Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tomorrow is National Senior Health & Fitness Day

May 27

National Senior Health & Fitness Day ®

"If You Keep Moving…You’ll Keep Improving!"

100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 as we celebrate the 22nd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this day: to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. Always set for the last Wednesday in May, National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation's largest annual health promotion event for older adults.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is organized as a public-private partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national information clearinghouse for the older adult market.

Among the Many Organizations Planning Senior Day Events:
  • Area Agencies on Aging
  • Banks
  • Health Clubs
  • Houses of Worship
  • Hospitals
  • Malls/Shopping Centers
  • Park & Recreation Departments
  • Retirement Communities
  • Senior Centers
  • State/Local/Aging Departments
  • And Many More!

For more information check: http://www.fitnessday.com/senior/index.html

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Memorial Day Message

Foundation for Advancing Alchohol Responsibility

Memorial Day had a noble beginning after the Civil War. This special day was originally set aside to remember both Union and Confederate soldiers who died. Many Americans still recall those who served our country on this special day of reflection.

But over the years, this special day became a weekend. And the weekend became the gateway to the summer and instead of remembering fallen heroes, Memorial Day weekend now represents our nation’s collective shrug that the winter doldrums are behind us, our coats are back in the closet and summer vacations are right around the corner.
Though there is that collective sigh of relief, this is not the way to approach your commitment to alcohol responsibility. If you have young kids don’t take a learning opportunity and turn it into a casual wave of the hand when it comes to their curiosity about alcohol. Explain how alcohol affects kids differently. Relaxing out back watching the flames consume your dinner on the grill is not the time to ask your teen to get you another cold one and why not get one for themselves while they’re at it. It’s still the time to remind them it’s illegal and unhealthy to drink underage.
And by the way, as you pop your third and fourth painkiller at about noon the next day because the first two in the morning just didn’t do the trick, this may not be a bad time to reconsider your own consumption. Use this as a reminder for yourself, about how different substances, when mixed with alcohol, affect your abilities to drive or even watch your kids at an outing. All the rules about setting limits, understanding the boundaries, and engaging in a lifetime of conversations with your kids around alcohol responsibility still apply to the summer even if your wardrobe choices run toward bathing suits and tee shirts.
While you’re checking out everyone’s vacation pictures on Facebook, take a detour to Responsibility.org’s Virtual Bar to learn more about making responsible decisions about alcohol. Not just over the summer but all year round.

Cheers to a safe and responsible Memorial Day,

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

May 18 - 24

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Formerly known as Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week, the week before Memorial Day has been designated National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2015 will take place May 18-24, 2015, marking the 11th anniversary of this observance.two girls playing in the shallow end of a swimming pool

Each year, Healthy and Safe Swimming Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. The theme for Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2015 is Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, not the Germs. It focuses on the role of swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials in preventing drowning, pool chemical injuries, and outbreaks of illnesses. It highlights swimmer hygiene and the need for swimmers to take an active role in helping to protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs.

What are RWIs?

Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans. RWIs can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems. Diarrhea is the most common RWI, and it is often caused by germs like Crypto (short forCryptosporidium), Giardia, norovirus, Shigella, and E. coli O157:H7. Other common RWIs include skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. Children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk for RWIs.
For more information click on: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/observances/hss-week/index.html

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

National Bike to Work Day is on Friday


date: May 15, 2015

time: 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM

location: MN Power Plaza, Duluth, MN

Stop by on your bike commute to work for free Duluth Coffee, a free bike tune-up, and a light breakfast. Learn how to load your bike on a DTA bus. The DTA will be providing free rides for bicyclists (with your bike) for the day, so this is the perfect opportunity to ride your bike one way and take the bus the other.
Did you know?

  • According to recent edition of "Bicycling", some 54% of Americans live less than 5 miles from their jobs
  • Approximately 12 bicycles can be parked in the space required for one automobile.
  • $24.3 billion is the estimated annual cost of traffic jams to commuters in 29 major U.S. cities.
  • There are approximately 139 million automobiles in the United States.
  • 100 bicycles can be produced for the same energy and resources it takes to build one medium-sized automobile.
  • The average cost of a new bicycle bought in the United States if $385.00.
  • The average cost of a new car in the United States is $13,531.98.
  • The average number of barrels of oil consumed daily in the United States is 17 million.
  • 43% of these barrels of oil are consumed by driving.

