Webinar – Don’t Stress About Stress

Examines the relationship between health and wellness and the importance of self-care. Learn specific strategies to develop and support positive coping strategies and resilience. Taught by certified health and life coach Abby Horton.

Webinar – Creating Good Habits that Last

Habit change is foundational to all health and wellness goals.  Learn how to cultivate healthy habits and how to “habit stack” for sustainable health and wellness. Taught by certified health and life coach Dr. Abby Horton.

Webinar – Fitness Mythbusters: Part 3

With all the videos, fads, and trends out there, it’s hard to tell fact from fiction when it comes to fitness. The good news is, University Recreation’s Charles Burroughs is here to bust some of those common myths and give you the truth about exercise and how to make it work for you.

December – Spotlight on Wellness

This month’s Spotlight on Wellness shares the how being mindful of food intake and prioritizing work-life balance helped her reach a wellness goal. Read more on how you could implement this into your routine.

WEBINAR – Fighting Illness with Fermented Foods

Did you know fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, and yogurt can improve your health in many different ways? Consuming these foods and drinks aids gut health, increases immunity, and improves overall health. Join us to dive into what these foods are, how they benefit our health, illnesses that they can defeat, and some delicious ways to incorporate them into your day!

The Benefits of Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are a great way to keep your gut in check. Fermentation initiates the production of healthy living bacteria known as probiotics. Probiotics help fight off harmful bacteria in the gut, promoting a healthier gut microbiota. Fermented foods are products such as kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut that undergo fermentation.

What is the gut microbiota..? It is a system of microorganisms in the digestive tract that protects your intestines against harmful microorganisms. A healthy gut microbiota enhances your overall health as it affects your immune system, inflammation, mental health, and digestive system and can decrease the risk of obesity and diabetes. Prebiotics are key to enhancing the effectiveness of the probiotic. Prebiotics are the food that the probiotics feed on to perform better and continue to multiply. Prebiotics can be found in plant fibers and are high in foods such as onions, garlic, and asparagus.

Overall, fermented foods contain probiotics and many minerals that support healthy gut microbiota, contributing to various health conditions. But this may lead you to think… can I just take a probiotic supplement every day? Not only are fermented foods a natural source providing further minerals and nutrients, but they also provide you with the greatest number of probiotics as well. Did you know that 4-6 ounces of fermented vegetables have around 10 trillion bacteria, whereas the average supplement only contains around 10 billion bacteria? You can enjoy these foods by adding fermented vegetables to your favorite salad or adding sauerkraut on top of your next hot dog! Not only do fermented foods taste good, but they benefit your overall health in various ways!

Try your hand at making your own fermented foods:

Kimchi:

https://revolutionfermentation.com/en/blogs/fermented-vegetables/napa-vegan-kimchi-recipe/

Fermented Vegetables:

https://shahzadidevje.com/diy-lacto-fermented-mixed-vegetables/

Fermented Salsa:

https://revolutionfermentation.com/en/blogs/fermented-vegetables/lacto-fermented-tomato-salsa-easy/

Sauerkraut:

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-sauerkraut-in-a-mason-jar-193124

by: Camryn Centracchio, Human Nutrition and Dietetics Intern, Coordinated Program in Dietetics, University of Alabama

WEBINAR – Diabetes: The Sweet Truth

Designed to help those currently living with Diabetes those at risk for developing Diabetes. Topics covered include Diabetes Type 1, Type 2, prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes.