Summer 2019 Highlights
Summer Wellness Camp Program
This summer, we introduced a new program we hope to bring back every year, the Summer Wellness Camp Program. Six weeks of intensified wellness activities including morning workouts, evening strength training sessions, and one wellness break a day during the work week to focus on setting and implementing goals as well as activities for stress relief. The program is designed to help you start a new lifestyle of health and wellness that you will continue to pursue long after the program is over. Join us next summer to start your journey to optimal wellness.
Flat Top Hike with the Chancellor
Another fun opportunity was hiking with the Chancellor on her first time up Flat Top Mountain! Folks from all over campus including Seawolf Athletics, New Student Orientation, The Northern Light, Anthropology, College of Health, and UAA Employee Wellness came together to start our summer off outdoors on the mountains! Stay tuned for a film from UAA Advancement featuring this fun hike.
Outdoor Wellness Breaks
It's been a beautiful summer so far! UAA Employee Wellness takes full advantage of the sun being out by taking all of the wellness breaks outdoors, weather permitting. Walking, stretching, meditating, etc. whatever it is, were heading outside!
Summers not over, more fun to be had...
Wellness Break Calendar
Wellness breaks are on hold for the summer and will return to it's regular schedule in the Fall. However, this is no time for a break from wellness. Here are some tips on how to maintain your wellness during the summer:
- Eat your lunch outside. Getting away from you desk for lunch can make a huge difference in your mood because your stress levels decrease and your mind has a chance to take a break and refresh. Getting some sun and fresh air when the weather permits will also increase your mood and work productivity.
- Stand/Sit every hour. Set a timer for yourself or the whole office. Every hour, switch the position you are in at your desk. If you are sitting, switch to standing and if you are standing, switch to sitting. I know you have heard that sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health and your posture, however, you need to find a happy balance between the two.
- Stay active during the work day. Research has shown that one moderate-vigorous activity before or after work does NOT eliminate the effects of sitting all day at your desk during the work day. You need to stay active all day long. The human body was not made to stay in one place for long periods of time. Get up from your desk frequently, take the stairs, park farther away from the entrance, set a timer to go for a walk, schedule walking meetings, stand up and stretch during meetings and at your desk, and listen to your body and what it needs. If you start to feel tired, get up and move around.
- Drink water. Pretty self-explanatory, however, not everyone drinks the amount they need. Start using re-usable water bottles and use it as an excuse to get up from your desk to refill it.
UAA Employee Wellness Google Calendar
UAA Employee Wellness has created a Google Calendar. Enter your email below to have the calendar shared with you to view all of our events on your calendar. Only events hosted by and partnered with UAA Employee Wellness will be included on the calendar including Wellness Breaks.
The UAA Employee Wellness Program is unaffiliated with Healthy Roads®.