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Wellness Tip of the Week

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This week, set aside five minutes each day for some light cleaning. This small commitment will yield great changes to your environment.

Wellness News

July 24, 2014

Studies Show Youth May Not Know They’re Overweight

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, about 33% of children aged 8–11 years and about 27% of adolescents aged 12–15 years
misperceived their weight status. Among obese youth (those in the 95th percentile and higher), roughly 42 percent thought their weight was ok and 57 percent thought they were “overweight.” The CDC reports that “Accurate self-perception of weight status has been linked to appropriate weight control behaviors
in youth. Understanding the prevalence of weight status misperception among U.S. children and
adolescents may help inform public health interventions.”

To read the full CDC report, click here.

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July 23, 2014

$4/day Cookbook Seeing Tremendous Success

Leanne Brown, a food studies scholar at New York University, sparked considerable interest when she published her cookbook “Good and Cheap” free online. The cookbook focuses on inexpensive, healthy meals that fit into a $4/day budget. Her goal was to create a resource for those trying to eat healthy on a tight budget. “It bothered me that so many ideas for fixing the food system leave out the poor: it seemed like they didn’t have a voice in the food movement. I wanted to create a resource that would promote the joy of cooking and show just how delicious and inspiring a cheap meal can be if you cook it yourself.”

To see this masterpiece of culinary and fiscal feats, go to this link, but be prepared for your mouth to water.

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CINDY MORRIS, Clinical Director

No matter how you look at it relationships can get complicated—whether it is a relationship with work colleagues, family, or friends. As more people are added into the mix, the more layers of interpersonal dynamics are at play. Also, being a person who is sensitive to the emotions of others and has an affinity for putting myself in “other people’s shoes,” I can create extra layers of complexity. I find that it doesn’t take very long before I have a hard time figuring out what I want and whether I want it because someone else wants it or I want it independent of others’ preferences. This dynamic shows up not only in one-on-one interpersonal interactions but social interactions as well. It takes focus and mindful attention to be aware of whether I am participating in social situations because I want to, feel obligated to, or want to please someone I care about.

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BHWP Partnership with Arkansas Department of Corrections Detailed in SCLC Interview

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Program is partnered with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (TPCP) and the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) to reduce smoking among the incarcerated populations in Arkansas. BHWP has been providing training for ADC counselors to integrate tobacco treatment as a component of their Therapeutic Communities. To read about how this partnership started and how it’s progressing, read SCLC’s interview with Brenda Howard, TPCP Cessation Section Chief.

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