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.
Wellness Wednesday Tip: “Go get some fresh air” is often said to encourage people to clear their minds. Whether it’s said harshly or not, it’s good advice. Keeping our minds and intellect healthy sometimes requires us to clear the clutter from our minds and “get some fresh air.” Whether that “air” is actual air, or comes in the form of a book, a movie or a song, “getting fresh air” now and then is a good way to keep our minds healthy.
Wellness Wednesday Tip- Take a moment to express gratitude and appreciation towards your coworkers. Day to day we are so often focused on our personal to-do lists, deadlines, and what we need from someone that we forget to recognize the incredible gift each person brings to our work environment.
WELLNESS WEDNESDAY TIP– Take 5 minutes of each hour to stand up and stretch. Whether its taking a walk to the bathroom, or filling up your water bottle, giving your body routine breaks can have great benefits. Adding this small practice in your daily routine to relieve pressure in your joints and stretch your muscles can greatly improve overall physical and occupational wellness.
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.
By: Rachel Mitrovich
As you’re sitting at your desk right now beginning to read this blog you may be feeling a little agitated or encumbered. Wouldn’t a little movement be refreshing?
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.
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.
Dr. Tracy L. Skaer, Professor of Pharmacotherapy