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January EFAP News: Taking a Closer Look at Nutrition

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January 2016 Newsletter:
Taking a Closer Look at Nutrition

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Eating Right For Life
Wednesday, January 19th
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Taking a Closer Look at Nutrition

Recent headlines reported that bacon may be dangerous to our health. First bacon is good for me, then it’s bad for me, then I can only have turkey bacon, then it’s okay to have bacon in small portions, and now I’m not supposed to eat it all. Sounds like a pattern we have all heard often over the past several years. Consumers are not sure what we should eat, how often we should eat certain foods, how to cook foods, or what foods we are supposed to completely avoid.

PYRAMIDS AND PLATES

Some of you may remember when we were kids, the food pyramid. The system explained, working from bottom to top, the food groups you needed the most servings of, and as you worked your way to the top, the tip of the pyramid identified foods you needed the least of or should avoid as much as possible. The pyramid concept was created over 20 years ago by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and stayed around until about 2005. In 2005, the USDA flipped the pyramid to lie on its side, and updated the food pyramid’s look and verbiage. It didn’t go over well. The sideways pyramid was confusing and sometimes viewed as misleading; subsequently, in 2011 the USDA created a simple plate campaign, “MyPlate,” with color coded categories for food groups.

A plate is much easier to wrap your head around than a pyramid when it comes to visualizing eating and planning your meals. Basically, half of each meal should be fruits and vegetables (half of your plate), a slightly larger portion on the other side of your plate should be grains and then fill in the rest with protein (preferably lean protein). A small cup is beside your plate to represent dairy (1 – 2 servings a day) or you can substitute water here. Balancing your meals on the plate and cup concept, well that is much easier to do.

SOME COMMON-SENSE ON CONSUMPTION

The key as most scientific studies show is to concentrate on the following:

  • Eat in moderation – all foods
  • Focus on a plant-based diet
  • Limit saturated fats (found in animal-based products, such as meat, eggs, and dairy)
  • Educate yourself (become a label reader and recipe experimenter)
  • Limit process foods (basically, if it came from the ground, that’s good, but if it came from a box or bag, it has been processed and less nutritious)
  • And move! It’s important to exercise more

LET’S NOT BRING HOME THE BACON

Back to our beloved bacon, the World Health Organization concluded that processed meats-such as hot dogs, sausages, and bacon-can yield cancer. Studies and scientists concluded that regularly eating processed meats did increase individuals’ risks of cancers, such as colorectal cancer. Many organizations weighed in on this report such as the American Cancer Society. According to NPR, Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Meats Cause Cancer, “Susan Gapstur of the American Cancer Society says the society recommends ‘consuming a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant foods and limiting consumption of processed meat and red meat.’ ”

As research continues, diet and exercise guidelines will likely change. Health, lifestyle, and environment will also influence your diet; still, focus on plant based foods, drinking water, limiting meat and dairy, and moving. Make your diet your own, and fill you plate with healthy choices visualizing food as the fuel your body needs to operate as successfully and efficiently as possible.
SOURCES:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/pyramid-full-story/#Dietary-Guidelines-in-the-21st-Century

http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/skinny-fat-good-fats-bad-fats

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/10/26/451211964/bad-day-for-bacon-processed-red-meats-cause-cancer-says-who

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EFAP News: 360 Parenting

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360 Parenting

Total Parenting Support You Can Count On Anytime, Any Day

As commitments to your children abound, finding time to pay the bills, meet work demands, practice self-care, nurture relationships and satisfy our own intellectual curiosity can be a challenge. Whether you’re a mother, father, biological parent, adoptive parent, step-parent, single parent, first-time parent, or empty-nester, LifeScope has something for everyone!

LifeScope appreciates all you have to juggle and can assist you from all angles.

  • Expecting your first child? Counseling can help new parents through the stages of preparing for baby, parental leave, and returning to work.
  • Daily living professionals have time when you don’t to research summer camps, compare car seat safety ratings, and find a plumber when your 2-year-old flushes a rubber duck down the toilet.
  • Looking for a daycare facility near work, back-up care options when your pre-schooler is sick, or an afterschool science program for your 6th grader? Caregiving specialists can help you locate providers, matched to your specific criteria.

Financial educators can assist with developing a family budget, answer questions about opening a life insurance policy or counsel on applying for financial aid.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

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October EFAP News: Brain Health

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HEADS UP
There are certain lifestyle habits — such as exercising, consuming a nutritious diet, and staying socially active — that can potentially improve your health as you age. Science suggests that adopting these behaviors can support brain health as well. It’s never too late, or too soon, to make changes to reduce your risk of cognitive decline.

LifeScope can help with:

  • Articles and tips on aging and brain health
  • Audio on the causes of memory loss
  • Resource links to the Alzheimer’s Association and Administration on Aging
  • Health and wellness resources and referrals
  • 24/7 access to confidential counseling support

FREE WEBINAR: KNOW THE 10 SIGNS

Tues, Oct 20th at 12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT

Presented by the National Alzheimer’s Association, this webinar will educate you on the 10 early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, the differences between age-related memory lapses, and the signs of dementia. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Know the 10 Signs.” If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.

PROTECT YOUR BRAIN

October Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found by logging on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your insitution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Improving Your Memory”- How does your brain handle all the data it receives? Is it possible to make your memory more reliable? Read this article for tips on how to effectively store and retrieve information.

“Keeping Your Brain Active”- Intellectual stimulation, as well as social interaction, can help keep your brain healthy and even lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Read this article to learn about factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s, and ways you can keep your mind sharp.

“What Can You Do to Protect Your Brain?”- Diet, sleep, exercise, and social engagement can help or harm your brain-depending on how much or how little you get of each. Read this article to learn what you can do, starting today, to keep your mind healthy and active.

The October Calendar, Poster/Webinar Promo, and Spanish Language Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

August EFAP News: Caught in the middle?

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THE NEW SANDWICH GENERATION

AUGUST 2015

According to a Pew Research Center study, 1 out of every 8 Americans, age 40-60, is raising a child and caring for a parent. Sandwiched between two generations, these family jugglers are at greater risk for stress, depression and other health problems.

Discovering ways to balance multiple family care responsibilities can help ease the burden emotionally, physically, and financially.

LifeScope can help with:

  • Referrals for child care, special needs, educational programs, etc.
  • Information and referrals for respite care
  • Articles on boomerang kids and parent/child communication
  • Stress management tools
  • Financial consultation around family budgeting, retirement planning, college funding, financial aid, Medicare, etc.

24/7 access to confidential counseling support

FREE WEBINAR: STRATEGIES FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL CAREGIVING

Tues, Aug 18th at 12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT

Join this free webinar to learn coping mechanisms that can help restore work-life balance and support resilience as you juggle personal, professional and family responsibilities. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Strategies for Multigenerational Caregiving” to sign up. If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.

EASE THE SQUEEZE

August Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found by logging on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Affirmations for Parents”- When caregiving demands pull us in multiple directions, it’s important not to lose sight of how we wish to behave, or the relationships we wish to cultivate with our children. Affirmations can help us stay in touch with our parenting values and feelings. This article offers suggestions for affirmations and guidelines for how to use them effectively.

“Respite Care Fact Sheet”- Respite care encompasses a wide variety of services including home-based care as well as adult day care and institutional care. All afford caregivers respite or time off to take care of their other responsibilities. Read this article to learn more about different types of respite care and how to assess programs/providers for quality.

“Sandwich Generation: Caregivers in the Middle”- While the sandwich generation typically refers to those caring for aging parents and children at home, many are finding themselves providing support to their adult children and grandchildren as well. This article offers tips for how to set boundaries, communicate needs, practice self-care and tap into available resources to help ease the squeeze.

The August Calendar, Poster/Webinar Promo, and Spanish Language Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

EFAP News: Back-to-School Resources

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Back to School is Coming-

Your Assignment: Be Prepared!

