Blog RSS https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/ en Catching Zs for a More Balanced Life https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/catching-zs-more-balanced-life <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Catching Zs for a More Balanced Life</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 01/26/2023 - 09:17</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3498" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Catching Zs for a More Balanced Life"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Natalie Dodd, LCSW, EAP Clinical Counselor</p> <p>Sleep is one of the most fundamental aspects of health and well-being, but it’s often the most neglected. Between work demands, family demands, and social interactions, sleep takes a back seat to other priorities. The problem is that our mind and body are unable to rest and recharge for the next set of activities. To achieve a more balanced life, let’s take a look at how we can get better sleep.</p> <p>When you begin your bedtime routine, take a moment and notice what your habits are. Do you scroll through social media? Do you turn the TV on? Raghu Opender, MD, MBA, associate professor in the department of neurology, explains, “It’s really important to reduce the exposure to light in the evening hours and really reduce the amount of exposure to electronic media, particularly on television, cellphone, and even laptops.” In addition, it’s important to put your phone away about 30 minutes to an hour before you plan on laying down to sleep. To support better sleep, try some of these recommendations.</p> <ul><li>Take a hot shower or bath to start winding down for the night.</li> <li>Read a few chapters of a book or listen to a guided meditation.</li> <li>Turn off the TV and put away your phone when you lay down.</li> <li>Limit your amount of alcohol before bed.</li> </ul><p>According to Dr. Opender, “Sleep gives the body and the mind the opportunity to repair itself. During sleep, important chemicals in the brain are replenished.” It might take a few nights to perfect, but by establishing a routine and improving sleep habits, you will begin to feel more balanced. For more tips on how to get better sleep, visit Health &amp; Wellness’ <em><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/take-good-care" title="Take Good Care">Take Good Care</a></em> video series.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 26 Jan 2023 15:17:13 +0000 harnessg 3498 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Going Dry: A Great Habit to Keep Year-Round https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/going-dry-great-habit-keep-year-round <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Going Dry: A Great Habit to Keep Year-Round</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 01/25/2023 - 13:40</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3497" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Going Dry: A Great Habit to Keep Year-Round"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>"Dry January" is a popular way to kick off the start of a new year. But if you missed this timing, you can designate any month to "Try Dry". This trend helps people take a break from alcohol and re-evaluate how much they consume. After January 31<sup>st</sup>, many will go back to drinking responsibly, while others might recognize that alcohol plays a bigger role in their lives than they thought. Alcohol isn’t bad unless you abuse it or use it as a way of coping with stress. During the pandemic, the use of alcohol increased to help people feel more relaxed and at ease. While you can feel the immediate relaxing effect, the negative effects are delayed. Some negative sides of alcohol use can be insomnia, depression, increased anxiety, and addiction. To help you understand the signs of alcohol abuse, here are five red flags to watch out for.</p> <ol><li>Hiding your drinking or lying about it to loved ones.</li> <li>Memory loss or blacking out regularly.</li> <li>Having trouble in your personal relationships.</li> <li>Putting off or forgetting about your personal and professional responsibilities.</li> <li>Having trouble stopping when you begin drinking alcohol.</li> <li>Grabbing a drink when you start to feel depressed or anxious.</li> <li>Experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as increased anxiety, irritability, shakiness, or sweating around six hours after your last drink.</li> </ol><p>If you experience adverse effects of alcohol, contact your doctor immediately and then reach out to Work/Life Connections-EAP for a confidential counseling appointment. Addiction isn’t something you can overcome by yourself so give our certified counselors a call at 615-936-1327.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=182" hreflang="und">Addiction</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=242" hreflang="und">Risk Reduction</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 25 Jan 2023 19:40:34 +0000 harnessg 3497 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness "I Thought I Could": From Self-Doubt to Self-Efficacy https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/i-thought-i-could-self-doubt-self-efficacy <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">&quot;I Thought I Could&quot;: From Self-Doubt to Self-Efficacy</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 01/25/2023 - 13:33</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3496" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to &quot;I Thought I Could&quot;: From Self-Doubt to Self-Efficacy"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Adriana Kipper-Smith PhD, HSP<br /> EAP Clinical Psychologist at Work/Life Connections</p> <p>Impostor Syndrome (IS) is described as the struggle to accept one’s own success. Someone who experiences IS will think their success is undeserved, despite their effort and skills. While this syndrome can be experienced by anyone, it tends to become more intense and, at times, paralyzing, when it involves a more competitive environment, such as graduate school or medical school. So, how can we move from paralyzing self-doubt to grounded self-efficacy? By pressing pause.</p> <p>We can press "pause" by observing, instead of engaging with, negative thoughts and words of self-doubt and making the effort to identify and nurture our strengths. We can press pause and recognize our hard work. In other words, by pressing pause, we are reframing our thoughts and regulating our emotions, which is called cognitive reframing or reappraisal.</p> <p>This intentional act of pausing can be more complex than it sounds, however. It’s difficult to stop negative thoughts or even pause in the moment when we are busy. To help you start practicing pausing and cognitive reframing or reappraisal, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.</p> <ul><li><b>Be aware of your desire for perfection.</b> Perfectionism includes setting high standards, being intolerant of mistakes, and procrastinating on a task that’s intimidating to you. Try to change your thoughts towards accepting failure, learning from mistakes, and feeling excited about new challenges, regardless of the outcome.