SAHP faculty and staff, don’t forget to log your time on the walking workstation this month for a chance to win fabulous prizes! The treadmill/computer combo is waiting for you in BTH 3011 with a “Miles in May” log-in sheet on the counter. Schedule your time with Nicki or Tammy O. and catch up on those emails while you stroll.
Corri Hanson’s manuscript, “Diet and Vitamin D as Risk Factors for Lung Impairment and COPD,” was excepted for publication in Translational Research. Her paper relates to the work she did last summer and the collaboration she developed while training at Maastricht University Medical Center in Maastricht, the Netherlands. It will be part of a COPD review journal that will be published later this year.
Congratulations, Dr. Hanson!
The annual School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) Awards Ceremony will be held in MSC 3001 at 1:05 PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The recipients to be honored this year are:
Corrine Hanson, PhD, RD, LMNT, Excellence in Research
Patty Scholting, MPAS, PA-C, Excellence in Teaching
Linda Fell, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSHCM, Outstanding Service
After the awards ceremony, posters from SAHP students and faculty will be on display at the 2013 Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine from 2:00-3:30PM in the Truhlsen Event Center. More information and the complete book of abstracts will be available online.
The Lied Lodge in Nebraska City is the site for an innovative conference on May 17 and 18 designed to aid physicians and clinical staff in enhancing their own wellness and their clinics’ workplace wellness. The conference will be lively and interactive, with an emphasis on physical activity, nutrition, and stress management. Clinicians will also learn new strategies, resources, and patient counseling techniques to improve wellness outcomes for their patients.
Many well-known national and local speakers are featured. They include Dr. Jeremy Lazarus, President of the American Medical Association; Dr. Edward Phillips, Director of the Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and co-author of Exercise is Medicine; and Matt Davison, former Husker star athlete and current Husker broadcaster.
The conference is a collaboration of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Nebraska Medical Association, Nebraska Methodist College, and many other partners and sponsors. It begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 17, and continues through Saturday, May 18, to facilitate attendance by clinical staff. Ten continuing education credits will be offered for a variety of health professions.
Conference participants are encouraged to bring their families for a spring weekend at the beautiful Lied Lodge. Wellness activities for families are offered, including family Zumba, Tai Chi, yoga, an excursion to the Treehouse Adventure, and an early morning Adventure Challenge.
More information is located at www.dhhs.ne.gov/WellnessConference2013. Significant early bird discounts are offered to encourage early registration. For questions, please contact Kathy Ward at email@example.com.
Sick of sitting? Two years ago, I was. Literally. Too much sitting can make you sick and I was feeling it – back pain, fatigue, poor circulation, weight gain, just to name a few symptoms. My job, though, requires me to spend about 90% of my time in front of a computer, so I looked into some options and floated an idea to the dean, my boss at the time. He was completely supportive and looked forward to a report of my findings, since he, too, was looking for a way to get out of the chair.
Wellness springs eternal, and the internet introduced me to Ergotron and an awesome workstation at which I can either sit or stand! That’s right, now I have a choice (and I choose to stand most of the time). With no effort, I can raise or lower my keyboard, monitor, and workspace to suit my needs and comfort, increasing my productivity and my well-being. Sometimes, I even walk in place, stretch, or dance while I work. Yes…dance.
Word soon got around and folks from all over campus started popping in to my office to check out my setup. Their envious “oos” and “ahs” gave way to thoughtful glances and pondering “hmms,” as they pictured themselves standing at their own desks. It took a little while, but I know of at least seven others in the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP), now, who have risen from sedentary tedium. Most went the Ergotron way and love it. The dean opted for two separate work areas, one standing and one sitting. One individual in PT has always just placed her monitor and keyboard on boxes when she feels like standing. Hey, it’s old school, but it works!
Beyond simple uprightness, as part of our SAHP wellness plan, we also have a walking workstation (a slow treadmill with a large workspace and networked computer) available to faculty and staff. We can sign up for a time slot to walk while we sort/clean email, type memos, enter data, plan curricula, or just walk for that 10-minute break to rejuvenate. If you haven’t tried it, you should.
Wanna read more about how a well workplace is a happy, productive workplace? Here’s an article from MedCity News I found posted on LindedIn about a company that revamped its workspaces. It’s a quick and interesting read.
Lastly, UNMC promotes wellness in many ways, and I’m grateful to work somewhere that encourages healthy activities. On that note, if you haven’t done so, it’s not too late to sign up for the decathlon, which offers lots of great ideas to get you moving. And if you’re ever in the neighborhood of BTH 3013M, stop by to see my nifty workstation…and dance!
Just a side note about good customer service from Ergotron: When my workstation arrived, I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to have someone come and install it, so I followed the directions and assembled it myself (a pretty easy process). Halfway through, though, I was devastated to find that one of the screws was stripped, defective. I checked with facilities and local hardware stores, but nobody had the right size, so I called the customer service folks at Ergotron. They were super nice and mailed me two screws (one as a backup, just in case), which arrived within a couple of days.