Loveland New Year's Resolution

Fit is Fun!

Week 1: Cardio


New to cardio? What a great time to get started!

Cardio enthusiast? Revamp your routine!


The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that most healthy adults get 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week for maximum benefit. 

Moderate aerobic exercise includes activities such as brisk walking, swimming and riding a bike around your neighborhood. Vigorous aerobic exercise includes activities such as running and aerobic dancing. 

In general, getting 30 minutes per day of physical activity as an awesome goal. If you want to work towards specific fitness goals, such as losing weight or reducing blood pressure, adding even just 10-30 minutes more per day can help you achieve those goals. 

You may wonder where do I start? Here are some easy habits to pick up daily to improve your cardio activity: 

1. Reduce your sitting. Less sitting means you are being active more throughout the day and working towards your daily exercise goal. Plus, the more hours you sit each day, the higher your risk of other metabolic problems even if you otherwise hit your targeted physical activity per day. 

2. Break up your exercise if you can't do it all at once. Even brief bouts of aerobic exercise have been shown to demonstrate significant health benefits. Can't do 30 minutes of walking in a row? Try three 10 minute walks instead!

3. Use a fitness tracker and hit your 10,000 steps. Not only does it keep you accountable, but it makes hitting your daily fitness goals fun! Create a buddy system or team up with a group for an extra challenge to push you further. 


See the Exercise & Wellness tab for a sample daily cardio planner!

January 2018



Habit #7: SHARPEN THE SAW!!!

Balance feels best!

How do incorporate physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health to find balance in your lives?

Image result for work from rest pendulum

Yes, we all need actually rest, SLEEP; but what leaves you feeling energized and ready to go?? Think about what gives you REST. 

It's a Work from Rest mentality. 

*Time with family, friends, alone, journaling, exercising, refecting** 

Think of it like a PENDULUM vs the worlds idea of "work/life balance"...

 Depending on your swing between rest and work.. it can determine how productive your "work" really can be. 

What type of activities leave you feeling energized and ready to work?

Who are the people who make you feel loved?

How can you show others you care?


Join the Loveland Team...Register for the Tiger Trot!

**Check your email for the form! :) **


Habit #6: SYNERGIZE!!!

We're all in this together... WE ARE A TEAM!

Have you ever heard?:

One Tiger...Many Stripes. My Voice, My Choice.

Care, Respect, and Responsibility.

Take this personality test and discover your strengths, and then share with a friend!

Click Here: EXPLORE my STRENGTHS


Ask Yourself:

Where do you see yourself as a part of the Tiger Family?

Who are the people who make you feel a part of this team?

How are you participating in the Tiger Family with your special talents and gifts?

What does "My Voice...My Choice" mean to you?



Seek First to Understand then to be 

Understood 


Habit #5: Seek First to Understand then to be Understood

Listen...then TALK!


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Have you made a decision recently without being open and honest with the person you’re judging? 

Have you asked their opinion and been open to listening... really listening to hear and understand, not just listening to respond or talk?



So It's February...That Means Heart Health Month

Did you know...
  • Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It is an equal opportunity killer which claims approximately 1 million lives annually.
  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.
  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
Reduce your risk...
  • Engage in regular moderate aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week or more vigorous workouts at least 20 minutes three times a week.
  • Adopt a diet low in salt, saturated and trans fats and high in unsaturated fats (fish, avocado, etc.) like the Mediterranean Diet.  The DASH diet is ranked number one for heart disease patients and high blood pressure.  Bottom line to all good diets- increase your fruits and vegetables!!
  • Avoid smoking !!  Smoking is a major cause of heart disease and causes one of every three deaths from heart disease.
  • Maintaining a good blood sugar level helps prevent heart disease- KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!!
  • Keep your blood pressure under control- stop by the clinic and get it taken.  It's free and it's on your BINGO card!!
  • Mange your stress...think meditation...mindfulness... yoga... spending fun times with others...and LAUGHING!!
Action steps...
  • Make a small goal and build from there.  Write it down and reward yourself when you meet it.  Goals turn into habits when done over a 3 week to 3 month period of time
  • Get together with a friend or some family and relax and enjoy the moment- try to live in the present
  • Start a journal or gratitude journal- when we look at life as half full, things change for the positive.
  • Turn off your electronics... venture outdoors for some sunshine (yes I know it's winter in Cincinnati and gray is the dominate color) when it shines.  When the weather is good, take a walk and breath in the fresh air.
  • Set a realistic goal that will help you maintain your weight- a normal weight keeps your bones happy and your numbers healthy!!
SO HERE'S TO STARTING RIGHT NOW ON A PATH TO NOT BECOMING ANOTHER STATISTIC!!

