July is “Fun in the Sun” month – It’s Summertime!

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Skin Care, Travel, and Summer food!

 

 Prep Your Skin for Summer

By Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD – WebMD Feature

“What’s old is new again” doesn’t apply when it comes to seasonal skin care. “Products that kept skin feeling moist and comfortable during winter may leave it oily or sweaty once the heat and humidity really hit,” says dermatologist Jessica Krant, MD, of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York.

To switch out your beauty loot for summer the right way, look at the ingredients on the labels.

Ingredients like glycerol and urea in moisturizers collect water from the air and keep it against your skin, making them perfect for winter when the air is dry and you need the extra hydration. But do you really need that in summer? It might just make you sweatier.

  • “For summer, I suggest changing both your cleanser and moisturizer,” says dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD, author of Heal Your Skin.
  • A good rule of thumb is to use products that have lightweight ingredients that will hydrate and give a breathable barrier to the skin. Look for ingredients like silicones, squalane, and glycerin.

Beat BreakoutsNews flash: Some of the extra moisture on your face is not sweat. Oil glands on your skin’s surface are more active when it’s hot. That means more oil, and more potential for breakouts.

In one study, nearly 60% of people with acne said their acne was worse in summer, vs. about 11% percent who say their acne worsens in the winter.

  • “Switch to lighter products that are water-based, look for makeup products that do double duty like BB creams that contain a moisturizer, foundation and SPF in one, and use an oil-absorbing clay mask once a week.”
  • Some of the best products to reduce oil are zinc and titanium-based sunscreens, Gold adds. Look for SPFs that are labeled as “matte finish” and are oil-free.

You should also stay out of direct sun. “Easier said than done, I know, but sun makes the skin red and irritated,” Shamban says. “And, of course, always use adequate sun protection (and even on a workday this means reapplying at lunchtime), remembering that UV rays can penetrate car windshields, office windows, and overcast days, too.”

Experts recommend exfoliating two to three times a week during the summer with a scrub or a mechanical tool with skin-safe bristles, or using an exfoliating treatment at night.  Be gentle, though.

  • Try one that contains glycolic acid, a natural ingredient derived from sugar that safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on the surface of skin.
  • “Keep exfoliation light and regular in the summertime and always use a sunscreen to protect the new skin,” Gold says. “And remember to never exfoliate sunburned or wind-chapped skin.”

Some dermatologists advocate monthly spa facials, especially deep cleansing and microdermabrasion facials, to help achieve great summer skin. “They’re really the best way to get your pores clean in a way you can’t do on your own; they can really remove stubborn dead skin cells that clog the pores,” Shamban says.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Healthy Travel Food

How to eat well when you’re on the go

 By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD – WebMD Weight Loss Clinic – Expert ColumnReviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LDWhether

If you’re planning a trip by plane, train, or automobile, you’ll most likely face the challenge of feeding yourself during what can be a very long day.

  • If you need to get to the airport two hours before takeoff and are flying internationally or cross-country, you could be looking at a 12-hour travel day. And increasingly, air travelers must fend for themselves, as many airlines are cutting back on the traditional in-flight meals or offering “buy on board” meals instead.
  • Travelers basically have two food options: BYOG (bring your own grub), or buy meals or snacks on the way — on board, at the airport or station, or on the road. If you prefer to buy en route, you’ll be happy to hear that many of the busiest U.S. airports have more restaurants offering healthy entrees than before, according to a report from the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Good Choices to Buy En Route

  • If you’re flying and looking for healthy food, the first thing to do is know your airport. Go to the airport’s web site and click on “restaurants” (or similar link), if available. Look for familiar chains, if you prefer. You may even find nutrition information for different menu items on the chain restaurants’ own web sites (such as Subway, Baja Fresh, Jamba Juice, etc.).

