11.12.21 Wellness Newsletter

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Research shows that thankfulness can help decrease anxiety and depression.

Read more about the benefits of gratitude from Harvard and the National Alliance on Mental Health. 

During this season of Gratitude and Thanksgiving, it’s important that we continue to prioritize our own self-care, offer encouragement to classmates and colleagues, and recognize opportunities to be supportive and of each other with a pay-it-forward attitude.

 Join us at the Pop-Up Tea where you can share what you are thankful for!

 This is a season where family and friends gather to celebrate!  Please add a recipe to our Tuftsgiving recipe share: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1thYMM1L_ixy_mlKLac2M0d6GSiOb2_-KLTmyk8VhBaI/edit?usp=sharing

Current Wellness Activities:

Grief Group:
Let’s face loss together. The Grief Group is a new group for students who have experienced the loss of parents, partners, siblings, children, other family members, and close friends. If you’re looking for connection, conversation, and a community of people who get it, come to the grief group’s kick-off meeting, which will be held on Thursday, November 18, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, in Med Ed 218. Bring your lunch but dessert will be provided. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emma Stevens at emmafrench.stevens@tufts.edu

Pop-up Tea:
Take a mini study/ stress break and join us for afternoon tea on Thursday, 11/18 from 2:30-3:30pm in Med Ed 221. During the Pop-Up Tea, you will have an opportunity to share what you are thankful for or share a word of encouragement by adding a leaf to our Gratitude Tree.

All supplies will be provided!


Ongoing Wellness Activities:
Virtual Drop-in Meditations – two options:
The Mindfulness, Meditation and Wellness Group (MMWG) is open to all students.  If you would like to reach out to the leadership or be added to the listserv for the group you may send an email to: emma.noyes@tufts.edu & alexia.soteropoulos@tufts.edu.
Upcoming sessions:
11/18 – 12p ZOOM ONLY
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 940 3960 6817 Passcode: 001232

Dr. Christina Pastan’s Meditation
The dates for meditation are on Thursdays as follows:
November 18, 2021
December 2, 2021
December 9, 2021
Join Zoom Meeting


Virtual Restorative Yoga on Wednesdays at 5:00pm. Dr. Pastan is looking forward to seeing you on the mat!  The dates for Restorative Yoga with Dr. Pastan are as follows
November 17, 2021
December 1, 2021
December 8, 2021
Join Zoom Meeting


Free workouts to try at home, anywhere and anytime:

8Fit Workouts:
10 Minute HIIT Cardio

MadFit is my go-to for at home workouts
20 Mins Full Body Workout No Equipment

 Low Impact – Body Project

15 Min Bhangra Workout

This week’s community corner is highlighting the Four Weeks Fall Step Challenge

A huge congratulations to everyone who participated in the fall step challenge! There were a total of 85 participants representing all of programs on the Health Sciences Campus, and we accumulated a total of 15,111,954.  Nicely Done!!

Winners for Week 4:

  • Erin Mooz, M25
  • Regan Manayan, M22
  • Arpita Jajoo, M23
  • Zeel Patel, DMD
  • Amy Eckland, M25, Maine Track
  • Gaby Rao, Friedman
  • Anjali Oberoi, M23
  • Danielle Destiny, M25
  • Afan Alghanai, Freidman
  • Anna Leigh Bibliowicz, Freidman

Students Who Accumulated the Most Steps:

  • Maria Brouard, MD/Ph.D.- 315,975
  • Emily Yeo, Freidman- 347,936
  • Erin Mooz, M25- 448, 839
  • Peter Tao, M25- 319,830
  • Zeel Patel, DMD- 444,396
  • Gaby Rao, Freidman- 457,365
  • Abby Lemons, MD/Ph.D.- 391,457

In the Kitchen
Zucchini Corn Chowder this delicious and simple recipe is perfect for curbing your wintertime cravings!
Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice is an easy take on a delicious classic. Remove the sausage to make a staple meal for vegetarians, this is a great source of protein!

Student Wellness Advising continues to be a friendly and accessible hub of support for all students on the Health Science Campus. The Wellness Advisor, Snaggs, works with all students to offer practical approaches to manage everyday stressors and challenges. Some of the services she provides include:

    1. Confidential and private wellness advising
    2. Triage and referral to psychiatrists and clinicians/therapists as needed
    3. Works with students to find Primary Care Physician (PCP) in Greater Boston area

Snaggs is available to talk with you by Zoom or telephone. To schedule an appointment, use the following link
schedule a Zoom Meeting with Snaggs here, or send an email Sharon.Snaggs@tufts.edu

Student Wellness Advisory Committee:
The Student Wellness Advisory Committee (SWAC) acts as a liaison to the Student Wellness Advisor.  SWAC is comprised of a diverse group of student volunteers from all programs on the Boston Health Science Campus.

Student Wellness Advisory Committee Members

Tufts recognizes the importance of easy access to confidential mental health counseling. Counselors are also available by phone for urgent issues. Please call 1-800-756-3124 there’s somebody to talk to 24/7/365 days a year. To schedule an appointment only, email tuftscounseling@allonehealth.com

Have any questions, comments, or contributions? Reach out to our Social Work Intern, Liz Vossen!

Liz is currently attending Boston College for a master’s degree in social work and is our Social Work Intern. She is very excited to be a part of the Tufts Student Wellness team. Liz is interested in student development and mental health, as well as nutrition and community health. Also, if you would like to contribute anything at all to the community corner, such as a recipe, book recommendation, favorite tv show, or anything else, please send an email to studentwellnessadvising@tufts.edu or Elizabeth.Vossen@tufts.edu 

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