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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.

Tom Bassarear

Mindful Stress Reduction

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

Dianna Sinni

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Take the stairs! Climbing is a quick way to get in some cardio during your day and burn extra calories throughout the year.
  5. 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

Graphic by Danny Cobbs '15

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)

Live Long and Prosper

Winter 2013-14

Foodies in the Marketplace**

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.

Chasing July
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.

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

Fall 2013

If you saw the eye – “Read more online at” – 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.

Faculty/staff accomplishments

Watch Patrick Dolenc speak to incoming first year students at the August opening convocation.

Keene State giving

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