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September 21, 2017

Returning again this fall: Refresh from Stress!

Refresh from Stress (RFS), which offers employees 30 days of activities designed to help staff and faculty manage stress and improve their wellbeing, returns to Emory November 1 - 30. Activities range from self-care, mindfulness, gratitude and resilience, to enhancing social connections.

In 2016, more than 3,000 members of the Emory community participated in Refresh from Stress: 30-Day Inspiration (RFS). RFS participants were guided through weekly themes: Fundamentals of Self Care, Mindful Anything, Social Connections, Gratitude and Resilience. In an effort to reduce stress, participants could self-guide their activities, with minimal guidelines - choosing to do certain activities on different days - to meet their individual needs. In addition, most activities were simple: A follow-up survey indicated that sharing a smile and complimenting others were among the most frequently completed activities. And, those activities seemed to have struck a chord with participants.
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The Fitbit store is open!
Need a way to stay motivated this fall? Try a new Fitbit device! Emory is offering a subsidy on the purchase of Fitbit devices for employees. Purchase one device at the employee rate and up to two more at a Family & Friends rate.
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Exercise Corner: Stretch it out!
Flexibility is an important part of a fitness plan that is often overlooked. Flexibility plays a vital role in overall fitness and function - and injury prevention.
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Don't take work sitting down

How do you spend your time at work? Do you mostly sit, stand or do you do a mixture of the two? If you find that you spend most of your day sitting, you are not alone. According to data collected as part of the 2016 Emory Health Risk Assessment (HRA), 52 percent of Emory employees report sitting most of their workday. The recently launched Active Works program from Healthy Emory is a new way to define what it means to be active at work. Even if you spend most of your day on your feet, do you make time to stretch or take some relaxing breaths to re-energize your mind and body? The benefits of moving more are endless, including less stress, better circulation and clearer thinking.

Active Works is designed to help Emory employees increase movement and working healthier - not harder - throughout their workday. This campaign offers a variety of ideas, activities and resources for any work setting. Curtis Williams, wellness specialist, says, "Active Works offers something for everyone and is designed to help us be our best self at work, which usually spills over to our lives outside of work." Williams adds, "For many of us, our work culture includes sitting at a desk for most of the day, back-to-back meetings, short lunches and mid-afternoon sleepiness, followed by stiff or sore muscles. Active Works is a way to help us feel better and have more energy."
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Walk for a cause
The annual Atlanta Heart Walk will take place Saturday, September 23. Thousands will be take part in this event to raise funds and awareness for heart disease and stroke. Register for a team today and join your Emory colleagues!
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Chef's Corner: Eggplant with coconut, mint, and pistachio
This medley of flavors is sure to brighten up your palate. The eggplant creates a shell-like structure that allows all the flavors to come together into one delicious bite!
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Create a team for the Winship Win the Fight 5K on Saturday, October 14.

Take a break and enjoy fall at the Meet Me @ Lullwater walking group every Wednesday starting September 27.

Yoga, stretch, yoga, and stretch some more each day of the week at Emory University Hospital.

School is back in session, which means Emory's Farmers Market is back weekly. Visit the Cox Hall bridge on Tuesdays starting at 11 a.m.

Learn how to get a real financial plan and set a timeline at "SmartPath I - Get Your Money Right" on Friday, September 22 @ noon. Register here!


Taking or sharing this anonymous, mental health online screening could save your life.

Got a minute to spare? Active Works provides 1-2 minutes exercises for individuals. Try one here.

Are triggers affecting your ability to quit smoking? Check out one of these resources to help you quit!

Join Blomeyer in celebrating 20 years of good health by joining for $0 money down and no dues by October 1.

Interested in participating in a clinical trial related to weight loss? Learn more here.


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