Friday, September 28, 2012
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When a hectic and health threatening situation arises, the first thought that comes to mind is dialing 911, but when do we think about the cost of that necessary ambulance ride? You would never want to put a price on someone’s life; however, the emergency room can actually charge a pretty penny for simple procedures. In college, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and luckily a majority of us students have health insurance either through the university or parents. On average, a trip to the Emergency Room for respiratory issues or digestive discomfort may cost anywhere from $300-$1,000 claimed by Wellmark Insurance1! The cost of what you actually pay depends on your insurance coverage, the hospital you are treated at, and what procedures are done. Most of the time with health coverage, we only have to pay $20-30 out of our own pocket if the visit is for something minor. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place that was less expensive than the Emergency Room?
Over the past several years Urgent Care Centers have been on the rise when it comes to immediate care. The American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine defines urgent care medicine as outpatient aid for those in need of immediate treatment or suffer from acute to minor injuries and illness. These centers are a great alternative when your primary care physician is away, the doctor’s office is closed, and when you don’t want to deal with the emergency room wait. Since health professionals who work at these centers are on the “front lines” of the diagnosis, they have a wide knowledge of all several medical fields and are sometimes referred to as a “doc in a box” according to Health magazine. Urgent care centers typically cost 1/3 to 1/2 the amount of an emergency room visit, Dr. Ritucci expressed to Health magazine in Saving on Care: Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care Facilities. One more positive aspect of urgent care is that the centers accept a range of insurances and discounts may be offered!
You can find an Urgent Care Center around you by checking out HealthCare.com. There you can specify the state and town you are trying to locate an urgent care facility near! In Durham there are several hospitals and urgent care centers in the surrounding towns that are available to everyone. If you ever need to make the decision to go to an Urgent Care Center over the ER make sure that the patient is not in a life threatening condition. From now on don’t let a broken bone cause you to break your bank!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Whenever I drive through campus, those bright green tennis courts always seem to catch my eye. There are 12 courts in total and 6 are always reserved for UNH students at anytime, while the other 6 are available to be rented out by the public if they would like. The best part about tennis is that you only need one other person and only minimal equipment is required! Tennis rackets can be as inexpensive as $25 and a package of 3 balls is no more than $5. The sport is fairly easy to pick up and it is a blast to play!
Tennis is a lifelong sport because it is low impact and it can be as fast paced or relaxed, as the players would like it to be. There are a variety of health benefits that are achieved from playing tennis. The frequent sprinting and speed changes help to kick-start your heart and keep your cardiovascular system in check. This sport requires a considerable amount of brainpower because it is all about strategy and ball placement. Since tennis requires creativity and muscle repetition, stronger and even new brain neurons may be created! When we repeat a motion over and over, our brain becomes more in tune with the rest of the body. The neural connections associated with the repeated action, such as the forehand or backhand swing, help the action become stronger. So practice really does make perfect! Such connections can even improve one’s memory, learning, and social skills! To learn about more health benefits to playing tennis check out Discovery Fit & Health.
Never played tennis before? Click on this link to find out anything from how to pick out a racket to steps on how to serve: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Play-Tennis/?ALLSTEPS
To get an in depth explanation of all the rules read the International Tennis Federation handbook. YouTube is also a great resource for tutorials on how to hit a backhand or a slice.
Try to get out there this fall and enjoy an afternoon on the UNH tennis courts!
The Tennis Team will be hosting a clinic this Friday, September 28, from 4-6pm open to parents and students!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Get Real UNH is a small student organization on campus but they have a big goal. Their mission is to have at least 20% of all UNH food be local, fair trade, friendly to the environment or humanely produced by 2020. In addition, they would like to create a community that cares enough about these criteria for food to act on it. What you probably do not know is that you may have already engaged yourself in Get Real UNH by going to the Local Harvest Fest. This was in inaugural event in their “Food Month”. Food Month runs from last Wednesday the 19th to October 24th: Food Day! Food Day is a nationwide event promoting the importance of sustainable and affordable food. This year Get Real UNH will have their second annual Food Day all over campus. Most importantly, the speaker that will be in MUB theatre two at 4:00pm that day, October, 24th. His name is Rob Everts and he founded "Equal Exchange: A Radical Model for Global Food, Farming & Business".
As you can see, this little group of only 12 members is hosting some big events. If you would like to be a part of this fantastic group or just learn a little more, you can go to their meetings held on Mondays in MUB 114F at 5:00 pm. Visit their WildcatLink page here. If you would like to know more about the national Food Day event you can visit: www.foodday.org . Find more details regarding Food Day at UNH on their Facebook page here.
Friday, September 21, 2012
After our first week of classes I think it is safe to say that some of us are overwhelmed by our class schedules, afraid of future homework and project loads and are already stressing for the exams that span our whole semester. Instead of making yourself crazy, engage in some of these stress reducing behaviors.
