Blog RSS https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/ en Eating for the Environment https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/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/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=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">Fri, 09/16/2022 - 14:07</span> <a href="/health-wellness/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/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hpTipsForSustainableEating.png" width="900" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/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/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/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/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> 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/index.php/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>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?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> 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/index.php/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/index.php/resource-articles?cat=164" hreflang="und">Facing Life&#039;s Challenges</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=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">Tue, 08/30/2022 - 15:28</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/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/index.php/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</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> 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/index.php/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/mcgownpw" 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=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <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/index.php/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=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <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/index.php/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/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">Thu, 08/25/2022 - 08:20</span> <a href="/health-wellness/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/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hp8WaystoEatLessSodium.png" width="900" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/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/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/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/resource-articles?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <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> 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/index.php/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/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</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, 08/17/2022 - 11:11</span> <a href="/health-wellness/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/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hpDietarySupplements.png" width="950" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/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/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/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/resource-articles?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <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> 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/index.php/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/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, 08/09/2022 - 14:21</span> <a href="/health-wellness/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/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hpFatFacts.png" width="950" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/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/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/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/resource-articles?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <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, 09 Aug 2022 19:21:35 +0000 harnessg 3461 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Fill Up on Fiber https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/fill-fiber <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fill Up on Fiber</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=137" hreflang="und">Health Plus</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">Thu, 08/04/2022 - 08:05</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3458" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Fill Up on Fiber"> 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>Dietary fiber, sometimes referred to as “roughage” or “bulk”, is a type of carbohydrate that cannot be broken down by our bodies. Although fiber provides minimal energy (calories), it is still a very important part of a healthy diet. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and other legumes, and whole grains all contain dietary fiber. Fiber benefits our health in many ways:</p> <ul><li>Decreases blood cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease</li> <li>Slows down the movement of food through the digestive system, keeping you feeling fuller for longer</li> <li>Helps control blood sugar levels</li> <li>Increases the bulk in your intestines, preventing constipation and promoting bowel health</li> </ul><p><strong>Types of Fiber</strong></p> <p><strong>Soluble</strong></p> <p>This type of fiber dissolves in water, forming a gel-like substance. Soluble fiber can assist in lowering blood cholesterol and stabilizing blood sugar levels. It is found in oats, beans, peas, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, and barley.</p> <p><strong>Insoluble</strong></p> <p>Insoluble fiber helps move partially broken-down food through your digestive system and increases the bulk of your stool. It is found in whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts, beans, and vegetables. Adding more insoluble fiber to your diet can help with constipation and regularity in bowel movements.</p> <p>It is recommended that women eat 25 grams of fiber per day and men eat 38 grams.</p> <p>Check out the handout below for three tips for sneaking more fiber into your diet.