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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New Free Weights added to EPI/DO Fitness Center

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Dumbbells add a large number of resistance training options to your current routine.

Sign up today for free access to the EPI/DO Fitness Center here! 

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June is Men’s Health Month

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

This week gives health care 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.

By the numbers:

Health status

  • Percent of men 18 years and over in fair or poor health: 12.2%

Physical activity and alcohol use

  • Percent of men 18 years and over who met the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity through leisure-time aerobic activity: 52.6%
  • Percent of men 18 years and over who had 5 or more drinks in 1 day at least once in the past year: 31.4%

Smoking

  • Percent of men 18 years and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 18.9% (2011-2013)

Obesity

  • Percent of men 20 years and over who are obese: 34.5%

Hypertension

  • Percent of men 20 years and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 32.6%

Leading causes of death

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)

TAKE ACTION TO MAINTAIN YOUR HEALTH TODAY!

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/mens-health.htm

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Take a vacation, for your health’s sake!

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Here are seven ways vacation can be beneficial for you:

Better physical health

The New York Times reported that a vacation can help your physical health — the stress of working can take a serious toll on your heart. For both men and women, taking a vacation every two years compared to every six will lessen the risk of coronary heart disease or heart attacks, The Times reported.

“It shows how the body reacts to a lifestyle of stress,” said Elaine Eaker, author of a study by the Framingham Heart Study, to The Times. “This is real evidence that vacations are important to your physical health.”

More productivity

Count on being more productive if you’re taking vacations. Upon returning from vacation, workers are likely to put more emphasis on the work they have to make up,according to The New York Times. Research says that a lot of that has to do with the way humans are made.

“The importance of restoration is rooted in our physiology. Human beings aren’t designed to expend energy continuously,” The Times reported. “Rather, we’re meant to pulse between spending and recovering energy.”

Closer family relationships

Psychology expert Susan Krauss Whitbourne said one of the biggest benefits of taking vacation is how much it affects familial relationships. Family vacations increase family bonding, especially when a lot of the activities have to do with talking about memories or even sharing stressful moments together.

“Shared family memories and time spent together isolated from ordinary everyday activities (school, work and so on) help to promote these positive ties,” Whitbourne wrote. “Though family vacations can have their own share of stress, the benefits outweigh the risks, even in families that are not particularly close.”

Newer perspectives

Step away from work for awhile and enjoy the summer sun. When you come back to work, you’ll have a totally new outlook on life. CNN reported that when you step away from the problems and stresses you’re facing, you’re bound to get a better perspective and come out with a more satisfying answer. An example of this, according to CNN, would be when you ask your friend for advice on a situation. The friend is removed from the scenario, and thus can offer advice more easily.

Increased mental power

Working all the time and getting things done might make you think you’re the king of the world. But your brain is feeling something completely different. Research by the University of California Irvine’s Gregory Hickok found that our brains don’t have a reserve pool to gather energy and power from. Vacations can help reset your mind.

“If we had a huge amount of brain power in reserve, we might not need vacations,” the Tribune reported. “We could just tap those beach-lolling brain cells. But we don’t. Time off tunes up a well-functioning brain.”

Lower chance of burn out

Starting to feel a little burned out? Guess that’s a perfect reason to take a vacation — especially because the time away will actually keep you from letting the fire inside of you die. According to about.com, one of the key benefits of taking time off work is that you won’t feel all the pressures and discouragement that arise once you begin showing symptoms of a burnout.

“Workers who take regular time to relax are less likely to experience burnout, making them more creative and productive than their overworked, under-rested counterparts,” according to about.com.

Improved mental health

U.S. News and World report spoke to experts who noted that one of the main benefits of vacation time is that it can improve your mental health. Feelings of calm arise and relieve the stress, which allow the body and mind to heal in ways that it couldn’t if it were still under pressure.

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Summer is here: Need help finding a camp for your kids? Our EAP can assist you!

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SPC goes Tobacco Free August 1st

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Click here for more information and free resources for students and staff.

St. Petersburg College has always been dedicated to providing a healthy and productive environment for all faculty, staff, students and campus visitors. That is why we are happy to announce that as of August 1, all of our campuses and school properties will be tobacco-free zones. This means that tobacco use will be prohibited on all SPC properties, including outdoor areas and parking lots. This includes all types of tobacco, both smoked and smokeless, and electronic cigarettes. 

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May is Healthy Vision Month

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Check out tips to keep your eyes healthy from our partners at Health Advocate here!

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SPC Running Club completes the Beach to Bayou 5k Run/Walk

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Join the SPC Running Club for future training and race events!  For more information, check our Running Club page here.

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