Spotlight On: Kelsey MacDonald

Student and RA in Hubbard
Nutrition and EcoGastronomy

Year Started at UNH: 2012

What does health mean to you?: Health is more than just physical. It is holistic; encompassing social, physical and psychological health. This is surrounding yourself with positive people and events, as well as staying fit and eating well.

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: I include those around me in the healthy activities I do ranging from sharing my passion for healthy foods and recipes to making exercising fun. This includes intramural sports, taking trips with Outdoor Adventures, and running in College Woods. I stay involved on campus through orgs, leadership involvements, being an RA, and MUB events to get to know great people.

How do you stay fit?: In order to stay fit on campus, I walk or ride my bike rather than relying on the bus. I exercise regularly, and I try to get a full night of sleep every night. I make sure to eat three colorful meals a day and have healthy snacks in between.

Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: Make your plate colorful. Foods with different colors include different varieties of nutrients. This is easier and tastier than worrying about essentially checking of a certain amount of each food group.

How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: Making plans to work out with friends motivates me. It is more fun to work out with others, and making a time commitment with someone else makes it harder to find an excuse. Additionally, signing up for athletic events ranging from smaller road races to a triathlon/duathalon/half-marathons makes me commit myself to a more dedicated and purposeful long term training.

Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: Regularly exercising allows me to be more stress free and focus better on school. I am able to see improvements in my outlook and attitude. I can also see improvement in my race times, which is rewarding.

Anything else you would like to add?: Staying healthy should not be a chore or something on the to-do list, but rather an integrated part of a well-rounded life style. It encompasses much more than what the gym can provide.