12.16.20-Wellness Newsletter

December 16, 2020 by MetroED 0 comments

People are craving a little holiday joy after many months of navigating the upside-down world that COVID-19 has created. Looking forward to the holidays and positive emotions many experience around this time are important, but it may be time to re-envision what our holidays are going to look like. Here are some tips to make the most of an unusual holiday season for you and your loved ones from Binghamton University Health and Wellness Studies Lecturer Jennifer Learn more...

 

 
Wellness news & updates
 
DECEMBER 16, 2020
 
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People are craving a little holiday joy after many months of navigating the upside-down world that COVID-19 has created. Looking forward to the holidays and positive emotions many experience around this time are important, but it may be time to re-envision what our holidays are going to look like. Here are some tips to make the most of an unusual holiday season for you and your loved ones from Binghamton University Health and Wellness Studies Lecturer Jennifer Learn more...
 
Facts COVID-19 Testing
Please watch this video to learn more about routine testing.
 
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.
 
A Negative COVID-19 Test is NOT Your Pass to Risk-Free Traveling or Socializing
People who test negative can still be carriers of the virus during the 14 day incubation period. Testing is important for tracking how COVID moves throughout our community, but it is not a perfect measure. The most important ways to stay COVID-free are to keep your distance (the further the better), wear your mask correctly, and avoiding gathering with people outside your household.
 
MetroED is Excited to Announce FREE, Painless, Self-Swabbing COVID-19 Testing
 
Routine testing substantially reduces the risk of outbreaks and we are pleased to bring this self-administered, painless-oral swab test to campus for all staff. This testing is in support of the health and safety of everyone.
 
Watch for more information coming soon.
 
Pandemic Toolkit: Covid-19 Vaccines, Health & Safety and More
 
With the promise of Covid-19 vaccines on the horizon, there is new hope for relief from the pandemic and a gradual return to normalcy in the new year. While things look hopeful for the new year, it’s more important than ever to tighten our resolve, keep ourselves and our families safe, and to get through a tough winter. This update offers information on vaccines and when you can expect them, and tools for how to stay safe during the resurgence. Read and learn more here.
 
Calm — an app for Meditation, Mental Resilience, and Sleep
 
Calm is recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. It is the #1 app for meditation and sleep — designed to help lower stress, reduce anxiety, and more.
 
There is a FREE version or Kaiser Permanente members can access all the great features of Calm Premium at no cost.
 
Safety Matters
The safety and well-being of our students and staff has been and remains our top priority at MetroED. Our teachers, administrators, and staff are vigilant about creating a safe and healthy campus environment. We provide extensive training for our personnel, continuously update our safety protocols, conduct rigorous physical inspections of our facilities, and work closely with the other public safety agencies. It’s a role we take very seriously. Please take a moment to read the MetroED Winter 2020 Safety Newsletter and the MetroED Nov. 6, 2020 Safety Committee Meeting Minutes.
 
Stay-at-Home Order
 
Bay Area Health Officers jointly announced that they will not wait until hospital capacity reaches that critical point and will implement the Orders starting December 6. Lack of ICU capacity means that you and your loved ones may not receive the care you need if you fall seriously ill—with COVID or otherwise. This holiday season, it is absolutely critical that everyone stay at home and not leave for anything other than essential activities.
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Flu shot: Your Best Bet for Avoiding Influenza
 
New flu vaccines are released every year to keep up with rapidly adapting flu viruses.
 
When you get vaccinated, your immune system produces antibodies to protect you from the viruses included in the vaccine. But antibody levels may decline over time — another reason to get a flu shot every year.
 
 
Healthier Holiday Recipes
 
Side dishes are just as important as the main dish. Add color, texture, and a lot of flavor to your holiday meals with these easy ideas.
 
14 Ways to Stay Focused at Work Through the Holidays
 
We're in the midst of the holiday season, and as you try to juggle parties, shopping, hosting, planning, traveling, and work, there's a good chance you'll lose focus and momentum in the office. Read More
15 Virtual New Year's Eve Games to Celebrate While...

New Year's Eve is going to look very different this year if we're cognizant of the COVID-19 pandemic and safely social distancing. Instead of popping bottles at parties, dancing the night away at a club, or packing into crowded bars, most of us...

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It is important we all stay healthy and engaged at work and at home.
 
MetroED is here to help with ideas to build a happy-thriving culture and believes now more than ever in the impact wellness can have on our organization.
 
Our Wellness page will continue to focus on the importance of resiliency, growth, connection, and social aspects of health. In addition to sleep, energy, exercise, and diet. Check back often as new things are added regularly.
 
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