WashU Wellness Team Spotlight in Well-Being Practitioner

The September/October 2019 issue of the Well-Being Practitioner tells the story of how the Washington University Wellness Connection program has evolved over the last 18 months. The team in Human Resources is focused on providing the right partnerships and evidence-based programs to enable employees’ mind-body health. Collaborating with faculty and staff experts ensures the program […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Karen Leingang

Karen Leingang has been a Wellness Connection Champion since the program started in 2015. She continually brings great ideas, insightful feedback, and a positive & inclusive attitude to our program. Some of Karen’s most notable accomplishments include: Regular communication of Wellness Connection programs; Volunteering on the Champion Leadership committee; Helped to organize a pilot Blood […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Erin Hogan & Deanna Blanchard

Erin Hogan and Deanna Blanchard are Wellness Connection Champions for the MyDay team who have hit the ground running in a unique situation. The entire MyDay team is a newly formed collection of WashU employees, senior leaders, and outside consultants, whose job is to address a major  “once-in-a-generation” project for the University. Erin & Deanna […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at WashU. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. Attend an upcoming wellness […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: Linda Fleshman

Linda Fleshman regularly champions wellness in her personal and professional life. As a member of the Champion Leadership group, she was instrumental in researching, selecting, and teaching Microsoft Teams as the remote meeting technology we need to support our Champion network as we continue to grow. Thanks to her efforts, we’ll be able to meet remotely, […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at WashU. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. Learn more about the […]

ComPsych Work-Life Solutions

Work-Life Solutions offers free, confidential, 24/7 support, resources and information for every aspect of your life. This valuable benefit for you and your family provides resources and referrals for: Confidential emotional support from highly trained clinicians; Work-life resources from qualified referrals for just about anything on your to-do list; Legal guidance. Talk to attorneys for practical assistance […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: Onsite Screening Hosts

Special thank you to our pioneering hosts Donna MacKay, Atia Thurman, Linda Schreier, Lora Clark, Rhonda Kiely, Melissa Ruwitch, & Justin Linsenmeyer. Thanks to their efforts, their colleagues were able to get screened, learn vital health information, and walk away with a $50 gift card. Because these Champions did such a great job communicating their […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: 10K-A-Day Team Captains

During the April luncheons, Wellness Connection provided a sneak peek of the new activity challenge and asked the champions to participate, lead a team, & invite their colleagues to join in. You all knocked it out of the park: approximately 20% of all 10K-A-Day teams are led by Wellness Connection Champions – that’s amazing! 85% […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

Learn more about the MyWay to Health program by attending one of their upcoming wellness workshops. Cooking with Herbs & Spices: School of Medicine Campus Wednesday, June 19th from 12:00-1:00 PM in Mid Campus Center, Suite 2100 This Wellness Workshop will highlight ways to use a variety of herbs and spices to boost the flavor […]

Summer Sun Safety

Too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. Even people in their twenties can develop skin cancer. It’s important to check in regularly with your primary care physician or dermatologist for skin cancer screenings and to discuss any concerns you may […]

A Guide to Healthy Summer Eating

Summer is here, and it is a time for grilling, swimming, road trips and outdoor activities.  This summer, make a plan to enjoy healthy recipes, fresh produce and treats! Wellness Connection offers opportunities to purchase produce from local farmers and attend cooking demos from our MyWay to Health consultants. Farmers Market Each week, local farmers […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight

Linda Schreier continually finds creative and fun ways to encourage her colleagues to participate in employee wellness at WashU: She regularly emails her office mates “wellness moments”, reminding them to take moment to get up from their desks; She’s been a team captain for the Division of Biostatistics in Tread the Med, WashU Moves, and […]

Wellness Connection Resources for Good Nutrition

We know that good nutrition and physical activity are keys to a healthy weight, but did you know the extent to which nutrition can impact our lives? Dietary factors influence certain conditions and diseases, and good nutrition can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Eating a healthy diet and keeping […]

The Value of Movement

Movement is a fundamental aspect of life. It affects everything from circulation to digestion to metabolism to immunity. The body contributes far more to our lives than just physical attributes such as strength and endurance – it plays a major role in emotions, learning, and relationships. By participating in the upcoming 10K-A-Day activity challenge, we can focus on […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight

Linda Amos has been active in the employee wellness community for a long time. As a team captain for the Tread the Med and then WashU Moves activity challenges, Linda recruits many colleagues to join her team and incorporate movement into their daily lives. When Wellness Connection expanded the Champion network to the Med School […]

Upcoming Wellness Programming

Engage in healthy activities through ongoing Wellness Connection programs. Programming is offered throughout the year to help you reach your goals. Earn rewards for taking steps toward a balanced, healthy life! Upcoming Wellness Programming: Know Your Numbers – Annual Health Screening Events for WashU Employees Screening events are available where you work.  Sign up online or […]

