The USM Training Committee is coming together to bring back National Health Education Week (NHEW) from October 18 - 22, 2021, to the USM. This week of workshops will focus on mental health, physical health, and wellness education. USM Institutions, in partnership with ComPsych’s GuidanceResources® Online, will offer live webinars, free to all USM employees, on topics such as "Managing Worry and Anxiety" and "Healthy Food Choices on the Go".

Already registered for the event and wondering how to access it? Click here.

What can I do today?

In the spirit of increasing awareness for the importance of health education, we encourage you to check out these resources and share them with a colleague, a friend, or a family member:

GuidanceResources® Online PDFs:

  • Building Better Family Communication: These tips can help you and your family build better listening and communication skills, the first steps in creating a happy home life. Download the PDF
  • Resilience-building Techniques: The key to avoiding the tolls of stress is resilience, which can be strengthened by improving self-esteem, developing a strong social support system, and taking care of your health. Download the PDF
  • Tips for Quick, Healthy Meals: Find great ideas such as brightening up steamed veggies with lemon juice instead of butter, substituting yogurt for sour cream in recipes, and using applesauce instead of oil in baked goods. Download the PDF

Videos to Watch/Learn

Three Tiny Habits

Challenge yourself to do these three little things this week… we’re going to send everyone who registers for National Health Education Week a quick survey at the end of the week to see what you thought of the workshops and if you tried these three little things to make your week better:

  1. Try the Maui Habit. Famously outlined in B.J. Fogg’s book Tiny Habits: the moment you put your feet on the floor in the morning, immediately say, "it’s going to be a great day."
  2. Make your bed. Admiral William H. McRaven sums up why beautifully in his 2014 commencement address to the graduates of The University of Texas at Austin: "If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right."
  3. Write a gratitude list. A daily gratitude list is one of the best (and simplest) things you can do to help yourself have a better day. It will also help you find ways to clarify and focus on what’s important to you, add value to your life, and do more of it! A gratitude list helps us pay attention to the good things in life we might otherwise take for granted.

Date Time Workshop Name Description Objectives
10/19/202110:00amTools to Handle Stress

This Stress Management course focuses on specific, practical activities to reduce stress. Whatever happens to be causing your stress, these techniques can help you cope.

By the end of this workshop, you will know techniques to reduce stress such as:
  • Being Accountable: We often have choices we can make to reduce the causes and impact of stress.
  • Engaging in Hobbies: We may be able to prioritize activities that renew us.
  • Remembering Past Successes: We can focus on how we have survived previous stressful situations.
  • Taking Breaks: Stepping away from a stressor can help us return to it in a more effective way.
10/19/20212:00pmManaging Worry and Anxiety

Worries are thoughts we have about the future that generate fear. They arrive in the form of a “what if?” and generate dire warnings about terrible consequences that await us. Unfortunately, these warnings we give ourselves are generally overblown and focused on hypothetical problems that probably won’t happen. Chronic worry that begins to impact the quality of life becomes “anxiety” and well-intended suggestions to “stop worrying” or applying common stress management techniques are mostly ineffective. This training will address how worry habits develop and methods of intervening with worry and anxiety.

By the end of this workshop, you will:
  • Understand how worry and anxiety function as a mental habit
  • Learn to distinguish doubt from danger
  • Identify new ways of relating to worry instead of fighting it
  • Be familiar with strategies to acknowledge, accept and work with anxiety
10/20/202110:00amHealthy Food Choices on the Go

Don’t allow changes in your normal routine to cause you to fall off track with good nutrition. Whether you are a frequent traveler, packing meals to bring to work or spending more time in your car lately, “Healthy Food Choices on the Go” will help you identify opportunities to improve your food choices no matter what situation you find yourself in.

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:
  • Understand the benefits of good nutrition on your body and mind
  • Learn how to plan ahead for healthy meal options on the go
  • Improve menu-reading skills to identify healthy choices
  • Identify healthy snacks to keep on hand
10/20/20212:00pmLiving With Change

Whether going back to school or changing careers, starting a family or retiring, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. In today’s fast paced world, change has become a constant. Even when we are able to see the advantages of change, it can be hard to say goodbye to what’s changing. This workshop will provide you techniques to deal effectively with change

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Describe what’s changing in your life
  • Identify the importance of being specific about the changes you’re experiencing
  • Describe the reasons people resist change
  • Identify areas of resistance that exist in your own life
  • Describe the difference between change and transition
  • Identify what may happen in each of the three stages of transition
  • Describe your action plan for dealing with the changes in your life
10/21/202110:00amRunning on “E:” Adding Energy and Fun to Your Life

Longer hours, increased responsibilities, constant change, accelerated pace of business, intensified pressure…But this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and enjoy your work. This workshop will help you not only to survive but also thrive in today’s high-pressure world. By unleashing your energy, igniting your enthusiasm and finding fun in your job, you’re sure to maximize your work performance and even enjoy it!

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Describe what causes fluctuations in energy level
  • Identify how to change what causes the stress that lowers your energy
  • Identify how to change your mindset about stress and your energy level
  • Describe the three keys to raising your energy level
  • Describe how to add commitment to your life
  • Describe how to add challenge to your life
  • Describe how to add control to your life
  • Identify the characteristics of your energy zones
  • Describe the high energy zone
  • Describe the anxiety zone
  • Identify ways to add fun to your workday
10/21/20212:00pmMindfulness: Being Present in Your Work and Life

The idea of mindfulness or being mindful is complete engagement in the present moment. It is a state where you are not thinking, reflecting, judging or deciding, but are instead simply experiencing the things currently in your available experience. In many ways people are largely unaware of our present moment, and often operate on “auto-pilot” to some degree. The auto-pilot mode is our default mode of operation. Even when we find ourselves in a pleasurable quiet moment we automatically begin to daydream about others, plan/worry about the future or ruminate about the past. We miss living in the present moment because we fail to pay attention to it. Mindfulness is about waking up to the present moment and paying attention to our experience. Learning mindfulness is not difficult; however, it is difficult to remember to do it. This training discusses mindfulness and how to incorporate its practice into your life.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Describe mindfulness
  • Identify the two ways we experience the world
  • Identify the seven components of mindfulness
  • Describe the benefits developing mindfulness
  • Describe how greater mindfulness results in improved concentration on tasks
  • Describe the ways in which mindfulness can improve the quality of your relationships
  • Describe how mindfulness will result in greater emotional control and a reduction in impulsive actions
  • Identify ways of practicing mindfulness in your life
  • Identify several methods of mindfulness practice
  • Identify ways you can incorporate mindfulness in everyday activities

USM Professional Development Week 2021:

USM Professional Development (PD) week was held June 7th through June 11th. It was the first virtual conference hosted by the USM Training Committee, a group of talent development professionals representing each USM school. PD week was a knowledge-building week for USM faculty and staff. The conference workshops were designed to broaden and advance the employee’s professional and personal well-being. Below you can view recordings of the workshops.

USM Institutions' Training and Professional Development Links

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