1. Get some Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's: College students are notorious for staying up all night "cramming" and then waking up for class four hours later. In order to function properly, it is best to get the recommended 7 to 10 hours worth of sleep.
2. "Me" time: Allow yourself time to do things you enjoy. Pick up a book (NOT a textbook) and read, hang out with friends or even go for a walk. Anything that gives your mind a break from all the stress will be helpful.
3. Hit the gym: Exercise can be a great way to alleviate stress. Just 20 minute sessions at a time have significant mental health benefits. Try something new like yoga or zumba and even make it fun.
For more tips on how to stay stress free on campus, click here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Let’s face it- autumn is almost here. It’s a sad realization that no longer will we be able to spend our days lying in the sand at the beach (slathered in SPF 50, of course, right?). Ahead are days of sitting in the library until all hours of the morning, squinting at notes under a fluorescent light. That certainly is not conducive to a great tan. While we can’t condone toasting yourself in the sun- which can lead to skin cancer, which can be deadly - there is one health benefit to sunny days spent outside. It is very hard to get enough Vitamin D without spending at least some time in the summer sunlight each week. Nature works against us here in New England. During the fall, winter, and early spring months, the sun is not nearly as strong as it is in the summer. And people are also indoors a lot more due to the chilling quality of the weather outside. Studies have shown that 42% of American adults are deficient in Vitamin D, and the highest rates among those were in Hispanics and African Americans. Vitamin D is necessary for us to stay healthy. It is
important for strong bones, even in adulthood, and also has a benefit of calcium absorption throughout the body1 . Vitamin D is a tough vitamin to get through food intake, since so few foods contain high amounts of it. This is a vitamin we have to be concentrate on getting enough of through the winter months. If you like fish, eating a serving of swordfish, salmon or tuna will give you about enough Vitamin D for a day. Milk and yogurt are fortified with Vitamin D, and eggs contain a passable amount. Mushrooms also contain it, and growers have a new technique for enhancing the amount of Vitamin D in mushrooms by exposing them to UV light.
Look for these mushrooms in the grocery store as a great source of Vitamin D2. Your bones will thank you.
To read more information on the importance of getting enough Vitamin D, see this Washington Post article.
Monday, September 17, 2012
The beginning of the semester is typically the easiest time of the school year to get involved with clubs and organizations on campus, as many of them are recruiting new members to join their ranks at this time. One fantastic organization to get involved with on campus is Slow Food UNH. This organization is one you can feel good about being a part of, as it caters to the food lover and humanitarian in all of us.
Slow Food UNH is a chapter within the larger Slow Food USA. Carlo Petrini started the Slow Food movement in Italy in the mid 1980s in response to the large increase of fast food chains in the world as well as a measure to help preserve regional cuisine. The Slow Food Movement describes themselves on their website, slowfoodusa.org, as “an idea, a way of living and a way of eating.” The Slow Food Movement also has many goals too, and the website also describes their core vision: “Food is a common language and a universal right. Slow Food USA envisions a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet.”
Students from a variety of different educational backgrounds are all welcome to join Slow Food UNH. From foodies to engineers, and everyone in between, this is an area that affects everyone, because we all eat food, and we all deserve to eat the best quality food that is out there. We also all deserve the right to know our foods pedigree, and where it has been before it reaches our plate
For college students, life can be pretty busy, and extremely fast paced, and it can be easy to settle for low quality fast food. But in these fast times it is important to be cognizant that good, clean, and fair food can be a key to a sound mind and body.
If you want to be part of Slow Food UNH, they meet in the Entertainment Center in the Memorial Union Building every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Many people suffer through migraines all the time. Some can last for more than a couple days. That is a long time to be in constant pain! They can be caused by numerous factors that differ from person to person. For many, migraines can be caused by stress. A study was done by Dr. P. J. John in 2007 that showed yoga to be a great stress releaser which is what makes it great for preventing and relieving migraines caused by stress. Listed below are some poses that will help prevent migraines by clearing your mind of everything while stretching, breathing calmly and relaxing. Have fun with it! Grab some friends and do it in your dorm room or in the living room. Or if that is too distracting, do it alone in a quiet place like in the woods or in your room. Hold them both for ten to twenty seconds.
- Wide-legged forward bend: Stand with your legs far enough apart that you can touch your hands to the ground. Then bend your elbows and place your forehead on the floor in between your hands. Inhale and exhale slowly.
- Downward dog: On your hands and knees, push your bum towards the ceiling to create an upside-down “V” and press your heels and palms into the floor. Then go back to your hands and knees. Repetition with this pose is recommended.
- Extended puppy pose: On your hands and knees, straighten your arms, arc your back and place your forehead on the floor. Be sure your bum is still in the air. Don’t forget to breathe!
