Time to Take a Break! Fall Wellness EMAIL Challenge

This has been a challenging year, and we all would like to get back to some normalcy.  Waiting for normalcy is hard though.  Taking a break can help reset or reposition our thoughts to help us cope.  Have you planned play breaks, rest breaks, snack breaks?  Do you need time for some new ideas to “break the mold.”  With the holidays coming soon, let’s learn how to help ourselves take a break, so we can really enjoy family and friends throughout the holidays, which will probably be different this year.  This challenge will help us learn some new ideas for a breakfast break, tech break, play break, rest break, snack break, hydration break, and to break free.  Let’s renew our commitment to eat more fruits and vegetables, play (move) more, and learn how to maximize your efforts to strive for wellness. This challenge will help you Take a Break!

Steps to Get Started on the Challenge:

  • Take the pre-challenge survey. Survey link: https://go.osu.edu/fall2020pre. This survey should only take a few minutes to complete and will be open until October 28 at midnight.
  • Print or download the optional Take a Break Challenge Log. Using the log will help you track your health habits.  Each week you can record your movement, fruit and vegetable intake, and other activities you complete. Most participants find it helpful to record their progress to stay on track. If you are able to use your completion of this challenge to earn points for your employee wellness program, you will need to complete the log to turn in to your Wellness Coordinator or Extension Office. Wellness activities are listed in the order weekly messages will follow, so you may not have anything to list on your log on Hydration until we get to that week if it is a new concept for you. We don’t expect you to have something to check off for every activity every week but hope that you will choose a few to stick with over the 6 weeks.
  • Feel free to email me during the Challenge with comments, things that are going well for you, something that has changed, new ideas that others may want to try, or even challenges that you may be facing. I will try to share a few of those participant comments as we go along.

Challenge Goals

  • Plan play breaks to be active at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week. 
  • Aim to fill your plate ½ full of fruits and vegetables every day.


WORKSITE WELLNESS Lunch & Learn Sessions

Are you looking for ways to educate your employees or organization members about health and wellness topics that are reliable and research-based? FCS Educator, Emily Marrison, would be happy to provide a Lunch & Learn Session at your location.

Topics include:

  • Are You Getting Your ZZZ's
  • MyPlate Weight Management
  • Physical Activity
  • Stop Stressing Start Living
  • The Skinny on Fat
  • Think About What You Drink
  • Whole Grains 

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Emily Marrison is one of several OSU Extension educators that serves as a blog author. Find Emily's blog posts below: 

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June 11, 2020    Are video games OK?

May 28, 2020     Screen time and young children

May 21, 2020   It's time to unplug

March 23, 2020  When your financial world is turned upside down

January 27, 2020  Obesity risk: lifestyle of genetics? 

December 12, 2019  My future self

August 12, 2019   Allulose: a sweet new ingredient