Wellness Connection Program Spotlight: MyWay to Health Workshops

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops Learn more about the MyWay to Health program during National Nutrition Month by attending one of their wellness workshops in March: National Nutrition Month: Danforth Campus Tuesday, March 19th from 12:00-1:00 PM in the Brown Lounge This Wellness Workshop will focus on how small changes can add up and improve […]

Wellness Connection University Partnership: MyWay to Health

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at Washington University. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. The MyWay to […]

March is National Nutrition Month

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Wellness Connection brings you educational sessions and opportunities to learn how you can embrace nutritious eating habits. Washington University’s MyWay to Health wellness consultants will walk you through recipes and teach you how to prepare and cook healthy, easy meals. Events will take place across WashU campuses: MyWay to […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight

This month I’d like to highlight the efforts of Cynthia Marich & Andrea Krussel and the good work they’ve been doing to foster a culture of health and well-being in their department.   Yoga: A Practice in Community By Andrea Krussel and Cynthia Marich Since July 2017, the Institute for Informatics (I2) has hosted a […]

Know Your Numbers and Earn Rewards

Schedule your annual health screening through Wellness Connection and establish a baseline of important biometric measurements. For optimal wellness, each of us should be armed with as much information about our body as possible. Knowing your A1C level, current blood pressure, cholesterol and other key indicators can empower you to make informed decisions about your […]

Save the Date! Health Happening 2/22

Discover and embrace wellness at the Health Happening Fair Friday, February 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. School of Medicine Campus Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) Make your well-being a priority and explore resources available to help you achieve your personal wellness goals. Learn from world-class WashU health experts, as well as university […]

A Mindful 2019

Happy New Year! Now is a great time to set an intention of being more mindful, more often, in 2019. This can be as simple as reconnecting to your breath. Be curious about how you are breathing in this moment – notice how you’re feeling. Inside this inquiry we are present and we can experience the […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight

This month I’d like to recognize each and every Wellness Champion in our network. I’m so proud of our group and the good work they’ve been doing. In 2018: Our network increased by 24 new champions; We established a Leadership group, which planned training presentation topics for the 2019 quarterly meetings and are working on […]

Bear Balance 2019

The WashU Fitness and Nutrition Committee is partnering with Wellness Connection to bring you Bear Balance 2019! Bear Balance 2019 is a three month program available January, February, and March, in which participants will get the attention and support they need to help keep track of their fitness levels. Throughout these three months, you’ll receive […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: Leadership Group

The Wellness Connection Champions Leadership group had their inaugural meeting on Wednesday, 11/28. The leadership group serves as a mini-representation of the larger Wellness Connection Champion network, and will help the Wellness Connection team recruit, train, and deploy champions across the University to further our mission to promote employee health and wellness. During this productive […]

Upcoming Wellness Events

Help us spread the word for these upcoming events by posting flyers and inviting your colleagues to attend Walk with a Doc, Mammogram Van at 4444, the WUSM Farmer’s Market, and the Danforth/West Campus Crop Box mini-market.   Take a step towards better health. Learn about the Walk with a Doc program by walking and […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight

Nicole Venteris has initiated a number of creative efforts to cultivate a culture of wellness within her department. This year, Nicole has organized healthy snack days to motivate her WashU Moves team, hosted a focus group to provide feedback on Wellness Connection strategy, and regularly updates a wellness bulletin board. At the conclusion of the […]

November is Diabetes Awareness month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled. It is estimated that more than 24 million Americans have diabetes; of those, about 6 million don’t know they have the disease, and another 57 […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight

Kim Patterson joined the Wellness Champions in December of 2017, and since then has initiated several wellness events for her department at the Cortex. Most recently, Kim partnered with Wellness Connection to host a De-Stress Zone in August where 60+ members of Physicians Billing attended and relaxed with a chair massage, healthy snacks, and met […]

University Partnerships: Siteman Cancer Center

Early detection is the best tool in the fight against breast cancer. To improve the convenience and availability of mammography, the Siteman Cancer Center operates a mobile mammography van that offers screenings by appointment. The Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Van offers annual screenings for women age 40 and over who have no signs or symptoms of breast […]

Upcoming Events

Participate in and spread the word for these upcoming events: Onsite Wellness Screenings, Feuerstein Health & Wellness Center ribbon cutting celebration, Move into Mindfulness, the Farmers Market and CSA Program.   Onsite Wellness Screenings Knowing your current blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other key biometrics can empower us to make informed decisions about our lifestyle. As […]

