Thursday, August 27, 2015

Guest post from the JED Foundation

With the new school year upon us, we asked our summer interns what tips they think would be helpful for students going back to school. Take a look!

Whether you’ve been preparing to go back to school for weeks or you're a last minute packer, it’s time to head to campus. These wellness tips will help you start the school year off right.
  1. Stay Focused: Summer is a good time to relax and recharge – but after a few months in the sun, it’s helpful to refocus on what you want to get out of your education. Reflect on what your college education means to you, and how it helps you to achieve your potential. This will allow you to return to school with a fresh and newly energized mindset.
  2. Get Mentally and Physically Prepared: The school grind can be tough. Loads of work and socializing can put your mind and body under pressure. Clear you mind and stay centered by exercising, getting enough sleep, and eating well.
  3. Set Achievable Goals: It’s easy to get bogged down with work and other obligations. Setting goals can help you manage your priorities when the school year starts. Whether it’s to join more clubs, get involved with a charity, go for a walk every day or take advantage of your professor’s office hours, specific goals will help make the school year more productive.
  4. Create Good HabitsGood habits (like getting to bed earlier or limiting your hours of screen time) can do wonders for your well-being. Establishing good habits at the beginning of the school year will help you to start off on the right foot and maintain them moving forward.
  5. Don’t Overthink It: Be confident in your preparation and your abilities as a student. Try not to get too caught up in worrying about your grades or how much other students may be doing compared to you. Instead, put trust in yourself that you will be fine and are capable of navigating challenges that may come your way.
Remember, if you are concerned about yourself or a friend, please speak up and ask for help. Reach out to a counselor or advisor on your campus. You can always text "START" to 741-741 or call 1-800-273 TALK (8255) for support.
For more tips about staying emotionally healthy at school,

Also check out on campus resources on the Saints Life Page and WellU page.
From all of us at JED and the College of St. Scholastica, have a great year!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Women's Equality Day

95th Anniversary Foil Sticker
Votes for Women
At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”
The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.
The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.
If you are interested in learning more about Women's Equality you may want to consider joining the Northland Lean In Circle.
Northland Lean In Circle is peer group that meet regularly to learn and share together — studies show we achieve more in groups than we do as individuals.
Now is the time to decide if you would like to participate in a Lean in Circle. We will meet once a month from September to December
We will cover a range of topics from "Introduction to Centered Leadership" to "What Works for Women at Work".
The dates and times for the meetings will try to accommodate the schedules of those who email me they are interested. Each meeting will last about an 1 1/2 hours.
Please email me ( if you are interested in participating.
Here is the website for more information,

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Contact Lens Health Week

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CDC, in close collaboration with partners, is promoting Contact Lens Health Week as a strategy to increase public awareness and encourage healthy behaviors around contact lens wear and care. As more contact lens wearers learn about the importance of healthy contact lens wear and care, they will hopefully adopt healthy habits that can reduce their chances of getting an eye infection. While the target audience for Contact Lens Health Week may change from year to year, our healthy contact lens wear and care messages apply to all contact lens wearers. Additionally, eye care providers and caregivers play a key role in passing along these messages to contact lens wearers.

You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them! Healthy Habits = Healthy Eyes.

Enjoy the comfort and benefits of contact lenses while lowering your chance of complications. Failure to wear, clean, and store your lenses as directed by your eye doctor raises the risk of developing serious infections. Your habits, supplies, and eye doctor are all essential to keeping your eyes healthy. Follow these tips:
Your Habits

wash hands iconWash your hands with soap and water. Dry them well with a clean cloth before touching your contact lenses every time.

no-sleeping iconDon't sleep in your contact lenses unless prescribed by your eye doctor.

Water droplet iconKeep water away from your contact lenses. Avoid showering in contact lenses, and remove them before using a hot tub or swimming.

Your Supplies
Contact lens iconYour Contact Lenses
  • Rub and rinse your contact lenses with contact lens disinfecting solution—never water or saliva—to clean them each time you remove them.
  • Never store your contact lenses in water.
  • Replace your contact lenses as often as recommended by your eye doctor.
Contact lens case iconYour Contact Lens Case
  • Rub and rinse your contact lens case with contact lens solution—never water—and then empty and dry with a clean tissue. Store upside down with the caps off after each use.
  • Replace your contact lens case at least once every three months.
Contact Lens solution iconYour Contact Lens Solution
  • Don’t “top off” solution. Use only fresh contact lens disinfecting solution in your case—never mix fresh solution with old or used solution.
  • Use only the contact lens solution recommended by your eye doctor.

Your Eye Doctor

calendar iconVisit your eye doctor yearly or as often as he or she recommends.

question markAsk your eye doctor if you have questions about how to care for your contact lenses and case or if you are having any difficulties.

Phone iconRemove your contact lenses immediately and call your eye doctor if you have eye pain, discomfort, redness, or blurred vision.

Be Prepared

a pair of glasses Carry a backup pair of glasses with a current prescription—just in case you have to take out your contact lenses.

Tips for Hard, or Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP), Contact Lens Wearers

The wear and care recommendations for soft contact lenses also apply to hard, or rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP), contact lenses. Here are a couple of extra tips:
  • To clean hard contact lenses, rub and rinse them with contact lens cleaning or multipurpose solution—never water or saliva—each time you remove them. Rinse them well with the solution recommended by your eye doctor.
  • Hard contact lenses can last much longer than soft contact lenses if cared for properly. Replace your hard contact lenses when recommended to do so by your eye doctor.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Commons Health 2015 Accountable Communities Conference

We are excited to share that Fairshare has been invited to present at Commons Health 2015 -

Accountable Communities Conference ( :  Advancing Integrative

Approaches to Community, Health and Well-being , September 9th and 10th, Duluth, MN. This unique

“unconference” draws attendees from across the mid-west and nationally.

Organized by the Commons Health Network (, this innovative conference

works to support and advance place-based health creation. We know that social determinants,-  where

we live, work and play – have the greatest influence on our health. By connecting integrative disciplines

and their  whole person ecological model of health, with community-based organizations, clinicians,

healthcare and business leaders Commons Health is helping advance a new community-driven “health

system”.  Clearly, we can see that food, farm, community and CSA’s are at the heart of the new health


 Last year’s inaugural conference drew clinicians, health systems and community organizations from

across the country. Though an emphasis on connection, relationship and collaboration, join with

national and state experts to advance integrated community health models.

Clinicians and healthcare leaders are looking for new approaches and understand the need to reach

outside of hospital walls for new allies and collaborations. What if we could align community strategies

to effectively move the needle on place based health creation and develop collaborative stewardship of

our health commons - the multitude of resources available for medical services and health promotion?

This is what people are saying

“"Thought provoking" ...."Loved the group enthusiasm" ...."New concepts, especially "creating health" as opposed to preventing or treating disease"....."This year was even better than last year" ....."the integrative philosophy was very exciting to me and the presenters moved their programs to inspire change"...... "there were so many moments in the conference that were thought provoking - it was so helpful to have the opportunity at the end to converse".
More information and agenda for this working conference see

Sunday, August 16, 2015

21 Healthy Habits to do in 30 Seconds or Less From the Cooper Clinic

Making healthy 
lifestyle changes
 does not have to be as difficult as it seems. 
Taking small steps every day to 
your health and wellness 
can make 
a profound impact on your life, 
leading to the successfu
accomplishment of your health 
a preventive medicine physician at
the challenge of balancing work,
 family and social obligations
 with maintaining a healthy 
and active lifestyle. 
Her list of 21 healthy habits 
that can be completed 
in 30 seconds or less
 is the perfect
into making positive lifestyle 
changes despite a hectic schedule:

1.    Apply sunscreen
2.    Take the stairs
3.    Drink water
4.    Walk to your coworker’s desk instead of sending him or her an email
5.    Take a deep breath (or two!)
6.    Get up and stretch every hour
7.    Take a vitamin D supplement
8.    Grab something for breakfast
9.    Smile
10.  Laugh
11.  Self-breast exam
12.  Self-testicular exam
13.  Call your doctor to schedule a lipid check
14.  Check your blood pressure
15.  Floss
16.  Put your seat belt on
17.  Grab a handful 
of nuts for a snack
18.  Do a good deed
19.  Eat a piece of fruit
20.  Do a downward dog
21.  Put on sunglasses 
to protect your eyes when outside
It is never too late to 
make positive changes 
your health and wellness routines. 
Remember to set small,
 everyday goals that
 are attainable
 and that 
lead into larger, 
harder-to-reach goals 
that may take more time 
to accomplish. 
Small adjustments can 
to vast improvements 
when it comes to y
our health, 
so have the courage to take your 
first step today.
What will you do today?
For more more information. Go to

Article provided by
 Cooper Aerobics Marketing and Communications. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Find your Sole-Mate! Well U Walk in the Woods August 18th 7:30 am

Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
There really are so many benefits for such a simple activity! WellU wants you to enjoy these benefits as well! Join us for our upcoming WellU Walk. Below are a few images from previous WellU Walks.

Sole-Mate: A Friend By Your Side

The thought of being alone can be enough to keep some people from walking. The best way to solve this is by finding a friend to walk with. You can plan walking paths that are convenient for both of you, or map out routes that take you places you've never been before. It's a great way to exercise and spend time with friends!
(From the American Heart Association)
Find your Sole Mate by joining WellU for a Well U walk! The walk will take place on August 18th. The walking group will meet out side the Chapel entrance at 7:30 am.
Please click below to sign up.
Well U Walk Sign Up

If you have any questions please contact Julie Zaruba Fountaine at

Sunday, August 9, 2015

National Health Center Week

About Health Center Week

The theme for National Health Center Week 2015 (NHCW) is "America's Health Centers- Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Future." As local community owned and operated businesses, Health Centers employ hundreds of thousands of individuals at about 9,000 delivery sites across the nation. Health Centers deliver high quality, cost effective, accessible care while serving as critical economic engines helping to power local economies.

In addition to their long history as health care homes to millions, Health Centers are also proud to celebrate 50 years of service and continue to be ranked among the highest quality and cost effective care providers in the nation. Health Centers provide their services to all people, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. Today, America’s Health Centers serve almost 22 million people (including 921,035 Farmworkers and more than 1,145,449 people who are Homeless) at about 9,000 delivery sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories.

Each year Health Centers set aside three days during NHCW to recognize special populations served by health center. This year they are celebrating Public Housing Health Centers Day, Health Care for the Homeless Day, and Farmworker Health Day.

For more information click,