1.6.21-Wellness Newsletter

January 15, 2021 by MetroED 0 comments

At one point or another, most of us have created a resolution around January 1 to exercise more, get more sleep, eat better, or focus on our health or finances somehow. Though it can be tricky to start — and even more challenging to keep up — some preparation and the right tools can help set you up for a year of mental, physical, and financial health. Find ideas in this wellness issue to help support you in your year of fitness.

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JANUARY 6, 2021
 
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At one point or another, most of us have created a resolution around January 1 to exercise more, get more sleep, eat better, or focus on our health or finances somehow. Though it can be tricky to start — and even more challenging to keep up — some preparation and the right tools can help set you up for a year of mental, physical, and financial health. Find ideas in this wellness issue to help support you in your year of fitness.
 
 
MetroED now has a FREE COVID-19 routine-testing program conveniently located onsite for all staff.
 
There is no cost and your healthcare will be billed directly. In addition to a daily health screening, routine testing substantially reduces the risk of outbreaks. Access to testing helps us keep our communities and employees safe. We are pleased to bring this fast, observed, self-administered, painless-oral swab test to campus in support of the health and safety of everyone.
Results are confidential, received via email in 24 to 48 hours from the time they reach the lab.
 
Random Acts of Kindness
 
 
We are kicking off the new year with Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). RAK is an initiative to practice, spread, and embed more kindness each day at home, work, and in our communities. No matter small or large, a random act of kindness has been shown to create a ripple of positive health and well-being effects to others around us: coworkers, students, family, and friends. 
 
Random acts of kindness come in all shapes and sizes, and the possibilities are unlimited. Here are some ideas and inspiration.
 
Challenge yourself or your team to do as many RAK in a month (RAK ideas​).
 
 
 
Employee Assistance Program
 
MetroED employees and family members have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to free and confidential counseling in a variety of areas. Lines are staffed by experienced counselors with a Master’s or Ph.D. degree.
 
To learn more about this important benefit, simply click on the links:
 
Wellness Benefits
 
Check out the healthy living resources, deals and discounts, and many other wellness benefits available to you through your healthcare provider.
 
 
 
January is Blood Donor Awareness Month! In addition to donating blood, you can also donate plasma. People recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies that may help treat people who have recently had the virus. Do your part to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and donate plasma. Blood centers have an urgent need for all blood types right now with the surge in COVID-19 cases.
It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot Extended availability for retail locations now through March 31, 2021, Kaiser Permanente members can get a flu shot at no additional cost from many retailers and pharmacies, including Rite Aid, Safeway, and Walmart. Visit kp.org/flu to find a Kaiser Permanente, retail, or pharmacy location near you.
 
 
Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All our food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.
 
Protect Yourself from COVID-19
 
Please take time to review this public safety video; it is important for everyone to be ambassadors of safety and share this vital information with family, friends, and the community.
 
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The Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discrimination against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital, pregnancy, or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.