Blog RSS https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/ en Depression Check-Up During Pandemic Days https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-worklife-connections/depression-check-during-pandemic-days-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Depression Check-Up During Pandemic Days</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/news?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/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, 10/06/2021 - 14:17</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3392" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Depression Check-Up During Pandemic Days"> 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>October is Depression Awareness Month. Now more than ever, it is important to take stock of your mood and mental health. In a September 2020 study published in <em>JAMA Network Open</em>, the prevalence of depression symptoms in the US increased more than 3-fold during the COVID-19 pandemic, from 8.5% before COVID-19 to 27.8% during COVID-19. Singles are more likely to experience depression than those in a coupled relationship; women more than men; and those who experienced traumatic events during this time such as economic impacts, job losses, illness, or death of loved ones.</p> <p>In the past couple of years, there have been so many environmental factors that have not only exacerbated anxiety and uncertainty, but have also altered our lives such that activities that used to give use joy and counteract depression have been unavailable. "Our usual ways of connecting socially, exercising, vacationing, and recharging have been altered during the pandemic," notes Stephanie Dean, LPC, CEAP, Assistant Manager, Work/Life Connections-EAP, "Just about everyone has been impacted emotionally by COVID-19 in ways that have negative effects on our mental health. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you may wish to seek professional assistance."</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>Cognitive changes (decreased concentration or memory)</li> <li>Increased anxiety that influences your ability to function</li> <li>Generally feeling poorly/ somatic problems</li> </ul> <p>Depression is a treatable illness that can be brought on by different factors. Evidence-based treatments are available, especially with the recent access through telemedicine. Your physician or a therapist can assess your needs and suggest a course of treatment. If you start to think about suicide, that's a sign to seek help immediately.</p> <p>Additional information:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/worklife-connections-employee-assistance-program" title="Work/Life Connections-EAP">Work/Life Connections-EAP</a> 615-936-1327</li> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/psychiatry/vanderbilt-psychiatric-hospital-vph" target="_blank" title="The Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital">The Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital</a> 615-327-7000</li> <li><a href="http://www.fcsnashville.org/crisis-chat-now" target="_blank" title="Crisis Intervention Center">Crisis Intervention Center</a> 615-244-7444</li> <li><a href="https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" target="_blank" title="Suicide Prevention Lifeline">Suicide Prevention Lifeline</a> 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to 741741</li> <li>Complete the Depression <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news-resource-articles/online-screening" title="Self Assessment">Self-Assessment</a>.</li> </ul> <p>Keywords: Depression, Sadness, Suicide, Crisis</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=284" hreflang="und">News - WLC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</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, 06 Oct 2021 19:17:31 +0000 harnessg 3392 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Breakfast on the Go https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-health-plus/breakfast-go <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Breakfast on the Go</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/news?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, 09/28/2021 - 15:00</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3391" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Breakfast on the Go"> 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>​<img align="right" alt="Breakfast on the Go" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hpBreakfastontheGo.png" class="align-right" />Health <em>Plus </em>will be offering healthy snack options for VUMC and Vanderbilt faculty &amp; staff to show appreciation each Thursday in October!</p> <p><strong>Dates, times, locations:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>October 7:</strong> Vanderbilt University, Fleming Yard, 7:30-9:30am</li> <li><strong>October 14:</strong> Medical Center Plaza (near Langford Auditorium), 6:30-8:30am</li> <li><strong>October 21:</strong> One Hundred Oaks, Entrance A, 6:30-8:30am</li> <li><strong>October 28:</strong> MCJCHV, 2nd Floor Employee Entrance (outside Wadlington B), 6:30-8:30am</li> </ul> <p><strong>Details:</strong></p> <p>Employees will receive one pre-packaged healthy snack (while supplies last), and have their choice of:</p> <ul> <li>Belvita breakfast biscuits</li> <li>Crispy Fruit freeze dried fruit</li> <li>Kind breakfast protein bars</li> </ul> <p><em>**If you have allergy concerns, it is important to carefully read the information on each package. Ingredient and allergen information listed on a package is only for the food contained in that package.</em></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?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, 28 Sep 2021 20:00:27 +0000 harnessg 3391 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Facing Another Wave of Pandemic Stress https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-worklife-connections/facing-another-wave-pandemic-stress <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Facing Another Wave of Pandemic Stress </span> <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, 09/21/2021 - 15:46</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3387" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Facing Another Wave of Pandemic Stress "> 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 hoped that we were going to get back to "normal", but the Delta variant has swept through the country and made its way to Nashville. It feels like déjà vu, except at this point we still have access to toilet paper. At this juncture, Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students are mostly protected by vaccinations.  </p> <p>Canadian Psychologist Melanie Joanisse likens our pandemic journey to traveling the ocean in a boat. It has been said that we have all been weathering the same storm, but we have not been in the same boat- some have been in yachts, some in canoes, and others in lifeboats. Joanisse notes that we tend to focus our attention on controlling the waves. We are exhausted, frustrated, and disappointed when we compare our journey to those who appear to be navigating a calmer ocean. It is important that the captain of a ship remains aware of the forecast and overall conditions of the ocean. However, she proposes that we, the crew, focus on maintaining the ship-worthiness of our boats so that when we must "hit a wave head on, we have a fighting chance to get through it, bounce back, and potentially grow from the experience." A sinking ship cannot help other vessels (patients, families, or colleagues). It remains critical that our healthcare team re-commit to nurture own ships and crews.</p> <p>Here are some suggestions for self-care that we learned during the first wave of this pandemic and the wisdom continues to hold true:</p> <ol> <li>Diminished exposure can reduce triggers. It is easy to become consumed by the news media reporting COVID-19 numbers, low vaccination rates, weather disasters, and other traumatic situations outside of our immediate control.  (Focus on the boat, not the waves.)</li> <li>Engage in intentional actions that are calming such as massage, mediation, mindfulness, float therapy, prayer, nature walks, music, art, or other restful activities.</li> <li>Physical activities such as walking, running, working out, cycling, tennis, bowling, or hiking are also useful in counteracting the stress from trauma.</li> <li>Utilize cathartic modalities such as journaling, therapy, or talking with others about your feelings.</li> <li>Employ technology: <ol> <li><em>PTSD Coach</em> is a free app developed by the VA National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology. It provides education about trauma symptoms, self-assessments, and techniques for managing distress including mindfulness and grounding tools.