Spotlight On: Michelle Yip
Name: Michelle Yip
Department: Health Management and Policy
Role at UNH: Student
Year Started at UNH: 2016
What does being healthy look like to you?
For me, being healthy is just having fun. Whatever you do should make you happy. If you’re not happy and having fun, you won’t be healthy. It’s also about being active, in any form. It can be going on a hike or walk, or going to the gym, but it doesn’t have to be intense exercise to be healthy, like walking to class instead of taking the bus.
What do you do to keep UNH healthy?
First of all, I wash my hands. I keep UNH healthy by keeping myself healthy and encouraging my friends to be healthy themselves. I also recycle and try to improve the overall environment of the campus by using reusable plastics, carpooling, and turning off the lights when I leave the room (of course if no one else is inside).
How do you stay fit?
To be honest, I don’t go to the gym. But, I do take the stairs, walk places even when I don’t want to, and when my food is cooking in the microwave I’ll do little exercises like squats. I incorporate exercise into my daily life as a student.
Do you have any tips for eating healthy?
Portion control is my biggest tip. It’s hard to change someone’s diet, and most diets don’t work because people are unhappy and can’t eat what they want. My recommendation is to eat all your favorite things in smaller portions, and of course drink water and try to eat slower. It can be hard, but that’s the truth. Another aspect I try to encourage people to do is to eat out less, because normally you feel obligated to finish your entire plate to not waste food or not have leftovers, but this way you can also save money because we’re college students and can’t afford it.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy and active on campus?
My motivators are hard to come by. However, I try to set little goals. I encourage myself to stay fit so when I walk up the MUB stairs, I’m not out of breath. Another motivator is not having to spend extra money on buying new clothes because they don’t fit me. Like I said, we can’t afford it. So I like to do the smallest amount of stuff to be active and incorporate portion control, drinking more water, and doing little exercises when I’m bored into my life. I also will ask a friend to go on a walk or do an activity off campus that can increase your heart rate. I like to do competitive activities to keep me excited and engaged.
Have you seen or felt any improvements to your physical or mental well-being after making positive changes in your life?
Currently, it’s midterms week and I have been struggling to maintain my overall health as a student. I haven’t been sleeping, eating, or really living well and because of that those factors from stress and working too hard has changed my overall health for the worse. I have a sore throat and had a bag of Chex Mix for dinner, which isn’t healthy. However, I have been sticking with my goal of drinking more water and tea, which has made my lips less chapped and I use the restroom more, which keeps me active. Coffee and caffeinated drinks are great, but it can negatively affect your body, so my alternative is green ginger tea – I recommend using the tea bags from the dining hall and getting a free cup of water from a store on campus.
Do you have any positive words of encouragement for others on campus to create a healthier lifestyle?
I encourage other students to do things that make you happy in a healthier way. Don’t change who you are just to be considered active or “fit,” otherwise it’s not going to last. It may seem weird, but I like to skip rocks. People may not think that’s hard or active, but me and my friend went to Adams Point and I woke up the next day and my throwing arm was sore. I encourage people who don’t like going to the gym to find their passion and incorporate it into being active. If you like photography, go outside for a walk – just try to bring your passion into being active.