Spotlight on: Grace Edwards

Grace Edwards

Name: Grace Edwards

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Department: CEPS

Role at UNH: Student

Year at UNH: Junior

What do you do to make a healthy UNH?

I don’t leave my trash places. I always pick up after myself and recycle when I can. I do need to do more to help the community though.

Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?

Not everyone is going to enjoy eating healthy all the time. If you know the healthy foods that you like, you can try to incorporate a few into each meal you have. Even if you don’t incorporate them into your meal you could have them as your snacks.

Have you made any tangible improvements regarding your movement or physical activity by making positive changes in your life?

Recently I have been going to the gym. I needed to start being more active in my day to day life so this past month I had started going.

Do you have any positive words of encouragement for members of our audience who are feeling completely drained and burnt out from this pandemic?

This pandemic is hard and draining on everyone in different ways. You just need to go about your life and make the most of the moments you’re experiencing. Things will get better, they already have been. It’s going to take awhile for things to get even better and things will never be ‘normal’ again but, keep being optimistic.

What do you do to improve your emotional wellness?

I like to take a step back from everything going on at school and go home for the weekend to reset.

What does health mean to you?

Health means eating well, working out, and not being sick.  But health also means meeting your personal goals. Being healthy isn’t the same for everyone. If you’re doing small things to improve your health, then that makes you healthy.

Over the last year, have you felt more comfortable advocating for yourself when receiving healthcare?

I have always had some issues advocating for myself, pandemic aside. Sometimes I’ll gain the confidence to, while other times, I struggle. When receiving health care, I have my mom advocate for me.