eNotes@CSI - Employee Newsletter: Week of February 17, 2015

Week of February 17, 2015

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Table of Contents

News and Information
Milder Weather Brings Motorcycles Back on the Road
Student Health 101 Cash Prize
CSI Foundation Pledge Cards

Events and Action Items
Campus Reads
Harlem Globetrotter Tickets
Presale for Luke Bryan and Imagine Dragons
CSI Supervisors: Attend Supervisor Training
Spring 2015 Brown Bag Topics
Join St. Luke’s for Jerome’s Annual Health Fair
CSI Employee Financial Planning Classes

Employee Wellness & Preparedness
Evening Childcare for the Rec. Gym
More Blood Pressure Checks this Week in Evergreen
Still Time to Join Spring Wellbeing Activity Challenge
EAP Webinar: Living within a Realistic Budget is TODAY
FREE Health Care Planning Tools at State of Idaho Website
Your VSP Vision Provider Newsletter is Here
10 Things You Should Know About Writing a Will
15 Tips for Being Happy at Work
Fast Facts about Physical Activity

Milder Weather Brings Motorcycles Back on the Road

BOISE  – With the arrival of sunnier, warmer days, motorcycles will be back on the roads in higher numbers. Idaho STAR, the state’s motorcycle safety program, would like to encourage drivers and riders to be alert, sober and courteous, and to share the road so we can all get where we are headed safely.

Motorcycle riders are also reminded to be prepared for the unexpected, make themselves visible to other motorists while on the road, and wear protective gear to help minimize injury. Crash reports show that 67 percent of motorcycle fatal crashes in Idaho are associated with rider error.

To reduce the risk of crashes, motorcycle riders are encouraged to participate in motorcycle rider training. Idaho STAR offers eight different courses for riders of all levels of experience and ability, from people just thinking about buying a motorcycle, all the way up to veteran riders. There are 15 training locations across Idaho. To find one near you, visit idahostar.org.

Note to Editors: Due to the increase of recent motorcycle crashes, we want to remind media representatives that we have STAR instructors available as a local source of motorcycle safety tips for your motorcycle-related stories. Please contact us at maria@idahostar.org or 208-639-4544 to find an Idaho STAR instructor available in your area.

Maria Ortega
Communications Manager
Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program
208.639.4544 | maria@idahostar.org

Student Health 101 Cash Prize

Student Health 101 Video Contest

 

We're pleased to announce the 2015 Student Health 101 #ShareTheHealth video contest - with cash prizes - and we're hoping that you can share it with anyone on your campus that might be interested, such as Peer Educators, interested student groups, or anyone with a creative spirit!

Students will be asked to create their own videos about a health topic of their choice...
any topic is fine, but the video should somehow deliver a health-related message, or encourage students to think more critically about their health and wellness decisions, including (but not limited to) stress, sexual responsibility, technology use, staying
active and more.

Videos should be short, no more than three minutes in length. The videos can take
any form, including skits, songs, animation, or any combination thereof...but please
avoid using commercial music. The entry deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015 at
5pm Eastern time.

Winners, selected by popular vote in March 2015, will receive cash prizes based on student voting - $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $100 for third place.

For full information, ideas, rules, and last year's winners - please visit:
http://readsh101.com/vc/csi.html

Dan Wolman
Publisher, Student Health 101
866.636.8336 x1105
dwolman@studenthealth101.com

CSI Foundation Pledge Cards

Greetings CSI Family,

The CSI Foundation needs your help. We are starting our yearly internal campaign for CSI employees where we ask everyone to participate by making a donation either through a monthly payroll deduction or a one-time contribution. To start a new payroll deduction you can download the pledge form below, fill in the blanks from your computer and email it to Tamara Harmon at tharmon@csi.edu. Your monthly contribution of ANY size makes a big difference for CSI students. PLUS! You can get tax benefits from donating. No hassle, no fuss, just a deduction from your paycheck that you don’t even have to think about. Or, if you prefer you can make a one-time contribution and still get tax benefits for 2015 by printing the form, filling it out and sending it with a payment to me in the Taylor Building.

