Healthy UNH Blogger: Ann Steeves

Home town: Merrimack, NH

Major: dual major in Health Management and Policy with concentration in Pubic Health, EcoGastronomy

Graduation year: 2014 

What I do to make a Healthy UNH: I stay healthy by utilizing the Swasey pool and the beautiful trails in College Woods. I also strive to spread awareness of the food system and its impact on health with the student organization Get Real!, part of the national Real Food Challenge campaign. 

Favorite food: Avocados! 

Favorite movie: I like a lot of movies...watched the Hunger Games recently, which was great!

Favorite Book: Guns, Germs, and Steel 

What place in the world do you want most to visit?: the Amazon rainforest

Favorite Dining Hall: Philbrook! (bias because I work there!!)

What do you love about UNH? I love all the opportunities that are given to students, the beautiful campus, and the awesome professors in my department!

As a healthy UNH intern, most excited about: Spreading awareness of pressing health issues!


Equipment Rentals from Campus Recreation

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By: Ann Steeves

Are you an outdoor adventure enthusiast? Interested in seeing what the great outdoors can offer you for physical activity? Well the University of New Hampshire offers extremely discounted rental prices for students! Try out kayaking for only $10, or snowshoeing for $8, or all the equipment for a weekend hiking trip! The Hamel Recreation Center tons of great rental equipment, so that you can try out whatever you are interested in without committing to the high prices of buying your own gear!

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Tagged In: active, Campus Recreation, equipment, Equipment Rentals, Fitness, Hamel Rec, Healthy UNH, Hiking, kayak, Kelsey McCullough, Physical Activity, snowshoe

Free Therapy in Nature

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

Health cost is an unavoidable topic for the future of the Health Care industry. Mental health care, especially, is often neglected because of the perceived cost of treatment.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, College Woods, deep breathing, Health Cost, Healthy UNH, holistic, Mental Health, mental wellness, Michael Gass, nature, Physical Activity, relax, self-reliance, self-respect, UNH Observatory, West Foss farm, Wilderness therapy

Health Cost: Pay your Farmer now, or Pay your Doctor later

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

There’s no denying the rising costs of health care in our nation. Health spending has been rising steadily for several years. Americans spend nearly 20% of their income on healthcare costs, while on average spending 10% of their income on food. This disparity affects the health of our nation and must be acknowledged and addressed. Considering the age-old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” may be the first step to attempt to reduce healthcare spending—and the key place to start is food consumption.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, farms, food consumption, Health, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, prevention

Recent Study Ties Physical Activity to Longer Attention Span

Monday, July 15, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

A recent study out of the University of Granada has linked participating in physical activity with longer attention spans. Better cognitive abilities such as time perception were also higher in physically active participants. It has been generally known that physical activity lends itself to better overall health outcomes, but this study clearly illustrates a strong relationship between physical activity and longer attention spans.

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Tagged In: ADD, Ann Steeves, attention, Attention Deficit Disorder, cognitive, Healthy UNH, mental wellness, Obesity, physcial activity, Physical Activity, physical education classes, recess, time perception

Study shows link between group singing and mental health

Monday, June 17, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

I’ve always loved to sing. I grew up in a musical family, where we were constantly performing for and with each other. There’s nothing I enjoy more than harmonizing with my siblings. There’s something special about singing in harmony with others—your personal responsibility to hold your own part, while acknowledging others and blending with their voices. It’s an awesome experience to produce a balanced oneness among different voices. It requires practice, patience, and motivation, but the end result is well worth it.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, anxiety, common goal, community singing, harmony, Healthy UNH, Mental Health, mental wellness, singing, social capital, wellbeing

Yoga and Mental Health

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

I’ve always loved stretching and meditating. I can attribute this practice to my mom, who teaches Hatha yoga. Growing up, stretching was a part of my daily life. If I were stressed, I would do some stretches and deep breathing to try to calm down. This practice has followed me to college and has helped me calm down many times when overwhelmed with academic and personal commitments. I usually have practiced on my own, but have recently started taking yoga classes downtown at Three Bridges Yoga .

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, anxiety, breathing, Depression, Healthy UNH, meditating, Mental Health, mental wellness, Physical Activity, Stress, stretching, Yoga

“Eat More Kale”—the Superfood behind the slogan

Monday, May 6, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

You’ve probably seen the merch around campus: stickers, t-shirts, buttons and more with the “eat more kale” slogan stamped on the center. You may have even heard of the lawsuit last year when Chick-fil-A insisted the kale slogan was too similar to their “Eat Mor Chikin” campaign (lest people start eating kale instead of chicken!). The hearty green has received a lot of attention over the past few years. It’s one of my favorite foods, and I encourage everyone to make it part of their diet.

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Tagged In: Annie Steeves, antioxidants, calcium, cheesy kale, Eat More Kale, fiber, Healthy UNH, iron, kale, Nutrition, protein, recipe, spinach, vitamin C


Wednesday, April 17, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

The University of New Hampshire’s Department of Health Management and Policy prepares undergraduates to become leading health professionals in the ever-expanding Health Care Industry. Through this department, students get exposed to many aspects of health care, including data analysis, finance management, epidemiology, ethics, and policy. A reoccurring theme throughout the Department’s courses is health promotion.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, College Woods, Department of Health Management and Policy, Exercise, Fitness, Healthy UNH, HMP 5K, off-road run, Physical Activity, run, SOHL, Student Organization for Health Leadership, UNH programs, Wildcat 5K

Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

This week is National Public Health Week, an annual celebration of public health sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA). Today’s theme is “Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School”. Children spend 180 days in school every year. The lessons and habits children gain during this time influence the rest of their lives. Our nation’s children develop eating habits through the National School Lunch program, which feeds more than 31 million children each day.

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Tagged In: Ann Steeves, Healhty UNH, National Kick Butts Day, National Public Health Week, National School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch program, Nutrition, Obesity, petition, safe environment, school, students, tobacco, tobacco-free campus

Talking about Mental Health

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

More than one in four adults over 18 years of age in the U.S. suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year ( Individuals struggling with mental illnesses often feel stigmatized or too embarrassed to share their personal struggles with friends or family members.

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