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The road to a HEALTHY YOU continues with an active lifestyle and healthy eating.

Boston College begins the fifth year of HEALTHY YOU with programs designed to support you on your path to greater health and well-being, offered in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and The Boston Consortium for Higher Education’s HEALTHY YOU program.

 

Fall 2014 Program Flyer

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ONGOING PROGRAMS

 

Campus Recreation Programs

Want to get fit, maintain a healthy weight, and have fun doing it?  Campus Recreation is here to support you as you move toward a healthier, more active lifestyle.  Please visit www.bc.edu/rec to learn more!

 

Weight Watchers Meetings and Reimbursement

Starting the week of September 8

Mondays, 1:15–2:00 p.m. Flynn Recreation Complex

Meetings start the week of September 9; visit the program page for information on registration and fees.

Weight Watchers continues at Boston College! This program is designed to help you lose weight by teaching you tools to improve your eating habits. If you are interested in finding out more, come to the first session free of charge. There is a cost associated with participating in the program.

For more information and to sign up, please contact Weight Watchers leader Arlene at arlenelew@aol.com.

Plus, don’t miss out on this opportunity! Through Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston College will be reimbursing employees and/or spouses $150 (total of $150 per family) for participation in Weight Watchers. More information about the weight loss reimbursement program.


Smoking Cessation

Just thinking about quitting smoking can be overwhelming for many people. Boston College is committed to assisting employees who wish to quit tobacco use. Based on the recent smoking cessation survey results, BC will offer tailored programs to help employees who wish to quit. For more information, including a brochure with a variety of free and discounted options for BC employees and family members, visit www.bc.edu/smokingcessation.

 

Charitable Walks

A new opportunity this semester incorporates BC’s mission of being “men and women for others” into our HEALTHY YOU program.  For more information, please visit www.bc.edu/charitablewalks.

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

Healthapalooza
Monday, September 22
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., O'Neill Plaza

Rain Date: September 29

Stop by the HEALTHY YOU table at the BC Office of Health Promotion's annual Healthapalooza and receive your free Biodot stress meter!  You can also participate in a free, two-minute lung health screening.  Find out more about stress management, nutrition programs, the Walk Across Campus, smoking cessation resources, and other incentives and reimbursements.  A Harvard Pilgrim Health Coach will be available to talk about the coaching program and offer advice about ways to achieve your health and fitness goals.


OCTOBER 2014

Walk Across Campus
October 1–November 30
Kickoff walks: October 1 at 7:30 a.m. (RecPlex) and 12:00 noon (129 Lake)


The Walk Across Campus (WAC) is a two-month HEALTHY YOU team walking program. If you were on a team during the 2013–14 WAC, we encourage you to participate and to use the Fitbit BC purchased for you last year. All 1,400 members and team leaders from the spring 2014 WAC are already on their fall team and will not need to act further to remain on the team.
If you did not participate or receive a Fitbit last year, we’d love to have you join us! Distribution of Fitbits to new participants will begin the week of September 15 (first-come, first-served). For registration directions and Fitbit activation deadlines, visit www.bc.edu/healthy-you.


Eat to Nourish, Sleep to Flourish*

Presentation by Roxanne Prichard
Tuesday, October 7
12:00–1:15 p.m., Corcoran Commons, Heights Room


Scientific discoveries in the last ten years have demonstrated that diet and sleep are tightly coupled. Some nutrients promote sleep, whereas others disturb it. How much and how well we sleep influences what food we crave, how we digest food, and even where we store fat. Find out how making simple changes in your food choices and the timing of your meals and sleep can lead to improvements in your health, mood, and energy levels. Roxanne Prichard is an associate professor of psychology at the University of St. Thomas. Cosponsored with the Office of Health Promotion.



Health Fair
Tuesday, October 28
10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Yawkey Center, Murray Room


Take time to take care of YOU. Preregister to get your flu shot while you’re here! Visit our HEALTHY YOU information table and receive a complimentary exercise band for simple stretching and toning exercises. Learn about multiple resources available to assist with smoking cessation. Meet with representatives from campus and community health resources and receive consultations on acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, stress management, and more!

