A Message from the Chief Wellness Officer
May is American Stroke Month, a great time of the year to raise awareness about the warning signs and risks for stroke and to emphasize healthy lifestyle behaviors you can adopt to control your risk of stroke and impact overall brain health.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of long-term disability among Americans. Although some risk factors for stroke cannot be changed like age, family history, race and sex, up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable through adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors and, in some cases, medication. High blood pressure is the number one controllable risk factor for stroke, but there are many other controllable risk factors like high cholesterol, smoking, poor dietary habits and physical inactivity.

We have the power to take action the moment we notice something is wrong. To quickly and easily recognize when your loved one or friend is having a stroke, use F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, and Time) to remember the warning signs of a stroke. Quick identification of these signs is crucial since the faster they receive treatment, the more likely they are to recover without permanent damage.

New! Meditation Classes at University Libraries!
We are excited to offer meditation classes at OSUL for the next three months. These sessions will be led by professional meditation leaders from Heartfulness. The sessions don’t require much physical activity and anyone can participate. Please see the schedule below and register to attend here.
May 16, 11:15am-12pm (150 THO)
May 29, 11:15am-12pm (122 LTC)
June 11, 11:15am-12pm (150 THO)
June 26, 11:15am-12pm (122 LTC
July 10, 11:15am-12pm (150 THO)
July 24, 11:15am-12pm (122 LTC)

Stroke Risk Assessment Screenings
Wednesdays, May 2 through May 30, 10am – 2pm
Brain and Spine Hospital lobby

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Learn your personal risk factors, ways to reduce your stroke risk, and how to recognize signs and symptoms of a stroke.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Comprehensive Stroke Center will offer free stroke risk assessment on Wednesdays throughout the month of May.

Click here for more information.

Zipongo Digital Nutrition Webinar

Zipongo makes it easy to eat well by providing personalized recipes and meal planning tools tailored to your specific food preferences, needs, and goals!  Zipongo empowers people to make better decisions about what to eat—at home, at work, and on the go.

May 29, Noon – 12:30pm.  Register at LinktoHealth.

Amazing Race for Wellness  Lincoln Tower Park, May 16, 11 am to 2 pm
The Amazing Race to Wellness is back! Brought to you by Buckeye Wellness, this exciting team competition sends groups of four on an adventure through the Lincoln Tower Park to face challenges based on the Nine Dimensions of Wellness. Use teamwork and problem-solving skills to complete each wellness station. Team captains should register the entire team in advance for a start time between 11 am to 2 pm.

For registration, please visit https://blogs.nursing.osu.edu/amazing-race/.

Buckeyes on the Move
Join colleagues from across the university for OSU’s new running/walking group—Buckeyes on the Move.  This ongoing program is open to all levels of fitness, whether you are a novice walker or an avid runner.  It’s a healthy way to meet new people and help you stay motivated with your fitness routine.  The group meets every Thursday at 5:30pm at Fred Beekman Park.  Register in LinktoHealth to join!

Healthy Recipes for a Healthy Brain Cooking Demo
May 22, 6-7pm.  Giant Eagle Market District Demo Kitchen, Upper Arlington  Join us for our May cooking demonstration to learn how to prepare flavorful and nutritious dishes that can keep your brain running in tip top shape.  A dietitian will be on hand to answer your nutrition questions while our chef demonstrates techniques that help make healthy eating both practical and tasty. On the menu: Kale and Walnut Pesto, Sweet and Spicy Grilled Salmon, and Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries.  Please register in advance at LinktoHealth.

Join Team Buckeye!
Team Buckeye, the official team representing Ohio State in Pelotonia welcomes you to be part of the Greatest Team Ever and participate in this year’s 10th anniversary celebration. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Rider, a Virtual Rider or a Volunteer – what matters is that you want to end cancer and you’re going to do something about it. After you register for Pelotonia, make sure you get connected to a Team Buckeye peloton. Every dollar raised benefits Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital and Solve Research Institute. Register for Pelotonia here.

Walk Around the World with YP4H
Count your steps and earn points and prizes in YP4H’s latest challenge, Walk Around the World.  Unlock destinations along the way and learn cultural facts and recipes from some of the world’s most famous cities.  Go to Your Plan for Health to create a new team or join an existing team.

Want to be a Wellness Innovator?
The next Buckeye Wellness Innovator orientation is June 4th from 12pm-5pm at the Blackwell.  We would especially like to have a Wellness Innovator at the Tech Center or Depository.  Please contact one of your Library Wellness Innovators, Quanetta, Lila, Sandra, or Randall for more information.  Visit the Buckeye Wellness Innovators page to sign up!