Spotlight On: Gary Cilley
Department: Online Program Coordinator for UNH
Online Year Started at UNH: 1982
1. What does health mean to you?
Good mental and physical health means having the freedom to be mobile and the acumen to enjoy the daily collaboration I have with other employees on campus and with the general public. Feeling good about my health contributes to my positive demeanor.
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
I take care of myself with daily exercise and reasonable nutrition, and I recycle all paper, plastic, and glass goods, and compost all possible food scraps.
3. How do you stay fit?
I’ve tried several different forms of exercise over the years, but have ridden my bicycle to work for the past several years. Over that time, my annual cumulative total miles has risen from a few hundred to over 6,400 miles last year.
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
Start with a small sustainable change in your eating habits. The more drastic a change from current habits, the less likely it lasts.
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
When my clothes start feeling snug, it’s time to ramp up the exercise and scale back the calories.
6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
About twenty years ago, I made the concerted effort to be more careful about how much I eat and getting regular exercise. I lost fifty pounds which improved my physical and mental health. Although I’ve engaged in various types of exercise since (running, swimming, in-line skating, & now biking), I have stuck to it and maintained a reasonable weight.
7. Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts too?
Taking the first step is the hardest, but choose something you like, or something you can do with a friend to help with motivation. That makes it a lot easier to get going and to stick with it.