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Is your workstation working for you?

Join VCU HR Work/Life on Tuesday April 23rd on the MCV campus for “Ergonomics-How to make your workstation work for you!”  You can sign up at the VCU Training website here! Many of us work at a desk with a computer every day. As a result of repetitive motions, improper body mechanics, and inappropriate office […]

Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude Ways to Improve Positivity How often do you feel thankful for the good things in your life? Studies suggest that making a habit of noticing what’s going well in your life could have health benefits. Taking the time to feel gratitude may improve your emotional wellbeing by helping you cope with stress. Early […]

Fun Friday!

Laughter is the Best Medicine The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter Sure, it’s fun to share a good laugh. But did you know it can actually improve your health? It’s true: laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your […]

Lunch & Learn: Overcoming Emotional Eating

ActiveHealth presents Overcoming Emotional Eating – open to all VCU employees enrolled in COVA Care, COVA HDHP, or COVA HealthAware. The location is very easy for VCU employees located on the MCV Campus and for VCU employees located on the Monroe Park Campus it’s just a quick campus bus or pulse bus ride or a […]

Walking Wednesday

Research Says Walking This Much Per Week Extends Your Life Recent studies show that walking as little as two hours per week can help you live longer and reduce the risk of disease. The study from the American Cancer Society followed 140,000 older adults and reported that those who walked six hours per week had a lower […]

10 Foods That Improve Eye Health

Our eyes are irreplaceable, and the vision they provide makes our world much more easy to navigate. A lot of people know that eye strain causes long-term damage to the eyes. Many people also believe eye deterioration is part and parcel of aging – but what if there was a way to prevent that and […]

Benefits of being organized

One of the most important benefits of organizing your space is reduced STRESS. Simply having a more efficient system to keep track of your papers and appointments can help minimize stress-influenced conditions such as depression, ulcers and heart disease. Likewise a cluttered environment is difficult to dust and clean. Prolonged exposure to dirty and dusty […]

The health club for your mind!

Meditation and Mindfulness can have significant benefits on your mental and physical health. For those who recently came to the HR Work/Life Session on Re-Learn to Relax, we learned about different meditation and mindfulness apps that can help on a daily basis. One of those mentioned was myStrength. myStrength is “The health club for your […]

The Power of Positivity

How Long Does It Take To Form A Habit? According to the experts, it takes about 21 days to break or form a habit pattern of medium complexity. Habits which are more complex or difficult to incorporate with your lifestyle may take longer. 21 Days To Break A Habit Or Make A Habit Three weeks […]

Can energy drinks really boost a person’s energy?

Can energy drinks really boost a person’s energy? Answer From Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. Most energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine, which can provide a temporary energy boost. Some energy drinks contain sugar and other substances. The boost is short-lived, however, and may be accompanied by other problems. For example, energy drinks that contain sugar […]

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