Monthly Health Topic - December: Mental Health Depression

Hope in the Holidays. Television icon, Andy Rooney died at the age of 92 last month, just one month after his retirement from 60 Minutes. A perpetual curmudgeon and “America’s favorite grump”, Rooney had an opinion on just about everything. Yet his so-called crankiness was also his charm that kept him on the show for 33 years.  The New York Times reported, “Seated behind his desk in his small, cluttered office at CBS in New York, Rooney spoke into the camera as though the viewer at home had just dropped in for a brief visit to see what was on his mind that week.”

 

What’s on your mind?  Is your thinking filled with a sense of hope or are you looking at your situation as bleak and hopeless?  It’s normal to feel blue now and then and even the holidays can bring out feelings of sadness, loss, or guilt.  Over time, loss of hope can contribute to ill health and depression.  So finding hope in what brings you meaning is very important even when gloomy days lay ahead.  In a sense, Andy Rooney gave us hope by looking at the world in a variety of ways and with humor and grace.  Maintaining hope will help you through the most despairing situations. 

 

As a reminder, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help restore hope.  This program uses trained counselors and coaches to help us with marital issues, financial constraints, work problems, substance abuse and more.  Call them today to get started in restoring your hope—816-931-3073 or 1-800-EAP-1223.  



Fruit And Veggies – More Matters Month

Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & Produce for Better Health Foundation External Link

Fruit and Veggies - More Matters MonthEvery September, Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month promotes the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables.

Fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet that can help protect you from:



  • Heart disease
  • Bone loss
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Some cancers, such as colorectal cancer

Check out MyPlate.gov to find out how many servings of fruit and vegetables you need based on your age, weight, level of physical activity, and gender.



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