November 7, 2018
This year, UNH will be participating in the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, from November 10ththrough the 18th. Across the country, throughout our state and within our own community of UNH, there is a struggle with homelessness and hunger. According to the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week resources, 1 in 5 U.S children live in poverty, and roughly 795 million people do not have enough to eat. This upcoming awareness week, there are ways that you can aid in reducing these... Read More
September 26, 2018
Have you ever been sucked into the nerve-wracking “why does my head hurt?” web search? These kind of internet searches can often lead a simple headache into a seemingly deadly disease. Here are a few tips the next time you want to check out your symptoms before potentially heading to the doctor’s office.
The best way to determine if the information that you are looking at is reputable and accurate is to check out the website and ask yourself these questions.
Who runs or created the site?
When... Read More
August 14, 2018
Learn Why We Need More Nature In Our Lives
In order to reduce physical and mental health probelms, such as obesity and depression, we need more nature in our lives. Unfortunately, we only spend about 5% of our time outside. In urban areas with more trees, doctors prescribed fewer antidepressants, according to a London study. In Denmark, people living within 330 yards of green spaces were less likely to be obese and more likely to engage in exercise.
Our well-being can greatly improve by just... Read More
July 6, 2018
Learn about your health insurance options as a young healthcare consumer
As a young adult who will soon be graduating from college and looking for professional employment, it is important to start thinking about your health insurance options. Under the current law, the Affordable Care Act, you can stay on your parents plan until you turn 26 years old.
Children can remain on a parent’s plan even if they are:
Not living with their parents
Not financially dependent on... Read More
April 4, 2018
Learn what you can do to stay healthy, ultimately reducing your healthcare costs.
Incorporating healthy behaviors in your daily life can go a long way toward improving your health and lowering your risk of many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Focusing on staying healthy and preventing diseases will ultimately reduce your healthcare costs in the future.
Five things you can start doing now that will not only keep you healthy, but also save you money include:... Read More
March 30, 2018
What Is Health Equity and How Can We Achieve It?
Healthy People 2020 defines health equity as the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people.” Health equity means effort to ensure that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives. This may seem like a great idea, but how do we attain it?
According to the CDC, health disparities or inequities are types of unfair health differences closely linked with social or environmental... Read More
March 30, 2018
Unintentional injuries are the 3rd leading cause of death in NH, behind cancer (as the #1) and heart disease (as the #2). As a nation, there were 161,000 people who died from preventable unintentional injuries, according to the American Public Health Association. Most leading causes of death have been on a steady decline, aside from unintentional injuries which has been on a rapid increase in the last few years.
These increases in unintentional injuries are most likely due to increasing opioid... Read More
March 30, 2018
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines environment, as it relates to health, as all the physical, chemical and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors. Environmental factors play a crucial role in a persons health and well-being, potentially more than genetics will.
The environment impacts our health in many ways including:
Inadequate water sanitation (hygiene)
Chemicals and biological agents
Radiation (ultraviolet and ionizing)
Community noise... Read More
March 30, 2018
Why It Is Important To Take A Sick Day
Getting sick is never convenient, especially with tests and projects, a full day of work or even taking care of children. However, as much as you might want to power through your cold or flu, it is extremely important to take a sick day when necessary.
Taking a sick day can prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as the common cold, the flu or the stomach bug. Also, a sick employee or student, is never a productive one. When sick, the body is... Read More
January 31, 2018
The United States Spends A Lot Of Money On Health Care, Why Should You?
According to a 2014 study, the United States spends $9,327 per person on health care. The United Kingdom, a similarly wealthy country spends $3,749 per person on health care. Even with the US spending over $5,000 more than the United Kingdom, we still have a shorter life expectancy. So, what is the difference? Why is there such a large gap between the two?
While there is not one simple answer, we do know that the U.S.... Read More