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Healthy "U" Newsletter - April 2012

Stress is your body's natural response to mental and physical activity. Stress is not necessarily bad, it prevents boredom and gives an adrenalin boost when you need it. However, stress can become problematic when it develops over a period of time. Often this type of stress goes unnoticed until a physical or emotional toll has been exacted.

Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources that an individual has at hand. It may seem that there's nothing you can do about your stress level. The bills aren't going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all you need to do, and your career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you're in control of your life is the foundation of good stress management.

Managing stress is about taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment and the way you deal with problems. Stress management begins with identifying sources of stress in your life. Sometimes that's not as easy as it seems. For instance, maybe you're worried about work deadlines. But maybe the problem is not the deadlines as much as your pattern of procrastination.

Next, identify how you currently cope with stress. Are your strategies healthy or unhealthy? Are they short-term or long-term? Examples of poor coping strategies include over-eating or over-drinking, sleeping too much, procrastinating, etc.

If your coping strategies aren't contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it's time to find healthier ones. Since everyone has a unique response to stress, there is no perfect solution that fits everyone. You may have to experiment with different techniques and strategies. Focus on what helps you feel calm and more in control. Some examples include:

1. Get physical. Exercise. Learn ways to relax your body through breathing exercises or yoga.
2. Set both long-term and short-term goals.
3. Manage your time.
4. Each day find twenty minutes of alone time to relax.
5. Communicate with others.
6. Use humor and positive thinking.

Healthy "U" is pleased to sponsor a number of opportunities for employees to learn or practice healthy stress management techniques. You can attend free yoga on Mondays and Thursdays or you can try guided meditation at the Chapel on Thursday afternoons. Enjoy time outdoors on Tuesdays walking at lunch with your co-workers or combine your stress management walk with the opportunity to do something good for others. This month join us for the Walk for the Congo on April 22nd. Whatever you choose, remember that taking charge and trying a different approach can be helpful. As always, if stress persists, consult with your local health care professional.

New Lunchtime Hoops at Hood
Dust off those Chuck Taylor All Stars in the back of the closet and relive those glory days of the not so distant past...with a friendly game of lunchtime hoops. All faculty and staff are invited. Games will be pick-up from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Tuesday's, Thursday's, and Friday's in Gambrill Gymnasium. Please bring a ball or two, call your own fouls,and have fun. For more information contact David Adams at

Hood College Gets Freshii®
ARAMARK is a strong supporter of our Healthy "U" efforts. Here is an update provided by Alan Dolid on how they are continually working to provide healthy eating options for our campus.

Freshii® is coming to the Hood College campus in fall 2012 offering unmatched variety with a vegetarian, vegan, raw diet and meat-lover friendly menu. Even with strict dietary restrictions, you will find the most convenient choice of fresh food that is custom-built, fast and served in an eco-friendly environment. Organic sourcing and environmental stewardship are core to the brand's operating platform, giving them a distinct edge in the area of social responsibility.

Health conscious consumers that seek healthier dining options in a fast and convenient manner will line up for Freshii®. Guests customize their meal by selecting their base of either a salad, wrap, burrito, rice or noodle bowl, or soup. They then choose from a large selection of natural, organic and fresh ingredients, and finish by selecting a sauce or dressing. Freshii® also offers a wide selection of healthy and organic snacks, fruits, chips, and beverages as well as frozen yogurt.

Hood College customers can eat without regret using easy flavor categories:
• Light: super low in fat, high in fiber, essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, lean proteins
• Balanced: essential fats, slow-burning carbs, good oils, high in proteins
• Classic: great traditional flavors to be enjoyed in moderation

The Freshii® online nutrition calculator helps to keep you on track by doing all the work for you, as you build your creation item by item. This online feature will be promoted and linked to as well as the Hood Dining Facebook page.

