Employee Wellness Newsletter

Mental Health Awarness Month

Week of May 25, 2020

The last week of the spring semester.
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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.

Wellness Topics Covered this spring

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the power of laughter

The science of laughter tells us that laughter has less to do with jokes and more to do with social behavior, which we use to show people that we like them and that we

understand them.

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Stress Management

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Sometimes we understand life experiences after we have lived through them.

We may not understand what we are going through until we have gone through it.

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”

We must find ways to relieve the anxiety/stress we feel so we are not limited by it.

Source: philosopher Soren Kierkegaard

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Self Care

Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.

Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook.

Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.

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The Food Mood Connection

Nutritional Psychiatry

There is a link between overall diet quality and depression and anxiety.

Food Affects Brain Function

The brain demands a constant supply of energy - 20% of daily calories.

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Being your best self during a crisis

If we want to change, we need to try to do things in life that can keep us happy.

  • Surrounding ourselves with people with positive attitudes. Allow their energy to inspire us.
  • Watching a movie or listening to music that we enjoy.
  • Exercising, walking, jogging, or just moving around to help us get out of that slump.
  • Donating our time to a worthy cause; volunteering, looking for ways to help others.
  • Everyday, making a list of our accomplishments; what we're proud of, what brings us joy.




IISD Employee Assistance Program

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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Continue to "Move It"

Let's continue to promote the importance of movement this month: exercise, walking, jogging, as well as meditation in order to relieve some of the shelter in place stress.

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Camp Gladiator at no cost, May 28th at 4:30. Camp Gladiator Thursday Workouts.

No weights required, only a mat, water and towel. Irving ISD friends let's "Move It" together!

Unlimited LIVE virtual workouts May 25 - June 20th for just $35 for Irving ISD employees.

  • 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.

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


We want to spotlight your workouts!

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

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

Top 3 Benefits of Exercise

1. Controls Weight
Exercising can help with weight gain or loss depending on your individual needs; the more intense the activity, the more calories you will burn.

2. Prevents Certain Health Conditions
Regular physical activity can help prevent or manage many health conditions including high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, and obesity.

3. Improves Mood and Energy Level

Physical activity stimulates your brain to help you relax, while your heart and lungs work harder during a workout to give you more energy and endurance!

Make sure you contact your doctor or physician before beginning any exercise regimen.

Source: FITDAY

The "Move It" Challenge Winners

There were a total of 28 participants totaling an equivalent of

1,059.4625 miles completed.

Thank you to all participants.

You helped us "Move It" in May.

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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" This Summer!



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