</li> <li><em>CBT-I Coach</em> is a free app for insomnia and sleep concerns, developed by the VA, Stanford University Medical Center, and Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology. It provides education about sleep disordered symptoms, self-assessments, and techniques for managing sleep including mindfulness and monitoring tools.</li> <li>There are <em>Mindfulness</em> apps that you can download at various prices such as Calm, Headspace, 10% Happier, UCLA Mindful, and countless others. Work/Life Connections-EAP and the VUMC Osher Center for Integrated Medicine recorded four brief free <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles-blog/mindfulness" title="mindfulness video exercises">mindfulness video exercises</a> that you can access on demand. </li> </ol> </li> <li>Make an appointment with a counselor at Work/Life Connections-EAP (615-936-1327) to discuss your distress.  Many times, brief solution-focused counseling is what is needed to address your symptoms, formulate a strategy, or learn about additional resources. If a longer course of treatment is desired, WLC-EAP can make referral recommendations.</li> <li>Visit <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/your-well-being-navigator" title="Your Well-being Navigator">Your Well-being Navigator</a> on the Vanderbilt Health and Wellness Home page to keep abreast of an array of resources .</li> </ol> <p>Most importantly, remember that self-care is critical care for your well-being. Take care of your "boat" so that you can weather the next wave of the storm until we can again return to smoother waters.  </p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=279" hreflang="und">News</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=284" hreflang="und">News - WLC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</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, 21 Sep 2021 20:46:40 +0000 harnessg 3387 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness May is Mental Health Awareness Month https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-worklife-connections/may-mental-health-awareness-month <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">May is Mental Health Awareness Month</span> <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, 04/30/2021 - 15:50</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3345" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to May is Mental Health Awareness 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>​The past year has been hard on our mental health. Social isolation, anxiety, depression, grief, substance abuse, domestic violence, and suicidal ideation have escalated. For healthcare workers, university faculty and staff, front line essential workers, and all those who interact with others, there has been the fear of infection and of unknowingly bringing COVID home to one's family or household. Even a year after the first cases in Tennessee, the influence of this virus impacts all aspects of well-being: physically, emotionally, occupationally, economically, socially, spiritually, and culturally.   </p> <p>The good news is that there is greater awareness that we all need to be incorporating regular self-care into our lives for our own mental well-being. Here are six  recommendations for continued mental fitness. </p> <ol> <li>"You must Nourish to Flourish": Set daily attainable goals for well-being.</li> <li>Find a minimum of 10 minutes each day to devote to your resilience; more is even better</li> <li>Discover the right match of self-care activities for you and do them regularly. Chose activities that give you a break from the constant stress. Try various exercise routines, walking the dog, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, prayer, gardening, connections with others, music, therapy, improved nutrition, reading, sleep, or other forms of restoration.</li> <li>Consider getting the COVID -19 vaccination when the opportunity presents itself. While won't allow us to stop masking or social distancing, it could offer some peace of mind. It is one step closer to returning to normalcy.</li> <li>Connect with friends and family.  Having a support network of friends and family can help people get through periods of trauma and improve our ability to respond to stress</li> <li>Get quality sleep to rechange physically and mentally.</li> </ol> <p>Assess your own mental health. Work/Life Connections-EAP has several on-line anonymous screening tools available for Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and family members by signing into your Health and Wellness Portal or <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news-resource-articles/online-screening" title="visiting">visiting</a> our online screening tools.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=279" hreflang="und">News</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=284" hreflang="und">News - WLC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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 Apr 2021 20:50:08 +0000 harnessg 3345 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness National Alcohol Screening Day is April 7, 2021 https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-worklife-connections/national-alcohol-screening-day-april-7-2021-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">National Alcohol Screening Day is April 7, 2021</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/news?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/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, 04/05/2021 - 11:59</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3341" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to National Alcohol Screening Day is April 7, 2021"> 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>​Some people enjoy a drink periodically to socialize, to unwind, or to enhance a meal. While 80% of problem drinkers are employed, 8% of Americans have a diagnosable alcohol disorder. According to several studies, alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic, especially in women. When it comes to alcohol consumption, how much is too much?  </p> <p>The guideline for moderate drinking in men is 2 drinks* per day or 14 drinks per week but no more than 5 drinks on any occasion. The guidelines for women, because of their physiology, is 1 drink per day or 7 drinks per week but not exceeding 4 drinks on any occasion. (*A standard drink is considered to have one ounce of 86-100 poof alcohol or 5 oz of wine or once 12 oz mug of beer.)</p> <p>Work/Life Connections-EAP has an on-line anonymous <a href="http://worklifeconnections.vanderbilt.edu/service/on-line-screening">screening tool</a> available for Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and family members. April is a good month to do your alcohol checkup. </p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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, 05 Apr 2021 16:59:13 +0000 harnessg 3341 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness National Alcohol Screening Day is April 7, 2021 https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-worklife-connections/national-alcohol-screening-day-april-7-2021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">National Alcohol Screening Day is April 7, 2021</span> <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, 03/26/2021 - 12:37</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3335" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to National Alcohol Screening Day is April 7, 2021"> 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>​Some people enjoy a drink periodically to socialize, to unwind, or to enhance a meal. While 80% of problem drinkers are employed, 8% of Americans have a diagnosable alcohol disorder. According to several studies, alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic, especially in women. When it comes to alcohol consumption, how much is too much?  </p> <p>The guideline for moderate drinking in men is 2 drinks* per day or 14 drinks per week but no more than 5 drinks on any occasion. The guidelines for women, because of their physiology, is 1 drink per day or 7 drinks per week but not exceeding 4 drinks on any occasion. (*A standard drink is considered to have one ounce of 86-100 proof alcohol, one 5 oz glass of wine, or one 12 oz mug of beer.)</p> <p>Work/Life Connections-EAP has an <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news-resource-articles/alcohol-use-self-assessment" title="on-line anonymous screening tool">on-line anonymous screening tool</a> available for Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and family members. April is a good month to do your alcohol checkup.