Badminton Tournament Results
Using the old cliche "a good time was had by all" is the best way to describe our first Healthy "U" Badminton Tournament. There were 18 participants ranging from first time players to seasoned veterans of Paul Soong's PE class. For 2 1/2 hours, four courts of players were seen aggressively swatting at a flying shuttlecock in hopes of scoring for their team. There were 10 matches to 21 points played with one competitor surfacing as undefeated. Good job Drew! At the other end of the spectrum, a sportsmanship "slap on the back" goes to Dylan who left the tournament with only 1 win. Way to hang in there Dylan! Several prizes were awarded that night for the grand display of valor and determination. Congrats to Ricky, Dylan, Drew, Casey, and Amanda as luck of the draw made them the beneficiaries. A big thank you also goes to Dr. Soong for providing the equipment on such an exciting evening. Be sure to stay tuned to learn about the next round of badminton tournaments to follow.

Physical Fitness Lab with Dr. Soong
As part of our Healthy "U" Workplace Wellness celebration, Dr. Soong discussed the basic components of physical fitness during a luncheon held on April 13, 2012. Dr. Soong reviewed the 5 dimensions of health-related fitness and the 6 dimensions of skill-related fitness. Attendees of this event will have the opportunity to participate in a physical fitness lab scheduled for May 4, 2012 to assess their current level of fitness which can be used in developing new fitness goals. The physical fitness lab assessments will take approximately 40 minutes to complete.

Join Healthy "U" at Walk for the Congo
The date for our Hood Walk for the Congo is fast approaching. The date for the event is Sunday, April 22, 2012. We are asking all walkers to assemble no later than 9:30 a.m. at the entrance of the new athletic center, and President Volpe will count us down. There are two more opportunities for registration.

The first is this Friday, April 13, 2012 in Whitaker. We will have a registration table available from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to pick up your packet. The entrance fee is $10 for individuals and $50 for organizations. We do need all entrance fees collected by the morning of the walk.

The second opportunity to sign up is the day of the walk. A final registration process will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 22. We will have registration staff available to take your paperwork and registration fee that morning near the entrance of the new athletic center.

Our goal is to raise $1,000 for Panzi Hospital and the Wamu Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both of these organizations work with women impacted by sexual violence and rape. If you need additional information please contact Paige Eager at

Bike To Work Day
On Friday May 18, 2012 Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invites you to join over 10,000 area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. Bike to Work Day is a free event for both new and experienced bicycle commuters throughout the Washington metropolitan region. Those who register and attend one of 58 regional pit stops will receive a free Bike to Work Day T-Shirt*, food, drinks, and a chance at winning bicycles or other great raffle prizes. (*T-Shirt supplies are limited to first 11,000 who register.)

Please consider being a participant in the annual 2012 Bike to Work Day Event in Frederick County on Friday May 18, 2012.

Hood College will be the starting point for this year's Frederick Bike to Work Day. The event schedule this year is as follows, and we invite each of you to participate in one or all of the activities (rain or shine):

• 6:45 a.m. - Meet for Group Ride at Alumnae Hall, Hood College to Frederick City Hall

• 7:10 a.m. - Ceremonial Ride Frederick City Hall to Downtown MARC Station/Transit Center

• 7:30 a.m. - Acknowledgements, a short speech or two and refreshments, snacks and giveaways at the MARC Station. Register at For additional information about this event and other related cycling activities, education and safety please visit the Washington Area Bicyclist Association website at

Hood Walking Group - Still walking on Tuesdays
The Hood walking group leaves at noon from the plaza between Alumnae Hall and Hodson. The group walks for approximately 30 minutes rain or shine. If you would like to give the group a heads-up that you will be joining them, contact JoAnne Bodine at or just show up.

Midday Meditation
Meditate with Beth O'Malley, Thursdays from 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. in the McHenry Interfaith Prayer Room in the Coffman Chapel basement.

Yoga at Hood
Free yoga classes, made possible by Sol Yoga, will be held Mondays 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. in the Fitness Room, Gambrill Gymnasium. Last class, for the spring semester, will be on Monday, April 30.

Come join us at any or all of these events!

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