March 9, 2021
An update on the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Every day worldwide, thousands of people are getting their COVID-19 vaccines. Let’s just stop and think about how hopeful that sounds…
The two vaccines that have been distributed in the US since early December have been manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech. These companies both produced vaccines require two doses approximately 4 weeks apart to reach full effectiveness. Both have an efficacy rate of about 95% at preventing severe COVID-... Read More
March 5, 2021
How One Small Change Made a Big Impact
It has been a while since I addressed chronic stress in my blogs. Since I have started at Healthy UNH, I have written blogs about managing stress during the pandemic, how stress can impact our physical health, and have even written about fun and relaxing techniques to reduce stress.
Now as we are coming up on the one year anniversary of the pandemic, I have been thinking about this “anniversary” the last few days. I have been reflecting on how I have... Read More
March 3, 2021
Some Dos and Don’ts
If you have decided that it’s time to ditch the home gym and open up a new gym membership, I’m sure there is one thing weighing heavy on your mind; wearing a mask at the gym and how operations have changed. Wearing a mask while exercising seems daunting at first, and can make any workout ten times harder, but today I am going to share a few dos and don’ts for going to the gym during a pandemic.
At the start of the pandemic, my gym shutdown. So I started exercising at... Read More
March 1, 2021
Is There Really a Difference?
Think of the last time you were in the drug store. Whether you were looking for something for a headache, a sore throat, allergies, or something in between; you probably found yourself wondering whether you should go with the brand name drugs or the generic ones. They are set at different prices, have different packaging, and are even made by different companies. There must be a difference in quality, right?
Turns out, there is a difference, but it might not be... Read More
February 21, 2021
How Physical Activity Can Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
We have always heard the general recommendation to get physical activity for long-term heart health; but there is always the question, how much exercise should we be getting to reap the benefits for our heart health?
Recently, the University of Oxford published results from a study that included more than 90,000 participants. The study attempted to answer the question “how much exercise do you need to have long-term heart health... Read More
February 21, 2021
Prioritizing Your Wellness this Semester
Welcome back, Wildcats! We have officially made it through the longest winter break ever (literally)! As we are now in the spring semester it might be easier for some people than the fall semester. We get an extra few minutes of daylight and we have nicer weather almost every day. For those who may have just started at UNH last fall, you all have the opportunity to take on a semester feeling more established as a wildcat. And before you know it, we will... Read More
February 16, 2021
Starting the Semester Well Rested
As the spring semester is now among us, it is time to get back into the routine of things. Going from this long and cozy winter break to classes starting again always seems to be a rough transition on our sleep schedules. Between balancing new schedules and more responsibilities the shortened daylight doesn’t help either. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night is the current recommendation, but ensuring that these 7-9 hours are high quality is even more... Read More
February 9, 2021
Recognizing the Signs and Overcoming Burnout
As we are coming up on the one year mark of the pandemic, many are seriously feeling the emotional burnout. We are starting to let our guards down which is contributing to the spike in cases all across the country. There are even new restrictions and some shutdowns in certain areas too which only takes further toll on our emotional wellbeing. The burnout is real, but there are ways that we can take action.
If you think you may be experiencing... Read More
February 4, 2021
What to Know and Why it Matters
Vitamin E is one that is often not talked about like Vitamin C or D, but it is super important for all kinds of different things in your body. Vitamin E is one of the fat-soluble vitamins which means that it needs to be consumed with a fat source to be absorbed through your digestive tract. It also means that your body can build stores of it in your liver in case you don’t get enough in your diet every so often.
Vitamin E has a main function as an antioxidant... Read More
February 1, 2021
How to Reach Your Goals
Even though we are only three weeks into the New Year, this may be the time that you are starting to think of ditching your resolution and waiting to pick it up again in 2022. This cycle seems to happen every year as well. We pick something about ourselves that we want to change, give ourselves no direction in how to go about making that change, and then we feel guilty about not doing it and we give up. It is a constant cycle that leaves us feeling down about ourselves... Read More