You work hard for your money, and you deserve to enjoy it! Check out the Smart Dollar program. It’s time to make your money work for you. Most people know what to do with money, but actually doing the right thing is tough! We care about you, and we want to see you reach your financial goals. That’s why we are now offering SmartDollar, the best financial wellness benefit around, as a 100% paid-for benefit! SmartDollar… read more →
SmartDollar Is Giving Away $1,000!
SmartDollar, our company-provided financial wellness benefit, is giving away money throughout the month of September to help you build better money habits! All you have to do is use SmartDollar during the month of September for your chance to win daily!
SmartDollar is a financial wellbeing program that several hundred of us are already using, and that has helped millions of people get on a plan and make better financial decisions. And the best part is,
SmartDollar is a company provided benefit, so it won’t cost you a dime!
Entering the contest is easy. Already have an account? Simply log in to your SmartDollar account and earn a SmartDollar Point each day. SmartDollar Points are automatically tracked in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. That’s it. It’s that simple. If you don’t have an account yet, it’s not too late, email email@example.com for the Hilliard City School District employee code.
Because no contest is complete without prizes, here’s what you could win:
- Every day from September 5 – September 30th, SmartDollar will be giving away a $25 Amazon.com gift card to a user who logged in and earned a SmartDollar Point that day.
- Every day you log in and earn a SmartDollar Point, you’ll also get an entry for the grand prize of $1,000 to use toward your Baby Step. That’s up to 26 entries! Check out the full contest rules here.
Onsite fitness classes will be starting the week of September 11th after Labor Day. Sign up now to reserve your spot. Classes are available at nominal fees and are open to all Hilliard City School District employees and their spouses.
Please click on the Onsite Class Schedule to register today.
Carne Asada with Grilled Vegetables | SYSTEM OF STRENGTH Ingredients 1 lb skirt of flank steak 2 limes juiced 1 orange juiced 1 jalapeño diced 2 cloves of garlic minced 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 2 zucchini sliced into half inch pieces 2 poblano peppers cored and cut in half 1 orange pepper cored and cut into four pieces 1 red onion peeled and halved 2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 15… read more →
|Although being assertive is considered a desirable quality, it is not something most folks are great at 100% of the time. Some folks don’t like to speak up when they disagree and/or ask for what they want. Others feel it’s not their place or even a desirable characteristic. However, when it comes to your health, there is no one better than YOU to take charge, prioritize your needs, and speak up when you have questions and/or disagree. Part of being healthy requires that you be both assertive and proactive when it comes to your body and mind. Here are three ways to do just that:1. Prioritize your health. First and foremost, if you don’t schedule time to take care of yourself, it’s not going to happen. It has to be on the calendar everyday. If we have the mentality that we’ll get to it at some point during the day, it’s WAY more likely to get pushed aside due to other commitments. Make time for yourself each and every day! Even if it’s only 10 minutes for meditation or relaxation at the end of the day, you owe it to yourself to have some dedicated daily focus on just you (let’s be real – you know my goal is more than that, but I’m being honest too in recognizing the reality that it can’t always be 30-60 minutes/day).
2. Preventative medicine. Some might not make the immediate link between assertiveness and preventative medicine, but it boils down to the whole idea of being in charge and/or taking control. You owe it to yourself to do two things: 1) Know your family history. This includes chronic illnesses and diseases, as well as mental health problems. So many health issues are genetic and you need to be in the know when it comes to your history (as much as possible, some medical history is unknown or inaccessible). 2) Do regular checkups. This includes annual physicals, dental cleanings 2x/year, preventative tests/screenings (i.e. mammograms, blood work, etc.). Take charge of your health proactively instead of having to react when something goes wrong.
3. Let your voice be heard. Last but not least is the need to speak up on your own behalf. Yes medical personnel are educated, but they aren’t always correct in their diagnoses or plan of action for treatment. You need to ask questions, report bad side effects of treatment, as well as get second (and sometimes third) opinions. You also need to speak up for what you want when it comes to choices effecting your health and well-being. If you are given options and/or ideas on how to better your health, take advantage of the fact that someone wants to know your opinion.
I think we can all agree that winter has dragged on a bit too long in central Ohio and spring will be welcomed with open arms. Speaking of spring, Spring Break for HCSD is almost here! I’m sure you all are eager to have some well-deserved time off. Some of you may be heading to warmer weather, others may just be enjoying some downtime, and I’m sure there are some of you who are just so excited for it to get here that you haven’t even thought about how to spend your time off other than not go to work. Whatever your plans are, I hope you will take some time to make the three “R”s part of your break – Restore, Rejuvenate, and Reevaluate.
RESTORE. Breaks are great for rest time, relaxation, and restoration for our bodies. In the hustle-bustle of our everyday lives, our bodies take a lot of wear and tear. Allowing yourself some time to “catch” up on sleep, slowing your daily pace so you are not running from event to event 100mph, and even giving our minds a break from constant stimulation are great components of self-care. It’s okay to slow-down. It’s okay to not follow a rigid schedule. It’s okay to restore balance to our lives.
