Healthy living means different things for different individuals at various stages of life. To stay well, you need to incorporate regular physical activity into your day, eat a variety of fresh foods, and change unhealthy lifestyle patterns. No matter what your age, your job, or what city in Texas you call home, the University of Texas System's “Living Well; Make it a Priority” program believes there is an approach to healthy living that is right for you.
Standing or sitting for long periods of time can take a toll on your muscles. To prevent or reduce stiffness and pain, try simple office stretches throughout the day. Stretching can help you:
- Reduce injury,
- Increase alertness,
- Reduce stress and tension,
- Increase flexibility, and
- Reduce anxiety.
To help you learn how to incorporate stretching into your daily schedule, we have created a short video that provides tips to help you stay fit and improve your flexibility. Complete these exercises at your desk and start feeling better today! Let us know what you think!
Get Up! Get Out! Get Going! 2013 UT System Physical Activity Challenge
Will you accept the challenge?
UT System and your institution's Health & Wellness program are challenging you to "Get Up! Get Out! And Get Going!" starting on May 1. Join your institution's team and compete in our 2013 UT System Physical Activity Challenge!
This year's Challenge is being hosted through the Living Well Health Platform powered by Provant* and is fully supported by each institution's Health & Wellness Program. By logging your physical activity, you can help your institution come out on top!
Are you ready?
- The Challenge begins Wednesday, May 1 and ends Wednesday June 12.
- Registration opens on Wednesday, April 17th and closes Tuesday, May 7th. Don't miss out!
- Your goal is to complete 150 minutes of physical activity each week - that's half an hour a day, five days a week, for six weeks. It's not as hard as you think! All kinds of activities can be logged from time at the gym to chores around the house.
- Visit the Living Well Health Platform's Cardio Log, where you can log your activity starting on May 1 under the "Exercise" heading.
- There will be "real-time" standings by institution available on the Platform during the Challenge. You can check on how your team is doing at any time.
- The winning institution will be announced shortly after the Challenge ends and will have the honor of hosting the Physical Activity Challenge Traveling Trophy for the year.
- Members with the most activity logged will receive individual recognition and all personal success stories will be highlighted.
Your institution is your team, so get together with your coworkers and find ways to fit physical activity into your day. Take a walk at lunch, meet up at the gym, encourage each other to get moving – and keep track of what you do! The institution with the greatest percentage of activity logged will be awarded the coveted "Traveling Trophy!"
Questions or Comments? Email: LivingWell@UTSystem.edu.
*The Living Well Health Platform is available to UT SELECT Medical Plan members aged 18 and over - including Employees, Retirees, Dependents, Surviving Spouses and COBRA participants.
FREE Weight Management Program
Sometimes a little extra support is all it takes to stay on track with weight loss goals. The UT SELECT Weight Management Program provides just that. When our members decide to make positive lifestyle changes by managing their weight, we’re ready with resources to help make the journey successful!
Call: 1-800-462-3275. *Program available to all UT SELECT members.
Fitness Over Forty, a series of video presentations targeting the increasing "over Forty” population, addresses health and fitness issues that are specific to men and women ages 25 to 54 and older. Dr. David Di Paolo, radiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and nationally-certified fitness trainer, hosts the series featuring UT Health Science Center medical professionals who inform viewers about the benefits of a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Just go to http://www.uthct.edu/fitnessoverforty/archive.asp, and search for a topic that you are interested in.