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Friday Funny!

13 words that mean something completely different in the south ( Photo)COKE: What it means everywhere else: An abbreviation of Coca-Cola. Stock photoWhat it means in the south: Any carbonated beverage, including Coca-Cola. ( Photo)TOBOGGAN: What it means everywhere else: a snow sled. PhotoWhat it means in the south: a skull cap, often worn […]

Multitasking vs focus on the task at hand

Multitasking isn’t working for me. How can I focus my attention and improve my concentration? It isn’t surprising that multitasking isn’t working for you. In reality, multitasking is a myth. At best, research shows that your mind can only switch rapidly between tasks. Instead of trying to do two things at once, look for ways […]

Wellness Wednesday!

June’s awesome work/life session schedule is out and ready for sign up!

June 2019 Employee Well-Being Programs Open to all VCU employees at no cost.  All programs begin at 12 noon. Details and registration at or or  _____________________________________________________________________________________ June 4 Re-Learn to Relax (CommonHealth) Learn the physical and mental benefits of meditation and mindfulness Location – MCV Campus, CHEC (Community Health Education Center), Gateway […]

Make Monday Marvelous

Experiencing Awe When was the last time something left you speechless – but in a good way? Has an experience ever made you feel overwhelmed, impressed or flushed with a slew of positive emotions that, perhaps, took your breath away? Letting yourself exist in a state of awe for a little while can benefit your […]

5 tips for coping with sciatica

5 tips for coping with sciatica Sciatica is one of the most common, yet misunderstood, types of pain. As many as 40% of people will get it during their life, and it becomes more frequent as you age. Sciatica tends to get lumped in with regular back pain, but it is different. The pain originates […]

Eating more ultra-processed foods may shorten life span

Need another reason to monitor your intake of ultra-processed foods? Cutting down on your amounts could help you live longer. In an observational study published online Feb. 11, 2019, by JAMA Internal Medicine, almost 45,000 adults ages 45 and older completed several dietary assessments over a two-year period. On average, ultra-processed foods made up about […]

Join us to learn more about the science, art and philosophy of floating

Dr. David Berv, a well known and long time chiropractic sports physician, acupuncture diplomate and the “chief experience officer” at The Float Zone – a local floatation therapy center – will be our guest speaker on Tuesday, May 28.  Dr Berv will talk about the Science, Art and Philosophy of floating, otherwise known as float therapy, […]

Caregivers: take time for yourself!

Are you a caregiver to a spouse, friend, or loved one? As a caregiver, it’s important to take care of your health—this includes making time for yourself, eating healthy foods, and being active. Regular exercise can help you mentally and physically. Here are some ways that you can be physically active: Take short 10-minute exercise […]

DeStress Monday!

What is DeStress Monday? DeStress Monday is an initiative of the Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit public health initiative associated with Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Syracuse Universities. This initiative provides tips, strategies and tools to help people effectively manage stress. Why Monday? Monday marks the start of the week and is viewed by many as an […]

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