March 1-3 Free Events St. Louis

Looking for a way to welcome March? Here are a few FREE events happening in St. Louis the weekend of March 1-3.

  • 2019 St. Louis Classic Gymnastics Invitations at the America’s Center
  • Family Mardi Gras Party at the National Blues Museum
  • Interactive Guitar Exhibit at the Science Center
  • Botanical Gardens Free Admission before noon on Saturday
  • Family Sundays at the Art Museum for Art In Bloom event

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

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Going Green: Winter Edition

Green Tips to Use in Winter

Plug Drafty Leaks- Check your home for windows and doors that are letting cold air inside. This will increase energy savings and help conserve heat!

Choose a Safe De-Icer- Avoid toxic chemical de-icing salts and sands. Consider the impact of the chemical on plant life, concrete, vehicles, and animals. Check out an environment friendly de-icer such as Magic Salt and Ice-Clear.

Buy Seasonal Produce- buying fruits and veggies out of season means that they are traveling longer distances, burning more fuel, and often have added preservatives to keep them fresh. Season appropriate produce requires less energy for transport, is less expensive, and tastes better!

Carpool- Winter is a rough season on everyone and everything, including cars. Consider carpooling with co-workers, fellow students and peers. This will save everyone gas expenses, as well as wear-and-tear on your car. Switch it up by taking turns!

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GO RED Fundraiser 2019

Webster Wellness invites you to participate in the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day campaign, Go Red for Women.

This year’s goal is to raise $1,000 and increase awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. By wearing red and making a donation of any amount, you can be part of raising awareness of what the American Heart Association (AHA) calls “the silent killer.”

Wear Jeans with a $5 Donation on Feb. 1 

Friday, Feb. 1, is your 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, you will be entered in a drawing to receive a wellness prize.

Donations can be made online at our National Wear Red Day Fundraising Page on or before Friday, Feb 1st that will go directly to the American Heart Association and will count towards Webster’s fundraising goal. Or, if you want to make your donation in cash or check, drop your donation off at the Human Resource Office, Loretto Hall second floor.

Go Beyond Giving!

Healthy + Fit + You = Now

Join the #GoRedGetFit Facebook group and begin a healthy lifestyle journey that positively impacts the way you look and feel, inside and out! #GoRedGetFit is a quarterly health and fitness challenge that combines nationally known and influential celebrity fitness trainers with the power, influence and encouragement of real women like YOU!

On behalf of Webster Wellness, thanks for your support!  If you have any questions, contact wellness@webster.edu.

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Going Green: Alternative Ways to Help the Environment

Are you aware of how much you are hurting or supporting the environment? Everything we do, down to the water bottle we drink out of, affects the environment. If you recycle, you’re off to a good start! There are lots of other ways to be environmentally friendly. Here are some unique ways you can go green at home and embrace the green lifestyle.

  • Plant an indoor herb garden.
  • Switch all your lightbulbs to CFL’s.
  • Create a homemade compost bin for $15.
  • Stop using disposable bags. Order reusable bags.
  • Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle.
  • Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot water.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room.

Happy Recycling!

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Ringing in a Healthy 2019: Nutrition Resolutions

We made it to 2019! The holidays are a wonderful time to be with family and celebrate the New Year, but it’s also a time filled with cookies, sugar, and unhealthy eating habits. Many people make extreme resolutions to try new diets, cut major food groups, and restrict themselves of needed nutrients. Don’t panic- there are other ways to make healthy choices that are simple, easy, and achievable. We’ve come up with a list of nutrition suggestions that will promote healthy eating, intentional habits, and physical wellness in 2019!

Nutrition Resolutions:

  • Avoid refined sugar: Refined sugar weakens the immune system by stealing your white blood cell’s ability to destroy bacteria. Cutting refined sugar from your diet will ensure that you are getting your supplements from healthier sources!
  • Eat more greens and vegetables: A daily serving of greens, a daily serving of colored veggies, and a daily serving of Sulphur producing veggies will boost your intake of vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Eat more fermented foods: Fermented foods contain healthy bacteria that speed digestion and provide nutrients.
  • Replace Meat with Beans:Beans are packed with fiber, protein, potassium, magnesium, folate and iron. Eating beans also helps lower blood pressure.
  • Eat Plain Yogurt: Unsweetened yogurt provides a plethora of nutrients and is low fat. Add berries for your sweet tooth!
  • Cook with Canola or Olive Oil: Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats will help lower cholesterol.
  • Take Home Half Your Meal: Most restaurants serve entrée’s that contain over 1,000 calories. Eat half and enjoy the other half later!
  • Log your food intake: Write down what you’re eating and when you’re eating. This will help you track progress, physical effects, and celebrate your goals.
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Ringing in a Healthy 2019: Fitness Resolutions

We all know that New Year’s Resolutions don’t last long. January 1st the gyms are packed, and people set big goals that are often too difficult to achieve or maintain throughout the year. Not every New Year’s resolution has to be ground breaking or impressive. Check out the list of fitness suggestions below on how to make simple changes in your life to improve your health. You don’t have to set big goals to experience change!

