In support of Buffalo State's commitment to help our faculty and staff in their quest for personal “wellness,” we offer you the following information and resources to help you achieve your goals.
We often hear the word "wellness" in the news, on billboards, in conversation, and even at work. Interestingly, there is no universally-accepted definition of wellness. There is, however, a set of common characteristics seen in most thoughtful attempts at a definition of wellness. We generally see a reference to a “state of well-being,” or a “state of acceptance or satisfaction with our present condition.” Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.
Good nutrition is the key to a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet includes eating a variety of foods from the basic food groups: protein, such as meat, eggs, and legumes; dairy; fruits and vegetables; grains, such as breads and pasta; and fats and sweets. As simple as it sounds, it's not always easy to get the nutrition you need. You may eat more of your favorite foods from only one food group, and as a result, avoid others. Or perhaps you opt for convenience over quality when you are hungry.
A healthy diet requires some planning and purpose and an effort to include a variety of foods in your meals. If you look closely at how you eat, you might find you aren't getting enough nutrients because you don't get the recommended number of servings from each food group. Although there is some debate about the best formula for a healthy diet, most experts agree that the most important elements of healthful eating are:
Resources for nutritional information:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Eat Well Guide
Healthy Options Buffalo
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Vegetarian Resource Group
Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.
Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or consider joining a gym.
The difficulty of finding the right equipment, a convenient work-out location, the time, or the money are all common reasons for avoiding exercise. Fortunately for Buffalo State’s faculty and staff who want to be healthier, stronger, or trimmer, the Fitness Center is the answer. Buffalo State’s Fitness Center includes high performance exercise equipment, consisting of the latest in cardiovascular and strength training technology. To find out more about the Fitness Center and what it can do for you, e-mail Nick DeMarsh or call 878-3816.
Resources that promote physical fitness and health:
American Heart Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Physical Activity Guidelines
Healthier U.S. Gov
If you are overweight, you are not alone. Sixty-six percent of adults in the U.S. are overweight. Achieving a healthy weight can help you control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It might also help you prevent weight-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.
Eating too much or not being physically active enough will make you overweight. To maintain your weight, the calories you eat must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat. A weight-control strategy might include choosing low-fat, low-calorie foods, eating smaller portions, drinking water instead of sugary drinks, being physically active.
Resources on controlling or losing weight:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Weight
National Women's Health Information Center
WIN (Weight-control Information Network)
All employees are allowed to take up to four (4) hours of paid leave annually for the screening of ALL cancers. Cancer screening includes physical exams, blood work or other laboratory tests for the detection of cancer. Reasonable travel time is included in the four-hour cap. Absence beyond the four-hour cap must be charged to leave credits. Employees who undergo screenings outside their regular work schedules do so on their own time. Official medical documentation verifying the screening may be required. These leaves are not cumulative and expire on the last day of the calendar year. Resource: www.cs.ny.gov/attendance_leave/PolBull18-02.cfm
Resources that support health and wellness:
Breast Cancer Action
Employee Assistance Program
Environmental Working Group
NYS Department of Health
NYS Smokers Quitsite
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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