Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Seaman Wellness

Welcome to our district wellness council site. Our mission is to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyle choice through on-going education and to empower students and staff to take responsibility for their own health. On this site you can find tips for healthy habits, recipes, and other ideas to better the wellness of your life. Use the Important Links section to help you find the specific information you are looking for, whether it's the Staff Wellness Challenge, healthy recipes, or parent tips. Let's work together to promote wellness among our staff, students and community!

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No TIME for Exercise - Where Does All Our TIME Go?
By Chris Tuck, RN - Health Services Director

Have you ever really taken an honest look at where your time is spent in a day?  Most of us would admit we would like to have more time in our day.  What if you could find that extra time?  What would you do with it?  The reality is there is only 24 hours in a day and you cannot change that! The sad thing is it is usually the "time for our personal health and wellness" that gets left out, however, we can manage our activities bettere and be more efficient with the time that we have, to ensure we HAVE TIME to fit in fitness activities to improve our health!

Taking a look at a typical weekday of 24 hours, what do you have left after subtracting an 8 hour workday and the recommended 8 hours of sleep?  The answer is 8 hours.  In those remaining 8 hours of your day, what must get done?  Commuting, eating, personal hygiene and care of family members are just a few of the things that you need to accomplish in this 8 hours of time.  So, how and when do you fit in 30 - 60 minutes of exercise, which we all know we need, not only to reduce the risk of obesity and other chronic diseases, but also to reduce stress and enhance our overall health.

 What Can You Do In The Time That You Have?

What must you accomplish TODAY?  Make a list of the "must do" items (i.e chores, family commitments, errands, etc.) and make a list of the "extra" things you want to or feel that you need to do (i.e. exercise, attending social events, watching television, being on the computer, etc).  See if you can identify "time wasters" or "time sponges."  Time-wasting activities are often the biggest barriers to finding extra time in your day.

Prioritize what's important - Place your to-do items on a list, and keep in mind what is important or urgent, and what really is a "time waster".

Deal with procrastination - Procrastination is putting things off until the last minute.  Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today."

Manage your commitments - Give yourself permission to say "NO", and don't feel bad if and when you do.  Putting yourself first is so important and many times not being able to say "NO" is the reason our time fills up so quickly.

There's really no TIME like the present when it comes to taking control of your health, and exercise is a crucial component of optimal health.  I guarantee it will make a major difference in your energy level, and probably your entire outlook on life.  Exercise is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle, and it can be part of your life no matter what your age.  Taking TIME to ensure exercise is part of your daily routine is one of the smartest decisions you will ever make!

 

 


 September Wellness Website Information 
September 1 -30
Cholesterol Education Month (National)
nhlbiinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov
www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Healthy Aging Month
info@healthyaging.net
www.healthyaging.net 
Pain Awareness Month
acpa@theacpa.org
theacpa.org/Pain-Awareness 
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
renee.savickas@prostateconditions.org
www.prostateconditions.org 
Reye's Syndrome Awareness Month
nrsf@reyessyndrome.org
www.reyessyndrome.org
Sports Eye Safety Month
info@preventblindness.org
www.preventblindness.org
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
thyca@thyca.org
www.thyca.org <
 
September 7 -13September 14 - 20
Suicide Prevention Week (National)
info@suicidology.org
www.suicidology.org 
Child Passenger Safety Week
elizabeth.graziosi@dot.gov
www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov