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Food for Thought

Monday, April 4, 2011
By: Katrina Heisler

When stress levels get out of control, some of us reach for that tub of chocolate ice cream in the freezer or dive into the bag of chips in the cupboard. While the chocolate bliss may drown out the millions of things on your to-do list, and munching on chips may help to ease the anxiety you feel as you tackle a project, both ultimately leave you with the same level of stress you had before you started snacking. However, some foods are healthy, nutritious, and de-stressing!

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, Katrina Heisler, mental wellness, Stress, UNH

Shin Splits

Friday, April 1, 2011
By: Katie Cardinal

Injury and fear of injury are two of the primary reasons individuals either stop their current workout regiment or never begin. Recently, I have been dealing with shin splints, which is not only making my vigorous daily workout nearly impossible, but also daily life. A shin splint, otherwise known as tibial stress syndrome, occurs when you feel a sharp throbbing or aching feeling in your shins either during or just after physical activity. Causes of such pain include flat feet, stress fractures in the lower leg bones, and irritated or swollen muscles in the shins caused by overuse.

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Tagged In: Fitness, Health, Healthy UNH, Katie Cardinal, Physical Activity, UNH

Tricks of the Trade—Affordable Fruits in the Winter

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
By: Sarah Sceery

During these cold winter months, it isn’t uncommon to find that the price of strawberries or blueberries in the store may seem a little higher, or not quite affordable with your dwindling college budget. Yet, those fruits are still important for antioxidants, getting your vitamins, and keeping your body healthy. There are several options that might work for you to avoid choosing those less nutritious foods just because they fit into the budget.

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, Nutrition, Sarah Sceery, UNH

Cook Your Way through National Nutrition Month

Monday, March 28, 2011
By: Katrina Heisler

Let’s face it, living on your own as a college student doesn’t exactly include homemade meals hot out of the oven, and Ramen and frozen pizza ends up on the menu more often than not. But why shouldn’t we be eating as well as we might if mom had cooked us dinner at home? As adults it is about time to learn how to cook delicious and healthy meals because it is an important skill that is used through out the rest of our lives. Cooking can be easy and fun, but if you’re especially scared of the oven, signing up for a free cooking class might be a good idea.

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, Katrina Heisler, Nutrition, UNH

Healthy Foods for a Healthy Mind

Friday, March 25, 2011
By: Katie Cardinal

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia found in people aged sixty-five and older. Today, upwards of 5.3 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s. One person is diagnosed every seventy seconds. Though many cases of Alzheimer’s are gene-related, the majority are not. Studies have recently shown dietary interventions may help protect against mental decline and potentially prevent brain-wasting diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Dietary interventions are as follows:

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, Katie Cardinal, Mental Health, mental wellness, Nutrition, UNH

Post Work-Out Protein

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
By: Sarah Sceery

You just finished an intense work out at the gym and you feel great…now what? The common thought, especially if you are exercising to stay in shape or lose weight, might involve food. That thought is one that should come after every work out as eating post work-out is an essential part of exercising.

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Tagged In: Fitness, Health, Healthy UNH, Physical Activity, Sarah Sceery, UNH

National Nutrition Month

Monday, March 21, 2011
By: Katrina Heisler

March is National Nutrition Month so I figured this week’s nutrition blog would be a great way to honor it by sharing a little about campaign. The American Diet Association (ADA) sponsored this year’s educational operation in efforts to increase informed, healthy decision-making when it comes to food choices.  The theme this year is “Eat Right with Color.” What exactly does that mean?

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, Katrina Heisler, Nutrition, UNH

Cornucopia Food Pantry

Friday, March 18, 2011
By: Katie Cardinal

The Cornucopia Food Pantry is a non-profit organization consisting of UNH staff, students, and community individuals who work together to provide food baskets for needy UNH students, staff, faculty, and their families. Located at the Waysmeet Center at the United Campus Ministry to UNH at 15 Mill Road, the Cornucopia Food Pantry works with local businesses and farmers to provide essential foods to families in need.

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Tagged In: Health, Health Care Consumerism, Healthy UNH, Katie Cardinal, Nutrition, UNH, UNH Program

A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Mind

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
By: Sarah Sceery

Whole grains, fruits, vegetables…who would think those have anything to do with keeping a healthy mind? A great deal of research shows that deficiency in vitamins and essential nutrients can have harmful effects on the body, yet often they are not associated with mental health. Interestingly, there is research proven to support the fact that diets deficient in vitamins such as C, D and B vitamins, as well as protein can cause symptoms of depression or other mental health illnesses.

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, Mental Health, mental wellness, Nutrition, Sarah Sceery, UNH

Skip the Stretching

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
By: Katrina Heisler

From the days of gym class in elementary school, we have all been taught that it is beneficial to stretch before any physical activity. But touching our toes and counting to ten before hopping on a treadmill may in fact hurt more than help.

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Tagged In: Fitness, Health, Healthy UNH, Katrina Heisler, physical fitness, UNH
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