Welcome to Wellness Wednesday
This week’s topic: National Handwashing Awareness Week
With the increase in Coronavirus cases, handwashing is an important part of our daily lives. Click the links below for more information.
- National Handwashing Awareness Week: Causing Awareness Through Participation (nationaltoday.com)
- The Importance Of Handwashing During The Pandemic: When and How to Wash Your Hands (CDC.org)
- Handwashing Steps: Using the WHO (World Health Organization) Technique (YouTube.com)
Previous Topic: National Healthy Skin Month - November 18, 2020
Though we seldom think of it this way, our skin is the body’s largest organ! It is important to take good care of it, from the inside as well as out.
- National Healthy Skin Month - November 2020 (National Today)
- Dry Skin Relief from COVID-19 Handwashing (American Academy of Dermatology)
- 5 Ways to Improve your Skin in 2020 (U.S. Dermatology Partners)
- Take a Healthy Skin Quiz! (stayskinhealthy.org)
Previous topic: Memory Loss – Alzheimer’s/Dementia - November 4, 2020
Take care of your body at an early age.
Did you know that Alzheimer’s effects your body at least 20 years before you see any symptoms? Click on the links below for more information.
- Alzheimer’s / Dementia: It’s not normal to forget.
- Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet: Know the symptoms.
- Seven Pillars for a Brain-Healthy Lifestyle: Keep the brain working.
- Quiz – Alzheimer’s Myths and Facts: How well do you know the disease?
Previous topic: The Advantages of Walking - October 7, 2020
Walking is a great way to lose weight, improve sleep, strengthen your muscles, improve circulation, slow mental decline, and lift your mood. A brisk 30 minute walk can burn 200 calories, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Whether inside your home or outdoors, it’s a great time to take a walk! Click on the links below for more information about the advantages of walking.
- 5 Surprising Benefits of Walking (Harvard Health)
- 12 Week Walking Schedule (Mayo Clinic)
- 10 Minute Indoor Walking Video w/Denise Austin (AARP.org)
Previous topic: Overcoming Stress and Anxiety - September 9, 2020
Stress is your bodies reaction to a challenge or demand. Sometimes stress can be positive when helping you avoid danger or meet a deadline. Click on the links below for more information on coping with stress, managing stress, and how stress affects your health.
Coping with Stress (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
4 Simple Steps to Deal with Stress and Anxiety (Verywellmind.com)
Stress: Causes, Management, and How Stress Affects Your Health (Psychology Today)
Previous topic: The Benefits of Yoga - August 26, 2020
Yoga is defined by Patanjali, the pioneer of classical yoga, as “the cessation of the modification of the mind.” Yoga uses breathing techniques, exercise, and meditation to improve health and happiness. Click on the links below to learn more about the benefits of Yoga.
- 60+ Benefits of Yoga for Mental and Physical Health (Positive Psychology.com)
- Yoga for Everyone (New York Times)
- The Effects of Yoga on Student Mental Health (Rishita Chandra, University of Colorado Denver)
Previous topic: The Importance of Routine Care and Video Visits - August 12, 2020
Although the Coronavirus has delayed elective surgeries and postponed routine care, it is important to stay on top of critical health issues. Video visits is a great way to receive care without leaving your home.
CareFirst Video Visit is available to employees on the AACPS medical plans. Click here for more information. You can also contact your physicians office for video appointment availability.
Schedule your preventive care visit today!
Click on the links below for information about the importance of routine care for children and adults.
- Preventive Care Must Continue During the Coronavirus Pandemic (US News)
- Should I go to the Doctor? - COVID 19 Impact (Today)
- Routine Vaccinations, Wellness Visits for Babies and Kids During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Previous topic: Sleeping Soundly – How Sleeping Well Effects Your Overall Wellness - July 29, 2020
We set ourselves up for a good or bad day while we’re dreaming. Not getting enough sleep effects every aspect of our day, inside and out! Click on the links below for information and tips on ways to improve your health by getting enough sleep.
Previous topic: Dental Wellness – July 15, 2020
How Dental Health Effects Your Overall Wellness
Studies by The Mayo Clinic suggest oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis) might play a role in your overall health. Click on the links below for information and tips to improve your dental wellness.
Oral Health – A Window to Your Overall Health
3 Tips for Healthy Summer Smiles – How to Prevent Summertime Tooth Decay
United Concordia July Newsletter – The “New Normal” Dentist’s Visit
Previous topic: Financial Wellness - July 1, 2020
Educating You On How To Stay Financial Fit During The Pandemic
Protecting Your Family's Finances: 10 Tips for Successful Estate Planning
What Is Financial Wellness: How Can Your Finances Impact Your Health?
Tips For Financial Wellness: Shifting Your Financial Goals During A Pandemic
Financial Literacy = Financial Freedom: Defining Financial Literacy
Previous topic: Workout with your pets! - June 3, 2020
Studies show that pets can have a positive impact on our mind, body and soul. According to Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the rates of fostering, in particular, have increased by 90 percent in some cities. Like humans, pets need a balanced diet and exercise. No better way to bond with your pet than to work out together!
Calling All Cats! How to Exercise Your Human: Exercise with your cat
More than just a walk!: Turn your Dog’s walk into a total body exercise
No pet yet? Consider this!: Tips from the CDC on items to consider before bringing home a pet!
The Power of Pets: NIH article on benefits of a pet
Previous Topic: How To Reduce Eye Strain - May 20,2020
Eye Strain can impact your productivity. It can also cause dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain. Click on one or more of the links below to help guide you to healthy eyes.
Computer Eye Strain: 10 Steps for eye strain relief
Healthy Foods for Healthy Eyes: Eating right can help your eye site
Healthy Eyes On The Computer: A video on eye strain.
Previous topic: Healthy Eating and Recipes - May 6, 2020
All of our energy depends on what we eat – healthy input for strong output. So this week, take a break from the computer screens and spend some time in the kitchen, whether it’s cooking or planning for your next grocery trip.