Spring 2015: The Wellness Issue
It’s not just about physical fitness and eating right, though those are key pieces. This issue of Keene State Today looks at a whole spectrum of elements that factor into personal well-being – and then takes a broader look at the role wellness plays in society. You’ll meet a 1959 grad who runs marathons, a nontraditional student who interns at the Cheshire County jail, two active centenarians, and more.
How can you weave mindfulness into your everyday life? For starters, breathe! And then try some of these suggestions from Tom Bassarear, professor of education, for reducing stress. You’ll also find ideas for reading more about mindfulness and for places to practice and study meditation in southern New Hampshire and Vermont. More about Mindful Stress Reduction
Tips for Staying Active with a 9-5 Desk Job
Stuck behind a desk? Here are some great suggestions from Dianna Sinni ’10, a registered dietitian, wellness nutritionist, and whole food blogger whose “grab and go” recipes can be found on page 7 of Keene State Today’s Spring 2015 issue. You may want to check out Sinni’s food blog, Chard in Charge, too.
- For every hour you sit at your desk, get up and walk for five minutes. This helps to get the blood flowing and prevent your muscles from cramping after being in one position for an extended period of time. So take that extra run to the copier or walk around the cubicles twice before stopping in for your next meeting.
- Take a lunch break! Break free from your computer or desk and allow yourself to eat in a quiet place away from a screen, even if only for ten minutes. Give yourself a quick “recharge” away from your work and take in a new scene, even if it’s only the parking lot.
- Sit with good posture. Not only does this strengthen your back and shoulder muscles and prevent future spinal problems, but it’s a whole lot easier to work when you aren’t hunched over your desk. Ask your employer to have your workspace ergonomically evaluated – you work there for eight hours a day, so it should be comfortable and appropriate for your body.
- Take the stairs! Climbing is a quick way to get in some cardio during your day and burn extra calories throughout the year.
- Stretch. Do some simple spinal twists while seated in your desk chair. Try a standing forward fold or shoulder/neck rolls. Frequent movements can help negate the effects of sedentary lifestyles.
– Dianna Sinni ’10
Tips for Healthy Relationships
Want your relationship to flourish? Check out these tips gathered by Brian Quigley, director of the Keene State College Counseling Center. More about Tips for Healthy Relationships
The Cost of Living
As part of the course Political Economy of Inequality, students Sara Myers, Jessica Schaper, and Kirsten Aglia created a minimum wage calculator and survey. This chart shows the survey and one sample response. Based on the needs checked off, this responder would have to earn $13.44 an hour over a 40-hour workweek to be able to meet expenses. (Graphic by Danny Cobbs ‘15)
Writing about Food
Check out a piece of student writing from English Department Lecturer Jeff Friedman’s Cooking, Eating, and Dreaming class, featured on page 20 of Keene State Today. More about Writing about Food
Live Long and Prosper
Keene State boasts numerous graduates who work in the “retail” end of the food business. Here’s a listing of just a few alumni who own or work in restaurants, markets, or food shops that you can visit.
More Food-Inspired Writing
Here’s another piece of prose written by a student in Jeff Friedman’s Cooking, Eating, and Dreaming class.
By Lindsey Pinault
The marks he left were like tread marks in the snow, they slowly vanished with the changing of the seasons, but when they were fresh they were crisp and clear, painfully cold to the touch. Once, we sat beneath the cherry trees, watching the stars twinkle like the fireflies of summer. Back then our love was a pink lady, fresh and sweet, budding from delicate, pure, white petals. But that was before the frost came, rolling over us slowly and dissolving the passion as it does the carnage of fall. Leaving the dead, browned leaves to stick to my hair like the taste of his breath on my lips.
If you saw the eye – “Read more online at keene.edu/mag” – or the video icon, you’ll find links below to learn more about stories in the Fall 2014 issue of Keene State Today.
Introducing Anne E. Huot
Watch new KSC President Anne E. Huot deliver her 2013 opening convocation address to first-year students.
- James Waller elected to advisory board of international association; named Centennial Senior Ethics Fellow by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
- Dottie Morris named a Hero for Justice by the YWCA New Hampshire
- Kristen Porter-Utley receives 2013 Faculty Distinction in Research and Scholarship Award
- Distinguished teacher of the year Learn more about Patrick Dolenc
- Learn more about the American Democracy Project
- Learn more about the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teacher award
Watch Patrick Dolenc speak to incoming first year students at the August opening convocation.
Keene State giving
If you saw the eye – “Read more online at keene.edu/mag” – you’ll find links below to learn more about stories in the Summer 2013 issue of Keene State Today.
- Dr. Ann Huot named Keene State’s 10th president.
- Heidi Welch ’96 one of four finalists for national Teacher of the Year.
- Michelle Tiani ’03 named Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for New Hampshire.
- Kristine Finnegan ’91 named 2012 NH Library Director of the Year.
- Student architects shine in design competition.
- Theatre and dance students take honors at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
- Three students awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships.
- Fulbright scholar Shirley McLoughlin blogs for the Huffington Post.
- Distinguished Teachers of the Year Award add up to a big presence on campus.
- Learn more about giving, and donate online to Keene State.
- Loren Launen named one of four Outstanding Women of New Hampshire.
- Jerry Jasinski wins a Fulbright to lecture and conduct research in India.
- Presidents’ Awards for Carmen Prandini Trafton ’95, Professor Michael Welsh, and Tau Kappa Epsilon.