  • Wake Up Earlier: Even just 20 minutes gives you time to fit in a nutritious breakfast, a cardio routine, and time to relax and get organized for the day.
  • Plan and Stick to Routine: Schedule time for fitness, list your goals for the week and check in with your schedule often.
  • Start Walking: Take a stroll around the block a few times a day during your lunch break or between classes. This gives you a break from the chaos, fresh air, and easy exercise!
  • Drink More Water: Drinking water is good for your skin, hydration, and can even improve chances of weight loss.
  • Eat More Fruit: cut out refined sugar and replace it with fresh fruit. It will improve digestion while still providing a sweet taste and fresh goodness!
  • Try Something New: check out the yoga club, search for workout videos online, or use a new piece of equipment to make workouts more fun.
  • Start Meditating: this is a great way to practice mental wellness and connect with your body. Practice slow breathing and look into meditation apps for your phone to take with you wherever you go!
  • Start a Fitness Challenge: grab your friends and choose a fitness challenge that is comfortable for you and your fitness level. Monitor your results and celebrate your goals being achieved with those you are doing it with.
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Wellness Event: Labyrinth Meditation

Feeling stressed during finals week? Come out to the Library Conference Room on Wednesday, December 19 for a special end of term meditation session using an ancient designed labyrinth. It is a Chartres-style, 7 circuit labyrinth painted on a piece of poly canvas, common to many religions and cultures, creating a path that leads to the center point. Stop by for guided meditation with “Pause for (No) Thought: Meditation for Everyone” from 12:15-12:45, or take the 10 minute walk through yourself between 11:45-1:45pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to unwind, take care of yourself, and refocus as the semester closes and we head for break!

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Free Flu Shots

If you missed the flu shots offered here on campus, see the links below for free shots offered in the community:

https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/health/free-flu-shots-offered-on-oct-13-by-ssm-health/63-591193289

https://www.barnesjewish.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/ArtMID/2560/ArticleID/1095/Barnes-Jewish-offers-free-flu-shots-to-St-Louis-community-for-15th-year

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INVEST in your WELLNESS September 10-14

    INVEST in your WELLNESS

The 2018 “Wellness Fair” will be separate gatherings 9/10-9/14  in the UC’s Sunnen Lounge and Presentation Room, noon-1p or as otherwise noted

**Those sessions asterisked will be available via WebEx **

We’ll have some tasty treats and small giveaways every day.   We’ll also survey your interest in other wellness opportunities.

Invest in YOUR wellness — Click here to register TODAY

 Questions?  wellness@webster.edu

Monday, Sept. 10 *Is Your Financial House in Order?
Tuesday, Sept. 11 Free Massages 10a-2p

Creating Your Personal Health & Fitness Portfolio

Wednesday, Sept. 12 Pause for (no) thought-Meditation
Thursday, Sept. 13 o Living Tobacco & Smoke Free

*Strengthening resilience  in a changing workforce environment

Friday, Sept. 14

 

Exploring Yoga

Flu Shot Clinic 11a – 3p

Free Spinal Screening 11:30a-1:30p

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Tobacco-Free, Smoke-Free Campus Initiative

Webster University students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors deserve the healthiest possible place to live, work and learn. While we respect the rights of those who use tobacco and other nicotine products and smoking devices, research continues to show that the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, and other tobacco products, as well as exposure to secondhand smoke, leads to disease and premature death for smokers and non-smokers alike. In addition, cigarette litter and smoke are toxic to our environment.

Because it is important to protect our community from these serious health risks and adverse environmental effects, the University’s Webster Groves, Missouri, campus will be designated as a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus effective Aug. 15, 2018, joining the many universities across the United States and in Missouri that are preparing to or have already set this policy.

Background

In September of 2015, the Student Government Association (SGA) presented a referendum proposal to the President and Provost to ban smoking on campus. It was suggested at that time that the SGA reach out to other affected groups on campus to form a task force. Accordingly, in August of 2016, the SGA met with members from the Wellness Committee, Faculty Senate and Webster Staff Alliance to discuss the proposal. During this time, a survey was conducted of all students, faculty and staff, which overwhelmingly supported Webster becoming a smoke-free campus. After several meetings, a new policy was presented with a 2018 implementation date recommended.  The Administrative Council accepted the proposal with minor changes to the policy and an implementation for 2018.

 

Implementation

The Tobacco-Free and Smoke-Free initiative prohibits the use of tobacco (cigars, cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes), other smoking devices such as vapor and electronic cigarettes, and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff) and nasal tobacco in any area of the campus. This includes all indoor and outdoor areas that are owned and leased by the University, including all buildings and facilities, outdoor areas, parking lots and vehicles on campus.

This initiative applies to all full-time and part-time students, faculty and staff at the Webster Groves campus, to all third party contractors working on the campus and to all guests and visitors to the Webster Groves campus. All events hosted by the University as well as those hosted by outside groups on the University’s campus shall be tobacco-free. The policy does not obligate anyone to give up tobacco products, but merely to refrain from smoking and using tobacco products on campus and other University owned or leased property.

To help with this transition, all ash urns will be removed throughout campus. Signage will be added throughout campus prior to Aug. 15 that indicates Webster University is a tobacco-free campus.

The success of this policy is dependent on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of both tobacco users/smokers and non-tobacco users/non-smokers to comply with the policy. All students, employees and visitors to campus are asked to be mindful and courteous of our residential and business neighbors surrounding University properties in adhering to this policy. The Department of Public Safety, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Human Resources and all members of University leadership are charged with primary enforcement of this policy.

Repetitive offenders of this policy are subject to disciplinary policies and procedures as described in the handbook for their primary constituency with the University. Others may be invited to leave the University premises.

Resources & Support

While change is not always easy, this policy change reinforces our commitment to preserving and improving the health and comfort of our students, faculty, staff and guests. The commitment to a tobacco-free campus is a responsibility we all share together. For those who are tobacco users, the University recognizes the support that students, faculty and staff need in pursuing a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus. Available resources are listed on our website at webster.edu/wellness under “Resources – Tobacco and Smoke-Free Resources.”

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