WELLNESS PROGRAM

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SEPTEMBER - OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Facts:

  • Approximately 22,240 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually.
  • If detected at its earliest stage, ovarian cancer has a five-year survival rate of over 93%.

Symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic/abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary urgency or frequency

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Personal history of cancer
  • Woman over the age 55
  • Women who have never been pregnant
  • Women on menopausal hormone replacement therapy

Staying Healthy Tips:

  • You can reduce your risk of many cancers by consuming a diet consisting of high fiber and whole grains.
  • Exercising at least 150 minutes per week can lower your risk of many health conditions.
  • Be sure that your immunizations are current. Getting a flu shot is a good way to prevent getting and spreading the flu to others.
  • Be sure to get sufficient rest.

2014 LOS RIOS FALL HEALTH & BENEFITS FAIR

It is once again time for our annual Faculty & Staff Health & Benefits Fair. The event will take place at all four campuses and the District Office and will include both new and returning vendors providing important services and information regarding such topics as the Living Healthy Los Rios Wellness Program, health insurance and screenings, nutrition and healthy eating, exercise and fitness, and financial health and retirement. Stop by for your chance to win raffle prizes, including gift certificates for cooking classes, running training programs, temporary gym memberships, as well as giveaways from each of our bookstores, and much, much more!

CAMPUS DATE TIME LOCATION
Folsom Lake College Tuesday, October 7 1:30-3:30 p.m. FL1-20 Community Room
District Office Wednesday, October 8 8:30-10:30 a.m. Courtyard
Cosumnes River College Wednesday, October 8 1:30-3:30 p.m. Winn Center WIN-150
Sacramento City College Thursday, October 9 8:30-10:30 a.m. LRC 105
American River College Thursday, October 9 1:30-3:30 p.m. Student Center (Rooms 3-4)

THRIVE ACROSS AMERICA RESULTS!

Congratulations to all of you who participated in the Spring 2014 Thrive Across America program! Great job! This was our second year offering the program, and we had 446 employees register, compared to 272 in the fall of 2012. (That’s an increase of 165%!)

Of the 234 participants who completed the survey, here are some other interesting statistics:

  • 66% reported an increase in activity
  • 33% reported a decrease in weight
  • 46% reported an increase in energy level

These are impressive percentages!

The team competition certainly gained momentum this year as well with 41 teams, compared to 15 in 2012. The competition was fierce, but friendly, with a lot of encouragement of not just teammates but across team boundaries! With all the excitement and activity, we decided that we should recognize more than just the top team. Here are this year’s winners:

TEAM STANDING LOCATION TEAM CAPTAIN TEAM SCORE
Minimum Density
          &
Crazy Dingos
1st Place co-winners CRC
   &
ARC
Cynthia Torres
          &
Heidi Fuller
109.9
   &
108.6
ARC All Stars 2nd Place ARC Amanda Corcoran 108.5

Other Top Teams (by location):

TEAM LOCATION TEAM CAPTAIN TEAM SCORE
One Step Ahead of You - ARC 3rd Place Alden Crow 79.5
The Tootsie Rollers - CRC 2nd Place Maricela Arevalo 86.7
Movers and Shapers - DO 1st Place Socorro Molina 86.6
The Fat and the Furious - FM 1st Place Shari Fink 79
The SCC Record Breakers - SCC 1st Place Kim Goff 98.6

In addition to the team aspect of the competition, there was an individual competition, as well. There were many impressive individual accomplishments. Amongst those noteworthy accomplishments, the following individual logged over 3,000 minutes of activity:

Julie Steinbach (DO) logged a total of 3,360 minutes!

The following individuals logged over 2,000 minutes: Teressa Tabares (ARC), Amy Wright (SCC), Debbie Weber (CRC) Diane Gross-Haggerty (ARC), Bill Simpson (ARC), Camille Leonhardt (ARC)

Equally impressive, the following individuals demonstrated improvement in total capped minutes as compared to the conclusion of the first week of the competition: Pamela Jurach (ARC), Sarah Hill (FLC), Diana Hicks (ARC), Nicole Griggs (ARC) Denise Engler (ARC), Deborah Cameron (ARC), Mike Angelone (ARC)

Members of winning teams (above): Please contact your team captains to claim your prize. Individual winners: Please stop by the Employee Benefits Department or call Nicole at 568-3197.

All others who finished the route also get a prize! Please stop by Los Rios Wellness table at the upcoming Health Fairs October 7-9 which will be announced soon. If you miss the health fairs, feel free to stop by the Employee Benefits Department after October 9th or call us at 568-3070.

Not done yet with route? No problem! For those of you who haven’t yet finished the route, you can continue logging your activity and make progress across the US. We have access to the Thrive Across America website through February 10, 2015. Let us know when you’re done—you’ll still get a prize for perseverance!

HEALTH WEBINARS

Did you miss the webinar on Combating & Preventing Diabetes or Food & Mood? Those webinars and many more are archived on the Health Talks website.

ADDITIONAL HEALTH & WELLNESS INFORMATION

NEWSLETTERS & WEBINARS

Get helpful tips on health and wellness from Weight Watchers, Compsych, VSP and Kaiser.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Visit our Community Events page for upcoming activities in your area.

HEALTHY RECIPES

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