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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

WCC Helps With New Year’s Resolutions

So the holidays are over and maybe you overindulged a bit (or a lot) and perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to get healthier (again).

WCC has many ways to help you keep your resolution, whether you want to lose weight, develop better eating habits, exercise more, or limit your stress levels.

Lose Weight

Human Resources sponsors a number of wellness activities, including two programs aimed at inspiring and motivating employees to lose weight: Weight Watchers and The Biggest Loser Challenge. Weight Watchers offers special classes at WCC as a convenient option for those with busy schedules. The 12-week class teaches how to eat healthy, balanced meals without limiting any food group. You meet once a week as a group to talk about healthy eating, and you weigh in to keep track of how you’re progressing.

Back for the third time is The Biggest Loser Challenge. From Jan. 25 through April 27, employees can compete against each other or as part of a team to see who can lose the biggest percentage of body fat. Weekly seminars and exercise plans are available to participants.

“The Biggest Loser has been very popular, with 73 employees participating in the last event,” said Liz Marinkovski, a Human Resources specialist. “It creates a supportive yet competitive environment to help those who want to lose weight stay on track.”

Develop Healthy Habits

If your New Year’s resolution is to learn and develop a healthier lifestyle, look no farther than WCC’s LifeLong Learning department. It offers a wide variety of non-credit health and wellness classes to choose from, including a series on Chinese medicine. There are also classes about curbing food cravings, managing high cholesterol, nutrition for cancer prevention, meditation, and other topics. WCC employees get a tuition waiver for all LifeLong Learning classes.

“Washtenaw County residents are actively looking for non-credit classes on health and well being, especially at the beginning of the year,” said Monique James, director of LifeLong Learning. “We try to respond to the needs of the community.”

If an hour is all the time you can spare, why not check out one of the free wellness seminars sponsored by Human Resources? The "power hour" is a brown bag luncheon seminar provided by health and fitness professionals on various wellness topics.

“Our goal with the wellness seminars is to help WCC employees prevent chronic problems or manage existing diseases,” said Chris Mihaly, director of compensation and benefits. “We’re focusing on awareness.”

Get More Exercise

If you’re a WCC employee, there’s no excuse for not getting exercise. Right across the street is one of the best fitness centers around. Many of your colleagues make the trek at lunchtime or after work. The vast majority of classes are free to members, and there is nothing like a spell in the sauna or hot tub after a good workout.

WCC’s LifeLong Learning department also offers fitness and recreation classes in Tai chi chuan, tennis, and even juggling.

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