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Canines for a Cure: How Man’s Best Friend Can Help Defeat Depression

Friday, January 11, 2013
By: Kendra Moffett

Man’s best friend may be more important to your mental health than you might think. According to Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA,

"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression.”  Simply petting a dog or being in their presence has been shown to reduce tension and hypertension in some individuals.

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Tagged In: Depression, dogs, Exercise, Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, Mental Health, pet therapy

Health Insurance Costs Increasing?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
By: Madeleine Gould

In these economically harsh times, sometimes the feelings we get when we look ahead to graduation from college and entering the job force border on dread, rather than excitement.  One of the issues that 20-somethings who are just getting on their feet in the career market is the fact that once we hit 25, we can no longer stay on our parents’ health insurance. And things aren’t happening to make this easier for us. In fact, new reports have recently been released, saying that the out of pocket deductibles for health insurance are on the rise.

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Tagged In: deductibles, health costs, health insurance costs, Healthy UNH, insurance costs, Madeleine Gould, rising costs

The Benefits of Skiing

Monday, January 7, 2013
By: Courtney Eaton

For some, the first sign of snow means it is time to dig out the wool socks and blankets and go into hibernation. For others, though, it means time to wax those skis and hit the slopes! Skiing is an incredible sport that involves physical, mental, social and emotional aspects of wellness. Often times winter can bring people into a depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.).

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Tagged In: aerobic, Courtney Eaton, Healthy UNH, osteoporosis, Physical Exercise, Proprioception, proprioceptive activity, skiing

The Gluten Hype

Friday, January 4, 2013
By: Courtney Eaton

The presence of gluten-free foods has sky-rocketed across the nation and is causing some confusion. Some think that it can be used as a new fad diet, while others think that Celiac’s disease and gluten sensitivity are the same thing. First, let us determine what this “gluten stuff” actually is.

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Tagged In: celiac's disease, Courtney Eaton, Gluten, gluten-free, Healthy UNH, nutrients, Nutrition, villi

Toss It Or Save It?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
By: Haeley Stewart

For my junior year, I decided to make the move to an off campus apartment instead of staying in the dorms. Other than having my own bedroom, the biggest perk is that I have a full kitchen now. No more two foot mini-fridge and nonexistent freezer. The transition from having a meal plan to cooking for yourself can be challenging, but it is certainly fun to learn how to cook. However there are some downsides as well, like the fruit flies that seem to never go away or last week's dinner rotting in your fridge.

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Tagged In: experation date, expired foods, food storage, Haeley Stewart, Healthy UNH, Nutrition

Bullying: It doesn’t stop in high school

Friday, December 21, 2012
By: Madeleine Gould

Middle and high school are notorious for being difficult. Changing bodies and expectations have been the inspiration for many books, movies and TV shows. These tough times of life have been stereotyped and turned humorous. Bullying in middle school and high school has been considered normal- almost a rite of passage in modern America.

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Tagged In: Bullying, cyber bullying, Healthy UNH, Madeleine Gould, Mental Health

Can Stress Levels Affect Your Health?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
By: Madeleine Gould

Do people describe you as an over-achiever? Do you strive for perfection? Are your friends amazed by your organizational abilities and timeliness? These traits describe people with “Type A” personalities. People who exhibit type A personalities tend to be very well on top of things, but having this sort of personality actually raises your risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease later in life, as proven by research done a few years ago. 

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, heart attack, Madeleine Gould, Mental Health, personality traits, Stress, stroke, Type A

It’s Snow Much Fun!

Monday, December 17, 2012
By: Kim Mayo

With the warm weather and colorful leaves starting to dwindle it can only mean one thing…winter is coming! Not everyone shares the same enthusiasm about freezing temperatures, but when snow finally comes new outdoors activities are possible! Skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, and snowshoeing are just a couple. UNH is in a perfect location for winter sports because Durham is only 1 hour – 1.5 hours away to the closest ski mountain! College Woods and other UNH affiliated land, such as Kingman Farm, are great places to go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

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Tagged In: cold, Healthy UNH, Kim Mayo, Outdoor activity, Physical Exercise, skiing, UNH Ski & Board club

Happiness Cures the Common Cold

Friday, December 14, 2012
By: Courtney Eaton

Almost everyone knows someone that acts like they are dying when they have a couch and a sore throat. Perhaps it is you that complains continuously about your runny nose. Have you noticed that these people tend to be sick more often or for longer periods of time?

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Tagged In: cold, Courtney Eaton, flu, Healthy UNH, virus

Fresh Produce in Cold Months

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By: Kendra Moffett

Many people have the incorrect notion that you can’t find fresh vegetables and produce in the winter months that provide nutritious salads and other main dishes. Luckily, that idea could not be farther from the truth. In fact, many farmers are preparing right now for upcoming winter farmer’s markets in these next few months.

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Tagged In: Cruciferous, fresh vegetables, Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, Nutrition, Seacoast Eat Local
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