There are a few poses aimed to relax your mind and like the preventative poses, they empty your mind to reduce the stress that may be causing your migraine. These restorative poses are relatively simple and can all be done on a bed. Hold them all for up to ten minutes.
- Reclining bound angle: Make a diamond with your legs by bring the soles of your feet together. You may rest pillows under your knees if this is uncomfortable. Lie back and place your hands on your belly. Inhale and exhale slowly.
- Legs up the wall pose: Lie on your back a few inches from the wall. Bring both of your legs up towards the ceiling and rest them on the wall. Breathe.
- Corpse pose: This is a pretty basic pose. Lie flat on your back with your hands relaxed besides you. Breathe calmly. Clear your mind. This would be a good one to fall asleep to in your bed when you have a migraine or just cannot sleep.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The number of college students who have a Facebook account greatly outnumber those that do not have one; and for those who do partake in the social networking giant, many visit the site once a day if not more.
As the month of September dawns, the start of a new school year does too, which involves catching up with old friends, and also meeting and connecting with new friends and acquaintances too.
While having a large social network and group of friends has many great benefits, a new study from the article Facebook Takes a Toll On Your Mental Health on nbcnews.com cautions Facebook users that the more friends you have on Facebook, the greater risk you are at for feeling worse about yourself. This is because the more friends you have, the more opportunities there are to peer into someone else’s life, therefore, more opportunities to feel inadequate.
The study found that of those who participated, the Facebook user who had more friends (above 354 friends for this study) were more susceptible to feeling like their lives were inadequate, and were comparing themselves to their friends more often, as well as stimulating unhealthy competition. A University of Houston study also surveyed some undergraduates and discovered that the students who spent more time on Facebook displayed more depressive symptoms than the students who spent less time on Facebook. Of course, that does not mean Facebook causes depression, but of the students studied, those who spent more time on Facebook were the ones who displayed the symptoms of depression more frequently.
The bottom line of this data is to just be wary of what you are actually looking at when you scroll through your newsfeed. Be conscious that Facebook is a medium in which many use to show-off and brag, and realize that all that glitters may not be gold.
But to reduce this risk dramatically, the best thing to do is limit your viewing time on Facebook all together. Especially since classes are picking back up again, it is best to focus all that energy once devoted to Facebook to studying. Doing so will hopefully make for a happier, healthier, more satisfied you. So shut that computer screen and crack open your books, and with any luck a more content you will come out of it.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Many students only think about going to the Health Services when they are sick enough to miss class, myself included, but this year Health Services wants to really promote personal well-being. The other day, the Director of Education & Promotion, Kathleen Grace-Bishop, came to speak to a student group that I am involved in. She spoke about what Health Services has to offer, and I was completely blown away. She emphasized that they have recently hired two new massage therapists to keep up with the student demand, and now individual meditation lessons are offered. I was aware that massages were given at Health Services, but the concept of guided meditation really made me think. What exactly is meditation?
This once fad has now been proven to have numerous health benefits for all ages.
Meditation helps to clear the mind and allows you to become in tune with yourself and your surroundings. An article from the NY Times How Mediation May Change The Brain explains how specific areas related to memory, anxiety, learning, and stress are triggered during this period of silence. No evidence exists stating any negative results from meditation, so it is worth a shot!
The beginning of each semester is very hectic when it comes to moving in, reorganizing, and getting your mind back into “school mode”, so what better way to calm down than with meditation? Individual appointments can be made by calling (603) 862-3823 and starting September 10, guided meditation will be hosted in MUB, Room 304 from 12-1pm. For more information about this topic check out the page on the Healthy Services website!
Friday, September 7, 2012
It seems much of the political buzz these days centers around the quickly rising costs of health care. There is a good reason so many politicians are basing their campaigns around this issue- healthcare costs for the United States are expected to rise 7.5% in 2013, and that is up from the $ 2.6 trillion health care system we are facing in 20121. “What does this have to do with me and HealthyUNH?” you may be puzzling to yourself. You are more connected to the health care system than you might realize. Though most people head to the doctor when they feel ill or are in pain and take his or her prescriptions without hesitation (Doctors are the experts, after all) evidence is mounting to support that simply being aware of the costs of the services your doctor is providing and prescribing can help Americans reduce health costs in the future.
Simply put, health care costs are the sum of every test, physical, drug prescribed, blood sample taken, MRI and everything else health care related that each and every person in the United States has every year. A great way to keep your own health care costs down when you are in New Hampshire is by heading to www.nhhealthcost.org and checking out the service they have to offer. You can type in some simple information about your insurance plan, and the website will generate different prices at health care providers around the state that are available to you to use. It also shows you costs for if you are uninsured. That way, you can be sure to choose the best price option for your plan. Also, follow the link below to see some great tips on how to keep your health care costs down.
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