A Message from the Chief Wellness Officer, Bernadette Melnyk

February is American Heart Month. While we send valentines to those we love, it’s also a great time to highlight the importance of practicing great heart health for ourselves and for all of the people we care about. I encourage you to join us and Million Hearts this month in their mission to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases and prevent one million cardiovascular events.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the #1 killer of Americans. Every year, more than 790,000 Americans have a heart attack episode; almost 75% of those are first-time sufferers. The good news is that more than 80% of all CVD is preventable. You can read more about the signs and symptoms of heart disease here.

Follow these tips to prevent heart disease:

  1. Ask your provider for a heart screening.
  2. Exercise 30 minutes a day.
  3. Choose healthier snacks, like an apple or some carrot sticks, instead of a sweet treat.
  4. Take a few minutes of time out for stress relief when you start to feel tense.
  5. Avoid tobacco.

Yoga at the Libraries Tech Center

Our first bi-weekly yoga class at the Tech Center was a success!  We are pleased to offer upcoming classes from 4pm to 5pm on 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, and 4/17 in room 122.

Please see the additional details and requirements from the yoga instructor below:

Class description: By definition, yoga is “yoking” the mind, body and spirit. In this vinyasa style yoga class students will be taught traditional yoga poses and breath-linked movement. Yoga poses are intentionally sequenced to build strength, flexibility and mindfulness. Through this practice of exploration, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their physical and energetic bodies. 

  • Participants should bring a yoga mat and wear yoga appropriate clothing.
  • Participants will be required to sign a health waiver.
  • Optional suggested materials: yoga block, strap, and towel.

Upcoming Financial Wellness Sessions for University Libraries

 10 Critical Aspects of Financial Planning (Financial Planning Basics)
Thompson Library RM 150
                         February 21, 2-3pm

Do you have a tailored financial plan in place? Everyone can benefit from a financial plan that is tailored to individual needs and circumstances. A financial roadmap can motivate you to save money, help you meet your financial goals, and improve your overall financial security now and in the future.

In this seminar on Financial Planning Basics, you will learn:

  • How to construct a budget and the importance of establishing an emergency fund
  • Credit fundamentals
  • Basic investment concepts, including risk tolerance and the difference between pre-tax, after-tax, and tax-deferred investments
  • Basic estate planning concepts

Retirement Decisions for those under PERS/SERS/STRS
Libraries Tech Center, RM 122
March 21, 3-4pm 

College Planning
Thompson Library RM 150
April 25, 2-3pm

Are you saving enough for your child’s college? There’s no denying the benefits of a college education, especially the ability to compete in today’s competitive job market. But every year, college costs continue to increase, often at twice the rate of general inflation. That’s why it’s so important to start saving now.

In this seminar on College Planning, you will learn:

  • How much college will cost in the future
  • Tax-advantaged ways to save for college, including 529 plans, Coverdell education savings accounts, custodial accounts and U.S. savings bonds
  • The role of financial aid, including how need is determined and how assets are classified for federal aid purposes
  • Other ways to fill the college funding gap

If you are interested in any of these sessions, please submit your RSVP at http://go.osu.edu/OSULHWSP18

Everyday Dishes for the Healthy Heart Cooking Demo
February 20, 6 – 7 p.m. Giant Eagle Market District – Upper Arlington, Demo Kitchen

What better way to celebrate Heart Health month than with some nutritious and delicious food? Join us for our February cooking demo where we will show you how to turn every day dishes into heart healthy powerhouses. Your heart (and your stomach) will thank you For more information and registration, please visit linktohealth.osu.edu and search “Educational Events.