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It’s time To Get Out!

With the Green Mountains only minutes away, why not head to the hills for your winter fresh air and exercise?

*Rikert Nordic Center, Middlebury College’s cross country ski center, is located in Ripton on the Bread Loaf Campus right on Rt. 125.

*We have Faculty/Staff pricing for season passes and day trail passes. 

*Our Rental Shop can outfit the family from toddlers through Seniors, with boots, skis and poles. We also have snowshoes and Fatbikes to rent. You can enjoy our 55K of trails however you’d like to!

*Our certified instructors are ready to provide lessons – private, semi-private (2) or group (3+). Just call ahead.

With state of the art snowmaking on the 5K Tormondsen Trail, look for us to be opening in the next few weeks.

Visit our website at  http://www.rikertnordic.com/

for more information or call 443-2744.

Come enjoy our woods – Robert Frost did!

 

November EFAP News: Managing Holiday Stress

Take the Stress out of the Season

The holidays mean different things to different people. But one common theme is that they can leave us feeling physically, emotionally, and financially drained. Below are some tips for navigating the season and getting ready to start the New Year off on the right track:

Create your holiday spending strategy. Will you buy small gifts for several people or more expensive items for just a few? Forgo gifts altogether? Or do a one-name-one-gift holiday grab bag? Build your plan and budget early. Then, stick to your plan as much as possible.

Set realistic expectations and priorities. Old memories and feelings often surface around the holidays, and it can be easy to feel disappointed. Remember, it’s OK to adapt traditions to better suit new circumstances, to not attend certain holiday parties, to say no to requests to visit…etc. Consider what feels manageable and what you’d like to do, and try to let go of any preconceived ideas of what the holidays “should” be.

Take a time out. As little as 10-15 minutes may refresh you enough to handle what you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing, and restoring inner calm.

Plan a “stay-cation.” It’s a great opportunity to do those local things you never seem to have time for, work on projects around the house, or to just relax, sleep in, and enjoy the free time.

Attend the webinar. This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, “Holiday Budgeting.” Not everything about the holidays goes as planned, but if we learn to stick to a budget, we can eliminate the stress of post-holiday financial surprises. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend at any of the times, log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation.

 

YOU’VE GOT THE POWER TO STAY ON TRACK

Free Monthly Webinar:

Holiday Budgeting

Thursday, November 16, 2017

12-1 P.M. and  3-4 P.M. EST

 

9 -10 A.M. and 12-1 P.M. PST

We may have our budget under control during the year, but at the holidays it can be easy to over-spend. This session will examine practical strategies for sticking to a holiday budget that’s affordable for your family, helping avoid anxiety about opening your January credit card statement.

REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited.

  • Click on the time you would like to attend from the selections listed above.
  • Or click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS” from the homepage of the website and follow the easy instructions.

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? 

We have them archived for your convenience. Log onto the website and click on E4 University at the bottom of the home page, then click on Webinars to search by webinar title.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

 

E4 Health October Service Flyer- Breast Cancer Awareness

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women – one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • One woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes – it’s the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.
  • While these statistics are frightening, it’s important to keep in mind that over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today – and one of the goals of Breast Cancer Awareness month is to see this number rise.

Knowledge is power, and there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones. Early detection is the best protection. Millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to regular screenings and improvements in the quality and number of treatment options.

Whether you or a loved one has been impacted personally or you’re seeking information. E4 Health can help. Call or log on to access a wide array of supportive services including:

  • Referrals to local doctors and specialists, community resources, and support groups
  • 24/7 telephonic access to counselors and face-to-face counseling referrals
  • Support coping with both the emotional and physical side effects of treatment
  • Guidance for best supporting loved ones with cancer
  • Strategies to facilitate communication and joint decision making among couples and families
  • Free consultations pertaining to legal and financial issues
  • Identification of charitable organizations and financial assistance programs
  • Research on government, community-based, and private resources
  • Hundreds of articles, tip sheets, and online resources

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

October EFAP News: Avoiding overindulgence

 

Feel Your Best this Season

As the weather gets colder and days grow shorter, it can be even more tempting to turn to food for entertainment or comfort. Once the holiday season begins, there are many opportunities for overindulging. The following tips can help you to navigate potential pitfalls and feel your best: 

Distinguish physical hunger from emotional hunger. Is your stomach growling? Or do you want to eat because you’re surrounded by food? Or are you anxious, lonely, bored, or upset? Tune in and notice what’s going on. Then decide whether you need to eat or if there’s something other than food that would be more helpful. 