Wellness Program Spotlight

By increasing resilience and taking steps to prevent distress, we can help ourselves avoid serious health conditions, including depression and anxiety problems. Mindfulness is a way to access your inner resources and move towards greater balance, control and peace of mind. Move into mindfulness by participating in the Mind-Body Stress Reduction Program. This program consists […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight

Rachel Tabak, PhD, research associate professor at the Brown School, has received a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study ways to prevent weight gain and chronic disease among mothers age 18-35. “The research team developed a lifestyle modification intervention, Healthy Eating and Active Living Taught at Home (HEALTH) that […]

Treating Challenges as a Marathon

Wellness Tips From Your WashU WebMD Health Coaches: Planning to run a marathon (or taking on any task that requires a lot of time, discipline, and energy) can be overwhelming.  The mere thought of the work that lies ahead may lead to procrastination. Whether our task is literally training for/running a marathon, creating a new […]

Three Ways to Lower Stress

By Amy Hayden, WebMD Health Coach Believe it or not, some stress is good for us. It keeps us motivated to do what we need to provide us food and shelter. However, too much can wear us out and if chronic, it can be detrimental to our mental and physical well-being. So, finding ways to […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By removing the stigma and taking away the barriers to treatment, Mental Health Awareness Month serves as a reminder that help is readily available and accessible. Be mindful of mental health issues and what resources are available. Work-Life Solutions helps you learn how to support one another in the workplace, understand symptoms and recognize indicators […]

Take Action to Reduce Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age […]

Focus on your personal wellness.

Learn about the resources and support available to you through Washington University’s Wellness Connection. Wellness experts are available to help you track and manage your health. WashU Wellness Connection experts include: WashU WebMD Health Coaches Todd Gulizia and Amy Hayden can help you set goals and track progress. Learn more. Onsite UHC Nurse Advocate, Teresa […]

Take 3 Actions to Fight Flu

You have the power to protect yourself and your family this season with these three actions to fight flu. Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against […]

Healthy Reminders for Busy Women

Healthy Reminders

For many women, juggling work, home life, and family leaves little time for them to take care of themselves. But taking the time to know what cancer screening tests are right for you could help save your life. The American Cancer Society® encourages you to talk with your health care provider about screening tests for […]

Combating Cholesterol: Fight it With Food

Adding certain foods to your diet may actually help to lower your cholesterol and decrease your risk for heart disease. You know the rules. Eat less red meat, cheese and butter. Limit fried foods. Avoid trans fats. With so many things to cut out, what’s left to eat? While heart-healthy eating includes lots of “no’s,” […]

National Healthy Lunch Day

Most of us are uncertain about what’s best to eat, what’s healthful and what’s not. Often our food choices are full of calories, yet lack the vitamins and minerals that we need for energy and to feel our best. Our wellness goal is to promote good nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle, and help […]

Resources to Reduce Stress

Resources for to Reduce Stress Brown Bag Sessions  Washington University Wellness Connection is proud to partner with UHC On-Site Nurse Advocate Teresa Fisher and Masterpeace Studios Executive Director Meg Krejci for a lunchtime session on stress management. You’re invited to learn about resources available to benefits-eligible WU employees, how to identify and manage distress in […]

Wellness Road Show

Wellness Road Show

Benefits-eligible Washington University employees are invited to visit with the Washington University Wellness Connection team and learn about resources to support your personal well-being goals. On-site Nurse Advocate Teresa Fisher will be available to provide blood pressure screenings and discuss lifestyle behaviors & condition management. These site visits are typically scheduled from 11:00am-1:00pm so that employees […]

6 Tips for Dining Out

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6 Tips for Dining Out By Jennifer DiBiasi, WebMD Health Coach So you’ve been eating well, paying attention to nutrition and portions and maybe even tracking intake on a fancy app. Then, after a long week, a much-needed get together lands you in a restaurant where you’re faced with a menu full of enticing options […]

Motivation Tips from WebMD Health Coaches

Motivation: The Key to Unlimited Potential Lighting the fire to actively create positive changes. By Matt Ferguson, WebMD Health Services Most people readily acknowledge that motivation is the desire to do something but is it really that simple? While motivation can start with a mere thought or verbalization, it must be followed up by visible […]

Join the challenge to move!

Move

The Spring 2017 WashU Moves Challenge starts March 15th and all benefits-eligible employees are encouraged to join. The challenge is to accumulate 10,000 steps each day for 100 days through a variety of activities, including walking, running, rolling, biking, swimming, and many other fun ways to move. Participants can use an activity tracker or our […]

Have you met your on-campus Nurse Advocate?

UHC Nurse Advocate

Washington University employees looking to address chronic and emerging health concerns can meet with Teresa Fisher, a UnitedHealthcare registered nurse and our dedicated Nurse Advocate. Teresa has a broad range of experience in disease management and health coaching. She is located on campus and can travel to you or your department to discuss a variety of […]