Employee wellness

Free yoga for SPPS staff continues in December
Reduce stress and develop healthy and sustainable self-care practices with the help of a Saint Paul yoga company.

During the sessions you’ll:

  • Explore mindfulness, self-reflection, and intention-setting through yoga-based movement
  • Discover breathing techniques to lower heart rate, reduce stress and increase lung capacity
  • Use yoga-based movement to deepen your connection to yourself, while increasing your strength, flexibility and stamina

No yoga experience or special equipment is necessary. Last year, 100 percent of the staff who attended classes enjoyed the teaching style of their instructor, and more than 90 percent continue to use techniques they learned in class to help manage stress.

Join your colleagues for a three-class series in December. Each class builds on your learning from the previous class.

Attend all three classes in a series to receive credit for a well-being activity in 2015, which will work towards healthcare savings in 2016. Click here to reserve your spot. If you can only attend one or two classes, register for the classes at the same link.

December series:

  • Class one: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
  • Class two: 3:30-4:30 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 9
  • Class three: 3:30-4:30 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 16

All December classes will be held at Washington Technology Magnet, 1495 Rice St. Please sign and submit a required liability form to participate.

Future classes will be available through May with varying times and locations. Stay tuned for more details! If you have questions, contact Karly Farrell at 651-767-8154 or district.wellness@spps.org.

Staying on a healthy track over the holidays
‘Tis the season — time for holiday gatherings and festive treats. With a little planning, you can avoid holiday weight gain while still enjoying yourself and the company of others.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Set yourself up for success — don’t go to the party hungry! Eat regular meals or have a piece of fruit or something high in protein/fiber before the party. Also, try having a glass of water when you arrive. Many times we confuse thirst for hunger.
  • Consider bringing your own low-calorie dish. Healthy option ideas include leafy-green salads, vegetable stews or a fresh veggie tray with hummus or light dip. Greek yogurt instead of sour cream is a great substitute for some creamy dips.

Check out these yummy recipes Cooks of Crocus Hill prepared for SPPS last holiday season:

 

  • Savor the foods you really enjoy — Have one plate of your favorite dish and skip the extras. Make every bite count.
  • Sip safely. Alternate alcoholic beverages with light sparkling water or spritzer to help save calories, avoid dehydration and maintain good judgment.
  • Be assertive. Don’t let others talk you into trying foods when you're not hungry. Become comfortable saying no.
  • Stay active: As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter it’s even harder to fit in exercise. The key is to remember that ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING. Try to increase your movement throughout the day whether it’s taking the stairs, standing more while you’re at work, or using hand weights while watching a TV show (do the commercial break challenge and incorporate activity during every commercial break).

Don’t give up your favorite foods and forego holiday get togethers. Instead, commit to making balanced choices and treating your body well. Take simple steps and focus on being mindful of your daily choices.

If you are looking for more support, you can also connect with a HealthPartners Health Coach, which is free for HealthPartners members; talk through dietary questions with a registered dietitian; or talk to an exercise specialist to set realistic activity goals. Call 952-883-7800 to learn more or enroll today.