Power up Newsletter

HR Health and Wellness February 2020

2020 best bites wellness calendars

This year POWER UP Employee Wellness is distributing 2020 calendars to not only help you stay organized, but also to help you meet your health goals for 2020.  Inside you’ll find useful exercise and nutrition tips, healthy recipes and even a space on each page to document your goals for the month!  Calendars are available to all benefits-eligible employees and are being distributed with the assistance of Department Business Administrators.  If you haven’t received one yet, it is likely that they are in route to you.  However, if you don’t receive word of yours being available within the next week or so, please reach out to Wellness Administrator Court Stein so that he might get one to you. 

Let's get moving!

You may have heard that sitting all day is the new smoking.  This year add vitality and quality to your life by making a commitment to move more.  Take advantage of Fitness Release Time and walk the campus including the Cougar Walking Paths as a way to build exercise into your daily routine.  Remember, exercise is also an excellent way to alleviate stress.  Other forms of exercise can do wonders as well.  This spring semester take advantage of free faculty/staff YOGA offerings:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1:00 PM, UHTB Multipurpose Room
  • Monday & Wednesdays, 12:15 – 12:45 AM, (Coming Soon – Location TBD)
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 – 11:45 AM, Wellness Classroom, CRWC

and the free faculty/staff ZUMBA class:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Alumni Center Volley Ball Courts

new myww series

 A new 12-week series of WEIGHT WATCHERS AT WORK begins this month. Open to all faculty, staff and students, in-person myWW workshops will be held on-campus every week this spring!  An interactive points-based program, myWW provides group support and timely coaching.  Weekly workshops focus on eating healthier, being more active, living happier and losing weight.  The new 12-week series kicks off Thursday, Feb. 6, at 12:15 PM in the CRWC, second floor Conference Room. (Workshops occur every Thursday at this time and location.) Everyone who is present to enroll at the Kick-Off workshop will receive a 15% discount bringing the cost to only $132.60 for the series.  For additional information and/or to join Weight Watchers today, email POWERUP@uh.edu!   

Watch these testimonials to see how Weight Watchers has worked for others:

Mindfulness matters

 Join Mindful Coogs for their first “Mindfulness Matters” session this semester.    Members will present on the general principles of mindfulness, the process of leading mindfulness meditations, and on how to integrate practices into daily life.  Attendees will also learn how to become certified Mindful Ambassadors! Plan now to attend this informative Mindfulness Matters presentation, Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:00 PM in Farish Hall, Room 217.  Refreshments will be provided.

building a healthy lifestyle - lunch and learn

Learn how to Build a Healthy Lifestyle for yourself, your family and your community.  Bring your lunch and join POWER UP Employee Wellness and the American Heart Association for a fun February Lunch and Learn. Find out how to live a fuller, more satisfying life by focusing on Life’s Simple 7 and how to make the healthy choice the easy choice.  Presentations will occur:

  • Tues., Feb. 11, 12 -1 PM, UH Tech. Bridge, Building 4, Rm. 110.
  • Tues., Feb. 13, 12-1PM, M.D. Anderson Library, EDR Pavilion

Attend and you’ll be entered in a chance to win a really cool prize!  Reserve your spot today!  Click here.

spring produce and more

This spring check out the UH Farmers Market brought to you by Dining Services.  Twice a month different vendors visit the campus to provide different products and produce to the campus community.

This month’s Farmers Markets will be held:

  • Wednesday, February 12, 12:00 – 4:00 PM, Butler Plaza
  • Wednesday, February 26, 11:00 - 3:00 PM, Student Center North Plaza

the teaching kitchen

Join POWER UP and UH Dining Services to learn how to make quick and healthy meals without the fuss and muss of actually cooking!  Taught by Executive Chef Alex Brugger/Registered Dietitian Dolores Woods, this free class will provide participants with hands-on experience in creating a meal to enjoy, or wrap and take home with them.  At the conclusion of the class, participants will have learned basic food prep skills and new dish possibilities for healthier eating!  Registration is first-come, first-served as only 12 spots are available per class. 

Register now to attend this free faculty/staff Teaching Kitchen class, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 – 6:30 PM, (on campus location TBA). Come join the fun as we learn how to make a healthy and tasty California Grain Bowl!


Thank you,

Court Stein
HR Wellness Administrator

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