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, LifeScope specialists can provide you with knowledge, assistance, and resources to address your unique educational and caregiving needs.

Call or live chat to request referrals for:

  • Before and After School Care
  • Tutors and Academic Services
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Boarding Schools
  • Special Needs Programs
  • Other Childcare Information

LifeScope is a free, confidential life service available to all faculty and staff, as well as household and family members. Our professional counselors are standing by 24 hours a day to confidentially assist with any issue that matters to you and your family.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

July EFAP News: Unplug to Recharge

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HOW TO DISCONNECT?
Technology has provided new ways to stay connected to friends, family, and the workplace. But some studies have shown that all this connectivity may lead to more stress and sleep disturbance and make it harder to connect with people outside of the virtual world. By giving ourselves a rest from technology, especially after work hours, we can better recharge our mental batteries.

LifeScope can help with:

  • Articles and tip sheets on  managing technology usage, connecting with friends and family, and mindfulness
  • Audio on daily relaxation tools
  • Video on meditation
  • Information on community recreation and volunteering
  • 24/7 access to confidential counseling to support efforts to improve ‘technology-life’ balance

FREE WEBINAR: INFORMATION OVERLOAD
This free webinar will review practical tips for managing your devices and applications to help eliminate distraction and create more focus in your personal and professional life. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars‘ then “Information Overload” to sign up. If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.

BALANCING SCREEN & FACE TIME
July Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found by logging on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Is Your Teenager Bored? How About Volunteering?” – If you find that your adolescent has a considerable amount of downtime, or becomes easily bored when not doing something that involves electronics, volunteering may be a way for your child to explore a new interest, plan for the future, or pursue a hobby or skill. This article lists types of volunteer opportunities and community organizations you might consider as a starting point.

“More Face Time, Less Screen Time”- As certain technologies begin to feel more like a necessity and less like a luxury, some people are finding that they tend to spend less time relating to other people face-to-face. This article provides suggestions for how to re-establish these connections and the benefits of doing so.

“Nomophobia”- Do you experience anxiety or panic over losing your phone, cell reception or battery life? Do you obsessively check for missed calls, e-mails, and texts? Do you miss out on opportunities for face-to-face interactions? If so, you may have cell phone addiction or nomophobia – an abbreviation of “no-mobile-phone-phobia.” Read this article to learn more.

The July Calendar, Poster/Webinar Promo, and Spanish Language Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

June EFAP News: Improving Workplace Communication

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WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION

JUNE 2015

WHAT CAN I SAY?

With its multi-cultural, multi-generational workforce and increasing reliance on virtual teams, the modern workplace requires effective communication and collaboration more than ever. Effective workplace collaboration is based on interpersonal, professional relationships that are developed through attention to common courtesy, active listening, and situation appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication.

Let LifeScope help by providing you with the tools and resources you need to be a good communicator and collaborator:

  • Articles and tip sheets on communication styles, business etiquette, and team building
  • Audio on listening skills
  • Online training for telephone skills and customer service

24/7 access to confidential counseling and coaching support for workplace issues

FREE WEBINAR: COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR COLLABORATION
Join this webinar to learn about different communication styles, reasons communication sometimes fails, and strategies to create a respectful and cohesive workplace. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars‘ then “Communication Skills for Collaboration” to sign up. If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.

COMMUNICATING FOR BETTER RESULTS

June Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found by logging on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Effective Communication: Basic Skills”- For communication to be effective, it is not enough to merely deliver a message. The message must be received/personalized/understood for the communication to be successful. This article explains the steps involved in the send-receive model of communication, with an emphasis on the importance of active listening.

“Bridging Generation Gaps”- With four generations working alongside one another in the workplace, it is not uncommon to experience generational clashes of attitudes, ethics, values and behaviors. This article offers suggestions for how to work effectively in today’s workplace by respecting differences, looking for commonalities, and leveraging the strengths and ideals of each generation.

The June Calendar, Poster/Webinar Promo, and Spanish Language Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest