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Tue, Aug 1 6:50am · 12 Habits: Laugh

This month’s habit for August is focusing on laughter. Hear from our expert Anita Vlcek from Mayo Clinic Health System Outpatient Behavioral Health in Menomonie, Wisconsin:

Thu, Jun 15 7:44am · "Find humor in most everything"

Our featured Wellness Champion for the month of June is Tracy Hilton! Tracy is a Biospecimen Technologist/Cytotechnologist in the Research Clinical Studies Unit in Florida. Tracy has had a passion around health and well-being for most of her life. Outside of work, Tracy stays busy participating in charity fundraisers from cycling to stair climbing to 5K walks and half-marathons. She lives a balanced life by spending quality time with family, volunteering, squeezing in time outdoors and taking care of three incredibly spoiled cats.

Tracy says, “My approach to wellness is to stay active, find humor in most everything and be an encourager.” One fun fact about Tracy is that she incorporates workouts into her everyday activities. For example, she adapts the chore of scooping out the litter boxes into a core exercise! Tracy’s laid back and quiet style allows for her colleagues to feel comfortable approaching her, especially those who might be unfamiliar or apprehensive about living a healthier lifestyle. Some of the wellness activities that Tracy has organized in her work group include a walking/step challenge, a healthy potluck and a build-your-own yogurt parfait day.

Her work as a Wellness Champion and her natural personality have had a positive impact on her department as several of her colleagues have been motivated to participate in various charity fundraisers (walks, runs and stair climbing) as well as the YMCA’s First Coast Games. The most gratifying activity that Tracy has coordinated as a Wellness Champion has been to organize a few Mayo Clinic Caring Canines worksite visits that included her unit as well as the research staff in both Griffin (Cancer) and Birdsall (Neuroscience) buildings.


Thu, Jun 1 7:33am · 12 Habits: Try Something New

Is it time you shake things up in your life? Here are some resources to get you on the right track:

  1. What new things will you try today? Check out 30 New Things To Do Today. Everything listed is something you can easily do no matter where you live, even on a tight budget!
  2. Simplify. See how one man’s family created a positive change in the world because they did something different. Watch the Ted Talk here.
  3. Do you feel stuck? To get something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. See how you can open your world to new possibilities in 50 ways.

Mon, May 1 7:44am · 12 Habits: Adequate Sleep

Want to wake up renewed and energized? There is a lot you can do to get a better night’s sleep:

  1. What would happen if you didn’t sleep? Check out why sleep is so important.
  2. Use your senses to create the best environment for sleep. Take a look at tips from the National Sleep Foundation, and see how your bedroom can become your sanctuary.
  3. Learn the science to a perfect power nap and get the most energy out of your day, while remaining productive and non-reliant of caffeine.

Fri, Mar 31 7:27am · Habit 4: Preventive Health Care Testing

Regular physical exams and health screening tests are an important part of your health care. Here are some steps into staying on top of your health:

  1. Want 24/7 access to timely, vital health information, wherever you go? The CDC Mobile application is now available on smartphones.
  2. Did you know that your family medical history can give you clues about your risk of disease? By looking to the past, a doctor can provide insight into potential conditions that are common in your family.
  3. Just do it. Make the call and consult with your provider on Screening Recommendations appropriate for you based on your family and medical history.

Mon, Mar 20 6:44am · "I genuinely like helping people."

Meet Veronica Standeven! Veronica works in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Eau Claire, WI. As a Wellness Champion, she supports 5th Floor of the Eau Claire Clinic which also includes Urology and General Surgery.Originally, Veronica was interested in being a Wellness Champion for personal reasons. Based on her own experiences, she felt she could also bring some good ideas to the table and be a resource for others.From humble beginnings in the Northeast Wisconsin town of Crivitz, Veronica became incredibly resourceful.

Whether it was learning to utilize the fruits provided by nature, hunting, fishing, or finding her way through life experiences, she developed resoveronica sandeven quote-01resourcefulness, strong will, and self-awareness. The traits she acquired continue to drive her and her desire to help others.As a Wellness Champion, Veronica supports a large group and finds that sharing information and fun infographics on the break room Wellness Board, through email, and at floor wide meetings works well.

She is also a member of the Celebration Council, so she uses her position as a Wellness Champion to encourage healthy treat days and potlucks. She likes to share information relevant to the time of year, “Awareness Months” information, and fun things for staff to do in the community.In 2017, she hopes to get a group together for the Dragon Boat Races and support Home Health & Hospice. Veronica says, “I genuinely like helping people and would like to make a Mayo Clinic Eau Claire recipe book that could be sold hospital-wide. It would be a really awesome way to have healthy and fun recipes from our employees and raise money for Home Health & Hospice.”

Tue, Mar 7 7:00am · Habit 3: Portion Sizes

Watching portion sizes is important, but not always easy to do. Here are some places you can visit to set you up for success:

  1. Mayo Clinic has a variety of resources to help you on your road to better health. Check out free recipes and nutrition tips to get you started.
  1. March is National Nutrition Month®. Put your best fork forward with the Celebration Toolkit, and learn how to make informed food choices.
  1. will teach you how to fit portion sizes into your eating style.

Wed, Feb 1 7:22am · Habit 2: Forgiveness

Start moving forward. Here are some resources to help you get past the hurt and move forward in your life:

1. Check out the Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness to understand and apply forgiveness  to increase your happiness!

2. Consider signing up for an Employee Learning and Development (ELD) offering to help Mayo Clinic employees foster resilience, acceptance, and forgiveness. Learn more.

3.The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help guide Mayo employees and their families. Contact information for accessing resources within your region can be found by going to HR Connect.