Healthy UNH Blogger: Erica Cross

Do You Need an Advocate?

Friday, January 28, 2011
By: Erica Cross

Everyone deserves a voice. The Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, SHARPP, is open to anyone in the UNH community (students, faculty, and staff) to help you find your voice. Going through domestic or sexual violence is terrifying.  SHARRP’s advocates work with you to connect you to the right resources to help you get back on your feet.

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Help Fight Off Colds This Winter by Exercising

Monday, December 6, 2010
By: Erica Cross

We have all heard the household remedies for fighting off the common cold, such as washing your hands frequently or consuming vitamin C. New research from a report published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that people who exercise regularly tend to have fewer colds than sedentary people.

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The Real Cost of Smoking

Monday, November 15, 2010
By: Erica Cross

As a nursing major, smoking is a subject that I am very passionate about. I have several loved ones who smoke, and it is difficult to see the impact that it has on their health. Although smoking is starting to decline in public places due to new laws, over 40 million people in America smoke. However, the cost of smoking is not purely physical; over $100 billion per year is spent on health care costs related directly to smoking. Some of the following costs of smoking are:

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What to Expect from a Stress Management Appointment at UNH Health Services

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
By: Erica Cross

We all have times in our life when we get stressed out. Whether its work or school, friends or family, or just an overwhelming feeling of having too much on your plate, you are not alone. Millions of Americans feel overworked and overstressed. Personally, I have felt more stressed this semester at college than I have ever felt before. Between work, school, and all of my other commitments I was run ragged. I wasn’t sleeping enough, wasn’t enjoying my free time and always felt as if I could never finish the incredible amount of work that I was assigned.

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How to Choose Exercise Shoes

Monday, October 25, 2010
By: Erica Cross

As fall starts and the leaves begin to change color, I find myself ready to go outside and enjoy the crisp air. The sights and smells of fall are invigorating, and make even the most routine walk seem more enjoyable. However, the blisters that I get from wearing my favorite pair of shoes are not enjoyable. This week, I finally broke down and decided that it was time to buy a new pair of shoes that would make my feet feel good, instead of cramped and sweaty.

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Want a Sweet Sensation?

Friday, October 15, 2010
By: Erica Cross

I have a huge sweet tooth. Personally, the hardest part of living a healthy lifestyle for me is controlling my sugar intake. Many Americans struggle to live healthier lifestyles, but feel unsatisfied if they don’t have something sweet at the end of the day. While it is important to satisfy your cravings, many desserts are high in fat and empty calories. In order to find some desserts that I could indulge in, I went on a search for some sweet tasting treats that left me feeling satisfied without feeling like I had overeaten.

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Tips on Choosing the Right Health Insurance Plan

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
By: Erica Cross

With the cost of health care on the rise, many Americans struggle with finding the right health insurance plan that will give them the coverage they need without breaking the bank. Getting the type of health insurance that is right for you is important so that you can be covered whenever you need it. Before choosing a health care plan, some things that you want to compare are:

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Are you a procrastinating pro?

Friday, September 24, 2010
By: Erica Cross

Procrastination is a defense mechanism that many people use to help cope with the stress of their daily life. Whether it is putting off a tedious reading assignment until later or waiting for your favorite TV show to end before taking out the trash, most Americans use some form of procrastination in their everyday lives. While some people view procrastinators as “lazy”, procrastinators generally want to accomplish their goals.

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Fitness Around UNH

Thursday, September 16, 2010
By: Erica Cross

We have all heard about the benefits of being physically fit, but the tricky part is figuring out how to become fit. While it may seem easy to some, many people of all ages and abilities struggle to find a routine that works for them. At UNH, there are many different programs and opportunities to be able to get on track with getting fit. Having a fit lifestyle should be a lifelong goal, not a short-lived fad. Be patient with yourself and let your body take time to adjust to your new routine.

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Get Hooked on Eating Healthy

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
By: Erica Cross

In a world where images of skinny women and men with huge muscles rule the media, it is easy to catch yourself wondering what it actually means to be healthy. Making good nutritional choices should be about more than trying to look good for a class reunion or feeling pressured to eat salads at every meal. Healthy eating should incorporate foods that are good for you, as well as foods that you love, to help your body get all of the nutrients that it needs to stay healthy.

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