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Calcium: Bone up for Health

Friday, April 4, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Campaigns pushing milk rich in calcium as the answer to strong bones are notorious. But does the saying “got milk?” really translate into “got strong bones?” There is in fact an important message behind the infamous milk mustache. Calcium is a mineral that is not only important for the body’s nervous and cardiovascular systems, but is vital to our bone health. Approximately ninety nine percent of the body’s calcium reserve is stored in our bones and teeth to support their structure and function.

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Tagged In: Bones, calcium, calcium deficiency, cardiovascular system, Healthy UNH, Heather DeMello, milk, nervous system, Nutrition, osteoporosis

Sleep is the Best Medication

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

March 7th through the 13th was National Sleep Awareness Week. As busy college students, we tend to neglect sleep. After all, we have so much to get done in a day that sleep is usually put on the back burner. People who sleep poorly are significantly more likely to develop mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, and are more susceptible to have changes in mood and stress levels. For our mental, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing, it is important that we are all getting the recommended amount of sleep a night, which is approximately eight hours.

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Tagged In: active, alcohol, anxiety, caffeine, Depression, emotion, Exercise, Healthy UNH, Julie Hurlbut, Mayo Clinic, Medication, Mental Health, mental wellness, National Sleep Awareness, nicotine, Physical Activity, routine, Sleep

Shop Healthy for You and Your Wallet

Monday, March 31, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

A weekly trip to the grocery store can sometimes turn into a battle with your wallet when shopping on a tight budget.  It is often easier to choose off the shelf or frozen food items which require minimal preparation but typically do not have much nutritional benefit.  It is important to fuel our bodies with the nutrients provided by a well-balanced diet to enable us to keep up with the demands of everyday life.  If Easy Mac with a side of Ramen Noodles has become a familiar meal, then it might be time to expand your grocery list.

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Tagged In: budget, Durham Marketplace, free, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, healthy Alternatives, Healthy UNH, Heather DeMello, samples, Shop Healthy, smart shopping, SPIN, Students Promoting Information About Nutrition, tour, UNH Program

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Friday, March 28, 2014
By: Mollie Behan

During the month of April, the UNH community as well as many other communities across the nation will be participating in Sexual Assault Awareness Month.The National Sexual Violence and Resource Center states that the Sexual Assault Awareness Month is intended to “raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.”

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Tagged In: Anti-Violence Rally & Walk, Awareness, Healthy UNH, mental wellness, Mollie Behan, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, sexual violence, SHARPP, UNH Program, violence, White Ribbon Campaign

Compare hospitals to find right one for you!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
By: Kelsey McCullough

I often times hear how important it is to be a “smart health care consumer.” As college students it can seem like a topic that is not relevant to us, but within the next four years we will be gradating and eventually looking for jobs. You may end up staying in the area or what if you make a huge move and end up in California? Once you graduate you have many decisions to make include one’s about health care. Who will be your doctor? What hospital will you go to in emergencies?

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Tagged In: Compare, consumer, Health Care Consumerism, health costs. health care consumer, Hospital Compare, Hospital Quality Alliance and Medicare, hospitals, Kelsey McCullough, students

Eating Healthier When Eating Out

Monday, March 24, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

As spring approaches it is nice to spend some time outdoors enjoying the warm weather. I often find myself walking around Durham or Portsmouth with some friends where we like to catch up at our favorite restaurants. Eating out at a restaurant can be challenging for someone who is trying to eat healthier because of the large portion sizes and the added condiments and dressings. However, there are many ways to maintain healthy eating habits while enjoying time with friends or family at a restaurant.

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Tagged In: broiled, Dining out, Eating Out, grilled, healthy eating habits, Julie Hurlbut, Nutrition, portion, restaurant, salad, steamed, Substitute

UNH Sisters in Step

Friday, March 21, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

You may have seen the sisters of SIS performing at local events, such as UNH homecoming, Relay for Life and Apple Harvest Festival in Dover.For those of you aren’t familiar, Sisters in step is UNH’s premiere all female hip hop and step team.Formed over a decade ago, SIS is a student run organization consisting of twenty girls who share the goal of promoting sisterhood and unity through step.Step dancing is general term used to describe any form of dancing where the emphasis lies in the footwork.A lot of people tend to automatically envision the traditional Irish step dance, when they hear t

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Tagged In: Dancing, Heather DeMello, mental wellness, Physical Activity, Sisters in Step, UNH

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
By: Kelsey McCullough

 

Healthy, yummy, and cheap??! Impossible you think, I’ll prove you wrong!

As college students, sometimes food can become a lesser priority when you have tests, assignments, work, and etc. If you live in an apartment on campus I have some tips on how to eat healthy while not breaking your budget!

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Tagged In: budget, Healthy UNH, Kelsey McCullough, Nutrition

Kick Butts to Boost your Mental Health

Monday, March 17, 2014
By: Heather DeMello

Most people are aware of the physical health risks associated with smoking tobacco, but research shows that smoking can also have significant effects on an individual’s mental health. Many people turn to tobacco for temporary stress relief, but recent findings prove that smoking has adverse long-term mental health effects. Nicotine only produces temporary feelings of pleasure. Once the feelings diminish, withdrawal symptoms rapidly set in.

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Tagged In: activities, alternative methods, cessation, cigarette, coping mechanism, effects of smoking, health risks, Healthy UNH, Heather DeMello, Kick Butts, March 19 2014, Mental Health, mental wellness, National Kick Butts Day, nicotine, stress relief, substance abuse, tobacco

Health Cost and Assistance Programs

Friday, March 14, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

Health care is a hefty expense in the United States, and over the years has contributed greatly to our nation’s debt. According to the article written by John Ydstie, the Congressional Budget Office recently stated that the deficit is about to be one-third the size in 2014 than it was in 2009, which prompted the Great Recession.

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Tagged In: Debt, Health Care Consumerism, Health Cost, Julie Hurlbut, Medicare
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