</li> <li><b>Don’t judge or think negatively about yourself.</b> It’s normal when you have to work hard to master something. You are not an imposter! You are working towards a great goal that takes effort and that’s ok.</li> <li><b>Seek help</b>. Shame becomes less powerful when its story is shared. By talking through these thoughts and emotions, you can begin to identify and correct negative self-talk.</li> <li><b>Remember, there is no such thing as wasted time.</b> The only “wasted” time is time spent dreading something or thinking about a difficult task while working on something else. Speak encouraging words to yourself and begin the task with confidence.</li> </ul><p>Cognitive reframing or reappraisal has a positive impact on our well-being. Work/Life Connections-EAP can assist you in learning reframing or reappraisal skills, mindfulness, overcoming imposter syndrome, and other struggles you may face. To schedule a confidential appointment with a certified counselor, call 615-936-1327 today!</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 25 Jan 2023 19:33:45 +0000 harnessg 3496 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Achieving a Balanced Life in 2023 https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles-service-articles-worklife-connections/achieving-balanced-life-2023 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Achieving a Balanced Life in 2023</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/23/2023 - 10:16</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3495" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Achieving a Balanced Life in 2023"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>January is known for fresh starts and setting new goals for the new year. So, it’s not surprising to learn this month is also known as Get A Balanced Life Month. It’s a great time to start figuring out how to balance your personal and professional life by setting boundaries and prioritizing self-care. While it’s easier said than done, let’s start off with a few things to consider.</p> <p>To start, think about your priorities. In Stephen Covey’s book, <i>The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People</i>, he refers to personal and professional priorities as “big rocks”. You may have several of these big rocks but write down three or four that are the most important to you. Some personal priorities might be exercising each day or traveling to see friends and family. Your professional goals may be working towards a promotion or submitting your work for publication. Whatever the goal, make sure you include a personal and professional item.</p> <p>After you finish writing out your big rocks, write down a few things you love to do that give you meaning, joy, and fulfillment. For example, maybe you love to read but haven’t had time to sit down and do it. Write down on your list to carve out time to read. Prioritizing hobbies and activities you love to do is just as important as setting professional goals in your life.</p> <p>VUMC faculty and staff members who feel they are struggling to find a healthy balance in your personal life and work life can call 615-936-1327 to schedule a confidential appointment with one of our EAP Counselors. They can help you set boundaries, understand your goals, and prioritize your self-care.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 23 Jan 2023 16:16:49 +0000 harnessg 3495 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness February/March 2023 Connection Newsletter https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/februarymarch-2023-connection-newsletter <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">February/March 2023 Connection Newsletter</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=136" hreflang="und">Health and Wellness</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/23/2023 - 10:03</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3494" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to February/March 2023 Connection Newsletter"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health &amp; Wellness</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In this issue:</p> <ul><li>The Importance of Sleep with Margie Gale, RN, MSN, CEAP, Nurse Wellness Specialist at Work/Life Connections</li> <li>Care Gap Alerts: Type 2 Diabetes &amp; Prediabetes with Barbara Gisella Carranza Leon, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism</li> <li>Maintaining Healthy Relationships with Ellen Clark, LCSW, CEAP, Clinical Counselor at Work/Life Connections</li> <li>Tuberculosis Screening: What’s the Big Deal Anyway? with Jesi Girton, MSN, APRN, FNPC, CEN, at Occupational Health Clinic</li> <li>Ask a Lifestyle Coach with Emily Cox, CHES, CHWC, Sr. Health Educator at Health <i>Plus</i></li> </ul><p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/hwConnection202302.pdf" target="_Blank">February/March 2023 Connection Newsletter</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/health-wellness/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/hwConnection202302_Page_1.png?itok=nQGbwHyL" width="445" height="576" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=198" hreflang="und">Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 23 Jan 2023 16:03:07 +0000 harnessg 3494 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Balance Your Routine https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/balance-your-routine <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Balance Your Routine</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 01/18/2023 - 08:08</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3493" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Balance Your Routine"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A new year is a great time to reflect on health, wellness, and establishing balance in our routine. However, colder temperatures can leave us feeling sluggish and unmotivated to get up, move our bodies, and invest in our health. To help keep you motivated, here are a few tips to tilt the wellness scale in a positive direction.</p> <ol style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><li><b>Increase social interactions.</b> This may look like talking on the phone, setting up zoom game night, spending lunch with a coworker, or braving the cold to try a new restaurant.</li> <li><b>Move your body.</b> Adding in some bedtime stretching or morning yoga can help kick start your morning and get your blood pumping.</li> <li><b>Create space and time for self-care.</b> Start engaging in self-soothing activities like taking a long bath, enjoying your favorite cup of tea, lighting a scented candle, or putting on your coziest pajamas and curling up with your favorite show.</li> </ol><p>Prioritizing your well-bring can be challenging, but it’s important to ensure you’re mentally, emotionally, and physically well. If you are struggling to find balance in your life, reach out to one of our Work/Life Connections-EAP certified counselors at 615-936-1327 and start your new year off with the right tools and support!