Wednesday, May 29th
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Coe Room Memorial Union
Grow a bountiful and beautiful container garden with herbs! Participants will learn how to make newspaper pots and have the opportunity to transplant a basil seedling to take home. Listen as Kate Garland, Horticulture Professional from Cooperative Extension, digs into the basics of home gardening.
Master the ins and outs of storing fresh herbs, substituting fresh herbs for dry herbs and using herbs with different foods, such as meat, poultry, grains, or vegetables.
Kate Yerxa, Statewide Extension Education for Nutrition & Physical Activity from Cooperative Extension, will share tips on using herbs in everyday cooking.
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Growing up in Maine, Colette Thompson left the State after graduating from high school pursing her aspiration of becoming a registered dietitian (RD). Colette attended undergraduate school at Keene State College where she concentrated her studies in the area of dietetics. After receiving her undergraduate degree she completed a dietetic internship with Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. While working full time for Maryland State Department of Education as an RD, Colette enrolled in graduate school at Towson University and earned a Master’s Degree in health. Returning back home to Maine in 1998, Colette continued working in a field of public health concentrating her efforts on educating people of all ages about the importance of health and wellness.
In 2003 Colette moved with her husband and son to settle down in the small town of New Sweden located in Northern Maine. Her favorite pastimes include spending time with her family on her small family farm, vegetable gardening, knitting, reading, and cooking a wide assortment of wholesome foods raised or grown on her farm. Colette is passionate about health and wellness. She looks forward to working as a Health Coach with the University of Maine’s RiseUp Program.
See here for a printout of Colette’s bio.
Interview with Colette Thompson, UMS Health Coach
HealthyU wanted to know more about what wellness coaching is, what topics are covered, and how it is conducted. Colette Thompson provided us answers.
HealthyU: What is health coaching?
Colette: Health Coaching is a way to help a person manage his or her own health and wellness. It is a partnership between the employee and the Health Coach where the Health Coach encourages the employee to talk about what they want to change in one of the following areas: weight management, stress management, nutrition, or smoking cessation. Please note that physical activity is almost always discussed with a person during their health coaching session too. Although these four areas can and often do overlap, we focus on one area at a time; we focus on each individual’s unique problems, concerns, etc. Health coaching is about helping a person find his or her own answers to change. Individuals can have face-to-face or telephonic health coaching sessions. (more…)
This year HealthyU Employee Wellness Program has created the HealthyU Team under the Move & Improve program. As a member of the team, you can easily track your physical activity and see the total physical activity in which the team has engaged. There will be monthly prize drawings for members of the team who meet their physical activity goals. You do not need to join the HealthyU Team to participate in the Move & Improve program.
Move & Improve is an Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems program with the goal of increasing physical activity on a daily/weekly basis to improve personal fitness and wellness. Choose the physical fitness goal that’s right for you and record your physical activity online. If you meet your fitness goal for eight of twelve weeks, you’ll be entered into a prize drawing. It’s a real win-win: Join and have the chance to win prizes simply for improving your wellness.
Join the HealthyU Team
To join the HealthyU Team you must be a registered member of the Move & Improve program. Register at moveandimprove.org by clicking on “Register Here” and filling out the information. Be sure to select “University of Maine HealthyU” from the “Join a Site” pull-down menu. If you wish to participate without joining HealthyU Team, select “no site affiliation.” Select your fitness goal from the pull-down menu; you can change your fitness goal at any time during the program. Once a member of the program, simply engage in physical activity and record your time on the online activity log.
Please contact Joanna Rosebush, Employee Wellness Program Manager, at 581.4090 or email@example.com. More details about the Move & Improve program and ideas for physical activity can be found at moveandimprove.org. Please see the Move & Improve User Guide if you need help registering, entering physical activity into the online activity log, retrieving a lost username/password or have basic questions about the program.
Feel free to email this informational PDF to co-workers and encourage them to join.
