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It’s baaackk! Toledo Farmer’s Market at Health Science Campus

Nothing says summer like a farmer’s market! All the colors, textures, smells and tastes. Fabulous!
Not to mention all the wonderful FRESH fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers. It is great to chat with the farmers and get to know the people responsible for growing your food. They are also a great resource; ask them questions on how to prepare the produce, new recipes, how to improve your own garden.
Don’t forget to stop by the Rocket Wellness table to ask about and participate in our incentive program!
The market will be located outside Mulford Library. Hours are 11:00a- 1:00p.
Mark your calendars now!
• July 15th
• July 29th
• August 12th
• August 26th
• September 9th
• September 23rd
• October 7th
• October 21st
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rocket Wellness.
rocketwellness@utoledo.edu or 419-383-2348



Unfortunately, we continue to hear that employees are unaware of the recent changes to Morse Center. Please read below….

The Office of Recreation began operations of Morse Center as of April 1, 2015. UT employees that are eligible for health benefits now receive FREE access to Morse Center and The Student Recreation Center. Classes are included and are also FREE. *Classes are on a first come first serve basis.

The group exercise schedule is posted below. Check it out!!! Our certified group exercise instructors can modify all classes/exercises to match all fitness levels- whether you are just beginning or want to push further!

You can gain access to both the Main Campus Rec and Health Science Campus Morse Center through your MyUT portal. To activate your card, first log into your MyUT account, click on your Employee tab, and under “Other HR Information” select “Rec Center Access”. From here, you will be prompted to enter additional information and once completed, your ID will be activated.

Please feel free to share this blog. We want to make sure that all employees are aware of and take advantage of this great benefit!!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call Rocket Wellness at 419-383-2348. You can also call Morse Center at 419-383-5370.

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CSA delivered to UT campus!

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to support local farmers and know exactly where your food is coming from.
If you aren’t familiar with the concept, here is the quick version….you purchase a share of the harvest, your farmer plants, cultivates and harvests fruits and vegetables for you throughout the 20-week harvest season. There are normally a few options on how much you purchase. This makes it easy for you customize your share based on your family likes/needs.
The Riehm Farm in Tiffin, Ohio is just one of the area farms that offer CSA. They grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruits and farm using organic practices.

BONUS– They deliver to UT every Tuesday at the Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator, 2600 Dorr Street!
Check out the website to learn more about this locally owned and operated farm and how you can join others in the UT community that are already members of their CSA!

6th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium

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On Saturday, March 21st, 2015, graduate students from across the nation will be coming to campus for the 6th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium, presented by The University of Toledo’s Graduate Student Association (GSA). This all day event is a great opportunity for graduate students of all disciplines to present research, network, and form intercollegiate collaborations and friendships. Throughout the day, participants will have the chance to compete for awards for the best oral and poster presentations about their research. All participants will receive certificates, with the award winners receiving plaques. There will also be a monetary award given to the top woman in a STEM field presenting at the conference. The event includes three meals, ending the day with an awards dinner featuring a nationally recognized keynote speaker.

This year’s keynote speaker is world renowned transplant surgeon and researcher, Dr. Michael Rees. Dr. Rees earned his M.D. at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He currently serves as a physician under UT Health. Dr. Rees will be speaking about “What it Means to be Human.”

The event is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. and will take place in various locations in the Memorial Field House and Student Union.

Graduate students can register for free before February 28th, 2015. Registration can be  completed online by clicking: Here

For further details about the event, please click: Here

If you have any questions about the event or are interested in participating, volunteering or registering as a judge, please contact the Graduate Student Association at graduatestudentassociation@gmail.com.

Fun at South YMCA at Morse Center

Happy Holidays!!

As you make you plans for 2015, make sure to include a visit to South YMCA at Morse Center. We want to see you reach your fitness goals, so come play the 12 Days of Fitness with us! We will keep track and for every 12 visits within one month, you will be entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes!
Also, Rocket Wellness will be kicking off Healthy New You with employee health screenings! Watch for details coming soon!

I wish everyone joy, happiness and good health in 2015!

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It is that time of year again!

I actually love this time of year! For me, it gives me a chance to look back, think of what I have done well and what areas in my life need improvement. January is like a clean slate, a blank canvas, a new beginning.

What is your New Year Resolution? My suggestion is to make SMART goals. When you set yourself up for success you are more likely to feel better about yourself, continue pursuing your goal, as well as encourage others. For example:

I am going to stop drinking soda. Replace with- I will replace one soda a day with water for one week.

I am going to lose 30lbs. Replace with- I will increase my activity and decrease my caloric intake 3 times a week for two weeks.

I am going to re-organize my home. Replace with- I will pick one room each month to de-clutter.

Once the time frame you have set is up, re-evaluate and make any changes; whether it is increasing or decreasing the goal. Try not to be too hard on yourself if you did not attain your initial goal. Encourage yourself as you would a friend. If at first you don’t succeed, try try again!


Wash Up!

