Healthy UNH Blogger: Kendra Moffett

Name: Kendra Moffett

Hometown: Concord, NH

Graduation year: 2014

What do you do to make a healthy UNH?: I try and support local and/or organic agriculture in any way that I can.

Favorite Food: I could eat seafood any day of the week.

Favorite Movie: So hard to choose! But one that I can watch over and over again is The Illusionist

Favorite Book: Again, so difficult to choose...but Life of Pi is certainly one of my favorites.

What Place in the world do you most want to visit? Scotland

Favorite Dining Hall: Philbrook 

What do you love about UNH? What's not to love? UNH has a great campus, great people, and fantastic learning opportunities.

As a Healthy UNH Intern, what are you most excited about? I'm most excited about sharing information I find with other UNH students, and hopefully impacting their lifestyles positively. 

Healthy Winter Vegetables

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
By: Kendra Moffett

Many people believe that the winter months are not conducive to growing vegetables. This incorrect notion is not only, but is preventing people from experiencing the wonderfully nutritious vegetables that are grown during these colder months.

Artichokes are a great source of Vitamin C, and they also help to aid in digestion. It is important to remove the thorns before consuming this vegetable.  Artichokes go great on salads, sandwiches, and almost everything else. They add a yummy, sweet and bitter flavor to any dish.

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Tagged In: artichokes, beta-carotene, Healthy UNH, kale, Kendra Moffett, Nutrition, squash, super vegetable, vitamin C, winter vegetables

Medical Mishap Stories for Cash

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
By: Kendra Moffett

Medical maladies and mishaps are bound to happen to each individual at least once in their lifetime. Whether it is a misdiagnosis, an improper stitch sewn to your wound, or even just the lack of funds to pay for a treatment at that moment.

However, Julie Rovner from NPR states, “there's at least one good thing about the country's inability to control health costs. If you can write a compelling essay about a problem, you could win a thousand bucks.”

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Tagged In: Costs of Care, Health Care Consumerism, health costs, Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, medical mishap, misdiagnosis, success story

Canines for a Cure: How Man’s Best Friend Can Help Defeat Depression

Friday, January 11, 2013
By: Kendra Moffett

Man’s best friend may be more important to your mental health than you might think. According to Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA,

"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression.”  Simply petting a dog or being in their presence has been shown to reduce tension and hypertension in some individuals.

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Tagged In: Depression, dogs, Exercise, Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, Mental Health, mental wellness, pet therapy

Fresh Produce in Cold Months

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By: Kendra Moffett

Many people have the incorrect notion that you can’t find fresh vegetables and produce in the winter months that provide nutritious salads and other main dishes. Luckily, that idea could not be farther from the truth. In fact, many farmers are preparing right now for upcoming winter farmer’s markets in these next few months.

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Tagged In: Cruciferous, fresh vegetables, Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, Nutrition, Seacoast Eat Local

SPIN: Students Promoting Information on Nutrition

Friday, November 30, 2012
By: Kendra Moffett

Students Promoting Information on Nutrition, also known as SPIN, is a great organization on campus to get involved in that is run by UNH Health Services. These mentors are student volunteers that get trained to counsel and educate those who are looking to for more knowledge and assistance in the field of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. These students receive intensive training and education by trained professionals in the field, and are well equipped to help others with questions regarding nutrition.

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Tagged In: counsel, Health Services, Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, Nutrition, SPIN, student organizations

Read for Leisure and Read for Your Mental Health

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
By: Kendra Moffett

Autumn can be a wonderfully relaxing time of the year, with the weather cooling off, and new festive activities becoming more and more abundant. Although for many college students, when the foliage starts to change, so does the pace of schoolwork. And fall is always a time for exams, which can be taxing on your mental health. It is also a time of increased risk of sickness as cold and flu season encroaches.

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Tagged In: Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, Mental Health, mental wellness, reading, Stress

Fall Fitness

Friday, November 9, 2012
By: Kendra Moffett

Autumn is a lovely time of the year to start or maintain your workout routine. The days are cooling off, and the scenery is very appealing. Starting a physical activity routine in the autumn months are also helpful when the holiday season comes around to help curb any potential over-indulgence. 

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Tagged In: Autumn, Fall, Healthy UNH, Physical Activity, work out

Health Costs: What Hangs in the Balance in this Upcoming Presidential Election?

Friday, October 26, 2012
By: Kendra Moffett

With the 2012 Presidential Election quickly approaching, it can be nerve-racking for young adults between the ages of 18-25 to see where they will fall with either candidate if President Obama gets re-elected, or if Governor Mitt Romney gets elected. Below is the breakdown of what will happen to some health care costs access and the state of the Affordable Care Act depending on which candidate wins the Presidential Election.

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Tagged In: Affordable Care Act, health costs, Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, Nutrition

Tough Mudder: Physical Activity With a Cause

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
By: Kendra Moffett

This past May, I completed one of the most physically challenging events in my life – it also happened to be one of the most fun events I have ever participated in as well. Tough Mudder came to New England with its epicenter at Mount Snow in Vermont.

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Tagged In: Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, Physical Activity, race, Tough Mudder, Wounded Warrior Project

Healthy Foods for Fall

Friday, October 19, 2012
By: Kendra Moffett

Fall is the air, and luckily that means some yummy and nutritious fare is back in season.

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Tagged In: Fall harvest, Healthy UNH, Kendra Moffett, Nutrition