Wellness

Wellness

ACERA Wellness Wall of Fame

ACERA Retirees: attend a 2019 ACERA retiree wellness event and get a Wellness Passport. Get at least 3 stamps in your passport by attending at least 3 events, and achieve recognition on the Wellness Wall of Fame right here!

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Spring Wellness Walk Photos

Photos from our 2019 Spring Retiree Wellness Walk on April 26.

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ACERA 2019 Retiree Wellness Events
5 Events to Help You Be Well

Wellness Walks, Open Houses, and More.

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Maintain Don’t Gain: Wrap Up, Plus What’s Next?

We’ve reached the end of Maintain Don’t Gain. We hope you found that whether or not you achieved your goals, the program helped you try out new techniques to add to your health and wellness repertoire.

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Maintain Don’t Gain: Developing a Sense of Purpose in the New Year
Week 7: Home Stretch

You’re in the home stretch! You just need to find a path through leftover holiday sweets and new year’s revelries.

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Maintain Don’t Gain: Winter Has Come
Week 6

For those who celebrate it, Christmas is upon us! Whether you celebrate it or not, holiday foods and sweets surround us, and it’s hard not to overindulge. Our goal is to help you maintain your current weight over the holidays.

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Maintain Don’t Gain: We’re Almost Through It
Week 5

We’re over the halfway point! The holiday season is upon us, and we’re excited to continue to help you maintain your current weight over the holidays, without having to totally give up all the things that make the holidays special to you.

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Maintain Don’t Gain: Now is a Great Time to Start or Refresh Your Program
Week 4

We’re excited to continue to help you maintain your current weight over the holidays, without having to totally give up all the things that make the holidays special to you.

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Maintain Don’t Gain: Have a Plan Yet?
Week 3

Last week, we showed you how the average American adult gains 1 to 5 pounds during the holidays that they never lose, and that half of adult weight gain can be attributed to the holidays.

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Maintain Don’t Gain: Your Holiday Action Plan
Week 2: Your Tools to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

As we told you last week, most Americans gain an average of about 1 pound during the holidays. While this may not seem like a lot, they usually don’t ever lose it.

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Maintain Don’t Gain: Here’s to Healthier Holidays
Week 1: This holiday season, take charge of your weight

Most Americans gain an average of about 1 pound during the holidays. While this may not seem like a lot, they usually don’t lose it. The average American adult gains 2 pounds per year, so half of adult weight gain can be attributed to the holidays!

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Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life With Neurogenesis
Bonus Materials From ACERA's Health Fair

Here are some bonus material from the two really excellent seminar presenters we had at ACERA’s Annual Health and Wellness Fair 2018.

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Finding Balance: Rate your progress
Week 8: Looking ahead to a less stressed life

Over the past 8 weeks, you’ve seen how being aware of your response to stress can help you manage it.

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Finding Balance: Exercise and stress
Week 7: Move more to stress less

Even in small doses, physical activity is a natural stress reliever – 62% of adults who use exercise to manage stress say it’s extremely effective.

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Finding Balance: Nutrition and stress
Week 6: The food-mood connection

When it comes to stress, what you eat – or don’t eat – matters.

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Finding Balance: Money and stress
Week 5: Examining your expenses

If you have financial concerns, you have plenty of company – money is one of the leading sources of stress in America.*

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Finding Balance: Relaxation and stress
Week 4: Make time to unwind

When you’re stressed, the last thing you want to hear is that you should try to relax. But it’s actually very good advice.

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Finding Balance: Making an action plan
Week 3: How you respond to stress is up to you​

Last week, we started looking at specific stressful events and examining how you react to them. This week, you’ll take a closer look at how you cope to see if there’s anything you’d like to do differently.

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Finding Balance: Your Stress Journal
Week 2: Write it down to let it out

Last week, we asked you to rate your overall stress level and think about where your stress comes from.

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Finding Balance: Getting Started
Week 1: How stress affects you and why it matters

It’s hard to be your best self if you’re feeling tired, anxious, tense, or distracted. But those are some of the physical and mental symptoms of stress — and they all take a toll on your total health.

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Join ACERA’s 8-Week Finding Balance Stress Management Program

Finding Balance is an 8-week stress management program designed to help participants recognize how stress affects their lives and explore positive ways to deal with it.

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3 Ideas to Stay Active This Summer

We have 3 ideas to help you stretch your legs, gather together with others, and have a fun summer.

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6 Thought Exercises to Gain More Peace, Health, and Awareness

Cultivating moments of positive awareness has been found to be a simple and quick practice with an abundance of health benefits. Researchers at the University of San Francisco have identified a set of skills

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Let’s Work in More Workouts

Do you know what exercise is good for? Everything. It’s good for your circulatory system, your sleep, and even your brain. No matter who you are, moving around is good for you. Here are some tips for a healthier, happier way of life.