A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that about 75-thousand patients with hospital acquired infections died of their infection. UT Health and The University of Toledo Medical Center have recently launched a new high profile internal hospital campaign to reinforce what is regarded as the single best way to avoid such infections: good hand washing in the health care setting. The new wash in/wash out campaign at UTMC features brightly colored signage at patient room doors. These important reminders for all who enter patient rooms are also present inside the rooms as a reminder to not only wash prior to entering the patient room, but to also wash prior to exiting the patient room or patient care area. Watch for wash in/wash out posters and other messaging as well. Hospital staff members are expected to speak up to each other if they notice that a colleague didn’t wash in or wash out, and patients and their family members are also encouraged to speak up if they happen to see someone enter or exit their room without washing their hands. A few short seconds that just may save a patient’s life. As hospital CEO Dave Morlock stated at a recent town hall meeting at UTMC to promote the new campaign, it’s like putting on your seat belt when you get in a car. You don’t think about it, you just do it.

Exciting News from South YMCA at Morse Center

Hello! I hope everyone is well and enjoying this nice Fall weather!

I wanted to quickly make you aware of an exciting new change coming to South YMCA at Morse Center.
Beginning Jan. 5, 2015, group exercise classes will be INCLUDED with monthly membership! This applies to both Branch Only members as well as YMCA Max members. UTMC employees still have the option of $45 for classes with no membership.

Here is a simple cost breakdown-

Branch Only membership
unlimited access to facility and group exercise classes*
$321 yearly ($26.75 monthly or 3 payroll deduction of $107)
UTMC employee- Program Participant
Group Exercise classes only
$270 yearly ($45 a session x 6 sessions yearly)

*an additional fee will still apply for Personal Training and Linebacker

Feel free to contact me for more information! I would love to speak with you.
Kary Whearty, 419-383-5359.


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National Eating Healthy Day at UTMC Wednesday Nov. 5th

Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. On this day, Americans are encouraged to commit to healthier eating. Celebrating National Eating Healthy Day is fun and easy! Rocket Wellness will have tables set up in front of the Four Seasons Bistro from 11 AM to 1 PM this Wednesday with information on how you can eat healthier and improve your nutrition, healthy recipes, information on the Heart Walk, free apples, and other goodies!


We are asking everyone to please bring in healthy non-perishables for the new student food pantry located on main campus and it is open to all University of Toledo students including from the health science campus. The Food Pantry is located in the Interfaith Center—lower level. You can enter off of Lot 13. Be sure to bring your Rocket ID card!

Food Pantry hours: Mondays: 5 pm—7 pm, Tuesdays: 9 am— 12 pm, Wednesdays: 11 am—2 pm, Thursdays: 2 pm—5 pm

On the HSC the Four Seasons Bistro continues to offer a daily “Rocket Wellness” meal to make it easier for you to make a smart dining choice. The Well Being meal follows the American Heart Association’s nutritional guidelines of fewer than 550 calories, less than 15 grams of fat, and at least 2 to 3 grams of fiber, for only $3.99! The Bistro menu also contains the calorie amounts for all foods per serving size next to the corresponding food item, allowing our staff, students and visitors the opportunity to make informed and healthier choices.

Make sure to follow Rocket Wellness on twitter (@RocketWellness) and on Facebook (University of Toledo Rocket Wellness). We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have, and please feel free to email Rocket Wellness anytime: rocketwellness@utoledo.edu

Or visit our website for more information: http://www.utoledo.edu/offices/rocketwellness/


Breast Cancer Awareness

Everywhere we look this month is pink, pink and more pink. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As it should be!
Breast cancer has jumped to the forefront of cancers. According to BreastCancer.org :
• About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
• In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,570 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
• About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2014. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000
A diagnosis of cancer is not the death sentence that it used to be.  The methods of treatments are improving and survival rates are as well. I think we need to realize that cancer is not one disease, but instead hundreds of different diseases, and as a result, the cure remains elusive.
It is important to be aware of your body, have annual physicals and mammograms and take responsibility for your health. Know the risk factors for cancer and do what you can to maintain your health. Go to American Cancer Society’s website for a list of the risk factors.
I provide massage therapy to folks living with cancer. This massage takes into consideration the unique body work needs of the cancer patient. The touch is lighter, and the point of the massage is to nurture and comfort. There is education behind the touch in what to consider with the massage. Potential benefits include relaxation, reduction in anxiety, pain, fatigue, nausea and other GI distress and an increase in energy.
There are many programs for folks dealing with cancer that include massage, (of course!), yoga, guided imagery, meditation, exercise, etc. These aim to reduce the anxiety and stress, and manage the symptoms caused by the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Why not do these things when you are healthy? Why wait until you are ill to take steps towards better health? As I have mentioned in other posts, the AMA states that over 75% of ALL disease and illness is stress related. Take charge of your health in the areas where you do have some control.
Check out the Rocket Wellness website at http://www.utoledo.edu/offices/rocketwellness/ Our department can help you make steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

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