Fit and Feeling Fabulous!

Fit and Feeling Fabulous!

Hidden inside the newly renovated Hamel Recreation Center (HRC) is a place where you can find necessary additives to your fitness regimen. Health Services at the HRC is now open to students, and the staff are eager to help you learn more about overall health and physical fitness.

“When the Hamel Recreation Center was going to be upgraded, there was a conversation with Health Services, because both Campus Recreation and Health Services are very committed to the concept of wellness,” says Kathleen Bishop, director of the Office of Health Education and Promotion at Health Services.

“Wellness is so much more than eating well and moving our bodies,” says wellness educator/counselor Dawn Zitney. “We know a lot of students take care of their physical wellness, so being here is a way to help expand how students feel about wellness.”

The new space offers a calming environment for students looking to take a break from everyday life, or even just to do homework. Fruit, water and hot chocolate are available, as well as soothing aromatherapy.

Drop-in wellness coaching is available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3 – 6 p.m. If you are feeling unsure about making a formal appointment, stop by and try sitting down informally with a certified wellness coach. If something is on your mind, they are available to meet with you.

“We’re very excited to build upon the concept of wellness,” says Bishop. “[The new space] is a place where we can expand on what we are already doing and reach even more students.”

Yoga workshops are free but require advance registration. The first workshop, Embodiment & Awareness, will take place this Friday, February 24, from 1 – 3 p.m. Registration closes on Thursday, February 23, at 3 p.m.

“The awesome thing about yoga is that it really nourishes your body, mind and spirit,” Zitney explains. “Your mind and body become one with your breath.”

Is your schedule crazy? Do you think you don’t have time for personal wellness? Since students are generally in classes for most of the day, Health Services at the HRC offers extended hours from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

“When we’re open, drop in,” says Zitney. “You don’t need to have an appointment. You can get a massage here, do any of our programs or see a counselor.”

In addition to the mental wellness services offered at HRC, Health Services is excited to open a new demo kitchen on the second floor. Students can register for classes on how to prepare nutritional meals on a budget.

a UNH student preparing mason jar salads in the new demonstration kitchen in Health Services at UNH Hamel Rec Center

A Nourish UNH peer educator prepares mason jar salads in the new demo kitchen at Health Services at the HRC

“There is no question that having the demonstration kitchen is a real plus, because teaching healthy cooking has been something that we’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” says Bishop.

Laila Hammam, nutrition educator/counselor, oversees the What’s Cooking? classes in the demo kitchen. Nourish UNH peer educators have taught two classes so far. The first class made mason jar salad with homemade lemon vinaigrette, cranberry chocolate chip oatmeal energy balls and avocado white bean hummus, while the second class made whole wheat pasta with fresh tomato sauce and cranberry almond chocolate bark. Participants ate what they cooked, and some were even able to take leftovers home. These free classes are offered Wednesday nights from 5 – 7 p.m.

mason jar salads made during a cooking class in the new Health Services demonstration kitchen at UNH Hamel Rec Center

The finished mason jar salads

“Most of the meals are vegetarian,” says Hammam. “We are going for low-cost, healthy, nutritious and easy meals too.”

Groups can register together, such as resident assistants or student organizations. Nutrition information and tips are provided during the demonstration. Students can also make individual nutrition counseling appointments.

“It’s a great way for students to learn about easy, healthy cooking,” says Hammam. “They can get some nutrition education as well.”

With such a wide variety of programs offered, there is no excuse not to check out the schedule and find one that suits your interests!