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Category: Health and Wellness

It’s not too late to get your flu shot at the Health Center

Flu cases are on the rise, and health officials are urging people to take precautions. Simple steps, including getting a flu shot, help protect against the flu.

There have been 161 influenza cases to date in Wisconsin this flu season and 95 influenza-associated hospitalizations, including eight children and 78 adults ages 50 and older. Of those hospitalized with influenza, 63 percent were ages 65 years and older.

“Getting a flu shot is still one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family and friends against the flu and potential complications,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. “There are also many simple steps people can take now to avoid spreading the flu to family and friends, and to keep from getting it themselves, including practicing good hand washing hygiene, covering your cough, and not sharing drinking cups and straws.”

Influenza can range from mild to severe and in some cases can cause life-threatening complications. Symptoms can come on quickly and include fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches and tiredness. If someone does get the flu after getting vaccinated, it is more likely to be a milder case.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone aged six months and older should be vaccinated annually. To schedule a flu shot, contact your health care provider, pharmacy, local public health department or tribal health clinic, or go to the CDC website to find a flu vaccination center near you.

Health officials encourage you to remember these steps for protecting against the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve and try to avoid touching your face with your hand. If you use a tissue, throw it away after one use.
  • Use your own drinking cups and straws.
  • Avoid being exposed to people who are sick with flu-like symptoms.
  • Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke.
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, refrigerator handle, telephone, faucets).
  • If you think you have the flu, call your doctor. Stay home, rest, drink plenty of liquids and avoid using alcohol and tobacco.

*Department of Health Services

Contact Jill Drier, director of health services, for more information and to schedule your flu shot today!

WELLU Healthy Living Series continues Friday

WELLU Healthy Living Series: Hold Your Weight This Holiday Season

Learn ways to boost your exercise despite the cool temperatures and revisit healthy nutrition strategies to get you through the challenging holidays.

Friday, Dec. 9
Noon–1 p.m.
Warch-Kraemer
Presenter: Kate Harrell

Individual questions? Thirty-minute nutrition sessions are available Friday, Dec. 9 from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. with Kate. Email erin.buenzli@lawrence.edu to sign up.

WELLU Holiday Trio Challenge

Join the WELLU Holiday Trio Challenge: Maintain, Don’t Gain

Sign up in teams of three or fewer.

Prizes for the team that maintains its weight and for a random participation drawing include: Fitbit, Bluetooth speaker, massages and more.

Weigh in: Nov. 18–22
Weigh out: Jan. 4–6
9:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m. at the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center

Email erin.buenzli@lawrence.edu for details.

Wellness Fair winners

Thank you to those who attended the Wellness Fair. Below are the winners of the prize baskets. Congratulations!

  • Jean Shoaf: Fitbit
  • Samridhi Tuladhar: Bluetooth speaker
  • Sammi Farb: School supply basket
  • Jacquelyn D. Birkholz: Bluetooth headphones
  • Kristen L. Bratonja: Stress relief basket
  • Paris Wicker: Fitness basket
  • Jessie Zelaya: Happy Bellies gift card and mug

Additional flu shot clinics next week

We are offering two more flu shot clinics for staff, faculty and students!

Date: Oct. 25
Location: Warch Campus Center, Esch Hurvis Room
Time: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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Date: Oct. 26
Location: Warch Campus Center, Esch Hurvis Room
Time: 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

 

Free for faculty, staff, spouses/domestic partners. A $20 fee for students that will be added to the student account.

WELLU update—October

Wellness fair!
Join us Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Warch Campus Center’s Somerset Room
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Come meet the vendor partners, learn more about living a healthy lifestyle and get your flu shot! Flu shots will be given by Thedacare. These are free for all faculty and staff, $20 for students.

Lunch-and-learn Fridays!
Trick or Treat, Dangers of Adding Sugars
Presented by Kate Harrell
Discover healthy ways to add sweetness without the negative impact on your health and explore the new food labeling that now indicates the total amount of added sugars. 
Friday, Oct. 28
Noon–1 p.m.
Warch Campus Center, Arthur Vining Davis Room

Massage program
On behalf of Lawrence, WELLU is pleased to offer subsidized full-body therapeutic massage services. Appointments are available for 30 or 60 minutes in the Wellness Center. A massage therapist is on campus from 6 to 9 p.m. to provide the massage. Students, staff and faculty may schedule an appointment by contacting Erin Buenzli at erin.buenzli@lawrence.edu or 920-832-7190 and must pay cash at the appointment. Due to the popularity of this service, clients are limited to one massage per term. The cost for a massage appointment is $10 for 30 minutes and $20 for 60 minutes. *Session time includes paperwork and hands-on time.

A limited number are still available for Fall Term! Sign up for Winter Term starting Jan. 3 and March 27 for Spring Term.

YMCA membership discount
YMCA membership discounts are available for all Lawrence employees and their spouses/domestic partners.

The employee discount is $6.25/month on whatever membership you choose. In addition, the $75 joiner fee will be waived. New members should bring their Lawrence ID to the member services desk at the Downtown Appleton Y location.

Memberships are valid at all YMCA locations in Wisconsin.

Not sure if you want to join the Y? Use this Lawrence FREE ONE-WEEK TRIAL PASS for you and your family to check it out.

EAP Connection
This month’s EAP Connection is about bullying. For additional resources to help you achieve a healthy balance in life, visit AssistERC.com and

  • Click on “Work/Life Resources” at the top of the page
  • Click on the “Worklife Services” link
  • Click on the “REGISTER” button toward the right side of the screen
  • Create your unique username and password, using company code: LAWRENCE
  • In addition to these resources, confidential counseling services through ASSIST ERC are available to you at no cost 24/7 by calling 1-800-222-8590.