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Join the City-Wide Move Your Shoes Walking Challenge!

Missouri State University will be competing against other local businesses for the highest average of miles walked from April 5 – May 5.  This is a chance for us to demonstrate our commitment to active living while also competing for a chance to win the highly coveted Traveling Trophy!

How does it work?

  • Sign up as an individual OR create a team of 2-8 people at https://ozarkscommute.com/s/missouri-state-university.
  • Track all your steps any way you prefer – cell phone, activity band, pedometer, etc. 
    • Free pedometers are available by request!  Please contact Lauren Buschhorn at 417-864-1573
      or lbuschhorn@springfieldmo.gov for a pedometer.
  • Log your miles using your dashboard on the Ozarks Commute website. 

Questions?

  • Please contact MSU Employee Wellness Coordinator, Ben Hunt at benhunt@missouristate.edu or the Walking Challenge Administrator, Lauren Buschhorn, at 417-864-1573.
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Join Mindfulness & Meditation Starting March 23

 

Are you feeling overwhelmed?  Stressed out?  Dizzy with the distractions of the digital age?  Enslaved by the tyranny of time and not enough hours in the day?  Do you need to unplug and unwind?  Do you need to be more creative and centered?  Are you seeking serenity and peace of mind?  Then, this class is for you.  Doctors attribute 80% of our illness to the effects of stress.  This is called the Age of Anxiety.  Why not learn how to disconnect from the world and control your own turbulent mind?  In this class you will learn three different styles of meditation and be given a mindfulness practice to do each week.  These techniques are universal and separate from any religion or sect.  Join the Mindful Revolution (see Time Magazine Feb. 3, 2014 issue).

Spring 2017 Sessions

  • Thursday, March 23
  • Thursday, March 30
  • Thursday, April 6
  • Thursday, April 13

Time: 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Location:  PSU 317

Registration fee is $85 per session.  Class is non-credit fee waiver eligible.  A light meal will be served at each session.  The textbook is provided when you sign up for the class.

Instructor: Pat Campbell
Pat holds a M. Ed. from Tulane University and has been a serious meditator for 36 years.

 

Please register using the new Learning Management System:
– Login at My Missouri State.
– Go to the “Profile” tab.
– Click “My Learning Connection” under the Professional Development section.
– Once there, type Mindfulness and Meditation into the search box at the upper right of the screen.
– Follow the prompts to use your non-credit fee waiver or pay for the class.

Questions?  Contact BenHunt@missouristate.edu

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Everything You Need to Know About Diabetes – Attend the Diabetes Workshop!

Diabetes Workshop
The Diabetes Workshop is for anyone with diabetes and prediabetes or anyone else who has a special interest in diabetes such as a caregiver or a family member of someone with diabetes.

This workshop includes 6 classes, one hour each.  A personalized meal plan will be provided for each participant.  The workshop will include a variety topics presented with PowerPoint presentations, guest speakers, in-class demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Topics to be discussed throughout the Diabetes Workshop:

Class 1 – What is Diabetes?

  • Understanding diabetes
  • How diabetes medications (including insulin) work
  • Monitoring blood sugar – When to test and what the results mean

Class 2 – Eating with Diabetes

  • Carbohydrate versus calorie counting
  • How to plan meals and snacks, including meal and snack ideas!
  • How to prioritize information on Nutrition Facts label – Bring your food packages from home.
  • What to order at a restaurant, including “Best Picks” – Bring a menu from your favorite restaurant.

Class 3 – More on Eating with Diabetes & How Exercise Helps

  • Recipes and what to eat
  • How to eat what you love and still control your blood sugar

Class 4 – Living With Diabetes

  • Recognizing and treating hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Causes & preventing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
  • Caring for your feet
  • What to do on sick days

Class 5 – Complications of Diabetes

  • How having diabetes impacts your overall health
  • What to look for and what health tests to have on a regular basis
  • How to prevent diabetes complications

Class 6 – Putting it All Together

  • “Participants Choice” review session – YOU choose what you want to learn more about.
  • How to find support
  • Troubleshoot problems & know your resources
  • Set SMART goals

Spring 2017 Session

Class 1 – Wednesday, March 22nd
Class 2 – Wednesday, March 29th
Class 3 – Wednesday, April 5th
Class 4 – Wednesday, April 12th
Class 5 – Wednesday, April 19th
Class 6 – Wednesday, April 26th

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: PSU 308 A & B

Registration fee is $45 for all 6 sessions and includes a meal at each session plus all your materials.   Non-credit fee waiver eligible.

Instructor: Sarah Bowman, Diabetic Educator and Registered Dietitian.

Please register using the new Learning Management System:
– Login at My Missouri State.
– Go to the “Profile” tab.
– Click “My Learning Connection” under the Professional Development section.
– Once there, type Diabetes Workshop into the search box at the upper right of the screen.
– Follow the prompts to use your non-credit fee waiver or pay for the class.

Questions?  Contact BenHunt@missouristate.edu

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Road Warriors! – Missouri State University Cycling Team

Come be a part of the MSU Road Warriors!  This team trains for about 6 months and some choose to ride in the MS Ozarks Bike Ride in September (check out their MSU Road Warriors Bike MS Team Page!).  Last September, the team raised over $2,000 for the MS Society.  Join the team and have a great semester of cycling!  There will be lots of opportunities to participate in group rides as well as indoor cycling classes specific for this group!

Private Road Warriors riding sessions will be offered on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Foster Recreation Center.  Sessions begin March 7 and will continue throughout the spring semester.  Cost to participate in the private sessions is $20 and also non-credit fee waiver eligible.  You do not have to be a member of Foster Recreation to participate.

Register for indoor team classes using the new Learning Management System:
– Login at My Missouri State.
– Go to the “Profile” tab.
– Click “My Learning Connection” under the Professional Development section.
– Once there, type Road Warriors into the search box at the upper right of the screen.
– Follow the prompts to use your non-credit fee waiver or pay for the class.

For more information on joining the team, please contact Patti Blanton at PBlanton@MissouriState.edu.

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Our 2nd Nutrition Talks session will be held in less than 2 weeks!

Nutrition Programs

Our 2nd Nutrition Talks session will be held in less than 2 weeks!  We look forward to another great turnout! 

Are you interested in learning about the latest nutrition “hot” topics?  If so, then you are in luck as BMS is excited to offer a series of nutritional talks through Employee Wellness!  All topics will be presented by registered dietitians and/or faculty members in Biomedical Sciences.  Due to our love of food, a meal will be served at each session!  There is no fee for these talks, but registration is required.  Find the full details on the Nutrition Talks webpage

 

The Skinny on Sugar & Fat – Tuesday,  February 28th (5:15 – 6:30 PM)

Despite being essential for health, few nutrients have received more negative press than sugar and fat.  Come learn about the types and food sources of each that are actually healthy for you.  Research over trans-fat, high fructose corn syrup, added sugars, and artificial sweeteners will also be presented.
Presenter: Carmen Boyd, MS, RD/LD, Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics

 

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