Wellness Wednesday

Healthy Weight Awareness

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A time to celebrate healthy, fad diet-free living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems. Fad diets are a temporary fix to a long-term problem and usually, they don’t work. Healthy lifelong habits are what produce weight loss, weight maintenance, and good health. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight includes healthy eating, physical activity, optimal sleep, and stress reduction.

Healthy Eating

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020–2025, a healthy eating plan:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes a variety of protein foods such as seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, nuts, and seeds.
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
  • Stays within your daily calorie needs

Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is important for good health, and it’s especially important if you’re trying to lose weight.

Physical activity also helps to–

  • Maintain weight.
  • Reduce high blood pressure.
  • Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and several forms of cancer.
  • Reduce arthritis pain and associated disability.
  • Reduce risk for osteoporosis and falls.
  • Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.


Click here to access the CDC's "Move your Way" Activity Planner to get you on your way to a healthier weight.

Tips for Better Sleep

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) good sleep habits (sometimes referred to as “sleep hygiene”) can help you get a good night’s sleep.

Some habits that can improve your sleep health:

  • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature
  • Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime
  • Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.


Click here to find out how much sleep you need.

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

Feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all be normal reactions to stress. Here are some healthy ways you can deal with stress:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, and social media.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and give yourself a break if you feel stressed out.
  • Take care of your body.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
    • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Exercise regularly.
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Talk to others.
  • Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • Recognize when you need more help. If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor.


How Are You Feeling? We are often asked this, and we say “fine.” But this has been a difficult time lately, and emotions can be complex. You may be feeling sad, worried, or stressed.


Click here to take a quiz from the CDC "How Right Now" for some resources and help.

We’re Here for You.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a benefit program intended to ensure a healthy work environment for all staff. Through a partnership between Pasco County Schools and New Directions (our behavioral health care provider), our employees will have access to enhanced services. These services include counseling and referral for personal or work-related issues, health coaching, legal and financial consultation, and a wealth of online resources. Click here for more info


New Directions Employee Assistance Program

A free confidential tool to help you overcome life challenges and live a happy, balanced life.

Click here to access New Directions

Company code is: Pasco

USDA National Hunger Hotline

The clearinghouse aides low-income individuals or communities by providing food assistance and other nutrition and social services information, serving as an important tool in combating hunger and promoting economic mobility. The clearinghouse is accessible two ways:
  • By Phone: Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline, which operates from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Eastern Time. If you need food assistance, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE to speak with a representative who will find food resources such as meal sites, food banks, and other social services available near your location.
  • By Text: Text to the automated service at 914-415-6617 with a question that may contain a keyword such as “food," “summer,” “meals,” etc. to receive an automated response to resources located near an address and/or zip code.
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Patty's Points

Welcome Back from Winter Break! Hope you received the rest and
relaxation you deserve and are ready for 2022!


Click here to read some very important reminders from FloridaBlue

Healthy Tips from MHO

Healthy Tasty Recipe from MHO

This information is meant for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice

Tobacco Free

Did you know Pasco County Schools is completely Tobacco Free? If you are looking for resources to help you quit Click here for information regarding Tobacco Cessation programs.

2022 HEALTH & WELLNESS INCENTIVE (HWI) PROGRAM

Pasco County Schools offers incentives for covered employees and retirees who complete their annual Vital Health Profile. This program is voluntary; however, participants must follow the steps outlined here in order to qualify for the 2022 incentive.


Already Completed your VHP?

Work with a My Health Onsite Health Coach to achieve your wellness goals! Talk with your My Health Onsite provider to be enrolled. Employees enrolled in the Pascofit option may be eligible to earn additional incentive rewards by completing up to 2 wellness programs with a Health Coach. More information about the wellness programs through My Health Onsite can be found here.


The HWI 1rst quarter for Pascofit is January 1 - March 31, 2022. Click here for more information.