Plan ahead. If you know there won’t be anything you’ll feel good about eating at that holiday party, have a substantial snack before you go or bring something that you would feel comfortable eating. 

Practice good self-care. It’s easy to get off schedule with sleeping, exercising, and taking time for ourselves during the holidays. But all of these things will help us to feel more grounded and make healthier choices. 

Never leave home without a healthy snack. Snacks like nuts, seeds, dried fruit, kale chips, and roasted edamame travel well. Keeping some in your car, bag, and desk drawer will make it much easier to opt for a healthy choice. 

Hydrate.Thirst can actually mask itself as hunger. During the colder months, we often forget to drink as much. Add some fruit to your water if you want to “perk it up.” Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, and try to avoid sugary beverages as well as too many alcoholic or caffeinated drinks. 

Attend the webinar. This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, “Eating Through Celebration.” Before temptation gets to you, let this training  help empower you to keep your food choices from sabotaging your health goals. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend at any of the times, log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation. 

Free Monthly Webinar:

Eating Through Celebration

Wednesday, October 18th

12-1 P.M.and  3-4 P.M.EST

 

9 -10 A.M. and 12-1 P.M.PST

The holidays are a time when many people find themselves eating to excess. Learn ways to avoid overeating at celebrations and explore substitutions for different foods and drinks to help keep your health goals intact during this busy season.

REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited.

  • Click on the time you would like to attend from the selections listed above.
  • Or click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS” from the homepage of the website and follow the easy instructions.

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? 

We have them archived for your convenience. Log onto the website and click on E4 University at the bottom of the home page, then click on Webinars to search by webinar title.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Fall Jazzercise will help you to strengthen and tone (and it’s fun!)

Middlebury’s Jazzercise program continues this fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30pm, in the 3rd floor studio of the Athletics building. This high-intensity dance workout mixes modern moves with strength training, to help you burn calories and tone muscles. Sponsored by Middlebury’s Wellness Committee, this class helps you get fit and have fun while doing it.

Think you know Jazzercise? Think again. Jazzercise has been around for a long time, yes, but this isn’t your mama’s Jazzercise. Each class brings pulse-pounding music and fresh moves that will help you tone target zones, increase your energy, and leave with a mood boost. You can burn up to 800 calories in a 60-minute class. Want to see what Jazzercise is like? https://youtu.be/O3udbWWaR7Q

About the instructor

Amy Collier is the Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury and a certified Jazzercise instructor. For more than five years, Amy has taught fun and effective Jazzercise classes for people of all ages and fitness levels. Jazzercise instructors are expertly trained to mix in new moves with hit music so classes are always different, keeping your workouts fresh and challenging. 

What will you need to join?

Each class costs $5. Participants will pay Amy directly at the time of the class.  

Funding from The Wellness Committee makes it possible to offer these classes at a reduced rate.  

This class is for faculty and staff at Middlebury

You will wear comfortable workout wear and sneakers/tennis shoes. Please bring a mat and weights to class (3-lb., 5-lb., & 8lb. are most commonly used). If you don’t have weights, come anyway, and use your body weight as resistance. Also, bring water and a towel because you will sweat!

Join the mailing list for updates and class teasers! Sign up here

Age Group Swimming at Middlebury College

The Middlebury Aquatic Club will host an Information night on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:00pm at the Middlebury College Natatorium for swimmers ages 5-18.

Try-outs for new swimmers will be on Thursday, October 5 at 6:00pm at the Middlebury College Natatorium (this is a low-key assessment, to see if children feel ready to join the team).  For further information regarding the swim program and for on-line registration, please visit: https://middleburyaquaticclub.wordpress.com/ . You may also email MiddleburyAquaticCub@gmail.com

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