Here are some of the better choices you can find in quick-serve establishments and airport restaurants across the country:

  • Grilled chicken sandwich (without mayo or creamy condiments)
  • Lean meat burritos with beans
  • Bean burritos
  • Lower-fat sandwiches (without mayo)
  • A slice of cheese or veggie pizza
  • Smoothies made with reduced-fat dairy and lots of fruit (add a fiber boost if you can)
  • Cheese quesadillas
  • Pasta with red sauce (meatless or with lean meat)
  • Green salads with raw veggies and/or grilled lean meat or seafood, drizzled with light or reduced-fat salad dressing. Save leftover packets of reduced-fat dressing from fast-food chains so that when you travel, you can take one along to dress restaurant salads (in case they don’t offer any light dressings that appeal to you).

If you’ve got to have a burger, choose the smaller size and dress it with catsup, BBQ sauce, or mustard, and load up on low-fat veggie fillers: lettuce, onions, and tomatoes.

At Chinese food outlets, choose an entrée with veggies and lean meat (that’s not battered and deep-fried).

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May is Intellectual Wellness Month!

Happy Summer!

The Webster Wellness theme for May is “Intellectual Wellness.” Throughout May, we’ll be sending out various posts and web links designed to promote intellectual wellness.

Intellectual wellness involves engaging the individual in creative and stimulating mental activities to expand their knowledge and skills and help them discover the potential for sharing their gifts with others. An intellectually well person (1) cherishes mental growth and stimulation, (2) is involved in intellectual and cultural activities, and (3) is engaged in the exploration of new ideas and understandings.

  We’ll start with “brain training,” which is exactly what it sounds like! Like physical exercise, research shows that the real key to brain training is “novelty. ” Just as you need to change up your workouts, you also need to change up the way your brain processes information. In the area of brain training, this means that you want to push your brain to work in different ways and respond to new things.

 According to the http://www.brainqo.com/ blog, “a fit brain is accustomed to be used in many different ways – it can interpret and create, imagine and analyze, make connections and break the pattern. It can think logically, creatively, linear, backwards and completely new, all at once and in the best combination for solving the problems that arise and the challenges you face. A fit body has the energy to run to the bus when needed. A fit brain finds solutions to everyday problems, remembers what you want to remember and keeps concentration levels up. A fit brain keeps itself healthy and strong for many years.” You can read more about the reasons for training your brain at http://www.brainqo.com/brain-training/reasons-training-brain/.

 There are a variety of brain training websites and apps available. Below are two of the more popular/reputable web-based brain training sites:

1. The free online games site from AARP includes several popular games aimed at getting participants to think quickly and differently. They’re designed to be fun, but they certainly can challenge you!

http://games.aarp.org/

 2. If you’re more interested in a scientifically-based program, then perhaps the Cambridge Brain Sciences tests are more your speed. According to the website, the goal is to provide “a freely available web-based platform for members of the public and the wider scientific community to assess their cognitive function using rigorously tested and scientifically proven tests of memory, attention, reasoning and planning. The tests made available on the site have been used in scientific studies of brain function and cognition and have been described in many peer-reviewed scientific publications in leading academic journals.” You can play a few trial games at http://www.cambridgebrainsciences.com/. Register for a free account to access all of the games and monitor your progress.

 Maybe you want to train your brain by yourself. Or, if you’re the competitive type, consider finding a brain training buddy and challenging him/her to see who improves the most by the end of the month.

 Happy training!

 Webster Wellness

Committee Member for May: Eric A. Goedereis

http://blogs.webster.edu/wellness/

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Mindful Miles Marathon starts March 17!

YOU DID IT!!!   KEEP GOING!!

2014 MINDFUL MILES MARATHON

WAS A SUCCESS!!!!!

Webster Wellness, Webster Staff Alliance, Tau Sigma Honor Society  and Sodexo Mindful thank you for being be a part of the 2014 MINDFUL MILES MARATHON!

What is this?  It’s simple – by signing up, you commit to the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) from March 17th-April 27th.  Participants walk/run or perform other cardio by themselves or with a group on the designated path at their campus or design their own path.  The point is to commit time and energy to being deliberately active outside of their everyday routine.

Who can participate?  This is open to ALL students, staff and faculty at all campus locations.

