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Winter Blues got you down?

Thursday, February 20, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), also known as the Winter Blues, is a pattern of seasonal depression usually starting in the fall months and ending in the spring time.Many people experience S.A.D. as there is less sunlight in the winter months and less time spent outdoors.Symptoms of S.A.D. include increased sadness, higher irritability, increased anxiety, increase in weight, lack of energy, and increased sleep.While everyone may feel a bit more sluggish in the colder months, S.A.D. can have serious consequences such as school or work problems and social withdrawal.

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Tagged In: anxiety, cold weather, cope, Depression, energy, Health Services, Healthy UNH, irritability, Light Therapy, manage, Mental Health, S.A.D., sadness, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Sleep, Suzanne Hogan, weight gain, Winter Blues

Frugal Food: Eating Healthy on a Budget

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
By: Gabby Chesney

With obesity and other diet-related illnesses on the rise in the United States, discussion about living a healthy lifestyle is a constant and popular topic of conversation. One of the things many people bring up is whether or not it is possible to eat healthy on a budget. While it is definitely more challenging to follow a healthy diet with a lower income, it is very possible! Here are some tips for college students trying to live on a budget and follow a healthy diet. 

Make a Plan

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Tagged In: 7-day meal plan, budget, costs, coupons, frozen, Gabby Chesney, grocery, Health, Healthy UNH, low-cost, Nutrition, purchase, Savings, seasonal

Succeed like an Olympian

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

It has been quite amazing to watch the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. These athletes from all over the world demonstrate a great deal of enthusiasm, dedication, and desire. However, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to enjoy physical activity.  Below are some tips in example of Olympic athletes on how the average individual can learn to succeed like the ultimate professionals.

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Tagged In: Eddy Alvarez, Fitness, goals, Healthy UNH, Julie Hurlbut, Olympian, Olympics, Snowboarding

Traveling? Visit the Travel Clinic at Health Services!

Monday, February 17, 2014
By: Mollie Behan
 

While caught in the middle of studying for exams and writing papers this semester, one thing you are probably looking forward to is spring break. When this week of fun you’ve had planned for so long is so close you can almost taste it, the thought of potentially getting sick before, during or after your trip may not even cross your mind. Wherever your destination may be, the potential for experiencing disease and illness is much greater when traveling.

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Tagged In: disease, health costs, Health Services, Healthy UNH, illness, immunizations, Mollie Behan, prevention, reduced rate, Travel Clinic, UNH Program

Grab your skates!

Friday, February 14, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

              This past Christmas I received a pair of ice skates as a gift.I had never been skating but I'm always up for new winter activities.When it is cold out, it's easy to want to stay inside all day watching movies on the couch.While I'll admit I love doing this from time to time, I also love to get active and stay moving.Ice skating is a relatively cheap and easy way to stay active in the winter time.It's also very fun.After falling a few times, I finally got the hang of it and was able to get a great workout in.According to Read more

Tagged In: active, Fitness, Healthy UNH, Skate, Suzanne Hogan, UNH programs, Valentine, Whittemore Center

Independent Labs

Thursday, February 13, 2014
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Have you ever been sent to a lab by your physician for blood work? If the lab is not affiliated with a hospital, it is an independent lab. Quest Diagnostics is one example of an independent lab. Independent labs have no association with hospitals. If you have blood drawn at an independent lab, the results will be sent back to your physician just like they would be if you were to get blood drawn at a hospital lab.

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Tagged In: diagnostic lab tests, diagnostics, health costs, Healthy UNH, independent lab, Jenna Channell, lab, Quest Diagnostics, save, Savings

Mental Health on Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Chocolate hearts and drug stores decked out in pink and red can only mean that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. While there is no shortage of romance, the holiday can produce more anxiety than bliss for some. There is constant pressure from the media to prove your love for someone through a single day of gifts and grand gestures. Couples often stress over what buy each other and those who do not have a partner are sometimes left feeling alone; hence the term “Single Awareness Day”.

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Tagged In: anxiety, appreciate, expectations, focus, Healthy UNH, Heather DeMello, Mental Health, psychological, relationships, relax, replenish, self-worth, social interactions, Valentine's Day

The Sweet Truth

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

February is notorious as the month of Valentine's Day, but it is also Chocolate Lover's Month! Whether you love or hate Valentine's Day, there is always an abundant amount of chocolate lining the walls of grocery stores and convenience stores dedicated to this one day. However, there may be no reason to feel bad about indulging in some chocolate. Over the past few years, research studies have proven that small to moderate chocolate consumption is linked to lower risk of heart failure.

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Tagged In: antioxidants, chocolate, Chocolate Lover's Month, dark chocolate, flavonoids, Healthy UNH, Julie Hurlbut, Valentine's Day

One step at a time

Monday, February 10, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

As you may have heard before, taking the stairs is a great way to get a little extra exercise into your daily routine. Every step you take adds up throughout the day. Stair climbing is even now considered a "vigorous exercise". In a recent article in BBC, medical correspondent, Fergus Walsh explains why he takes the stairs, stating his impatience for the elevator and his knowledge of the health benefits. Walsh also mentions StepJockey, a new app in the world of health and fitness. StepJockey can track how many steps you take a day and calculate the amount of calories burned.

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Tagged In: Exercise, Fitness, Healthy UNH, stairs, Suzanne Hogan

Soy, Oh Boy!

Friday, February 7, 2014
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Soy has been getting a lot of attention in the nutrition world. Not only is it delicious as chocolate milk, but also emerging studies are finding some incredible health benefits. Foods made with soy can potentially lower cholesterol, lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer, help with weight loss, and help prevent osteoporosis. A plant-made estrogen, called may be the magic ingredient that can help cause all of these health benefits. 

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Tagged In: estrogen, Harvard School of Public Health, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, Nutrition, Soy
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