Healthy UNH Blogger: Rebecca Lastra

Home Town: New Milford, CT

Major: Secondary Math Education

Graduation Year: 2013

What do you do to make a Healthy UNH: Inform my family and friends how to make better food selections and why.

Favorite Dining Hall: Stillings

Favorite Book: Harry Potter!

Fact or Foe

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
By: Rebecca Lastra

Whatever the reason may be for people to start a workout regiment, we all have one thing in common when being at the gym; we all want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, many people hold different beliefs regarding the benefits on the gym and it is very important to be able to differentiate fact from myth.

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Tagged In: Fitness, Health, Healthy UNH, UNH

Prescription Frenzy

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
By: Rebecca Lastra

The amount of pharmacies we can bring our prescriptions to can seem overwhelming at times; and given the current economy, we always want to make sure we’re getting the best deal. But how can you possiblely visit each pharmacy near your house and check how much each presciption costs? Luckily, this little thing called the “internet” has completely revolutionized our lives over the past couple decades. From hotels,  books, to even electronics, it seems that we can compare prices on just about everything these days.

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Tagged In: Health, Health Cost, Healthy UNH, UNH

Sunday Fun-day

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
By: Rebecca Lastra

With spring break only a few weeks away, I have seen the gym with a constant influx of students, faculty, and staff in determination to get their beach body ready. However, there is one catch. I tend to see these die-hard, rock hard ab go-getters at the Hamel Recreation Center on Mondays through Saturdays. So where are they on Sunday, you may ask?

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Stretching the Truth

Friday, February 24, 2012
By: Rebecca Lastra

During the past few years, there has been some controversy regarding the benefits we gain from stretching before and after exercise.

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The Real Power Behind a Nap

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
By: Rebecca Lastra

For many years of my life, I have been taught that taking a nap during the day would cause negative effects on my ability to fall asleep later in the evening.

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, Mental Health, Rebecca Lastra, UNH

Ski Your Way to Fitness

Friday, February 3, 2012
By: Rebecca Lastra

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to work out more and lead a healthier life? Are you bored of doing the same old workout everyday? Well luckily, the UNH Outdoor Adventure Club can help! On February 14th, they will be hosting a Moonlight Cross Country Ski event across Medums Pond. It only costs five dollars and it includes transportation and ski gear.

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Time is Money

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By: Rebecca Lastra

Imagine being able to rake leaves or mowing lawns in exchange for a doctor’s visit. Well in Falmouth, Maine, there are thirty-three patients who do just that. An article published by NPR examines the structure behind True North’s system of “time dollars” and how patients can qualify for the program.

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Motivation at your Fingertips

Monday, December 5, 2011
By: Rebecca Lastra

In a recent post by Katrina Heisler, she discussed the different apps that are compatible with iPhones to help us stay motivated to hit the gym and how as little as text messaging could contribute to weight loss. Well another app to add to the list is "Nexercise".

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Tagged In: Fitness, Health, Healthy UNH, Physical Activity, Rebecca Lastra, UNH

Beating the Nighttime Blues

Friday, November 18, 2011
By: Rebecca Lastra

With the constant stress of school, work, or other day-to-day events, a majority of people have a hard time shutting off their brain to get some shut eye. During finals week or feeling completely overwhelmed with other commitments, I find myself not receiving enough of sleep due my racing mind standing in the way.

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Tagged In: Health, Healthy UNH, Mental Health, Rebecca Lastra, Sleep, UNH

Benefits of Breakfast

Thursday, November 10, 2011
By: Rebecca Lastra

Breakfast is often coined as the most important meal of the day and should help jump-start your day. Research shows that people who consume cereal for breakfast are more likely to consume more produce and whole grains throughout the day. However, not all cereals are created equal and some can be loaded with unwanted sugar.

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