</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 18 Jan 2023 14:08:12 +0000 harnessg 3493 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness December 2022/January 2023 Connection Newsletter https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/december-2022january-2023-connection-newsletter <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">December 2022/January 2023 Connection Newsletter</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=136" hreflang="und">Health and Wellness</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/01/2022 - 14:23</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3490" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to December 2022/January 2023 Connection Newsletter"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health &amp; Wellness</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In This Issue:</p> <ul><li><i>Understanding the Mind-Body Connection</i> with Kelli Mitchuson, <span style="font-size: 11pt;">Communications Specialist at Health &amp; Wellness</span></li> <li><i>Alcohol Use During the Holidays</i> with David <span style="font-size: 11pt;">Marcovitz, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and </span><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Behavioral Sciences, Director of Division of Addiction </span><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Psychiatry</span></li> <li><i>Preparing for The Holidays</i> with Janet McCutchen, LPC, CEAP, <span style="font-size: 11pt;">Assistant Manager of Work/Life Connections-EAP</span></li> <li><i>The Best Gift is a Boost</i> with Ana E. Nobis, MD, MPH, Assistant <span style="font-size: 11pt;">Medical Director of Occupational Health Clinic</span></li> <li><i>Ask a Lifestyle Coach</i> with Rachel Bowman, CHES, Health <span style="font-size: 11pt;">Educator with Health <i>Plus</i></span></li> </ul><p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hw/Connection202212.pdf" target="_blank">December 2022/January 2023 Connection Newsletter</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/health-wellness/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Connection2212_Page_1.jpg?itok=pFeMaZFY" width="445" height="576" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=198" hreflang="und">Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 01 Dec 2022 20:23:55 +0000 harnessg 3490 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Work/Life Connections-EAP: We're Here for You https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/worklife-connections-eap-were-here-you <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Work/Life Connections-EAP: We&#039;re Here for You</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/04/2022 - 09:07</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3488" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Work/Life Connections-EAP: We&#039;re Here for You"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>When the stresses of everyday life take its toll, you may find yourself searching for mental health support. In today's world, apps and virtual counseling offer the promise of convenience. But sometimes receiving in-person support from a licensed counselor is the best solution. Work/Life Connections-EAP (WLC) provides both in-person and virtual counseling services to all VUMC faculty and staff across the region.</p> <p>"While many of our faculty and staff members appreciate the convenience of our <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/connectcare" title="ConnectCARE telehealth">ConnectCARE telehealth</a> option, over 50% prefer to come into our office to be seen.  There is something special about the experience of being in the same room together that can't be found online," shares Janet McCutchen, LPC, CEAP, assistant manager.</p> <p>In addition to in-person counseling services, Work/Life Connections-EAP supports work units throughout the region with on-site visits. WLC and Health <em>Plus</em> have partnered through the new Well-Being Wagon program to bring health and wellness resources directly to teams. </p> <p>When there are challenging cases or unexpected events that impact the well-being of VUMC faculty and staff, Work/Life Connections-EAP supports teams through <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/connect-carecism-debrief" title="Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)">Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)</a> services. CISM support is offered both in-person and virtually across the region.</p> <p>"An EAP is a workplace program that is a unique part of mental health care. It's designed to assist you in resolving workplace issues that may affect your ability to do your job, as well as address personal concerns such as health, marriage, family, financial, alcohol or drugs, and emotional stress," notes McCutchen.</p> <p>While EAP services provide short term support, WLC goes one step further and helps identify longer term community resources that match a client's needs, such as continued counseling.</p> <p>For a confidential appointment or to find out more, call 615-936-1327.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 04 Nov 2022 14:07:48 +0000 harnessg 3488 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Fall Back https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/fall-back <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fall Back</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/24/2022 - 14:19</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3487" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Fall Back"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​There's nothing like the fall season. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and we even gain an extra hour of sleep. November 6<sup>th</sup> at 2 a.m. marks the end of Daylight Saving Time, and while it's nice to have a little more rest, we end up losing more sunlight during the day. When we lose a few hours of sun exposure, it can cause us to feel fatigued.</p> <p><strong>To help you adjust to the time change, here are some tips to brighten your day: </strong></p> <ol><li>Reset your internal clock by increasing light in the morning. You can start by turning on lights, opening curtains, or even going for a brisk walk.</li> <li>Reduce the bright lights in the evening, especially before bedtime. Put away those laptops, cell phones, and tablets before you doze off. Change your iPhone settings to <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207570" target="_blank" title="night shift mode">night shift mode</a> or blue filter light on your Android phone's brightness options, which adjusts the colors and brightness when the sun sets in your area or download the free app, Twilight, if you have an Android device.</li> <li>Alter your bedroom to make sure it's quiet, dark, and at a comfortable temperature.</li> <li>Avoid eating large meals and drinking alcohol or caffeine before bed. These can make it hard for you to get a good night's sleep.