Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Back to School

Enjoy this article from Emma Moyer ~ Farm over Pharm

Back to School Lunch for Your Kids

Wellness Wednesday 8/31/16

Happy Wellness Wednesday and thank you for your commitment to a culture of wellness.

Remember to check on a regular basis. 

County employees: if you are having trouble opening a link, go to

    Tip of the Week……

Men’s Health: Our bodies were meant to move.  Regular physical activity not only makes us feel and look better, it improves mood, helps us sleep better and helps keep our weight under control.  Physical activity does not need to be strenuous. Try walking or biking, but if you haven’t been active, check with your doctor before starting.

Vendor Spotlight 
Form Fitness is offering 1 free class to all Hanover County employees. Go to: for more information!

Hanover Virginia Yoga:  Do you need a break to escape, release stress, and RELAX? This Yoga Nidra Meditation session is just for you!  We will start with gentle, long-holding restorative poses to relax the physical body. Then we will start to relax the mind into a deep savasana (final relaxation pose), where you will be guided into a deep meditative, sleep-like state while still maintaining full consciousness.  The practice of Yoga Nidra Meditation has been found to powerfully reduce stress and anxiety in the body.   Please register in advance for Yoga Nidra classes on the online studio schedule under the corresponding date; or email Space is limited. $15 drop-in or use a class from a class package

Click here for an updated vendor list:  Hanover Vendor List

Click here for our Incentive Reimbursement Program:  Incentive Information

Monthly Challenge:

September is Fruits & Veggies month!

Are you ready for MORE?

Coming Soon….  Sign on to: for more information.  This challenge runs. Sept 5th – Sept 30th. 

Healthy Recipes from SkinnyTaste…..Recipes and meal plans

Wellness Newsletters from our business partners:

New…Helping Kids and Families Live Heart Healthy:  American Heart Association

Hanover Community Resources July/August Newsletter: Community Resources

Enjoy American Heart Association’s August Newsletter!  American Heart Association - Healthy Living

Enjoy Bon Secours’ August Newsletter! Bon Secours Workforce Wellness

New…Weight Watchers August Newsletter!: Beyond the Scale

Are you a First Year Employee:  Click here to see what the YMCA has to offer: YMCA Summer Offer

Community News:

American Heart Association’s Heart Walk – Join the Hanover Team!


We’re proud to announce that we will be forming a team for the Richmond Heart Walk, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 8th at West Creek Parkway. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event that brings communities together to raise funds and celebrate progress in the fight against this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers, heart disease and stroke.   This inspirational day is filled with energy, excitement and hope! Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family. We are just weeks away from the event, I ask that you sign up today by going to our team page- Hanover County Heart Walk Team Page and clicking the “Join My Team” or “Start a Team” button or email our AHA staff partner, Rachael Schrinel at with your interest. Participating is free and also pet and stroller friendly, so bring out the family for a morning of fun and education. Walk the 1 or 3 mile route with friends, family, coworkers and other members of the community you meet along the way and help us make an impact today!

With Heartfelt Thanks,





Information from our providers:


Time well spent from Anthem:

Prevention: Questions to Ask Your Doctor        Live Well:  The Great Outdoors  Eating Healthy:  Eating Healthy On a Budget

Are you expecting?  Contact Anthem and enroll in this FREE program: Future Moms
Provides moms-to-be with telephone access to nurses to discuss pregnancy-related concerns. This program provides the education and tools to help track the pregnancy and prepare for the baby, including breastfeeding support through LiveHealth Online.

Anthem has a 24/7 NurseLine.  Contact Anthem for more information.
Provides anytime, toll-free access to nurses for answers to general health questions and guidance with health concerns. Callers can also access confidential, recorded messages about hundreds of health topics

Childhood Vaccination Flyer - Don't Wait to Vaccinate

Adult Vaccination Flyer - Adults Should Get Vaccines Too

Optima Health:

Optima Health – Employee Assistant Program

Available to all full and part-time Hanover Employees and their dependents. 1-800-899-8174

If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits Department in Human Resources

Are you aware that ALL FULL TIME AND PERMANENT PART TIME HANOVER COUNTY EMPLOYEES, DEPENDANTS AND ANY INDIVIDUAL LIVING IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD are eligible for Optima Health benefits?  And...You are all eligible for FIVE visits per issue, not per year.Look for the Webinar Series and Training, Development and General Wellness Courses available.  Check out the Work/Life Link.  You will find information on parenting, aging, balancing, thriving, working, living and international information.  This flyer may help you navigate the site:  Work/Life Flyer

FREE for all employees…..Staying healthy can be easy and free with 7 different programs and support items from Optima Health and Sentara.  My Life My Plan offers:

Healthy Heart • Yoga DVD • Guided Mediation DVD • Eating for Life • Tobacco Cessation •

WalkAbout with Health Edge • Tai Chi DVD
Simply call the toll free number and request one program or all of them – Call 1-800-736-8272.  See flyer for details: My Life My Plan

From Optima:  Thought of the Week

Additional Resources:

Virginia Navigator – Senior Navigator and disAbility Navigator is a statewide non-profit service offering free health and community support information and guidance to older adults, family caregivers, and health care professionals – supporting independence, dignity, and quality of life.  All information can be found at 


Elisa Allen, RN, Wellness Coordinator

Hanover County Government, Jail, Library, and Schools


Monday, August 29, 2016

Optima Health

Please click on link below for the Thought of the Week.


Hanover VA Yoga

Anatomy & Alignment 4 Week Series for Yoga Teachers with Kailee Karst
Date: Sunday, September 11, 18, 25, Oct 2
Time: 4:30 - 6:30pm
$35 drop-in fee
Join Kailee Karst, DPT/RYT-200 for this yoga teacher's series, focusing on deepening your knowledge of applied yoga anatomy. Learn different approaches to poses, and different adjustments/cues to deepen your practice and help your students find a variation of the pose that's right for them! Please register in advance for this workshop online or by emailing

**This 4 Week Yoga Workshop is designed for Yoga Instructors OR practitioners of Yoga for at least 6 months**

Sunday, Sept 11

Sun Salutations Workshop: Learn the basic anatomy of pranayama, or breathing, and apply it to the sun salutations. This workshop will go over each pose, and modifications/cuing to help decrease risk of overuse injury.

Sunday Sept 18
Standing Poses Workshop: Learn the basic anatomical cuing and form and alignment for commonly seen standing poses, such as warriors I,II and II, extended triangle and extended side angle pose.

Sunday, Sept 25

Backbends Workshop: Learn the basics of safe spinal anatomy in backbends and fun other backbend various

Sunday, October 2
The Anatomy of Proper Inversions: Learn the anatomical benefits of inversions, including forearm stand, headstand, handstand, and shoulder stand; and variations that are appropriate for all levels of students.
Tweens Yoga 5 Week Series with Lauren Vaughan
for girls ages 11-15
Every Sunday
Sept 4 thru Oct 2
Yoga Nidra Meditation 
Friday, Sept 23 
Fall schedule starts after Labor Day with new class times!
[click calendar for details]
Learn. Practice. Grow!