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Cheryl Hanley

Wellness Champion 
PATH Adventure Coordinator

Dawn Lazzara

​​Wellness Leader


  • Workout dvds/videos to sign out.(room 1106)
  • Bootcamp with Joey Farley Thursdays 330-430 (view the wellness calendar for dates)
  • Country Heat with Nancy Lusby Mondays 345-445  (view the wellness calendar for dates)
  • Faculty Fun Friday 
  Our wellness team has added a new member. Welcome Shelby Knudson!!

We were asked by BCBSVT and VEHI to take part in a new 'healthy supervisory union' initiative. We will be meeting with a member from Blue Cross and VEHI three times throughout the school year to address staff wellness needs based off of our Blue Cross claims data and the Healthy Life Survey.

Below are our goals and some things we have started to target them.
1) increase physical activity in school employees during the week.
     - we are offering a number of worksite activities throughout the week (bootcamp, country heat, workout
        videos, etc)  
     -the PATH adventure has drawn to an end.

2) increase the number of employees earning incentive points.
     -we are promoting the "Keeping Fit" tool at physical activity events and including it on promotional materials.

3)reduce the number of musculoskeletal disorders among employees.
   -We have had an ergonomic assessment that gave recommendations for workspaces. We are in the process 
    of prioritizing, purchasing and putting them in place.
  - In January, we had a "Mobility in a Bag" workshop. The resources are on site see us for more information.

4) reduce the number of digestive disorders among employees.
    -We have created "Wellness Wednesdays" where we offer a healthy snack and provide a nutritional
      information poster.
    - We were able to install a new fountain with water bottle filler station to increase hydration.

Wellness Wednesday Snacks
5/10/17 snack is Almonds and Blueberries!
   - are low in calories high in nutrients
   -are king of all antioxidant food
   -reduce DNA damage, and help protect against ageing and cancer
   -protect blood cholesterol
   -may lower blood pressure
   -may help prevent heart disease
   -help to maintain brain function and improve memory
   -contain anthocyanins that have an anti diabetic effect
   -may help fight a UTI
   -helps reduce muscle damage after strenuous exercise
   -Lower bad cholesterol
   -control diabetes
   -support heart health
   -improve brain power
   -aid in weight loss
   -prevent birth defects
   -strengthen bones
   -keep skin healthy
   -solve hair issues

5/3/17 snack-Edamame and Cheesesticks

1) good for teeth and bones
2) cancer prevention
3)good for muscles
4)has vitamin B which helps with blood pressure
5)vitamin b is also helpful for skin
6) helps your immune system
7)contains tryptophan, an amino acid that reduces stress and helps to induce sleep


Health Benefit 1: Low Fat, High Protein
 Edamame is rich in protein and low in fat(has less than 1gm of saturated) .It supplies the body with 17 grams of protein, equivalent to 30%  of recommended daily allowance in men and nearly 37% in women. The nine essential amino acids it offers are important because our bodies cannot manufacture them.
Health Benefit 2: Cardiovascular Health
The high –fiber content in edamame assists in reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. It contains mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-6 fatty acids as well as  alpha-linolenic acid and  omega-3 fatty acid which the body can readily convert to  EPA and DHA.These  compounds are associated with reduced blood cholesterol and fewer heart diseases. The isoflavones in edamame prevents cardiovascular diseases
Health benefit 3: Bone Health
Edamame contains manganese, vitamin K, potassium and magnesium. Manganese helps in building strong bones while vitamin K plays a role in adding to bone density. Both potassium and magnesium contribute in preventing onset of osteoporosis. Its isoflavones also assist in maintenance of the bone density due to estrogen-like properties. Studies have also shown that soy protein has ability increase bone mineral density (BMD), or reduce BMD loss in women approaching or in post-menopause.
Health benefit 4: Boosts Immune System
The copper in edamame aids in strengthening the immune system by ensuring that it functions at optimum level. It supplies the body with about 60% of the recommended daily allowance. The two compounds phytoestrogens genistein and daidizein in edamame act like hormone estrogen thus believed to enable the body to ward off certain cancers in women.
Health Benefit 5: Source of fiber
The 4grams of fiber in Edamame gives you a feeling of fullness hence you do not get hungry sooner, not to mention lowering the levels of cholesterol.
Health Benefit 6: Antioxidant
Edamame seeds contain antioxidants which help the body rid itself radicals and toxins. This is useful in strengthening body’s immunity. The isoflavones and saponins are useful antioxidants which guard the body against the effects of harmful free radicals.
Health Benefit 7: Anti-inflammation
 Anti-inflammatory properties in edamame are useful in combating arthritis as well as asthmatic patients.
Health Benefit 8: Anti-Cancer properties
Edamame is used especially by women to counteract breast pain. It has also been found that soy beans assist in preventing breast cancer.
Health Benefit 9: Muscle Health
Edamame (especially dry roasted) is considered a complete protein hence aids in maintaining muscle mass. A complete protein food is one which contains all the essential amino acids.
Health Benefit 10: Kidney Health
Edamame contributes in slowing progression of kidney disease by lowering protein in the urine, which, if left untreated causes known as proteinuria.

