Live Well, Work Well October 2012

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Live Well, Work Well October 2012

  1. 1. October 2012Brought to you by: The Gardner GroupTrick-or-Treating Safety Workplace BullyingBetween bags of candy and spooky  If older children trick-or-treat with a Many people believe that bullyingcelebrations, October 31 is a favorite group of friends, plan out the route occurs mainly on the playground, but inday for many children and adults. they will take in advance, and make reality, many adults are bullied everyHowever, the festivities aren’t all fun and sure you have the cellphone number day while at work.games for children. This Halloween, of someone in the group.protect your little ghost or ghoul by  Make sure your child follows all Generally, workplace bullying is definedfollowing these safety guidelines. normal traffic rules, such as walking as the use of intimidation through on the sidewalk. Never assume right power, influence, tone or language toPreparation affect a person negatively. Often, of way, as drivers may not be able to  Make sure the costume your child see you or your family. bullying is intentional, but at times the wears is bright, reflective and fire- bully is not aware of his or her hurtful resistant. You may also wish to add actions or words. reflective tape to your child’s trick-or- treat bag. If you or a co-worker is being bullied, report it to a supervisor immediately. If  Consider non-toxic makeup instead you are being bullied by your supervisor, of a mask that can limit or block your report it to another manager or to HR. child’s eyesight. Remember to test the makeup in a small area first and Because October is National Bullying remove it before bedtime to prevent Prevention Month, consider logging on irritation. to www.stopbullying.gov for additional  Preparing a good meal for your information about bullying. family before trick-or-treating will keep your child from filling up on After trick-or-treating unexamined candy.  Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before DID YOU KNOWWhile trick-or-treating allowing your child to eat anything. In Thirty-five percent of the U.S.  If trick-or-treating at night, provide addition, be wary of any homemade workforce say that they have flashlights for all children and adults treat that did not come from a close been bullied at work. involved. friend or family.  An adult should always accompany  Too much of anything can be a bad That’s over 54 million young children, even if you trust the thing—especially candy. Try to ration Americans who are unfairly neighborhood they are in. your child’s treats over the next days intimidated by a co-worker or and weeks. supervisor.
  2. 2. Fall Fitness TipsLet’s face it—with the days growing shorter and the weather climate, prepare you for a winter of indoor exercise.turning colder, it’s getting harder and harder to keep up good Make exercise social – The best way to stick to your workout isexercise habits. Read on for some tips to help keep you active to find a buddy with similar workout goals. You can motivateand feeling fit during fall. each other, whether indoors or out.Plan family events – Take advantage of the time the kids aren’tin school by planning outdoor family events. Simply walkingthrough a public park with your loved ones will get you out of thehouse.Enjoy the scenery – Biking, hiking and jogging outdoors aregreat during the fall and will allow you to enjoy the weatherbefore winter hits. Just remember to dress in layers and wearreflective clothing, as it gets cold and dark early.Hit the gym – To supplement your outdoor activity, considergoing to the gym. Alternating between outdoor and indoorexercise will keep your workout fresh and, if you live in a colderMoney-saving Freezer Meals Vegetable SuccotashWith work and school, errands and extra-curricular activities, it Reshape supper with a light, delicious vegetable-based mealcan be nearly impossible to find the time to cook and eat a while taking advantage of the last of fresh summer corn, beansweekday meal this time of year. With a little planning, you can and squash. While this recipe can be a light meal in itself, ittake the pressure off yourself by making and freezing meals in makes a healthy side to complement any main dish, too.advance. ¼ cup olive oilBecause you can control what you put into each meal, 1 cup onion, dicedhomemade meals can be more nutritious and less expensive 2 garlic cloves, finely choppedthan store-bought frozen meals. Read on for tips on how to get 2 cups bell pepper, dicedthe most out of your homemade freezer meals. 2 cups zucchini, dicedThe meals to freeze 2 cups yellow summer squash, dicedSoups, stews and chili, popular dishes at this time of the year, 3 cups lima beans, frozenwill freeze and reheat excellently, but anything with a lot of 3 cups corn kernels, frozenmoisture in it will freeze well. 2 tbsps. fresh sage, coarsely choppedHow to freeze them Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. OnceFreeze food as rapidly as possible to maintain its quality. Rapid oil is hot, add the onion and cook until translucent, about 2freezing prevents undesirable large ice crystals from forming minutes. Next, add garlic, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, limabecause the molecules don’t have time to form into the beans and corn, and season as desired. Cook, stirring regularly,characteristic six-sided snowflake. until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. When finished,To freeze, place the dish into meal-sized containers or stir in sage and serve.packages, and label and date the packages. If using a plastic or Yield: 8 servings. Each serving provides 170 calories, 8g total fat, 1g saturated fat,glass container, leave a little room at the top so the food may 4g protein and 10mg sodium. Source: www.cdc.govexpand. If using a plastic freezer bag, try to leave as little air inthe bag as possible. Store in a freezer kept at zero degrees F orbelow.How long to keep themAccording to the USDA, cooked meat, soups, stews andcasseroles may be stored for 2-3 months; cooked poultry for upto 4 months; and frozen dinners and entrees may be kept frozenfor 3 to 4 months.For more information and a full timetable visitwww.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Focus_On_Freezing/index.asp. This brochure is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. For further information, please consult a medical professional. © 2012 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

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