Building a Better YOU in 2020

Each month our WellStyles™ team brings you highlights of our 7 pillars of wellness and tips on how to improve yourself from head to toe, inside and out! This month is centered around building a better you. In the new year, we tend to set resolutions for ourselves and as such your wellness team has some tips on how to … Read More

How to Balance Your Health Goals During the Holidays

Common Belief: Our health goals should be put on the back burner during the holidays.  New Perspective: Finding a balance between joy and health during the holidays is key!  For consistency’s sake, it was important to me to provide you with a Myth-Buster Monday this month, but I didn’t want to hit you with a heavy topic right before the holidays. Instead, I … Read More

 Maintaining a Healthy Mind and Body Through the Holidays

You can’t reverse the calendar, but the Valley Schools Wellness team is here to remind you of some strategies for maintaining your sanity during this most pressured time of year. Reframe Your Thinking Recognize that the people in your life are who they are. It is not new information who will be the Scrooge, who will drink too much, who … Read More

Truth or Myth: It’s the Tryptophan That Makes You Tired

Myth: Tryptophan in turkey is to blame for the Thanksgiving food coma.   Truth: Excessive eating and carbohydrate intake are more likely the cause. With Thanksgiving approaching, we felt compelled to dispel a common myth surrounding this well-loved holiday and encourage healthier eating practices at the same time. If you have a tendency to indulge in all the fan-favorites, then you … Read More

Cultivate Gratitude This Holiday

Our fast-paced, consumer-driven world of the twenty-first century can often distract us from celebrating the true essence of the humble November holiday; Thanksgiving.  Many of us will take some time to acknowledge what we are grateful for, but how many of us will simultaneously be distracted by “28 shopping days until Christmas”, Black Friday plans, or a big Cyber Monday … Read More

Truth or Myth: Everyone Should Take a Daily Probiotic

Myth: Everyone should take a probiotic supplement daily.  Truth: Probiotic supplementation may not be necessary for everyone.  A probiotic is defined as a microorganism that maintains or restores beneficial bacteria to the digestive tract when consumed (from food or a dietary supplement). 35,000 species of probiotic bacteria have been identified and each strain has a unique effect on the human … Read More

Leveraging Technology to Help Employees Understand Their Benefits

Is your district making the best out of your insurance benefits? Do your employees understand which healthcare benefits are needed for their family? Leveraging technology during open enrollment can connect the dots for employees in learning what benefits their employer offers and what the advantages of each can mean for them. With so much to look over, it may be … Read More

Meet Your Circadian Rhythm

By Lauren Ruegg, DNP The rotation of the earth results in a 24-hour light and dark cycle. All life on this planet has adapted and/or evolved with the exposure to daylight and darkness for hundreds of millions of years. Many of us know the circadian rhythm is responsible for our diurnal habits (sleeping at night, and wakefulness during the day).  … Read More

What’s the Doctor got to do with it?

“By far the most frequent drug used in general practice was the doctor himself. It was not the bottle of medicine or the box of pills that mattered but the way the doctor gave them to his patient.” -Michael Balint Have you ever considered how much influence the relationship with your health care provider has on your health? When selecting … Read More

Myth: Fat causes heart disease and should be avoided.

Myth: Fat causes heart disease and should be avoided. Truth: Fat is essential and should not be avoided on the basis of heart disease fears. Fat has been a topic of concern for the last 40 years based upon the theory that increased fat intake is the primary cause of coronary heart disease (CHD). Between 1977 and 1983 the US … Read More