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Spreading the Word on Health

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 1, 2010

Almost everyone likes a little friendly competition. And with the added bonus of health, this challenge should be easy to embrace: In 2009, President Mark Huddleston announced the goal of making UNH the healthiest campus community in the country by 2020.

The initiative has two goals: improve the health of faculty, staff and students, and decrease healthcare costs. To get the word out, Healthy UNH has created a video that will be presented to departments on campus.

The sessions will include the 20-minute video and a 40-minute discussion on how the campus population can work together to make better decisions about health and health care.

Healthy UNH initiative partners with USNH and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to help employees become better educated about health and health costs while highlighting available resources.
Employees can learn about those resources on the Healthy UNH Website (http://www.unh.edu/healthyunh/ ).

There they will find an alphabetical listing (“Wellness Resources”) on everything from academic support to alcohol and drug counseling to the campus food pantry to seasonal affective disorder light therapy to Weight Watcher meeting times and locations.

“Take Action,” provides specific ideas on how to get healthier, including a chart on portion sizes (did you know a tablespoon of peanut butter is about the size of a 9V battery?); a section on the healthy range for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and BMI; and how to deal with stress.

At Healthy UNH, employees also can find where in the state they can get medical tests at lower costs, which can result in a savings for the whole UNH community. UNH spends about $40 million a year on health care, and that figure has been increasing at about 10 percent a year.

Departments interested in learning more about Healthy UNH presentation can contact Chris VanHorn at chris.vanhorn@unh.edu or 2-0519.

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