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Are Tests Always Needed?

Friday, October 29, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

A review of the UNH Dialogue Series, Too Much Information: “Do I Really Need to Have That Test? Understanding risk and making medical decisions in the age of TMI” By Dr. Gene Harkless

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Tagged In: Health, Health Care Consumerism, Health Cost, Healthy UNH, Katrina Heisler, UNH

Hypnotizing the Stress Away

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
By: Katie Cardinal

What do you think of when you hear the word hypnotism? Do you envision a person fluttering around stage like a butterfly? Or how about a person on stage that sees everyone in the audience as being naked? Comic hypnotists have shaped our opinions and ideas when it comes to hypnotism and the hypnotic state. What many don’t realize is that hypnotism can actually be used as a stress reduction technique.

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, Katie Cardinal, mental wellness, Stress, UNH

How to Choose Exercise Shoes

Monday, October 25, 2010
By: Erica Cross

As fall starts and the leaves begin to change color, I find myself ready to go outside and enjoy the crisp air. The sights and smells of fall are invigorating, and make even the most routine walk seem more enjoyable. However, the blisters that I get from wearing my favorite pair of shoes are not enjoyable. This week, I finally broke down and decided that it was time to buy a new pair of shoes that would make my feet feel good, instead of cramped and sweaty.

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

A co-what? A deductible who?

Friday, October 22, 2010
By: Sarah Sceery

The world of health care includes a lot of different payments, fees, and word jumble. Many health plans are so complex that people don’t even know what costs they are paying. This is an important fact to consider for everyone. It is essential when choosing your first health plan to know what the terms mean. However, for those who are evaluating a current health plan or looking for new options, these costs can make a difference. When looking at overall health care costs, it is important to know what each of the key terms mean and what they do.

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Tagged In: Health, Health Care Consumerism, Health Cost, Healthy UNH, Sarah Sceery, UNH

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

A NPR interview done with UCLA professor Rita Effros, discussed the effect stress plays on the immune system and how a hormone can be too much of  a good thing. Effros states “it all starts with Cortisol, a hormone we produce when we’re stressed”.

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

Step it Up

Monday, October 18, 2010
By: Katie Cardinal

Throughout the past three weeks I’ve been wearing a pedometer to count the number of steps I take on a given day. Being a fairly active person who walks to class rather than taking the bus and works as a server at a very busy restaurant in Newington, I assumed that I walked approximately two to four miles per day. What I found, however, absolutely astonished me. On school days, work days, and days where I both went to school and worked I walked approximately two to four, seven to twelve, and ten to fourteen miles, respectively.

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

Want a Sweet Sensation?

Friday, October 15, 2010
By: Erica Cross

I have a huge sweet tooth. Personally, the hardest part of living a healthy lifestyle for me is controlling my sugar intake. Many Americans struggle to live healthier lifestyles, but feel unsatisfied if they don’t have something sweet at the end of the day. While it is important to satisfy your cravings, many desserts are high in fat and empty calories. In order to find some desserts that I could indulge in, I went on a search for some sweet tasting treats that left me feeling satisfied without feeling like I had overeaten.

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

Rest Yourself

Monday, October 11, 2010
By: Sarah Sceery

Tests, quizzes, group projects, work, financial issues, social life, and fitting in the gym…..when does it all end? If any of these situations sounds familiar (which most of them probably do for every college student), then you have a great deal of stress factors. The unfortunate thing is that stress doesn’t end once you leave college, only the specific causes do. This may seem like negative news, but it doesn’t have to be. Stress is a normal part of everyday life. Your body actually needs some levels of stress in order to function optimally.

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, mental wellness, Sarah Sceery, Stress Management, UNH

To Exercise, or Not to Exercise? That is The Question.

Friday, October 8, 2010
By: Katrina Heisler

For as long as I can remember I have always heard, “to lose weight- diet and exercise”, but a recent article written in TIME Magazine reports on some contraindicating news. Some of you may have heard the recent buzz surrounding exercise and weight loss, where researchers and weight loss gurus are claiming there is not always a positive correlation.

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Tagged In: Fitness, Health, Healthy UNH, Katrina Heisler, Physical Activity, UNH

Extreme Makeover: Nutrition Label Edition

Thursday, October 7, 2010
By: Katie Cardinal

Approximately twenty years ago, Congress passed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which required all packaged foods to display a detailed nutrition facts label. This label was to include serving sizes, energy content, and ingredients. Overtime, however, companies have come up with a variety of ways to “trick” consumers with the writing they present on their packaged goods. Due to this deception by food producers, the Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to give the nutrition label a makeover! The suggested changes are as follows:

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, Katie Cardinal, Nutrition, UNH
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