It’s never been easier to give back and make a profound difference right here on campus with the students you come into contact with every day.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Pledge Form: http://csi.edu/events/2015PayrollDeductionPledgeCard.docx

Tamara Harmon
The College of Southern Idaho Foundation, Inc.
Administrative Assistant
tharmon@csi.edu | 208-732-6249

Campus Reads


Did you know that we have a “Campus Reads” Book group here on campus? This group will meet at the following location at the listed dates and times:

Location: Hepworth 150
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Dates: Every 4th Thursday of each month

This is a campus-wide group so anyone and everyone is invited! Just show up.

The book for this semster is "All the Light We Cannot See".

LueLinda Egbert
Professor, Education
legbert@csi.eu | 208-732-6890



Harlem Globetrotter Tickets

 

 


The Harlem Globetrotters are offering discounted tickets for all CSI employees. Fill out the order form located at the link below to get yours now! If you have any questions you must contact Carl with the Harlem Globetrotters (info located on link). This offer is not available through the Athletic Office.

Order Form: http://www.csi.edu/events/2015HarlemGlobetrotterOrderForm.pdf

Ginger Nukaya
Administrative Assistant, Athletics
gnukaya@csi.edu | 208-732-6486

Presale for Luke Bryan and Imagine Dragons

Here is the highly anticipated presale link for two of our biggest shows this summer! Luke Bryan will be here May 14, and Imagine Dragons rolls into town August 1. Tickets will go fast for both shows, so be sure to take advantage of the presales.

http://tacobellarena.com/2014/eap-current-rewards/

CSI Supervisors: Attend Supervisor Training in Twin

CareerTrack is coming to Twin Falls on Friday, March 27, and bringing its training seminar on THE ULTIMATE SUPERVISOR.  This is a rare opportunity to receive supervisory training with your peers right here in town.  Seven of our own have already said they’re on board.

The cost is minimal – a day of your time and $139 per person, tax free, if we can get 5 or more to attend.  It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and takes place at the Shilo Inn Suites at 1586 blue Lakes Blvd N.  Yes, this is the Friday of Spring Break. 

This training includes:

·         The role of the supervisor (AKA the office hero!)
·         Getting it all done with the power of superior organization
·         Building an A+ team
·         The challenges of change
·         Intro your future… no psychic powers necessary

Find a complete description online>>

The HR office is offering to coordinate attendance and registration and help you get there financially if you need.  Please reply to jheatwole@csi.edu with your interest and questions.  Talk to other supervisors in your work area and let’s get there as a team!

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 732-6269

Spring 2015 Brown Bag Topics

Brown Bag sessions. Please feel free to join us at any of the sessions.

Would you like to receive text message reminders of Brown Bag events? Click on this link and follow the directions: https://www.remind.com/join/8d63b7

Date
(noon)

Wednesday Group

Thursday
Group **

Location

1/21

Open Forum - Bring your lunch

Canyon 123

Hep 176

1/28

Open Forum - Student Evaluations -what are they and what are they for?

Canyon 123

Hep 176

2/4

How to use “group work” in our classes on line and on campus.

Open Forum in Desert Cafe

Desert Cafe

2/11

What qualities make a “great teacher?”

Open Forum in Desert Cafe

Desert Cafe

2/18

How you'll use the quote:
"Instead of preparing for class thinking about what I'm going to do, I instead think about what the students will be doing."
-Jim Irons

Open Forum in Desert Cafe

Desert Cafe

2/25

Gender Equality with Carol Vanhoozer

Open Forum in Desert Café

Desert Cafe

3/4

Is passion the problem or the solution?

Open Forum in Desert Cafe

Desert Cafe

3/11

How do you bring Joy to work?

Open Forum in Desert Cafe

Desert Cafe

3/18

Using badges and gamifications

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176

4/1

Engaging students in education.

Open Forum in Desert Cafe

Desert Cafe

4/8

The activist learner.

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176

4/15

What is leadership?

