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Comparative Effectiveness Research: What is it?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
By: Mary Houghton

Doesn’t it seem like we are always hearing about how we can lower health care costs? Do you ever wonder if there are any good things that are being done by medical organizations to help us in the battle of rising health costs? Well here is something that I recently learned about; comparative effectiveness research. 

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Tagged In: AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, Comparative Effectiveness Research, disease, Health Care Consumerism, Health Cost, Healthy UNH, Mary Houghton, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, prevention, treatments

Wonderful Winter Workouts

Monday, February 3, 2014
By: Gabby Chesney

Pumpkin spice lattes have left the building and have been replaced by cups covered in snowflakes and filled with peppermint flavors. This can only mean one thing: winter is on the way. Whether you have been keeping active all semester or are just looking to start, winter is a great time to spice up your workout routine and try something new. Living in New England we are lucky enough to experience all four seasons and have access to many winter sports people living in warmer climates aren’t able to participate in.

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Tagged In: active, Cross-Country Skiing, Fitness, Gabby Chesney, Healthy UNH, Physical Activity, skiing, Snow Shoeing, Snowboarding, Winter Workouts

Important Questions to Save You Cash!

Friday, January 31, 2014
By: Gabby Chesney

In this day and age, saving money is at the forefront of many people’s minds, especially when it comes to healthcare. There are all sorts of ways you can try to save money on healthcare and a simple place to start is at the doctor’s office! Health magazine has outlined several questions patients can ask during visits to their primary care provider to try and help save money. Keep reading if you want to hear a few tips!

#1 Ask for the Least Expensive Option

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Tagged In: doctor visit, Gabby Chesney, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthcare, Healthy UNH

Veg Out!

Thursday, January 30, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

          Thinking about switching to a vegetarian diet? I personally have been a vegetarian for almost 13 years. When I was younger, I stopped eating meat for the purpose of animal rights but I have continued not eating meat for the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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Tagged In: Healthy UNH, meat substitutes, Nutrition, plant-based diet, protein, Suzanne Hogan, vegetarian, Vegetarianism

SPIN: Students Promoting Information About Nutrition

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By: Mary Houghton

Ever wonder what kind of resources are available on campus for educating students about nutrition? There is a great program that is facilitated by health services that does just that. SPIN, Students Promoting Information About Nutrition consists of students and nutrition educators at health services that provides nutrition education to enhance the well-being of UNH students.

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Tagged In: Healthy UNH, Mary Houghton, Nutrition, SPIN, student program, Students Promoting Information About Nutrition

Health Care Costs: The Facts

Monday, January 27, 2014
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

I’m sure my fellow college students have some to little awareness about why health care costs are rising.This is such an incredibly important topic to understand because we are running full speed into this part of our lives.Soon, we will no longer be under UNH’s health insurance or our parent’s.Understanding where our health care system is at this point in time is crucial.So, did you know that by the year 2021, Health care spending in the United States will reach $4.8 trillion?That will equal one fifth of our country’s economy.In 2011, 49 million Americans were without health insurance.Empl

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Tagged In: generic drugs, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, hospital, Jenna Channell, lab tests, Medical Technology

Medical Technology, Increasing or Decreasing Health Care Costs?

Friday, January 24, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan
 

The increase in health care costs can be attributed to a variety of different factors such as the aging population, defensive medicine, hospital costs increases, changes in insurance and much more. A big contributing factor to the increase in cost is medical technology.

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Tagged In: aging population, Health care, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, hospital, Insurance, Medical Technology, Suzanne Hogan

How to be a Good Roommate

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By: Mary Houghton

Students can encounter all types of stress during their four years at college. Stress can come from all aspects of life, including your living situation. Having problems with your living situation can have a seriously negative effect on your mental health, and in turn your overall health. Although some things are out of your control, a way that you can try to avoid this kind of stress is to be a good roommate. Chances are, if you know how to be a good roommate, the person/people that you are living with you treat you in the same respect, making your home happy and safe.

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Tagged In: college, dorm, Healthy UNH, Mary Houghton, Mental Health, mental wellness, respect, roommate, Stress

MUB Movies

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
By: Suzanne Hogan

The Memorial Union Building (aka the MUB) is a great place for entertainment with many activities being held every weekend. My personal favorite events of the MUB are the movies they offer. It's a great little date idea for a college budget. MUB movies play on large screen projectors in theaters 1 and 2 every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. They offer two showings of each movie a night, one around 7pm and the other around 9pm. The movies are fairly recent and usually include one comedy and one action.

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Tagged In: entertainment, Healthy UNH, Memorial Union Building, Mental Health, mental wellness, movies, MUB, Suzanne Hogan

Boost your Brain Power

Friday, January 17, 2014
By: Gabby Chesney

Everyone knows that exercising is important to keep our bodies healthy, but what about our brains? Just like the body, the brain needs to be exercised in order to stay optimally healthy. Here are a few easy tips to exercise your brain so it stays sharp for years to come. 

Physical Activity

Doesn’t it seem like everything health related comes back to physical activity? That’s because it does! Being physically active helps boost brainpower and keeps you more alert. So instead of watching a 30-minute TV program, try going for a walk or a job.

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Tagged In: brain, congnitive, Exercise, fish, Gabby Chesney, Healthy UNH, Mental Health, mental wellness, Omega-3, Physical Activity, puzzles, Sleep
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