Walk the Walk



Also remember to Check out the PADLET by clicking below to encourage others throughout FIT is FUN!



Team, it is January... and we did it!
Stop, Collaborate and Listen... 
Tigers are back with a brand new addition! 

Habit #4: Think Win-Win
I win, You win, We all win!
BE A BUCKET FILLER!


Some may say: "The start of the school year will always be stressful..."
Yes, but we believe if we took a different approach and intentionally thought of it more as:
"We are ALL in this TOGETHER" rather than "I'm all alone... OR... This is how it always will be" 
then our school days can be more enjoyable.  

How many of you have ever said: 
"You just don't get it..." to someone who is outside of the education world?
I'm sure we can all relate in some way... because they can't... but WE CAN! 

We have the privilege of doing one of the BEST jobs in the world TOGETHER: 
Impacting students for tomorrow, today!

WE can make a more enjoyable environment for EVERYONE all year long. 
BUS DRIVERS, CUSTODIANS, LUNCH STAFF, ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS, PARENTS... UNITE!



Get in the GREEN ZONE_ Collaboration leads to more JOY! Take some time for our TEAM and watch this video:

When we become defensive
*Which we all do, we are human ... it's OK**
1. Acknowledge It
2. Slow Down
3. Check Negative Self-Talk
4. Create an Action Step and PRACTICE IT.
5. Start Over

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Habit #3: Put First Things First
Work, then play... REST!
Rest is critical for success. 
Producing meaningful work from a place of rest is almost extinct in our "busy" world.
What if we trained ourselves to have the mindset of working from rest?
When we are rested we are able to produce, more, effective work.

Use this image of a pendulum to see how the pull determines the swing.

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Rest looks different to everyone. Think of it as what leaves you feeling full, energized, and ready to go! 
What does rest look like to you?

Priorities. What are your priorities?

Make a list of where you spend your time in a day or a week.

How do these events demonstrate your priorities?

How do you find rest to gear up and be ready to invest in those priorities?


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Habit #2: Begin With the End in Mind
Have a plan... Make a Change!
Visualizing the life we desire is powerful. 

Setting goals and vision will lead to action steps.

Watch the Begin With the End in Mind Video and think: 
What kind of picture do I want to paint for my life?


Ask yourself:

What is my vision?

Knowing what the end results look like, can it help to think about what small steps that will be needed to get to the end goal?

When we make mistakes, can we get back on track? Where do you want to be in 5 years?

What kind of friend do you want to be to others?

What kind of people do you want to be your friends?

How do others influence our lives?

"Live Like Logan..."



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Habit #1: Be Proactive
My Voice... My Choice! Life is full of choices.
       Take Responsibility for YOU. 

From the moment we decide to wake up until we choose to lay our heads down at night, 
we are making choices.
Are they positive or negative?

                Often, the world we live in requires us to go, go, go. What if we took the time to 
stop and think? 
Are we able to think about  the things that are in our control, and what is not in our control? 
The words coming out of our mouth?
It is easy to become fearful, angry, or overwhelmed with unknowns and an endless "to-do" list. 

Our jobs force us to plan and think ahead. 
When plans change, how do we respond? Where is the focus? What is in your control or what is not?

Watch this video and ask yourself: How do I relate... Am I Proactive or Reactive?

Be Proactive



After you watch the video think about the following questions: 

Who are the people in your circle of influence?
Do they help make you the best version of yourself?
How do you respond to things when they are out of your control?
How can you become more proactive about choices in your own life?
-Health and Wellness-
-Family and Friends-
-Work Community-







March 2016
Welcome to MARCH- the month of cancer awareness, mental health awareness and support, and of course our annual March Madness journey.  Over the next month we are going to be concentrating on communicating out wellness messages including information on ways to prevent cancer and/ or screenings you should make sure are done at different stages of our life.  We will have info on ways to counter stress, depression and other mental health type concerns- so follow our website for info on all of this (please checkout the newsletters under our newsletter tab).  But for now I wanted to look at a few of our very own Loveland staff resources.  These three resources are just a few of the many we have here to ask for help or simply, how did you do that??   So in their own words are Tammy Ruerwhein (2nd grade teacher), Timmiera Lawrence (6th grade teacher) and John Waple (5th grade teacher), please check out their inspirational tale under the new Success Stories page