</li> <li>Make sure you fit in exercise earlier in the day and not right before bed. Stress can worsen sleep, so try some calming routines at bedtime. Some examples are taking a warm bath, drinking hot decaffeinated tea, or listening to soothing music.</li> </ol><p>There are also free resources you can take advantage of! You can check out Health &amp; Wellness' <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/take-good-care" title="Take Good Care with Better Sleep Habits"> <em>Take Good Care with Better Sleep Habits</em></a> to learn more tips on how to improve sleep. Try a free app like Happify or CBTi Coach that can help your reduce stress and feelings of fatigue. For more assistance, contact Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=192" hreflang="und">Change</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=246" hreflang="und">Sleep</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 24 Oct 2022 19:19:53 +0000 harnessg 3487 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Why Am I So Tired? https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/why-am-i-so-tired <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Am I So Tired?</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/24/2022 - 14:15</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3486" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Why Am I So Tired?"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​We can all relate to feeling tired. Whether you're a new parent, a clinician on night shift, or a staff member working 9 am – 5 pm, we all know how being tired can affect our personal and professional lives. However, knowing the difference between being tired and being burned out is critical to our well-being.</p> <p>Emotional exhaustion is the first phase of work-related burnout. Someone can feel fatigued, irritable, frustrated, and overextended. In his original 1974 article, Psychologist Herbert Freudenberger described being burned out as, "becoming exhausted by making excessive demands on energy, strength, or resources" in the workplace.</p> <p>In the 2022 VUMC Community Survey, 36% of faculty and staff reported that they don't feel energized. In addition, a majority of participants described feeling emotional exhausted.  So, how do we take the steps to combat burnout before it progresses?</p> <p><strong>Here are three ways that can help you regain your energy: </strong></p> <ol><li><strong>Nurture your social support network</strong>. - A recent study of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) employees found that focusing on supporting their colleagues reduced the amount of burnout across the unit. This led to more effective coping strategies when dealing with stress. After going through a difficult and emotional event, such as the pandemic, many felt validated and healed. </li> <li><strong>Recharge through a favorite hobby</strong>. - Engage in activities that you enjoy to helps replenish your energy. Some activities might include painting, traveling, exercising, reading, or practicing mindfulness. Whatever it is, make time in your schedule to do it.</li> <li><strong>Seek harmony between work and your personal life</strong>. - It can be challenging to be present at home when you have work on your mind. Practicing balance and prioritizing important things in your everyday life can help you reduce burnout. Even though we can't always eliminate things in our routine, we can try to add hobbies that refresh us and help us engage.</li> </ol><p>Don't bear the burden by yourself. Work/Life Connections-EAP provides in-person or virtual confidential counseling to all VUMC faculty and staff. Our certified counselors are here to help you with any issue you need resolved. Call 615-936-1327 to schedule an appointment and you will be directed to a specific counselor who specializes in the area(s) you need help with.  </p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=248" hreflang="und">Social Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 24 Oct 2022 19:15:33 +0000 harnessg 3486 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Issue 425, October/November 2022 Medical Center Edition https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/issue-425-octobernovember-2022-medical-center-edition <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Issue 425, October/November 2022 Medical Center Edition</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=136" hreflang="und">Health and Wellness</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/12/2022 - 08:57</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3484" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Issue 425, October/November 2022 Medical Center Edition"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health &amp; Wellness</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In This Issue:</p> <ul><li><em>Go for the Gold</em> with Health <em>Plus</em></li> <li>Care Gap Alerts: <em>Lung Cancer Screening</em> with Alexis Paulson, BSN, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC, Clinical Coordinator at Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program</li> <li><em>Fighting Back Against Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)</em> with Makenzie Parks, LCSW, Clinical Counselor</li> <li><em>Preventing Diabetes with Lifestyle Changes</em> with Muktar Aliyu, MD, DrPH, FACOEM, Physician at Occupational Health Clinic</li> <li><em>Ask a Lifestyle Coach</em> with Bethlyn Bertram, BSN, RN, Case Manager at Health <em>Plus</em></li> </ul><p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hw/Connection425M.pdf" target="_Blank">Issue 425, October/November 2022 Medical Center Edition</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/health-wellness/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Connection425M_Page_1.jpg?itok=mp7FN3_C" width="448" height="576" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=198" hreflang="und">Connection Newsletter</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 12 Oct 2022 13:57:07 +0000 harnessg 3484 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Check Up on Your Well-Being https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/check-your-well-being <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Check Up on Your Well-Being</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/30/2022 - 10:10</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3480" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Check Up on Your Well-Being"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​Ask yourself: how am I feeling today? Are you happy, anxious, excited, or nervous? Now, take a moment to examine your outlook on your life. Do you feel hopeful, stressed, optimistic, or filled with dread? These simple, yet important, questions help you check-in on your mental and emotional health.