Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications
Years Worked at UNH:10
What does health mean to you?:Health makes it possible for me to do my job to the best of my ability and be an active participant in my life. Eating right and exercising regularly has always been important to me and my family.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?:I work out on a daily basis and try to bring along friends and co-workers when schedules permit.
How do you stay fit?:I lift three days per week and do cardio five days per week. We have such excellent facilities at UNH, it makes it possible to get in diverse workouts. I feel really spoiled. Whether it’s running the stairs at the Whittemore Center or lifting in the Employee Fitness Center, I have a plethora of resources available to me for different and challenging workouts. And of course, it’s vital that you make exercise a priority. It’s so easy to get sidetracked or too busy to fit in your workouts; but, the feeling you get from just 30 minutes of exercise is way better than a cup of coffee.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?:
The key is to plan ahead. I bring my meals to work everyday. It can get tricky when I have to work events late at night. I feel like a “pack mule” some days when I come to work with all of my meals. Invest in some Pyrex and try to prepare meals in advance. If I have my own food with me, it helps me to stay on track and avoid mindless snacking on less healthy food choices that might be available around the office.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?:I played on the women’s soccer team at UNH as an undergraduate student, so it has always been a part of my lifestyle; but, our current student-athletes are a big inspiration to me. They are constantly working on improving their fitness and strength and they serve as a great motivator. Staying active is a necessity for me and I am constantly trying to create new challenges, whether it’s a road race or competing in a figure competition, to strive for better overall health.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?:I have improved my strength significantly through weight training and after recently learning that I am a reactive hypoglycemic, I have made some significant changes to my diet. Eating “clean” and focusing on getting enough protein in my diet has improved my quality of life and energy levels throughout the day. I am in control of my health and that is really empowering.
Anything else you would like to add?:
Clean eating and exercising regularly are rewards for your body and your mind. It takes dedication; but, a commitment to your health is the most important gift you can give to yourself and to your loved ones.
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