Welcome to the 2021 Virtual Health Fair

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is sponsoring a “virtual” health fair this week to help educate students, volunteers, faculty, and staff on various nutrition-related topics.

Review and complete each activity below to grow your knowledge of nutrition and fill out the survey for a chance to win one of many prizes including products from Kodiak Cakes, Banza, and Trader Joe’s.

Participants who complete the activity and survey each day from March 22-26 will be entered to win the grand prize (a 4.5 qt Crockpot)!

Monday, March 22: What is a registered dietician?

We asked several of UI Health Care’s registered dietitians (RD) to tell us a little bit about their unique roles in the hospital.

Read their answers and complete the survey to gain some insight into the value an RD brings to the health care team.

Tuesday, March 23: Tips for Packing a Balanced Lunch

Packing a balanced lunch can seem intimidating and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be.

The video below shares some tips for packing yummy lunches that are quick, affordable, and can help you incorporate a variety of foods. Don’t forget to complete the survey to be entered to win a prize bundle.

Wednesday, March 24: Stress Relief and Sleep

Life can be stressful at times, especially during a pandemic. Adopting healthy stress-reduction strategies and sleep habits can be beneficial for your overall well-being. Check out our resources and tips below related to stress relief and sleep. Be sure to complete the survey, so your name is entered into a drawing to win a prize.

Yoga at your desk

Mindfulness and Meditation Resources

Explore our easy-to-access mindfulness and meditation resources. Check out their 5, 10, and 15-minute guided meditations. The webpage also has information about UI Health Care’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Program, and Mindfulness Follow-Up Groups.

Sleep Tips

Read up on strategies to achieve more restful sleep. You deserve it!

Thursday, March 25: Physical Activity

Physical activity can improve your mood and your overall health. It’s important to pick an activity that you enjoy doing and can easily be incorporated into your day. Whether it be walking outside, going for a bike ride, or just simply taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, there is benefit in all movement.

Over the past year, working out at home has become the norm for some of us. It can be hard to find the motivation to be physically active when you no longer have regular access to a gym. If you enjoy working out at home, try these fun exercises to mix up your routine.

Tell us why you enjoy physical activity by completing the survey.

Hydration

Staying well hydrated throughout the day keeps joints lubricated; prevents infections; and improves cognition, sleep, and mood. Water is not our only source of hydration. Fruits and vegetables contain water, flavored water can contribute to your hydration needs as well.

There are free water stations in the cafeterias on UI Health Care main campus. View our helpful handout to see how much water you’re consuming throughout the day.

Friday, March 26: Mindfulness and Intuitive Eating

Mindful and intuitive eating are non-diet approaches to nourishing your body while providing the freedom to incorporate foods you love. Check out the resources below to learn more about each approach and remember to complete the survey.

6 Tips for Mindful Eating

Read about why mindful eating can be so beneficial.

Principles of Intuitive Eating

View the 10 principles of intuitive eating, another non-diet approach to developing a positive and peaceful relationship with food.