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So long Marquette

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It is so hard to believe that I am writing my last blog to all of you right now. I remember writing my first blog almost two years ago when I started at Marquette as a transfer student. And now, it’s already all coming to an end. It is time for me to graduate!

Looking back over the time I have spent blogging for MU Employee Wellness, I realize how much I have grown myself. I knew right from the start that being well is more of a journey than anything else. It is not something you can just do overnight, but it is something we all have to work at. And although that can be hard sometimes, it is absolutely, 100% worth it. Being well means everything from physical, emotional, mental, social, intellectual, occupational, financial, spiritual, and more. Basically, wellness is anything that you want it to be. To me, wellness is anything that gives you life, not just simply surviving. My wellness is eating healthy, exercising regularly, creating a balance in life, making time for friends and family, spending time with animals, making art, enjoying the outdoors, and yes, relaxing too. Sometimes my relaxation includes binge watching Netflix, don’t tell anyone. But the point is, wellness is not quite what it first seems to be. It is not just about eating healthy and exercising, wellness is anything that makes you a better you.

My wellness journey has been anything but smooth, but I always manage to somehow motivate myself to get back on track. Wellness has played such an important role in my life, especially when trying to deal with health issues. And I am so thankful for everything in life that lead me towards always trying to better myself and to be well. I am especially thankful for having had the experience of sharing my journey and everything I have learned along the way with all of you. I am looking forward to continuing my wellness journey after I leave Marquette.

It is so bittersweet to be leaving campus and this blog, but I am beyond excited at the opportunity to grow myself and my wellness even further. I will be staying in Milwaukee (at least for a little while yet), so I hope to see you all out being well and enjoying Milwaukee’s summer.

I am off to accomplish some great things in life, I leave you all in the very capable hands of Diana. So long Marquette, it has been a great, although very short, two years with you.

Alicia Diedrich

SNAP Benefits

Hello everyone, yet another beautiful summer week has passed. It’s August already! It’s also my 21st birthday today and I am so glad to be here writing today. I am coming to you with some great information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). I know I write a lot about how it’s important to eat well in order to live a life of wellness, but I don’t often talk about how difficult eating well can be, for so many different reasons.

Well I am here to say that there is a way! SNAP benefits offers nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and families, senior citizens, those with disabilities, and others. The program delivers monthly electronic benefits that can be used just like cash to purchase food at authorized retailers. The program allows individuals and families get the food they need. If you even think you could be eligible for SNAP benefits, don’t hesitate to go through the pre-screening eligibility process. If you qualify, all you have to do is contact your local SNAP office or apply online. You can find more detailed information on how to apply here.

There are so many different retailers that will accept the SNAP benefits in their stores so you are bound to find a store that you love with products you can enjoy and that will hopefully help you get a start on mindful eating. The Near West Side is starting a farmers market and they want people to be able to use their benefits there. This is such a fantastic opportunity to use the benefits on delicious, local, healthy produce. There are so many great benefits to eating well that everyone should be able to enjoy. Being healthy and happy goes hand in hand, but you don’t have to do it alone. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is here to help.

Any and all information about the SNAP benefits can be found here. I hope you all have a great last month of summer vacation before we’re back at Marquette for the fall semester. And again, don’t be afraid to look into the SNAP benefits program, they are here for you.

Alicia Diedrich

Wellness resources here at MU

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I have touched on what the main areas of wellness are and even my personal struggle with wellness, but today I want to provide some great resources Marquette offers for a few different dimensions of wellness.

Spiritual:
The Faber’s Center offers a plethora of retreats, support groups and informational gatherings. As a Marquette employee, you are given two retreat days per year to take advantage of these opportunities. The Faber’s Center is also partnering with Employee Wellness to explore spiritual wellness through movement and meditation.

Emotional:
Human Resources at Marquette can connect you with employee assistance programs. Some listed services they can provide are financial and legal consultation, childcare search and eldercare assessment. You can find more information here.

Financial:
Human Resources can also connect you with personalized retirement advice and counseling through TIAA. HR also offers “Retirewise” courses throughout the year. For more information, visit HR’s information page.

Occupational:
Marquette employee development offers GROW courses on anything, from how to use Snapchat to getting to know the Essentials in Skype for business. You can even plan a customized training sessions for your department by contacting the IT service desk. More information is available here.

Physical Wellness:
Did you know Marquette offers golf lessons? They work with all skill and age levels to improve and teach! Employee wellness also offers a whole host of fitness classes that utilize a ton of different exercise modes. Check out these awesome resources if you’ve been looking for a little more structure in your physical activity!

I would highly encourage anyone to take advantage of these services as they are meant to be used by all in the Marquette community. This is by no means an extensive list of all the services provided by Marquette in these areas of wellness, but it is a great starting point for anyone who wishes to better themselves in any of these areas.

 

Ben Eccles


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