Department(s):Be Well Together
The following message was sent to the WPI Community:
As the sun sets on this academic year, the Be Well Together newsletter will shift to an as-needed basis over the summer months. We extend our deepest congratulations to all graduates and wish you a restful, rejuvenating, and fun summer! Be well! For everyone who will be on campus this summer, we hope you enjoy some time away as well. We look forward to Fall 2023!
Eating Mindfully: Empowering for you and great for the environment!
Mindful eating helps us become aware of our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to eating, reconnecting us with our innate inner wisdom about hunger and satiety. Check out the info below to try it!
Thanks to a mild winter, ticks are already out in large numbers and tick-borne diseases are on the rise for both humans and our canine companions. These nasty bloodsuckers wait in tall grass and thick vegetation and have specialized “Haller’s Organs” on their front legs that sense heat and carbon dioxide so they can latch onto the first animal—like you! —that walks by. Lyme disease and babesiosis are now endemic in all six states in New England and can have serious complications, requiring weeks of antibiotic treatment, so take precautions to avoid being a tick’s next meal:
- Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin
- Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter
- Walk in the center of trails
- Examine gear and pets after walking outdoors
- Shower soon after being outdoors
- Check your body and clothing for ticks after being outdoors
COVID is Still Around
Continue to test whenever COVID symptoms arise and consider getting a booster this summer to help protect yourself and minimize the spread of illness. Watch for any COVID communications over the summer and plan to test before returning to campus in the fall.
Design Your Summer to Make it Last
Research shows that our perception of time speeds up as we age, so it may feel like summer is so much shorter than the endless, lazy days you might remember from childhood. Gretchen Rubin, host of the podcast “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” suggests intentionally designing your summer to capture some of that summer spaciousness feeling. A few things you might try:
- Be a tourist in your hometown: Check out the museums, shops, and festivals wherever you live.
- Try a new restaurant or ice cream shop—or a new recipe to make at home—each week.
- Plan a summer of re-reading your favorite books or re-watching your favorite TV series.
- If you want to spend more time with family or friends, put the dates on your calendar and plan your gathering—consider cookouts, hikes, star gazing, or game nights.
Center for Well-Being Wellness Day Raffle Prize Winners
The Center for Well-Being staff was delighted to have so many community members take part in wellness days this academic year. We received over 300 passports for the raffle and are excited to announce the raffle prize winners below. Congratulations to all!
Haley Slaney - Signed copy of “Shine” book by Nancy Belmont
Linda Yu - Ortizan Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Samuel Gervasi - MoCuishle Shiatsu Neck Back Massager Pillow
Larissa Nogueira Gomes - GoSports Slammo Game Set
Melissa Perry – Cymula Flannel Weighted Blanket
Amber Lyons - Aromacare Essential Oil Diffuser
Ricardo Croer-Bell - Zoco Adult Coloring Books Set with Colored Pencils
Margaret Earnest - Bay Laurel Turkish Beach Towel with Travel Bag
Sydney Kayden – WPI Ultra Fan Shirt
Madison Little - WPI Ultra Fan Shirt
Clarice Stompf - WPI Ultra Fan Shirt
Alyssa Carta - WPI Ultra Fan Shirt
Kitty Guo - WPI Ultra Fan Shirt
Eva Plankey - $25 Panera Gift Card
Katrina Yurista - $25 Panera Gift Card
Noah Mester - $25 Chipotle Gift Card
Aseel Kambal - $25 Chipotle Gift Card
Adrian Johnson - $25 Starbucks Gift Card
Daniela Fritsch - $25 Starbucks Gift Card
Wen-Yi Kuo - $25 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card
Olivia Raisbeck - $25 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card
Elizabeth Minor - $25 Amazon Gift Card
Wren Carter - $25 Amazon Gift Card
Zoe Pace - $25 Price Chopper Gift Card
Nicole Leute - $25 Price Chopper Gift Card
Prize winners have been notified by email and can pick up their prizes at the CWB (Daniels 102), Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
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