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Skiway Early-Season Pass Sale
Dartmouth Skiway Early-Season Pass Sale is underway! Prices change on September 30. All passes should be ordered online at www.dartmouthskiway.com. Click here for more information.

Stay Connected with Wellness at Dartmouth - like us on Facebook! 

Wellness at Dartmouth recently launched a Facebook page to help connect our community to events, programs, resources, healthy tips, recipes, and more!  Please note, even if you don't have a Facebook page, you can still view our page and see our postings. 

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Wellness Resources for Faculty and Staff

SAVE THE DATE - the 3rd Annual Employee Wellness Event is October 7th!

Join your colleagues for the 3rd annual health and wellness event on Tuesday, October 7th from 10am - 2pm in Alumni Hall (Hopkins Center).

DISCOVER the resources available to support your health and well-being, PLAN your path to well-being by determining which resources to access and ENGAGE in the activities that best support you and your families goals in 2015.

Registration for the biometric health screenings, flu shots and mini-demonstrations is now open!  Reserve your spot today - see details below!

  • Free Biometric Health screenings provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Live Well Work Well team
      • Includes blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, Body Mass Index, and waist circumference
      • Register here (additional biometric health screening events are also available at DHMC, Centerra and the Hanover campus)
  • Free Flu shots offered by Dick's House
  • Free Mini-workshops - register here
    • 10a - 10:20a -- An Exposure to Mindfulness Principles through Qigong, John Christopher, Ph.D.
      • This mini-workshop offers a brief experiential introduction to the basic principles of mindfulness and how they can improve your health, help you regulate your emotions, and reduce your stress. In this workshop participants will be guided in learning a brief qigong practice (similar to tai chi and compared to a more flowing and gentle style of yoga). No experience is necessary and skeptics are welcome!  Comfortable work attire is appropriate.
    • 10:30a - 10:50a -- PiYo® Strength, Maddie May
      • If you love core conditioning and strength training, PiYo® Strength is your answer. This unique format shares the core-strengthening foundations of yoga and pilates, and builds it into a rhythmic, dynamic and intense workout designed to build strength and gain flexibility. While focusing on energy, power and rhythm, this format calls for yoga rebels! Beginners welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing with bare feet (comfortable work attire is acceptable however some sweating may occur so workout attire may be preferred). Yoga mats will be provided, or please bring your own.
    • 11a - 11:20a -- Introduction to Tai Chi, Claudia Henrio
      • Tai Chi is a relaxing form of exercise that builds strength, awareness, and balance.  It is helpful for reducing stress and strengthening the immune system, as well as regulating both mind and body. Open to people of all ages and abilities.  Please wear comfortable clothing (comfortable work attire is appropriate).
    • 11:30a - 11:50a -- NIA Dance, Patricia Higgins
      • Looking for spirited movement for body and soul to start your day? Looking for weight-bearing exercise with no- or low-impact? Then join me as we dance to soul-stirring music while increasing strength, flexibility, balance and comfort in the body. NIA is a sensory-based movement practice incorporating the body, mind, emotions, and spirit, and draws from the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. NIA is enjoyed by people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in and be barefoot (comfortable work attire is appropriate).
    • 12p - 12:20p -- Healthy Back, Abs & Core Conditioning, Kathy Simons
      • This mini-workshop will demonstrate exercises to help strengthen our back and abs as well as a few basic stretches for the back.  Yoga mats will be provided, or please bring your own.  Feel free to bring an old neck tie or yoga strap to assist with the stretching.  Please wear comfortable clothing (comfortable work attire is appropriate). 
    • 12:30p - 12:50p -- Move It, Bend It! Stretching for Computer Users, Denise Finch, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
      • Staying in one position, even with good posture is not recommended.  Whether you stand or sit at your workstation, stretching provides a means of increasing circulation and improving body alignment.  In this session we will review a series of stretches you can do in your work area that will help you feel energized and balanced.
    • 1p - 1:20p -- Gentle Yoga, Nancy Duhaime
      • Dartmouth Health Coach Nancy Duhaime, a Registered Yoga Teacher will facilitate a short series of poses and introduce some basic principles of alignment to promote a safe and comfortable practice.  This mini class will be slow, in order to focus on stretching of the body while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. The class format will consist of standing and some kneeling poses and will close with a short relaxation and meditative moment.  Please wear comfortable clothing (comfortable work attire is appropriate).  Yoga mats will be provided, or please bring your own.
    • 1:30p - 1:50p -- Wellness Check-in & Self-Assessment, Gabrielle Lucke
      • Wellness is an active and dynamic process starting from a place of self-reflection that moves us closer to a higher level of self-appreciation as we work toward well-being. Discover what wellness means to you through self-assessment and determine what steps you should take as you continue on your path to well-being.
    • 2p - 2:20p -- Moving Well for Backcare, Dave Peckinpaugh
      • If you've suffered from chronic low back pain you know how it can negatively impact your work and your life. Join Dartmouth Health Coach Dave Peckinpaugh to understand how to move more effectively, practice safe movements, and learn exercises to help safeguard your lower back.
  • Campus Resources
    • Visit with campus partners including F/EAP, Child Care Resources, FLIP, Alumni Gym Memberships, Tucker Foundation, Dartmouth Skiway, Environmental Health & Safety, EMS, Weight Watchers, Dick's House Pharmacy, Dartmouth Health Coaching, Dartmouth Health Connect, Cigna, and Wellness at Dartmouth.
  • Prizes
    • Earn chances to win fun prizes including King Arthur Flour cooking classes, an Alumni Gym/Zimmerman Fitness Center membership, a Dartmouth Skiway season pass, a FLIP class, and Fitbit Flex activity tracking devices!
  • Free reusable lunch bags, healthy snacks, and more!

