Spotlight On: Jasmin Wagner
Name: Jasmin Wagner
Position/Role at UNH: Student
Year Started at UNH: 2018
1. What does health mean to you?
Health to me encompasses all aspects of well being. ‘Good’ or ‘poor’ can be used as descriptors for someone’s mental, physical, emotional, spiritual health/ wellness.
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
To make a healthy UNH I take measures to ensure I am healthy as well as looking out for the health of my peers. I get rest, I eat well, I study hard, I move my body, I spend time doing things that make me smile, I am kind to myself when I ‘fall short’ in one of these areas and I encourage others to do the same.
3. How do you stay fit?
I ‘stay fit’ by exercising all parts of myself: my mind, body, and soul. I look for new opportunities and experiences, I talk to new people, I take different routes to get to class, I lift weights, I row, I read, I throw solo dance parties in my dorm, I go for walks in the woods, I take rest days.
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
Instead of forcing yourself to eat 2,000 calories of lettuce and spinach, eat 1,800 worth of your fruits, veggies, proteins, and fats, and treat yourself with a two hundred calorie snickers bar. It is important to have balance and self love and understanding. Listen to your body when it wants salmon and asparagus and your soul when it wants a couple Oreos. Be conscious of the effects of what you put into you have on your body and proceed accordingly. I also suggest shifting ones perception of a ‘treat’. Instead of a slice of cake consider some banana and peanut butter or a cup of decaf coffee or a bit of chocolate or fruit smoothie. Whatever you do, do not tell yourself you strictly can or cannot have something and don’t punish yourself for veering off your ideal plan.
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
I am motivated to ‘stay healthy’ by the feeling of my mind, body, and soul when I make healthy choices.
6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
I lost 30+ pounds of fat from my body, became more agile and flexible, lessened my anxiety and depression, and generally started to enjoy life more.
7. Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts too?
Start from ‘square one’ as many times as you need because in reality you’re farther along than you were yesterday. I cannot stress enough how important it is to, along with being disciplined and focusing on your goals, be kind to yourself. Nothing goes 100% as planned 100% of the time and that is okay. Pay attention to and validate your feelings. That is my utmost number one ‘health’ tip. Create a support group/ community of people who have similar goals as yours, it makes life easier. Check out a great community of people over at Waysmeet. Reach out with any eating concerns. Make an appointment with a counselor at PACS. UNH as well as the community of Durham offers many outstanding resources. Utilize them. After all, the cost is included in our fees :)