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Campus Wellbeing Services
Employee Wellness Newsletter
May 2018 Edition
 

Summer is a mixed bag as far as wellness is concerned. On the one hand, the warmer weather brings many opportunities to be active outside. Fresh fruits and veggies abound. On the other, vacations and travel can complicate our intent to live healthfully. This issue of the employee wellness newsletter features campus resources to stay fit and healthy throughout the summer months. Whether you are looking to eat more produce, walk or bike more, vacation healthfully, or reduce stress, campus has resources for you.

In this issue you will find
 
 
 
June 12 wellness webinar focuses on healthy vacationing

Our popular wellness webinars continue this summer. June’s webinar focuses on how to Vacay the Wellness Way. Participants will learn how to:

  • Be physically active while on vacation
  • Eat healthfully while traveling (and still enjoy some special treats!)
  • Stay relaxed while prepping for and being on vacation
  • And more

The webinar is on June 12 at 12:00pm. To register click here.

 
Help your employees manage stress

Stress in the workplace is common. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, 61 percent of adults cite work as a primary source of stress. Campus Wellbeing Services can help. We offer a four-part stress management series. The topics covered in this series include:

  • Stress management basics: Participants assess their current stress management practices, learn about stress management techniques, and begin an action plan.
  • Relaxation techniques: Participants learn and practice relaxing breath, muscle relaxation, imagery and visualization.
  • Taming the mind: Participants learn and practice cognitive reframing and mindfulness meditation.
  • Dealing with stress at work: Participants learn about dealing with uncertainty, communicating with coworkers and supervisors, constant digital connection, and other work stress relates topics. Participants also apply techniques learned so far to practical work situations, and finalize their action plans.

This series can be delivered to your department at no charge, at your convenience. We also offer some single sessions related to stress management. To learn more, call (217) 265-9355 or email wellbeing@illinois.edu.

 
Lower stress, improve wellness – Paint with Katie on June 19

Looking to lower stress, improve wellness, and have fun? Try Painting with Katie!  This unique class will be offered on June 19, in David Kinley Hall, from 5:30-7:30pm. No experience is needed. The cost of this class is $15. To register click here. Read on to learn more about what this exciting class is like, and discover how creativity enhances wellbeing.

 
Summer health-e-tips starts July 2

We will once again offer our popular health-e-tips program this summer. This year’s theme is Power Up with Fruits and Veggies! Our newest new health-e-tips campaign starts Monday, July 2.

The health-e-tips program provides timely tips on how to live a healthy and happy life. Participants will receive bi-weekly emails from July 2 through August 10. These health-e-tips will outline simple and fun ways to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption. Tips will include:

  • Easy and tasty ways to prepare fruits and veggies
  • Information about local farmers markets, pick-your-own farms, and other ways to get local produce
  • Details about the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables
  • More

To receive your bi-weekly tips, click here, and register for the health-e-tips program option. For more info, contact Campus Wellbeing Services at wellbeing@illinois.edu or 265-9355.

 
Just in time for summer – new recipes

Have you ever returned from the farmers market and asked yourself, “what in the world am I going to do with all this zucchini (or asparagus, or peaches or tomatoes, or …)”? Just in time for the summer produce explosion, we’ve added new recipes to the online recipe box. These delectable items include: Peach and Basil Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Asparagus Dijon, Quinoa Risotto Primavera, Rhubarb and Orange Refresher, and much more. Our recipes are tasty, healthful and highlight seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables that you can easily find at your local market. Click here to view the new recipes, as well as dozens of previously posted recipes.

 
400 plus employees de-stressed during Take Ten for Stress Relief challenge!

By Audrey Hoene, Campus Wellbeing Services Student Intern

Over 400 Illinois employees embraced their inner Zen during our recent Take Ten for Stress Relief Challenge. The goal of the self-paced challenge was to introduce participants to new stress relief activities, and help them foster a daily habit. Participants practiced a variety of relaxation activities including tai chi, yoga, different forms of meditation and guided imagery.Click here to see an infographic about the challenge. Read on to learn what employees had to say about this fun wellness activity.

 
More summer campus wellness

Just because its vacation season doesn’t mean wellness activities disappear. Besides the wellness activities we’ve featured in other parts of the newsletter, there are a wide variety of programs available: everything from the campus farm stand to weight management and yoga. Check out the myriad of campus summer wellness offerings here.

 
Layer up for skin protection

May is skin cancer awareness month. It is also the beginning of warm weather when we tend to spend more time outdoors. So, it’s a good time to make sure you are effectively protecting your skin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to protect your skin from sun damage is to use a layered approach. Layering sunscreen with protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses will maximize your protection. Read on to learn the best ways to do each of these.

 
Get in the know about the romaine lettuce e-coli outbreak

There has been quite a buzz in the news media lately about an E.coli outbreak related to romaine lettuce that is making people sick. More than half of those who have gotten sick have been hospitalized, and one person has died. You may be wondering whether it is safe to eat romaine lettuce, since it can still be found in restaurants and in stores. For more information about this outbreak and how to protect yourself, click here.