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Health and Wellness March 2016

SmartHealth brown-bag presentation

Take advantage of the SmartHealth Wellness Incentive! HRS and APAC will be hosting a brown-bag presentation to review the SmarthHealth Portal.  We’ll review how to access the SmartHealth Portal as well as some of the more popular activities you can choose from.

Grab your lunch and join us from 12:10 – 12:45 pm on March 30 in Lighty 405.

AMS availability:

WSU Spokane (SAC 401A)

WSU Tri-Cities (TWST 209)

WSU Vancouver (VSSC 108)

Puyallup REC (Puyallup)(K 109A)

University Centers – North Puget Sound WSU (Everett) (GWH-365)

After finishing the Well-being Assessment (available through the portal), complete activities on the SmartHealth website to earn more points. If you reach 2,000 total points by September 30, 2016, you’ll qualify to receive a $125 wellness incentive for the 2017 Plan Year (if you meet PEBB eligibility requirements in January 2017). 

Act Now! If you complete your assessment by March 31, you will get an extra 100 points!

 You can learn more about SmartHealth by visiting the Human Resource Service’s website or contacting Human Resource Services with questions, or (509) 335-4521.

Bloomsday Announcement!

Bloomsday is just around the corner! This race has become a huge part of the Inland Northwest providing the opportunity to encourage fitness and a healthy lifestyle among employees while socially connecting with peers and colleagues.

Here are your campus participants:

Team College of Nursing (Corporate Cup)

  • Barb Richardson-Director of Interprofessional Education and Research
  • Sarah Griffith-Instructor with interests in School-health, community health, health promotion, preventative care
  • Demetrius-Abshire, Assistant Professor with interest in Obesity, cardiovascular disease risk factors, rural health
  • Ted Haskell-Fiscal Specialist
  • Alli Benjamin-Communications

Team Crimson (Corporate Cup)

  • Bart Brazier-IT
  • Kaitlin Wood–Pharmacy
  • Victor Bil –Pharmacy
  • Erika Fleck- COM
  • Mike McDonell- IREACH

Team Gray (Corporate Cup)

  • James Dalton-Spokane Campus Administration
  • John White-Pharmacy
  • Lori Maricle-Pharmacy
  • John Koberstein-COM
  • Mason Burley-CrimJ

Team Cougars (sponsored by the Wellness Collaborative, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and Spokane Human Resources)

  • Stephane Bisignani-College of Medicine
  • Erin Boland-Biomedical Sciences*
  • Anna Brown-Speech and Hearing Sciences*
  • Erin Brown-Information Technology
  • Megan Comito- College of Pharmacy
  • Danilo Da Silva-Information Technology
  • Breanne Denlinger – Nursing/ASWSU
  • Jonell Edlin-College of Medicine
  • Lindsey Friedly- College of Pharmacy
  • Bethany Fruci-Office of the Vice Chancellor*
  • Jessica Gerdes-College of Medicine*
  • Katie Gilsdorf-Student Affairs
  • Lynn Howard-College of Medicine
  • Becki Meehan-Student Affairs*
  • Daren Noe-Information Technology
  • Kim Noe-College of Medicine
  • Shannon Panther- College of Pharmacy
  • Lisa Price-College of Pharmacy
  • Lauren Swineford-Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Hayden Thrasher-Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
  • Jessica Torres-Human Resources
  • Lisa Tyran-College of Medicine
  • Bryan Valley-Information Technology

Team Cougars has 2 more spots available.  This is a first come first serve registration and open to all fitness levels, with the first two individuals to email Sign ups will include registration and WSU’s “It’s Our School” t-shirt. Bloomsday will also provide a completion t-shirt following the race. For more information please go to:

Come out and join this team effort as we show our support for WSU, our colleagues, and continue to foster a culture of wellness for the campus community.

Whether youre participating in the race, seeking to add more physical activity to your day, or just wanting a break to socialize with your colleagues please continue to join one of our FREE organized walking or running groups

Bethany Fruci on Thursdays at 4:45pm. Bethany will provide you with resources to increase your training for days you do not meet. Please email Bethany at:

Erin Boland on Wednesdays 12:30-12:50 started a walking group on 1/27 and will continue this throughout the months. Please email Erin at:

The Basics: Carbohydrates

Wellness Wednesday Tip – Nourishing our bodies with nutritious foods is a key component to get through long, busy and perhaps stressful work days. This week, set a new intention to bring a nutritious snack to work each day and you may find you have both increased and sustained energy throughout the day. Check out ideas and recipes for healthy complex carb snacks for work below!

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How introverts can coexist with extroverts

By: Michael Ebinger, PhD, MBA, Director of Innovation WSU

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time.” 

This quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald came to mind during my last bicycle commute to campus on a chilly November morning.  It summarizes a dichotomy that many of us work with:  how do introverts succeed in an extrovert’s world?  Resolving this question creates many opportunities to refine and grow intellectually.    » More …

Time management: The clock is always ticking

By Michael Lynch, Electronic Media Producer, College of Nursing

There is a fallacy of time management: if you get more organized, you will get on top. Unfortunately, in our infinite world, where there is just too much to do we will never be able to get on top of everything. When we complete more tasks, more appear to take their place, and if we do more as a result of better managing our time, we don’t get it all done—we just become busier.

I’m sure you have all noticed that we now divide time into ever-smaller increments, scattering our attention across a thousand micro-activities. When we live like this we actually prevent ourselves from engaging an issue deeply or thinking properly. We prioritize the urgent and immediate, rather than the important and strategic, and we become more and more stressed out.

New studies show that our brains consciously do only one thing at a time. Multitasking is an oxymoron. When we think we’re multi-tasking, we’re actually context-switching. If we try to do many things at once, our working memory gums up and along with it our ability to move events into long term memory, where we can retrieve them, contemplate them, and use them. We don’t live in the era of assembly lines and repetitive tasks anymore and it’s time that management took a hard look at the way time is used and work with their employees to promote more thinking, creativity and problem solving rather than focusing on individual tasks.

Here is a quick tip from executive coach Joelle K. Jay:

The 5 D’s:

Whenever you have to complete some small task or action item–every time you have to get through a stack of email, voice mail messages, or a stack of paperwork, the 5 D’s are crucial. You will drastically cut the time you need to get through the stack.

Here are the 5 D’s and how you can use them to maximize your time:

Do it means do it now. Use this for any task that takes fifteen minutes or less.

Delete it means there are some things that do not require your response. Just because someone sent you the message/document/suggestion doesn’t mean you have to reply. If an item doesn’t advance a relationship or achieve an important goal, get rid of it.

Delegate it means pass it on to someone else who can handle the job. They don’t have to do it better than you; they don’t even have to do it as well or as fast. They probably won’t. But unless it’s a top priority or specific result that only you can deliver, you’re not the right person. Pass it on. This is not a game of hot potato. It’s a way of reorganizing work so the right people do the appropriate jobs for maximum efficiency and results.

Decide on it means no more moving items from one stack to another, telling yourself, “I’ll get back to that.” Will you attend the meeting or won’t you? Will you agree to that request or won’t you? Make a decision. Move on.

Date it means that you get to choose when you will give big-ticket items your undivided time and attention. Figure out how much time you need and block it out in your schedule. You can forget about it until then.

To put this into practice, trying writing a mini-version of the 5 Ds on a sticky note and put it near a stack of papers, projects, emails or administrative tasks. Set aside some time to tackle the tasks using the 5 Ds. Notice how they cut down the time it takes to finish the tasks.