Starting Monday March 7 and then every first and third Monday, we are going to have a Weight Watchers-like meeting for anyone (no need to belong to WW or any other group) to weigh in and then share tips, maybe walk together, and/ or anything the group decides to do- it's just a support thing!! The first Monday will be at LECC at 4pm in the staff workroom and the third Mondays will be at LPS in the staff workroom at 3:15pm. This will happen through the rest of the year so join the fun- check it out on the staff wellness calendar section. 

Interested in getting some good exercise in for a worthy cause?  The Heart Mini-Marathon is Sunday March 13.  We are fortunate to have our own Kris Tracy let any Loveland staff be part of her team, the Scrambled Leggs!  It's a group of area food directors so it will be a high concentration of school personnel.  Please check out the Exercise and Wellness tab of the this website for all the details...see you there!

Remember to sport you new Fit is Fun shirts on Wellness Wednesday or whatever day your building chooses to highlight staff wellness. Get your building together for a Fit is Fun shirt picture and send it to Judy Leamy. Until next time...keep up the good work!


February- Heart Health Month

Simple Way to Explain B/P


It's not known as the silent killer for no reason!  We can't say enough about how blood pressure affects not only your heart, but how you feel.  Headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, feeling off, etc can all be symptoms of problems with your blood pressure.  The good habits that help keep your heart health, also work great for your blood pressure.  The Ted education piece really did a nice job of simply helping you understand the basics of what blood pressure is and the important role it plays in our bodies.  Here's some good information on what you can do to keep your blood pressure in check:



Check out the TED talks on heart health.  Some great talks on the differences between health care between the sexes particularly as it relates to diagnosis and intervention.  We all know men and women are different in many ways and our our response medically is also.  Women experience heart attacks quite different than men and are more difficult to diagnose.  We respond to medication differently as well as other interventions.  That is why it is imperative to understand yourself and know your data.  There is alittle lengthy Ted talk on statistics and data we should do every day so we understand our bodies better- check it out!.  Be part of your medical team- the most important voice!  Make sure you understand what your health provider diagnoses and prescribes.  Be comfortable with your direction.  Know what lifestyle changes you can make so you can impact your outcome- only you are able to decide if a change is too difficult for you.  We know ourselves best so trust your inner voice, know your numbers (B/P, resting heart rate, normal temperature, A1c blood sugar,  and body weight), and make changes that will improve your health.

Your Wellness Team
February 2016




We are all in it together!


Go Djokovic- way to show how supporting each other makes the difference!!  

FIT IS FUN....IT'S BACK!!!

It’s a New Year and a new opportunity to challenge each other to make fitness and wellness a priority.  I know I am so ready to be supported by my school colleagues getting encouragement to make those lifestyle changes that will keep me fit and healthy.  It has always helped me to see others walking, ask about how they lost their weight, improved their outlook, and all over seem happier .  Research will tell you that it is easier to stay motivated (for most people) and accomplish your goals when you have others around you supporting you.  Well that’s what we strive for with our FIT IS FUN program.  We are really looking at highlighting opportunities for fitness at gyms/ clubs, inviting others in with expertise in yoga, dancing, Zumba, etc that can help you see if this is right for you, and trying to look at things we can do to ward off stress and maybe we have carve out a short period of time to spend with each other (ie Volleyball tournament, Tiger Trot, etc).  Have any ideas you would want to share??  We are committed to getting the website as a useful tool.  We will have some cool prizes- stay tuned!!

 I am already gearing up for Wellness Wednesdays where everyone is encouraged to wear their workout gear and then do something that day that is fitness related!  We have several local health related businesses who are giving us some financial incentives to come and check their places out.  Call Five Seasons and tryout  their “We Make Fit Happen” program- it’s not too late or head to Anytime Fitness on Loveland- Madeira- they have special pricing for Loveland employees.  There’s also The Club at Harper’s Point that is offering a free 4 week membership for their tennis or fitness programs- tell them you’re a Loveland employee and you’re in!