Organize Your Workspace and Get More Done

Clean deskWas one of your New Year’s resolutions to become more organized? Or to become better at managing work stress? One way to alleviate stress and improve your mental health at the office is to work within a clean and organized workspace. Read on for a few cleaning tips to help get you started!

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New Year, New Healthy Habits






We are 4 days into January and many of us have felt the pressure to make a New Year’s resolution. But don’t set yourself up to fail with high expectations and time consuming changes! This month, keep it simple by doing something healthy every day. Do each activity once, or add a new one on each day so they become cumulative. You get to decide how much you have time for.
Here are some great ideas to get you started:  Read More…….

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January’s Healthy Hero – Patrick Mount





Patrick Mount is an Enterprise Applications Manager on the District Technology Services team.  As of December 13th, he has been with the district for two years.


Patrick, your commitment to fitness is inspiring.  What does your personal fitness routine look like?  

There are several facets to a complete health routine. Mine includes a blend of diet, health, and attitude/focus:

  • Working out 4-5 times per week using a selection of intense 30-minute routines. These vary in focus and include cardio, strength, and fat burning exercises.
  • Drinking at least 96 oz of water while at the office
  • Alternating sitting and standing while at my computer workstation
  • Utilizing walking meetings when possible
  • Listening to positive/educational material (such as CDs and podcasts) during my commute
  • Consuming foods generally found on the outer aisles of the grocery store (fruits & veggies, lean meats) rather than pre-packaged foods.
  • Visiting our Health Coach on a regular basis to set new goals


What are some things you do to prioritize healthy living?  

Long-term health is my ultimate goal; achieving that goal is not a one-time event, it is more akin to retirement planning in that consistent investment over the long haul generates the greatest success. This approach helps me to set short term objectives (such as weight maintenance during the holidays!), longer term objectives (such as training for a sprint triathlon or extensive bicycle tour), and to be gracious when I miss a workout. I also encourage my team to take stretch, water, and walking breaks.


What are your favorite healthy foods?

The meals I eat are very routine (perhaps even boring!), and this helps me to remain consistent with a healthy diet:

  • Breakfast alternates between eggs with vegetables and a quinoa/oatmeal dish
  • Lunch includes a “bowl of health”: black beans, brown rice, chopped vegetables, and turkey
  • Snacks (very important!) consist of mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews) and fresh cut vegetables
  • Dinner is a green salad packed full of nutrition with a choice of meat.

Yes, very routine (and it eliminates the “what do you want to have for dinner?” conversation!.


What would you like to see in our schools to promote healthy living for SVVS employees?

SVVSD offers wonderful opportunities such as a Health Coach and an employee bike share program.  Good health techniques are modeled and honored by our leadership. Friendly intra-building contests (such as collective weight loss, or hours of exercise in a given month) further encourage good health.


Patrick,  what would be your Personal Healthy Tip?  

Set meaningful goals (diet, exercise, sleep, healthy habits); keep it fun; involve a spouse, friend, or coworker who will encourage and challenge you; and be persistent in the pursuit of achieving these goals – the winner will be YOU!

Thank you Patrick for be our Healthy Hero!

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Gentlemental Health 101


Depression: Kryptonite to the manliness of male minds

Depression is a serious, yet treatable mental health disorder that can affect any man, no matter how keen his sense of direction or how burly his mustache. While depression is often associated with sadness and hopelessness, it also manifests itself in fits of rage, unnecessary risk-taking or alcohol and drug abuse in men.   Read more……

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STARTS THIS WEEK: Register Now for the Biometrics Screening!





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There is Nothing More Attractive………



When you get a preventive medical test, you’re not just doing it for yourself. You’re doing it for your family and loved ones. Take control of your health and look after yourself.  Start by reading here……

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Know Your Numbers and get $50 in groceries

groceriesParticipate in one of the onsite biometric health screenings and you will receive a $30.00 gift card to King Soopers, Safeway or Lucky’s.  All it takes is 15 minutes!!!

Complete a Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) with your health provider ( or and you will receive a $20.00 gift card to King Soopers, Safeway or Lucky’s.

Complete BOTH parts and you will be entered into a drawing where 5 lucky employees will win a $200.00 VISA gift card

What could be nicer?!!!  Wait no longer!!!!

Get registered now!!!

Read the attached flyer for more info on how to register.

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Who and What is a Health Coach?????

Who and What is a Health Coach?????

SVVS cares about your health and well being!

That is why SVVS has invested through the utilization of the health plan, its own dedicated Health Coach for SVVS employees.

Jerri Mason RN is the SVVS Health Coach.  She is located in the ESC/LSC building at 619 Bowen St.  Jerri is available three days a week. (Tuesday – Thursday) She can be reached at 303-702-7912 or by email at

How can Health Coaching help me?

Jerri’s role is to hekp employees with a wide-range of wellness and lifestyle coaching, disease management support, and chronic care outreach.  Together you will set your goals into manageable steps, track your progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks.

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Help to help you – Manage Holiday Stress



The holidays can be one of the happiest times of the year, yet it can be one of the most stressful.  Join us for a workshop that provides an overview of common stressors people encounter during the holiday and offers “stress buster” tips!!




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Egg White Chicken Tenders

Egg White Chicken Tenders


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 NestFresh Eggs separated into whites or 3/4 of a cup NestFresh Liquid Egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Slice chicken breasts into 1 inch strips.
  4. Prepare 3 bowls. In first bowl, add whole wheat flour, paprika, garlic and onion powder, pepper and salt. Mix to combine.
  5. In second bowl add slightly beaten egg whites.
  6. In third bowl add whole wheat bread crumbs.
  7. To prepare chicken, coat chicken in whole wheat flour mixture. Then, dredge chicken into eggs followed by the final coating of whole wheat bread crumbs.
  8. Place coated chicken breast on lined baking sheet and continue with the rest of the strips.
  9. Bake chicken for 25 minutes or until no longer pink in the center.
  10. Serve with dipping sauces.

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