REJUVENATE. By allowing yourself some time to restore sanity, mental clarity, sleep patterns, and physical health, you then can focus on rejuvenating your body and mind. Have you been putting off going to the chiropractor, doctor, or getting a massage? Now is the time. No excuses to not fit it in. Have you been wanting to read a book for pleasure? What about that hobby that you haven’t had time for that brings you so much joy when you get to do it. Again, no excuses. Now is the time.
REEVALUATE. Once you’ve tended to your body and mind, break is also a good time to reevaluate goals you may have set for yourself in recent months (e.g. New Year’s resolutions, commitments to a gym/workout program, eating plans, etc.). Take time to truly reflect (again, once your mind is clear) on what has been working and what hasn’t gone so well. Have you let yourself down? Do you feel like you need to start over? Be real and be raw with your answers to your own questions. Keeping a journal is a great way to accomplish this, so that you don’t talk yourself out of how your really feel. Perhaps your goals were too ambitious or not hard enough? Maybe you need to enlist the help of some co-workers, friends, or family to be more successful. If you didn’t have goals, why not? Can you set them now? Life is about becoming a better you everyday. We can’t become are best selves if we don’t have goals to get better.
Hopefully, you feel invigorated to accomplish the three “R’s over break. All three of these “goals” are in the essence of self-care. Life is short and super busy. Take advantage of the times (i.e. spring break) when you can restore, rejuvenate, and reevaluate to keep making the most of your life. Enjoy your break!
Looking for a quick energy burst? Try these 1 minute challenges and watch your energy levels increase, stress levels decrease and all the while have some fun. Grab a family member or friend and here you go…most of these are activities are kid friendly and require no equipment:
1 minute challenge:
1. Burpees with or without push-up (start in a standing position with hands above head, bend forward placing both hands on ground, walk or jump both feet back to a plank position, push-up (optional), then walk or jump both feet in-between your hands, stand up reaching hands above head)
2. Jumping Jacks (or step outs to each side) for folks who have a hard time getting on the ground
1.5 minute plank challenge:
30 sec right side
30 sec front
30 sec left side
*Please note planks are effective on either your knees or toes. Keeping the body straight and tight is of utmost importance.
2 minute core challenge (4 moves, 30 seconds each):
Supermans (or swimmers)
5 minute cardio/strength challenge (5 moves, 1 minute each):
10 or 15 minute challenge (5 moves, 1 minute each, REPEAT 1x or 2x):
Same exercises listed in 5 min challenge
Have time for more than a 1-15 minute burst? Then we suggest checking out the SOS Digital Studio.
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Smarts & Stamina Course Overview
How many times have you thought, “I know I need to do something about my health, but I just don’t know where to start”?
No worries, we’ve got it all figured out. This 8-week online class will help you develop better sleep, food, mood, and exercise habits so that you can look and feel your best. Research shows that these healthy habits also make us better contributors to our families, organizations, and society, too. So join us to learn how to:
- Control your food cravings and enjoy – yes, enjoy! – healthier foods
- Trim and tone your body even if you can’t spend 10 hours a week in a gym
- Sleep tight each night
- Snap back after setbacks
- Become a more energetic, more optimistic, more engaging version of yourself.
Learn directly from Debbie Youngblood, using the approach described in MJ Shaar and Kathryn Britton’s Healthy Living Bestseller Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance.
Feel like you have tried everything under the sun already? We’ll teach you how to:
- Get out of the one thinking trap that can kill your ability to feel capable of change
- Implement clear and simple strategies, easily adaptable to your life
- Work with your strengths rather than try to fix your flaws
- Minimize the amount of will-power needed to achieve success
The program will be entirely taught online. We’ll use short videos, self-assessments, readings, and discussions with peers to give you a fresh and interactive experience. Access to all materials is password protected, so you can share safely. Act fast! Smart and Stamina Online starts Monday, January 23, 2017. Limit of 25 participants. Click here to register. Course fee includes the book and is $25.00, with checks made payable to HCSD and sent to Debbie Youngblood.
Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines the elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The racquets are typically made of composite, graphite, or wood and the ball is very similar to a whiffle ball.
- Hilliard Pickleball is an open gym for Pickleball players. It runs almost every Wednesday night from 9:00-11:00PM in the Bradley High School Fieldhouse.
- All skill levels are welcome. Contact Michael Limbird at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
- RSVP is highly encouraged so we can plan for the correct number of players.
Let us Help You…take the quick survey and bring the resources of healthy living to you. Living in Balance requires a commitment to look beneath the surface at what makes each of us tick, to explore our values, priorities, habits and choices and learn how to balance our sleep, food, mood and exercise, so that we can be present in the moment, stay “Above the Line” and have a high level of energy, willpower and resilience every single day. Living on Purpose and Finding Your Why are the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and others. Join us in the journey of a lifetime. Complete this quick survey about wellbeing priorities, goals and resources, so that we can best serve your needs. Survey will remain open through the month of January 2017.