WNCC has a wellness team that is made up of faculty and staff who plan and implement various wellness programs and activities for WNCC employees. Check out the programs & events available right now to encourage you to meet various fitness goals.
Make wellness work during the Holiday Season!
Freeze the Gain Holiday Maintain Challenge (December 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014)
Should you take on this challenge, you will need to maintain your starting weight (within 2-3 pounds) during the holiday season. Go to Upcoming Events for more details...
Check out the current wellness programs & opportunities sponsored by Cougar Strides!
Clean Hands Save Lives!
December 1 to 7 is National Hand Washing Awareness Week
It's that time of the year. Everyone seems to be sick, fighting off sickness or sneezing onto you. It's gross. That's why it's important to wash your hands. More importantly, remind others to wash their hands. Hand washing can be one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of contagious disease when done correctly. Sensible hand washing in schools prevents the spread of colds as well as more serious diseases like hepatitis A and meningitis.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or would
- After using the bathroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the bathroom
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After touching an animal or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
What is the right way to wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap
- Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails
- Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice
- Rinse your hands well under running water
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
What if I don't have soap & clean, running water?
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.
December is Safe Toys & Gifts Month
During the gift-giving season, be sure to pick safe toys for the children in your life!
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that there were 262,300 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency deparments in 2011.
Did you know...
- 45% of the estimated injuries were to the head and face area, the most commonly affected part of the body
- 70% of these injuries happened to children younger than age 12
- 35% happened to children younger than age 5
Follow these tips for choosing safe toys.
Don't Just Sit Around!
What happens when you sit? (Hint: It's worse than you think!!)
When you sit for an extended period of time, (more than an hour) your muscles and body start to shut down at the metabolic level. Your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges and key fat-burning enzymes responsible for breaking down triglycerides (a type of fat) simply start switching off. Prolonged sitting increases your risk for heart disease because enzymes that keep blood fats in check are inactive. Moreover, the less you move, the less blood sugar your body uses, and so the risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases. If you sit for extended periods each day, research suggests that 30 minutes in the gym may not be enough to counteract the detrimental effects of sitting!
Small Movements = Big Impact
Here are some easy steps you can take to counteract these negative effects and preserve your health.
- Stand or pace when talking on the phone
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Set your phone alarm every 30 or 60 minutes and stand or move for 1 to 2 minutes
- Fidget while sitting
- Take a "walk & talk" meeting with colleagues
- Stand when doing desk work - place your computer on higher table or bookcase
- Walk fast and use the longest route possible to get your coffee/water, use the restroom, get a print job, etc.
Get going with the Total Wellness Program!!
Join the WNCC Total Wellness Program. Track the various wellness activities in which you are participating this year. Many of these activities are things you may already be doing. Not only will you improve your health & increase your knowledge about wellness, you will be eligible to win prizes based on your participation!!
Contact Kathy Ault or click here for more information.
Keep moving with your wellness plan!
Some recent photos of faculty and staff from National Bike Month.
Save the dates for these upcoming local events!!
- Saturday, June 28, 2014 - Color Dash 5K for United Way
- Friday, July 11, 2014 - Oregon Trail Days Don Childs Memorial Run
- Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Oregon Trail Days Bicycle Hill Climb
- Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon
Check out the various area and regional events & activities to keep yourself involved and active!