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Become a Buckeye Wellness Innovator

Share your love for wellness and inspire your colleagues! Ohio State’s Buckeye Wellness Innovators program in the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer seeks faculty and staff for its January 2021 cohort. You will receive training, tips, suggestions and opportunities to coordinate and attend special events. If you are interested in promoting health and wellness activities and initiatives in your workplace, plus getting to know Buckeye Wellness Innovators from across campus, apply to the program and attend the free virtual orientation on January 26 from 1 – 4:30 p.m.  Read more information and register here.

Lunch and Learn: Energy for Life; One Day at a Time

January 22, noon – 1 p.m.

What would you do if you had more energy? Are you tired of being tired? Do you need a better work-life balance? This presentation is designed to introduce you to the Health Athlete program and start you on your journey to re-focus and re-energize your personal and professional life.

Acquire new strategies for fueling, recovering and moving to become your best self.  Register here.

Winter Resilience: Managing Stress and Mental Health in the Winter Months

January 20, 11:30 a.m. to noon

The winter months provide some of the biggest challenges to wellness during the year. The pressure of the holidays, the ongoing pandemic and the risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder take a toll and can become problematic if we don’t care for ourselves. In this presentation, you’ll learn strategies for managing stress and building resiliency through the winter months.  Register here.

Mental Health Awareness Training

January 21, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Brought to you by the Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), this workshop is focused on increasing understanding of the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and learning approaches to support your colleagues in the workplace.  Register here.

Men’s Health: Five Appointments to Make Every Year

January 26, 12:30-1 p.m.

Men often think that they are too strong and invincible for illness, often leading to health and wellness falling to the wayside. Ultimately, this vulnerability can be a barrier to obtaining necessary health information. Join this webinar to learn from Sophia Tolliver, MD, MPH, FAAFP, as she discusses the five areas of health men should focus on every year, including physical, dental, vision, mental and financial.  Register here.

Signs You Should Have a COVID-19 Antibody Test

You might consider talking to your doctor about taking an antibody test if you had COVID-19 symptoms at some point or if you have long-term symptoms that just won’t go away. These can include fatigue, cough, trouble breathing, headache and joint pain.  Read the full article here.

Mindfulness/Meditation Group

Fridays, beginning January 8
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Each Friday morning at 8:45, this group will feature a short introduction (about five minutes) to different types of meditation and highlight some related Ohio State Wellness Resources. No registration is necessary.  There will be 45 minutes of mostly self-led time to practice the featured meditation technique of the week or follow a different recording from your own meditation app or YouTube video. Participants may choose to leave their webcams and mics muted.  Participation may count towards a YP4H healthy habit, so don’t forget to log it in your habit tracker in the Virgin Pulse portal.

Everyday Health: Building Resilience and Resources Together

Everyday Health, a leading provider of evidence-based digital health and wellness content, partnered with The Ohio State University to conduct a national online survey about resilience. Key finding: Most Americans overestimate their own resilience. What this means is that regardless of what you’re going through, the world can be a pretty challenging place. This Resilience Toolkit will help you better understand what constitutes resilience and how to build up your resilience skills and those of others. 

Do You Have an Idea for a Wellness Program?

Are you looking for information or a better understanding of a wellness issue? Do you have expertise or connection to an expert who can speak about a wellness issue? Please send ideas, suggestions or expert contact information to a Wellness Innovator for consideration. Your Innovators are Lila Andersen(.43), Quanetta Batts(.2), Ash Faulkner(.172), Randall McKenzie(.87), and Christina Moore(.809).

Share your Wellness Achievements

Are you preparing to run a marathon? Did you start a new yoga practice? Are you working on a creative project? Are you involved in your community? We want to hear your wellness story and celebrate your achievements. You are an inspiration! Send your story and photos to a Wellness Innovator and we’ll share it in an upcoming Wellness Wednesday newsletter.