Spotlight On: Sarah Stinson

August 27, 2013


Sarah Stinson

Library Services Assistant – Boston Library Consortium Expert
Dimond Library, Interlibrary Loan

Year Started at UNH: 2005

What does health mean to you?: Health is one of the few things that can’t be overstated, right? You’re lost without it. Health is happiness. Health is freedom. Health can also be a mildly annoying topic to hear someone else go on about, so I’ll stop there.

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: Does wearing sunblock count?

How do you stay fit?: I ride my bike to work when the weather is fair. I walk a lot. I play music at full volume and dance in my kitchen most nights!

Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: What I know about eating healthfully is pretty much what everyone knows about eating healthfully: eat veggies, drink water, try new things, don’t eat too much. Anyone can intuit that an apple is healthier than a donut, right? So, pick the apple most of the time and you’ll be fine. Don’t overthink nutrition, I say. It doesn’t need to be complicated and it shouldn’t make you feel bad. Just keep it real and enjoy your food! Chewing thoroughly is probably a good idea, too.

How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: I have so much to do! I still want to travel more, make movies, be in a band, grow more vegetables than weeds, read and read and read, listen to music, travel some more, clean out the garage, do wonderful things with and for my friends and family, etc., etc. I need to live a long, healthy life to get through my list!

Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: It sounds silly but the most tangible improvement I’ve made to my health in recent years has been to wear a bike helmet consistently. Honestly, I hated to do it but it proved wise. While riding to work one beautiful morning I was struck by a minivan (a minivan!). It was a painful and sobering experience; without the helmet I wouldn’t have survived it. My older sister jokingly insists that I did suffer brain damage, as I went straight from “too cool” to “helmet haranguer.” Her kids all got bike helmets and a lecture for Christmas. Can you picture the eye-rolling? Now if I could invent a gadget that would text me when they’re not buckled... What’s with kids wearing helmets but not buckling them? It kills me!

Anything else you would like to add?: Seriously, people, wear a helmet! Go ahead and get one of those awful neon jackets while you’re at it. You won’t regret it. Your health, your life is worth the effort.

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