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Empowering a Healthy Community

Friday, April 5, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

Public health works to prevent disease and prolong the lives of individuals.   To accomplish this, public health works at a community level to improve and protect the health of our communities and empower them to achieve health goals and make lasting changes.  There are many different social determinants that shape the lives of communities throughout the United States and public health officials work to provide services needed for all populations.  The Center for Disease Control has created a Healthy Commu

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Tagged In: community, Health Care Consumerism, Healthy Communities Program, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, public health

Wellness at Work

Thursday, April 4, 2013
By: Gabby Chesney

The average full-time employee in the United States works 30 hours or more per week. That adds up to a lot of time spent in the workplace each year! While many people take steps to create a healthy living space at home it can be challenging to stay healthy while at work. While it might not be possible to control where you work, there are steps you can take in order to try and stay healthy while on the job.

Keep Moving

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Tagged In: Gabby Chesney, healthy snacks, Healthy UNH, hydrated, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Public Health Week, Wellness, work

Protection on the Move

Thursday, April 4, 2013
By: Haeley Stewart

We live in a time where people are constantly on the move. Whether driving, jogging, biking or anything else you can think of, it is VERY important to make sure you are being safe with whatever you are doing. In honor of National Public Health Week, here are some great tips on how you can stay safe on the move!

If you're driving:

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Tagged In: helmet, Physical Activity, protection, seatbelt

Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

This week is National Public Health Week, an annual celebration of public health sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA). Today’s theme is “Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School”. Children spend 180 days in school every year. The lessons and habits children gain during this time influence the rest of their lives. Our nation’s children develop eating habits through the National School Lunch program, which feeds more than 31 million children each day.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, Healhty UNH, National Kick Butts Day, National Public Health Week, National School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch program, Nutrition, Obesity, petition, safe environment, school, students, tobacco, tobacco-free campus

Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family

Monday, April 1, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Health begins in the home! Home is a safe haven that provides you with comfort, security and warmth. It is very important to create a safe home for your family to establish a healthy lifestyle. Monday, April 1st marks the first day of National Public Health Week. Monday’s theme is “Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family”. On this day, public health advocates urge people to create a secure home; safe from food borne illness, carbon monoxide poisoning, fire hazards, and toxic chemicals.

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Tagged In: Health, Health Care Consumerism, Healthy UNH, home, Jenna Channell, National Public Health Week, poison control center, safety

Improve Health to Reduce Healthcare Costs

Friday, March 29, 2013
By: Gabby Chesney

In the current economic times, people are looking anywhere they can to cut costs in their life.  According to research conducted by the Milken Institute, more than half of Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease, many of which are preventable. According to calculations by the Milken Institute these diseases cost Americans and the government $1.3 trillion annually. This money comes out of the pockets of Americans as well as from the government, affecting every American in one way or another.

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Tagged In: disease prevention, Gabby Chesney, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, illness, Light Therapy, mental wellness, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation, Stress Management, UNH Health Services, Yoga

Talking about Mental Health

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

More than one in four adults over 18 years of age in the U.S. suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml). Individuals struggling with mental illnesses often feel stigmatized or too embarrassed to share their personal struggles with friends or family members.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, Healthy UNH, Mental Health, mental wellness

Nutritious and Delicious—Alternatives to Easter Candy

Monday, March 25, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

Easter is right around the corner, which means it is time for Easter Basket creation. Children love receiving Easter Baskets, and many families celebrate it as a tradition for Easter morning. Easter treats can still be enjoyed, but try to look beyond the stocked shelves of Peeps and Chocolate Bunnies this year and consider healthy alternatives to usual Easter candy. One Cadbury Solid Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny, a popular Easter treat, contains 890 calories, and 48.6 grams of fat!

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Tagged In: Alternative candy, Ann Steeves, chocolate, Easter, Healthy UNH, Nutrition, sugar

Hiking for Health

Friday, March 22, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

Physical activity does not necessarily require going to the gym.  Why spend time exercising indoors when you have the glorious wilderness to explore?! Hiking is a great workout—for the body and the mind. Even a couple miles is a great cardiovascular workout, especially if you’re carrying extra weight like a backpack with water or snacks. The serenity of nature allows your mind to be at ease as you trek the trail. The combination of aerobic activity and meditation provides a unique experience, unparalleled by other forms of physical activity.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, cardiovascular, challenge, Fitness, fresh air, Grand Canyon, Healthy UNH, Hiking, Outdoors, Physical Activity, Spring Break, UNH Outdoor Adventures

2013 UNH Kick Butts Day!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By: Kelley Simpson

On Wednesday, March 20th 2013, UNH will be celebrating National Kick Butts day! It’s time to kick those smoking habits to the curb!  This day of activism was created to help stop the use of tobacco by youth and college students.   There will be close to 1000 programs taking place throughout the country, and UNH will be a great contributor!

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Tagged In: habits, Health, healthy lifestyle, Healthy UNH, Kelley Simpson, Kick Butts Day, March 20, Nutrition, petition, Physical Activity, S.A.F.E., smoke-free, Substance Awareness, tobacco-free, Wellness
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