Healthy UNH Blogger: Julie Hurlbut

Home Town: Hopkinton, MA

Major: Nutrition & Wellness

Graduation Year: 2014

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?

I try to set a good example for my friends and peers by practicing healthy eating and by being physically active.I also try and make people smile as often as I can!

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids

Favorite Book: Dear John

What place in the world do you most want to visit? Ireland

Favorite Dining Hall: Holloway Commons, because it is open early and late in the day, and is near most of my classes. Hoco also provides me with many options so I do not have to eat the same foods every day.

What do you love about UNH? I love the size of UNH and how I can meet new people every day, even as a senior.

As a Healthy UNH Intern, What are you most excited about? I am most excited about sharing my passion for health and overall wellbeing, and hopefully provide readers with some insight on how they can live happier and healthier.

Should you frequent the walk-In clinic?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

Currently in the US, there are roughly 1,600 walk-in medical clinics that reside in drugstores and supermarkets such as CVS, Walgreens, and Target. This number is projected to double within three years due to higher demands of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act.

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Tagged In: appointments, cost comparison, Health Care Consumerism, Health Cost, healthcost, Healthy UNH, Julie Hurlbut, medical, physician, retail clinics, urgent-care centers, walk-in clinic

Do You Pursue Perfection?

Friday, June 27, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

College students (and all of us) are burdened by the idea that we have to succeed in all areas of our lives to be as well balanced as we can, but when does the idea of being perfect go too far?

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Tagged In: achievable, anxiety, celebrate, Depression, goals, Healthy UNH, Julie Hurlut, Mental Health, mental wellness, Perfection, Perfectionism, realistic, self-esteem, Stress

Shop for a Safer Hospital

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

It’s important to be familiar with your go-to hospital when a family or friend or yourself isn’t feeling well or has an emergency. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released a report that stated one in twenty-five patients who are admitted to a hospital develop a hospital-acquired infection. Most people go to the hospital to avoid further sickness, but this cannot be guaranteed.

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Tagged In: @UNHStudent, Consumer Reports, Health Care Consumerism, Health Cost, Healthy UNH, hospital, informed, Julie Hurlbut, research

UNH Outing Club

Friday, June 6, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

New Hampshire boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in New England, so why not take advantage of it? The New Hampshire Outing Club (NHOC) is the oldest and largest organization at UNH that offers off-campus trips to undergraduate students every weekend.

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Tagged In: active, camping, canoeing, Fitness, Healthy UNH, Julie Hurlbut, Physical Activity, rafting, student activity, UNH Outing Club

How to Enhance Your Work Out

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

Fitting in a good workout during the work day isn’t always easy; so why not make sure it’s worth it? I try and fit in workouts every other day at the Hamel Recreation Center in between my class schedule. Published in TIME magazine, Jennifer Cohen, a health and fitness expert lists seven workout habits that make your workout more ineffective, and how to fix them. Fixing the following habits will allow you to be a more efficient exerciser:

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Tagged In: cardio, Fitness, habit, Healthy UNH, hydrate, Julie Hurlbut, Lollygagging, Physical Activity, strength training, work out

Bike for Better Health

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

May is National Bike Month, and what better way to celebrate the warm weather than enjoying a bike ride in the sun? Here at UNH, we are lucky to have a bike-friendly campus, which is demonstrated by the bike lanes that are provided on the roadways.

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Academic Assistance

Monday, April 28, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

               As college students, we are familiar with the hefty workload of classes, and the negative consequences of not keeping up with school work. Being unorganized and falling behind in class can lead to nervous breakdowns, feeling burnt-out, increased stress levels, and physical illness. With the amount of freedom and independence that being in college comes with, it could be easy for any student to let their grades slip.

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Tagged In: Academic Assistance, Healthy UNH, Julie Hurlbut, Math Assistance Center, Mental Health, mental wellness, mentors, Robert J. Connors Writing Center, Society of Physics Students, UNH programs, Writing Center

Eating Well for Public Health Week

Thursday, April 10, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

Public Health Week is recognized as April 7th to the 13th. One of the themes for this movement is eating well, which is being recognized on April 10th. The National Public Health website contains information on what government agencies are working on to improve food choice and eating habits among Americans. There are many ways that UNH has tried to encourage students and staff to make healthier choices.

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Tagged In: choices, Eating Well, Healthy UNH, Julie Hurlbut, National Public Health Week, Nutrition, portion sizes, registered dietitian, UNH Dining Services, Wildcat Plate

Sleep is the Best Medication

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

March 7th through the 13th was National Sleep Awareness Week. As busy college students, we tend to neglect sleep. After all, we have so much to get done in a day that sleep is usually put on the back burner. People who sleep poorly are significantly more likely to develop mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, and are more susceptible to have changes in mood and stress levels. For our mental, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing, it is important that we are all getting the recommended amount of sleep a night, which is approximately eight hours.

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Tagged In: active, alcohol, anxiety, caffeine, Depression, emotion, Exercise, Healthy UNH, Julie Hurlbut, Mayo Clinic, Medication, Mental Health, mental wellness, National Sleep Awareness, nicotine, Physical Activity, routine, Sleep

Eating Healthier When Eating Out

Monday, March 24, 2014
By: Julie Hurlbut

As spring approaches it is nice to spend some time outdoors enjoying the warm weather. I often find myself walking around Durham or Portsmouth with some friends where we like to catch up at our favorite restaurants. Eating out at a restaurant can be challenging for someone who is trying to eat healthier because of the large portion sizes and the added condiments and dressings. However, there are many ways to maintain healthy eating habits while enjoying time with friends or family at a restaurant.

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