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Make 2014 a better year with help of wellness programs

The Wellness Connection has three new programs beginning next week to help the University community improve its overall well-being not only this winter but for a lifetime.

HealthTrip Wellness Challenge (Feb. 3, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015) is a virtual journey that takes participants across the country in search of better health and behavior changes. It is free and open to all BGSU faculty, staff and retirees. Week by week, participants will learn about important aspects of staying healthy. Along the journey there are 12 stops; explore each location for one month and earn Frequent Mover Miles by logging physical activity and completing specific wellness challenges. Complete the activities independently and have the opportunity to participate in monthly excursions. To make travels even more enjoyable, miles can be redeemed for prizes.

Join the journey at any time: Register Online

• Eight-week Mindfulness Workshop. Mindfulness will help participants learn to let go of stress, worry and anxious, racing thoughts by teaching them to live more peacefully in the present. Benefits include better focus and concentration and enhanced health. Try a free introductory mindfulness session facilitated by Caroline Dawson, a certified mindfulness instructor with over 18 years of yoga and meditation experience. Two free introductory sessions will be held from 5:15-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in 314 Bowen-Thompson Student Union and Thursday, Feb. 6, in 115 Olscamp Hall. If you enjoy the sessions, register for the upcoming eight-week mindfulness workshop (Feb. 10-April 10).

• Healthy Heart Walk and free blood pressure screenings (Friday, Feb. 7)

To celebrate National Wear Red Day® and encourage others to take steps to reduce their risk for heart disease, a Healthy Heart Walk will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Perry Field House track. Wear red and stop by anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to participate in the fun, one-mile prediction walk. Walk at a comfortable pace and leave your watch and phone behind. The top three walkers who achieve the mile in the closest time to their predicted time win a heart-healthy prize. Everyone can enjoy samples of free healthy snacks from Dining Services and free blood pressure screenings from the Falcon Health Center.


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