Beat the Summer Heat and Stay Safe

With temperatures rising as the Summer starts to find its peak, be sure to stay healthy in the sun. Check out this great article from the American Heart Association about staying healthy and active in the summer sun!

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Walking can give your brain a boost!

New research shows that walking WHILE WORKING can improve brain performance! Consider having a meeting in motion next time you need to think through a project.

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DREXEL UNIVERSITY NAMED THE FIRST PHILADELPHIA EMPLOYER TO RECEIVE “INNOVATION” RECOGNITION FROM THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

In April 2014, Drexel University was named the very first employer in the Greater Philadelphia Region to receive the American Heart Association’s competitive “Workplace Innovation Award.” This award, which recognizes workplaces that provide fresh perspectives on wellness, was received in recognition of A Healthier U’s nutrition initiatives, including the Selections program and our brand new Dragon Nutrition initiative for benefits-eligible faculty and professional staff.

The Healthier U “Selections” program has grown exponentially and continues growing. This initiative helps anyone dining on campus to identify healthier menu options through the Healthier U website, or directly through the recently-launched Selections app, available for android or iPhone. We are proud to offer approximately 150 menu items at 10 campus dining locations. While this program initially only included Drexel-based dining locations such as the Market located in the Northside Dining Terrace, Market 16, and ThirtyOne41, we now also offer Selections items at popular franchises on campus including: Currito, Taco Bell, Starbucks, and Subway. Expanding to include these options provides increased variety for those dining on campus. More information about the Selections Program can be seen here.

Dragon Nutrition is receiving much buzz around campus. This opportunity for free nutrition counseling with a Drexel University Registered Dietician (RD) allows for benefits-eligible faculty and professional staff to receive a series of three free nutrition counseling sessions with a RD. Those who have signed up already are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to meet with a RD one-on-one and to have their individual nutritional needs addressed. Additional information about Dragon Nutrition can be seen here.

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Dr Dan Gottlieb to Visit Drexel April 29th!

Tuesday April 29th, Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 12-1:30pm

A Healthier U, the Office of Equality and Diversity and the Office of Disability Resources invites you to join us for a special talk with NPR radio host, Dr. Daniel Gottlieb of “Voices in the Family.”

Babies and toddlers are born with the ability to experience love, joy and compassion, and the ability to experience awe in the ordinary. By the time children are in middle school, this “wisdom” begins to go underground. And by the time we reach adulthood, we find ourselves too busy doing too many things. What happened to that joy and shameless love? This talk will touch upon how we can be in touch with the natural joy and compassion that is a basic component of being alive.

Daniel Gottlieb has been practicing psychology and psychotherapy for over 40 years. For 34 of those years he has done so from the unique perspective of a quadriplegic with a learning disability, history of depression and the traumatic death of his sister. As a result of being broken and broken open, he has unique insights into what it means to be human and into the wisdom we are all born with.

“The Wisdom We’re Born With: Restoring Our Faith in Ourselves” is open to all Drexel faculty, professional staff, and students. No RSVP is needed. Contact Monica Fauble mfauble@drexel.edu for more information.

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Save the Date! Drexel Health and Wellness Fair

A Healthier U and the Drexel Recreation Center present the 5th annual

Health and Wellness Fair

Wednesday, April 2, 2012

11 am to 1 pm

Drexel Recreation Center Lobby, 33rd and Market Streets

Students, faculty, and professional staff are invited to attend and take advantage of a wide variety of services offered by health and wellness vendors, including:

  • Free blood pressure, vision, and skin cancer screenings
  • Free 5 Minute Fit screenings, courtesy of Personal Training
  • Free mini-massages
  • Free healthy snacks from the Healthier U Selections menu
  • Visit and chat with Drexel vendors
  • Visit five  or more vendors and enter to win our annual raffle

This event will also be a great opportunity for faculty and professional staff to speak with representatives from Fidelity, Vanguard, TIAA-CREF, Independence Blue Cross and Drexel physicians and health professionals. Students can take advantage of the opportunity to meet with Aetna or the Drexel Counseling Center.

