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January WELLU update

New Class at the Wellness Center—Cuong Nhu Martial Arts
Starting Jan. 10 in the Wellness Center we are proud to offer Cuong Nhu Martial Arts. Classes will be on Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 12:45 p.m. Classes are open to everyone and all skill levels. Anyone can become a good member in Cuong Nhu as long as they have the desire and determination to do so.

Cuong Nhu means “hard-soft” in Vietnamese. Cuong Nhu offers a wide variety of techniques that are the result of blending seven styles of martial arts. Cuong Nhu is excellent for self-defense. The wide variety of techniques enable one to apply techniques accordingly when faced with various situations.

Mark Your Calendar—Weight Loss & You: New Exercise & Nutrition Strategies to Reach Your Goals
Join us Friday, Jan. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Warch Campus Center (Kraemer Room) for the Weight Loss & You presentation. This presentation will discuss successfully setting weight-loss goals and achieving them. We will also discuss what is new in the weight-loss world and learn more about the research coming from the National Weight Loss Control Registry.

WELLU Massage Sign-up
One-hour massages for $20?!? You read the right! Reserve your spot for a one-hour massage at the YMCA for only $20. Massage appointments can be made for any date during the second term. There is a limit of one massage per person per term. Contact Erin Buenzli to schedule your appointment.

Health Smart Class—Boot Camp
In partnership with the city of Appleton, we are excited to offer boot camp classes right here in downtown Appleton. Achieve your fitness goals with this high-energy, drill-based, interval session! Take charge of your day with this balanced workout combining cardio and strength exercises. We will use functional movements to improve the cardiovascular and muscular systems. Your agility, strength, cardiovascular fitness and core stabilization will be challenged through body-weight and equipment-based drills. Classes are held at the City Center Plaza. Please see this flier for registration information.

Managing Stress as a Working Parent
Many parents hold full- or part-time jobs. However, being a parent on its own is one of the hardest jobs anyone could take on. Couple that with the stress of a career and it can be too much for anyone. It’s not uncommon to experience guilt and frustration trying to balance both work and family obligations and end up focusing on the things you can’t do or what you’re missing out on. The key to managing both worlds is focusing on the things that you can accomplish and making the most of the time you have at work, with your family and on your own. Read this article from Hays Companies.

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.
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 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 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.

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.