As the temperatures drop, the blustery winds howl, and the air around us fills with cold and flu germs, staying healthy is a greater challenge during the winter months than other times of the year. These links provide information for boosting the immune system and staying healthy from both eastern and western perspectives:
HOLIDAY STRESS-REDUCTION TIPS
The holiday season is a time of great joy and generosity of spirit – and it can also be a source of stress for many people as work, family, and financial obligations are heightened. The following articles offer practical advice for staying in control, as well as insights to help maintain proper perspective during this hectic time.
SEASONAL WINTER FOODS AND RECIPES:
As the cold weather and short daylight hours draw us indoors, winter is the perfect time to experiment with new foods and recipes, or those you’ve been meaning to try. Eating deeply nourishing and warming foods during this season is not only satisfying to our taste buds and our bellies, but also has the added benefit of helping to keep us strong and healthy. Here are some information on delicious seasonal produce and suggestions for dishes in which to include the bounty of the winter harvest:
STAYING FIT IN WINTER
Don’t let the winter weather stop you from staying in shape! The season of cold and snow offers unique opportunities for physical activity and for enjoying the beauty of nature. The following articles offer suggestions for staying active during the winter months both indoors and out, and without breaking the bank in the process:
SEASONAL ENERGY-SAVING TIPS
When the temperature drops, it can be challenging to keep costs to a minimum while maintaining a comfortable living space. Don’t let high utility bills put a damper on your enjoyment of the season! The links below offer energy-saving tips for the winter. Not only can you save money, you can do good for the planet as well.
THE ENERGY OF WINTER: CONSERVATION, CONTAINMENT, AND QUIETUDE
Each season has its own inherent quality and energy, which exist both in the outer environment as well in as our individual ecosystems. When we embrace these seasonal qualities, we encourage easier flow, greater productivity, and better health. Winter is a time for conserving resources, and for nourishing and quieting the body and mind. The following articles provide information on making the most of the inherent energy of the season:
Winter provides an opportunity to focus our attention on two important issues affecting our safety and well-being: December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, and January is National Stalking Awareness Month. The following websites provide information to promote awareness, as well as resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery:
NEW YEAR'S REFLECTION
A wonderful New Year’s practice is to reflect back on the past year.... and then look forward to the year ahead. ‘Effective Questions’ can generate powerful energy to create what we want in our lives. Here are some of my favorite Effective Questions for transitioning from one year to the next. I encourage you to keep them handy, and answer them frequently - all year long!
Please share these questions with whomever you like.
Director, Training and Organization Development
Did you know that Diabetes kills more people each year than Breast Cancer and AIDS combined? Even if you are not overweight or have a family history of Diabetes, you can still be at risk. Stress, poor eating, and a lack of physical activity are all factors that lead to the development of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Stop Diabetes in its tracks! See below for on-campus and off-campuses resources to increase a healthy lifestyle.
myUMBC Fitness and Wellness Group - join this group for the latest group fitness schedule, UMBC walking, jogging, and CERA trail maps, as well as information on personal training sessions at the RAC.
myUMBC Recreation at the RAC - join this group to obtain a swim calendar and find out more about intramurals and sports clubs.
University Health Services - UHS is staffed with Board Certified Physicians and Nurse Practitioners who are available to meet with you to monitor your health and/or discuss your health concerns. To make an appointment at UHS, call 410-455-2542.
American Diabetes Association has a wealth of information about the disease, including basic information about the disease and how to avoid it, tips for the newly diagnosed and different populations (women, men, children & parents, seniors), as well as recipes and exercise information to help you start exercising safely and how to stay fit.
Oftentimes a great way to combat individual stress is to initiate a new wellness regimen. The same holds true for departmental stress. Working together as a team to meet a shared wellness goal has many benefits that include increasing well-being and collaboration, and fostering a sense of individual and collective accomplishment. We’ve included several tip sheets and templates below that departments can use to implement a wellness activity and will add new content to this section on an ongoing basis. Please use these documents to your advantage and consider submitting a departmental ‘Success Story’ (under ‘About UMBC-WIn’ tab) at the end of a group session to share your success and inspire others on campus.
Tips on Walking for Fitness at UMBC tips on creating a departmental walking group
Biggest Loser Program Tips and Reproducible Templates
Simple ways to stay healthy this winter:
Delicious and nutritious cold-weather produce:
Save money on your heating bills this winter by following these basic steps: