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Tips for a healthier Halloween

1) Eat dinner BEFORE candy. 🍭 Don’t rely on 22 mini snickers bar 🍫 to stand in as a real meal. 2) Treat yourself and kiddos to lower sugar snacking options in place of loads of candy like animal crackers, chocolate rice cakes, chocolate chip granola bars, fruit strips, 🍓 Chex cereal+ mini marshmallows+ mini […]

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Try This 2-Second Trick to Double the Storage Size of Your Baggie

Wish that freezer bag was a bit bigger? Look no further. Some tips and tricks make you want to make your cookie sheets look like new again right now or inspire you to order a bag of zip ties ASAP. Other hacks impress you, but don’t incite immediate action. Instead, they live in your memory […]

November 2020 – Employee Well-Being Programs

All programs are now virtual and open to everyone Register in Talent to receive webinar links (click on the links below and they will take you directly to Talent to register). If you have issues registering please email Cindi Phares at Monday, November 2nd – 12 noon Investment Basics (Presented by VCU HR, VCUHS […]

7 Months Into the Pandemic and I’m Losing Motivation. Help!

Not productive? No problem. By Tim Herrera, Published Oct. 22, 2020Updated Oct. 23, 2020, 7:00 a.m. ET It’s a normal part of having a job: the slump. You don’t feel motivated, your inspiration is just gone, your excitement for work is just not what it used to be. This is all fine! Whatever your job […]

Fall into a New Fitness Routine

How to Stay Safe and Active This Fall Season Fall is here, and that means hot apple cider, horror movies, and a lot more flannel; but the changing of the season also means new opportunities for outdoor activities. While the summer heat can be oppressive, the cool, tepid temperatures of autumn make it a pleasure […]

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Loneliness Vs. Solitude: It’s About Choice

A small mindset shift can make a powerful difference when it comes to spending time alone. By Carolyn Mahboubi, Professional Life and Leadership Coach Everywhere we turn, we are told that there is a loneliness epidemic, now far worsened by the mandate to social distance due to COVID.  Even before this pandemic, the data overwhelmingly points to […]

Pandemics can be stressful

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions […]


Caregivers have been navigating child and adult care while managing their work responsibilities for months during COVID-19. Now, many may be facing continued lack of external care options due to continued and additional closings in their locations. VCU offers support and shares options for caregivers. CareShare VCUVolunteers will virtually hang out with the children of […]

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