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UI Wellness Center Employee Wellness Newsletter
January, 2017 Edition

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man. – Ben Franklin

Happy New Year! Tis the season to make resolutions. According to the Nielsen Company the top two resolutions people make is to “Stay fit and healthy” and “lose weight”. Other common resolutions include getting organized, and spending less/saving more.

This issue provides practical tips and resources to help you make 2017 your best year yet. Scroll down for tips, resources, and upcoming programs.

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Adventures in Financial Wellness begins February 16th

Many Americans are not financially prepared for their future. People find the financial planning process overwhelming, and they don’t know where to begin. Many are asking their employers for help.

We are pleased to provide Adventures in Financial Wellness. This series is a follow-up to Prudential Pathways, which we offered in the fall. Read on to learn more about Adventures in Financial Wellness.

US News 2017 diet rankings

US News and World Report recently released their 2017 report on the best diets. The publication ranked 38 popular diets in areas such as best overall diet, best weight loss diet, best heart healthy diet and more. Read on to discover the best diets.

Healthy Eating Trends for 2017

Are you a foodie? Do you like to check out the latest food fads? Then you will be happy to hear that The American Institute for Cancer Research endorses several new eating trends. Read on to discover the healthiest eating trends.

Campus Weight Watchers meets Thursday at lunchtime

Did you know that the campus has an on-site Weight Watchers meeting? This meeting is open to all. Meetings are Thursdays from 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm: confidential weigh-in starts at noon. The location is room 249 Bevier Hall (Bevier Commons). There is a fee, but campus employees can be reimbursed by the state of Illinois if they complete the program. For more information, contact Barb Vandeventer at 333-1324 or

Research Report: How much physical activity counteracts sitting all day?

Many of us spend most, if not all of our work day sitting. The health detriments to this are well documented. Sitting disease, as it known, has been linked to shorter lifespan, and higher rates of chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. It is thought that sitting affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.

Sitting all day appears to be a separate disease risk from inactivity. In fact, health experts have started to call for new public health guidelines that address reducing sitting time as well as increasing physical activity.

Not much research has focused on how to offset the effects of sitting. A new study, however, begins to shed some light on the matter.

Read on to learn how much physical activity you need to eliminate the effects of sitting at work.


Start out 2017 right – support your staff with a Wellness-to-Go session.

We have a wide variety of topics available. Easy Office Energizers, Relaxation Techniques, and Work-Life Balance are among our most requested programs. Some of our newer offerings include: Deskercise, and Coping with Stress at Work.

These are just a few of the programs we can bring right to your department.

For more information about our Wellness-To-Go programs contact us at or (217) 265-9355 (WELL) Click here to see our Wellness-to-Go brochure.

New Recipe Box additions

Looking for new recipes for a new year? Check out our online recipe box. Some of our new recipes include Super Bowl tomato soup, carrot cookies, bacon sautéed barley with arugula, chile lime tortilla chips and pomegranate salsa, and more.

To view the recipe box click here.

Decluttering tips

If your New Year resolutions include getting more organized you are not alone. Eighteen percent of Americans made the same resolution according to the Nielsen Company. You may however, be wondering where to start. Read on to get practical, easy to do ideas on decluttering.

Winter Wellness Activities on Campus

You don’t even have to leave campus to get well this winter. Check out these campus activities.