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=279" hreflang="und">News</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=284" hreflang="und">News - WLC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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, 26 Mar 2021 17:37:31 +0000 harnessg 3335 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness National Nutrition Month® https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/national-nutrition-monthr <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">National Nutrition 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/index.php/news?cat=162" hreflang="und">Eat Healthy</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?cat=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?cat=140" hreflang="und">Services</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 01/09/2021 - 10:31</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/2696" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to National Nutrition 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">Health Plus</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Join Health <em>Plus </em>in celebrating National Nutrition Month® in March!</p> <p><strong>Check back in March 2022 for National Nutrition Month activities!</strong></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=223" hreflang="und">Healthy Eating</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=232" hreflang="und">Nutrition</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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> Sat, 09 Jan 2021 16:31:04 +0000 admin 2696 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Rebuilding Your Emotional Reserves! https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-worklife-connections/rebuilding-your-emotional-reserves <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Rebuilding Your Emotional Reserves!</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/news?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/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, 12/23/2020 - 10:12</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3325" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Rebuilding Your Emotional Reserves!"> 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>The Coronavirus pandemic has been traumatizing and 2020 has been an exhausting year. As a result, many have been living much of the time in "survival mode." Anxiety, fear, and trauma interrupt our ability to readily access our frontal cortex. This is the part of our brain that controls our cognitive skills including problem solving, memory, and emotional expression. It serves as the brain's "dispatch center." When functioning in survival mode, it is harder to focus, prioritize, and effectively manage conflict. This can impact an individual's productivity. People handle the resulting emotional stress differently depending upon their circumstances, available coping resources, and histories.</p> <p>Sona Matwin PhD, Consulting Clinical Psychologist, Work/Life Connections-EAP, suggests to "Practice daily self-care. During this time of heightened stress, this is not optional. You can find up to 10 minutes out of your day to so something that helps you recharge and restore. Be a role model for others by sharing what you do. We all need some extra motivation, especially now." </p> <p>Here are some ways to help rebuild emotional reserves: </p> <ol style="list-style-type: decimal;"> <li><strong>Turn off the news and choose to snooze</strong>: Take a periodic vacation from negative input and get an extra hour of sleep! Both can do wonders.</li> <li><strong>Stick to your routines: </strong>Maintain or create healthy routines (like regular bed and wake times). This will improve your overall sense of well-being. Healthy sleep, diet, and regular hydration lead to better stress management.</li> <li><strong>Give yourself compassion</strong>: All of us are learning how to live during a pandemic. Taking the view of a beginner can allow for more latitude and forgiveness. Compassion can be a powerful tool and stimulates parts of the brain that can enhance attention, as well as increase openness to new things.</li> <li><strong>Get up and get outside</strong>: Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins, reduce stress, benefit your overall health, and help improve sleep. Getting your daily dose of sunshine benefits both your mood and cognitive health. While 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily is recommended, you can break those down into more manageable intervals if time is the obstacle. Even one minute is better than none!</li> <li><strong>Access current information</strong>: Having accurate information helps us make decisions. Make sure you understand how to limit your risks and how to maximize your well-being. With vaccines on the horizon, 2021 looks to be a hopeful year!</li> <li><strong>Connect with others</strong>: Scientific evidence strongly suggests that social connections are essential to feeling satisfied with your life. Biologically, social ties stimulate the release of oxytocin, a hormone linked with the reduction of fear and anxiety, in part, by limiting the cortisol response to stress. Use the phone, text, or email to practice connection while social distancing!</li> <li><strong>One breath at a time:</strong> Try to focus on the now if you find yourself stressed or feeling overwhelmed! Instead of tackling one day at a time, try one hour, one minute, or even one breath. Being present will help us shift out of the survival mode, improve concentration, and improve our moods.</li> </ol> <p>If you find yourself becoming clinically depressed or struggling with how to cope, contact Work/Life Connections-EAP to set up a confidential appointment with one of our EAP Counselors by calling 615-936-1327.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=279" hreflang="und">News</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=284" hreflang="und">News - WLC</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, 23 Dec 2020 16:12:04 +0000 harnessg 3325 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Farmers' Market https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/farmers-market <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Farmers&#039; Market</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/news?cat=162" hreflang="und">Eat Healthy</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?cat=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?cat=140" hreflang="und">Services</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/21/2020 - 18:17</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/2220" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Farmers&#039; Market"> 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><img align="right" alt="Farmers' Market" class="alignright size-full wp-image-5448" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/vumc.org.health-wellness/files/public_files/images/hp/hpFarmersMarket.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 208px; margin: 5px;" title="Farmers' Market" /></p> <p><strong>The Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market is back! </strong>Join us on the Medical Center Plaza every Thursday between 1:30 and 5pm through October 28. </p> <p>We are happy to welcome back the following vendors: </p> <ul> <li>TN Artisan Honey</li> <li>Smokin Oaks</li> <li>Nature’s Promise</li> <li>S.E. Daugherty &amp; Sons</li> <li>Laurel Mountain Bakery</li> <li>The Peach Truck </li> <li>Fountain of Juice </li> <li>Essie &amp; Olive</li> </ul> <p>Check back for additional vendors throughout the season!</p> <h3 class="ms-standardheader">Additional Information:</h3> <p><a href="http://www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org/" target="_blank" title="Nashville Farmers' Market">Nashville Farmers' Market</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.picktnproducts.org/seasonal.html" target="_blank" title="Pick Tennessee Products">Pick Tennessee Products</a></p> <p>Keywords: Healthy Eating, Fruits, Vegetables</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=216" hreflang="und">Farmers&#039; Market</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=232" hreflang="und">Nutrition</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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, 22 Dec 2020 00:17:59 +0000 admin 2220 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Are You Really Doing OK? https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-worklife-connections/are-you-really-doing-ok <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Are You Really Doing OK?</span> <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, 12/04/2020 - 13:10</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3322" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Are You Really Doing OK?"