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Healthy "U" Newsletter - March 2012

Emotional Intelligence Workshop
You are invited to attend this Healthy "U" sponsored session being held in Coblentz Seminar Room, Friday March 23, 2012, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Slots are still available. Four major components of Emotional Intelligence will be identified: self-awareness, self-management, awareness of others, and management of relationships. It will help participants understand how to develop their own Emotional Intelligence and use it to lead and interact with others more effectively. For more information and to register please send an email to:

Badminton Tournament
As part of Workplace Wellness Week, Healthy "U" will be hosting a badminton tournament on Tuesday, April 3, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. in Gambrill Gymnasium. Games will be in a round robin player format. This means you come to play without worrying about a team partner. Names will be drawn from a hat and a new two-man team is formed for each match. Teams will start forming at 5:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.

Physical Fitness Luncheon
Dr. Soong will discuss the basic components of physical fitness during a luncheon being held on April 13, 2012 beginning at noon. This is part of our Healthy "U" Workplace Wellness celebration. Dr. Soong will overview the 5 dimensions of health-related fitness and the 6 dimensions of skill-related fitness. Attendees of this event will be given 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. More information will follow on both of these events. Please join us for these important Healthy "U" events to begin taking your physical fitness to the next level.

Join Healthy "U" at Walk for the Congo
Congo 5K Walk to benefit Women in Warzones, Sunday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. Registration forms will be available in Whitaker on April 13th. Any questions, please contact Paige Eager at Join members of the Healthy "U" team on Sunday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Get Up, Stand up and Walk. The Congo 5K Walk is just around the corner and Healthy "U" would like to support you in your training efforts. Here are some excellent tips:

Before you even start a training program, here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your feet stay in tip-top shape:

*If you don't have a pair of nice walking/running shoes, it's probably a good idea to purchase a new pair.

*When purchasing new shoes, it's a good idea to wear the same style of socks you'll wear with the new shoes.

*Try on both shoes, tie them and walk around the store. One foot is likely to be larger than the other. Go with the shoe size on the larger foot. There should be enough room so your foot can expand while you're walking.

*Make sure the shoes fit properly. You should be able to wiggle your toes, and there should be no slipping in the heel.

*Once you've found the right pair of shoes, make sure you take care of your toes. Trim nails straight across and do not round the corners.

Now that you have your new shoes and have given your feet a quick pedicure, it's time to start moving. Training for a 5k walk should start about two months before the event. There are several different approaches you can take during your training program depending on your fitness level. Remember, the main thing is to build a habit and stay on a routine. Consistency is important.

Here's an example of a walking program for beginners for the first 4 weeks of an 8 week program:.

Week 1-Walk at a "talking pace" four to five times a week for 15-20 minutes. Talking pace means you have elevated breathing but you can still carry on a conversation.

Week 2-Walk four to five days a week and add up to 10 minutes to your walk. To challenge yourself more, you can increase your speed from a "talking pace" to a brisk walk. At this pace you are breathing hard but not gasping for air.

Week 3-Walk five days a week and add up to 10 minutes to your walk.

Week 4-Once you make it to this week, you should start to incorporate a "mileage-building day" each week from now until the 5K walk. This means, add time to your last walk of the week. By this week, you should be able to walk for 40 minutes at an easy pace. The next week (Week 5), you should walk for 45 minutes on your mileage-building day and so on until you reach 60 minutes on your mileage building day.

Notice: Although moderate physical acitivity, such as brisk walking, is safe for most people, health experts suggest that you talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Physical Fitness Assessments
Save the date, Friday, May 4. More information to come.

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 12:15-12:45 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 5-6:00 p.m. and Thursdays 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the Fitness Room, Gambrill Gymnasium.

Come join us at any or all of these events!

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