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Brain Health

Take the Brain Health Challenge The goal of the new Women Against Alzheimer’s Be Brain Powerful campaign is to raise awareness and empower women with knowledge about their brains. To get involved, visit and take the 30-day Brain Health Challenge. Every day fora  month, you’ll receive a new top on how to protect your […]

Health and Wellness Library – Check it out!

Did you know about the Community Health Education Center (CHEC)? The Community Health Education Center is a free library of health and wellness information staffed by a knowledgeable consumer health librarian.  The library is jointly sponsored by VCU Libraries, VCU Health, and the MCV Auxiliary and offers access to high-quality health information in easy to read […]

Red Nose Day 2019

WHAT IS RED NOSE DAY? Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become something of a British institution. It’s the day, every two years, when people across the land can get together and raise money at home, school and work. There’s a fantastic night of TV on the BBC, with comedy and entertainment […]

Intro to Mat Pilates

VCU Recreational Sports is offering an Intro to Mat Pilates group exercise class. The class will run every Monday and Wednesday from 7 am to 8 am starting on Monday March 25 and ending on Wednesday May 1. Mat Pilates is a practice of developing core strength, functional movements and connection of the mind and […]

Inside Money: Managing income and debt

Everyone talks about a budget, but how many of us actually make and stick to one? Most people have some debt, but how many understand its effects? Let us show you the real impact of both—and help you understand how your money can work for you. TIAA’s workshop leader will: ■ Discuss the importance of […]

Surprising Health Benefits of Gardening

Surprising Health Benefits of Gardening The health benefits of outdoor gardening, including backyard gardening and community gardening, range from increased nutrients in your diet to staving off chronic diseases. So if you’ve been living life with a little voice in your head whispering, ‘Psst…. You should start a garden,’ it’s for good reason. Here are […]

The Six Pillars of Well-Being

According to Deepak Chopra, there are six essential pillars of well-being, each contributing towards a healthy life, fighting body inflammation, and promoting happiness. Movement – it’s not about working out the hardest or the longest, as long as you’re reaching 10,000 steps of movement each day. Try exercises that combine mental stimulation with physical movement […]

Biking and Hiking

Next time you hear someone tell you, “take a hike,” you might want to thank them for looking out for your health. That’s because going on a hike or taking a bike ride offers tremendous benefits for your physical, mental health, and well-being.  Some of those benefits are: Increases fitness and flexibility You can control […]

The benefits of dark chocolate

Eating dark chocolate can be beneficial for your health Dark chocolate is abundant in vitamins and minerals: Magnesium: Prevents type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease Iron: Prevents iron deficiency, which causes anemia Copper: Prevents stroke and cardiovascular ailments Health benefits of dark chocolate: Increases blood flow to the brain Lowers risk of […]

Smile More

Research shows that the neurological feedback sent to the brain from uplifted facial muscles can ease anxiety – even if you have to fake the smile. This works better yet if you combine the smile with a positive, cheerful thought (think Puppies! Babies! Shoes!)   What is RamStrong? Wellness is an active process through which people […]

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