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176

4/22

How to Help Students Know What They Know.

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176

4/29

Civility

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176

5/6

Celebration—Resiliency and a Growth Mindset

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176

**Thursday group can be an extension of Wednesday’s group, or we can share new topics, and we will use the time in the computer lab to share technology ideas.

***Friday “Breakfast Club” will follow the Wednesday noon topics unless the group decides otherwise.

Evin Fox, Ph.D.
Professor, CSI
efox@csi.edu | 208-732-6872

Join St. Luke’s for Jerome’s Annual Health Fair

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Jerome Recreation District
2032 S. Lincoln Avenue
7 a.m.-noon

Tests Available:
Coronary Risk Profile*.$15
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel*.$15
Complete Blood Count.$10
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.$15
Hemoglobin A1C.$10
*12-14 hours fasting is required for these tests.

Free nitrate testing on private wells. Bring in 1 cup of outside faucet water in a clean jar or zip-lock bag.

Free fitness classes and healthy snack idea seminars!

For information, please call (208) 814-9637.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

CSI Employee Financial Planning Classes

The Wellness Program and Community Education Department have partnered to provide CSI employees with a number of low-cost financial planning and fiscal health education opportunities:



401Ks: Roll It, Take It, Leave It, Move It - Know Your Employer Retirement Plan
Course Code - XCSI 001 C03
Thursday - February 26th
7 to 8:30pm
Discounted Price for CSI Employees - $7.50 (includes workbook)

Mastering Money: Managing and Investing for Gen X and Millennials
Course Code - XCSI 001 C04
Tuesdays - March 3rd & 10th
7 to 8:30pm
Discounted Price for CSI Employees - $10

Women Investors: A Woman's Retirement Outlook
Course Code - XCSI 001 C05
Wednesday - March 18th
7 to 8:30pm
Discounted Price for CSI Employees - $7.50 (includes workbook)

Social Security: Your Questions Answered
Course Code - XCSI 001 C06
Wednesday - April 8th
7 to 8:30pm
Discounted Price for CSI Employees - $12.50 (includes workbook)

Course descriptions can be found at http://communityed.csi.edu or by requesting a copy of the 2015 Spring Community education catalog.

For more information about these classes or assistance registering, please contact Diane at (208)732-6442 or dgause@csi.edu.  Space is limited - register now!

Ashley Schultz
Course Developer

College of Southern Idaho
208.732.6441

Evening Childcare for the Rec. Gym

Dear parents,

Thanks to a great suggestion from activity team captain Heidi Campbell and the enthusiastic cooperation of John Hughes and Child Development Lab Coordinator Jennifer Patterson we have secured evening childcare so parents of young children can come to campus and work out during the evening while our challenge is taking place!  Yeah!

So, here’s the plan:

For parents of 2 and a half through 5 year olds, on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next Thursday the 19th, from 5:30 – 8 p.m., the Child Development Lab will happily care for your children until the start of Spring Break for FREE while you work out! Be prepared to deliver them after you’ve fed them for the evening as only a light snack will be served.  

Evening hours are new to the Child Dev lab and slots are available until they become filled by our students, so this may be a short-term offer but a great one for now.

Please call Jennifer Patterson at x6645 to express interest and register your child. 

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

More Blood Pressure Checks this Week in Evergreen

We thank the Practical Nursing and Medical Assisting instructors and students for the gift of this free service!

Tuesday February 17th 11:00-11:45 
Evergreen building (atrium area). 

Wednesday February 18th 12:30-13:30
Evergreen building (atrium area). 

Friday February 20th 12:30-13:30
Evergreen building (atrium area). 

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

Still Time to Join Spring Wellbeing Activity Challenge

Captains have now formed 23 teams of participants for our Spring Activity Challenge and are still adding members daily.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to add movement to your days, set nutritional goals and have fun with your coworkers and family members because there’s still time to join in. 

Find details about our simple and easy 6-week challenge online.  Team captains and team members are listed on this same site.   

