Be Your Healthiest, Best Self in March
Welcome March! With winter fading, the days becoming noticeably longer and spring on the horizon, March is a time for renewal and rejuvenation. From challenges to create better balance to celebrating National Craft Month to eating more mindfully, we have something for everyone!
May the early spring
Awaken your soul and
Remind you to
Celebrate the season with the
Hope and joy it brings!
Challenges to Create Better Balance
In March, we are challenging you to create better balance in three areas: with movement, food and sleep. We are offering three separate challenges for each. If you are feeling up to an extra challenge, feel free to join more than one.
Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.
Balance is “use it or lose it.” Balance exercises can help keep your balance at any age. They are helpful to include in your daily routine and can help improve your stability. This is a three-week challenge designed to help you build better balance.
This is a Microsoft Teams-based challenge. Once you register and complete the initial test your balance assessment, you will be added the the Teams group. Each weekday of the challenge, we will post a prompt for your challenge of the day. You will then complete a final test your balance assessment at the end of the challenge and see how much it changed!
*If you have severe balance problems or an orthopedic condition, get your health care professional’s OK before doing balance exercises.
The term “balance” is used a lot when it comes to the foods we eat because eating a balanced diet is an important part of being strong, healthy, and feeling good! Balanced, healthy eating is not about being on your “best behavior”, but rather about creating balance with delicious foods that contribute positively to your health and leave you feeling satisfied.
This is a 28-day, email-based challenge that will introduce you to some key elements you can practice helping you strike a balance between choices that satisfy the body and the mind.
Participants will receive their challenge emails each Friday throughout the challenge (March 8, 15, 22 and 29). Each week you will have the opportunity to put strategies into practice and let us know how it went!
Bedtime routines aren’t just for kids. Finding balance with a bedtime routine can help you fall asleep faster and get more restful sleep. By adopting a nightly routine, your mind and body will be able to recognize that it’s time to prepare for sleep. Your sleep environment is also an important factor of quality sleep.
This is a 10-day, email-based challenge offering tips and strategies to help you find better balance with sleep to get both better sleep quality and quantity.
Participants will receive a daily challenge email each morning throughout the 10 days.
Webinar: Exploring Sleep Disorders
Monday, March 18
Sleep plays a vital role in your overall health and well-being, but what happens when you are not getting enough of it? Are you one of the many adults who experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with daily activities for at least a few days each month? If so, then this webinar is for you!
Join Richard Vienne, D.O, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Medical Director, during this 45-minute webinar to learn more! He will discuss common sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome in addition to their diagnosis and treatment. He will also explore the consequences of poor sleep and ways to help you achieve a healthy night’s sleep. There will be time at the end for questions with Dr. Vienne.
3D Spring Sign Workshop
Right Mind Syracuse is back with a new workshop for National Craft Month! Join them to paint your choice of a 3D wooden sign. Choose your favorite from the lineup of spring-themed designs at registration and then pick your colors at the event, or follow along with their color scheme. Signs measure 10″ across.
Please select the 3D wooden sign design you would like to paint at registration. Please note: you cannot change your design choice after you make your selection. All supplies will be provided.
- Register for Tuesday, March 19. Noon-1 p.m. Schine 304ABC
- Register for Wednesday, March 20. Noon-1 p.m. Skybarn, South Campus (151 Farm Acre Rd)
Please note: there is a 50-person maximum per workshop.
Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program (AIH)
AIH is a non-diet, weight-neutral approach that empowers individuals to take charge of their decisions about eating. AIH is a mindful eating program that guides participants to reconnect with their physical signals to guide when, what, and how much to eat without restrictive diet rules and recognize and cope with their triggers for overeating. The focus is to help individuals break out of emotional eating cycles using practical, doable strategies.
The Am I Hungry® Mindful Eating Program is a six-week commitment that includes:
- weekly reading of chapters in Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat/completion of recommended workbook pages*
- weekly viewing of recordings by the wellness team
- five weekly 45-minute virtual sessions to discuss the reading and share how it’s going
- Thursdays, March 28, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from noon to 12:45 p.m.
- one in-person celebration at the end of the five weeks
- Thursday, May 2 from noon to 12:45 p.m. (location TBD).
The standard cost of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program is $100.
All participants enrolled in the program will contribute $60 via payroll deductions, but will have the opportunity for full reimbursement by meeting the program criteria.
- Weekly paid employees agree to have $10 per week deducted after taxes from their paycheck for six paychecks (March 27 through May 1) for a total of $60
- Semi-weekly paid employees agree to have $20 deducted after taxes from three paychecks (March 29 through April 30), for a total of $60
You will receive full reimbursement of $60 via payroll if you fulfill the following:
- complete the pre-and post-eating cycle assessment
- attend four of the five 45-minute Teams sessions
- complete the post-program evaluation
*Each participant will receive the Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat book and workbook via campus mail once their personal investment agreement has been submitted.
Quiz Me! Monthly Quiz
Each month throughout the spring semester, test your knowledge while celebrating monthly observances. With each quiz you take, you’ll be entered to win the monthly prize! If you take all five quizzes, you’ll be entered to win the monthly quiz series grand prize!
This month: National Craft Month
- Take this month’s quiz to be entered to win a DIY Scrabble coaster set!
- The quiz must be completed by Friday, March 22 to be entered.
- April: National Humor Month
- May: National Barbeque Month
- National Oatmeal Month, overnight oat jar winners: TC (SU Libraries) and Christina Kinsey (Public Communications)
- American Heart Month, heart-healthy cookbook winner: