JABSOM Wellness Corner

MARCH 2022


Let’s take the time to pause, breathe and really take in what’s all around us. This month we’re encouraging you to take some time to look within. Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life – like the way we eat, the things we notice or our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future – so we get more out of the day-to-day. It can also help us identify what we’re grateful for, which has been proven to help boost your happiness levels!

-From the Action for Happiness

(visit the Action for Happiness website at https://www.actionforhappiness.org/)

See the Action for Happiness calendar below for more ideas this month.

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JABSOM Mindful Practice Hawaii Group - Next session: Friday, 3/4 @ 1pm

Our next Mindful Practice Hawaii Group will be on Friday, 3/4/2022. We hope that you can join us for a 30-minute break in your day. Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues, students, staff, etc. (see flyer below)

Date/Time: Friday, March 4, 2022 @ 1:00-1:30 PM

Facilitator: Dr. Winona K. Lee, Associate Professor & Director, 'Imi Ho'ōla Post- Baccalaureate Program

Zoom: Click HERE to register for just one or all of the sessions for 2022, then check your email for a Zoom confirmation with the login info.

The following month's session will be facilitated by Dr. Kuo-Chiang Lian, Assistant Professor, Medicine, JABSOM, Queen's Medical Center Hospitalist Program on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm.

A friendly reminder that in April, the Mindful Practice sessions will take place on the first Wednesday of the month from 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm. We hope you will continue to join us!

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AAMC Webinar: Supporting Wellness Initiatives in Health Care and Recommendations for Promoting a Culture of Well-Being

This webinar will present survey results and recommendations from a recently-released report from the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) Faculty Resilience Committee, The Rise of Wellness Initiatives in Health Care: Using National Survey Data to Support Effective Well-Being Champions and Wellness Programs on Mar 23, 1:00 pm ET. The report highlights common elements of wellness programming and describes the roles of the well-being champions who lead and support wellness efforts.

Register Today

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Reminder: Support Available from the UH Counseling and Student Development Center

The mental health professionals at the UH Mānoa Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) are here to help if you need support. The CSDC is available for scheduled appointments during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm. The range of free mental health services to UH Mānoa students include brief individual, couple, and group counseling, crisis intervention, peer-to-peer support, outreach services, and referrals to on-campus resources and community providers.

Visit their site for more information

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Send a shout out or praise someone at JABSOM for their professionalism

Let's take the time to recognize those who help to uphold JABSOM's professional excellence. CLICK HERE to submit a shout out or to praise someone at JABSOM for their professionalism.

The JABSOM Professionalism Philosophy:

As a member of the John A. Burns School of Medicine community,

I uphold the highest standards of professional behavior.

As such, I will treat myself and others with respect, aloha, and compassion,

execute my duties with skill and accountability, act altruistically,

embrace social responsibility, conduct myself with integrity and humility,

and pursue excellence in all that I do.

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Take a "Brain Break"!

Need a break from studies? Take a “Brain Break” at the JABSOM Health Sciences Library! The library has an array of activities available to help you “de-stress” – puzzles, coloring books, paint pens & mini canvases, and more! Did you also know that the library is food and drink friendly? Feel free to eat and drink in the lobby, lab, and other common areas. (Only bottle water allowed in stacks.) To top it off the faculty and staff at the library are welcoming, friendly, and a great source of support.
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Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Instructor: Tammy Kasuya
Class Information: Zumba® is a dance inspired group fitness class that features Latin and International rhythms. It features a combination of low and high intensity moves to provide an interval fitness workout.
To participate: Due to COVID restrictions, there is currently a 10 person limit for in-person classes at the UHCC Wellness Center (Instructor + 9 students). Please go to the Zumba Sign-up Sheet and enter your name on the day you would like to attend class. If the 10 person max has been reached for that day, you’ll have to sign-up for another day. If you sign-up and later realize that you can’t make it to class that day, please remove your name from the list so others have the opportunity to sign-up. Dress for active fun. Bring water and towel.

In person classes have resumed.
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm with simultaneous Zoom option
Class Coordinator: Chip Ellis
Class Information: Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is frequently viewed as a slow motion form of Chinese moving meditation, exercise, or martial art. Millions of people around the world practice this art as a way to relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength, and mental focus. It is useful to improve balance and enhance health. Dating back to the 1700’s in China, it began as a powerful martial art. In the 1930’s it was popularized across China, and by the 1950’s it had spread around the world. The Wednesday class is presented by instructors from The Hawaii Wushu Center who have 40+ years of experience practicing and teaching this art. For more information, please visit the following websites: Hawaii Wushu Center or Chip Ellis.

Please contact Chip Ellis at (808) 457-5844 or cellis@ucera.org if you have questions or would like to join the class via Zoom.

In person classes are currently on hold.
Zoom Class Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Class Coordinator: Chip Ellis
Class Information: Bagua Zhang (Baguazhang) is a powerful Chinese martial that was developed in the 1800’s and was used by the security forces of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, in the early 1900’s. It is widely known in China, but is not that familiar to those in other parts of the world. It features vigorous movements and provides the player with a good workout, and self-defense skills. The Thursday class instructor is from The Hawaii Wushu Center and has 40+ years of experience practicing and teaching this art. For more information on the art, please visit the Yin Family Baguazhang website.

Please contact Chip Ellis at (808) 457-5844 or cellis@ucera.org if you have questions or would like to join the class via Zoom.

Monday, Tuesday, Friday 5:00 – 7:00pm
Class Information: The UH Cancer Center Ping Pong Club is where top players can meet and train along with faculty, staff and students from the University of Hawaii. The Ping Pong Club was founded and is run by Dr. Michele Carbone. The club is fortunate to have Carlos Ko, the number one Nationally ranked player in the State of Hawaiʻi for the past 10 years, serve as an advisor. At this time due to COVID-19 protocols, a maximum of 12 players are allowed in the room at any given time. There are 4 tables, which normally accommodate a maximum of 8 players. If you are interested in joining the club, you may contact Carlos at (808) 688-3356 to see when there is space available.

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For complete list, more information, and to register go to: https://info.bluezonesproject.com/hawaii/virtual

Stress Bucket: Coronavirus Edition

Tuesday, March 08
5 – 6 PM

Thursday, March 24
12 – 1 PM

3 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Your Family Will Love

Friday, March 25
12 – 1 PM

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Four weeks to a better, happier, and less-stressed life. Rooted in our groundbreaking research of the healthiest, longest-lived people on earth, the Blue Zones® Life Plan is four weeks toward a better you. This is not an elimination diet. This 4-week plan was the original impetus that became the Blue Zones Challenge book based on a lot of your feedback.

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JABSOM Blue Zones Team

Do you have an upcoming wellness event or resource to share, contact us at wellmed@hawaii.edu