Industrial world cities typically use at least one third of their land for roads and parking lots for vehicles.
  • Commuting by bicycle is pollution-free.
If you have never tried to bike to work make Friday the day you begin!  If you would like to get started go to: http://www.commutebybike.com/cats/commuting-101/

Monday, May 11, 2015

Get the most out of summer-Tips from the Jed Foundation

Summer Tips for College Students and Employees!
No matter what you're doing this summer - taking classes, working, interning, or just relaxing - do what you can to get the most out of your time away from school.
Here are some summer tips for college students:
  • Make a list. Think about things you wish you had time to do during the school year - whether they're fun activities or productive projects. Write them down, and start crossing them off your list. You'll feel accomplished by the time you're back in school.
  • Step Out. If you're getting bored with your daily routine, change things up! Instead of spending the day on the couch, get out and volunteer for a cause you care about or try something new like an art class or a new sport. Push yourself that extra mile and you just might find your favorite new hobby.
  • Get some sun. Did you know that a Vitamin D deficiency is closely linked to mood and depression? The warm weather won’t last forever, so be sure to soak it up while you can - just don't forget the sunscreen!
  • Reconnect. Spend time with loved ones. Take advantage of the opportunity to spend some quality time with your favorite people. Share highlights from your year and catch up on what they've been up to while you were in school.
  • Recharge. Give yourself a break! After all, that's what summer is for. Go for a walk, sleep, catch up on your favorite Netflix shows, or read a book. Don’t forget to devote time to yourself and your wellbeing.
For more tips on staying emotionally healthy, visit ULifeline.
Tips from the JedFoundation

Thursday, May 7, 2015

School's Out for Summer! Time of Transition and Change

Everything I've ever let go of has claw marks on it.
School's out for summer and for some of us school is out forever...
This time of year at every academic institution there is excited and a little bit of nervousness about the future. This is especially true for students however it can also be true for faculty and staff. This year at St. Scholastica we have seen our fair share of transition and change.  With a two new deans, two new Vice Presidents and a new President on the horizon we will be seeing more of it.
Change Ahead

So what is a person to do?

How do we handle the transition and change in a positive and productive way? 

 Below are a list of "keys to handle transition and change" from psychology today.

Here are some tips for surviving and thriving through these difficult and uncertain times: 
Expect to feel depressed and anxious. . Whenever we move forward we leave something behind, and this creates a psychological state of grief, however small. And if the change is unexpected and unwanted– the sudden job layoff or relationship breakup – the shock and depression are greater. And with such turmoil comes anxiety. We are out of our comfort zone; our imaginations run wild; we worry about an unknown future.
Realize that this is a new / old chapter in your life. While you need to acknowledge your loss, you don’t want to get stuck in the past. Acknowledging that a door is closed is psychologically healthy; spending your time staring at it is not. 
While it sounds like a cliché, the next step after an end is a new beginning, a new chapter, and keeping this in mind can give you a sense of a fresh start. And while the particular circumstances are new, the process itself is familiar. You have, after all, made transitions before – changing schools, neighborhoods, relationships, jobs. You know the terrain, you’ve acquired experience and skills along the way. You can do this again, and this time even better. 

Think positive, think opportunity.
In the movie Up In the Air George Clooney played a character whose job is to fire people for companies that were downsizing. He always began his termination speech with “ I’m here to talk to you about new opportunities.” Is it a bit of spin, a bit forced – sure – but it is also true. 
During times of transition, when everything seems to be in flux, when your old patterns have collapsed, you may feel unsteady but are also most malleable to change. Now is the time to explore, brainstorm, consider the make-over before your life begins to naturally solidify into new patterns. You may have a unique opportunity to begin a new life in a new way. Starting new relationships from scratch.  You will have the opportunity to experiment with being more bold, more assertive, more honest than you may have been before. This is the time to think outside the box. 
Hit the ground running. And don’t take too long to get started. We are creatures of habit and routine, and those routines can congeal quickly. If we wait too long the momentum is lost and it will feel harder to break out. Start by making an action plan with a timeline.
Get support. It’s tough to do this all on your own. You may need to rely on family for moral support, or counselors. When you are feeling a bit ungrounded, support from others can help you keep perspective and moving ahead.
Today is day one
Have a realistic timeframes and expectations. There are going to be difficult days.
Transitions are those unique times when we toss off the old but have not yet stepped into the new. While the circumstances are always different, the skills and attitudes needed to successfully move ahead are always the same, namely being positive, patient, and proactive. 
A new journey awaits.
If you would like more information about tranisition, change, and living a WellU lifestyle go to www.css.edu or contact Julie Zaruba Fountaine at jzarubafounta@css.edu

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Healthy Duluth

Bus Bike Walk Month 2015

May is upon us, and that means it’s Bus Bike Walk Month!
Bus Bike Walk Month is a one-of-a-kind month-long celebration each May in Duluth that brings together bicyclists, businesses, art hounds, outdoor enthusiasts, active commuters, and families that share a mutual love for busing, biking, and walking.  The events of Bus Bike Walk Month will encourage and inspire our community to explore all modes of transportation give a new one a try!
Active transportation is known to foster healthy, vibrant, and thriving communities.  Bus Bike Walk Month is here to recognize all the great transportation opportunities available in Duluth and the positive effects they provide for our community.

For more information go to healthyduluth.org