> 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 often find ourselves walking by someone and casually say, "How are you doing?" and we fully expect that they will answer, "Fine," and we will both continue walking. Somehow, these days seem different. The responses are different. Sometimes, our colleagues hesitate to give their usual comebacks like, "if I were any better, I would be twins" or, "way better than I deserve." Instead, they now just say, "okay." It may cause you to pause, and if it doesn't, maybe it should make you pause. That's not like them. Perhaps we are being more authentic because these are stressful times; or perhaps someone is struggling in silence. You grapple to find some words to say back, but instead we go on walking our separate ways. </p> <p>There are no wrong things to say. It depends on the place and time, but here are some thoughts of things to encourage conversation:</p> <ul> <li>"How are you really doing? It has been a heck of a week."</li> <li>That didn't sound very convincing, what's up?</li> <li>What are you doing to cope with all that is going on?</li> <li>The work we do is hard. I'm available if you want to just talk and process it with a friendly ear.</li> <li>Well, I know I'm feeling it, too. It would be nice to chat. Can we connect later today? I'll contact you.</li> </ul> <p>When you do offer to connect, then follow through. It can be a text, a phone call, a hand written note, or a virtual encounter. As we are masked and physically distanced, we are also feeling social isolation. We are all stressed in ways that we weren't a year ago.  Strong and capable people may be struggling with all that is on their plates. </p> <p>It may also be helpful to remember that Vanderbilt's Work/Life Connections - Employee Assistance Program is a no-cost, confidential benefit for all employees, faculty, physicians, and their spouses. Call 615-936-1327 if you would like to schedule an appointment.</p> <p>This is a complex time. There is no clear one-size-fits-all coping roadmap. Because you care, don't hesitate to ask if your colleague is really "okay." These days we all need encouragement and genuine connection with others.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=279" hreflang="und">News</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=284" hreflang="und">News - WLC</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 Dec 2020 19:10:13 +0000 harnessg 3322 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Coping with Recent Violent Events https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-worklife-connections/coping-recent-violent-events <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Coping with Recent Violent Events</span> <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, 12/04/2020 - 11:56</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3189" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Coping with Recent Violent Events"> 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><img alt="Hands" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/default/files/public_files/images/wlc/wlcCopingwithRecentViolentEvents.png" class="align-right" />​Social media and news coverage of shootings, bombings, protests, sexual assaults, and other events has been graphic and intense. In general, experiencing violence can result in serious psychological distress, including depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While people may not develop a psychological disorder after hearing first-hand accounts or viewing graphic, real-time images of these events, people do experience strong emotions, such as fear, sadness, grief, and anger.</p> <p>The more similar one is to the person or people experiencing an event, the more likely it is that the person indirectly-involved will develop a strong reaction. When crimes are reported in news coverage or shared through the immediacy of social media, many groups of people see someone with whom they identify being accused of criminal behavior, perpetrating a crime, or experiencing a violent act. The more a person is reminded of years of discrimination, bias, or prejudice, the more likely it is that there will be significant stress or distress. "That could be me." turns into "That is me!"</p> <p>Work/Life Connections-EAP has suggestions for ways to cope with the effects of hearing about and viewing recent violent events. <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news-resource-articles/psychological-effects-recent-violent-events" title="Visit">Visit</a> our resource library and read the article, "Psychological Effects of Recent Violent Events" by WLC-EAP's clinical psychologist, Dr. Chad Buck.  In addition to information how people may respond, there are specific recommendations for ways to cope with a wide range of reactions.</p> <p>If you need more information or support, please call (615) 936-1327 and schedule an appointment for an assessment with one of our licensed clinicians&lt;.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=284" hreflang="und">News - WLC</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 Dec 2020 17:56:38 +0000 harnessg 3189 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Mental Health and the Holidays https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-worklife-connections/mental-health-and-holidays <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mental Health and the Holidays</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/news?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/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, 11/30/2020 - 15:17</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3313" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Mental Health and the Holidays"> 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>The Winter Holidays are a time of anticipation and meaning for many. They remind us of our family traditions, and an array of expectations. This year, we have an unwelcomed visitor, COVID-19. It has influenced our lives for the past nine months and will also change our holiday celebrations.</p> <p>For those who suffer from clinical depression or who grieve for loved ones lost, these holidays can magnify the impact of isolation experienced during the pandemic. Here are five coping strategies for navigating this holiday season:</p> <ol style="list-style-type: decimal;"> <li><strong>Acknowledge your feelings</strong>:  Despite expectations, you don't have to feel "merry and bright." If you are depressed, anxious, stressed, or grieving, be authentic; let people you care about know how you are really feeling. </li> <li><strong>Connect with those who give you support</strong>: Research shows that social support can help ward off the effects of stress on depression, anxiety, and other health problems. Friends, family, and professionals provide different forms of emotional support. If there are stressful topics, like politics or the coronavirus, ask them to limit talking about them when you need a break. There are also some practical support resources that can help (for example, <a href="https://www.unitedway.org/our-impact/featured-programs/2-1-1" target="_blank" title="United Way 211">United Way 211</a>).</li> <li><strong>Be realistic this year</strong>: We are in the middle of a global pandemic. Your holiday plans may look different this year, but you can find ways to celebrate the season. The holidays don't have to be just like last year or the way they are portrayed on the Hallmark Channel. Remember, the spirit is about sharing and caring.</li> <li><strong>Maintain a healthy lifestyle</strong>: Don't forget the importance of daily exercise, sufficient sleep, a nutritious diet, managing stress, limiting alcohol, and taking in the good. Appreciate the little things and express gratitude to others.</li> <li><strong>Self-Care is not optional</strong>: It is necessary! We need a break from constant stress. Take at least 10 minutes every day to engage in pleasurable activity that gives you a diversion from your worries. Set attainable well-being goals. This might be exercise, meditation, a gratitude journal, prayer, gardening, cooking, connecting with others, music, leisure reading, journaling, sleep, or any activity that restores you.</li> <li><strong>Accept help if you need it</strong>: Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling depressed, irritable, anxious, feeling hopeless, and/or unable to face the day. If these feelings persist, talk to your doctor, a mental health professional, a support group, or a call center. Put the suicide hotline phone number (800-273-8255) and Middle Tennessee Crisis Call Center (615-244-7444) in your phone contacts and post them on your refrigerator.</li> </ol> <p>If you find yourself becoming clinically depressed or struggling with how to cope, contact Work/Life Connections-EAP to set up a confidential appointment with one of our EAP Counselors by calling 615-936-1327.