Spotlight on: Caroline Connors
Department: College of Life Science and Agriculture
Position/Role at UNH: Student
Year Started at UNH: 2013
- What does health mean to you?
To me, health includes my physical, mental, and social health. Having good health requires me to balance these aspects of my life.
- What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
I make an effort to recycle my paper, plastic, and glass items rather than throw them into the landfill waste. I try to encourage my roommates to do the same. I am a member of Slow Food UNH, which promotes sustainable and healthy food choices.
- How do you stay fit?
I go for runs a few days a week, and sometimes go to the gym when it is convenient. I also enjoy going to yoga, and try to do that as much as possible. On busy days when I may not be able to do a full workout, I am sure to do little things such as take the stairs or do a quick ab-workout in my room.
- Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
Yes! One of the best things I do to encourage healthy eating is chopping my veggies ahead of time and keeping them in containers in the fridge. This makes it much quicker to make a salad or grab some veggies as a snack. I like to look on Pinterest for new healthy recipes to try. This helps me discover new foods that I like, and keeps my diet interesting.
- How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
I find it easy to stay healthy because I love to cook and eat healthily. I have a gluten intolerance and a sensitive stomach, so eating unhealthy foods causes me a lot more physical discomfort than most people. Knowing how much better my quality of life is when I stick to a healthy diet helps me to continue with that.
- Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
Yes. I practice yoga to improve both my physical and mental well-being. This reduces stress and improves my muscle strength and flexibility.
- Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts too?
I would encourage students to try new foods and activities because they might discover something new that they like, and make it a part of a healthy lifestyle.