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New employee wellness space

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Hello again Marquette! I am bringing you some exciting news this week. You may have already heard, but yesterday we celebrated the grand opening of our new employee-dedicated wellness space located in the lower level of Coughlin Hall. I hope you all had the opportunity to join us at the grand opening yesterday afternoon.

This new wellness space is such a wonderful addition to campus, the MU Employee Wellness team is certainly very excited about it! This new space allows Marquette’s employees to utilize the space to improve themselves and their wellness. It has a similar concept to Marquette’s Interfaith Meditation Space, allowing individuals to reflect on their own or possessing the ability to hold group sessions dedicated to wellness. The Interfaith Meditation Space is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:45 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 11:45 pm. That already gives our campus a extensive lot of time to access the space and to work on our wellness.

The best part about the new wellness space though? It’s open 24 hours a day! This means that if you’re on campus until late at night, you can go to the wellness center. Or if you decide you absolutely need to get away from home for some time to yourself, you can come in at 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00 am and it will be there for you! This space is here to help all of our staff achieve their wellness goals and find some calmness and peace of mind in the midst of our hectic, busy lives. There are plans for the new wellness space to soon hold free, on-demand, Immersive Fitness & Meditation Classes. This is such a huge step for our community because now there will be wellness classes that work with your schedule! If you are too busy to attend the regularly scheduled classes, you will now have the ability to make your own time for these classes, so no more excuses! Get out to Coughlin Hall and work on your wellness.

We will soon have more information and links on how to access the space, so when this information becomes available, this post will be updated to include these links to make it easy for you to find the information you need to achieve your new wellness goals. Remember, we are going to make this our best year yet!

Alicia Diedrich

GROW with us

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With a new semester comes so many different opportunities to grow your mind, body and spirit. Marquette offers GROW classes throughout the semester to help you do just that and more.

There are classes on everything from IT training to learning about the life of Ignatius to health topics classes and classes about beekeeping. Whatever it is you want to learn about, I am sure Marquette’s GROW classes have something to offer you during the semester. There are such a wide variety of class offerings that there is bound to be something new that you can attend every time. The goal is to help our faculty and staff to continually grow both their personal and professional knowledge and enrich their lives.

Some of the classes focus on the development of workplace skills including technology training that you can bring into your classrooms or your offices. The technology classes range from working with iPads, Skype, Powerpoint, Sharepoint, and more. Other GROW classes focus on the skills behind these: dealing with change or learning about your own work style preferences and attributes. On another hand, there are classes about sinus and allergy issues, about flu season and our immune systems, about pregnancy, and other important health topics and issues. And when I say these classes offer something for everyone, I really mean it. You can learn about sustainable gardening, or the Marquette University Mission and Ministry. Find something that interests you!

 
The classes are already underway but there are plenty of upcoming opportunities in the next couple weeks and months for you all to take part in. The best part? The GROW classes are free to Marquette’s employees. So, I urge all of you to look through the list of classes, and attend at least one during the semester. Have a wonderful week Marquette, we look forward to GROWing with you this semester. 

I am so excited to bring you a great blog on our new Employee Wellness Space next week! Make sure to join us for the grand opening on Monday, September 18th between 3 and 5 in the lower level of Coughlin Hall.

Alicia Diedrich

Sendik’s: benefits and drawbacks

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I hope today finds all of you rested and ready to tackle the second week back at Marquette after the three-day weekend. If you didn’t already know, Marquette has a new addition to campus this semester: a grocery store, Sendik’s Fresh2Go. This addition to campus has been anticipated for years and years.

President Lovell had eagerly attempted to establish a grocery store on campus ever since he became president in 2014. This is a huge advancement for the campus and near west side, as they have been stranded in a food desert for far too long. This is the 19th grocery store for Sendik’s markets, which have a great local reputation for providing excellent, fresh, healthy choices for its’ customers. The new Sendik’s Fresh2Go on campus features a salad bar, olive bar, and a made to order sushi bar along with easy, individual grab and go meals. These features have been Sendik’s key attraction points for their new location.

