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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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The Basics: Six Essential Nutrients

Wellness Wednesday TipWith the New Year comes a fresh start and the opportunity to add new healthy habits. Try focusing on goals that add something to your life instead of focusing on what needs to be removed. What you choose to focus on can make or break the long term success of your goals

Sometimes how we frame or see a goal can be the deciding factor in how well we accomplish it. An example of how to apply this thinking is “I will fill my daily meals with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains” VS “I will stop eating that bag of chips” Focusing on the positive addition will elicit healthful habits instead of short lived change. Write your goals down and place them somewhere you will frequently be reminded of them like your planner, phone or bathroom mirror.

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Nutrition Grab Bag for Travel

Wellness Wednesday Tip- Breaks and vacations are vital to our health. Allowing ourselves to step away from our workplace for a period of time rejuvenates our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. This holiday season, don’t forget to enjoy the interactions with friends and family while maintaining your nutritional needs. In doing so, you can create the relaxing break you need while renewing your strength for the year ahead.

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One gland, central to your well-being & health

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY TIP- Vitamin D, often referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ plays a vital role in our overall wellness. Vitamin D is especially important for bone health; research suggests it may play a part in a healthy immune response to infection, and possibly in the prevention of a variety of chronic diseases. With the arrival of the cold months and decreased sunlight exposure, many of us will become deficient in Vitamin D. Fortified dairy products, tofu, eggs, and some fish are all great dietary sources of Vitamin D. You can also talk to your physician about other ways to increase your Vitamin D level to help improve your overall health and wellness this winter.

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As Benjamin Franklin once said: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

By Niki Jones, HR Analyst, Washington State University

Preventative health care is a very important part of your physical and emotional wellness. You only get one body to live with and you want to keep it moving and functioning. Key preventative health screenings can find a condition before you have symptoms, and screening tests may help find diseases or conditions early, when they are easier to treat.

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Logging Off: Technology and Sleep

By: Michael Winser, Registered Polysomnographic Technologist, WSU Spokane Sleep and Performance Research Center

In a world where technology keeps us always logged on, it has become harder and harder to log off. In 2011, the National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America poll found that most people (86%) are using technology like mobile phones, computers and TVs every single night in the hour before bed. While we may feel more productive or more in touch by using technology before going to sleep, we might be setting ourselves up for being less productive and more out of touch the following day.

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Falling into Healthy Family Habits

Spokane Fall Campus

By April D. Davis, MS, RDN, CD, ACSM CEP

Did you know parents have the greatest influence on shaping their children’s lifestyle and eating habits? Healthy nutrition and activity levels begin at home and are the root of lifelong health. Try these simple tips to help your family eat well and enjoy an active lifestyle throughout the fall season.

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