Spotlight On: John Bunker

March 21, 2013


John Bunker

Director of External Relations
College of Health and Human Services Years

Year Started at UNH: 2010

What does health mean to you?: Health means a combination of several domains: physical, emotional, environmental, spiritual, community and family.

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: I serve as co-chair of the Healthy UNH initiative; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in CHHS; try to serve healthy snacks at meetings, although chocolate often falls into this category; I work out at the UNH Employee Fitness Center; and I recently collaborated with the terrific staff at the UNH Alumni Office to organize a Yellowstone Winter Expedition (seven UNH alumni joined us for a great trip to explore the park in winter, including cross country skiing and snow shoeing).

How do you stay fit?: I try to exercise every day, whether it is yoga in downtown Exeter, working out at the UNH Employee Fitness Center, downhill and/or cross country skiing, golfing and biking soon, hiking and fly fishing. My wife and I are taking more walks around the neighborhood and downtown Exeter, especially when we don’t have time for biking, working out, squash, tennis, etc.

Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: I try to select a modest amount of quality food when visiting Holloway Commons…but sometimes those fresh baked chocolate chip cookies just call out to me. I pack a PBJ sandwich most days and add an apple/banana. My best tip: marry someone who has a healthy diet.

How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: Both of my parents suffered a heart attack, my father when he was 43 and my mother at 63. Because of my public health training, it is clear that staying healthy is a critical priority…every day. I enjoy traveling and many outdoor activities, and improving my diet and daily exercise routines is a good investment for future adventures with my sons and wife in Yellowstone and Glacier, New Zealand, Banff and Jasper, Austria and Switzerland…you get the idea.

Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: I recently started a regular yoga program in downtown Exeter after the hospital closed their athletic facility. Yoga has improved my balance, flexibility, and stamina.

Anything else you would like to add?: Like the ad says…Just Do It! To the best of your ability!

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