However, when inside the store it is discovered that although there is a very generous sushi bar and salad bar, it appears to be lacking in other to-go meals that it could be offering. The individual ready made meals are limited to mostly boxed chicken dinners. There is an opportunity here for Sendik’s to introduce soups, pastas, prepared vegetables, and other deli items that are typically found in some of Sendik’s other locations. While the store may be limited on their space, if Sendik’s cut down on their liquor selection, it would free up space for the fresh items this community really needs. Considering the majority of students on campus are underage, the size of the liquor section is slightly unnecessary. We are in more need of fresh, healthy options than alcohol.

In addition, while the introduction of this Sendik’s Fresh2Go store to the near west side creates a new opportunity for residents, it still leaves the community faced with some issues. Namely, the prices. Most Sendik’s items may only be a few cents more than large chain grocery stores, when customers are buying multiple items, these few cents can mean a lot to an already struggling community. At this time, the addition of this store may also be taking away from the Near West Side Farmers Market located on 20th and Kilbourn in Avenues West. The farmers market was started with the vision of bringing fresh food options to Milwaukee’s near west side neighborhoods. The farmers market is still available through September 14th, so be sure to check it out before we are confined to grocery store shopping in the dead of winter.

And although there are some drawbacks to the new Sendik’s store on Marquette’s campus, it is a huge leap in the right direction for the surrounding community. We would love to hear your opinions in the comments. Enjoy the rest of your week and eat some healthy produce!

Alicia Diedrich

Start the day off right

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We’re a day and a half into the Fall 2017 semester, where has the time gone?! I hope you are all having a fantastic start to the semester, I know I am. I decided to start my first day off right (because we’re going to make this our best year yet), with a healthy and delicious breakfast. Last year I really struggled to make sure I fueled my body right in the mornings. I know, you have to get up that much earlier if you want to sit down and have breakfast. But it’s more than just a saying when people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It really is!

Waking up and putting the right stuff in our bodies is the best way to get our energy going in the morning. We all have our own routines, but there are a few key elements that should be in ALL of our daily routines. And remember, drinking a full glass of water first thing when you wake up in the morning was the first step. My next step for you is to actually sit down and have a healthy and tasty breakfast. It’s hard to wake up so much earlier to sit down for a meal when you could just grab a granola bar and a banana on the way to work or class, but it really does make a difference in your day. First of all, it gives you a little me time (or maybe family time). It gives you time to sit and relax for a little while instead of rushing around trying to get ready in time. I have found that even though I have to wake up a little earlier, it actually makes me less tired when I do get up to have a nutritious breakfast, who knew?! 

The food you put into your body to start off your day is the fuel that sets the tone for the rest of your day. If it’s donuts for breakfast, your body may not feel the best. If it’s a plate full of eggs and protein, fruit and vegetables, your body will have all the nutrients it needs to get running at full speed. I promise, if you wake up early for a good breakfast, you will feel less tired, not more. And don’t forget to continue putting healthy foods into your body throughout the day to keep your energy up. Make sure you always have a water bottle and a healthy snack with you. Keep apples, oranges, carrots, salads, nuts, or other healthy snacks in your bag. That way it’s easier for you to grab the healthy option than to walk down the hall to the vending machine for a bag of chips.

It can be challenging to eat healthy, but make it easier on yourself by using little tricks like that and it will be second nature in no time. Now, let’s all set our alarms just a little bit earlier and have a delicious and healthy breakfast everyday. Like I said, we’re making this our best year yet!

Alicia Diedrich

A quest for wellness

Hi all! This is the last blog of summer vacation, I can’t believe it went by so fast! I will be coming to you next week with a day and a half of my senior year under my belt. Because this is my senior year, I feel inspired to make this my best year yet, and I want to do that with you.

In my first blog post with the Marquette University Employee Wellness team, I shared my quest for wellness with all of you. One of the biggest aspects I focused on was that I always have highs and lows with my wellness journey. I would say that most of this summer was a wellness low for me, so I am ambitious about making this year a wellness high. Every week I blog about something we can all do to improve our wellness, but unless we are following through with these on a consistent basis, it probably won’t do much to help us meet our goals. I hope that you are all looking forward to making this year your best year alongside of me. Together, we can do this!

