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!


Nutritious and Delicious—Alternatives to Easter Candy

Monday, March 25, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

Easter is right around the corner, which means it is time for Easter Basket creation. Children love receiving Easter Baskets, and many families celebrate it as a tradition for Easter morning. Easter treats can still be enjoyed, but try to look beyond the stocked shelves of Peeps and Chocolate Bunnies this year and consider healthy alternatives to usual Easter candy. One Cadbury Solid Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny, a popular Easter treat, contains 890 calories, and 48.6 grams of fat!

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Hiking for Health

Friday, March 22, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

Physical activity does not necessarily require going to the gym.  Why spend time exercising indoors when you have the glorious wilderness to explore?! Hiking is a great workout—for the body and the mind. Even a couple miles is a great cardiovascular workout, especially if you’re carrying extra weight like a backpack with water or snacks. The serenity of nature allows your mind to be at ease as you trek the trail. The combination of aerobic activity and meditation provides a unique experience, unparalleled by other forms of physical activity.

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Zumba- the most fun you can have at the gym!

Friday, March 8, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

Like to dance? Looking to get in shape or change up your cardio workout? Ever heard of Zumba? Zumba is an energetic dance class where participants are able to let loose and have fun!  I took a Zumba class a few days ago after a two-year hiatus of zumba-ing and I honestly forgot how much fun it was! The dance moves are relatively simple but fast paced to get your heartbeat going. Most of the music is top-40’s hits that you can sing along to if you want to make the most of the experience. It’s a one-hour class of dancing to the beat in a room of 30+ people doing the same thing.

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Get Real! UNH and the growing student food movement

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

Young people have always clarified the morality of our times. This sentiment was echoed throughout this past weekend as the student organization, Get Real! UNH, had the opportunity to attend the Second Annual Real Food Challenge “Breaking Ground” National Summit. The Real Food Challenge is a growing student movement working toward changing institutional purchasing power to create a more just and sustainable food system.

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Health Costs and Healthcare in the US and Italy

Monday, February 11, 2013
By: Ann Steeves

The cost of healthcare is a huge issue on the national stage as the United States tries to come to terms with its overwhelming state of national debt. Concern is growing especially among young people who will be given the task of dealing with the mounting debt. The nation’s debt comes from many sources, but healthcare is a big contributor. Healthcare costs exceed nearly 20% of U.S. GDP; a staggering estimated $2 trillion annually.

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Fight Stress with Physical Activity!

Friday, April 27, 2012
By: Ann Steeves

It’s the final stretch—seasonal jobs and internships are lined up, summer courses are registered for, perhaps a road trip is planned… Summer is right around the corner, and there’s just one maybe-not-so-little thing standing in your way: final papers, exams, and projects to complete. You’ve worked so hard all semester and this is it! It is apparent that everyone on campus is in the same boat, as the library is packed with so many students, it can be hard to find a seat.

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Physical Activity Program Helps Individuals with Mental Illness

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
By: Ann Steeves

The World Health Organization defines health as “physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Too often, this holistic view is forgotten. The interdependence of all aspects of health is important when creating wellness programs.

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UNH’s Health Management and Policy Program

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
By: Ann Steeves

The United States spends 17.6% of our gross domestic product on Health Care— more than any other country in the world. Despite this staggering statistic, we have one of the sickest populations in the world. Does this concern you? Consider majoring in Health Management and Policy. Within the College of Health and Human Services, students may obtain a Bachelor of Science in Health Management and Policy (HMP). HMP graduates remain close to the department, and are often able to provide students with valuable perspectives of life in the health field.

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Susan G. Komen Defunds, then Refunds Annual Support for Planned Parenthood

Thursday, February 16, 2012
By: Ann Steeves

With the rising costs of healthcare, many Americans turn to community health centers for important services at affordable prices. One of the nation’s leading centers for women’s health is Planned Parenthood, with nearly 800 health centers nationwide. Their outreach efforts help communities receive access to breast health education, breast screenings, and mammogram referrals, among other services. Their services reach disadvantaged women in underserved areas, often at whatever price the women can afford. As a result, the organization relies heavily on financial donations.

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USDA Announces New Guidelines to Improve School Nutrition

Monday, February 6, 2012
By: Ann Steeves

The days of mystery meat sandwiches should soon be over, and replaced by healthier options throughout our nation’s school lunch program. This past Wednesday, January 25, the USDA, in partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced new guidelines for healthier school meal programs.  This announcement came in coordination with the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, signed in December 2010 by President Obama.

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