Name: Juliana Good
Department: Public Policy
Role at UNH: Student
Year Started at UNH: 2017
What does being healthy look like to you?
Prioritizing both mental and physical health is important, and I go to the gym five days a week. I go to the gym because it is a stress reliever. If there are days that I am too tired then I won’t push myself – it is important to also listen to my body and brain.
What do you do to keep UNH healthy?
I am passionate about accessibility and disability policy. A big part of accessibility is removing barriers that make people’s lives harder.
How do you stay fit?
The gym! I love the gym, it’s really nice and going is a stress reliever. I try to walk as much as I can and I don’t take the bus that often. It’s important to take time everyday to strengthen the body.
Do you have any tips for eating healthy?
In one of my classes right now we work with Michael Pollan’s work and in summation of what he says, we should “eat food, not too much, and mostly plants.” UNH dining halls have healthy options too. I try to stay away from things that are processed and I appreciate the Wildcat Plate.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy and active on campus?
If I don’t do the things that I need to do in order to stay healthy, then I will become unhealthy and get sick. Health looks different for everybody, and I’m fortunate that I have found a rhythm and it makes me feel better. Coffee keeps me motivated through the week and any day that I have a good laugh is a good day. I try to find positive connections with people, my professors, friends, and the people I work with.
Have you seen or felt any improvements to your physical or mental well-being after making positive changes in your life?
Big time! It took a while to find rhythm for how much I wanted to workout, what I eat throughout the week, and what I do throughout the week. This semester I have started to find balance and stride and I feel more energized and have been sleeping better, which as been a really nice thing.
Do you have any positive words of encouragement for others on campus to create a healthier lifestyle?
Ask yourself: if I do this thing now, will I feel better or worse in the next hour, tomorrow, or next week? This frames my decision-making, and it helps me decide what is a good future for myself.