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CommonHealth, the wellness benefit for state employees, offers a range of opportunities including special rates on WeightWatchers, fitness center discounts, and more. Visit them at their website or contact your agency's CommonHealth coordinator.

CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes


Move More

Pick of the Patch Contest

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Take a Minute with CommonHealth

Stress Less

Recipe of the Month

Eat Well

Move More

Grilled Fruit with Fresh Mango Sauce

Stress Less

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Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

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Eat Well

July 28, 2021 

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Tofu-Veggie Kebabs with Peanut-Sriracha Sauce

July 23, 2021 

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Sleep Better

July 14, 2021 

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Breathing to Help Relieve Stress and Anxiety

July 12, 2021 

This past year has made it very clear that we are susceptible to stress and anxiety.  So much of the tension we normally experience comes from our own mind, which aggravates and exaggerates the circumstances of our lives.

Join CommonHealth as we explore strategies to overcome these feelings of stress and anxiety with an introduction to the series.  The first exercise we will focus on is our breathing.  By focusing on your breathing for a few brief moments, your stress and anxiety will subside and allow your natural peace to come to the surface.

Grilled Portobello Burger with Basil Mayo

June 23, 2021 

Stress Less

June 17, 2021 

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Bingo Challenge!

June 7, 2021

The weather is getting nicer--get out and move, anywhere! The CommonHealth and Anywhere Teams bring you a new summer challenge! The challenge starts today and goes through July 1. You may choose to complete a bingo card horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or completely.

Right-click to save the bingo card below. When complete, send in your card (be sure to include name and agency) to

Please share photos of challenge activities if you grant permission for them to be shared in EmployeeExperience and/or social media. Use the hashtags #CommonHealthChallenge #SummerBingo! 


Know Your Food Groups

June 7, 2021

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Sleep Better

May 27, 2021

Move More

May 14, 2021

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Rebuild your Baseline Routine

May 5, 2021

Routines help build resilience. Watch this video to see if your routine could use a renovation.

Have a healthy week!

Stress Less

April 26, 2021


Eat Well

April 15, 2021


Thriving Outside of the 9-5 Shift

April 2, 2021


Proven Stress Strategies

March 16, 2021


Creamy Spinach Parmesan Dip

March 11, 2021

Enjoy this garlicky dip with chips, vegetables, or baked chicken wings. It’s also really tasty on burgers.


  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium clove of garlic
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt or more to taste


  1. Steam, boil, or microwave spinach until wilted, about 3 to 5 minutes; drain well and cool.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor; puree until smooth. Spoon into a serving bowl or onto fresh vegetables and garnish with sea salt.
  3. Serving size: about 1/4 cup dip


Visit the CommonHealth website for more recipes, videos, and tips made especially for Virginia's state employees and their families.

Nurturing Your Connections

March 3, 2021

Eat Well and Save Money

February 24, 2021


Chocolate-berry Pavlova

February 9, 2021



Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day with a partner or flying solo, the holiday calls for an extra special meal. Bonus: You'll win brownie points if your eligible partner is also on a wellness journey by serving this delicious yet light dessert.

This beautiful pavlova with a chocolatey-crunchy meringue is topped with a mascarpone mixture and topped with fresh strawberries and chocolate shavings for a refreshing and irresistible dessert. The delicate meringue base is slowly baked to achieve a crispy exterior and soft, marshmallow-like interior. You can make the components a few days in advance and keep them separate until ready to serve. Store the meringues in an airtight container at room temperature and the mascarpone mixture in the refrigerator. For best results, enjoy it immediately after it’s assembled.

Read the full recipe on their website.

Visit the CommonHealth website for more recipes, videos, and tips made especially for Virginia's state employees and their families.

Strengthen Your Immune System

February 5, 2021

Learn tips and tricks to strengthen your immune system by watching this week's video!

Exercising and COVID Prevention Information

January 26, 2021

Moving more throughout your day has many health benefits for your body and mind! CommonHealth has some useful exercise and Covid prevention information, as well as tips to help you add movement into any part of your day listed below.

Good Sleep Feels Good

February 17, 2021

Breathing Exercises

January 20, 2021

More and more research is showing that purposeful, deep breathing lowers stress and anxiety. It is simple, easy and effective. CommonHealth's tips below will help guide you through a few relaxing breaths to reduce stress and tension.

December 14, 2020

In this week's CommonHealth Connection you will find:

  • A checklist for better sleep
  • A simple, daily prescription for improved wellbeing(no need to click on anything, just give those suggestions a try)
  • WW's recipe for delicious and nutritious Chicken, Lentil & Kale soup to fill you up and warm you up on a chilly day

View more on the flyer.


December 7, 2020

This week we're sharing tips on how to deal with stress during this busy time of year as well as some important reminders about why/how to take care of your feet. Finally, with the holidays approaching, many of us plan to cook special meals. Take a look at the old habits versus new traditions for food safety.


View more on the flyer.


November 10, 2020

We are excited to announce the "Walk into the New Year" challenge! This challenge was created in partnership by CommonHealth, Virginia Department of Health and Department of Conservation and Recreation. This movement challenge will encourage employees to visit state parks, get out and enjoy nature all while getting in their steps. This challenge begins on November 27th to help celebrate the Opt Outside initiative which encourages people to get outside rather than waiting in a line to shop. The 6 week challenge will also run through January 1st, when all state parks are free to visit for that day! Walk into the New Year will end on January 8th  and three lucky people will win a one year pass good for entry at any of the Virginia State Parks!


Registration is on their website.  You can find more details, a walking log, and a bingo card on the CommonHealth site.


November 2, 2020

November is National Family Caregiver month. Learn 10 tips for family caregivers. The holidays often bring on additional stress, read more on how you can reduce your stress and enjoy your holiday. An important part of getting good sleep is choosing the right mattress. Learn more about these topics by clicking the boxes below.

We had 114 pictures submitted for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest!  Each one was unique and creative.  Four creations received the most votes.  The winners are:  Amy W. from VDH, Brianne S. from VDH, Teresa L. from New College Institute and Heather W. from VDACS.  Their pumpkin pictures are posted on our Facebook page and may be used in our magazine as well.

A genuine thank you to each and every employee who participated!  You really wowed us!  We hope to feature as many pictures as possible on social media and in our magazine.

Read for more information.


October 26, 2020

In this week's edition learn how to protect your eyes from injury, how to get more dietary fiber on a daily basis and why sleep is so important these days.

Don't forget - October 28th is the deadline to submit a picture for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  We have ~ 35 entries so far.

Read for more information.


October 13, 2020

Members of the Mason community recently participated in the Patriot Families Helping Families Brainstorm Session. From this robust session, families shared their greatest family-centered hurdles during the global pandemic. Our HR & Payroll facilitators listened and gathered the top four issues Mason families are facing. Who knows better about how to handle these difficult issues, than other families?

To offer a positive and productive space for sharing ideas, HR & Payroll is hosting a collaboration called Mason Families Share. This collaboration offers a focused and safe place for Mason families to share what's working.


How This Collaboration Works

This collaboration only works if Mason families join in and share their solutions! Here's how it works:

1. Each week, via Instant HR and Twitter, HR & Payroll will release a Solution Share Prompt that is based on one of the top four issues Mason families are facing.

2. Members of the Mason community are encouraged to share their solutions to this Solution Share Prompt posting their solution on Twitter with the hashtag #MasonFamsShare or emailing If you email your solution, HR & Payroll will post the emailed solutions on Twitter with the same hashtag.

3. Then, Mason families will be able to see and engage with others??? solutions by  searching the hashtag #MasonFamsShare on Twitter (you don't even need a Twitter account!!!)


October 5, 2020

Did you know that your phone is riddled with germs? Find out how to keep your phone disinfected. As fall approaches, many of us love a warm recipe to try with family. Try this recipe with your family.  Sleep may be hard to come by for some, gear up with some sleep hygiene tips for a better night's sleep.  Learn more about these topics by opening the attached CommonHealth Connections and clicking on each box.

Meditation can take many forms, what works for some may not work for others. In this video we explore meditation through journaling. Grab a pen or pencil, some paper and relax as we take you through the practice of meditation through journaling.

Watch the video on YouTube.