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=284" hreflang="und">News - WLC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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, 30 Nov 2020 21:17:47 +0000 harnessg 3313 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness I'll Be Zooming for the Holidays https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-news-worklife-connections/ill-be-zooming-holidays <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">I&#039;ll Be Zooming for the Holidays</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/news?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/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, 11/02/2020 - 13:20</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3304" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to I&#039;ll Be Zooming for the Holidays"> 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>The Holiday season is usually a time for workplace celebrations, families gathering with hugs and food, and friends connecting at parties. Sadly, this year will be different due to the current pandemic. There is anxiety and grief about traveling and gathering while keeping socially distanced.  Since some family members are at high-risk, many people are deciding not to get together in-person this year.</p> <p>Here are some ideas on how you and yours can enjoy a virtually holiday:</p> <ol> <li>Start planning now. Choose the technology you will use, like Facetime, MS Teams, Zoom, Skype, Cellphone, or Landline.   </li> <li>Do some practice runs. If you have children, they may be well versed in this technology as they have probably been attending school this way.</li> <li>Plan the meal so that all family members have the same menu. Of course, some are better cooks than others. Share family recipes that are part of your holiday traditions.</li> <li>Kids can create table decorations and mail them to relatives' homes so that their spirits are present at the table.</li> <li>Create an agenda to get some conversation going.</li> <li>Agree upon a time to get on a "call" when we will all sit down to dinner and set up. Provide instructions on how to use your selected program; the family prayer- who leads it, include the children.</li> <li>Agree upon topics of conversation that are taboo – politics, election results, money, or other topics that create family conflict.</li> <li>Make the most of your virtual call. Remember, it may the quality of the time together not the quantity of time.</li> <li>Go around the table and ask each member to talk about one thing for which they are grateful.</li> <li>Take some photos of your table or screenshots of the family as you go and share them with the family later.</li> </ol> <p>The holidays this year will be challenging, but with thoughtfulness and planning, we can make it memorable and filled with gratitude.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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, 02 Nov 2020 19:20:11 +0000 harnessg 3304 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Sodium: Shake it Off https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-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/news?cat=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?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" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mcgownpw</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 08/01/2020 - 15:06</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3094" 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>How Much Sodium Do You Need?</strong></p> <p>Sodium is an essential nutrient that your body needs to function. It helps maintain fluid balance, transmit nerve impulses, and affects the contraction and relaxation of muscles. While sodium is vital to these tasks, too much sodium is associated with increased blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney disease. 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>Small amounts of sodium are naturally present in vegetables, dairy, meat, and shellfish. It is also added to processed foods as a preservative and to enhance color and texture. These processed foods are the most significant sources of dietary sodium. Nearly half of the sodium consumed in the US comes from only 10 types of food! Some of these foods do not even taste salty. For instance, breads and rolls top the list of sodium sources, but you probably do not think of bread as salty. Lunch meat, soups, pizza, sandwiches, and poultry are the other top contributors. Other sources of sodium include 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 several easy ways to reduce your sodium intake. </p> <ol> <li>Remove your salt shaker from the dining table.</li> <li>Taste your food before you reach for the salt shaker.</li> <li>Use fresh ingredients whenever possible.</li> <li>When buying groceries, read the nutrition label and choose low-sodium or no salt added products. As a general guide, 5% daily value (DV) or less of sodium per serving is considered low, and 20% DV or more of sodium per serving is considered high.</li> <li>Drain and rinse canned beans and vegetables.</li> <li>Combine full sodium products with low sodium versions and gradually transition to only using the low sodium version.</li> <li>When out to eat, remember that foods described as pickled, brined, barbecued, cured, and smoked often have the most sodium. Instead, look for baked, grilled, roasted, and steamed options.</li> <li>Experiment with herbs and spices. There are several salt free seasoning blends available at the grocery store but you can also make your own using the spices in your cabinet!</li> </ol> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpSodiumHandout.pdf" target="_blank" title="Sodium Handout">Sodium Handout</a></p> <p><strong>Challenge</strong></p> <p>Choose foods with no added salt or those that are lower in sodium, like fresh foods, herbs, and spices. </p> <p><strong>Recipes</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/vumc.org.health-wellness/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hp5IngredientLemonChicken.pdf" target="_blank" title="5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken">5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken</a><br /> <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/vumc.org.health-wellness/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpAllPurposeSeasoning.pdf" title="All Purpose Seasoning">All Purpose Seasoning</a></p> <p><strong>Sources</strong></p> <p>1. "Sodium: How to Tame Your Salt Habit." Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 16 Apr. 2016,<a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/sodium/art-20045479" target="_blank" title="www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/sodium/art-20045479"> www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/sodium/art-20045479</a>.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/news?tag=223" hreflang="und">Healthy Eating</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?tag=232" hreflang="und">Nutrition</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?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> Sat, 01 Aug 2020 20:06:06 +0000 mcgownpw 3094 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness COVID 19 Clinical Post-Exposure Monitoring: Detailed Process https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/covid-19-clinical-post-exposure-monitoring-detailed-process <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID 19 Clinical Post-Exposure Monitoring: Detailed Process</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/news?cat=178" hreflang="und">Occupational Exposures</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?cat=138" hreflang="und">Occupational Health Clinic</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?cat=140" hreflang="und">Services</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, 03/04/2020 - 09:47</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3240" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID 19 Clinical Post-Exposure Monitoring: Detailed Process"> 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">Occupational Health Clinic</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​The specific process for post-exposure monitoring for those who have cared for or otherwise had direct contact with a patient diagnosed with COVID 19 includes the following process:</p> <p>Occupational Health will be notified of the presence of a patient with diagnosed COVID 19 infection. This circumstance follows the same notification process in place for all other infectious exposure notifications, such as TB, varicella, or pertussis. </p> <p>Occuptional Health will notify exposed individuals via email of the need to self-monitor, and will provide in that email the link to the REDCap post-exposure survey enrollment form.  **Please note: given the unique aspects of the COVID-19 post-exposure monitoring process, units and clinics should keep track of employees with contact with any suspected case (any patient who was tested) so that should the test come back positive, those employees who need monitoring can be identified.  Daily logging of employees  (name, DOB, email) caring for or otherwise coming in close contact with  a hospitalized COVID-19 patient will be necessary to ensure identification of all those needing monitoring.  </p> <ul> <li>Upon receiving this email, individuals should complete the enrollment survey and submit it.</li> <li>Upon completion of the post-exposure enrollment form, individuals will receive daily REDCap symptom monitoring surveys. These surveys should be completed upon receipt each day and submitted to OHC.</li> <li>Please note that monitoring will require a thermometer; individuals should ensure access to a thermometer. <ul> <li><strong>Follow any instructions on the surveys; instructions will be tailored to the specific answers provided.</strong></li> </ul> </li> <li>Monitoring will continue for 14 days from the date of exposure. If an individual cares for a patient beyond the initial exposure date listed on the enrollment form, they will be instructed via their REDCap end-of-monitoring-period survey to resubmit a new enrollment form with the most recent exposure date (link will be provided). TThis will ensure the monitoring period is inclusive of the entire appropriate date range.</li> <li>Individuals who are close household contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases will be asked to stay home for 14 days. Other exposures will be assessed and instructed on the need to wear a mask at all times based on level of risk. Anyone who is currently in the monitoring process who develops a new cough or shortness of breath or fever should notify your supervisor, leave work, and report to an assessment site to be evaluated. </li> </ul> <p>PLEASE NOTE: IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL SURVEYS RECEIVED BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH.  If you are having trouble accessing the surveys electronically, please let us know. </p> <p>Individuals with questions about the need to self-monitor should contact the Occupational Health Clinic.</p> <p>last updated 3-18-20</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=213" hreflang="und">Exposure Management</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=228" hreflang="und">Medical Care</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=237" hreflang="und">Prevention</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</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, 04 Mar 2020 15:47:52 +0000 harnessg 3240 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Monitoring For Employees https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-monitoring-employees <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Monitoring For Employees</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/news?cat=138" hreflang="und">Occupational Health Clinic</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?cat=177" hreflang="und">Medical Care</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?cat=140" hreflang="und">Services</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, 02/03/2020 - 08:00</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3230" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Monitoring For Employees"> 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">Occupational Health Clinic</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that has emerged in Wuhan City (Hubei Province), China and has caused respiratory illness. It appears to have first started from exposure to animals at a seafood and animal market. The incubation period (time from exposure to development of symptoms) can be up to 14 days. Please see the Infection Prevention website for information on patient screening and a comprehensive list of FAQs at <a href="https://www.vumc.org/infectioncontrol/" target="_blank" title="https://www.vumc.org/infectioncontrol">https://www.vumc.org/infectioncontrol/</a>.</p> <p>If you need to report a positive test that was performed at an outside facility, please upload the documention to this REDCap survey: <a href="https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=CACNP8CW3C" target="_blank" title="Outside Test Upload">Outside Test Upload</a></p> <p>Travelers: Please check your entity website:</p> <ul> <li>VUMC employees: Please refer to the employee section of the VUMC coronavirus website at <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-only-information" target="_blank" title="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-only-information">https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-only-information</a> for guidance.</li> <li>VU employees: Please refer to the VU COVID-19 website at <a href="https://emergency.vanderbilt.edu/vu/coronavirus/" target="_blank" title="https://emergency.vanderbilt.edu/vu/coronavirus/">https://emergency.vanderbilt.edu/vu/coronavirus/</a> for guidance.</li> <li>Please see the CDC's traveler FAQ at <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html" target="_blank" title="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html">https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html</a> for more information.</li> </ul> <p>Faculty and Staff: For <strong>return-to-work guidance</strong> after being tested for COVID-19, please see the document titled "Staff Guidance for Exposure and Isolation COVID-19" on the employee-only section of the VUMC COVID-19 website at <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-only-information" target="_blank" title="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-only-information">https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-only-information</a></p> <p>We at Occupational Health have monitoring in place for VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER AND VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY employees who have:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li><strong>Cared for a patient, or had close contact at work with a colleague with, COVID-19</strong> These individuals will be contacted per our standard exposure investigation process once Infection Prevention notifies us of the exposure. You will receive a REDCap survey from Occupational Health to complete to provide information about when you cared for the patient and your best contact information, followed by daily symptom surveys. For more detailed information about the clinical post-exposure monitoring process, please see <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/news-resource-articles/covid-19-clinical-post-exposure-monitoring-detailed-process" title="COVID 19 Clinical Post-Exposure Monitoring: Detailed Process">COVID 19 Clinical Post-Exposure Monitoring: Detailed Process</a>.</li> <li><strong>Traveled or come in contact with a case at home or in the community (outside of the workplace exposure investigation process noted above).</strong> We would like these individuals to complete the self-report/self-monitoring survey at <a href="https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=J3JHDPD48C" target="_blank" title="Redcap">https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=J3JHDPD48C</a> Once the initial survey is completed to provide the specifics of your travel (or other potential exposure), you will receive daily symptom surveys. (If you have a question about whether you need monitoring because of a patient you have encountered during your clinical work at VUMC, please contact us at 615-936-0955 and we can determine if monitoring is needed) **For individuals affiliated with the University, please see the VU COVID-19 website at <a href="https://emergency.vanderbilt.edu/vu/coronavirus/">https://emergency.vanderbilt.edu/vu/coronavirus/</a> for additional guidance.</li> </ul> <p>If you are being monitored, please be sure to look for and submit the daily surveys. This will avoid additional outreach calls by OHC. The survey will request your temperature be taken and reported with each survey, so please be sure to have access to a thermometer.</p> <p>If you have any questions, please contact the Occupational Health Clinic at 615-936-0955.