</p> <p>October is Depression Awareness Month. Over 15 million adults experience feelings and symptoms of depression each year, however, many don't seek treatment for various reasons. One reason is they're unaware they even have depression. Some of the symptoms of depression are as followed: </p> <ul><li>Mood or feelings of prolonged sadness</li> <li>Sleep or appetite problems; fatigue / loss of energy</li> <li>Loss of interest in formerly pleasurable activities</li> <li>Irritability or increased anger</li> <li>Generally feeling bad</li> </ul><p>Depression can be brought on by different factors, whether it is internal or external. In addition, no one experiences depression the same way, which can feel isolating when you don't experience the "typical" symptoms. That's why Work/Life Connections-EAP has designed a <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/depression-self-assessment" title="depression self-assessment">depression self-assessment</a> to help you and others struggling understand their feelings and if needed, seek professional help.</p> <p>The great news is depression is a treatable illness, but the first step is becoming aware. You are not alone in your fight and our certified clinical counselors are here to help you. Whether it is in person or online counseling, Work/Life Connections is ready for you to take the next step and ask for help. Call 615-936-1327 and start your healing process today.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 30 Sep 2022 15:10:43 +0000 harnessg 3480 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Eating for the Environment https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/eating-environment <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Eating for the Environment</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/16/2022 - 14:07</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3477" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Eating for the Environment"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health Plus</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​<strong>Learn</strong></p> <p><em>This topic was developed in partnership with Rooted Community Health within the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society.</em></p> <h4><strong>What does it mean to eat for the environment?</strong></h4> <p>Eating for the environment, or eating sustainably, is about choosing foods that are healthy for your body and the world around you. Sustainable eating patterns help conserve natural resources while also supporting local farms.</p> <p>Start by eating a more plant-based diet. This includes eating more legumes (beans, lentils, and peas), whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and fewer animal-based foods, such as red meat and cheese.</p> <h4><strong>Can you still eat meat and be environmentally friendly?</strong></h4> <p>The short answer is yes. Eating meat is an important aspect of many cultures, religions, and personal preferences. The first step is to focus on where you buy your meat. Look into joining a local meat CSA (community supported agriculture) or purchase meat from the local farmer’s market. These meat purchases can be more expensive, so consider decreasing the amount of meat you eat overall. Instead of making meat the focus of a meal, make it a small part. Fill most of your plate with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You can also incorporate “meatless Mondays” each week.</p> <p>Every small action makes a difference, so be thoughtful about your food choices and do what feels sustainable for you and your family.</p> <p><em>Check out this helpful handout for more information and tips on sustainable eating.</em></p> <p><strong>Handout</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="1198" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hpTipsForSustainableEating.png" width="900" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpTipsforSustainableEating.pdf" target="_blank" title="Tips for Sustainable Eating">Tips for Sustainable Eating</a></p> <p><strong>Practice</strong><br /><br /> Try to implement one sustainability tip from the handout this week.</p> <p><strong>Recipes</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpVeggieSobaNoodles.pdf" target="_blank" title="Veggie Soba Noodles">Veggie Soba Noodles</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpQuickPickledVeggies.pdf" target="_blank" title="Quick Pickled Veggies">Quick Pickled Veggies</a></p> <p><strong>References</strong></p> <ol><li>Sustainability and Planetary Health - Today’s Dietitian Magazine. <a href="https://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/1021p32.shtml" target="_blank" title="Sustainability and Planetary Health">Sustainability and Planetary Health</a>. Accessed May 23, 2022.</li> <li><a href="https://www.eatright.org/health/lifestyle/culture-and-traditions/sustainable-eating" target="_blank" title="Sustainable Eating">Sustainable Eating</a>. Accessed May 23, 2022.</li> <li>US EPA O. <a href="https://www.epa.gov/sustainability/learn-about-sustainability" target="_blank" title="Learn About Sustainability">Learn About Sustainability</a>. Published November 5, 2014. Accessed May 23, 2022.</li> <li>Spiker M, Reinhardt S, Bruening M. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Revised 2020 <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212267220304597?via%3Dihub" target="_blank" title="Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists">Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists </a>(Competent, Proficient, and Expert) in Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.</li> </ol></div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=223" hreflang="und">Healthy Eating</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 16 Sep 2022 19:07:25 +0000 harnessg 3477 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness National Substance Abuse Disorders Recovery Month https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/national-substance-abuse-disorders-recovery-month <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">National Substance Abuse Disorders Recovery Month</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2022 - 15:06</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3476" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to National Substance Abuse Disorders Recovery Month"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​<em>"Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover." – SAMHSA</em></p> <p><a href="https://www.samhsa.gov/recovery-month" target="_blank" title="National Recovery Month">National Recovery Month</a> is observed every September to remind Americans that there is hope for those struggling with a substance use disorder. Through treatment, resources, and services, individuals who seek help can live long-term sober and healthy lives.</p> <p>Here are some resources to help you learn, understand, and access support for your journey or a loved one's road to recovery.</p> <ol><li><a href="https://www.recoveryanswers.org/recovery-101/" target="_blank" title="Learn"><strong>Learn</strong></a> about the process of recovery. Recovery from alcohol and other drugs not only includes quitting substance use but also adopting a healthy lifestyle.