The Health and Wellness Fair is open to students, faculty, and professional staff. For more information contact Monica Fauble: mfauble@drexel.edu

 

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Go Red for Women! Women and Heart Health

Do you know what causes heart disease in women? What about the survival rate? Or whether women of all ethnicities share the same risk?

The fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. What’s more: These facts only begin to scratch the surface.

There are a several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason. In this section, we’ll arm you with the facts and dispel some myths – because the truth can no longer be ignored.

Read more about women and heart health here.

Have a safe and happy Valentine’s Day on behalf of A Healthier U!

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Philadelphia Named Nation’s Most Walkable City!

NBC 10 recently profiled Philadelphia as one of the top five most walkable cities in America! Check out this great article! And don’t forget to stop by one of Drexel’s awesome weekly walking clubs!

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Stress Free Holiday Tips from the Cleveland Clinic

Check out these great tips from the Cleveland Clinic about how to lower your stress during the holidays.

Head off holiday anxiety early by coming up with a stress management technique that works for you before stress strikes. Research shows that you are likely to deal with stress in ways you already know, so make them the most effective strategies for you. The next time you feel stressed, try a few of these strategies from the American Psychological Association. And remember, the more often you use these strategies, the more comfortable you’ll become with them.

  • Get connected. Strong, healthy relationships with family and friends are important to your well-being. Think of the holidays as a time to reconnect with those around you. Don’t be afraid to accept help and support from those who can help alleviate your stress.
  • Set realistic goals and plan ahead. Establish small, concrete steps to handle holiday tasks. Don’t overwhelm yourself with lofty goals that are too time-consuming for the hectic holiday season.
  • Keep things in perspective. Put stressful situations into context by taking a long-term perspective. Work to avoid blowing events out of proportion.
  • Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs during the holiday season. Participate in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
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Healthy Eating at the Holidays!

Are you headed home to spend time with friends and family at the holidays? Check out this great article featuring healthy holiday tips.

And, while you’re at it, if you are a faculty or professional staff member, don’t forget to participate in Maintain Don’t Gain, A Healthier U’s annual weight maintenance challenge.

The holidays are a notoriously tough time to avoid putting on extra pounds. A Healthier U and the Drexel Recreation Center are here to help with “Maintain Don’t Gain,” a six-week health improvement challenge program that encourages employees to maintain or lose weight through nutrition and fitness. Each participant will weigh in at the beginning of the program in late November and weigh out at the end, after the New Year. The staff at Recreational Athletics will track each participant’s weight at the beginning and again at the conclusion of the program. Initial weigh-ins will be conducted in a private room at the Recreation Center (33rd and Market Streets) the week before Thanksgiving:

November 22nd, 25th, and 26th : 11:00-1:00 and 4:00-6:00

Tell the Welcome Center Desk Staff that you want to participate in Maintain Don’t Gain and they will direct you to the private weigh-in area. Or simply stop by room 309-A during the above hours. A follow-up weigh-out will be conducted by Recreation Center staff January 6th, 7th, and 8th from 11:00-1:00 and 4:00-6:00. Participants who remain within 2 pounds of their starting weight will receive a Healthier U hooded sweatshirt as an added incentive.

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Healthy Tips for the Upcoming Holiday Season!

A Healthier U wishes you a healthy and happy holiday season.

Check out these tips for a healthy and happy holiday season:

  1. Get enough sleep: staying rested will help you make smart choices about how to spend your time, and about what to eat and what to avoid.
  2. Enjoy time with people you love: take advantage of the slower pace of winter to rest, relax, and rejuvenate with people you value.
  3. Drink enough water: thirst can often be confused for hunger. If you stay hydrated, you will have a better chance of avoiding splurging on foods you might not truly be craving.
  4. Enjoy your meals but decide when to indulge: the holidays are a notorious time for cravings and overeating. Slow down your eating so that you can decide when you are comfortably full.
  5. Take time for yourself: the holidays are almost always busy. Schedule some time to reflect on what you value and to prepare yourself for a brand new year of adventure and joy.
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