</p> <h3>Additional Resources</h3> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/information-vumc-employees-and-patients" target="_blank" title="COVID-19 Information for Employees and Patients (VUMC)">COVID-19 Information for Employees and Patients (VUMC)</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html" target="_blank" title="2019 Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and Answers">2019 Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the Centers for Disease Control</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html" target="_blank" title="2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary">2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary from the Centers for Disease Control</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses" target="_blank" title="Q&amp;A On Coronaviruses from the World Health Organization">Q&amp;A On Coronaviruses from the World Health Organization</a></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=237" hreflang="und">Prevention</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=256" hreflang="und">Travel Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=213" hreflang="und">Exposure Management</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, 03 Feb 2020 14:00:23 +0000 harnessg 3230 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness A New Resolution: Emotional Health https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles-wellcasts-wellcasts-worklifeconnections/new-resolution-emotional-health <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A New Resolution: Emotional Health</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/news?cat=154" hreflang="und">Wellcasts</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?cat=273" hreflang="und">Wellcasts - 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, 12/20/2019 - 08:13</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3136" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to A New Resolution: Emotional Health"> 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> <audio controls="" style="height: 54px;"><source src="https://www.vumc.org//health-wellness/sites/vumc.org.health-wellness/files/public_files/Wellcasts/HW472.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"></source> Your browser does not support the audio element.</audio> </p> <p><br /> ​Many people start the new year with a resolution, but it is rarely about their emotional health. Kyle MacDonald from the University Counseling Center outlines some of the things we can do to be emotionally healthy.</p> <h3>Begin Transcript</h3> <p>Rosemary Cope:  Welcome to this edition of the Vanderbilt Health and Wellness wellcast.  I'm Rosemary Cope with Work/Life Connections.  Our guest today is Kyle McDonald.  Kyle is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Millsaps College and he is currently a mental health clinician at the University Counseling Center.  This month, we will be focusing on what it means to be "behaviorally healthy."  Many people approach the new year thinking they are going to work on their physical health, but they rarely consider their mental health.  Kyle, how would you define what it means to be mentally or emotionally healthy?</p> <p>Kyle McDonald:  I think the first thing is realizing that oftentimes our mental and emotional health is the things that prompts better feelings physically.  So, if there are goals around physical health, maybe focusing on the mental and emotional health will make those goals happen.  I think, overall, being mentally and emotionally healthy means being honest with yourself around things you are struggling with and taking actions on those things, whether it be seeing a therapist, learning some coping skills, support groups, talking to friends.  I think we often see this world as black and white in terms of either being emotionally/ mentally healthy or not and I think it is more realistic to see it as a spectrum and understand that there is going to be good and bad throughout the process.</p> <p>Rosemary Cope:  Just as we all know that improving our physical health might include things like a healthy diet or exercise, what do you think we need to do to work on our mental and emotional health?</p> <p>Kyle McDonald:  I think a lot of things come to mind here, but I think two important things ring the most true, and first is boundaries ... so, thinking about where do you need some boundaries for yourself to support your own mental and emotional health, really focusing on when do you need to take care of yourself.  I think this comes up in a lot of conversations around self-care and work-life balance but isn't practiced nearly as well as it is talked about, and I think oftentimes when we think boundaries, we think setting up rules or confronting other people in our lives, but I think boundaries can be very much spoken and unspoken.  Maybe you need to set a boundary with yourself around going to bed at a certain time no matter what happens during the day, or maybe there is a boundary you need to set with a friend who keeps calling you every single day to complain about how bad their day was, and I think most importantly, realizing that we don't have to pick up every single phone call that we get and the whole purpose of voicemail is so that we don't have to pick up every phone call we get, so, really letting go of that obligation to pick up the phone or do the next thing when we really need to make a choice to take care of ourselves.  And then secondly, being active, and being active in finding the things to help yourself feel more stable, and it is easy to tell ourselves that something won't work or won't help us, but in reality, that is just an assumption we are making about that.  Make a list of things that you think might help deal with something or deal with some sort of instability and start testing them out and figure out what works for you.  And I think with these two things, it is about creating safety in your life and creating that environment that is going to promote your wellness as a whole instead of expecting yourself just to "do better."</p> <p>Rosemary Cope:  I like that, that I need to be real intentional about what makes me feel better instead of just expecting, "It's going to happen," or it is not going to happen ... that we have these preconceived ideas about our own emotional health also.  And so, if there are certain skills that it takes for me to be emotionally healthy, and I start to look at those, how do I maintain those over time, because life comes in and messes with our heads?</p> <p>Kyle McDonald:  Yeah, absolutely.  I think it comes back to ... again, I could say a lot about this, but I think it comes back to managing those expectations and understanding, again going back to that mental health and emotional health is absolutely a spectrum, and that we know, accept that good and bad days are going to happen.  And I think the biggest mistake we can make in kind of trying to cope is only using skills to help us on the bad days.  Alright?  And, so, some more intention about taking yourself on the bad days to prepare for those bad days.  So, maybe on bad days, you go to those coping skills that you know are going to help.  You call that one really good, supportive friend, you do that one act of yoga or mindfulness or whatever helps you that you just know is going to work.  And then on the good days, how can you start to prepare for the bad?  Maybe there are some new things you want to try out.  Maybe you want to dig into a new book or something that might start to become a preventative measure, and I think that's a big way to start to make longer-term progress, is using those good days to grow prevention against the bad.</p> <p>Rosemary Cope:  So, what I am also hearing is that good emotional care is not a selfish act.</p> <p>Kyle McDonald:  Absolutely.</p> <p>Rosemary Cope:  And that if I can focus, at least a bit, on what makes me better, then I am going to have, hopefully, more of those good days than the bad days.</p> <p>Kyle McDonald:  Absolutely, and just on that, like, I think, again, being rational with our expectations.  There are so many different things that can make us have a bad day and it's not always in our control, and when we kind of learn to accept that ... like, I know for me, if it is cold, rainy, traffic, am I going toI didn’t eat enough for breakfast…?  Llike, all four of those things are things that are going to make my day a little bit worse, and so, how can we start to see those and take action on them?</p> <p>Rosemary Cope:  So, if one of our listeners has concerns, or they want more information about this, can you suggest some online or campus resources?</p> <p>Kyle McDonald:  Absolutely.  I think it comes back about intention and honesty with yourself, right?   So, first, trying to figure out - what is the thing you are trying to change?  What is the thing you are really struggling with and kind of land on that topic, and then try and do some research to educate yourself about it?  So, what are you dealing with?  Search for support groups, self-help books.  There are blogs online, podcasts.  And then, maybe, ultimately, you land on coming to therapy or going to see someone and talking through it.  I mean, that can be in the community or even with the EAP here and I think it is important to understand that therapy is not for "sick" people.  It is not for "mentally ill" people.  Therapy is for people that there is this aspect of safety that comes in that relationship with the therapist where I can say anything.   