Spotlight on: Kayla Mattucci
January 18, 2017
Name: Kayla Mattucci
Department: Undeclared in Health and Human Services
Position/Role at UNH: Student, Member of Women’s Club Hockey Team, Vice President of Love Your Melon Campus Crew
Year Started at UNH: 2015
1. What does health mean to you?
The word “healthy” means a variety of different things to me. “Healthy” is being physically active in a myriad of different activities, whether it be running, swimming or even walking. As well as making healthy food choices with the occasional indulgence! And of course feeling good inside and out.
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
To make a healthy UNH, I try to participate in different physical and fun activities around campus as well as go to the gym. While eating in the dining halls, I try my best to make all around healthy choices.
3. How do you stay fit?
I usually try to run at least every other day, whether it be outside while the weathers nice or in the gym. I have hockey practice twice a week as well as games on the weekends which tends to keep me pretty busy. Other than that I participate in intramural sports once a week, such as soccer and broomball. If I am ever feeling overwhelmed with my many different activities, I take time out of my day to go to the yoga classes that are offered at the rec center!
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
One rule I live by as far as eating goes is making sure I am having at least one piece of fruit every day and a glass of milk with dinner. In high school I played three varsity sports so eating healthy was something that I had just learned to adapt to overtime. That being said, I think eating healthfully takes time and cannot be accomplished over night, it takes a lot of effort and hard work!
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
My motivation to stay healthy is my desire to stay in shape while in college, similar to most students. My family is one of my biggest motivations in my life. In everything that I do I always want to make my family proud of me. Anyone who knows me knows that I am an extremely competitive person, so whenever I am working out or exercising I am constantly pushing myself to do better.
6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
Yes, I believe I am healthier person because of the many food choices I was forced to remove from my diet last year because my body simply cannot handle certain foods anymore. This has forced me to eat a very healthy diet with little room for error. This obviously can become very hard to do especially in school. I have made a few mistakes and I am still learning, but I always make sure I closely monitor everything that is going into my body so I can correct any errors and feel my best! As far as mental health, I feel my strongest right after finishing a good workout. Whenever I feel stressed or angry about something going on in my life I have found that going for long runs will do the trick and quickly clear my mind!
7. Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts too?
I think being healthy and making an effort to obtain a specific goal you may have set for yourself really helps you improve in all aspects in your life. Whether it be eating a healthy snack you have been dying to try out or trying to become more involved in intramurals or even attending a Zumba class with your friends. There are so many different ways that you can stay healthy, but still have fun and enjoy exercising on campus!
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