January 9, 2013
In these economically harsh times, sometimes the feelings we get when we look ahead to graduation from college and entering the job force border on dread, rather than excitement. One of the issues that 20-somethings who are just getting on their feet in the career market is the fact that once we hit 25, we can no longer stay on our parents’ health insurance. And things aren’t happening to make this easier for us. In fact, new reports have recently been released, saying that the out of pocket... Read More
November 14, 2012
We all are aware that eating right and exercising regularly contribute to a healthier body and mind. But did you know that the better you eat and the more you exercise, the lower health care costs may become? If you eat healthier and exercise more, you will be a healthier individual, and therefore needing to use medical services less.
1. Lower premiums.
If you are healthier, you get sick and hurt less often. This means you go to the hospital/doctor/pharmacy less often and use... Read More
October 12, 2012
One of the biggest complaints about organic food is that it is too expensive.
Well, in many cases that is in fact true. However, organic food may cost more, but that's because it is worth more.
One way I like to rationalize paying more for organic food is to think about all the good things it does for my health and the earth, and how the extra bucks really are worth it in the long run. Usually I run this list over and over in my head as I near the checkout aisles...
It supports sustainable... Read More
October 1, 2012
This past Tuesday in the Strafford Room of the MUB was a program called Healthy Returns. Healthy Returns is sponsored by University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Human Resources and the healthcare that UNH provides for all their employees called Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. This is a two part program designed to set goals and measure progress with rewards along the way. This past Tuesday’s event was the first portion of the program. UNH faculty registered in the Strafford Room and... Read More
September 28, 2012
When a hectic and health threatening situation arises, the first thought that comes to mind is dialing 911, but when do we think about the cost of that necessary ambulance ride? You would never want to put a price on someone’s life; however, the emergency room can actually charge a pretty penny for simple procedures. In college, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and luckily a majority of us students have health insurance either through the university or parents. On average, a trip to... Read More
September 7, 2012
It seems much of the political buzz these days centers around the quickly rising costs of health care. There is a good reason so many politicians are basing their campaigns around this issue- healthcare costs for the United States are expected to rise 7.5% in 2013, and that is up from the $ 2.6 trillion health care system we are facing in 20121. “What does this have to do with me and HealthyUNH?” you may be puzzling to yourself. You are more connected to the health care system than you might... Read More
March 29, 2012
In 1977, the FDA decided that it was dangerous to systematically treat farm animals with antibiotics because their widespread use in farm animals would reduce their effectiveness in humans. Some steps were taken to enforce the 1977 law such as an FDA recommendation in 2010 that farmers seek the advice of a veterinarian before using antibiotics on their animals. Despite these efforts and the knowledge of risk, though, antibiotics are still used routinely by farmers. A recent ruling was made... Read More
March 20, 2012
The amount of pharmacies we can bring our prescriptions to can seem overwhelming at times; and given the current economy, we always want to make sure we’re getting the best deal. But how can you possiblely visit each pharmacy near your house and check how much each presciption costs? Luckily, this little thing called the “internet” has completely revolutionized our lives over the past couple decades. From hotels, books, to even electronics, it seems that we can compare prices on just about... Read More
March 16, 2012
For those of you who might not know, the UNH College of Health and Human Services is home to the nationally renowned and innovative non-profit organization called Northeast Passage, providing therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports for those with disabilities. Guiding principles of the organization include promoting client independence through education and problem solving, creating opportunities, and collaborating with others to create a strong network of accessible recreation. “Research... Read More
March 2, 2012
Do you pay outrageous amounts of money for your medications? The FDA just issued guidelines that will allow drug companies to make duplicates of certain medications called biotech drugs. The result of this will be increased market competition and decreased cost for medications. Biotech drugs are expensive, injectable medications. Prior to the recently developed FDA guidelines, biotech companies claimed that their drugs could not be duplicated due to their high-tech nature. Since they are... Read More