I can say whatever I need to say to feel better and it is not going to leave that room.</p> <p>Rosemary Cope:  Excellent insight.  Thank you so much, Kyle.</p> <p>Thank you all for listening.  If you have a story suggestion, please email it to us at <a href="mailto:health.wellness@vanderbilt.edu">health.wellness@vanderbilt.edu</a> or you can use the "Contact Us" page on our website at <a href="http://www.vumc.org/health-wellness">www.vumc.org/health-wellness</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/news?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/news?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, 20 Dec 2019 14:13:32 +0000 harnessg 3136 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Online Scheduling Now Available for All OHC Locations https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news/online-scheduling-now-available-all-ohc-locations <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Online Scheduling Now Available for All OHC Locations</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/news?cat=138" hreflang="und">Occupational Health Clinic</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, 07/18/2019 - 11:32</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3170" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Online Scheduling Now Available for All OHC Locations"> 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">Occupational Health Clinic</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="messageAlertTitleBox"><strong><span class="messageAlertTitle">Online Appointment Scheduling Temporarily Unavailable</span> </strong></div> <div> </div> <div><span class="messageAlertContent">Online scheduling of appointments with Occupational Health Clinic is temporarily unavailable. Please call 615-936-0955 if you need to schedule an appointment.</span></div> <hr /> <p>For the convenience and productivity of Vanderbilt faculty and staff, the Occupational Health Clinic (OHC), which includes OHC's Faculty/Staff Express Care, now offers employees the ability to go online to schedule same-day and next-day sick visit appointments. Employees still have the ability to walk in to OHC for a sick visit, but when time is of the essence, scheduling a sick visit appointment can be done by calling the clinic at 615-936-0955 or utilizing the <strong>new</strong> online scheduling feature!</p> <p>Conditions that would qualify as a sick visit include cold, flu, allergies, ear infections, and other similar minor illnesses. Immunizations for compliance requirements do not require an appointment.</p> <p>From any computer or mobile device, employees have two options available to schedule a same-day or next-day sick visit online with OHC:</p> <ol> <li>All Vanderbilt employees can use the Faculty/Staff <a href="https://hwip.app.vumc.org/hwip/" target="_blank" title="Health &amp; Wellness Information Portal (HWIP)"> Health &amp; Wellness Information Portal (HWIP)</a>. Once you log in using your VUNetID and password, click "Schedule Appointment" to get started. For an optimal scheduling experience, use a Chrome, Safari, or Firefox web browser when using HWIP.</li> <li>For Vanderbilt employees who have both a My Health at Vanderbilt account <strong>and</strong> a Vanderbilt health insurance plan, you can also use the <a href="https://www.myhealthatvanderbilt.com/" target="_blank" title="My Health at Vanderbilt"> My Health at Vanderbilt</a> patient portal to schedule with OHC. Once you log in, click "Schedule an Appointment" to get started.</li> </ol> <p>Employees can schedule sick visit appointments at either of the following locations:</p> <ul> <li>Occupational Health Clinic located at Medical Arts Building, Suite 640.</li> <li>OHC Faculty/Staff Express Care located at Medical Arts Building, Suite 112. The entrance to this clinic is on the outside of the building, and your Vanderbilt ID badge is needed to enter.</li> </ul> <p>Occupational Health does not charge employees for seeing the providers in clinic. However, any external services (such as lab tests or X-rays) that are ordered as part of your sick visit will be charged to your insurance.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=279" hreflang="und">News</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=281" hreflang="und">News - OHC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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, 18 Jul 2019 16:32:44 +0000 harnessg 3170 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Annual TB Testing for Employees No Longer Required https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news/annual-tb-testing-employees-no-longer-required <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Annual TB Testing for Employees No Longer Required </span> <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, 07/08/2019 - 09:19</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3167" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Annual TB Testing for Employees No Longer Required "> 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">Occupational Health Clinic</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>​Based on new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, employees no longer need annual TB testing.  The CDC's new guidelines no longer recommend routine annual TB testing for health care workers, and the "Tuberculin (TB) Skin Testing: for Health Care Personnel" policy has been updated to reflect the CDC's recommendations.  The CDC made this new recommendation as a result of efforts that showed that the U.S. in general is low risk for TB infection, and healthcare workers are not developing TB infection at a rate that is different than the general population.  Therefore, health care workers do not appear to be at higher risk than the general population and thus the need for routine annual testing is no longer justified.</p> <p>Employees will continue to require TB screening on hire (to identify and encourage treatment of existing TB infection) and after a documented exposure (to identify new TB infection as a result of the exposure).  Infection Prevention and Occupational Health continue to track exposure to cases of infectious tuberculosis, and Occupational Health will continue to contact any employee who needs TB testing related to an exposure.</p> <p>Please note: a small subset of employees may still require regular TB testing secondary to specific research or animal care activities that they perform, and these individuals will be notified if that is the case.</p> <p>Once again, routine annual TB testing is no longer required; therefore individuals will no longer receive notifications regarding annual testing nor will it be a compliance requirement to have annual testing done.</p> <p>Please do not hesitate to contact the Occupational Health Clinic at <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/occupational-health/contact">occupational.health.clinic@vanderbilt.edu</a> or 615-936-0955 with any questions you may have. </p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?tag=279" hreflang="und">News</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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, 08 Jul 2019 14:19:31 +0000 harnessg 3167 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Issue 392, 2019 April/May (University Edition) https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/issue-392-2019-aprilmay-university-edition <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Issue 392, 2019 April/May (University 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/news?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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, 04/08/2019 - 10:04</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3149" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Issue 392, 2019 April/May (University 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>​This issue (University Edition) includes:</p> <ul> <li>May is Mental Health Month</li> <li>Going There with Mark Wallace, PhD</li> <li>Care Gap Alerts with Erin Neal, PharmD, MMHC </li> <li>Are You Really Allergic to Penicillin?</li> <li>Fuel Your Fitness</li> <li>Check in On You</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/sites/vumc.org.health-wellness/files/public_files/PDFs/hw/Connection392U.pdf" target="_blank">Issue 392, 2019 April/May (University Edition)</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/health-wellness/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Connection392U.jpg?itok=TJVonv_6" width="457" 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/news?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/news?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> Mon, 08 Apr 2019 15:04:57 +0000 harnessg 3149 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness