June 9, 2016
Preventing The Consequences Of Secondhand Smoke
While most people are well aware of the dangers of smoking, less emphasis is put on the consequences of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke has immediate effects on the cardiovascular system, increasing the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attack, and lung cancer. Nonsmokers exposed at work or at home increase their risk for disease by up to 30%. Having compromised immune systems, the effects are worse for infants and children as... Read More
May 13, 2016
Health Coaches Can Help You Reach Your Goals
Does your weight fluctuate more than you would like it to? Has your doctor told you that you are at risk for diabetes? Is your stress affecting your health and relationships? Harvard Pilgrim members ages 18 and above can talk to a health coach via telephone for health and wellness guidance.
Harvard Pilgrim health coaches are registered nurses who are certified in lifestyle management coaching. Through one-on-one phone sessions, they can help you... Read More
May 11, 2016
Lower Healthcare Costs With Preventive Health Care
It is the norm for many individuals to go to the doctor if, and only if, they feel very ill. This could be due to an infection, a disease or other health condition--one that may cost a fortune. What if there was a way to prevent these costs--or better yet, prevent the health problem itself?
Preventive health care services can detect signs of an illness or disease. Patients can then consult with their doctor about making lifestyle choices or... Read More
February 3, 2016
Use Nutrition to Stay Energized, Maintain Weight and Manage Stress
Late night studying, busy schedules, and stressful courses can poorly influence the eating habits of college students; however, students can take control and boost their nutritional health by following some simple guidelines.
1. Listen to your body.
Although eating before bedtime is not recommended, listen to your body if you are hungry. If your stomach is growling at 10pm because you have not eaten since 5pm, then have a snack... Read More
January 20, 2016
How to Find the Lowest Cost Option for Medical Services
Your doctor says you need a medical service, like labs, or a procedure, like a colonoscopy. He or she gives you a referral. What do you do next?
Although patients should follow their doctor’s recommendations, they have options on where to continue care and can make decisions based on their financial circumstances.
Online resources can be used to find estimates for a service or procedure in hospitals near you. With this information, you... Read More
January 19, 2016
On-campus workout programs for all fitness levels
Are you stressed, tired, and sleep-deprived from your busy schedule? There is one “medication” that can help with that: exercise. A regular schedule of physical activity will have beneficial effects on both the mind and the body.
Along with weight management, regular physical activity will help to:
Reduce risk of chronic diseases;
Strengthen bones and muscles for use in daily activities;
Reduce stress and anxiety;
Regulate sleep patterns; and... Read More
January 12, 2016
Improving Your Mood During the Colder Seasons
As it gets colder, the days get shorter, and the winter blues are among us. Getting out of bed or going to the gym may require extra effort. You find yourself eating potato chips and desserts more often than you used to.
You may be affected with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) if you feel less energetic and more irritated as the winter season approaches. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, SAD is “characterized by recurrent... Read More
January 7, 2016
Easy ways to include physical activity in your schedule
No time for the gym? No problem. Whether you have a busy schedule or simply do not enjoy formal gym workouts, you can always find ways to incorporate physical activity in your life.
Use a pedometer.
Set realistic goals and keep track of your steps. Seeing progress will motivate you to continue to take the stairs instead of the elevator or get off one bus stop earlier so you can walk more.
Stay active with friends and family.
At home,... Read More
October 29, 2015
How To Minimize Stress in College
Student: “It’s only the beginning of the year, and I’m already so stressed out from school, work, my internship and my social life. I never sleep. I have a cold that just won’t go away. I get irritated with my roommates all the time, and just about anything annoys me. Ugh I give up.”
Sound familiar? You are not alone. Data from the 2013 American College Health Association indicates that stress is the #1 concern for UNH students. Often times, it... Read More
September 29, 2015
HoCo Purchases New Equipment and Uses Local Food to Provide Healthier Options
With the new semester comes a newly renovated dining hall: Holloway Commons. While making these renovations, UNH considered its goals to create an environment that promotes nutritional, earth-friendly lifestyles as part of Menus of Change: the Business of Healthy, Sustainable, Delicious Food Choices. This includes:
focusing on natural foods;
using better agricultural methods; and
and serving food in smaller... Read More