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

EAP Webinar: Living within a Realistic Budget is TODAY

TODAY, February 17 at noon in TAB 158

Living within a budget can seem restrictive—similar to being on a diet. Learn about common money mistakes as well as practical and realistic tips for living within a budget.

Bring your lunch and a friend and we’ll see you there.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

FREE Health Care Planning Tools at State of Idaho Website

It’s not often you find really helpful tools provided online by your state that make future planning easy and accessible.  This is one of those times. The Idaho Secretary of State offers a registry online where you can complete forms about your health care wishes in the form of a living will and durable healthcare power of attorney should something happen that you cannot communicate your wishes yourself.  Having these wishes in writing helps your physician and family to understand and better follow your needs.  You don’t have to have one, but putting things in writing can help. Then you can carry the handy Health Care Directive wallet card with you to help others access this information if it’s needed. There are no charges for this service.

Find the Idaho Health Care Directive Registry online>>

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

Your VSP Vision Provider Newsletter is Here

http://www.vspenvisionnewsletter.com/

I love this wacky newsletter because it has fun stuff, coupons and articles not remotely related to your eyes.  This month find 10 celebrity looks, cholesterol matches for heart health, REM sleep and what your eyes are doing, savings on hearing aids for you and your family and more. 

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

10 Things You Should Know About Writing a Will


 

 




AARP

“Writing a will isn't the most pleasant of tasks. After all, by doing so you're not only acknowledging your own inevitable demise but actively planning for it. That might explain why so many adults avoid this cornerstone of estate planning. According to an AARP survey, 2 out of 5 Americans over the age of 45 don't have a will.”

“But creating a will is one of the most critical things you can do for your loved ones. Putting your wishes on paper helps your heirs avoid unnecessary hassles, and you gain the peace of mind knowing that a life's worth of possessions will end up in the right hands.”
In this article you will find:

  1. What is a will?
  2. What happens if I die without a will?
  3. Do I need an attorney to prepare my will? (No.)
  4. Should my spouse and I have a joint will or separate wills?
  5. Who should act as a witness to a will?
  6. Who should I name as my executor?
  7. How do I leave specific items to specific heirs?
  8. Where should I keep my will?
  9. How often does a will need to be updated?
  10. Who has the right to contest my will?

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

15 Tips for Being Happy at Work

  1. Have a sense of meaning
  2. Create and office nest
  3. Find a work best friend
  4. Smile!
  5. Leave personal problems at home
  6. Be future oriented
  7. Say “Thank you”
  8. Take a breather
  9. Eat healthy and stay hydrated
  10. Get organized
  11. Don’t multitask
  12. Accept people for who they are
  13. Move around
  14. Reward yourself
  15. Reflect on your day

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

Fast Facts about Physical Activity

What happens when you take just one step?  Benefits to your body begin the very second you take your first step.  Over 200 muscles contract to keep you balanced including all your large leg muscles and your abdominals.  Sitting take almost no muscles.  Taking that first step tells your body to fire up the engines and burns fuel in the form of calories.  When you are inactive your body does just the opposite.  Keep taking steps and you begin to feel better as your heart and lungs flush away carbon dioxide and increase your oxygen intake.  Your bones get stronger as they provide support for your body as it moves forward, your muscles flex and contract to keep you from falling over.  All this from taking just one step.

There are 168 hours in a week – you only need to be active for 2.5 of those to get health benefits.
  Most health benefits occur with at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking. Of course additional benefits occur with more physical activity.  Start with 20 minutes a day – 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night.  Park your car at least a 10 minute walk from your desk – there’s your 20 minutes!  (President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition).

Muscles burn fat – it’s as simple as that.
  Physical activity for adults should involve both cardiovascular activities such as walking and biking to strengthen your heart and lungs, and also muscle strengthening, such as adding resistance workouts like weight lifting.  Research shows that adults who do muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate or high intensity and involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, enjoy additional health benefits such as increased fat burning.  Muscles take lots of energy to flex and contract and that energy includes burning calories.  Grab some hand weights for your next walk, buy some resistance bands, or go climb a tree.  Use your own body as resistance (President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition).

