Fall Fitness Challenge Urges Employees to Make Small Changes and See Big Results
Cut out carbohydrates. Reduce calorie intake by half. Quit cold turkey. Run a marathon.
You may believe that drastic changes to your lifestyle are the only ways to achieve the results you want, but that is hardly the case. In fact, when changes are drastic, they are potentially overwhelming. Small lifestyle changes are easier to achieve and maintain.
Join Well Aware this school year for “Small Changes, Big Results,” an expanded physical activity challenge that adds five mini-challenges to our regular fall and spring challenge line up. “Small Changes, Big Results” will help you embrace small changes and accomplish big results.
By setting and accomplishing small, tangible changes, you get an immediate sense of gratification, which is self-motivating. You can check that goal off of your to-do list and proudly exclaim, “I did it!” When successful, small lifestyle changes are more likely to become habits and can lead to increased self-confidence and better health.
Small Changes, Big Results challenge rules and important fall dates are available on the Well Aware website. Further details will be published next month in the Well Aware eNews and The Bulletin, and on the Well Aware website.
You Really Can Quit for Good
MCPS and Kaiser Permanente are teaming up again to bring you the Quit for Good tobacco cessation program. The free, successful program is available to employees and their spouses, regardless of whether or not they participate in MCPS employee benefits or are enrolled in benefits with Kaiser.
The next Quit for Good session begins Thursday, Oct. 16, and will be held from 4:30–5:30 p.m. in the Maple Room at 45 W. Gude Dr. in Rockville. Meetings are once a week for eight weeks. To participate, register by emailing Well Aware.
A nurse practitioner leads the classes with assistance from Kaiser Permanente clinicians and health experts. Discussions cover the skills necessary to successfully live tobacco-free. Topics include risk assessment, stress management techniques and healthy weight management strategies. In addition to class meetings, participants receive support through a helpline, peer sponsors who understand what it takes to quit, and other helpful resources.
To learn more, visit the Well Aware website.