Healthy UNH Blogger: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Home Town: Denville, New Jersey

Major: Nutrition & Dietetics 

Graduation Year: 2014

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH? I encourage friends and classmates to make healthy choices in the dining halls and be a good example for them as well. I try to always smile and be happy so that I can exude happiness to others!

Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate

Favorite Movie: P.S. I Love You

Favorite Book: Illusions

What place in the world do you most want to visit? Ireland, Norway, Australia, Italy and Greece!

Favorite Dining Hall: My favorite dining hall is hoco because I feel like it has the most meal options. I also love the warm atmosphere and most of my friends eat there! It's the best place to be when it's snowing out in the winter because you can sit right next to a window and watch the snow fall! I love it!

What do you love about UNH? The people! And of course, the amazing dining halls!

As a Healthy UNH Intern, What are you most excited about? I am so excited to learn more about health and to reach out to students who may be struggling with health issues, whether that be mental or physical. I am so excited to be a positive influence for UNH students!

How To Have a Safe Winter Workout

Friday, February 21, 2014
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

If you’re like me, you can’t stand being cooped up inside for a workout. When I go home for winter break, I do not have a gym membership and all I have available to me is a treadmill and bike in my dark basement. I crave the fresh air and even if the temperature is freezing, I will be outside running or walking. But working outside can put your health and well being at risk.

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Tagged In: Exercise, Fitness, gloves, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, layers, Physical Activity, protection, wind chill, winter

Independent Labs

Thursday, February 13, 2014
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Have you ever been sent to a lab by your physician for blood work? If the lab is not affiliated with a hospital, it is an independent lab. Quest Diagnostics is one example of an independent lab. Independent labs have no association with hospitals. If you have blood drawn at an independent lab, the results will be sent back to your physician just like they would be if you were to get blood drawn at a hospital lab.

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Tagged In: diagnostic lab tests, diagnostics, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, independent lab, Jenna Channell, lab, Quest Diagnostics, save, Savings

Soy, Oh Boy!

Friday, February 7, 2014
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Soy has been getting a lot of attention in the nutrition world. Not only is it delicious as chocolate milk, but also emerging studies are finding some incredible health benefits. Foods made with soy can potentially lower cholesterol, lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer, help with weight loss, and help prevent osteoporosis. A plant-made estrogen, called may be the magic ingredient that can help cause all of these health benefits. 

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Tagged In: estrogen, Harvard School of Public Health, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, Nutrition, Soy

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

TV Workout

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

You’ve been studying for a huge exam, and you finally take it.It’s over!You’re done and finally free to relax.But wait.You haven’t been to the gym in over 4 days and you feel guilty about just going home and sitting and watching a movie on TV.RELAX.You deserve it.The good news is, that you can get in your workout while relaxing and watching a tv show! 

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Tagged In: Exercise, Fitness, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, Physical Activity, workout

Mindful Eating

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

You are sitting down at a table, with a huge plate of turkey, cranberry stuffing, corn, and mashed potatoes.I’m sure your mouth is watering just from reading those words.You can smell the aroma coming from the warm plate of food.You look at the colors, the texture, imagining the flavor, engaging all your senses.You put the food on your fork and take a closer look, imagining all the food as it was before it became this delicious meal.You place a forkful into your mouth and instead of chewing and swallowing right away; you savor the bursts of flavor, breaking down each individual flavor and t

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Tagged In: binge eating, consciousness, control, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, mindful eating, Nutrition, pleasurable

Body Image During the Holidays

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Once November comes around, it is one holiday after another, starting with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Christmas, etc. What is the one thing that all holidays have in common? Food. And LOTS of it. For someone battling with a negative body image, these cheerful and happy holidays can become sad, depressing and unappealing.  Food is the central gathering part of all the holidays. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are all served at Thanksgiving and are all foods that do contain a decent amount of fat.

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Tagged In: Body Image, Healthy UNH, Holidays, Jenna Channell, Mental Health, mental wellness

SAFE Peer Educators

Friday, November 22, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

S.A.F.E stands for Substance Awareness through Functional Education. S.A.F.E is a group on campus that was created to help students understand different issues about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The programs put on by this club are meant to contain factual information to help students choose healthy lifestyles. Peer educators in this group learn how different factors like society, attitudes and values affect student’s decisions about drugs and alcohol.

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Tagged In: Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, mental wellness, S.A.F.E., Substance Awareness through Functional Education, UNH

The Cost of Diabetes

Monday, October 28, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

Practicing a healthy lifestyle shows that you truly care about your well being and by exercising and eating right, you can greatly lower health costs.Practicing preventative care will lower the cost of drug prescriptions and doctor visits.Eating a diet low in saturated fats, and living an active lifestyle can prevent diseases like diabetes, which require many medical prescriptions and visits.

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Tagged In: CDCP, center for disease control and prevention, Cost of Diabetes, diabetes, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, preventative care

Going the Distance

Friday, October 25, 2013
By: Jenna Lindsey Channell

I have been a runner for at least 13 years. I grew up running track and cross-country, with my mother as the coach. It was so easy to run 6 or 7 miles at practice when I was on a team, but now that I am in college, I get so bored running alone! After only a mile in, I’m looking to run back to my apartment because I notice myself focusing on my burning legs, or my shortness of breath. I think about how nice a hot shower will feel after I’m done. However, running just a mile just doesn’t cut it for me. I feel like I am skimping on my workout.

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Tagged In: Fitness, Healthy UNH, Jenna Channell, mental wellness, Physical Activity, Running, social, UNH campus walking guide