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2016 Spring Wellness Opportunities
All classes are free to MWSU benefit eligible employees and retirees on a first-come-first-served basis.
One guest per employee may be permitted based on space available.
What the Griffon Weekly, HR Wellness web page or Wellness emails for when and how to register.
MOSIAC Educational Classes (all classes located in Popplewell 104)
Our Daily Greens: Adding More Veggies to Your Diet (cooking demo)
Description: We all know we’re supposed to get five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, but how many of us can actually do that? One simple way to add more nutrition to our diet is incorporating more greens into recipes we already know and love. We’ll discuss the health benefits of leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables and show you how to dress them up into dishes you actually want to eat! Join us as we create and sample recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and make daily greens a healthy habit for the New Year.
Amazing Ancient Grains: Formulas for Fast, Simple Meals (cooking demo)
Description: If you’re looking for simple, delicious, and deeply nourishing meals, join us for a cooking class featuring hearty ancient grains. Whatever your lifestyle or dietary needs, you can learn to cook without a recipe and build tasty and satisfying meals from scratch in your own kitchen. We will create and sample a variety of recipes that are easily adapted for batch cooking and leftovers, saving you both time and money. Learn to harness the power of ancient grains and rediscover the joy of cooking at home!
Omega-3 fatty acids are a hot topic in the nutrition world right now – and for good reason! Join us to learn about the fantastic health benefits of increasing intake of omega-3s in our diets and how we can find natural sources in the everyday food we eat. Not a big fish eater? We will explore a wide variety of sources of omega-3s and discuss what to look for in a high-quality omega-3 supplement. Omega-3s have been linked to reduced inflammation, immune health, heart health, plus many more. Put this mighty nutrient to work for you and eat your way to good health!
Fighting Inflammation with Herbs and Spices (cooking demo)
We all know that a proper diet is crucial for staying healthy and preventing or managing chronic disease. Herbs and spices can be a great way to season our meals in healthful and exciting ways. Seasonings are some of our most powerful tools for fighting inflammation in the body. Join us to learn about the benefits of your spice rack as we discuss food pairings for common and exotic herbs and spices. We will also sample tasty recipes you can recreate at home.
Spring Clean Your Diet
Spring has officially sprung, and now that it is here, you may be thinking about spring cleaning. If so, don’t just focus on your house. Consider your body as well. After months of rich and heavy winter fare, your body will appreciate the light fresh foods of spring. Get a reboot with tips on cleaning up your diet as well as a sample of a delicious and refreshing smoothie.
Queen of Greens: The Benefits of Kale
Let’s dive into the possibilities of using this super food in the kitchen to enrich our diets with texture and flavor. We will take a look at regional and international preparations of this green and discover the diversity that kale can bring to our favorite traditional recipes.
What’s in season now? Spring superfoods cooking demo (cooking demo)
Eating in season is a great way to save money and improve the flavor and nutrition of your food. Join us for this fun and tasty quarterly class to learn more about how to select, how to store, and tasty ways to enjoy the bounty of each season. We will even demo a delicious and nutritious recipe for you to sample.
Level I, II, III. This hatha yoga class is appropriate for all skill levels. It combines breathing and postures that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Find out first-hand the strength, flexibility and balance that can be gained through yoga.
Classes will be held every Monday and Thursday beginning January 25 and continuing through April 28, 2016. Class length is approximately 40-50 minutes.
- Mondays, 12:00 noon, Blum Union 218
- Thursdays, 5:00 pm, Baker Fitness Center
Bring a yoga mat if you have one.
Please remember guidelines for using Baker Fitness Center; all employees need to bring their MWSU ID card. Their Health History Form and any other paperwork needed must be completed prior to participation. All paperwork is available to print out from our website www.missouriwestern.edu/recreation under the Fitness Center link. If you bring a guest, they need a photo ID.
All users of Baker Fitness Center – Employees or Guests: Male 45 or older need a physician’s consent; Female 55 or older need a physician’s consent.
Come cool off and wash your troubles away! Water aerobics can improve your physical and mental health. The environment can help you relieve stress and tension as the muscles are loosened once you let your body submerge in water. The little to no impact on joints and muscles helps you strengthen the body and lose weight.
Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday beginning January 25 and continuing through April 28, 2016 at Looney Pool.
- Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30pm
EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
As an employee at MWSU, a big job is asked of you, and chances are, the daily demands of life don’t end when you leave work. That’s why MWSU partners with New Directions to offer an Employee assistance Program (EAP) to help you best manage your life. The free, confidential benefit provides you with the tools, whether online or in person, to tackle life’s challenges.
EAP can give you the support you need. Hard-working employees just like you use the program’s experts and resources every day to help with:
- Relationship challenges
- Life-changing events
- Legal or financial issues
- Excessive worry or stress
- Substance dependence
- Workplace challenges
- Services cost you nothing…MWSU has already paid for them.
- Receive 6 FREE sessions…per incident!
- Services are confidential…no one will know that you’ve called the EAP.
- To contact the EAP, call New Directions 24/7 at 800-624-5544. www.ndbh.com
EAP (Employee Assistance Program) for Weight Loss and Fitness
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
A Healthier YouTM
A Healthier YouTM supports healthy lifestyles for you and your family through our program. The program provides information and resources to keep you healthy, including a wellness portal, where you’ll complete your Health Risk Assessment and have access to tools and trackers designed to make healthy living easier. The A Healthier YouTM program promotes personal responsibility for managing health and making healthy lifestyle choices. Visit www.bluekc.com and click on A Healthier You to learn more about this benefit.
Webinars on Demand
Don’t have time in your schedule for a class? Check out Webinars on Demand and view options for 30-minute presentations available at your convenience. Webinars on Demand can be found on your personal portal under the tab Health Seminars. Webinar topics change every quarter.
Healthy Companion nurses can help you manage your asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), metabolic syndrome, stress, anxiety and depression. Through this program you will gain a better understanding of your health, your doctor’s care plan, and how best to manage your health. To learn more about the Healthy Companion Program call the phone number listed on the back of your Member ID Card (800-822-2583).
Health Risk Assessment
A Healthier You starts with a health screening, providing you with the information needed to complete the next step of the program, the online Health Risk Appraisal. The appraisal will ask you questions about your health and lifestyle and then give you a wellness score. With a wellness score in hand, you will easily be able to identify your healthy behaviors and areas where you may consider making changes. We have provided the results of previous year’s Health Risk Assessment below for you.
Why Wellness Power Point