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Physical Activity

Use Prevention to Improve Your Health and Reduce Health Costs

Monday, July 28, 2014

Author: 
Mollie Behan
Monday, July 28, 2014

                                          Baitong333

With concern about the high and rising health cost in the United States, there is an even bigger concern about reducing or limiting the cost of medical services. One way to help reduce possible health costs is through prevention strategies. Prevention is not only the best way to reduce your chances of developing illness or a chronic condition, but it is also the key to reducing your chance of having to pay for unnecessary health costs. 

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Take a walk

Friday, May 9, 2014

Author: 
Suzanne Hogan
Friday, May 9, 2014

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For my nutrition class freshman year, I had to wear a pedometer everywhere I went for 3 days. I felt a little silly walking around with it attached to my belt loop but at the end of those three days we were able to average our steps and convert it into miles. It was really cool to see how much I was actually walking, on average about 6 miles a day! That 6 miles was just from my daily activities: walking to classes, to the library, to the dining halls. You may not have time to get to the gym everyday but that's okay. You can get a lot of physical activity in just by walking.

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Stand Up!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Author: 
Mollie Behan
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

                                        Ambro

Chances are, you’re probably reading this blog while sitting down. I’m also sure that you’ve heard one time or another, too many Americans don’t get enough physical activity and spend too much of their day sitting down. While this may be undoubtedly true, I bet you didn’t know that a large amount of time spent sitting each day is harmful even for those who do get the recommended amount of vigorous physical activity.

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Healthiest Nation in One Generation

Friday, April 11, 2014

Author: 
Suzanne Hogan
Friday, April 11, 2014

                                    Healthy UNH

               Happy National Public Health Week!This week, April 7-13th 2014, celebrates the advances and importance of public health.Each day of the week has a different theme related to public health which you can check out in more detail at nphw.org.Today's theme is Healthiest Nation in One Generation.

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Sleep is the Best Medication

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Author: 
Julie Hurlbut
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

                                      Stuart Miles

March 7th through the 13th was National Sleep Awareness Week. As busy college students, we tend to neglect sleep. After all, we have so much to get done in a day that sleep is usually put on the back burner. People who sleep poorly are significantly more likely to develop mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, and are more susceptible to have changes in mood and stress levels. For our mental, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing, it is important that we are all getting the recommended amount of sleep a night, which is approximately eight hours.

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Boost your Brain Power

Friday, January 17, 2014

Author: 
Gabby Chesney
Friday, January 17, 2014

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Everyone knows that exercising is important to keep our bodies healthy, but what about our brains? Just like the body, the brain needs to be exercised in order to stay optimally healthy. Here are a few easy tips to exercise your brain so it stays sharp for years to come. 

Physical Activity

Doesn’t it seem like everything health related comes back to physical activity? That’s because it does! Being physically active helps boost brainpower and keeps you more alert. So instead of watching a 30-minute TV program, try going for a walk or a job.

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Dance your Way to Fitness

Monday, November 18, 2013

Author: 
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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Heart Rate

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Author: 
Suzanne Hogan
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Heart rate is a great tool to have when it comes to being physically active.Monitoring your heart rate can tell you how hard your heart is working.A target heart rate is an ideal range for working out.It is about 50-85% of your maximum heart rate.Below this range and you may not be working hard enough to see health benefits.Above this range can be dangerous as it is straining your heart.Target heart rates can be different for everyone.As you age, your target heart rate decreases. 

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Going the Distance

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

                                                                                   Nualpradid

I have been a runner for at least 13 years. I grew up running track and cross-country, with my mother as the coach. It was so easy to run 6 or 7 miles at practice when I was on a team, but now that I am in college, I get so bored running alone! After only a mile in, I’m looking to run back to my apartment because I notice myself focusing on my burning legs, or my shortness of breath. I think about how nice a hot shower will feel after I’m done. However, running just a mile just doesn’t cut it for me. I feel like I am skimping on my workout.

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Intramurals at UNH

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Author: 
Kelsey McCullough
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

                                    Photo Credit: Amy Van Deventer

A great way to have fun and stay in shape at UNH is by getting involved in intermurals! There are tons of great activities that range from flag football to dodge ball. Everyone can find something they enjoy!

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