</p> <p><strong>Handout</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="1257" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/images/hp/hpFilluponFiber.png" width="943" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpFillUpOnFiber.pdf" target="_blank" title="Fill Up on Fiber">Fill Up on Fiber</a></p> <p><strong>Practice</strong></p> <p>Using the tips provided in the handout, add at least one high-fiber food item to your diet this week!</p> <p><strong>Recipes</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpStuffedSweetPotatowithHummusDressing.pdf" target="_blank" title="Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing">Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hp/hpWholeGrainPancakes.pdf" target="_blank" title="Whole Grain Pancakes">Whole Grain Pancakes</a></p> <p><strong>References</strong></p> <p>1. Mayo Clinic Staff. <a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983" target="_blank" title="How to add more fiber to your diet">How to add more fiber to your diet</a>. Mayo Clinic. Accessed May 19, 2022.<br /> 2. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. <a href="https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrient-rich-foods/fiber" target="_blank" title="Fiber">Fiber</a>. Fiber. Accessed May 19, 2022.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <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> Thu, 04 Aug 2022 13:05:56 +0000 harnessg 3458 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Issue 424, August/September University Edition https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/issue-424-augustseptember-university-edition <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Issue 424, August/September 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/resource-articles?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</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=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/mcgownpw" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/20/2022 - 09:15</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/3455" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Issue 424, August/September 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>In This Issue:</p> <ul><li>Go for the Gold with Health <em>Plus</em></li> <li>Care Gap Alerts: Breastfeeding with Carol Huber, RN, BS, NICU Lactation Consultant</li> <li>Coping with Life Transitions with Megan Bergfeld, LCSW, ACM-SW, Clinical Counselor, Work/Life Connections-EAP</li> <li>Cholesterol: The Good and The Bad with Keqin (Catherine) Qian, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, Nurse Practitioner, OHC Clinic Manager</li> <li>Ask a Lifestyle Coach with Emily Cox, CHES, CHWC, Senior Health Educator 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/Connection424U.pdf" target="_blank" title="Issue 424, August/September University Edition">Issue 424, August/September University 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/Connection424U_Page_1.jpg?itok=PlvzkSw2" 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=198" hreflang="und">Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?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, 20 Jul 2022 14:15:03 +0000 harnessg 3455 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Issue 424, August/September Medical Center Edition https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/issue-424-augustseptember-medical-center-edition <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Issue 424, August/September 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/resource-articles?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/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/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, 07/20/2022 - 09:08</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3454" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Issue 424, August/September 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>Go for the Gold with Health <em>Plus</em></li> <li>Care Gap Alerts: Breastfeeding with Carol Huber, RN, BS, NICU Lactation Consultant</li> <li>Coping with Life Transitions with Megan Bergfeld, LCSW, ACM-SW, Clinical Counselor, Work/Life Connections-EAP</li> <li>Cholesterol: The Good and The Bad with Keqin (Catherine) Qian, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, Nurse Practitioner, OHC Clinic Manager</li> <li>Ask a Lifestyle Coach with Emily Cox, CHES, CHWC, Senior Health Educator at Health <em>Plus</em></li> </ul><p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hw/Connection424M.pdf" target="_blank" title="Issue 424, August/September Medical Center Edition">Issue 424, August/September 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/Connection424M_Page_1.jpg?itok=TIGGNb0z" 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/resource-articles?tag=198" hreflang="und">Connection Newsletter</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, 20 Jul 2022 14:08:21 +0000 harnessg 3454 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/june-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-awareness-month <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness 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, 06/30/2022 - 11:52</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3445" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 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>​During the past couple of years, there have many traumatic stressors that have impacted us. Some were even potentially life threatening. Our resilience has generally allowed us to process these acute stressors without a lasting impact.</p> <p>The American Psychiatric Association defines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as, "a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or rape, a potentially life ending illness, or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury."</p> <p>For some, there are lasting emotional effects, including intense feelings and disturbing thoughts related to their experience. They may relive the event through flashbacks, hyperarousal, or nightmares that can be triggered by sensory stimuli such as sounds, smells, visual cues, or accidental touch.</p> <p>Here are three things you can do to respect those who are dealing with PTSD:</p> <ol><li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/post-traumatic-stress-self-assessment" title="Take">Take</a> our anonymous PTSD screening.</li> <li>Download a free app <a href="https://www.ptsd.va.gov/index.asp" target="_blank" title="PTSD Coach"> <em>PTSD Coach</em></a> developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a tool to learn about PTSD, manage stress, track your PTSD symptoms.</li> <li><span style="font-family: &quot;segoe ui&quot;, segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">For the upcoming holiday, veterans and society in general expect fireworks on 4th of July weekend, but not necessarily on other random evenings. This can also be hard for those with autism or other sensory issues. Pets are also sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights, and strong smells.<span style="font-size: 17.3333px;"> </span>Consider going to a hike in the country, go or have music or the TV on to soften jarring noises Independence Day to limit the triggers.</span></li> </ol><p>If you are struggling with your mental well-being, call 615-936-1327 to schedule a confidential appointment with one of our EAP Counselors. Work/Life Connections-EAP is the program of Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness focused on elevating your psychological resilience. </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=260" hreflang="und">VU</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, 30 Jun 2022 16:52:41 +0000 harnessg 3445 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Coping with Senseless Tragedies https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/coping-senseless-tragedies <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Coping with Senseless Tragedies</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, 06/07/2022 - 14:15</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3440" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Coping with Senseless Tragedies"> 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 last few weeks have been filled with sadness and trauma. On top of the significant losses from COVID-19, there have been so many recent mass killings around the country – in yet another elementary school, medical facilities, houses of worship, downtown business districts, and a community grocery store. We have heard of heroic and resilient efforts, but also the immense pain, heartache, and suffering.</p> <p>Emotionally, the psychological phenomenon is a form of terrorism and trauma. It's hard to get a handle on how to re-gain a sense of control and predictability while wanting to find a solution to this complex cultural problem.</p> <p>According to Ronnie Janoff-Bulman, Ph.D., author of <em>Shattered Assumptions</em> and psychologist, traumatic events, including the aftermath, invokes the most basic threats of survival. There are occasions when we are forced to recognize the risk and real possibility of serious injury, the randomness of events, and our own mortality. Trauma can produce symptoms such as anxiety, fear, depression, nightmares, nausea, memory loss, identification with the victims, flashbacks, fear of repetition, fatigue, and problem-solving difficulties. While these can be a normal response to such an abnormal situation, it remains profoundly distressing.</p> <p>To cope with traumatic events requires incredible courage and resilience. If you or a colleague are having difficulty coping, here are some things you can do:</p> <ul><li>Listen to others and validate the feelings that you have.</li> <li>Focus on the things you have control over. </li> <li>Reflect on the fact that at the moment, you are safe.  </li> <li>Prioritize your own self-care</li> <li>Seek support from for friends, colleagues, or a professional if your distress begins interfering with your function, your work, or your relationships.</li> </ul><p>This can be a difficult time. For psychological support, Vanderbilt faculty and staff can call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 to make a confidential appointment to meet with one of our counselors.</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=204" hreflang="und">Critical Incident Stress</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=260" hreflang="und">VU</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, 07 Jun 2022 19:15:09 +0000 harnessg 3440 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Issue 423, June/July 2022 University Edition https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/issue-423-junejuly-2022-university-edition <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Issue 423, June/July 2022 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/resource-articles?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=136" hreflang="und">Health and Wellness</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</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, 06/01/2022 - 12:43</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3444" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Issue 423, June/July 2022 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>​In this issue:</p> <ul><li>Going for Gold Throughout Summer with Health <em>Plus</em></li> <li>Care Gap Alerts: The Importance of Summer Safety with Cristina M. Estrada, MD</li> <li>Savoring the Moment and Expressing Gratitude with Heather Kamper, LCSW, SHARE Coordinator/</li> <li>Clinical Counselor at Work/Life Connections –EAP</li> <li>I Am Vanderbilt: Paul Flournoy with Kara Furlong, Internal Communications Manager and Editor of MyVU at Vanderbilt University</li> <li>Stick It to the Flu with Lori Rolando, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Director of Occupational Health Clinic</li> <li>Ask a Lifestyle Coach with Rachel Bowman, CHES, Health Educator at Health <em>Plus</em></li> </ul><p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hw/Connection423U.pdf" target="_blank">Issue 423, June/July 2022 University 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/Connection423U_Page_1.jpg?itok=mR8_h4C0" width="442" height="576" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=198" hreflang="und">Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?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, 01 Jun 2022 17:43:37 +0000 harnessg 3444 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Issue 423, June/July 2022 Medical Center Edition https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/issue-423-junejuly-2022-medical-center-edition <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Issue 423, June/July 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/resource-articles?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=136" hreflang="und">Health and Wellness</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</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, 06/01/2022 - 12:21</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3443" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Issue 423, June/July 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>Going for Gold Throughout Summer with Health <em>Plus</em></li> <li>Care Gap Alerts: The Importance of Summer Safety with Cristina M. Estrada, MD</li> <li>Savoring the Moment and Expressing Gratitude with Heather Kamper, LCSW, SHARE Coordinator/ Clinical Counselor at Work/Life Connections – EAP</li> <li>Passion at Work with Caroline Epps, MSN, RN, CPPS Manager, Patient Care Services Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at VUMC</li> <li>Stick It to the Flu with Lori Rolando, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Director of Occupational Health Clinic</li> <li>Ask a Lifestyle Coach with Rachel Bowman, CHES, Health Educator at Health <em>Plus</em></li> </ul><p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hw/Connection423M.pdf" target="_blank">Issue 423, June/July 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/Connection423M_Page_1.jpg?itok=ReRVdwj_" width="442" height="576" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=198" hreflang="und">Connection Newsletter</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, 01 Jun 2022 17:21:52 +0000 harnessg 3443 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Issue 422, April/May 2022 University Edition https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/issue-422-aprilmay-2022-university-edition <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Issue 422, April/May 2022 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/resource-articles?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/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/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, 04/01/2022 - 14:03</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3435" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Issue 422, April/May 2022 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>​In This Issue:</p> <ul><li><em>Improving Mental Health Across Vanderbilt</em> with Ted Rice, LPC, CEAP, Clinical Counselor, Work/Life Connections</li> <li><em>Care Gap Alerts: Suicide Prevention and Awareness</em> with Ciera V. Scott, PhD, HSP, Assistant Director for Community Engagement and Licensed Psychologist at University Counseling Center Vanderbilt University</li> <li><em>Ending Sexual Assault and Harassment Starts with You</em> with Heather Kamper, LCSW, SHARE Coordinator/Clinical Counselor at Work/Life Connections-EAP</li> <li><em>Walking Your Way to a Healthier Life</em> with Mary Pullias Henderson, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner at Occupational Health Clinic</li> <li><em>Ask a Lifestyle Coach</em> with Emily Cox, CHES, CHWC, Senior Health Educator with Health Plus</li> </ul><p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hw/Connection422U.pdf" target="_blank">Issue 422, April/May 2022 University 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/Connection422U_Page_1.jpg?itok=cHDpOPmh" 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/resource-articles?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/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> Fri, 01 Apr 2022 19:03:54 +0000 harnessg 3435 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Issue 422, April/May 2022 Medical Center Edition https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/issue-422-aprilmay-2022-medical-center-edition <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Issue 422, April/May 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/resource-articles?cat=167" hreflang="und">Health &amp; Wellness Connection Newsletter</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/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/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, 04/01/2022 - 13:57</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3434" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Issue 422, April/May 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 Plus</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>Improving Mental Health Across Vanderbilt</em> with Ted Rice, LPC, CEAP, Clinical Counselor, Work/Life Connections</li> <li><em>Care Gap Alerts: MyOrthoHealth Bundle</em> with Rick Ohmer, Executive Director, Compensation &amp; Benefits</li> <li><em>Ending Sexual Assault and Harassment Starts with You</em> with Heather Kamper, LCSW, SHARE Coordinator/Clinical Counselor at Work/Life Connections-EAP</li> <li><em>Passion at Work </em>with Michael Garrett, Director of the Office of Patient Relations and Facilitated Patient Services at VUMC</li> <li><em>Walking Your Way to a Healthier Life</em> with Mary Pullias Henderson, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner at Occupational Health Clinic</li> <li><em>Ask a Lifestyle Coach</em> with Emily Cox, CHES, CHWC, Senior Health Educator with Health <em>Plus</em></li> </ul><p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/default/files/public_files/PDFs/hw/Connection422M.pdf" target="_blank">Issue 422, April/May 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/Connection422M_Page_1.jpg?itok=PlAKmuW2" 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/resource-articles?tag=198" hreflang="und">Connection Newsletter</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, 01 Apr 2022 18:57:26 +0000 harnessg 3434 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness To Mask or Not to Mask https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/mask-or-not-mask <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">To Mask or Not to Mask</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, 03/17/2022 - 10:57</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3430" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to To Mask or Not to Mask"> 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>​Wearing a mask has been a statement of protecting each other from the spread of COVID-19 over the past two years. In healthcare, wearing a mask made faculty and staff feel like they were being responsible, conscientious, and considerate of patients and peers. For others, it felt like a requirement that infringed upon rights and self-determination. Whichever category you may fall into, we are inching closer towards a world without masks.