May 2022 Employee Wellness Newsletter – Albuquerque Public Schools

Post : May 6, 2022

May 2022 Employee Wellness Newsletter

Fixing our mental health, APS employee resources, and more wellness trends in the news!

Wellness Wire – Fixing Our Sanity

Let’s face it, none of us go through this life without a few cracks.

But when something else is cracked or broken in our lives, we fix it. To the right? Injured – call the doctor. Car trouble – take it to a mechanic. High blood pressure – take medication. Either way, we do what we have to do without question or embarrassment.

When we feel fractured by stress, loss, overwhelm, marital, caring, or financial constraints, we tend to question ourselves, feel ashamed, find it hard to talk about it, hide it, and wait. to get help.

Did you know that one in four people will suffer from some form of mental illness in the United States this year? With statistics like these, I think it’s time to treat mental and emotional well-being like any other illness, because not all pain is physical and not all injury is visible. Yet they exist.

We do this by normalizing the conversation. It’s okay to be authentic and admit when we’re struggling. Because we all do. When we talk about our own experiences and listen to others with compassion, it opens the door to the possibility of reducing stigma so that others feel empowered to get the help they need.

A person once told me that the “the cracks are an opportunity to let the light through.”

I believe we can fix our sanity and keep transparency in our conversations that let the light in for others to find their way out of the dark. We can all be that beacon.

These life situations that we face are not easy. APS Employee Wellness has resources to help you and your family members fix those cracks. Click on this mental health resource page for information on:

1. EAP – Free and confidential advice for all APS employees and their immediate family members

2. Mental/behavioral health services and programs covered by APS benefits and specific health plan resources.

3. Virtual and in-person stress and anxiety support for all employees

4. NAMI and ARCCC free community resources for advice and support

APS Employee Wellness Programs and Events

Graphic that shows all benefits for employees, full/part time and employees covered by APS benefits

APS Employee Wellness offers many free programs to help all employees (regardless of benefits coverage or full/part-time status) reduce their risk of illness, achieve their lifestyle and weight loss goals as well as managing stress and mental health issues.

  • 30 ways to wellness is a new email-based program. Register and you’ll receive daily wellness emails with simple yet innovative practices to do every day. It will bring you new awareness around stress, sleep, movement, nutrition, connection and more! This is an ongoing program. Sign up and engage at your own pace. *Open to all APS employees.
  • Feed your green zone: What is your green zone and how can you cultivate it? Our ability to deal with stress and burnout in a healthier way can improve when weprovide our green zone! Sign up for this ongoing virtual program at your own pace. *Open to all APS employees.
  • It’s a game changer for your health! Do you feel like you need to lose weight, manage your diet and move more, but you don’t know where to start? The prediabetes prevention program may be for you! Join this national pilot program from the CDC and by NMSU. Online/virtual and continuous personal coaching options for a full year. *Open to all APS employees.
  • New! Pet therapy for APS employees. If you would like to provide your staff or department with a few hours of furry anti-stress therapy, complete this application form. Please note that accommodations must be made for any colleagues allergic to dogs.
  • Health Coaching: Open to all APS employees. If you want help managing a chronic illness or losing weight to improve your health, or just feel better, APS offers for free Health Coaching to all APS employees.
  • Livongo: Take back your life and manage diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity with this personalized program- Livongo. The name is short for Live on the go! Because having a chronic illness can get in the way of our positive life experiences. We want you to take that back and feel better! Participants receive personalized coaching from experts and integrated tools to manage blood sugar, blood pressure and weight loss. *This program is free for eligible employees and dependents under APS benefits.
  • Conscious living: Discover your new Mindful living website with password APSLOM. It’s a free and flexible program for all employees that offers daily walk-in meditations, weekly and monthly new content, featured meditations, and Saturday workshops. Everything is recorded for on-demand access. Links for daily tours and Saturday sessions are in the APS Employee Wellness Calendar. Register at Mindful living program for all content and email reminders. This site is optimized for mobile phones so you can access a wide variety of recorded meditations anytime, anywhere. *The Life on Mindfulness program is open to all APS employees.
  • 2022 Employee Wellness Incentive Program: This is a voluntary wellness reward program for all full-time APS employees. Work out well, save points and receive amazing rewards like New Mexico Sports & Wellness memberships, LesMills OnDemand, Stone Age gym passes, Wecks, Flying Star or Sports Systems gift cards. If you didn’t participate, take the time to learn more, log in to your [email protected] Wellness Dashboard, and get started this year. *Open to all full-time APS employees.

Your monthly dose of fitness, nutrition and wellness trends!

News: Inflammation reduced by muscle cells

Why regular exercise reduces systemic inflammation and promotes a healthy immune system may provide some insight into the amount and type of exercise that can help.

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Nutrition: Alternatives to red meat

Eating red meat every day, especially the processed options, can increase your risk of poor health. Fortunately, alternatives to red meat can reduce this risk.

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Body-mind: three pillars of mental health

Research findings identify these three healthy behaviors as predictors of good mental health and well-being in young adults.

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Recipe: bowl of pasta

You’ll get more from your pasta if it’s made with whole grains. This pasta is a delicious delivery system for fiber-rich beans and other nutritional winners.

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Video: Figure 8 Squat

This squat sequence calls for a kettlebell that you swing from hand to hand in a figure 8 action, descending into an isometric squat.

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