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Birth Control Costs and The Affordable Care Act

Monday, July 29, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

In today’s world, many women attend college, get successful jobs, and travel the world, all before they even consider having a baby. In my current situation, 20 years old, Dietetics major, homework all the time, I cannot even imagine having a child. Birth control helps women establish themselves and become financially stable before getting pregnant. According to a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute, 65% of women report using birth control because they cannot afford to have a child.

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Tagged In: Affordable Care Act, birth control, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell

The Lack of Recycling in London

Friday, July 26, 2013
By: Courtney Eaton

I love almost everything about London, but what I don’t love is their lack of recycling. It is impossible to find a recycling bin at Regent’s College, where I currently study. Quite frankly it breaks my heart. Throughout the city you can find them, but they are not nearly as common as they are in Durham or even Boston for that matter. There is really only a bin for bottles and it looks exactly like the “rubbish” bin next to it. I had to swat my friend’s trash out of her hand once when she almost put it in the recycling bin.

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Tagged In: Courtney Eaton, Health, London, public health, Recycling, Trash, Waste

The Truth about Antioxidants

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

What are antioxidants anyway? Most people understand that they’re beneficial to health, but may be unsure of what they are or how they work! Our cells need oxygen to perform vital tasks, such as transferring energy stored in food, or for powering our muscles. When our cells use energy, they produce a by-product of organic molecules known as free-radicals.  Unfortunately, these free radicals are damaging to our bodies. They can lead to aging, tissue damage, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. This is where antioxidants come in!

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Tagged In: antioxidants, Carotenoids, free-radicals, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, Lutein, Lycopene, Nutrition, prevent, repair, Slelnium, Vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E

Make the Switch to Generic Drugs?

Monday, July 22, 2013
By: Haeley Stewart

Being a college student means pinching every penny you have. Whether that means paying for lunch with change, waiting to go grocery shopping until your cabinets are bare or skipping out on going for drinks with your friends because your wallet is empty, almost every students feels the pressure of having limited money. One way to save on your spending is by buying generic versions of the products you use. You can by generic versions of almost everything, but one generic thing that can save you tons of money is drugs, when you are sick or have a cold.

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Tagged In: brand name, choice, control, generic drugs, Haeley Stewart, health costs, Healthy UNH, patient options, prescription drugs, Savings

The Moroccan Cuisine

Friday, July 19, 2013
By: Courtney Eaton

During the first weekend in April, my best friend and I traveled to Morocco! Morocco is located in Northern Africa, just across the Gibraltar Straight from Spain. Since the Islamic invasion of the 7th century AD, Morocco has been a Muslim country so everyone speaks Arabic.

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Tagged In: food, Health, Healthy UNH, Morocco, Nutrition

The Cost of Organics

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Why should people buy organic? For a start, non-organic fruits and vegetables are covered in dangerous and toxic pesticides. These deadly chemicals have been shown to cause cancer and central nervous system damage. Not only do non-organic fruits and vegetables affect our health, but they also can harm wildlife that live in the area that they are being grown. The pesticides get into our drinking water, harming both us and the animals that drink it.

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Tagged In: apples, bell peppers, carrots, celery, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, organic, pesticides, strawberries, toxic

Recent Study Ties Physical Activity to Longer Attention Span

Monday, July 15, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

A recent study out of the University of Granada has linked participating in physical activity with longer attention spans. Better cognitive abilities such as time perception were also higher in physically active participants. It has been generally known that physical activity lends itself to better overall health outcomes, but this study clearly illustrates a strong relationship between physical activity and longer attention spans.

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Tagged In: ADD, Ann Steeves, attention, Attention Deficit Disorder, cognitive, Healthy UNH, Obesity, physcial activity, physical education classes, recess, time perception

Do you suffer from Cyberchondria?

Friday, July 12, 2013
By: Haeley Stewart

Being college students, we get enough anxiety in the form of schoolwork, midterms, work and money issues, and the last thing we need is any more anxiety to add to the pile. Unfortunately, with the increase in technology in the past decade, a new form of anxiety is emerging known as "cyberchondria." Cyberchondria is the internet version of hypochondria where people go online and self diagnose themselves with having certain diseases and sicknesses and think the worst.

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Tagged In: anxiety, Cyberchondria, diseases, Googling, Haeley Stewart, Mental Health, misdiagnoses, research

The British Love Fairtrade Products

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
By: Courtney Eaton

Fairtrade products are all over the UK. In the States, you may only hear about these products when you are looking for them or in health food stores. They are not mainstream yet, but in the UK, Fairtrade is growing bigger and bigger by the year.  This came as a surprise to me because the English do not seem to care about the quality of their food or where it comes from. Evidently, I was quite wrong.

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Tagged In: child labor, Courtney Eaton, discrimination, fair price, Fairtrade, Fairtrade Foundation, farming, Healthy, Healthy UNH, London, municipal purchasing, poverty, quality, safe food, safety, sustainable

Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

Monday, July 8, 2013
By: Haeley Stewart

The weather is getting warmer and everyone is starting to spend more time outdoors, so why not take your workout outside as well? There are tons of things you can do outside to get a good workout in such as running, hiking, cycling, walking, playing a sport, swimming and much more. There are many difference between working out inside versus outside. When you workout inside a gym, usually it is climate controlled, convenient and predictable, which is definitely not the case for working out outdoors.

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Tagged In: energy, Exercise, exertion, Fitness, Haeley Stewart, Healthy UNH, incline, Mental Health, Outdoors, Physical, terrain, Vitamin D, wind
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