</li> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/alcohol-use-self-assessment" target="_blank" title="Take"><strong>Take</strong></a><strong> </strong>an anonymous<strong> </strong> <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/alcohol-use-self-assessment" title="Alcohol Use Self-Assessment">Alcohol Use Self-Assessment</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/recovery-support-services" target="_blank" title="Access"><strong>Access</strong></a><strong> </strong>resources at Vanderbilt such as the<strong> </strong> <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/recovery-support-services" title="Recovery Support Services">Recovery Support Services of Work/Life Connections-EAP</a>.</li> </ol><p>If you or a family member is struggling with substance use, call 615-936-1327 to schedule a confidential appointment with one of our EAP Counselors. </p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=182" hreflang="und">Addiction</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=237" hreflang="und">Prevention</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2022 20:06:57 +0000 harnessg 3476 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Make a Plan! 10 Ways to Prepare for Emergencies https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/make-plan-10-ways-prepare-emergencies <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Make a Plan! 10 Ways to Prepare for Emergencies</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/30/2022 - 15:28</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3472" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Make a Plan! 10 Ways to Prepare for Emergencies"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/LIfe Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>With all the natural and man-made disasters over the last several months, it reminds us how important it is to have a disaster plan. Thinking about possible scenarios can be overwhelming, so here are 10 planning tips to get started.</p> <ol><li>Put important papers and photos in a safe place.</li> <li>Make extra copies of your important documents and keep them in your iCloud, on a thumb drive, or as a physical copy.</li> <li>Review your insurance plans and see what's covered in case of a disaster.</li> <li>Be sure to make a list and take photos or videos of your valuable items throughout your house.</li> <li>Make sure you have executed an Advanced Directive, which is a document that tells your doctor how you want to be treated if you are terminally ill or permanently unconscious.</li> <li>Have a safety kit ready with essential medicine, bandages, and other important medical supplies.</li> <li>Create an emergency contact sheet and place it on your refrigerator or somewhere that can be easily accessed. Include phone numbers, birth dates, allergies, medical issues, medications, and blood types. </li> <li>Slowly start stocking up on disaster supplies such as fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, first aid kits, flashlights, batteries and more.</li> <li>In addition, make sure to buy canned food and bottled water that will last several days for you and your family.</li> <li>In case you are not home during a disaster, create a family plan with instructions on where you will meet them and what to do during an emergency.</li> </ol><p>Nobody wants to imagine facing a disaster but being prepared is the best way you can protect yourself and your family. If you are finding that this triggers anxiety or that recent events have challenged your usual coping abilities, call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 and make a confidential appointment to meet with one of our counselors.</p> <h3>Additional Resources</h3> <p><a href="https://www.ready.gov/" target="_blank" title="Ready.gov">Ready.gov</a></p> <p>Red Cross: <a href="http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies" target="_blank" title="How to Prepare for Emergencies">How to Prepare for Emergencies</a></p> <p>VUMC only: <a href="https://www.vumc.org/emergency/welcome" target="_blank" title="VUMC Emergency Preparedness">VUMC Emergency Preparedness</a></p> <p>VU only: <a href="https://emergency.vanderbilt.edu/" target="_blank" title="Emergency Management">Emergency Management</a></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 30 Aug 2022 20:28:27 +0000 harnessg 3472 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Mindful Munchies https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/mindful-munchies <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mindful Munchies</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/30/2022 - 14:17</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3471" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Mindful Munchies"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health Plus</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​<strong>Learn</strong></p> <p>Mindfulness is maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.</p> <p>Mindful eating is being conscious of your hunger cues, savoring your food, and knowing when you are satisfied with a meal. Practicing these steps can help you maintain a healthy relationship with the food you eat and avoid unhealthy patterns, like overeating due to distraction, stress, or sadness.</p> <p>Hunger cues are the brain’s responses that communicate fullness. When your body needs food, signals are sent that tell you it is time to eat. When you have eaten enough and your body is satisfied, signals are sent that tell you to stop.</p> <p>Food cues are words, feelings, logos, objects, smells, or sounds that spark the desire to consume certain foods or beverages – often without you even noticing.</p> <p>Eating mindfully is a great way to bring awareness back to your internal hunger cues and to acknowledge what food cues may be negatively affecting your food choices.</p> <p><strong>Handout </strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="1198" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hp5TipsforMindfulEating.png" width="900" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hp5TipsforMindfulEating.pdf" target="_blank" title="5 Tips for Mindful Eating">5 Tips for Mindful Eating</a></p> <p><strong>Practice</strong></p> <p>Practice eating mindfully at one meal this week. Follow the tips outlined in the handout.</p> <p><strong>Recipes</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpBasilSquashandTomatoPastaToss.pdf" target="_blank" title="Basil Squash and Tomato Pasta Toss">Basil Squash and Tomato Pasta Toss</a><br /><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpJalapeno-LimeChickenDrumsticks.pdf" target="_blank" title="Jalepeno-Lime Chicken Drumsticks">Jalepeno-Lime Chicken Drumsticks</a></p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=223" hreflang="und">Healthy Eating</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 30 Aug 2022 19:17:43 +0000 harnessg 3471 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Enjoying Vegetable Variety https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/enjoying-vegetable-variety <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Enjoying Vegetable Variety</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/30/2022 - 10:19</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3470" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Enjoying Vegetable Variety"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health Plus</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​<strong>Learn</strong></p> <p>Most Americans don't eat the recommended 2-3 cups of vegetables each day. Research has shown that eating more vegetables can lead to a longer lifespan and lower body weight. This naturally low-calorie food group is full of essential vitamins and minerals. To maximize the benefits, eat a variety throughout the week from each of the five subgroups. Note that some vegetables can fall into more than one subgroup. For example, sweet potatoes can be categorized in both the starvchy and the red/orange subgroups. View the handout below for an overview of how to eat a variety of vegetables throughout the week.