Watch this 8-minute video to learn about some of the at-home wellness offerings from MIIA. Wellness Representative, Courtney Hernandez, will discuss the Webinar Buffet and Self-Directed Smorgasbord activities - both of which can earn you an Amazon gift card*. Courtney will also discuss the weekly Zoom recordings that are available and where to find all of these offerings.
*Only MIIA/BCBS subscribers are eligible for gift cards.
Maintaining a healthy weight or losing excess body fat can become harder as the years go by. A more
sedentary lifestyle, poor dietary choices, and metabolic changes can contribute to weight gain after
age 50. Join Sandy Sarni, Registered Dietitian and MIIA’s Nutrition Coordinator, to explore the physiological changes our bodies experience with aging. And learn how a few simple adjustments can help you manage weight at any age.
Join certified personal trainer, Kate Kuzminski as she educates us on why mobility and flexibility are so essential to our overall fitness, wellbeing, and quality of life. Learn tips to incorporate mobility and flexibility exercises into your routine, along with why having good mobility can improve balance, decrease your risk of falls, and other injuries.
Whatever municipal role you play, you will benefit from this session. Cally Ritter, LICSW, offers practical tools for creating balance and harmony during challenging times. How to set boundaries and create opportunities for social support will be discussed.
Adding plants indoors has a grounding effect and imbues a sense of sanity during these times. Their quiet presence reminds us to be in the present moment. Come explore the wonderful world of houseplants. They are easier to care for than you think!
Birding in New England can be a bit dreary. Why not add a few bird feeders and liven things up? Learn how to attract a wide variety of birds and to make your own suet. Join bird enthusiast Sara Barrios for this fun class for kids and adults!
The constant news about COVID-19 make feeling at ease hard with all of the unknowns. Taking steps to improve resilience is critical. Learn how to cope with the chaos of the pandemic, remain positive, and connect to others despite the cold, and dark months.
Learn how to participate in the MIIA self-directed programs, "Wellbeing Smorgasbord", and "Webinar Buffet". MIIA members are eligible for Amazon gift cards with participation
We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic; 115 Americans die of an overdose every day. The epidemic is increasingly felt at work, because 75% of those addicted are employed. This impacts productivity and moral, health care costs, and most importantly, coworkers and families lives and wellbeing. Register today for our free webinar The Opioid Crisis: What Employees Need to Know on January 31 form 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
Inhale/Exhale Focal Point
Dehydration Awareness: How to stay hydrated
Maintain Don't Gain...maintaining a healthy weight during the holidays starts with handling stress. Watch this 7-minute video to learn some quick tips on dealing with holiday stress, which should keep extra pounds off your waistline.
Move More! Easy Stretches for Health and Fitness! View Kate France demo 10 stretches in this 5-6 minute video. Get moving, feel great!
The Magic of Mindfulness... Audio activities from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness
5 minute Check-in: https://multimedia.umassmed.edu/cfm/fingoldb/mindful-check-in-5min.mp3
12 minute Body Scan: https://multimedia.umassmed.edu/cfm/fingoldb/body-scan-12min.mp3
10 minute Awareness of Breath Meditation: https://multimedia.umassmed.edu/cfm/fingoldb/awareness-of-breath-meditation-10min.mp3
Break the Sugar Cycle is a 2-part webinar series that is component of the self-directed Break the Sugar Cycle program running from March 21 to March 30, 2017. Watch both webinars and take the quiz that is include in the program packet to earn cool prizes. Even if you don't participate in the program, these webinars will help you reduce your sugar intake from obvious and hidden sources.
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch, during his enlightening TED Talk, Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.