CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes
Eat Well and Save Money
February 24, 2021
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.
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
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.
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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!
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.