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The Cost of Being Overweight

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

Reported by CNN in February, 2010, the first lady, Michelle Obama spoke about the increasing costs the United States spends on treating obesity related issues and the economic effect. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study in 2009 stating “obese patients spent an average of $1,429 more for their medical care than did people within a normal weight range.” This figure had me thinking, being overweight is not only costly to our health, but costly to our wallets as well.

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Tagged In: Health, Health Cost, Healthy UNH, Katrina Heisler, Obesity, UNH

Fitness Around UNH

Thursday, September 16, 2010
By: Erica Cross

We have all heard about the benefits of being physically fit, but the tricky part is figuring out how to become fit. While it may seem easy to some, many people of all ages and abilities struggle to find a routine that works for them. At UNH, there are many different programs and opportunities to be able to get on track with getting fit. Having a fit lifestyle should be a lifelong goal, not a short-lived fad. Be patient with yourself and let your body take time to adjust to your new routine.

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Tagged In: Erica Cross, Fitness, Health, Healthy UNH, Physical Activity, UNH

Student Health Fee

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
By: Sarah Sceery

As an out-of-state student, whenever that time for the tuition bill comes around, I often find myself bewildered as to how much money we pay. Where is all this money going? What are we paying for? There is one category that many students may not even pay attention to: Mandatory Fees. So what are these Mandatory Fees and what do they do for us?

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Tagged In: Cost, Health, Health Services, Healthy UNH, Sarah Sceery, UNH

A Stressful End to Summer?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is reluctantly bidding farewell to summer, but why does it always seem that as summer nears its end, the endless “to do” list begins to grow and what should have been a care-free, relaxing end starts slipping away. A stressful end to summer, that doesn’t sound right. Summer should be about spending time on the beach, catching up with friends, and eat ice cream on a hot afternoon, not running around getting your back-to-school essentials. Feeling under enough stress already with classes and work beginning, we could all use a little help trying to unwind.

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Tagged In: Healthy, Healthy UNH, Katrina Heisler, Stress, UNH

Changing the Pyramid

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
By: Katie Cardinal

For years, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Food Guide Pyramid focused on just that: food. It was a flat, one-dimensional view of the “perfect” diet that grouped all individuals, regardless of size or health status, into one category and focused primarily on counting calories and restricting serving sizes. When, however, the new Food Guide Pyramid was established in 2005, it took on a more complex, multidimensional look. As pictured above, the new Food Guide Pyramid focused on the utilization of vertical bands for each food group which taper toward the top of the pyramid.

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Tagged In: Exercise, Food Pyramid, Health, Healthy UNH, Katie Cardinal, Physical Activity, UNH

Get Hooked on Eating Healthy

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
By: Erica Cross

In a world where images of skinny women and men with huge muscles rule the media, it is easy to catch yourself wondering what it actually means to be healthy. Making good nutritional choices should be about more than trying to look good for a class reunion or feeling pressured to eat salads at every meal. Healthy eating should incorporate foods that are good for you, as well as foods that you love, to help your body get all of the nutrients that it needs to stay healthy.

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Tagged In: Erica Cross, Health, Healthy UNH, Nutrition, UNH
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