Spotlight on: Laura Kopp

April 19, 2017


Name: Laura Kopp
Department: Occupational Therapy
Position/Role at UNH:  Student
Year Started at UNH: 2013
1. What does health mean to you?  
To me, health means having a balance in my life in my emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual well-being.
2. What do I do to make a healthy UNH?
I try my best to bring happiness to everyone around me.
3. How do you stay fit?
I really enjoy running! Luckily for me, UNH has awesome back roads and trails in college woods that are perfect for running.
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
Only buy healthy food! If you don’t have the option of eating junk food, then you have to eat healthfully. If you’re eating at the dining halls, you can mix food from the stations and create your own healthy masterpieces.
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
I find that when I’m not healthy in one aspect of my life, I become unhealthy in other aspects. For example, if I stop working out, then I want to eat junk food, and I feel overwhelmed with my school work. So in order to avoid that happening, I try to be very conscious of my decisions and know how they will impact other areas of my life. Also, I was raised to eat healthfully and exercise regularly, so having that background makes it easier for me to continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.
6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
YES! My junior year I was very unhealthy in many aspects of my life. I was overwhelmed in my school work, which lead me to stop working out and start eating less healthy food. All of that really began to take a toll on my mental health and I was constantly stressed out. When I realized that I was in such a bad place, I made it a point to start running again to clear my mind and from there, my mental health did a complete 180. Because of that, I understand the importance of running, more for my mental health than my physical health, and when I start to feel stressed out and overwhelmed, I know that going for a run can help me get my head in the right place.
7. Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts?
Set some reasonable goals for yourself and bust them! Even if it’s something as simple as cutting out desserts every other night, or giving yourself specific set-aside time to do things that make you happy (grabbing coffee with friends, doing some coloring, reading, etc.), writing down goals is a great way to get things done!
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