December Win with Wellness Tips
Fitness, Healthy Recipes & More
December 2012 OpportunitiesPay Day DisplaysDecember 20 - Fitness Through the Holidays11:30 am—12:30 pm By CafeteriaMile Movers Walking GroupsEvery Monday at 5:30pm and Wednesday at noon at ACM Track for 30 minutesPersonal Trainer in the Fitness CenterEvery Monday & Wednesday 5-7pmDon’t Forget:All WMHS employees, physicians, advanced practice professionals, licensed independent practitioners, students, interns, volunteers, credentialed allied health workers and independent contractors must
be vaccinated or show proof of having been vaccinated by December 31, 2012, unless they have a medical contraindication or religious restrictions to the influenza vaccine. If you have questions, please contact Employee Health at 8210. Coming Soon:Achieve Balance ChallengeJanuary 7-March 1, 2013This 8-week challenge will involve teams of 3 people, earning points for completing activities in each of the following categories: physical activity, healthy eating, intellectual, and spiritual & inspirational. Each team member will establish a personal wellness goal and prizes will be awarded to the 3 teams that earn the most points.For more wellness information check out the newsletter from Interactive Health Solutions—the people who do our Healthy Merits Screenings at https://interactive.com/newsletters Heart Healthy HolidaysResearchers at the University of California, San Diego, and Tufts University School of Medicine examined 53 million U.S. death certificates from 1973 to 2001. This national study published in Circulation (2004),
revealed some interesting connections between the holidays and heart attacks.
- Overall, there is an increase of 5% more heart-related deaths during the holiday season. Number of cardiac deaths is higher on Dec. 25 than on any other day of the year, second highest on Dec. 26, and third highest on Jan. 1.
- In the study, researchers suggested people might delay getting treatment because they don’t want to disrupt holiday festivities. Or holiday travelers might take longer to find competent medical care, which heightens the risk.
- Other factors may play a role, such as emotional stress and overindulgence. During the holidays, people tend to eat too much and drink more alcohol -- while skipping their exercise routine. People tend to gain weight and take in more salt, which can put additional stress on the heart and increase other risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Consider some common sense measures during this special time of year.
- Find a way to reduce stress.
- Avoid excess food, salt, and alcohol.
- If you feel chest pain or other symptoms, call 911 for emergency help. Don’t postpone treatment because you don’t want to spoil the holiday merrymaking.
Source: The Truth Behind More Holiday Heart Attacks, by Katherine Kam, WebMD.com
Healthy Recipe of the Month
500 Calories or Less In under 30 minutes
Cranberry Pineapple Minis
Ingredients: 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice; 2 pkg. (3 oz. each) raspberry flavor, sugar-free gelatin; 1 can (16 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce; 2/3 cup chopped walnuts; 1 apple chopped.
Directions: (Prep time only 10 minutes but does take 2.5 hours to chill.)
Drain pineapple, reserving juice.Add enough water to juice to measure 2 ½ cups; pour in saucepan. Bring to boil.
Add boiled mixture to gelatin in large bowl. Stir 2 minutes, until completely dissolved.
Stir in pineapple, cranberry sauce, nuts, and apples.
Spoon into 24 paper lined muffin cups.
Refrigerate 2 1/2 hours or until firm. Remove minis from liners before serving. Don’t Forget to WALK!
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