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Make a Mind-Body Connection

How you feel in your head affects how you feel in your body. When life gets overwhelming, it’s important to focus on your emotional wellness. Discover simple ways to tame tension, beat stress, and feel happy.

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Sugar’s Effect on Your Sleep, and How to Quit

Consuming excess sugar leads to more awakenings when you’re trying to sleep through the night, according to a 2016 sleep study conducted by Columbia University, where 26 adults were studied in a sleep lab.

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How to Deal With Sugar Cravings

Consuming excesses sugar can affect your sleep and lead you into a vicious cycle of low energy and high sugar consumption. But you can reset your body to consume less—or no—added sugar, and you will feel incredible.

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9 Lessons From 100-Year-Olds in “The Blue Zones”

Many groups of centenarians (people 100+ year old) are living around the world today. Author Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and sought out these groups and places,

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Here’s To A More Rested You!
Rest and Revive Self-Guided Sleep Program - Week 7

Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of our Rest and Revive program. Over the last few weeks, you’ve learned about fighting common sleep thieves, making changes to your bedroom,

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What To Do If You Still Can’t Sleep
Rest and Revive Self-Guided Sleep Program - Week 6

If you’re not sleeping better after just a few weeks, don’t worry. Making lasting behavior changes takes time—and you can’t fix everything all at once.

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De-stress With a Sleep Friendly Bedroom
Rest and Revive Self-Guided Sleep Program - Week 5

It’s hard to leave the day’s stresses and worries at the door when you bring work to bed with you each night. From keeping your laptop out of arm’s reach to finding the right temperature for you

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Protect Yourself From Common Sleep Thieves
Rest and Revive Self-Guided Sleep Program - Week 4

Last week you were asked to look at your sleep and daytime activity logs and set one goal for improving your sleep. You may already be noticing a difference.

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Analyzing Your Sleep Logs
Rest and Revive Self-Guided Sleep Program - Week 3

Now that you’ve filled out your logs for two weeks, it’s time to look at what they’re telling you.

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Learn How Much Sleep You Need, and Pay Off Your Sleep Debt
Rest and Revive Self-Guided Sleep Program - Week 2

After a week of keeping your logs, you may be wondering how much sleep you actually need.

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Simple solutions for a good night’s sleep: Where you are, and where you want to be?
Rest and Revive Self-Guided Sleep Program - Week 1

Going to sleep is part of your daily routine—after all, you do it every night. But are you getting the right kind of shut-eye?

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Love Your Heart Every Day

Be good to your heart, and your heart will be good to you. What goes around, comes around; that’s pretty much how the cardiovascular system works!

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Amplify Your Energy Today
Start Off the New Year With an Energy Boost

Working out works wonders. It builds muscle and self-confidence. It boosts the metabolism and the immune system. Most importantly, it benefits the body and the mind.

Strength Training For Everyone
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Strength Training For Everyone

Do healthy, ripped bodies only belong to the young? Not if you’re Ernestine Shepherd. At 77, she’s the world’s oldest female bodybuilder and in a short, 8-minute documentary from Prevention Magazine, you can follow a day in her life.

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Celebrate Summer
(And Get Help Taking Off a Few Pounds)

This month, skip the gym and get active outdoors instead.

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Get Help With Your Technology

How do I get this contraption to do what I need? If you’re asking this question about your computer or smart phone, help is available.

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Walking and Strength Training Make Your Brain Stronger

Can’t find your cell phone?—it’s probably right where you left it. But if you often have trouble remembering where that is, trying going for a jog or a challenging walk first.

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Benefits of the Dinner Table Ritual
Published in the New York Times

The family dinner has long been an example of family togetherness. Recently, scientists have been coming up with compelling reasons

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Cook at Home and Live Longer, Better

If you are leading a busy lifestyle and you are dining out frequently, making a point to eat at home more often can increase your lifespan, health, and happiness. Here are just a few ways:

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Contact Lens Malfunction? Vision Problem Masks Stroke

Contact lenses don’t usually go haywire overnight – but a body can. Exactly that happened not too long ago to a patient of Serge Wright, O.D.

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Be Stroke Savvy
Forget "Time is Money"—During a Stroke, "Time is Brain"

A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery, or a blood vessel breaks in the area of the brain, causing damage to brain cells. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the brain starts to die.

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Laughter Can Boost Your Heart

A Frenchman walks into a bar with a duck on his head.  The bartender says, “Where’d you get that?” and the duck says, “In France. They’ve got millions of ‘em.”

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Liquid Energy: Instantly Boost Your Health

Hydration is valuable. Good hydration is central to your most basic physiological functions, including regulating blood pressure, body temperature, and digestion.

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Can You Prevent Cancer?

Cancer is not totally outside your control. Although genetic factors may cause cancer, inherited genes are responsible for a fraction of cancers.

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