Category Archives: Social
Social wellness refers to your ability to meet the expectations and demands of our personal roles without harming others. This means learning good communication skills, developing intimacy with others and creating a support network of friends and family members who care about and love you for who you are. Social wellness includes showing respect for others. By joining a group or organization, you create a sense of belonging in which you can contribute to the group, your community, and to the world. In this way, you are not only respecting others, but you are respecting yourself as well.
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If you’re like me with finals right around the corner your stress levels have gone up with studying for test, projects, or papers. However there is a way to help you cope with these added stress levels, exercise. Aerobic exercise is a great way to help lower your stress levels even if it is a thirty minute quick workout. Usually weekends are my days off from working out but I was starting to get stressed and couldn’t focus so I came to the UND Wellness Center and used the 30 minute circuit (located on the upper level). I felt so much better after that quick workout. I had my focus back and my stress levels I could feel were lowered. I finished my homework stress free and I could enjoy the night, while not having to focus on my homework instead. Head to the Physical Activity Booth during the FroZEN De-Stress Fest at the Memorial Union Loading Dock this Wednesday (Dec 11th, 2013 11am-2pm) to learn more about how Exercise helps improve brain function & take stress away during stressful times (like FINALS)!
-Kelsey Olson, FLEX Intern, UND Wellness Center
Did you know that in some companies there are up to 5 generations in the workplace? That’s an incredible span of knowledge, experience, energy, ideas, and possibility!
So, what does it take to keep a young adult in the workplace?
While it’s impossible to give you a checklist of “20 things for guaranteed success,” there are often commonalities that increase the likelihood of attracting and retaining young professionals.
Benefits like flexibility in scheduling and office space are becoming more important as Millennials enter and advance in their careers. There is also a stronger desire from young adults to be included in projects and decision making from planning to implementation regardless of experience; a chance to bring fresh ideas and energy as well as learn first hand from more experienced colleagues. (I would argue that this desire for collaboration and inclusion is not “entitlement,” as its often labeled, rather it’s a desire to contribute and learn. Ultimately we all strive for the success of the company as a goal, right?)
For the past 2 years, the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals has awarded an area business with the Grow Grand Award, a YP Best Place to Work Award. Our first recipient was Choice Financial, and last year AE2S took home the honor. It is encouraging to see all of the applications we receive each year, and more importantly how competitive it has become, evidence of a larger city-wide workforce culture more attractive to young adults looking to move into, or stay in the area. I choose to live and work in the Grand Cities because I see all of the opportunities for young people, both for my career and in the community.
It’s time for us to find our next recipient of the award, and ANY business may apply for the honor. Do you work at a cool place? Show them your appreciation by nomination them for our Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals’ annual Grow Grand Award! You can check it out on our website: www.ggfyp.com. Applications are due on December 27th, but you can apply right now!
What do YOU look for in a workplace?
I ran across this saying while looking for a festive picture this morning and had to laugh. It wasn’t long ago that I lived by that motto throughout the holidays. From the time I woke up to the time my head hit the pillow, I thought about what bar or cookie, side dish, or “main event” I was about to indulge in. I ate until I was ready to burst, and usually had one more bite- JUST to be sure I wouldn’t feel hungry in 10 minutes.
I think about that mentality now, and I just think: Yikes.
Although our society often makes this time of year about the food, the expanding waistlines, the food comas, and the once-a-year delicacies we are about to indulge in… I challenge you to do a little reframing this year. For me, Holidays have become more about the togetherness, the fun traditions (like digging out my “Festive” Thanksgiving sweater vest), and love of others, rather than the food on my plate. Don’t get me wrong- I have my favorite foods that I enjoy as well, but now I try harder to concentrate on the conversation rather than the fork-to-mouth ratio.
One of my favorite things is now a bundled up brisk walk around the block with my aunts and cousins mid-afternoon. I know, it sounds crazy when you consider the temperature and quite often the wind, but it’s a great way to catch up with each other, get energized and burn off some of those extra almond bark pretzels I’ve enjoyed.
I want to hear from YOU!
Have you made any changes to the way you approach the Holiday season? How do you stay on track?
With Thanksgiving a little less than two weeks away I’m sure everyone has been thinking about all the delicious homemade foods they will be eating; I know I have.
Some things to remember on Thanksgiving to avoid the “turkey gut” are:
Don’t over indulge. This sounds like common sense but many people get caught up in the spirit of the holiday and the vast amounts of food that are set out in front of them. This doesn’t mean you can’t try everything that is set in front of you; it means to portion the foods you want to eat.
When portioning your plate remember the myplate visual guideline.
Don’t skip breakfast or lunch just because you are preparing to eat a large Thanksgiving meal. When you skip meals you starve your body.
Drink lots of water; many times people think they are hungry when infact they are actually thirsty.
Out of sight out of mind. After eating a Thanksgiving meal put away the food. When food is out of sight you are less likely to keep grazing on the food.
After your delicious Thanksgiving meal take a walk with all of your family and friends.
By following these tips it will help prevent the need to loosen the top button of your pants and prevent the “turkey gut”.
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This weekend I was able to get back in touch with the roots of my ancestors and spend some quality time with my parents.
Think back to your childhood: are there any activities that you looked forward to doing year after year? Making Christmas goodies, carving pumpkins, decorating the house, building a gingerbread house, watching certain movies with a mug of hot chocolate by the fire…
For almost every holiday meal, a thin, pancake-like delicacy topped with the perfect amount of sugar and butter or peanut butter is enjoyed by our family. There is still a fight for the last piece. I was shocked to learn that it was actually made with potatoes. Do you know what food I’m talking about yet?