We have so many great resources on campus that will help you achieve your best year yet. Sign up for a group fitness class, the mindfulness meditation class, and/or take part in the National Bike Challenge. Pack a healthy lunch and snack in your bag every day, with the grand opening of Sendik’s on campus this week, it will be even easier to grab some healthy food to fuel our bodies between classes. (I don’t think I have ever been this excited about a grocery store in my life, we finally have one on campus!). Most importantly, I challenge all of us to be mindful of our everyday life, our surroundings, our decisions. If we stay mindful about our decisions, it really is just that easy. Make the mindful decision to eat the apple instead of the cake, or to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Anything you can do to give your mind and body a little healthy energy.

I am ready to take on my senior year at Marquette with a new perspective on myself and my life. I would like to encourage all of you to make this your best year yet alongside of me. Writing this blog every week will help keep me accountable for my wellness decisions, so I vow to bring all of you some great, new wellness advice every week in order to keep you accountable as well. Enjoy the last week of summer break, get in some rest and get ready for our best year yet!

Alicia Diedrich

Creating consistency

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We’re almost at the time of the year where we are going to be thrown into a completely different schedule as the semester begins. While a huge change can really mess with our bodies and minds, there are a few things we can do now to prepare ourselves for that schedule change.

An essential part to staying healthy and happy is getting your body on a consistent schedule. I really am the last person that should talk about consistent schedules. I am a student and a bartender, which means a lot of early mornings and many late nights. But because of this, having a routine is one of the things I want the most in my life right now. I would love to be able to wake up and go to sleep at the same time everyday. I know just how much my erratic sleeping and eating schedule can mess with me. However, there are still a few things we can all do to help our body establish some consistency.

There is one simple technique I hear about constantly: start off your morning with a full glass of water. Now, I definitely need to improve on this myself, but I am a firm believer that this really does make a huge difference in kick starting the mornings. Water is the best thing for our bodies, and since we need so much in a day, starting off the day with one glass is an easy way to get a head start. After a refreshing glass of water, it’s important to nourish our bodies with a healthy breakfast. Think protein and produce. Eggs, veggies and fruit make up the perfect, delicious breakfast. And after breakfast, I advise to always leave the house with a full water bottle. Ever since I started doing this, I have significantly increased my water intake, and it has helped me to avoid not-so-good-for-me drinks like soda and other sugar filled drinks. Adding these simple tasks into your morning will get you off to a great start for a morning routine.

Keeping a consistent nighttime routine is also essential to keeping our bodies in check. When you think about a night routine, try to think relaxing and winding down. For me this means a shower, lighting a candle, maybe reading a book, and of course, more water! Those are only a few of the things you could add to your nightly routine to help you wind down and get ready for a good night’s rest, so create a routine that works for you.

No matter what, establishing some consistency for your body will help you feel more rested and at ease. Start introducing yourself to a routine now so that by the time fall semester rolls around, we are already all set to take on our new schedules and challenges.

Alicia Diedrich

The power of laughter

Image result for laughAs the summer is winding down, I’m sure we are all grasping at any last opportunities to fit in some fun and relaxation while we still can. There are so many great things we can do for our mind and body to keep them strong, happy, and relaxed. One of the simplest ways we can help our brains stay happy is through laughter! You have probably heard the saying that laughter is the best medicine. And it turns out that saying is pretty accurate.

There’s some really cool science behind why this is. Studies have found links between laughter and healthy blood vessel and blood flow, and it can even raise good cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the heart. Along with muscle relaxation, lower stress hormones, and a boost in immunity, laughter can help boost your mood. There’s more information on how laughter can improve your health at the link below. Laughter is also free, so I don’t see how you could go wrong with a good laugh. So although you probably can’t laugh on command, make it a point to fit more laughter in your day to day life. Some of the best sources of laughter are your family members and friends, (I think I say this almost every week) so spend some quality time with the ones you love! Another great way to fit in some laughter is of course to watch a favorite tv show, a funny movie, or find hilarious YouTube videos, articles or books. Even just a small smile can help you feel better, try putting on a huge, ridiculous grin randomly during the day just because. Both laughter and smiling are contagious, see if you can get anyone else to catch it from you.

There definitely is no shortage of comic relief out there. And while laughter won’t fix everything, it really will help you lead a life of wellness, because who doesn’t love laughter, after all laughter may be the best medicine. I hope you have a week full of laughter!

Alicia Diedrich

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