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Healthy "U" Newsletter - Holiday Edition 2011

Hood Wins Business Health Award
The Healthy "U" Committee is pleased to announce that Hood College has been presented with the 2011 Business Health Award. The Frederick Chamber of Commerce and the Frederick Regional Health System initiated this award process to recognize businesses that have emerged as leaders in health promotion for their employees. Hood was one of four businesses receiving the award. Hood College's Healthy "U" distinguished its program by taking both a strategic and holistic approach. The Healthy "U" Committee developed a five year strategic plan and adopted the seven dimensions of wellness as the guiding principles.

Introduction to Fitness Center Sessions
Jeremy Mattoon, Fitness Center Director and Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, will be conducting two half hour sessions to familiarize faculty and staff with the Hodson Fitness Center. The introduction sessions will be offered:

Wednesday, December 7th, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 8th, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Session Goals:
To encourage faculty and staff use of the new fitness center to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Session Objectives:
As a result of participation in the orientation session, faculty and staff will receive:
---General information on the fitness center equipment
---A basic overview and introduction to the equipment in the Hodson Fitness Center
---A review of the Assumption of Liability form
---Pertinent information about the fitness center (students and classes are first priority, hours of operation, emergency procedures, proper clothing, who can use the facility, etc.)

Badminton Exhibition
Four Olympic level players will present a badminton exhibition on Friday, December 9th from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Gambrill Gym. They are:

Vincent Nguy--Ranked as the 2011 second Men's Double Player in the US, he is the winner of gold medals in the Pan American Badminton Championships 2010 and gold medal winners at other international tournaments. He plays for the US National Team.

Desmond Wong--He has been a US Olympic Committee (USOC) Developmental coach, and UMD Badminton coach, and is an USAB Certified coach. He plays for the US National Team.

Malik Basri and Ridwa--They play for Singapore National Team.
This event was organized by Dr. Paul Soong.

Holiday Tips and Challenges
The Healthy "U" Committee wants everyone to have fun this Holiday season while maintaining a healthy focus. Let's start a healthy tradition for the holidays that rolls right into the New Year!

Have Fun, Stay Focused!
Here are some simple tips for having fun and staying on track in the midst of high calorie, low nutrition holiday meals and treats!

Family and friends are a priority! Holiday gatherings should be more about personal connections than decorations and menus.

Optimize every opportunity for exercise! Try to maintain your regular exercise routine and look for chances to increase your activity level during holiday gatherings and events to burn off extra calories consumed.

Choose water for proper hydration. Minimize consumption of alchohol and high calorie drinks with little nutritional value.

Understand the temptations of holiday goodies! Enjoy your favorite foods in moderation.

Stress reduction strategies can be very important! Be thankful and look for opportunities to help those in need.

Naughty and Nice Challenge
Let's develop our plan for maintaining healthy lifestyles during the holiday season. Challenge yourself to have 3-5 extra minutes of vigorous exercise for each goodie that you consume.

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