Healthy UNH Blogger: Gabby Chesney

Home Town: Durham, NH

Major: Nutrition      

Graduation Year: 2014

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH? I go to the gym and encourage my friends to come along.

Favorite Food: Pizza or Ice Cream

Favorite Movie: Across the Universe

Favorite Book: The Last Lecture

What place in the world do you most want to visit? I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland.

Favorite Dining Hall: Stillings

What do you love about UNH? The people…everyone is so friendly and nice!

As a Healthy UNH Intern, What are you most excited about? I’m excited to be involved with a great initiative (Healthy UNH) and promote health around campus!

Frugal Food: Eating Healthy on a Budget

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
By: Gabby Chesney

With obesity and other diet-related illnesses on the rise in the United States, discussion about living a healthy lifestyle is a constant and popular topic of conversation. One of the things many people bring up is whether or not it is possible to eat healthy on a budget. While it is definitely more challenging to follow a healthy diet with a lower income, it is very possible! Here are some tips for college students trying to live on a budget and follow a healthy diet. 

Make a Plan

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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Pumpkin spice lattes have left the building and have been replaced by cups covered in snowflakes and filled with peppermint flavors.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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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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Fight Fat Fear!

Friday, January 10, 2014
By: Gabby Chesney

We live in a fat-fearing world. With all of the non-fat and low-fat products out there, many consumers believe that fat is always unhealthy. There is however a type of fat that everybody can benefit from. Omega-3 Fatty acids have been proven to provide many health benefits. So before you cut the fat do a little research about where you can get Omega-3’s and how they can help you!

Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Happiness: A How to Guide

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
By: Gabby Chesney

Over the years, I have received all sorts of advice regarding how to be happy. From “do what you love” to “don’t sweat the small stuff” everyone seems to have some idea of how to live a happy and fulfilling life. While I don’t have all of the answers, I have realized some of the qualities necessary to lead a happy life. Read on to hear what they are!  


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Tagged In: Awareness, Gabby Chesney, Gratefulness, happiness, Healthy UNH, Kindness, Mental Health, mental wellness

Holiday Skate

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
By: Gabby Chesney

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the end of the semester and bring in the holiday season? Then you should check out the annual Holiday skating party! The event will take place on Tuesday December 10th from 3:30-7:00pm at the Whittemore Center Arena. Members of both the Men’s and Women’s hockey team will be there skating and even Wild E. Cat will be there! If skating isn’t your thing there will be other activities available too.

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A Taste of Talent: UNH Gourmet Dinner

Friday, November 8, 2013
By: Gabby Chesney

Food. We eat it everyday to keep ourselves alive and functioning. For most people however, food serves a much greater purpose. Meals serve as a gathering place for friends; recipes are a way to pass down traditions from generation to generation. Not to mention trying new dishes and foods is satisfying and good for the soul. While the dining hall has a lot of options, it can get boring eating at the same place multiple times a day for the whole year. So why not spice it up a bit, support UNH students and check out the upcoming Gourmet Dinner! 

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Fall into Good Health with Seasonal Foods!

Friday, November 1, 2013
By: Gabby Chesney

It’s official! Fall has arrived and with it comes a season full of beautiful changing leaves, fun holidays and my personal favorite… delicious foods! Here in New Hampshire there are all sorts of foods that are in season during fall. What’s even better is many of them are packed with nutrients!


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Tagged In: antioxidants, apples, Autumn, carrots, fiber, Gabby Chesney, Healthy UNH, Nutrition, Potassium, Pumpkins, seasonal foods, Vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin K

The Psychology of Eating

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
By: Gabby Chesney

So often when we think about being “health” in the context of the foods we eat we consider the nutrients, calories and other nutrition-related information. One important area of health that is often overlooked is the Psychology of eating. While many people know what types of foods they should be eating to fuel the body and the mind, most people are unaware of why they eat the way they do. I recently had the opportunity to speak with author and expert on the psychology of eating, Karen R. Koenig LCSW, M. ED.

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