How much did this cost?  IT WAS FREE….EXCEPT FOR YOUR TIME AND ENERGY! Plus, registered participants who turned in their miles recieved a free t-shirt, healthy snacks and a completion certificate.   

When do I start?  Each year (as of right now – May 2014) you can start at anytime between March 17th and April 27th.  We’ll kick-off on Tuesday, March 17th at the Webster Groves campus.   Extended sites – contact your director for your local kick-off.

  Webster University also wants to focus creating a fun atmosphere for students, staff and faculty with a St. Patrick’s Day Costume Contest.  The event for 2014, the Jacksonville team won.  Check out the picture in Webster Today!

How do I log my miles?  MyFitnessPal (a free phone app or website) will be available for you to log your walking.  You may use another form of tracking as long as you are able to provide a print out of your time/miles.  *Note: MyFitnessPal tracks the amount of time you walked.  20 minutes will be used as a guideline for one mile.  You will need to sign up as an individual on MyFitnessPal and join the group: Gorlok

Are there any incentives?  Yes!  While 26.2 miles is our goal, you don’t need to stop there!  Each participant who makes the goal is awarded a certificate and t-shirt.  For the top 3 winners the prize will be determined each year.  There is a possiblity of a random drawing as well.  Submit your final miles to wellness@webster.edu no later than Monday, April 28th 2015  Prizes will be awarded at our final celebration: date and time TBD.  Questions?  Contact Webster Wellness at wellness@webster.edu

Special Note for Extended Sites:  Directors will be notified and provided the necessary tools and information needed to participate on their campus!

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New Employee Reimbursement Program

Webster Wellness had revised the popular employee reimbursement program and was able to fund continuation of the program for wellness activities and events between January 1 and April 30, 2014.  See complete details here.  New provisions included:

  1. Full-time AND part-time faculty and staff are eligible
  2. Employees DO NOT need to be a part of United Healthcare
  3. Employees may request reimbursement of 50% of their cost for wellness events/activities between January 1 and April 30, 2014 not to exceed $100 overall
  4. There is no application.  Employees who want to be reimbursed must submit their request with the following information to wellness@webster.edu:
    • Full Name, Employee ID and Full/Part-time Status
    • Proof of purchase and registration (if applicable)
    • Proof of attendance/participation
  5. The approved budget is $3,000 for full-time employees and $1,000 for part-time employees.  Once funding is exhausted, the program will cease unless we are funded in the new budget year.
  6. Reimbursements will be made on a first-come/first-serve basis, so they can be sent in at any time and will be processed in order of COMPLETE SUBMISSION of the above components.

GOING FORWARD: We are currently waiting for the budget approval to continue this program.  The requirements and amount may change.  Keep checking here or on Webster Today.

We hope that we will see a lot of employees working towards their wellness goals!  Contact us at wellness@webster.edu if you have any questions.

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Go Red for Women!

This year’s goal was to raise $1,000 to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.

WE RAISED $910!!!!!

By wearing red and making a donation of any amount, students, staff and faculty were able to be part of raising awareness of what the American Heart Association (AHA) calls “the silent killer.”

Wear Jeans with a $5 Donation on Feb. 7

Friday, Feb. 7, was a chance to join your Webster colleagues and people from all over the country in fighting heart disease in women. Make a donation of $5 and wear jeans with your red! For donations of $10 or more, people received a red dress pin that could be worn to show your support for the Go Red campaign. Of course, donations in any amount were welcome.

Donation Collection Volunteers Needed at Each Campus

The Webster Wellness committee coordinated the effort to get volunteers on the home campus and at extended campuses to collect donations in person on Feb. 7.

Also, check out our National Wear Red Day Fundraising Page where you can make donations online that will go directly to the American Heart Association and will count towards Webster´s fundraising goal.

According to the Go Red for Women website, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Funds raised by Go Red support educational programs to increase women’s awareness about their risk for heart disease and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

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Welcome 2014!

Hello Readers!

As we begin a New Year, most of us will begin New Year resolutions and looking for fresh starts.

As fitness and food trends continue to change, our interests change with them.