Studies definitively show even a little bit of physical activity can save your life.
  A new study has found that even light or moderate intensity physical activity, such as walking or cycling, can substantially reduce the risk of early death.  The study combined the results from the largest studies around the world on the health impact of light and moderate intensity physical activity. It showed that the largest health benefits from light or moderate activity (such as walking and cycling) were in people who do hardly any physical activity at all.  Although more activity is better — the benefits of even a small amount of physical activity are very large in the least physically active.  The good news from this study is that you don’t have to be an exercise freak to benefit from physical activity. Just achieving the recommended levels of physical activity (equivalent to 30 minutes daily of moderate intensity activity on 5 days a week) reduces the risk of death by 20% .  (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) (2010, July 25).

Physical Activity protects against feelings of anger.
  Physical Activity can protect against angry moods, almost like taking aspirin to prevent a heart attack.  Study subjects were shown pictures that induced an anger response, but half the subjects cycled before viewing the pictures, and again after.  When shown those pictures again, exercises were less prone to anger.  In other words, exercise acted like medicine as a protective buffer against acting out when in angry moods.  (57th Annual conference, ACSM).

Play is as good as exercise for the body.
  To see if play was similar to exercise work, the Cooper Institute in Dallas randomized 235 people into a group doing simple lifestyle activities and one doing structured workouts in the institute’s gym. The lifestyle group did gardening, playing with kids, walking, golf, dance, biking, or other enjoyable activities. At the end of the study, both groups had similar improvements in muscle mass and fat loss. (American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2000.  Cost-effectiveness of lifestyle and structured exercise interventions in sedentary adults. Project ACTIVE, 19(1).)

Physical activity and lowering blood pressure.
  When you are consistently active, your body creates additional capillaries to bring more blood and oxygen to hard working muscles.  As a result, blood pressure can be lowered because there are more blood vessels to carry excess fluid in the blood out over a larger area. This lowers the overall amount of pressure left in other vessels. Why is this important?  High Blood Pressure is one of the most serious conditions that can lead to heart disease.  The name says it all – constant high pressure against artery walls as blood flows through can cause them to weaken since they must stretch to allow blood to get through.  This can cause scarring, aneurysms, and blood clots.  Creating more capillaries lessens the pressure.  (Discovery health).

Why “You have a big heart” should be taken as a compliment.
  When you are physically active your heart must work harder to provide your body with enough blood and oxygen to fuel your activity.  As a result it gets bigger and stronger (conversely, when you are inactive, it gets smaller).  Bigger hearts mean more blood and oxygen is pushed out to your body with each beat.  Smaller hearts must beat more to do the same thing.   Think Lance Armstrong – all that bike riding means his heart is strong enough to only have to beat about 35 times a minute. 

Being physically active in a “green space” like a park enhances mental health.
  Just five minutes of physical activity in a park, working in a backyard garden, on a nature trail, or other green space will benefit mental health; green areas with water enhanced the effect.  Other examples include farming and biking.  Building or maintaining a green space near ones workplace enhances overall health.  Interdisciplinary Centre for Environment and Society, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, U.K. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2010, 44 (10), pp 3947–3955.

You’ll burn more calories standing than sitting.
 Stand while talking on the phone. Better yet, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter. Eat lunch standing up. Trade instant messaging and phone calls for walks to other desks or offices.  Little standing breaks add up – each time you stand you send a message to the brain to prepare for movement.  This in turn increases blood flow to the muscles and increases oxygen consumption – all the things you need to burn just a few more calories per day.(Mayo Clinic)

More reasons not to sit – it increases risk of disease.
  Sitting longer than an hour has negative effects on fat and cholesterol metabolism. Sitting throughout the day stimulated disease-promoting processes, and exercising, even for an hour a day, was not sufficient to reverse the effect. Enzymes in blood vessels of muscles responsible for ‘fat burning’ are shut off within hours of not standing (University of Missouri-Columbia (2007, November 20).

http://2010.welcoatrainingsummit.com/facts-statistics/

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator