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Wellness walk at Milwaukee hospital

Now, you can take a quick, indoor walk without leaving the Milwaukee hospital campus. In collaboration with Froedtert Hospital, Children’s has posted a 0.26-mile walking route in the tunnel; it extends from the elevator banks at the Children’s Corporate Center to Froedtert’s Pavilion. Take a loop and you’ll log half a mile! Signs are posted along the way to guide you, and a map is displayed at each end of the tunnel. Take advantage of this convenient way to get some steps in, reduce stress and do something good for yourself.

Financial fitness makes dollars and sense

Join the December Challenge, and you’ll get tips on how to be financially fit while earning Healthy Rewards credits. Boost your money-management skills with variety of exercises, including:

  • Budgeting
  • Saving for short-term and long-term goals
  • Protecting your credit rating and credit cards
  • Investing
  • Prevention (your physical health impacts your financial health)

This 30-day challenge ends Dec. 31. Be sure to log your credits at

Questions? Contact the Healthy Rewards Hotline at (414) 266-1516.

The holidays don’t make everyone feel jolly

If the holidays are a difficult time for you or your family, Children’s Employee Assistance Program, LifeMatters, is here to help. You can find support by accessing our online resources at (use the company password chw1) or by calling (800) 634-6433, where someone is available to listen 24/7.

Learn about strategies that could help:

  • Managing expectations
  • Doing something for someone else can be helpful to you
  • Saving time for yourself
  • Trying something new

Holiday stuffing – how to hold off weight gain

For many of us, the holidays bring visions of plates piled high with mashed potatoes and gravy, honey glazed ham, cookies, cakes and pie. And while it’s okay to indulge in a few seasonal favorites, today’s stuffing can turn into unwanted extra pounds in the new year.

Here are some tips* for keeping weight off during the holidays:

  • Physical activity. People who are more active are more likely to maintain their weight during the holidays.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol can be a major source of hidden calories.
  • Limit soda and other sweetened beverages. These drinks add extra calories, too.
  • Schedule holiday food celebrations at normal meal times. Celebrations outside of normal meal times encourage people to pile on extra calories.
  • Choose foods with fewer calories. Foods with fewer calories for their size make you feel fuller sooner.
  • Use smaller plates. The bigger your plate and the more food that’s on it, the more you’re likely to eat in the end.
  • Eat a healthy snack beforehand. You’ll be less likely to eat a lot of fattening food at the party.
  • Weigh yourself daily. And plan how you’ll get back on track if your weight begins to creep up.

Nutrition help is here

Clinical dietitian Marie Norris MS, RD, CD, can help you find healthy eating strategies that work for you. Schedule an appointment with Marie at (414) 266-8616.

*Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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