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tip of the week

(Aug. 23, 2016) Have you heard about the 80/20 diet? It's not a diet in the sense of weight loss or restriction. Rather, it's about the food that makes up our daily meals. Eat healthy (YOUR definition of healthy) 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time is for less-nutritious items, treats or splurges. You can break this up by day or by meal, whichever is easiest. Nothing is off limits and there are no BAD or GOOD foods. The best thing about this approach is that it's personal and you can adapt and improve it as you move along your nutrition journey. The only rule is to get clear on what items are in your 80 and in your 20 so you know where you stand. If you are looking for a simple guideline to help you be healthier, happier, have more energy and be more productive, try it out for a week.

Registration now open: Crimson Classic 5K & 1.5-mile walk

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
(Aug. 16, 2016) Register today for the 4th Annual Crimson Classic 5K & 1.5-mile walk on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. Registration is free for all students, faculty and staff. This has become a DU tradition; hope to see you there! Register

special offer for crimson classic participants

(Aug. 16, 2016) Boulder Running Company is excited to offer a VIP weekend Sept. 9 –11 to DU Crimson Classic 5K participants at the Cherry Creek location. Participants can receive discounts for shoes, accessories, clothes and nutrition items for race day. Vendors will be in-store with raffles to win goodies. Please bring your DU Pioneer ID card.

REFIT® Express

Thursday, Aug. 18, shifted time: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Driscoll Pub (where Subway is located)
(Aug. 16, 2016) Thanks to a Newman Center sponsorship, a shorter version of REFIT will be offered during the lunch hour to complement Tuesday afternoon classes. REFIT Express runs 45 minutes and focuses on strength, toning, flexibility and stretching. Registration is not necessary. Bring a water bottle, something comfy to move in, and a friend. Then head to the Universitywide picnic afterwards!

this week's wellness tip

(Aug. 9, 2016) Wellness takes several forms, and this week, we focus on psychological well-being by sharing Tony Robbins' three tips for good mental health:
1. Take three minutes to be grateful (these can be really small things).
2. Take three minutes to give thanks for your body and the people you love.
3. Take three minutes to visualize three goals you want to accomplish today and see yourself completing them.
While you are thinking about the things you are grateful for, join the 100 days of happiness challenge in the well@du portal for 300 points!

Track your wellness activities via DU's new Wellmetrics portal

Benefited DU employees this week can check out the re-launched Wellmetrics portal, with fresh, new activities to sign up for and begin tracking. If you've used the portal before, your points reset to zero effective Aug. 2, which puts you on par with those new to the portal. Employees who want to qualify for the health insurance premium discount for next year (the plan year that starts July 1, 2017), have some specific requirements to meet; see the well@du website or the email you recently received for more details. Everyone using the portal can qualify for prize drawings to be held periodically throughout the coming months. Stay tuned!

Wellness tip of the week

As a new program begins with the Wellmetrics portal, we'd like to offer you some quick and easy-to-do tips to work wellness activities into your busy day. Many of us have jobs where we sit at a desk all day. As you work, get up every 90 minutes. Use a restroom farther away, fill up your water bottle, stretch, or better yet walk around the building. Research shows working longer than 90 minutes at a time decreases your productivity, clarity and imagination, and increases the possibility for mistakes. So you'll help your job and your health!

REFIT® Express

Thursdays in August, 12:05-12:50 p.m., Driscoll Pub (where Subway is located)
Thanks to a Newman Center sponsorship, a shorter version of REFIT will be offered during the lunch hour to complement Tuesday afternoon classes. REFIT Express runs 45 minutes and focuses on strength, toning, flexibility and stretching. Registration is not necessary.

Save the date: Crimson classic 5k & 1.5-mile walk

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Crimson Classic 5K & 1.5-mile walk on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. Registration is free for all students, faculty and staff. Registration link will be available soon.

REFIT® with Kristin

Tuesdays, now-Aug. 30, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Pub (where Subway is located)
REFIT® is back for the summer! REFIT is a group fitness program that uses value-positive music, movement and messaging to build community and impact lives. The community-centered approach of REFIT focuses on building relationships through the shared experience of fitness, creating a safe space that encourages participants of all shapes and sizes to work out. Each class includes cardio, agility, strength, dance, toning, flexibility and stretching. The combination of these elements provides a total body workout in a fun social environment. REFIT is open to everybody and every BODY–come give it a try! Registration is not necessary. Bring a water bottle, something comfy to move in, and a friend.

outdoor iyengar yoga classes with jessica

Wednesdays, May 18–Aug. 31, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area
Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided

outdoor vinyasa yoga classes with stephanie

Tuesdays, May 24–Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area
Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided.

American Heart Association moves DU up to Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite status

(Feb. 23, 2016) The University of Denver was recognized as a Platinum Level recipient of the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program. This is the third year DU made the list, moving up from gold status the past two years. Worksites throughout the nation can be part of the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. More

DU among healthiest employers in Denver

(Feb. 23, 2016) The Denver Business Journal recently released its lists of 2016 Healthiest Employers. The University of Denver is among the top ten in the "large company" category (based on number of employees). The DBJ annually selects metro-area employers with a focus on employee worksite wellness. Finalists are selected on key considerations such as a tobacco-free workplace, health screenings and assessments and health education and initiatives.

FREE WELLNESS COACHING FOR KAISER PERMANENTE MEMBERS

(Jan. 12, 2016) Did you know that Kaiser members can take advantage of free wellness coaching? Make a change for better health and call a wellness coach today at 1-866-862-4295. More