 

Be a CHaD HERO - Register today!

  • Join Team "Wellness at Dartmouth" for the CHaD HERO Event on 10/26!  This will be the second year our team of faculty and staff (and their families!) is on a mission to help all kids served by CHaD live healthy, active lives. 
  • Be a HERO and register for the half-marathon, 5k run, 5k walk, 10k wooded hike, Cam's Fun Run or volunteer and help raise funds for CHaD! 
  • Register here today.
    • Click on Join Our Team, select your event and fundraising amount
    • Choose Join a Team and select "Wellness at Dartmouth" and then follow the registration instructions
    • Stay tuned for team communications and events
  • To learn more about the CHaD HERO and frequently asked questions, including fundraising requirements, click here.

Health and Wellness in Fall 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Below you will find links that provide you with information about breast cancer, including the importance of early detection, breast cancer FAQs, and myths.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Early Detection - The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect breast cancer in its early stages. Visit here to learn about signs and symptoms, how and when to perform a breast self-exam, and healthy lifestyle habits to reduce your risk factors. Download the free Early Detection Plan: Breast Cancer iPhone app here.
  • Breast Cancer Myths - Did you know that breast cancer does not only affect women? In fact, each year an estimated 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to lack of awareness, men are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can lead to a delay in treatment. Click here to learn the facts behind additional breast cancer myths. 
  • Breast Cancer FAQs - What impact can stress have on developing breast cancer? Can a healthy diet prevent breast cancer? Are mammograms painful? Learn the answers to these and additional breast cancer FAQs here.

Tips for Fall Fitness

Fall is a transitional time of year - the leave on the trees change, it becomes darker earlier, and the temperature begins to drop. These changes can lead to stress for individuals who tend to fall off the health and fitness wagon during this seasonal transition. Planning for seasonal changes, finding support from group exercise, and embracing events and activities that fall has to offer are key factors for staying fit through the changing seasons. See below for tips to help you stay healthy and active this fall:

  • Head to the Trails - Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year in the Upper Valley! Grab a friend and hit the local trails for a walk, run, hike, or bike, and take in the view of the changing leaves.
  • Drink Water - Stay hydrated, even as the temperature cools down. People often feel less thirsty when it is not hot outside, but staying hydrated is just as important in the fall as it is during the hot summer months. Maintaining proper fluid intake can also help with exercise recovery and appetite control.
  • Exercise Early in the Day - Try to work out early in the morning or during the day. With the time changing and the sun setting earlier, it can feel later than it really is, which can make people more tired than usual. Getting into a routine of working out earlier in the day will guarantee the workout is completed and will still allow time in the afternoon and evening for relaxation.
  • Vary Activities - As the weather cools down and summer ends, it can become difficult to maintain motivation. Try varying activities and workouts to keep a fresh spin on exercise (and allow for confidence and skill to build across a wide range of activities!).

Your Path to Well-being Starts Here...

Wellness at Dartmouth is committed to helping employees discover their own path to well-being.  Our website is one aspect of a comprehensive approach designed to connect employees with the support they need along their journey.  We hope you enjoy your visit and encourage you to check back often for updates. The welcome mat is always out!

Statement of Purpose

The Dartmouth Wellness Website has been designed as an index of resources. The website lists organizations, institutions, and groups providing resources connected to health and fitness, but such listing is not intended as an endorsement, recommendation by Dartmouth or any of its departments, or even as a complete description of the organizations, institutions, and groups listed. Omissions from the list are unintentional. Feedback about listings and the website is welcomed.

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The information posted on the Dartmouth Wellness Website includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. The Dartmouth Wellness Website does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website. Read more... 

Last Updated: 9/30/14