SPRING CLEAN YOUR MINDSET!

Time for a Spring Clean

Spring Clean Your Mind is a 3-webinar mental health series! Presented by certified health educators, each live webinar provides opportunities to ask questions about re-setting mindsets to a more hopeful outlook.

Thursday, April 22, 11:00 am: MIndfulness for Emotional Eating
Do you eat to feel better or relieve stress? This session will provide tips that can help stop emotional eating, fight cravings, identify triggers, and ultimately find more satisfying ways to "feed your feelings."
Register here​

Thursday, April 29, 11:00 am: Introduction to Reflective Journaling
Reflective journaling is a practice of writing down thoughts, emotions, and reactions to various situations. Through this practice, participants will become more self aware and will develop positive coping skills.
Register here
Healthy U 
Spring and renewal go hand-in-hand. This month's Healthy U focuses on "Self Care" as an opportunity to look at things that have affected us as we adjusted to the "new normal" of the pandemic. We've gotten exhausted, our sleep has been disrupted, and more screen time during the pandemic has resulted in eye strain for many of us. This "Self Care" 3-webinar series will present information and tips to help us renew our self care habits.

Wednesday, April 28, 11:00 am: Eye Strain
According to the American Optometric Association, over the past year, our digital screen time has greatly increased. The result is eye strain that creates headaches, blurry vision, dry eyes, and more. Learn how to take care of your eyes in this interesting live webinar.
Register here​

April:
Spring into Wellness

Spring is here, and it's time to Spring Into Wellness with our newest Spring Wellness Promotion and Activities called Wellness 360 ⁰!  ​


Wellness 360

Wellness 360 ⁰ is a 6-week fun-filled series of wellness challenges, live webinars, live cooking demonstrations, online dental health workshops, new emotional wellbeing webinars like "Unwind Time" and more. Below this month's webinar announcements is a preview of what's coming your way starting April 21. Keep reading!!

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"Wellness From the Kitchen" is a series of  5 live cooking demonstrations presented by Chef Sandra Lewis. She is an entertaining and deliciously inspiring chef. Her mission is to educate, energize, and motivate people to live healthy, happy, and productive lives by answering the most important question of the day - “What’s for dinner?” 

4/27, 11:00 am: Elevate Your Cooking Game
During this engaging session with our inspiring chef, learn the inside tips you need to cook with what you have on hand and how to make food that will have you enjoying healthy meals around the table. You don't have to be a professional chef to make this a reality in your own kitchen. Do your health, happiness, and tastebuds a favor: Elevate Your Cooking Game!  Register here

5/4, 11:00 am: Pan Searing - Sear it Here,
Finish it There
Using high heat to seal in juices by forming a delicious crust, learn how to get a restaurant quality sear on a piece of protein (or tofu or portobello mushroom for the vegetarians or vegans in the group) for the centerpiece to a beautiful evening meal. Register here

5/11, 11:00 am: Sauté - Sauté Veggies With the Best of 'Em
Transform your weeknight cooking and rekindle your love affair with vegetables using this technique. Register here

5/18, 11:00 am: Healthy Summer Grilling  
Some of the tastiest fare on the planet is served up using the oldest and most primitive cooking technique known to man: fire and smoke. Gather around our indoor grill to learn the tips and techniques to serve up perfectly grilled foods guaranteed to excite your taste buds. Register here

5/25, 11:00 am: Salad Making - Finally, Interesting Salads!
Appreciate the diversity of what a salad can be and learn how to make your own delicious salad dressing. Register here

​Mindful Mondays: A Fresh Start Every Monday!

Mindful Monday 
Begin your week each Monday with calmness and intention by participating in these 30-minute live interactive webinars. Each 30-minute session includes a practice of mindful techniques. You'll start your week mindful instead of manic! 

Monday, April 26, 11:00 amZen Art
Looking for another way to relax and reset? Add Zen Art to your mindfulness toolbox! Zen Art is a form of repetitive creative work that is self-soothing. No need to have artistic skills-just have pencil/pen and paper to create you own personalized art form.
 Register here​​


Take time to Unwind

Friday Unwind Time debuts on 4/23

Unwind time is a series of 15-minute relax, renew, and rejuvenate live sessions offered every Friday at 11:00 am starting on April 23. Our Mindful Mondays are such a great hit in starting the week, and Unwind Time will be a great way to end the work week with practices such as Acupressure and other self soothing sessions. Participants will engage in the live 15-minute sessions while a presenter guides you through each 15-minute practice.

​4/23, 11:00 - 11:15 am: Acupressure Points Unwind Time
Acupressure offers techniques that can help you rid yourself of muscle tightness by massaging various trigger points'

4/30, 11:00 - 11:15 am: Body Scan Unwind Time
Body Scan meditation is a good way to release tension you might not even realize you're experiencing. Body scanning involves paying attention to parts of the body and bodily sensations in a gradual sequence from feet to head. It's a great "time out" for your body!

May Unwind Time sessions will be available in the 5/3 newsletter!

 WELLNESS CHALLENGES - WIN PRIZES!!

Challenge Yourself


 Beginning April 19 and running through June 30, you'll have the opportunities to engage in 3 wellness Challenges: Healthy Habits, Move More, and Gratitude. Complete one of the Challenges and you are eligible for great wellness prizes such as a wellness walking kit, yoga mat, yoga ball, and other wellness-themed prizes. And, complete more than one challenge--you are eligible to win a prize every time you complete a Challenge! 

Our first challenge, Motivated to Move, 
begins on Tuesday April 27, Registration Opens April 21

Let's get "motivated to move"! Through weekly readings, videos, and activity tasks, along with tracking your steps in a step log and/or tracking minutes of activities in a cardio log, you'll discover what motivates you and explore ways to increase your time in motion. The goal is to accumulate the equivalent of 35,000 steps each week of this 4-week challenge. If you have a tracking device such as FitBit, Garmin, etc., you will have the ability to sync your device to the portal for automatic tracking.


Dental Health Challenges​
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​In addition, you'll be entered automatically for additional dental health prizes like Oral B electric toothbrushes and dental kits when you participate in online dental health workshops and live dental webinars!

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Brought to you by Delta Dental and open to all employees, fun and educational online health education activities are available now. The first 200 registrants will win a dental kit! Register Register here.

Also, if you are a Delta Dental member and want to learn more about your dental benefits, you are invited to register for a live Zoom meeting on "Getting the Most From Your DHMO Plan". Register here

Coming 5/4:  UNITED CONCORDIA DENTAL Activities


A series of 45-minute live webinars will be brought to you by United Concordia Dental starting May 4. You'll have the opportunity to interact with Valerie Fleming, a registered dental hygienist and Oral Wellness Consultant as she presents on a variety of oral health topics. Member Benefits Specialists will join the webinars to answer general membership benefits questions. All participants will be entered to win an Oral B electric toothbrush. Session descriptions and registration links will be sent via the weekly wellness newsletter on 4/26!