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Healthy "U" September Newsletter

Walking: Mind over Matter
Everyone can walk! We have been practicing since our toddler days and have perfected the skill over 20, 30, 40, 50 or more years! We can walk wherever we are; whether we are at home, at work, or on a trip! We don't need any special equipment to walk. So why is it so hard to get moving?

Excuse:  No Time
Strategy:  Walking doesn't have to be in one long time block. Use little blocks of time to maximize the time you do have.

Excuse:  No Motivation
Strategy:  Walk with music; walk with family members; walk with friends; walk your dog; walk in new areas; and you can always walk with the Hood Walking Group on Tuesdays!

Excuse:  Aches and Pains
Strategy:  Check with your health care provider. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking can help to strengthen your bones; improve your balance and coordination; prevent or manage various conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Excuse:  Lack of Noticeable Results
Strategy:  The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits! (Mayo Clinic) So just keep at it!

Excuse:  Boredom
Strategy:  Don't always do the same thing. Walk for time, then walk for distance; intersperse some fast walking spurts; introduce some exercises while you walk or change the time of day when you walk; add music; invite your favorite two and/or four legged companion; and participate in the Fall 2013 Challenge.

As we can see, walking is just mind over matter! If you are new to a walking program, please consult with your health care provider. Otherwise, choose your comfortable athletic shoes (with proper arch support, a firm heel, and flexible soles), use comfortable socks (that help absorb some of the shock), wear bright colors or reflective tape for visibility, and start walking! In time, you will make this a good habit to continue!

Fitbit Summer Challenge
Many of you reached 600,000 steps in our 12 week challenge. Congratulations to all of you! Below is a list of those individuals that exceeded the 600,000 step goal:

Julie McNeill, Athletics - 1,404,100
Terry Burdette, Athletics - 1,272,787
Eric Kindahl, Biology Department - 1,189,232
Debbie Schenkel, Advancement Services - 1,089,051
Donna Bertazzoni, English Department - 990,330
Carol Wuenschel, Human Resources - 986,125
Jan Samet O'Leary, Library - 975,232
Krista Schaffert, Advancement Services - 901,113
Zach Luhman, Residence Life - 899,828
April Boulton, Biology Department - 735,300
Tim Pollak, Accounting - 725,449
Michael Coon, Economics Department - 715,591
Tammy Becker, Finance and Administration - 666,935

Anyone who reached or exceeded the goal will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Winners will be notified by email. Keep on stepping!

Mindfulness Meditation - 1st meeting Monday, September 9
Relax and learn stress reduction techniques by meditating with Beth O'Malley in the McHenry Interfaith Prayer Room, Mondays 12:15-12:45 pm, in the Coffman Chapel basement. First session will be Monday, September 9.

Yoga at Hood - 1st class Tuesday, September 10
Free yoga classes are made possible by Sol Yoga. Meet Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15 pm in the dance studio in Gambrill Gymnasium. First class will be Tuesday, September 10. No class on October 15 (mid-term recess). Last class will be Tuesday, December 10.

Food Day - Save The Date!
Join us for a night of FREE FOOD in celebration of Food Day on Monday, October 21, 6:30-8:00 pm. More information to follow.

Hood Walking Group - Still Walking on Tuesdays
Leaving at noon from the plaza between Alumnae Hall and Hodson, the group walks for approximately 30 minutes rain or shine. This is a great way to add steps to your daily progress with Fitbit!

Best wishes to all of you for a healthy academic year!


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