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.
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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit our website for more information: http://www.utoledo.edu/offices/rocketwellness/
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.
The Graduate Student Association at the University of Toledo has just opened their annual application for the competitive Graduate Research Award for the 2014-2015 year. If chosen, one can obtain an award up to $2000 to aid with approved research projects. I encourage you to apply for this award as the deadline is November 21st, 2014.
Application: (GSA Research Award 2015)
The First GSA meeting of the year will also be on Tuesday, September 16: Meeting at MC Law Center 1002 6:00-8:00pm. I encourage you to come participate! More information about the GSA can be found at: (GSA)
Come join nationally certified personal trainer/fitness instructor Darci Ault M.Ed., for a FREE fitness walking program for all UT employees!
It will take place Monday and Wednesdays on University Trails. It begins MONDAY SEPT 8TH and will run through Thanksgiving. Meet on the trail in between Rocket Hall and Student Medical Center.
She is able to accommodate beginner, intermediate and advanced fitness levels. There will also be optional strength training at the end of each class.
No enrollment reservation needed. Just come on out!!! Grab a friend to join you or make some new ones!
Did I mention if you begin in September you will receive a FREE T-shirt??
Hello!! I hope that everyone had a fabulous summer!! Most kids are back in school and life is returning to normal. Whatever normal is, right?
Rocket Wellness is excited to offer some upcoming programs.
Fall into Fitness begins September 29th. This fun and free program will encourage you to incorporate physical activity into your regular routine. Just complete and submit your weekly challenges for your chance at prizes. There is no registration needed. The more the merrier, so make sure you encourage and challenge your colleagues to participate as well. Perhaps a little competition between departments?!
Join us for the following Lunch and Learn for more information:
September 23-11:00a-11:30a -HEB 103
September 24- 1:00p-1:30p -Cafeteria/Pinnacle Room
September 25- 4:00p-4:30p -HEB 105
Contact Rocket Wellness for more information!! 419-383-2348
Also, to help you get moving, contact South YMCA at Morse Center (419-383-5359)! I have attached the Fall 1 group exercise schedule. UT employees have several options~
Become a Max member of the YMCA. UT employees receive 15% off the regular rate. Join before September 21st and the joiner fee is waived for additional savings.
Join as Morse Center only member. This grants you unlimited access to the Morse Center.
Register for classes only at the low rate of $45.
I hope to see you soon!!
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Every week I work on folks whose major complaint is neck pain, shoulder pain and low back pain. Massage therapy can certainly help to ease those aches and pains, work out the knots, and offer some relief from this discomfort. It is important to know that many of these aches and pains are the result of poor posture in the workplace. Even though massage therapy can help you feel better, if you don’t address the underlying cause, the pain will never really go away.
As I walk through the offices here, I see people slumped over their computers, holding the phone up to their ear with their shoulder, twisting and turning in odd positions to reach for things or read documents as they type. I see others walking across campus holding heavy bags or purses over their shoulder, pulling that shoulder up to keep that bag in place.
These recurrent postural deviations are the biggest contributor to neck, back and shoulder discomfort.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year about 1 million people strain their necks, hurt their back or strain their wrists so badly that they need serious medical attention and cannot return to work for days.
A few simple tips:
Pay attention to your posture. Are your shoulders pulled up? Relax them; make an effort to check their position throughout the day. Shoulders down! Use a cross body bag or back pack to carry your things.
While walking, pull in your belly. Make sure your shoulders are down and back.
While sitting, your back should be supported by your chair, and your feet should be on the floor. When typing, shoulders should be relaxed and elbows close to the body and supported. Wrists and hands should be in line with the forearms.
Get up every half hour to move and stretch.
These simple changes can make a big difference in your comfort level. Then, when you get a massage, the benefits last a lot longer.
Now is the right time to visit your local farmers market for fresh delicious, produce. Come join us every other Wednesday from now until October, from 11 AM – 1 PM, outside Mulford Library building! Eat healthier while supporting UTMC’s commitment to offering sustainable, locally sourced foods. Shoppers that purchase $10 worth of market tokens receive a free (while supplies last) Rocket Wellness canvas shopping bag! Be sure to join our produce passport challenge for your chance to win some great prizes!
Ohio ranks fifth in the nation in the number of farmers markets, and Toledo has several markets that run throughout the summer including our very own run by the Toledo Famers’ Market Association on the HSC every other Wednesday. Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry, contributing more than $93 billion to the states economy!
Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping at a farmers market:
- Fresh, local, heart-healthy vegetables and fruits are readily available. Choose from fresh greens, broccoli, squash and kale, just to name a few.
- Making friends with your area farmers gives you opportunities to learn about how your food is grown. Farmers can also teach you how to pick and prepare the tastiest produce.
- By shopping at your local market, you’re helping the environment by reducing shipping and processing costs.
- Produce is often less expensive than store-bought versions, so you’ll save money.
- What you spend at your farmers market goes directly to the farmers, so it stays in the community.
Shopping at your local farmers market is a win-win for everyone: you get fresh, tasty local produce, the environment benefits and the local economy grows.
Come visit the UTMC farmers’ market this Wednesday, August 6 from 11 AM – 1 PM outside Mulford Library and celebrate National Farmers Market week!
If you’ve never been to a farmers market—or if you haven’t been in a while—National Farmers Market Week August 3-9, is a perfect time to make the trip. It’s a time to celebrate the 8,100+ farmers markets across the United States, the farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them. Visit us this Wednesday August 6, and every other Wednesday through October, from 11 AM – 1 PM, outside Mulford Library building! Eat healthier while supporting UTMC’s commitment to offering sustainable, locally sourced foods.
In celebration of NFMW we invite you to show us why you love the farmers and vendors that make your local market great! Share your favorite farmers market memory, a picture with a farmer, your favorite produce, or a simple selfie at the market. Be creative and silly. Tag the photo with #FarmMktWk @USDA. Anywhere you go, visit one and enjoy!
2014 Scheduled Dates (Outside Mulford Library)
- Wednesday, July 23
- Wednesday, August 6
- Wednesday, August 20
- Wednesday, September 3
- Wednesday, September 17
- Wednesday, October 1
- Wednesday, October 15 (weather permitting)
- Wednesday, October 29 (weather permitting)
In partnership with:
UT Office of Community Wellness, UT HealthGrows, UTMC Medical Student Wellness Organization
*Follow Rocket Wellness on Twitter for great wellness tips! @rocketwellness
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