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Thursday, September 12, 2013

There are a number of wellness opportunities this fall. For more information, including registration forms, follow the links. You can also always contact Mary Jo McNulty at extension 83894 or mjd4@lehigh.edu

 Blue Jean Bash

For 17 consecutive years, Lehigh has participated in raising funds for breast cancer research and education. In exchange for a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, employees may wear jeans to work to show their support for the fight against breast cancer. 

Your contribution will benefit breast cancer prevention services, groundbreaking breast cancer treatment and early detection research. Once again, Lehigh University is proud to be a part of this program and we encourage you to participate on Friday, October 25, 2013.
To register, download a registration form and return it to Human Resources no later than Friday, October 18, 2013. 


Walking Groups Continue This Fall

If you prefer your fitness outdoors with friends, join our Wellness Walking Groups during the lunch hour. Walkers leave from the flagpole at 12:10 Monday through Wednesday. Distances vary depending on the day, and generally range between one and three miles.

Lehigh's campus is always beautiful in autumn, so join your colleagues and enjoy the crisp cool air. To register, go to the HR Online Registration Tool. 


Weight Watchers at Work – Starts Thursday, September 12

Lehigh University provides convenient access to the renowned Weight Watchers program by hosting weekly meetings right on campus. The cost of the program is $80 for each 8-week session. You can pay by cash, check (payable to Weight Watchers), Visa, Mastercard or payroll deduction for salaried faculty and staff. 

Weight Watchers is simple, satisfying and smart. The PointsPlus program is based on the latest nutritional science, and factors in the way your body actually processes food. Combined with the proven advantages of the Weight Watchers approach, the program helps you make healthy choices. 

Weight Watchers developed the "four pillars of healthy weight loss" based on years of scientific research and analysis - Helpful Habits, Get Support, Move More and Eat Smarter. 

You'll learn to choose delicious foods that can keep you feeling fuller for 
longer. There are absolutely no required foods, and the program gives you the flexibility to enjoy extras and treats --which is important to long-term success. 

This program begins on Thursday, September 12, 2013 and runs for 8 weeks from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. Bring your lunch; light refreshments will be served. To register, go to the HR Online Registration Tool.  A minimum of 15 participants is required. 


Yoga by YogaMos

Yoga is back! 

Classes are being offered:

Tuesdays, Noon to 1:00 p.m. beginning September 17, 2013. The session runs for 8 weeks.The cost is $50 for an eight-week session.

If you've never tried yoga, here are the answers to some questions you may have.

What is yoga, really?

In a nutshell, the word yoga translates as a yoking or a union. Basically we are looking to join the mind and body through breath and movement. 

How will yoga benefit me?

Yoga improves strength, coordination, and focus. It can reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and stress. With a continued practice additional benefits may occur, such as enlightenment, the power to spread happiness at will, levitation, and the power to shoot lasers out of your eyeballs (note: individual results may vary). But really, yoga will provide you with an overall sense of well-being, creating flexibility and balance for both the body and mind.

I’m not flexible enough, can I practice yoga?

Yes, you are perfect for yoga. Many people think that, because they can’t touch their toes, they can’t practice yoga. Flexibility will come with time, practice, and patience. 

A yoga instructor once made a great point: “Saying I’m not flexible enough for yoga is the same as saying I’m not clean enough to take a shower.”

What do I need for class?

Yourself, an open mind, and a yoga mat if you have one. 

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing that offers free range of motion. Shorts, sweatpants, stretchy pants, tee-shirts are good, just nothing too baggy.

Any other suggestions?

Try not to eat a large meal within 1-2 hours prior to class. Many yoga postures manipulate the digestive system and undigested food can create an uncomfortable feeling.

Arrive a few minutes early to class to get settled and focused before you begin. Bringing some water and a hand towel is recommended.

To register, go to the HR Online Registration Tool.