Healthy Hearts for Everyone

January 29, 2015

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It's never too early to take steps to prevent heart disease! Heart disease is the the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Approximately 1 in every 4 deaths in the US is due to heart disease. Since February is National Heart Month, why not start now to plan for your healthy heart? Healthy UNH has put together a list of actions that you can take to improve your heart health at UNH.

Eat Well with UNH Dining!

For healthy hearts, the American Heart Association recommends a diet rich in fruits and vegetables; oily fish (such as salmon); nuts, legumes and seeds; and fiber-rich whole grains. UNH Dining offers many options that fulfill these recommendations. Check thier daily menus posted on the UNH dining website before visiting the dining hall to plan a meal that is rich in these foods! SPIN offers videos with quick and healthy suggestions for visits to the dining halls.

Stress Management on Campus

High stress levels can be harmful to your health. If you’re feeling the pressure of work or school, check out these great opportunities that can help you unwind:

  • Campus Recreation Group Exercise Classes: UNH Campus Rec offers a wide variety of group exercise classes. Whether Cardio Boxing or Yoga is your go-to activity, Campus Rec has a class for you, at every experience level. Group fitness offers you motivation, instruction, and social opportunities.  
  • MUB Games Room: Located in room 154A in the MUB, the Games Room offers a variety of fun de-stressing opportunities and games with 6 pool tables, a ping pong table and video game options. Get the hours here. This is just one of the many activities the MUB offers. Check out thier website for movies, comedy nights, and more to reduce your stress. 
  • UNH Health Services: Health Services offers many different ways to manage stress such as meditation, biofeedback, counseling, massage and acupuncture. Find one that works for you here.

Know Your Heart Disease Risk

The risk of heart disease is influenced by factors such as lifestyle, genetics and overall health. Knowing your risk of heart disease can provide “early detection and early treatment” to help you in making healthy lifestyle decisions.

  • Know your numbers! Knowing your cholesterol and blood pressure levels will help you identify any changes in your health. Schedule an appointment today with UNH Health Services to get a health screening. 
  • Take a basic risk assessment questionnaire. The Harvard School of Public Health publishes an interactive tool that can help you estimate your risk of heart disease.

Heart disease can effect anyone. Practice preventative habits today to prevent disease later in life. In honor of National Heart Month, love your heart by taking a moment to plan how you can assess and improve your heart health.


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