In order to better serve the needs of those wanting to make changes or stay motivated, we would like to hear about your interests.  What is your current trend?  What would you like to know more about? What style of learning do you prefer? (lecture, blogs, e-mails, videos, etc.)

Take the time to briefly give some ideas.  Spread the word and ask co-workers and students to chime in as well.

Hope 2013 ends on a great note and the beginning of 2014 is a great start!

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Webster Wellness Week!

Webster Wellness is bringing you a week of wellness September 16th through 19th!   Take note of the schedule posted on our Webster Wellness blog under Events & Programs.    The highlights are:

Monday 9/16 – a presentation of the 2012 employee Health Assessment results presented by our own Eric Goedereis, PhD

Tuesday 9/17 – a yoga demonstration

Wednesday 9/18 – biometric screenings for employees covered by UHC (look for an email this week on how to register)

Thursday 9/19 – PURSUE your wellness goals at Webster Wellness Fair 11a – 1p in Grant Gym:

  • Try out some healthy food samples
  • Enjoy a chair massage
  • Watch fitness demonstrations like boxing, crossfit, yoga and what Fit Club offers
  • Talk to our many vendors and get information on every area of our wellness wheel
  • AND, put your name in for a free prize drawing 15 minutes.  Participants in the fair will also be entered in drawings for six GRAND prizes including a Garmin Multisport Forerunner 910XT Watch or Polar Heart Rate Monitor

Extended Sites – We want you to be included – see the schedule under on our blog for more details.

The goal of Webster Wellness is to help you make positive life-style changes that will help improve your overall health and well-being.

Contact wellness@webster.edu with any questions or suggestions!

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Healthy Labor Day Picnic Ideas

Over the years, Labor Day has evolved from purely a labor union celebration into a “last fling of the summer” festival. But don’t let uninvited guests spoil your fun! Poor planning (or carelessness) can increase the risk of food-borne illness; the sun and hot temperatures can create an environment for food to spoil.

To help keep your end-of-the-summer fling safe and satisfying for all, check out these picnic pointers and tasty side dishes.

Picnicking at home allows the luxury of a nearby refrigerator.

Store burgers, chicken, hot dogs, and cheese in a cool space until you are ready to put them on the grill.

Set up the buffet table in a shaded area.

Do not serve salads, slaws, condiment or other perishables until you are ready to eat.

Away from home festivities require more planning.

Use coolers and ice packets (or ice cubes tightly sealed in plastic bags) to keep cold items cold. Packing chilled items together will also help.

Thermal containers or insulated jugs are perfect for carrying beverages and soups; Pack other foods in sturdy covered dishes.

Use common sense when you park your picnic basket and cooler. Do not leave the food in the sun-find a shady spot under a tree or in a shelter instead.

Plan to eat the food you have packed while it is still fresh, preferably within an hour after arriving at your destination.

Don’t bring more food than you need. After food is un-refrigerated for several hours, it is NOT advisable to pack up the remainder for leftovers.

 

 

 

The Perfect Side Dish To WOW your partygoers, add a side dish filled with flavor and nutrition!

Pasta Salad, prepared with whole-wheat pasta, onions, black olives, cherry tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese, and low fat Italian dressing, is loaded with complex carbohydrates, calcium and healthy fat.

Fruit Salad: A blend of watermelon, cantaloupe, white seedless grapes and blueberries makes a colorful centerpiece. It also provides antioxidants and phytochemicals, plus fluids to help hydrate the body.

Baked Beans are easy to prepare and packed with protein and fiber. Go easy on the bacon and added fat.

Spinach-Asparagus Salad with Strawberry Dressing: Combine 1/2 cup whole strawberries, 3/4 cup orange juice, 2 Tbsp. raspberry vinegar, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 4 tsp. honey, and 1/8 tsp. salt in a blender until mixed and slightly chunky. Place 10 cups trimmed spinach leaves, 1 lb. asparagus (blanched, drained, and cut into bite-size pieces), 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, and 1/2 cup toasted almond slivers in a large bowl. Pour on dressing, toss and serve. Makes 10-12 cup servings, 1-cup each.

