What’s on tap for Well-Being ?

From Rebecca Schubert, GMHEC Employee Well-being Program Coordinator

What’s on tap for Well-Being ?

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Well-Being Calendar
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

GMHEC is currently looking for Well-being Ambassadors.  GMHEC Well-being Ambassadors are faculty and staff volunteers that help create and sustain cultures of well-being at the GMHEC member colleges by promoting participation and engagement in well-being programs, services, and events. If you are enthusiastic about health and well-being, are an advocate for working towards a healthier lifestyle and are able to lend one hour per month, we want you to join us.  To learn more about this exciting opportunity, contact Rebecca Schubert, GMHEC Employee Well-being Program Coordinator at rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org
Flu vaccinations: It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2021-2022 is more important than ever.  While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:
Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
To make it easy for you to get your flu shot, all the GMEHC Colleges will be offering on-site flu clinics for faculty and staff in late October and early November.  This is the optimal time to get vaccinated as it will ensure you are covered during peak flu season which runs from November to April. Due to strict Covid protocols, vaccines will be by appointment only.  Information about how to schedule your on-campus appointment will be coming from your Human Resources office and will be posted on the GMHEC Well-being calendar on Monday, October 11th.  The flu clinic dates are as follows:

Champlain: October 13, 14, 27, 28
Middlebury: October 19, 21, 25, 27
MIIS: October 20
Norwich: October 13 and 14
St. Michael’s: October 25, November 2 and 3

Fall Season Plant-Based Cooking Workshop:  Join Nancy Wind, a passionate plant-based health/lifestyle coach, yogi and founder of Peaks and Poses for a fun, dynamic cooking workshop right from your own kitchen.  Nancy will lead you through the preparation of a plant-based dish as you learn how to nourish yourself and your family for the fall season. Bring your open mind. Our meal will be gluten free. Recipe and Zoom link will be provided ahead of time.  Thursday, October 21st 6:00-7:30 pm EST.  $25.  Click here to register. 
Ski passes: For our Norwich, Middlebury and St. Michael’s faculty and staff….It’s not too late to grab your ski pass to Sugarbush or Smuggler’s Notch.  With the corporate rate you can save some cash but hurry…. these deals won’t last much longer.  For our Champlain faculty and staff, check out the employee perks on the People Center website for more info about how you can take advantage of the best deals. 
The Power of Purpose:  For many, the search for purpose can be a lifelong journey. But there are ways to make the path clearer.  In this webinar, Dr. Rick Conforto, a licensed psychologist with over 40 years’ experience providing clinical services to adults and families will discuss the idea of “purpose” – what it means and why it’s important.   He’ll review ways to discover clues on your purpose and discuss concrete moves you can make to incorporate it into everyday living and in the workplace.  Wednesday, October 13th 1:00–2:00 pm EST.   Click here to register. 
High Blood Pressure Management Workshop: About 1 in every 4 Vermont adults has been told they have high blood pressure. If left untreated, it can damage your circulatory system and lead to serious problems, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney damage or brain health complications, such as memory loss and confusion.  The good news is there’s a lot you can do to manage your high blood pressure and help prevent these problems.  In this 8-week workshop you will learn the basics of controlling your high blood pressure, make healthier eating choices, get more physical activity in your daily life, better manage blood pressure medications, and solve problems and create plans for action and change. Free.  Click here to learn more and to register. 
The Edge HealthyCARETM 90 Day Program is back in person!  This 13-week, comprehensive wellness program is designed to enrich your life and health. Guided by a Nationally Certified Health Coach, you will learn the fundamental aspects of fitness, nutrition, stress management, and behavior modification.  Virtual Program Date: Tuesdays, October 12th – January 4th from 12-1pm or IN PERSON Program (Includes Guided Exercise): Wednesdays, November 10th – February 2nd 5:30-7:30pm (Program Held at South Burlington EDGE).  Insurance may cover much of the cost: For More Information contact genavix@edgevt.com or call 802-951-2320. 
Now that we’re getting back into the swing of things with in-person work, it’s the perfect time for your department to have a conversation about your desired future state and the culture you’d like to create on your team.  If that’s something you might be interested, shoot me a message.  I’d love to facilitate a “retreat” about how you, together, can cultivate and sustain resilience within your team. 
And…. now that the cooler weather has arrived it might be time to start thinking about your fall and winter well-being plans.  Are you interested in a participating in a cooking series?  How about some short, lunch time movement with Yoo-Sun Park?  O, maybe you’ve got something else you’d like to see offered?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you’d like to see on the calendar this fall and winter.  You can reach me at Rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org.

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