Wellbeing Offerings Week of 5/18

From Rebecca Schubert, Employee Well-being Program Coordinator

What’s on tap for well-being….week of May 18, 2020?

To stay up to date with all of our events, check out the calendar on the GMHEC Well-being (password is GMHECWell-Being), join our Facebook group or subscribe to the All Things Well-being listserv by sending a request to Rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org. Sometimes things do change at the last minute (i.e. a zoom password gets changed or added or something new gets added to the calendar) but the calendar will always have the most up to date information.

In addition to many of the usual suspects this week, we’ve got a few new things on the calendar. 

Commit to get fit.  The next Edge online 90 Day Commit to Get Fit Program will be kicking off on June 2nd and there is still time to register.  This comprehensive online wellness program is designed to provide an education to enrich your life and help you become healthier. Over the course of 13 weeks you will work with a health coach, a Registered Dietitian and a personal trainer to support you to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviors. Topics will include fitness, nutrition, stress management and behavior modification. This program will help you build a customized wellness plan, improve your health risk factors, reduce body fat and gain muscle, practice stress management and gain new energy and learn how to eat right and stay on track.   There is a fee associated with this program but a portion may be covered by your health insurance and GMHEC will kick in a portion of the payment.  To learn more, contact Nicole Williams, Director of The Edge Preventative Care at NWilliams@edgevt.com.

Compost Basics:  Join the staff from Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District to learn how to compost successfully – whether you’re starting for the first time, or are a compost veteran. We’ll cover cold composting, as well as active and passive management techniques. You’ll leave with strategies for jump-starting an old pile, keeping smells down and animals out, and how to compost safely during this time of COVID-19. We’ll also review Vermont’s food scrap ban from the landfill, and other options for managing food scraps in addition to home composting.  Wednesday, May 20th 1:00-2:30 pm EST.  Pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/104540379088

Self-care = Self Love with Nancy Wind:  Join Nancy Wind, yoga instructor, health coach and founder of Peaks and Poses for a discussion about self-care.  Self-care is so important, now more than ever. It is about nurturing your mental, physical and emotional well-being.   Is there room for improvement in your self-care rituals? Learn some new strategies to nurture yourself and share your strategies with others too. Let’s get together to learn how to take better care of ourselves.  Register here and a zoom link will be emailed to you.  Monday, May 18th 7:00-8:15 pm EST.

Physical well-being:

Get the kinks out with Beth: Join Beth Umba, massage therapist and yoga teacher for a stretch session to release the kinks in your neck, shoulders, back and hips. Sitting for long periods of time promotes muscle fatigue and muscle strain, and over time, pain. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join Beth as she guides us through some stretches that we can do right from our desk or home office to get our bodies feeling their best. Wednesdays 10:00-10:20 am EST and Fridays 3:00-3:20 pm EST through May 29th  https://zoom.us/j/5101754836

Yoga!  Ongoing with our partner True Center Yoga.  15 classes per week.  Check out their schedule here

Move with Yoo-Sun: Yoo-Sun is Julliard trained violinist, teacher, trainer and co-founder of DIEMlife.  Yoo-Sun will lead us through a short but energizing cardio based workout that will leave us feeling energized and ready to tackle the rest of the day.  This workout is geared for people of all fitness levels and modifications to all exercises can be made by the instructor.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday through May 29th.  12:00-12:30 pm EST. https://zoom.us/j/649464789 Password GMHEC

Pump up your muscles with Jeff:  Join Jeff Morton, founder of Morton Training Systems for a 30 minute, total body strength training workout. Strength training is one of the best types of activities we can do to stay strong, have better body mechanics and prevent the aches and pains of sitting all day. This workout is appropriate for all levels and modifications of all exercises can be made by the instructor. Grab a set of dumbbells or two or a couple of soup cans and let’s get moving. Tuesday and Thursdays through May 28th   12:00-12:30 pm EST. https://zoom.us/j/3402261177   Password 4HBMZ1

Let’s get cooking!  Missed the last sessions?  You can view the classes here.  Here’s what we’ve got cooking in May…. All classes are on Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm EST. Preregistration required.  To register contact RD@wholehealthnutritionvt.com.  Recipe and meeting link will be provided upon registration.

o   5/20: Falafel lettuce wraps with tahini dressing and cucumber & tomato salad  

o   5/27: Roasted cauliflower and black bean tacos with lime crema (vegetarian with option to add meat)

From The Edge…. The Edge is offering many free online classes for members and non-members.  In addition to classes led by Edge instructors, The Edge is also offering free access to 85 Les Mills classes including classes for kids.  Check out their offerings here or go to the Edge Group Fitness Facebook page

Buti yoga:  Join Callie from Hot Yoga Burlington for Buti yoga. Buti is a fusion of yoga, plyometrics and tribal dance. In Indian Marathi, “Buti” literally means to cure something that is hidden. Buti Yoga is a high intensity yoga-based workout designed specifically for women. It’s done to energizing music and sends your chakras spinning wildly while feeling this ultimate divine feminine high.  Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of May.  3:30-4:30 pm EST.  Registration required.  Click here to register. 

Yin yoga: Join Kelly McAuliffe from Hot Yoga Burlington for some rest and relaxation. Sit or lie down, relax and get the benefits of deep stretches with assistance from bolsters, blocks, and straps. Perfect to end a busy weekend and start a week fresh. Bill plays captivating live guitar music.  Sundays throughout the month of May.  4:00-5:00 pm EST.  Click here to register.

Mental/emotional/spiritual well-being:

Chaplain’s Moment:  Join the chaplains from the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life at Middlebury every noon time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the foreseeable future for a 15 minute reflection on what is happening around us and within our spirits.  Rabbi Danielle, Chaplain Saifa, and Dean Mark will take turns leading a brief meditation on some piece of literature, poetry or world wisdom. There will be room for silence and reflection, and a bit of interaction to conclude.   https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/8101629085  

Guided mindfulness with Kendra:  Join Kendra Smith, yoga and meditation teacher for an hour of relaxation and time to reconnect with yourself.  Kendra will provide guidance and time for quiet reflection.  Ongoing Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 pm EST.  https://zoom.us/j/94204980963  Password 8026542000

Get clear with what you want and who you want to be:Powerful Intention setting Series with Beth Umba.  If not now, when?   The world is in a huge transitional time.  Life will not be what it used to be and that’s quite alright.  Join Beth, navigational coach who leans in with her keen sense of curiosity, intuition + humor while powerfully listening as she helps create inspirational futures for her clients.  Four, one hour sessions Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm EST, April 29th   through May 20th.  Learn how to become the creator of your life experiences through the powerful practice of defining and setting daily intentions. https://zoom.us/j/5101754836

Mindful moment: Join Andrea O’Connor from Hot Yoga Burlington for a 15-minute session designed to fit into a busy schedule. Andrea will guide you through three sequential steps. Relax and Focus, Technique Tip, Relax with Positivity. Her aim is to help you include a relaxing, refreshing moment toward the end of your day. If you want, once you have experience with the Technique Tip, you can repeat it during the next day for a few moments here and there. At a red light. Standing at the kitchen sink. These are called micro-hits of mindfulness, according to Shinzen Young, international mindfulness teacher and neurology research consultant. Feeling frustrated? Try a micro-hit. Stressed? Time for a micro-hit. Enjoying a walk outdoors? Try enhancing the experience with a micro-hit. Registration required. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the month of May.  7:30-7:45 pm EST.  Click here to register.