Cutler Health Center has additional biometric screening appointments in the month of March. Biometric screening appointments are now available through March 26, 2013. To schedule your screening, go to umaine.edu/biometrics. Please be advised that these will be the final biometric appointment offerings available at Cutler Health Center.
Congratulations to Liz Downing from New Student Programs, the winner of our Go Red photo contest! Liz won a gift basket from the MarketPlace . Many thanks to all of you who submitted all the great photos to celebrate 10 years of Going Red by Wearing Red.
UMaine Supports GoRed for Women! Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
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We are excited to announce Kimberly Dao as our Valentine’s Day dark chocolate recipe contest winner. We had the opportunity to sit down with Kimberly and talk with her about her winning recipe, Dark Chocolate Crepes, and got to know her a little better.
Cooking is something that Kimberly has been doing for years with her family and credits her mother with having instilled in her a love of crafting delicious dishes. Her close-knit family, including a brother and cousin who both attend UMaine, are somewhat competitive in their culinary creations, driving Kimberly to continually be on the lookout for new recipes. She scours the Internet, flips through magazines, or gleans ideas from those around her. If an idea sounds intriguing, she gives it a try.
Her delicious creation of dark chocolate crepes came about after some experimentation with a variety of different recipes she found online. She did not always have all the listed ingredients and so would compensate with what she had on-hand. She tweaked the recipe until she found the proper consistency to create a crepe that was not too thin or too thick. The result is the delectable, mouth-watering recipe we have selected to be our contest winner.
Although she says that her biggest passion is making desserts, Kimberly’s goal this year is to focus on breakfast foods, which is what she considers crepes to be. She prefers to use simpler toppings such as freshly sliced bananas and strawberries topped with a swirl of whipped cream or a dusting of powdered sugar. Kimberly recommends filling crepes with custards for an extra-special treat. Occasionally she likes to add variety by adding espresso powder to her mix to create a mocha-flavored crepe. Kimberly recommends spreading Nutella on a crepe with a layer of fresh fruit, which we think sounds absolutely delicious.
Try Kimberly’s dark chocolate crepe recipe, a perfect breakfast treat or a great dessert for your special someone.
Dark Chocolate Crepes:
Created by Kimberly Dao
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup milk
½ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
3.5 tablespoons of dark cocoa
Whisk all ingredients together until smooth
Let sit in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (over overnight)
Lightly oil pan on medium heat
Pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the heated pan
Cook for 1-2 minutes until some bubbles form
Flip and continue to cook for another minute or two
Remove from heat, plate and top with freshly sliced fruit
(strawberry or banana) and powdered sugar or whipped cream.
Valentine’s Day Sunset Snowshoe Walk
Thursday, February 14th
3:45pm – 5pm
Meet at the Rec Center dresses for winter activity
Enjoy a sunset-lit walk led by Jeff Hunt, Director of the New Balance Student Recreation Center, through the DeMeritt Forest Trail System. Please bring your snowshoes, if you have them, as tour is limited to available equipment.
Please note: This event may be cancelled due to poor trail conditions.
Visit the HealthyU website or FirstClass for up-to-date information.
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HealthyU is encouraging everyone, men and women, to wear red on National Wear Red Day, February 1. Email a group photo of you and your colleagues wearing red to Joanna Rosebush (firstname.lastname@example.org) on February 1st. Please list everyone’s name in the email. One lucky person will be selected to win a gift basket from the MarketPlace.
This is a fun and positive way to spread awareness about heart disease. For more information about heart disease or the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, visit GoRedForWomen.org.
To print a poster to remind your department, building, or office to wear red on February 1st, click here. If you would like to distribute Go Red pins to your coworkers contact Joanna at 581-4058.
Are your biometrics for 2013 done? Biometric screening appointments are available at Cutler Health until February 28, 2013. If you want to schedule an appointment, visit umaine.edu/biometrics or call Cutler Heath at 581-4179.