A HEALTHIER U

New Year’s Resolution: Take care of yourself

The start of a new year is a time to reflect on the past year and think about what you would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. If one of your goals is to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. University of Utah Wellness and Integrative Health can help you keep your resolutions.

Make a resolution that will stick

Our heath/wellness coaches specialize in helping people make progress toward long term health by helping to break down big goals into smaller realistic and attainable steps. As each small step is accomplished, you build momentum toward attaining your ultimate goal. A health coach can keep you on track by helping you to anticipate and deal with barriers. Minor missteps when working toward your goals are completely normal; your health coach can keep you on track in the event of an unexpected set-back.

Nutrition goals

If you’re hoping to make changes in your eating habits, meeting with a nutrition expert can be invaluable. When we’re talking nutrition — one size does not fit all. Our registered dietitians can help you determine realistic changes to your diet that make sense. We also offer body composition testing, resting metabolic rate testing and in depth diet analysis services if you want more information to help you make appropriate changes.

Fitness goals

Sometimes, all you need is a little change to stick with your resolutions. Our personal trainers can work with you develop a workout plan that will inspire you to keep going to the gym.  If you’d rather just show up and do the workout, regular personal training sessions or group fitness classes may be the key to your success. Joining a group fitness class can encourage you to prioritize physically activity by scheduling it into your calendar just like any other important event. PEAK university employee fitness classes are open for registration here. You may want to start off with body composition testing or fitness testing to get a baseline so you can measure your improvement.

Stress management goals

There are many ways to deal with stress. Regular physical activity and healthy eating habits and help you to take stress in stride. Our health/wellness coaches can help you determine the source of your stress and help you to make a plan to prevent or manage the stressful situations. Sometimes, you just need a massage. University of Utah Wellness and Integrative Health provides a wide variety of fitness, nutrition and massage services to meet your needs.

Wellness and Integrative Health offers health and fitness services to University students, employees and community members. Check out the attached holiday specials or click here for a complete list of classes and services.

 


DANGERS OF MISUSING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

What’s lurking in your medicine cabinet? Sneak a peek in a typical American medicine cabinet, and you will likely find a variety of ointments, creams, cosmetics, bandages, shaving stuff, and old prescription bottles. What’s wrong with this picture (besides, the mess, of course)? If you have unused prescription medications in your cabinet, you probably didn’t follow doctor’s orders when treating an illness.

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THE PERILS OF SENSITIVE TEETH

It happens to everyone when you least expect it; a quick swig of hot chocolate after coming in from the cold and ouch! Your teeth react to the temperature change as if you had been chewing on tin foil. Statistics show that one out of every eight Americans suffer from teeth sensitivity — otherwise known as dentinal hypersensitivity — but few of us talk to a dentist about it. What causes teeth sensitivity, and can it be treated or even reversed?

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