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The Power of Yoga

Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Mary Houghton
Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Getting our daily dosage of physical activity is extremely important; providing countless health benefits, ranging from disease prevention to positive mental health. Regardless of how important it is, it can be very challenging for people to find a form of physical activity that really works for them. Not everybody enjoys running or cross-fit, and can be discouraged by the gym. Good news! There is a great form of physical activity out there that is good for the soul and doesn’t even require you to leave your bedroom.  Yoga!

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Comparative Effectiveness Research: What is it?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Mary Houghton
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Doesn’t it seem like we are always hearing about how we can lower health care costs? Do you ever wonder if there are any good things that are being done by medical organizations to help us in the battle of rising health costs? Well here is something that I recently learned about; comparative effectiveness research. 

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SPIN: Students Promoting Information About Nutrition

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Mary Houghton
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Ever wonder what kind of resources are available on campus for educating students about nutrition? There is a great program that is facilitated by health services that does just that. SPIN, Students Promoting Information About Nutrition consists of students and nutrition educators at health services that provides nutrition education to enhance the well-being of UNH students.

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How to be a Good Roommate

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Mary Houghton
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Students can encounter all types of stress during their four years at college. Stress can come from all aspects of life, including your living situation. Having problems with your living situation can have a seriously negative effect on your mental health, and in turn your overall health. Although some things are out of your control, a way that you can try to avoid this kind of stress is to be a good roommate. Chances are, if you know how to be a good roommate, the person/people that you are living with you treat you in the same respect, making your home happy and safe.

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Preventive Care and Minimizing Health Costs

Monday, January 6, 2014

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Mary Houghton
Monday, January 6, 2014

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The world of health costs can be a mind boggling place. I know that personally, as a college student, its hard to care about health costs. I know that when I’m sick, I go to the doctor and get prescribed a medication and the bill gets sent to my mother. Why should we start caring? Because in the very near future, we will all be on our own, paying our own health care costs.As we enter our later years, we will be more and more at risk for disease. A way that you can lower health costs is by taking advantage of health care benefits for preventive care.

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The Truth About Carbohydrates!

Friday, January 3, 2014

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Mary Houghton
Friday, January 3, 2014

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With several trending diets out there such as Atkins, South Beach, etc; people nowadays are lead to believe that eating carbohydrates is bad for us or is what makes us gain weight. Well believe it or not, this is the farthest thing from the truth! Carbohydrates are what our body uses to make glucose, which fuels our body and all of its processes. In fact, not eating enough carbohydrates can hurt you.

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Dance your Way to Fitness

Friday, December 13, 2013

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Mary Houghton
Friday, December 13, 2013

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If you are anything like me, you’re always looking for different ways to get in physical fitness without hitting the gym. I love to find ways to exercise while having fun. One way that I have always known how to get fit and have fun is by dancing! Dancing is a great way to stay in shape by improving cardiovascular endurance, strength, coordination, and flexibility. It is also a great way to express yourself artistically and to just have a good time!

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Frazzle Free Finals!

Monday, December 9, 2013

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Mary Houghton
Monday, December 9, 2013

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Many students are feeling a lot of anxiety about the end of the semester that is fast approaching. With exams, papers, and final projects, the work seems endless. It is important that we all stay in good mental health so that we can finish out the semester strong! The best way to combat your end of semester work is to manage your time wisely and keep a positive and clear mind. It is also important that you take study breaks; take a walk, have a snack, do something that isn’t school related to give your brain a break.

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Get Involved: Best Buddies UNH

Friday, December 6, 2013

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Mary Houghton
Friday, December 6, 2013

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With winter break fast approaching, we will have plenty of time on our hands to eat, sleep, relax, and finally, think about what kinds of things we will want to be involved in for the Spring semester. One thing that you might want to consider is community service! Community service is a great way to spend free time you might have; it is oftentimes very rewarding and can look great on your resume as an added bonus! One program here at UNH that is a very rewarding experience and requires little time commitment is UNH’s chapter of Best Buddies.

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Dance your Way to Fitness

Monday, November 18, 2013

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Mary Houghton
Monday, November 18, 2013

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If you are anything like me, you’re always looking for different ways to get in physical fitness without hitting the gym. I love to find ways to exercise while having fun. One way that I have always known how to get fit and have fun is by dancing! Dancing is a great way to stay in shape by improving cardiovascular endurance, strength, coordination, and flexibility. It is also a great way to express yourself artistically and to just have a good time!

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