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Back to school nutrition basics

The start of the school year is fast approaching, are you ready? Keep in mind these tips to make sure the school year starts off on the right foot!

  • Start each day with a healthy, balanced breakfast! “Studies show breakfast eaters tend to have higher school attendance, less tardiness and fewer hunger-induced stomachaches. They also score higher on tests, concentrate better, solve problems more easily and have better muscle coordination.” Be sure to include some protein that will keep you full for longer, as well as some fruit. Have lots of grab-and-go options available for those crazy mornings. Yogurts, granola and other cereals, instant oatmeal, and prepared ahead boiled eggs are great options. http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442471142
  • Have snacks handy! Pre-packaged options are great in a pinch, but don’t forget about money saving options using zip-lock baggies. Buying in larger quantities and packaging your own is almost always a less expensive option when it comes to wheat crackers or dried fruits. Fruit and veggies such as grapes, apples, carrots, and celery are inexpensive, healthy options for an afternoon snack. One good packaged item is pre-measured cups of peanut butter. They can be time savers since you can grab them and go instead of the messier bigger containers.
  • Meal plan! Taking a little time to have set meals and everything prepared can save time and money. If you have set meals planned, there is less “what’s for dinner” conversations that could lead to choosing less-healthy options such as fast food. It also takes some pressure off when you get home late from work and everyone is hungry: there is already a meal planned and all of the ingredients there to make it!
  • Set aside some time on Sunday afternoon or evening to get together the upcoming week’s menu as well as snacks. Having a few grab-and-go options available for those extra crazy days that you just can’t plan for is always a good idea. Quinoa salads are great options to make on a Sunday and have ready for the early part of the week. Visit Cooking Light’s link below to see some recipes!

http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/cooking-with-quinoa-00412000073996/

  • Keep your desk stocked! Keep some healthier soups and snacks stocked in your desk at work for those times when you just don’t have time to meal plan.
  • Keep your fridge stocked! If you keep healthy options such as fruits and vegetables readily available (and ready to eat: cleaned, chopped, and packaged in portion controlled containers), you’ll be more likely to eat those healthy options! If the junk food isn’t there, you can’t eat it!
  • Remember food is fuel! When filling you and your family’s “gas tank” would you rather fill it with options that will promote health, or options that will leave them feeling sluggish and not focused?
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Summer Exercise

With the warm weather and longer days summer brings, there are more opportunities to get outside for your exercise.  What you choose to do isn’t as important as getting in your activity for the day, so here are some fun ideas!

  • Walking/Jogging This one is easy because you can do it just about anywhere, with as many or few people as you want!  Taking the family on a walk through the neighborhood, visiting the Botanical Gardens or St. Louis Zoo for a day, hiking through a park, or even taking the dog out are all ways get activity in.
  • Swimming  Swimming in a pool or at lake is a good way to get activity in for people of all ages.  This is because swimming is a low-impact activity and can actually promote flexibility and joint-strength.  Here are some more benefits of swimming.
  • Recreational Sports  Joining a recreational sports league is a fun way to exercise with a group of friends.  St. Louis has a number of softball, volleyball, tennis, kickball, and golf leagues, just to name a few.  Playing sports, whether competitively or for fun, is a great way to burn calories while having a good time!
  • Biking  No matter what kind of biking you like to do, there are a number of trails in the St. Louis area for you.  If you prefer road biking, Grant’s Trail, the St. Louis Riverfront Trail, and Forest Park offer great paved trails with a view.  For the adventure seekers, St. Louis has plenty of mountain biking trails as well.  Some of the more popular ones include Castlewood State Park (great hiking, too!), Weldon Springs, and Greensfelder County Park.
  • Yard Work  This may be more fun for some than others, but doing yard work is a great way to burn calories!  Gardening for 1 hour can burn up to as many as 372 calories (Source).

It’s important to remember to be safe when doing activities outside.  Wearing appropriate clothing, applying sunscreen, and staying hydrated are some of the things you can do to prevent injuries and stay safe.

These are just a few ideas to get you started.  If you have any other ideas or favorite activities, share them with us in the comment section below!

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