Monthly Archives: December 2012
Do you want to increase your physical activity, improve your food choices, and lose 5-7% of your body weight?! If you said YES, be sure to register for the Diabetes Prevention Program!
The results are REAL. A previous participant talks about her experience with the Diabetes Prevention Program…
“As a result of reading the food labels and attempting to eat fewer than 33 fat grams per day, I lost 58 pounds. Because of the weight loss, I am no longer taking pain medication for my knee. In September 2012 my glucose was normal, so I am no longer prediabetic!” – Eileen Tronnes Nelson, UND Staff
Register soon to receive a special incentive of a $125 return from a grant and Work Well for the first 10 UND staff/faculty members who register. The upfront cost is $189, but with the return it was only $64 or $4 per week. PLUS, get your metabolism tested for free as part of the program. The program starts on January 14th, and classes are on Monday from 4:45-5:45 in the UND Wellness Center Room 121. If you are not one of the first 10 people to register, you can join the class for a price of $189.
For more information visit UND.edu/workwell and click on Programs and Diabetes Prevention. To register, contact Molly Soeby at 218.230.0070.
Registration deadline is January 10th!
Payroll deduction is an option for payment for faculty or staff. BCBSND members that have the Health Club Credit benefit can also receive $20 back per month by exercising a minimum of 12 times for that month.
But hurry fast!…the deadline to purchase is JANUARY 31st! For more information please see the Welcome Desk, visit UND.edu/wellness, or contact Deb Kolling at 701.777.0486.
Staff, faculty and spouses:
Please don’t forget to REDEEM your HealthyBlue points by December 31st, 2012. It is a use-it-or-lose-it system. NO POINTS WILL ROLL OVER IN 2013. If you have questions, please contact Tara Roberts, the NDPERS/BCBSND liaison at: 701-277-2852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maintain Don’t Gain this holiday season!
Most Americans gain around a pound of weight every year during the holidays, which doesn’t seem like much, but studies show that the one pound gained during this time of year isn’t lost throughout the rest of the year. Overtime, the yearly one pound addition to body weight can have some serious effects on our health- hypertension, diabetes, etc. Maintain Don’t Gain is an awareness project, hopefully getting people to think about the decisions they make during this time of year, specifically about what they eat and their activity levels. It’s easier to prevent weight gain than it is to lose the pounds later.
No Wellness Center-No Problem
Exercise should still be considered a priority. Not only is it important to maintain activity levels but it can also help deal with any stress that goes along with the holidays. If you keep active over the break it will be easier to get back into your normal routine once you return.
Shoveling snow, outdoor winter activities, indoor body weight workouts
Winter Running/Walking Tips:
- Wear multiple layers, with the first layer being a synthetic material, such as polypropylene, which will helps wick away sweat/moisture. Stay away from cotton because it holds in moisture and will keep you wet.
- Protect your hands and feet with gloves and thick socks.
- Cover your head. About 40% of your body heat is lost from your head, and wearing a hat will help prevent heat loss so your circulatory system will have more heat to distribute to the rest of the body.
- Start your run into the wind, than it will be at your back at the end of the workout, when you’re sweaty.
- If the temperature is at or below zero, stick with an indoor activity.
Holiday Meal Time
Think small. Enjoy the food, but keep the portions under control.
Take breaks. Try not to rush through your whole plate of food, so you can better gauge when you’re full. It can take up to 20 minutes for your stomach to signal the brain that it’s full.
Be mindful of alcohol intake. Alcohol contains useless calories that change your blood sugar levels and, in the short term, can increase hunger levels and cause unnecessary snacking.
Why It’s Important to Track Your Activities
Keeps you honest.
You can see results and progress-good and bad.
Keep track of activities you enjoy or don’t enjoy.
To get registered for the challenge – head to the Healthy UND webpage , stop by the Fitness Desk at the Wellness Center or the Healthy & Wellness Hub in the Union! Stay on track this holiday season!
You did it.
You attended class. You took notes and studied them ruthlessly. You took exams and quizzes and filled out paper.after.paper.after.multiple.choice.question.
The time has come for you to walk across the stage, accept your diploma, and figure out what in HECK you are supposed to do now.
So… do you have it figured out?
Relax. I didn’t either.
When I graduated, I told my parents I wasn’t ready to “be an adult” yet. I wanted one more summer of fun, so I lightly looked for a job while working at a restaurant to pay the bills. I was “free” until my student loan payments kicked in 6 months later.
A REALLY attractive job opportunity appeared before I graduated, and I felt that there was no harm in applying. The problem came when they wanted an in person interview… and then offered my the position. It wasn’t even June, and my “plan to stay young” was completely FOILED!
Well… not quite. Luckily, I was able to negotiate a period of time before I started.
There’s never a “right time” to start looking, start applying, or start adulthood. You just have to jump at what speaks to you and allow yourself opportunities to succeed!
Now, what are you waiting for?