Lefse is a Norwegian flatbread commonly found in the area, and if you’ve never had it I highly recommend you find some in the grocery store and try it out.
To effectively create this delicious treat, you’ll need a special roller, rolling board, sleeves, flipper sticks, and a griddle… oh, and flour. LOTS of flour- and there will likely be a coat of flour on everything in the surrounding area when you’re done.
When I was in high school, we did a lefse making and selling fundraiser for a history class trip. Its creation is often a group “party” effort because it’s labor intensive and MESSY- but that’s what makes it fun! In the end I think it made us all appreciate the love and effort that goes into this treat, and we’ve continued making it each year as a family.
I appreciate the way that it brings people together; it’s time to laugh, to talk, to connect and pass down. It took us a few years to start this tradition, but now it’s a family favorite.
What traditions do you take part in with family and friends?
Now that Halloween has past, it has kicked off the fall and holiday season. This is also known as Well-o-ween. During well-o-ween we have to remember to stay healthy!
A few ways you can stay healthy during well-o-ween are listed below:
- Maintain your exercise routine or start exercising.
- Exercise can help beat the fall blues and it will keep your immune system strong.
- Don’t forget to keep eating fruits and vegetables
- With all the holidays and change in temperature sometimes we forget how important fruits and veggies really are.
- Kale, pumpkin, apples, sweet potatoes and pomegranates are a few things that are in season right now.
- Flu seasonGet your flu shot; this will prevent you from being sick.
- Get enough sleep and maintain stress
- This helps fight off the flu.
- Get enough sleep and maintain stress
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SSC- Saudi Students Club at UND
Hosting their own cooking event, sharing traditions with each other through the traditional foods they cook together. Lamb and Rice.
Reserve the culinary corner for your own event! Enjoy with Family or Friends!
Take a moment to imagine something with me: You are given money to change/create something in the Grand Cities area that would help to make it feel more like a place you want to live. It’s your idea, your plan, and your operation. What would you do?
OK, now stop imagining and start doing: dreaming, thinking, planning… sketch it out on paper.
It might be your birthday, but even if it’s not you now have this unique opportunity to make an impact in our community. With funding from the Knight Foundation and Community Foundation, YOU- college students, recent grads, young people, youthful professionals and groups, and Millennials are encouraged to submit ideas they’d like to see come to life.
A group of students and community professionals from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have been meeting up to put together this opportunity, which we’re calling Forkin’ it Over. This is a chance for you to learn more about what the area has to offer and what it needs to offer in order to be more attractive to young people; to connect with the community in new and innovative ways; and to be informed and engaged with a variety of great people in our community.
Nothing fun to do here?
Too hard to meet people in the community?
Feeling as though we lack stuff?
NO MORE EXCUSES, PEOPLE!
Apply for a micro grant from $500-3,000 by visiting gofoundation.org and clicking on the Micro Grant button to fill out one-page form by 5:00pm on Monday, November 18th.. Ideas will be presented and grants will be awarded at a Grants Night Event on Thursday, November 21st at the Empire from 7-9pm. Whether or not you submit an idea, you are encouraged to attend for an evening of networking, food, beverages, music and more!
Need some inspiration? Click here!
For more information, check out this Poster.
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Many people think that drinking and college go hand-in-hand, but truth be told, 9 out of 10 UND students believe that you can have fun without alcohol. This means that it is important to help provide fun and safe alternatives for students on the UND campus. We need to start changing the culture of alcohol here at UND because, contrary to popular belief, one in every four students has not used alcohol within the past 30 days. This is why it is so important that we leave UND a dry campus. We need to keep UND a place for every student to have the best chance of getting the education they deserve which means keeping alcohol off campus.
College is about getting your education and according to the CORE campus survey, 59.7% of students here at UND said that because of alcohol their studying has been interrupted. Not allowing alcohol on campus means keeping UND a place for students to study and giving them alternates for weekend fun. Many people use the excuse that there is nothing to do in Grand Forks, but it becomes down to who you are surrounding yourself with. If you are hanging out with people who only seem to drink you will have the allusion that everyone drinks. If you go out and find friends that enjoy doing other activities besides getting wasted on weekends, you will see Grand Forks and UND has a lot to offer.
When drinking always remember UND’s 0-1-2-3 campaign. 0=Understand when not to drink, 1=Limit yourself to no more than one drink per hour, 2= Drink no more than two times per week; and, 3= Slow and steady wins the race- keep it to no more than 3 drinks per night.
Alcohol Peer Educator, Health & Wellness Hub
Halloween is known as day to dress up in a costume and go house to house collecting candy. Halloween doesn’t just have to be all about candy and dressing up.Candy is filled with sugar and saturated fats. One way to avoid all this sugar and fat is to have a healthier Halloween, that doesn’t mean you have to eliminate all the candy either! Here are some tricks and tips on how to have a healthier Halloween.
1. Set a limit on how many pieces of candy you can have each day.
2. Showcase fruits and veggies; make them look Halloween themed like shown below.
3. Handout non-sugary foods and toys like; temporary tattoos, crayons, stickers and spider rings
4. Replace candy with better choices like, trail mix, pretzels, string cheese, crackers, fruit cups in 100% juice, and sugarless gum.
5. Buy candy you don’t love, so you don’t eat all the left over candy.
For healthy Halloween recipes check out these sites:
For more healthy treats to hand out; check out these sites:
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