</p> <p>For more ways to cook vegetables, check out the <a href="http://www.cooksmarts.com/cooking-lessons/cooking-produce/guide-to-veggies/" target="_blank" title="Cook Smarts Guide to Cooking Vegetables">Cook Smarts Guide to Cooking Vegetables.</a></p> <p><strong>Handout</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="1160" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hpVegetableVariety.png" width="900" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpVegetableVariety.pdf" target="_blank" title="Vegetable Variety">Vegetable Variety</a></p> <p><strong>Practice</strong></p> <p>Eat at least one vegetable from each subgroup over the next week. If you already eat lots of vegetables, find a new recipe that includes a new vegetable!</p> <p><strong>Recipes</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpBakedCauliflowerTots.pdf" target="_blank" title="Baked Cauliflower Tots">Baked Cauliflower Tots</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpAppleColeslaw.pdf" target="_blank" title="Apple Coleslaw">Apple Coleslaw</a></p> <p><strong>References</strong></p> <p>“<a href="https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/vegetables" target="_blank" title="Vegetables">Vegetables</a>.” MyPlate, <a href="https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/vegetables">https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/vegetables</a>.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=223" hreflang="und">Healthy Eating</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 30 Aug 2022 15:19:12 +0000 harnessg 3470 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Sodium: Shake it Off https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/sodium-shake-it <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Sodium: Shake it Off</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/25/2022 - 08:20</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3469" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Sodium: Shake it Off"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health Plus</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​<strong>Learn</strong></p> <p>Sodium is an essential nutrient that your body needs to function, but too much can lead to increased blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney disease. So, how much is too much? The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 mg (about one teaspoon of salt) per day for healthy people and less than 1,500 mg for adults with high blood pressure. Yet the average American consumes nearly 3,400 mg a day! So where is all this sodium coming from?</p> <p><strong>Sodium Sources</strong></p> <p>Over half of the sodium consumed in the US comes from five main sources. These sources include sandwiches, poultry, pizza, grain-based dishes such as pasta, vegetables prepared with or packed in salt, and meat or seafood dishes. Other sources of sodium include bread, snack foods, salad dressings, sauces, and cheese.</p> <p><strong>Simple Ways to Reduce Sodium</strong></p> <p>While you cannot control the amount of sodium hidden in processed foods, there are many easy ways to reduce your sodium intake. Use the helpful handout below for ways to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet.  </p> <p><strong>Handout</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hp8WaystoEatLessSodium.png" width="900" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hp8WaystoEatLessSodium.pdf" target="_blank" title="8 Ways to Eat Less Sodium">8 Ways to Eat Less Sodium</a></p> <p><strong>Practice</strong></p> <p>Try to flavor your meals with salt-free seasonings this week. Try black pepper, vinegar, lemon juice, herbs, and spices instead of reaching for the salt shaker!</p> <p><strong>Recipes</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpAll-purposeSalt-FreeSeasoning.pdf" target="_blank" title="All-Purpose Salt-Free Seasoning">All-Purpose Salt-Free Seasoning</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpLowSodiumPizzaCrust.pdf" target="_blank" title="Low Sodium Pizza Crust">Low Sodium Pizza Crust</a></p> <p><strong>References</strong></p> <ol><li>Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. <a href="https://extension.purdue.edu/county/jennings/hhs-jennings-county/eating-right-with-less-salt-nnm22_english-1.pdf" target="_blank" title="Eating Right With Less Salt.">Eating Right With Less Salt.</a> Eat Right. Accessed May 23, 2022.</li> <li>Nutrition C for FS and A. <a href="https://www.fda.gov/food/nutrition-education-resources-materials/sodium-your-diet" target="_blank" title="Sodium in Your Diet.">Sodium in Your Diet.</a> FDA. Published online February 25, 2022. Accessed May 23, 2022.</li> <li>U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. <a href="https://www.dietaryguidelines.gov/resources/2020-2025-dietary-guidelines-online-materials/top-10-things-you-need-know-about-dietary" target="_blank" title="Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.">Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.</a> Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. Accessed May 16, 2022.</li> </ol></div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=223" hreflang="und">Healthy Eating</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 25 Aug 2022 13:20:51 +0000 harnessg 3469 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness The Truth About Supplements https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/truth-about-supplements <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Truth About Supplements</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/17/2022 - 11:11</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3468" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to The Truth About Supplements"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health Plus</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​<strong>Learn</strong></p> <p>More than half of American adults take a multivitamin or some type of dietary supplement, but do they really need it? According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, nutritional needs should be met through eating and drinking nutritious foods and beverages whenever possible. This means regularly eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and dairy products.