Summer Employee Chair Massage coming back to your campus!

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Enjoy a FREE 5 minute chair massage from SPC Wellness!

Check out our summer schedule below:

  • July 27th Tarpon Springs #FA-132 2PM-4PM
  • August 2nd Clearwater #ES-104 2PM-4PM
  • August 3rd Allstate #Desoto 11AM-1PM
  • August 4th Downtown #DC210 11AM-1PM
  • August 8th EpiTech #1-455 1PM-4PM
  • August 9th Gibbs #SA-114 2PM-4PM
  • August 12th HEC #274D 11AM-1PM

 

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SPC beat the Heat: Tips to stay cool this summer

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Heat illness can range in severity from mild heat cramps to heat exhaustion to a potentially life-threatening heatstroke. Certain individuals are at higher risk in the heat.

What puts you at higher risk?

  • Diabetes, asthma or heart disease
  • Being elderly or very young
  • Being overweight or in poor physical condition
  • Recently been ill with a fever
  • Having had heat illness before
  • Hard chargers who ignore the warning signs

Preventive measures 

  • Avoid strenuous activities when the heat index is above above 105 degrees Fahrenheit or the dew point is above 70.
  • Drink 8 to 16 ounces of water an hour before beginning a workout.
  • Maintain fluid intake before thirst begins.
  • Avoid exercising in the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear loose clothing to allow for circulation.

Heatstroke symptoms:

  • High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is the main sign of heatstroke.
  • Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.
  • Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel moist.
  • Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
  • Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
  • Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
  • Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
  • Headache. Your head may throb.

If you think a person may be experiencing heatstroke, seek immediate medical help. Call 911 or your local emergency services number.

Take immediate action to cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency treatment.

  • Getting the person into shade or indoors.
  • Removing excess clothing.
  • Cooling the person with whatever means available — a cool tub of water or a cool shower, garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, or ice packs or cold, wet towels on the person’s head, neck, armpits and groin.

 

 

*Source: The Mayo Clinic

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Stressed Out? Get Moving Today!

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SPC employees can exercise at one of our on campus Wellness Centers for FREE!

Click here for more information.

Need help with an exercise program? Contact one of our Certified Personal Trainers & sign up for your 2 free personal training sessions!  Sign up here.

 

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Quit Tobacco Today! Free Classes in Pinellas County

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Support the fight against Diabetes: Step Out 2016

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Take Charge. Inspire Others. That’s What WE’RE About.

Every day someone living with diabetes faces a challenge. Our lives are touched by diabetes and chances are your life is, too. You can make a difference and help those burdened by diabetes by joining our team.

Join Our Team!

We walk in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® because today diabetes will claim 200 lives. We walk because every 23 seconds someone new is diagnosed. We walk because our family and friends are among the nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States who have diabetes.
When you walk and fundraise with us:

  • You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
  • You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
  • You fund life-saving research.
  • You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes to live well.

So what are you waiting for? Join our team and walk with us! You can make an impact in the fight against diabetes — today.

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It is hot! Stay cool & fit in your office with YOGA AT YOUR DESK

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St. Petersburg Gibbs Wellness Center Upgrade

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The St. Petersburg College Gibbs Wellness Center just received a major upgrade with the addition of several brand new pieces of exercise equipment.  New cardiovascular and resistance training machines allow both students and SPC employees new options to maintain their personal fitness and overall well-being.

New equipment includes:

  • 3 Cybex Upright Exercise Bikes.
  • 3 Lifecore Rowing Machines.
  • 1 Olympic Flat Bench Press.
  • Cybex Abdominal Machine.
  • Cybex Compound Row Machine.
  • Cybex Tricep Press Machine.
  • Cybex Arm Curl Machine.
  • Bosu Balance Exercise Balls. 

Current SPC students & staff can use the St. Pete/Gibbs Wellness center free of charge. The Release of Liability form is available at the front desk of the SP/G Wellness Center.

The Wellness Center is located on the corner of 70th Street North and Burlington Avenue. For more information, call us at 727-341-4687.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7 :00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., & Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

See more pictures of the new equipment below.

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Follow SPC Wellness on Twitter

Follow our SPC Employee Wellness Coordinator, Mark-Anthony Bailey on Twitter at @MAnthonyBailey to get the latest SPC Wellness information sent directly to your Twitter feed!

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Advantages of following via Twitter include:

  • Latest updated information sent directly to your smartphone via the Twitter app.
  • Easy to follow links taking you directly to the SPC Wellness information you are looking for.
  • Learn more about our SPC Wellness resources as well as information from reputable sources such as the CDC, the Florida Health Department, the Mayo Clinic and the American College of Sports Medicine.

If you post something wellness related, use our hashtag #SPCWellness

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SPC is taking part in Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes 2016

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Take Charge. Inspire Others. That’s What WE’RE About.

Every day someone living with diabetes faces a challenge. Our lives are touched by diabetes and chances are your life is, too. You can make a difference and help those burdened by diabetes by joining our team.

Join Our Team!

We walk in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® because today diabetes will claim 200 lives. We walk because every 23 seconds someone new is diagnosed. We walk because our family and friends are among the nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States who have diabetes.
When you walk and fundraise with us:

  • You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
  • You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
  • You fund life-saving research.
  • You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes to live well.

So what are you waiting for? Join our team and walk with us! You can make an impact in the fight against diabetes — today.

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Men’s Health Week

 

June Mens Health Poster

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The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

This week gives healthcare providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

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