Laura Van Beaver
Department: Neuroscience and Behavior
Position/Role at UNH: Student
Year Started at UNH: 2012
1. What does health mean to you?
To me, health means being physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually well.
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
To make a healthy UNH, I try to be as active as I can both physically and mentally on campus! I feel like the best thing you can do for your health is to push yourself to keep moving. I am involved in a lot of student orgs on campus that keep me busy and I was on 3 intramural teams (indoor and outdoor soccer and broomball). I am also excited to try out the new exercise classes offered at the Gables!
3. How do you stay fit?
To stay fit, I try exercise at least 3 days a week. I go with my roommates so we can motivate each other and chat while we are working out. I also try to walk everywhere. I live at the Gables so whenever it is nice I either walk or ride my bike to and from class.
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
I like to follow the rule that everything is ok in moderation. Throughout the day I try to eat healthy so that on special occasions I can treat myself to more indulgent food. Some of my favorite healthy foods are avocados, oatmeal, smoothies, and clementines. I also love going to HOCO and filling up a huge bowl of veggies and tofu at the stir fry station (and I ask for them to be steamed instead of cooked in oil!)
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
I love the way my body responds when I make healthy choices. I feel more focused on my schoolwork and generally happier when I am healthy. I know how sluggish and down I can feel when I am not as attentive to my health so I try to make it a priority.
6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
I have definitely seen a difference in my anxiety level because of positive changes I have made in my life. Anxiety is something that I have always struggled with, but by exercising and eating healthy I am better able to manage it.
7. Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts too?
Being healthy is not just about being physically fit. I think that mental health is often overlooked. College can be a highly stressful environment so it is important to pay attention to your mental wellbeing and be able to detect when you are not feeling well. I, personally, am at my best when I work ahead to finish assignments well before the due date. I also feel at my best when I get the right amount of sleep and I allow myself to take a nap if I am feeling tired and overwhelmed.