Employee Wellness and Support

Mental Health Awareness Month

Week of May 18, 2020

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The IISD EWS Newsletter

This newsletter will provide you with information on emotional, mental, physical and nutritional health. We will focus on how to help you be proactive about your health and well-being. The EWS Newsletter will also provide support & guidance resources that we hope will assist you in dealing with stressors and challenges.

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Mental Health Facts & Figures

The Scope of Mental Illness

  • 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness.
  • Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness.
  • 1/2 of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24.
  • Approximately 10.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.

Source: The National Council for Behavioral Health

Supporting A Loved One Going Through a Tough Time

  • Treat the person with respect and dignity.
  • Offer consistent support and understanding.
  • Have realistic expectations.
  • Give the person hope.
  • Provide practical help.

Source: Mental Health First Aid

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Be Kind to Your Mind

Tips to cope with stress during COVID-19

Pause, breathe, and notice how you feel.

Take breaks from COVID-19 content.

Make time to sleep and exercise.

Reach out and stay connected.

Seek help if you feel overwhelmed or unsafe.

Continue to "Move It!"

We continue to focus on the importance of movement this month by promoting exercise, walking, jogging, as well as meditation in order to relieve some of the shelter in place stress we may be experiencing.

Exercise Online (no cost)

Camp Gladiator

3 Free at home workouts via zoom

Only 2 More Remaining

Workout with Camp Gladiator May 14, 21 and 28th at 4:30 for free. To join click on the zoom link right before the workout begins: Camp Gladiator Thursday Workouts. No weights required, only a mat, water and towel. Invite all your Irving ISD friends and "Move It" together!
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Camp Gladiator for Discounted Price

CG is also offering four additional weeks of unlimited LIVE virtual workouts beginning

May 25 - June 20th for just $49, but Irving ISD employees receive a discounted price of $35!

  • Live At Home Workouts: Enjoy unlimited access to over 9,500 LIVE, interactive workouts that fit into your schedule, in your space & at your pace!

  • Real-Time Coaching & Community: Two-way communication with a Certified Personal Trainer, who holds you accountable, corrects form and gives modifications while you work out!

  • Fun & Challenging Workouts: Build lean muscle, lose weight & feel better with their full-body strength & cardio workouts.

Interested? Sign up here Camp Gladiator at a discounted price for Irving ISD.

For more information contact:

Uliser Salmeron, CG Area Director/Partner Trainer

E: ulisersalmeron@campgladiator.com

C: 214.587.4172

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IISD Employees - Workout Opportuntities

Amber Farrar - Travis Coach

High Intensity Workouts

Kevin Farrar - SRC Coach

Practical Exercise and Workouts

Marsha Talley - MacArthur Teacher


Lacey Uhre - de Zavala Teacher


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We want to spotlight your workouts!

If you are interested in sharing your online workout sessions please contact:

EWS Coordinator Jose Villasenor - jovillasenor@iringisd.net | (469) 781-1843.

7 benefits of regular Exercise

1. Exercise controls weight

2. Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

3. Exercise improves mood

4. Exercise boosts energy

5. Exercise promotes better sleep

6. Exercise puts the spark back into your life

7. Exercise can be fun … and social…w/social distancing

Source: Mayo Clinic

Help us inspire everyone to

"Move It"

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If you would like your workout pictures and name posted on the EWS Newsletter or Webpage please contact: Jose Villasenor - jovillasenor@iringisd.net | (469) 781-1843.

The "Move It" Challenge

Workout Challenge Leaders

Numbers represent the number of miles completed by each employee.


Diana Rivera 111.5915

Megan Farber 56.952

Brande Curtis 38.8461

Rebecca Hermes 35.6

Mollie Ott 31.4133

Deanna Terrell 28.1

Nadine Darson-Perez 27.6015

Remember that your time and intensity working out is converted into miles on the challenge form. This is how we track everyone's participation and challenge leaders.

There is still time to enter The "Move It" Challenge.

Winners will be announced May 27.

IISD Employee Assistance Program

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Cigna LAP

Our employee assistance program is the Cigna Life Assistance Program. Our Cigna LAP offers a variety of online resources from Healthy Lifestyles, to Career Development, to Personal Growth. It also includes 24/7 life assistance support by calling 800-538-3543.
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About us

Our Employee Wellness and Support Services provides opportunities and resources for employees to develop and maintain healthy emotional, mental, and physical well-being through support and guidance, as well as promoting personal and professional productivity through educational engagement.

For more information about Employee Wellness and Support Services visit our website:

Employee Wellness and Support Services or contact Jose Villasenor, EWS Coordinator:

jovillasenor@irvingisd.net | (469) 781-1843 Mobile

EWS Newsletter

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?


Jose Villasenor



Don't Forget to "Move It!"


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