</p> <p>When following a healthy diet, most people do not need to take vitamin supplements However, certain populations may need them to reach nutrient goals such as pregnant women, infants, older adults, and those with specific dietary restrictions.</p> <p>Check out this helpful handout to see if you may need a supplement – and what to look for when selecting a supplement. Make sure to talk with your doctor or registered dietitian before adding it into your routine.</p> <p><strong>Handout</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hpDietarySupplements.png" width="950" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpDietarySupplements.pdf" target="_blank" title="Dietary Supplements">Dietary Supplements</a></p> <p><strong>Practice</strong></p> <p>Assess your supplement needs. If you are not in one of the specific groups listed, consider ways to add vitamins and minerals through food! Follow the MyPlate guidelines you learned about in week 1 and reach out to your doctor with any concerns.</p> <p><strong>Recipes</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpStoneFruitTomatoandCucumberSalad.pdf" target="_blank" title="Stone Fruit Tomato and Cucumber Salad">Stone Fruit Tomato and Cucumber Salad</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpUn-CobbSalad.pdf" target="_blank" title="Un-Cobb Salad">Un-Cobb Salad</a></p> <p><strong>References</strong></p> <ol><li>Operation Supplement Safety. <a href="https://www.opss.org/article/third-party-certification-why-its-important" target="_blank" title="Third-party certification: Why it’s important.">Third-party certification: Why it’s important.</a> opss. Accessed May 24, 2022.</li> <li>Johns Hopkins Medicine. <a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/is-there-really-any-benefit-to-multivitamins" target="_blank" title="Is There Really Any Benefit to Multivitamins?">Is There Really Any Benefit to Multivitamins?</a> Published November 1, 2021. Accessed May 24, 2022.</li> <li><a href="https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/do-i-need-vitamin-supplements/" target="_blank" title="Do I need vitamin supplements?">Do I need vitamin supplements?</a> nhs.uk. Published June 26, 2018. Accessed May 24, 2022.</li> <li>Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. <a href="https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/dietary-supplements/vitamins-minerals-and-supplements-do-you-need-to-take-them" target="_blank" title="Vitamins Minerals and Supplements Do You Need to Take Them">Vitamins Minerals and Supplements: Do You Need to Take Them</a>? Accessed May 24, 2022.</li> </ol></div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=223" hreflang="und">Healthy Eating</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:11:45 +0000 harnessg 3468 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Fat Facts https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/fat-facts <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fat Facts</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=173" hreflang="und">Living Healthy, Feeling Good</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/09/2022 - 14:21</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3461" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Fat Facts"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health Plus</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>​Handout</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hpFatFacts.png" width="950" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpFatFacts.pdf" target="_blank" title="Fat Facts">Fat Facts</a></p> <p><strong>Learn</strong></p> <p>Fat is a nutrient that our bodies need daily to provide long-term energy, provide warmth, and help absorb certain vitamins. While all fat has the same number of calories, different types of fat have different effects on our health. The two major types of dietary fat are saturated and unsaturated.</p> <p><strong>Saturated Fat</strong></p> <p>Saturated fats are found in animal-based foods like beef, pork, full-fat dairy products, eggs, and butter, and in baked goods, pastries, and tropical oils such as coconut and palm oil. They are solid at room temperature and are not beneficial for heart health. Saturated fats can raise “bad” LDL cholesterol which can increase the risk of heart disease. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that less than 10% of daily calories come from saturated fat. </p> <p>For example, if you eat 2,000 calories per day, fewer than 200 calories should be from saturated fat. That is less than 22g of saturated fat per day.</p> <p><strong>Unsaturated Fat</strong></p> <p>Unsaturated fats are found in salmon, trout, avocados, walnuts, soybeans, peanuts, tree nuts, seeds, and oils like olive, canola, safflower, and sunflower. </p> <p>There are two types of unsaturated fat – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, both of which are liquid at room temperature. These types of fat are beneficial for heart health and can increase “good” HDL cholesterol when eaten in moderation. </p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>It is impossible to completely avoid saturated fat, but we can be mindful about replacing foods that are higher in saturated fat with foods containing more unsaturated fats. </p> <p><strong>Practice</strong></p> <p>Track your fat intake this week using a written log or an app like MyFitnessPal. Then replace one item that is high in saturated fat with one that is higher in unsaturated fat.</p> <p>Example: Cooking with butter? Switch to olive or canola oil! </p> <p><strong>Recipes</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpAirFryerSalmonwithMapleGlaze.pdf" target="_blank" title="Air Fryer Salmon with Maple Glaze">Air Fryer Salmon with Maple Glaze</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpCrunchyEdamameSalad.pdf" target="_blank" title="Crunchy Edamame Salad">Crunchy Edamame Salad</a></p> <p><strong>References</strong></p> <ol><li>American Heart Association. <a href="https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/prevention-and-treatment-of-high-cholesterol-hyperlipidemia/the-skinny-on-fats" target="_blank" title="The Skinny on Fats">The Skinny on Fats</a>. <a href="http://www.heart.org">www.heart.org</a>. Accessed May 19, 2022.</li> <li>American Heart Association. <a href="https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/fats/saturated-fats" target="_blank" title="Saturated Fat">Saturated Fat</a>. <a href="http://www.heart.org">www.heart.org</a>. Accessed May 19, 2022.</li> <li>Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. <a href="https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/dietary-guidelines-and-myplate/choose- healthy-fats" target="_blank" title="Choose Healthy Fats">Choose Healthy Fats</a>. Accessed May 19, 2022.</li> </ol></div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=223" hreflang="und">Healthy Eating</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 09 Aug 2022 19:21:35 +0000 harnessg 3461 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness