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STATE OF MARYLAND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER, JUNE 2022

Hello June Beach Scene

June brings us the beginning of summer,
​a time that is bursting with energy, positivity, and fun. 
(And we have lots of fun for you this month!)

Check out our 2 new Challenges: "Summertime" and "Let's Get Spicy".  

Join Chef Sandra Lewis on Tuesdays for "Let's Get Spicy" cooking demonstrations.

Learn how to keep you and your family "summer safe" in Healthy U Wednesday sessions.

June is also Men's Health Month, and on Thursdays, we focus on Men's Health.

Mindful Mondays and Unwind Time Fridays are good bookends to your week this month. Learn about how stress affects the brain and how to self-soothe.

Summertime

Remember when you were a kid waiting for dusk to turn to darkness so you could watch the fireflies come out? How about the sound of the ice cream truck? Running through the sprinkler? 

Go back to the summers of your youth and rekindle the magic and vitality of childhood with our Summertime campaign! 

Record daily physical activity with your favorite tracker or on your mobile or desktop device to reveal vibrant images of summer memories. Buddy, team, and other social features make giving and getting support in Summertime even more rewarding and fun. Challenge yourself to fill the night sky with fireflies and see how your score compares. The more you do, the more you’ll want to do in Summertime.   

Watch this brief (under 1 minute) video to learn more.

 Summertime begins Monday, June 13 - Register today!


Mindful Mondays:
The Effect of Stress on Your Brain and the Antidote
(hint: Mindfulness...)

Mindful Monday

Did you know that chronic stress can cause areas of the brain associated with emotions, metabolism, and memory to shrink? Learn more about the effect of stress on the brain and how mindfulness practices such as meditation can protect your brain.

Monday, 6/6, 11:00 am - 11:30 am: Stress and Your Brain Part 1: Anxiety Register here

Monday, 6/13, 11:00 am - 11:30 am: Stress and Your Brain Part 2: How to Ease Your Mind Register here

Monday, 6/20, 11:00 am - 11:30 am: Stress and Your Brain Part 3: Relieving Stress Techniques Register here

Monday, 6/27, 11:00 am - 11:30 am: Stress and Your Brain Part 4: Protect with Mindfulness  Register here
Wellness 360
is back with the
"LET'S GET SPICY" CHALLENGE!

Spoon spices

In this 3-week challenge, learn how easy it is to add flavor to your everyday meals. Each week of the challenge has a focus: week 1 is spices, week 2 is seasonings, and week 3 is herbs. Each week you'll have access to activities that will describe the history, health benefits, and recipes of the week's focus. You can join conversations on your dashboard as you answer questions and interact with other participants. And, for each week that you participate, you are entered into a raffle prize drawing!

"Let's Get Spicy" begins Monday, 6/6 - Registration is now open! 

If you registered for Wellness 360 Degrees in 2021, here is your registration link 
If you did not register for Wellness 360 Degrees in 2021, here is your registration link

Wellness From the Kitchen: 
Let's Get Spicy with Chef Sandra Lewis 
Chef Sandra Lewis

Tuesday, 6/14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Jazz up your Guac!
Learn how to transform avocado into Guacamole – the literal translation is avocado sauce. This delightful sauce, which includes cilantro, kosher salt and a dash of Tajin (a Mexican spice) is the perfect summer appetizer or accompaniment to your favorite Tex Mex dish. Register here

Tuesday, 6/21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Green Curry Chicken
Thai Green Curry Chicken is a one-pan meal that cooks in only 20 minutes! Enjoy the fragrant spice of this dish over Jasmine rice. Make it vegetarian by substituting your favorite vegetable or tofu for the chicken. Register here

Tuesday, 6/28, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Cantaloupe Parfait
Canteloupe parfait is the perfect sweet summer dessert! This is an easy yet elegant dessert. Learn how to transform this summer fruit into something beyond simple slices. Register here

 Healthy U Wednesdays:
Summer Safety
Healthy U 
Summer fun and summer safety go hand-in-hand. Learn how to maximize your summer health and safety with this summer safety series!

Wednesday, 6/8, 11:00 am - 11:45 am: Love the Skin You're In Here comes the sun! There are many health benefits to sun exposure: two examples are an increase in vitamin D production and an increase of serotonin which supports a good mood. However, as the adage goes, too much of a good thing may be not so good. This can be the case when it comes to the skin damage that results from too much sun exposure. Learn skin cancer risk factors and signs, the effects of UV radiation, and sun safety practices to prevent skin damage.  Register here

Wednesday, 6/15, 11:00 am - 11:45 am: Your Immunity - Avoid the Invaders!  Summer is all about spending time outside. However, a mild cold or other infection can squash your ability to get out there and enjoy the nice weather. That's why it's so important to make sure that your immune system is in top shape this season. Learn how to reduce your risk of experiencing a germ invasion this summer!  Register here

Wednesday, 6/22, 11:00 am - 11:45 am: Exercise Performance and Nutrition During Summer 
For many, summer days make fitness more fun and inviting. It is important to recognize that exercise performance expectations and nutritional needs may require adjusting in order to exercise safely in warm weather. Learn more about warm weather workouts and nutrition in this timely webinar. Register here 

Wednesday, 6/29, 11:00 am - 11:45 am: Food Allergy Awareness, Summer Edition  Summer is prime time for picnics and backyard barbecues. However, you may want to be careful about what you put on your plate. Although your neighbor's potato salad may be a prized family recipe, what exactly is their secret ingredient? Learn about common food allergies and how to eat safely at summer soirees. Register here

Health Promotion Thursdays: 
Men's Health
Men's Health Month

June is recognized as Men’s Health Month! This health observance is all about raising awareness and encouraging the men in our lives to take care of their bodies through preventive screenings, annual checkups, and making healthy lifestyle choices.

Thursday, 6/9, 11:00 am - 11:45 am: Men's Health Issues
Do you know a man's risks for heart disease, prostate cancer, and diabetes? These are the top 3 chronic diseases that affect men. Learn how to identify risk factors and simple lifestyle behaviors that can help avoid these chronic diseases. Register here

Thursday, 6/16, 11:00 am - 11:45 am: Man Up to Good Health  Make men's health a priority! Join this comprehensive presentation to learn valuable information on screenings, disease risk factors, and healthy lifestyle strategies for men. Register here

Thursday, 6/23, 11:00 am - 11:45 am: Men's Mental Health
Research has found that men display different signs and symptoms of mental and emotional distress. Because these signs and symptoms are not recognized, men often do not get adequate support and treatment. Learn more about signs and symptoms for men, how to access support, and how men can improve mental health. Register here

Thursday, 6/30, 11:00 am - 11:45 am: Men's Hypertension: Protect, Detect, Correct  Men have higher rates of hypertension than women (CDC). Learn why this is, what the risk factors are for men, and how to prevent and control male blood pressure. Register here
Unwind Time Fridays: Self Soothe

TakeTime to Unwind 

When you recognize the symptoms of stress showing up, having a toolbox of self-soothing techniques can help you manage the stress which will make you, and those you live with, a lot happier! Add these 3 meditations to your toolbox:​

Friday, 6/10, 11:00 am - 11:15 am: Steps to Self Soothe Register here

Friday, 6/17, 11:00 am - 11:15 am: Visualization for Wellbeing Register here

Friday, 6/24, 11:00 am - 11:15 am: Appreciating the Little Things Register here




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