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Friends Are the Key to Your Mental Health

Friday, January 25, 2013
By: Haeley Stewart

Being a student is almost a guarantee that at some point you are going to be stressed out and overwhelmed. When you have a horrible week and are up to your eyeballs in homework, exams and extracurricular activities, how do you make time for yourself? Some things I have done in the past to help get away are taking a nap, going for a run, taking a yoga class and even catching up on my favorite TV shows on Netflix. But one of my favorite things to do for myself is surrounding myself with my friends.

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Tagged In: friends, Haeley Stewart, Healthy UNH, Mental Health, mental wellness

Healthy Winter Vegetables

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
By: Kendra Moffett

Many people believe that the winter months are not conducive to growing vegetables. This incorrect notion is not only, but is preventing people from experiencing the wonderfully nutritious vegetables that are grown during these colder months.

Artichokes are a great source of Vitamin C, and they also help to aid in digestion. It is important to remove the thorns before consuming this vegetable.  Artichokes go great on salads, sandwiches, and almost everything else. They add a yummy, sweet and bitter flavor to any dish.

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Tagged In: artichokes, beta-carotene, Healthy UNH, kale, Kendra Moffett, Nutrition, squash, super vegetable, vitamin C, winter vegetables

Exercise More, Live Longer!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
By: Madeleine Gould

Physical activity’s importance has been drilled into our minds since elementary school. There are so many reasons to fit it into our busy schedules; stress relief and weight management being just a couple of those reasons. However, recently, researchers have found even another motivation for us to engage in regular physical activity.

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Tagged In: cancer, Healthy UNH, life expectancy, Madeleine Gould, Physical Activity

Hot Chocolate for the Soul

Friday, January 18, 2013
By: Kim Mayo

After getting home from class or work on a dark, chilly night why not warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate? Hot chocolate can be a great treat to curb any sweet cravings plus you can add your own personal twist to it.

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Tagged In: corn syrup, healthier hot chocolate, Healthy UNH, Hot Chocolate, hydrogenated, Kim Mayo, Nutrition

Medical Mishap Stories for Cash

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
By: Kendra Moffett

Medical maladies and mishaps are bound to happen to each individual at least once in their lifetime. Whether it is a misdiagnosis, an improper stitch sewn to your wound, or even just the lack of funds to pay for a treatment at that moment.

However, Julie Rovner from NPR states, “there's at least one good thing about the country's inability to control health costs. If you can write a compelling essay about a problem, you could win a thousand bucks.”

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Tagged In: Costs of Care, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, medical mishap, misdiagnosis, success story

Don’t Burn Your Money By Tanning

Monday, January 14, 2013
By: Kim Mayo

It is typically right around now when we look into the mirror and ask, “Who is that pale person staring back at me?”  In Durham there are several locations that offer tanning and promote specials that claim to save you money, but will you really be saving money in the long run?

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Tagged In: Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, Kim Mayo, Light Therapy, melanoma, Seasonal Affective Disorder, skin cancer, tanning, Tanning Tax, UV radiation

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, mental wellness, 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 Care Consumerism, 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 Activity, 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
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