 

NOVEMBER 2014

EveryBODY Get Healthy*
Presentation by Lauren Koretzki
Tuesday, November 18
12:00–1:15 p.m., Corcoran Commons, Heights Room


Join us for a live demo of “EveryBODY Get Healthy,” Harvard Pilgrim’s new online interactive wellness platform. Learn about the wide variety of features and functionality you will soon have access to as part of the HEALTHY YOU program. Lauren will guide you through the site, answer your questions, and share updates on the upcoming rollout. Lauren Koretzki is director of wellness strategy and innovation at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

 

ARCHIVES OF PRIOR PROGRAMS

OCTOBER 2013

How to Build a Winning Nutrition Plan: The Art of Defensive Eating

Presentation by Tara Mardigan

View the presentation and the video below if you were unable to attend.

Tara Mardigan, M.S., M.P.H., RD, is The Plate Coach! She is a fearless and creative ambassador of healthful food choices. Tara also counsels clients at the Lown Cardiovascular Center in Brookline, MA. Cosponsored with the Office of Health Promotion.

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NOVEMBER 2013

How to Survive the Holidays

Presentation by Joanne Keaveney, HPHC
Tuesday, November 5

12:00–1:15 p.m., Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

View the presentation and video below if you were unable to attend.

Joanne Keaveney, M.S., RD, LD, is a health educator with Harvard Pilgrim, who is also a registered dietician and certified culinary chef. Joanne is an accomplished coach and an engaging speaker.

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DECEMBER 2013

Wine, Chocolate, and Warm Bread

Presentation by Joanne Keaveney, HPHC
Tuesday, December 3

12:00–1:15 p.m., Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

View the the presentation video below if you were unable to attend.  

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FEBRUARY 2014


Eat to Nourish, Sleep to Flourish*

Presentation by Roxanne Prichard

Thursday, February 13, 12:00–1:15 p.m.Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

Scientific discoveries in the last ten years have conclusively demonstrated that how we eat and how we sleep are tightly coupled. Some nutrients promote sleep, whereas others disturb sleep. Likewise, how much and how well we sleep influences what food we crave, how we digest food, and even where we store fat. This talk will address how making simple changes in your food choices and the timing of your meals and sleep can lead to drastic improvements in your health, mood, and energy levels. Roxanne Prichard is an associate professor of psychology at the University of St. Thomas. Cosponsored with the Office of Health Promotion.

*  A light lunch will be served, and all employees who attend are eligible to enter a raffle. The presentations will be recorded and posted on the HEALTHY YOU website for anyone who cannot attend in person.

 

MARCH 2014

Flex, Stretch, and Strengthen*

Presentation by Nathaniel Tiplady, D.C.

View the presentation if you were unable to attend.

Thursday, March 13, 12:00–1:15 p.m.Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

You will work muscle groups in patterns that will condition you for the things you do in real life! This type of activity helps stabilize the joints, improve strength, and increase blood flow. Participants are encouraged to wear comfort­able clothing. Nate Tiplady is a wellness presenter with Harvard Pilgrim and a licensed chiropractor.

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APRIL 2014

Walk Across Campus 2014

April 1–May 31

Kickoff walks: April 1 at 7:00 a.m. outside Flynn Recreation Complex and 12:00 p.m. outside 129 Lake Street

This semester’s Walk Across Campus is a two-month HEALTHY YOU team walking competition. New participants will receive a free, state-of-the-art Fitbit pedometer! Those who participated in the Fall 2013 Walk are strongly encour­aged to participate in this spring’s walk as well (and use the Fitbits issued for last semester’s Walk). Registration begins February 1, 2014. Watch for communications in early 2014 with more details, as registration will be limited.

 

A Mindful Approach to Work*

Presentation by Elizabeth Maillett, Esq.

Tuesday, April 8, 12:00–1:15 p.m. Yawkey Center, Murray Function Room

Everyone experiences stressful days at work, but how we respond to them makes a significant difference in work performance, the quality of our interactions, and how we feel both physically and mentally. In this program, partici­pants are taught to recognize the early signs of stress as well as the sources of stress. In addition, they will learn how regular mindfulness practice can enable them to respond to stressful situations in a calm, clear, and thoughtful manner. Liz Maillett is an attorney, educator, and independent consultant with HPHC’s Mindfulness Program with over 16 years experience practicing and teaching mindfulness meditation.


*  A light lunch will be served, and all employees who attend are eligible to enter a raffle. The presentations will be recorded and posted on the HEALTHY YOU website for anyone who cannot attend in person.


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MAY 2014

BC Race to Educate 2014

May 3, 2014

Announcing the annual BC Race to Educate!  A 5k for runners & walkers to benefit St. Columbkille Partnership School on Saturday, May 3rd.  This is a great way to increase your steps and benefit a very worthy cause.  Individuals and teams are urged to consider signing up for this fun event.  For more information click here.