initiatives, Healthy People 2010, among others. But to be successful in empowering a nation to lead healthy and active lives it has to start with the individual. Everyone can add more activity and make healthy dietary choices. In order for this lofty goal to be achieved it has to begin with a positive can do attitude and peer support. The goal of healthier lifestyles starts with small changes that can be maintained over a lifetime. We are all in this together and there is not one individual who should not be active or eat well. This goal can be achieved.


Patricia A. Halpin

Patricia A. Halpin is a popular and respected teacher with both science and non-science majors at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. Halpin began teaching at UNH Manchester in 1999. She has taught six different classes during this period including Anatomy and Physiology, Diversity of Life, Diseases of the 21st Century, Biotechnology and Society and Biology and is a mentor in the University's Blended Learning Institute. Her current research centers on the use of technology in science classes. Halpin was the recipient of the 2006 Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award, has been awarded a number of fellowships and research grants and is the author of numerous articles. She joined UNH Manchester after completing a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School. She has worked as a research assistant at MIT's Centers for Cancer Research, Environmental Health Sciences and in the Department of Radiation Therapy at Harvard Medical School. (*M)

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