Jan. 21-27, 2000
Digital scholarship gets boost from Mellon Foundation grant
Training online
From the desk of... Penny Rue

In Memoriam

American-style consumerism spreading, Werhane says
Time magazine photo exhibit captures memorable moments of U.S. presidents
James Baker to speak at forum on American presidency
Virginia competing to create regional center
Teaching proposals due Feb. 1
Take our advice... Beat the winter blahs
Hot Links - Arts & Sciences web site
U.Va. police enlist watchful employees to thwart crime
Notable - awards and achievements of faculty and staff
Student drama group updates "Lysistrata"
Mentoring conference to be held Jan. 28 at Monticello High School

Take our advice...
Beat the winter blahs

Mid-January can often seem like a bleak time. The holidays are over, the trees are barren, the grass is brown and scraggly, it's cold, it gets dark too early, and the spring semester looms. No wonder people get the January blahs.

You don't have to settle for dressing in black, secluding yourself and eating bags of chocolate chip cookies. The Faculty and Employee Assistance Program at the Institute for Quality Health passes along the following good words (adapted from an article by Fred Matheny, which appears at www.asimba.com):

  • Set aside time each day for exercise. Add it to your daily schedule, like an appointment. Getting your heart rate up releases those mood-tickling endorphins and makes you feel good about yourself.

  • Resolve to eat better. You burn fewer calories in cold weather, so adjust your food consumption accordingly. Have your morning cereal in a smaller bowl; eat half a bagel instead of a whole one.

  • Get outside at midday. If you can, schedule your exercise over your lunch hour to soak up as much natural light as possible. You don't have to skip a meal -- just eat a snack at your desk at 10:30, exercise at noon, and snack again at 2:30. If you can't do a full-fledged workout, walk around the parking lot for 15 minutes.

  • Exercise for longer periods on weekends. Don't worry about speed, just spend about two to three hours doing something physical, burning fat and developing aerobic conditioning.

  • Try something new. The secret to winter exercise is to play; if you normally bike or jog, take up ice skating. The novelty helps make it fun.

  • Find a training partner. If you run or ride with others in the summer, but lift weights alone in your basement all winter, no wonder you've got the blahs. Exercise is more fun when you share it with others.

For further help, call the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program at 243-2643, or check out the schedule of programs available through Intramural-Recreational Sports at their web site, http://www.virginia.edu/ims/.


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