What Should I Eat in October?

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October already?! The month of pumpkin spice everything and candy everywhere! Summer is gone, and along with it, the beautiful ruby red tomatoes and the piles of ripe Palisade peaches as well. However, every season has its bounty to share! Fall has just begun, and because our local grocery stores and farmer’s markets are stocking up autumn’s best harvests, why not take on October with a few of these options.

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The Ins and Outs of Probiotics

ProbioticsProbiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are known as “the good” microorganisms because they benefit our bodies, specifically within the digestive system. Probiotics, available in some foods and dietary supplements, are similar to the probiotics that exist naturally within our gut.


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Are you needing quality and quantity zzzzz’s

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Lack of sleep can hinder the ability to deal with stress. Learn new, realistic practices to increase the likelihood of both quality and quantity zzzzz’s.







Join Jerri for a class on how to get the zzzzz’s you need.

Tuesday October 27th from 12-1pm @ ESC Board Room              

    Thursday November 5th from 4:30-5:30 @ Lincoln/ESC in the Aspen Rm

To Register: Contact Jerri Mason at mason_jerri@svvsd.org or  303-702-7912. You can also email wellness@svvsd.org

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October’s Healthy Hero, Don Haddad

Don Haddad


Dr. Haddad Superintendent for SVVS has been nominated as our October Healthy Hero. Dr. Haddad has served as Superintendent since 2009.  You might see Don walking around one of our schools during one of his “walking meetings”.

vw: Dr. Haddad , your commitment to fitness is inspiring.  What does your personal fitness routine look like?  

DH: I try to bike every morning.  I get up early and get in at least 20-30 minutes on the stationary bike.  I try and get to the rec center twice a week.  I also make sure 2 of my meetings a day are walk and talk meetings.

vw: What are some things you do to prioritize healthy living?  

I try to de-stress.  I make an effort not to sit all day.

vw: What are your favorite healthy foods?

DH: Fruits, I love fruits and I try and have them readily available to grab and eat. It’s so much easier to get your recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables when you have them all chopped up and ready to just grab and go.

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

DH: I would love for everyone to find more time throughout their work day to walk. We all should take a few minutes throughout our days to take a quick walk to refresh and recharge. It doesn’t have to be long or outside in the snow, but just something to get the blood flowing. I’d also like to see less employees eating lunch at their desks, use this time for you. With this, I would also like to see more stress reduction classes and resources available to all employees, especially around our busy testing times.

vw: Dr. Haddad , what would be your Personal Healthy Tip?  Take it a day at a time and eventually, moderate exercise and eating well will become a part of your daily routine.


Thank you Don for being this months Healthy Hero!!!!

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Eating for Energy

energy applesA body without energy is similar to a car with an empty gas tank, you won’t be able to go very far. Sometimes the problem can be lack of sleep, but just as frequently it can be our diets. So whether you’re walking every day to lose weight, training for a 1/2 marathon, trying to keep up with an active family, or trying to just stay awake at your desk here are some great eating tips to help you stay energized.  Read more……

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Weigh and Win!! at a school near you!

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What is Weigh and Win?
Weigh and Win is a community program that helps people incorporate healthy eating and active living habits into their daily lifestyle.  The program is FREE to all Colorado adults age 18 and over. Weigh and Win is available in communities across Colorado through the partnership of many community
organizations who champion the program.  Funding and support for the program comes from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit with the interest of providing an accessible and effective weight management program to the general public.
Enroll: Easy enrollment at www.weighandwin.com or at any kiosk. SVVS has a stationary kiosk located at the east end of the ESC lobby.  4 mobile kiosks will be traveling to different schools through out the year.  Please check the Wellness calendar for location. Look for the WAW.
Coach: Personalized daily email and/or text messages coach individuals on healthy eating and active living. Measure: Quarterly, photographed weigh-ins at private kiosks conveniently located in the community. Reward: Quarterly cash rewards based on weight improvement, and maintenance of weight loss (available to participants with an initial BMI > 25).All participants are eligible for monthly prizes.
Challenge: Friendly team competitions for cumulative weight improvement or participation points.
Group Portal: Aggregate reporting on employee participation and results for qualified employer groups with 300 or fewer total employees.
% Weight Loss            Quarterly Cash Reward
5%                                                  $15
10%                                                $30
15%                                                $45
20%                                                $75
25%                                                $105
30%                                                $150
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We’ve Got the Blues… And Purples


A rainbow is not complete without Blue and Purple. These beautifully rich fruits and vegetables may just be the pot of gold found at the end of the rainbow, or on your plate. At the top of the nutrient list found in these purple and blue beauties is their antioxidant content. Read more…

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Challenge yourself to Go Green!





It’s Not Easy Being Green

Many fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of a wide variety of nutrients, but the green ones tend to be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Green fruits and vegetables are loaded with powerful vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, folate, phytochemicals and fiber. Eating a diet that includes rich green colors helps prevent cancer, maintain your bone health, lower your risk of chronic diseases, and maintain a healthy weight.   Read more….

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Why Orange you eating Yellow?



Why Orange you eating Yellow?

Orange and Yellow fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and phytonutrients that are good for your skin, eyes, heart, and they also decrease your risk of cancer.  Read more…..

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Flu Shots, Biometrics Oh MY!



Onsite Flu Shots

Free to Regular status SVVSD employees!





Biometric Health Screenings

Free to all Regular status SVVS employees! Employees can earn up to $40 in King Sooper gift cards by participating (additional details to follow). Screenings will be offered at several locations throughout the district.




For more information on dates and times, please view the Wellness calendar.  Add the Wellness calendar to your Google calendar to stay up-to-date on all the upcoming events.


To schedule your appointment for your flu shot log on to:

www.svvsd.org , click on Employees, Human Resources, Benefits, 2015 Flu Shot Scheduler


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