5 ways to eat Edamame
1.   Straight up, with salt - Did you know that edamame isn't just a sushi restaurant appetizer? It's easily made at home, too. We like to buy bags of frozen, steamed edamame in their pods and just warm it up. Peel and eat!
2.   With rice - Edamame beans, shelled from their pods, make a quick and delicious supper. We love this recipe of black rice and edamame.
3.   Stir-fried - You can do many things with those tender little green beans, once they've been slit out of their pods, and stir-frying is another great option. Throw into some leftover rice with an egg and quickly stir-fry until hot.
4.   In a bean salad - Edamame is also great in tossed bean salads, like this Three Bean Salad with cumin, garlic, lime juice, and black-eyed peas.
5.   Pureed in a dip - Here's a great way to make a party dip that's healthy but still full of lively and bright flavors: puree edamame beans with lemon, mint, and cheeseinto a great snack dip.
Garlic Edamame Recipe
·         1 package frozen edamame (13 ounces)
·         1 tablespoon sesame oil
·         8 grams garlic, grated (about 1 large clove)
·         1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
1.   In a bowl, whisk the sesame oil, grated garlic, and black pepper together.
2.   Some edamame are precooked and can be heated in the microwave, others need to be boiled. Follow the directions on the package to reheat/cook your edamame.
3.   Make sure your edamame is well drained and then dump them into the bowl with the garlic mixture and toss to coat evenly.
4.   Sprinkle the salt over the edamame and toss again until the salt is evenly distributed.
5.   Serve immediately.
If you like your food spicy, try adding a squirt of your favorite Asian hot sauce to the garlic mixture before tossing it with the edamame.

4/26 snack was strawberries and chia seeds.

1) helps burn stored fat
2) boost short term memory
3) low in calories high in fiber
4) ease inflammation
5) lower cardiovascular disease
6) promote bone health
7) prevent esophageal cancer
8) anti-aging properties
9) good for weight loss
10) promote eye health

Chia seeds-
1) can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol
2) help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer
3)  2 tablespoons has 1/3 of the daily recommended intake of fiber which
 is associated with reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and regulating bowel function.
  help you prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight
5) helps lower food cravings 
6) can lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels while increasing HDL or "good" cholesterol
7)  can reduce insulin resistance and decrease abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood.
8)  protect against heart attack, stroke, and heart disease
9)  associated with a 
reduced risk of many adverse health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality.
10)  treat diverticulitis 


How to incorporate more chia seeds into your diet

Chia seeds are relatively easy to find in any major grocery store. They are black in color and they have a mild, nutty flavor.

chia seed parfait
Chia seeds can be eaten raw, or cooked and added to yogurt, cereal, and smoothies.

Raw, they can be sprinkled on cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies. They can also be eaten cooked, added to baked goods like bread and muffins.

In vegan baking, they can replace eggs. To use them as an egg substitute in baking, try mixing 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, then let them sit for a few minutes. A gel will form that can be used instead of eggs in baking.

Follow these links to find some recipes that use chia:

  Other Information:

- We applied for and have been granted a "Nursing Moms in the Workplace" grant that will be completed along with a policy by the end of May. This should be completed after we return from April vacation.

- Our fitness class incentive is,If you attend 5 fitness classes (any one or combination of the 3) you earn a lacrosse ball anything over that give you one entry to win a larger roller.


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