Spotlight On: Kate Porter

Kate Porter

Name: Kate Porter

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Department: Communication

Role at UNH: Student

Year Started at UNH: 2018

What do you do to make a healthy UNH?

I make UNH healthy through consistent COVID testing and getting vaccinated.

Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?

Healthy eating is all about balance. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day is important, but so is eating the things you enjoy every now and then. Foods like bread, chocolate, and chips are okay to eat!

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

I used to be very active in high school, running cross country and playing basketball and softball. When I first got into college I struggled to find time to work out as much as I liked, but since then I have figured out how to manage my time and have been going to the gym in the mornings when I can. I love working out in the morning because it really wakes me up and I feel good for the whole day.

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

First, you are not alone! It’s okay to feel burnt out, it’s been an insanely stressful couple of years. This pandemic has for sure pushed us to our limits, but it has definitely taught us strength, endurance, and hope. I think we all have come out of this with new found passions and strengths.

What do you do to improve your emotional wellness?

I enjoy listening to music, meditating, reading a book, basically anything that can get my mind off of things I am anxious about. I’ve learned that it’s okay to take a step back and take a break if I feel too overwhelmed.

What does health mean to you?

To me, health means being in touch with my mental/emotional well being as well as my physical well being. If one is off balance, more often than not, it affects the rest of me too.

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

I would say I have been more comfortable. I think it is important to be completely open with my doctor, so it is nice to have one that I can trust.