</p> <p>The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced fully vaccinated and boosted individuals may be safe without a mask in an indoor and outdoor setting. This might feel like a step towards resuming our lives as we did prior to the pandemic, but it will require a psychological re-adjustment.</p> <p>Relying on our masks for protection has psychologically impacted many of us, so giving up that security overnight is unrealistic. It will take time for many to adjust and feel comfortable removing their masks all together. Some may even choose to continue wearing a mask even a year from now. While we have different opinions, we must show each other respect in our individual decisions and make the choice for ourselves. There's no rush to remove or discard a mask if you feel hesitant going out without one. You are in control of your health and should move at your own pace. If you are fully vaccinated, boosted, and are ready to shed the mask, enjoy and show off your smile again!</p> <p>As we continue into 2022, our hope is that COVID-19 will move from a pandemic to an endemic. If you are not fully vaccinated, need a booster shot, or want to obtain a COVID-19 test, visit the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/covid-19/vumc-employee-covid-19-vaccine-information" title="Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Information">Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Information</a> page.</p> <p>If you are struggling with anxiety or stress over the COVID-19 pandemic, please call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 to schedule an appointment with a certified counselor. </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=260" hreflang="und">VU</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, 17 Mar 2022 15:57:32 +0000 harnessg 3430 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness The Stress-Relieving Power of Nature https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/stress-relieving-power-nature <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Stress-Relieving Power of Nature </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">Thu, 03/10/2022 - 14:40</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3427" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to The Stress-Relieving Power of Nature "> 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 warm weather and longer days to put a smile on your face! Spring is here, and more people will start getting outside to soak up the sun.</p> <p>Did you know that being in nature, or even enjoying the view outside your window, decreases feelings of negative emotions? Negative emotions, such as fear, anger, and resentment, can be left behind and replaced with moments of relaxation, restoration, and peace of mind. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it contributes to your physical wellbeing as well. It helps reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.</p> <p>Here are some actions you can start as the weather heats up.</p> <ol><li><strong>Play in the dirt.</strong> Getting in your own backyard is a great way to escape for a few hours. Start a garden and fill it with flowers, vegetables, and other plants.</li> <li><strong>Talk a walk</strong>. Whether it's around the block or on a trail, walk around and take in the scenery. You can invite a friend or take your pet to enjoy the walk with you!</li> <li><strong>Let nature inspire you</strong>. There's nothing like seeing a beautiful sunset. It's even better when you can capture it in a photo to create a long-lasting memory. If you're creative, consider painting the scenery and enjoy the process.</li> <li><strong>Exercise outside</strong>. Whether it's going for a run, yoga in the backyard, or stretching, breath in the fresh air and enjoy the day.</li> <li><strong>Enjoy the animals</strong>. If you have the option, get a bird feeder so you can watch the birds and squirrels enjoy a buffet of treats.</li> </ol><p>Nature helps us refocus, reset, and relax. We encourge you to carve out time in your week and get outside to enjoy the views around you!</p> <p>If you are struggling with your mental or emotional well-being, 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=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</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></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, 10 Mar 2022 20:40:36 +0000 harnessg 3427 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Finding a Hobby to Help You Recenter https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles/finding-hobby-help-you-recenter <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Finding a Hobby to Help You Recenter </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">Thu, 03/10/2022 - 14:36</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3426" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Finding a Hobby to Help You Recenter "> 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>​Hobbies are a great way to reduce a person's stress levels, improve moods, and reduce the risk of depression. They also help you focus on the present instead of worrying about tomorrow's to-do list. Whether you like to paint, garden, bake, play an instrument, or hike, it's important to find something that brings you joy.</p> <p>Studies have shown individuals with hobbies have a higher quality of life, lower levels of anxiety, and an overall healthier emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Make sure you choose a hobby that fits you and your needs. If you relax and refocus better in a group setting, join a club or a group activity. If you like a quiet space to yourself, there are plenty of activities you can do solo such as reading or painting. Whatever you decide, start a new hobby today and support your emotional and mental wellbeing!</p> <p>If you are struggling with your mental or emotional well-being, 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=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</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=249" hreflang="und">Stress</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, 10 Mar 2022 20:36:37 +0000 harnessg 3426 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness