As Virginians prepare to head back to school, be sure to build or update your family’s emergency communication plan and utilize your smartphone for mobile alerts. Also, sign up for alerts with your local government, school(s), school district and workplace. Learn more at VAemergency.gov/emergency-kit.
45% That’s how much less likely children are to develop a mental health issue if they spend some time every day in green spaces. Get the whole family outside with a walk, hike or bike ride. Research shows 20 minutes in nature can lower levels of stress hormones.
Contrary to popular belief, research shows that eating sweets or refined carbs doesn’t boost mood or energy. The sugar crash, however, is real; you’ll feel less alert 30 minutes later. Hit the water cooler instead. Staying hydrated keeps energy steady.
Practicing mindfulness for two weeks can rewire the way your brain reacts to stress. Studies have found that after doing mindfulness exercises like meditation and deep breathing for 20 minutes a day, people had lower blood pressure while performing a nail-biting task. To get started, try an app like Calm (calm.com), Headspace (headspace.com) or Buddhify […]
Answer From Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. Caffeine may slightly boost weight loss or prevent weight gain, but there’s no sound evidence that increased caffeine consumption results in significant or permanent weight loss. Caffeine is found in many beverages, including coffee, tea, energy drinks and colas; in products containing cocoa or chocolate; and in a variety of […]
Care Giving – Elder Care (Anthem EAP) Are you caring for an older adult? Learn about resources and services that can help! Location – MCV Campus, Smith Building, 410 North 12th Street, Room 225 Register at: Talent@VCU or https://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=17302 Family caregivers are often over-burdened and under-informed: they need access to the best caregiving resources to […]