TCMHS Wellness News

April 2014

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We all feel stressed from time to time. Some people cope with stress better than others but it's important to know your limits when it comes to stress because it can lead to more serious health effects. Stress is recognized as the #1 proxy killer disease today and the American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease. Symptoms of stress can vary; some people experience mainly digestive symptoms, while others may have headaches, sleeplessness, depressed mood, anger and irritability. People under chronic stress are prone to more frequent and severe viral infections, such as the flu or common cold, and vaccines, such as the flu shot, are less effective for them. The effects of stress tend to build up over time. Taking practical steps to maintain your health and outlook can reduce or prevent these effects. The following are some tips that may help you to cope with stress:

  • Seek help from a qualified health care provider if you are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope, have suicidal thoughts, or are using drugs or alcohol to cope.
  • Get proper health care for existing or new health problems.
  • Stay in touch with people who can provide emotional and other support.
  • Recognize signs of your body's response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.
  • Set priorities-decide what must get done and what can wait, and learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload.
  • Note what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
  • Schedule regular times for healthy and relaxing activities. 30 minutes of exercise a day can help boost your mood and reduce stress.
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Visit a Farmer's Market this Summer

Grab your friends or your kids and head to one of the many farmer's markets in Kansas City this summer. You'll find the finest produce, cheap deals, and support local farmers! Here's a list of some nearby locations and their hours:
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Sign Up for Biometic Screenings by Friday 4/19

Tuesday, April 29th, 8:30am

HR Conference Room

Tri-County will pay for half of the cost of the screenings. The remaining amount ($12) can be payroll deducted from your May 9th check. Remember you can earn 100 wellness points for participating in the biometric screening AND if your scores have improved since the last time you had a screening that’s an extra 50 points!

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Are you working towards your 100 Miles? The 100 Mile Challenge goes through the end of May. Keep up the good work!!!

TCMHS Wellness Committee

The goal of the wellness team is to provide opportunities and guidance to all Tri-County employees wishing to improve their health and well-being.