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HealthyUT – July 2017

  HealthyUT – July 2017

Wellness Warrior

The Wellness Warrior Award is given to individuals across campus who are nominated by their peers for leading by example and inspiring through action to create a healthier lifestyle.

July Wellness Warrior: Tami Wyatt, faculty in the College of Nursing

July Wellness Warrior: Tami Wyatt, faculty in the College of Nursing

The Wellness Warrior Award for July goes to Tami Wyatt. Tami has been with the University of Tennessee and the College of Nursing for 13 years and currently serves as the associate dean for research and Torchbearer Professor of Nursing.

Over the last year Tami has made the change to healthy lifestyle. She has changed everything about her life for the better including sleep habits, diet and exercise. Through this change, she has lost a great amount of weight and has come to liver a healthier life focused on fitness. When she is not at UT, Tami enjoys biking and walking her dogs.

Her nomination notes that, “Tami is now inspiring others within our college by hosting a wellness blog to share her newfound wellness with others.” Tami continues here journey into a healthier lifestyle by utilizing campus resources such as TRECS. Tami describes TRECS as, “a fabulous facility that is convenient. I have been a patron of TRECS for 9 years and take advantage of the personal trainers.”

Congratulations, Tami for you nomination and thank you for being such a motivating model of health and wellness.

Making the healthy choice is not always the easy choice. To nominate someone who you feel is deserving of the Wellness Warrior Award please fill out a nomination form.

Move More

Staying Hydrated While Being Active 

As the temperatures rise over the summer, it can be difficult to find the motivation to be active. regardless of your activity levels, it is important to stay hydrated in this heat. Fluids are important for vital bodily functions that keeps your body working just right. Here are a few tips on how to beat the heat by staying hydrated.

  1.  Know how much water you need. The general rule to follow is to drink a pint of water for every pound of sweat you lose. Additionally, drink more if you plan to be outside or engage in a lot of physical activity.
  2. Listen to your body. Drink Water before you feel thirsty and before and after you go outside on hot days.Being thirsty is a single that your body is dehydrated.
  3. Eat foods that have a high water content like cucumbers, strawberries and watermelon. Bonus: put fruit in your water for flavor and eat them afterwards.
  4. Carry reusable water bottle as a constant reminder to drink water. Be mindful of how much water you drink and when you drink it.  This could also be a good way to set goals with the amount of water you drink. Bonus: Get Be Well water bottles for you office.

Upcoming Community Events:

– Forget Me Not 5k for Alzheimer’s – August 19 
 Join the “UTK– Be Well” team listed under corporate teams and use the code “MoveMore” to receive a discount when you register. To register for the race and for more information Visit

2018 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and 5k registration begins August 1st. Register as part of the University of Tennessee team for a $10 Discount.

Source: ParTNers for Health newsletter

Eat Smarter

Healthy Grilling Habits

The summer months are perfect for grilling your favorite foods. Grilled food can often offer a healthier option if done right.  Here are a few tips to enjoy both your food and your safety.

  1. Only grill outdoors and grill away from siding, deck rails, and any other flammable object.
  2. Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill.
  3. Always open the lid before lighting a gas grill and never leave the grill unattended.
  4. Clean your grill after use and dump the coals in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.
  5. Skip processed meats such as hot dogs and sausages.
  6. Grill veggies for a tasty crispy addition of flavors
  7. Keep the flames at bay. Avoid cooking on direct flames as this may cause some charring which has been linked to some cancer causing elements.
Source: 7/18 ParTNers for Health newsletter

Be Mindful 

Habits for a Better Work-Life Balance 

Many things in our daily lives have a profound impact on our mood and mental health. Your job can be a main source of stress that negatively affects your life at home and at work. Research has shown that those with “work-life stress” are more likely to use tobacco or alcohol, eat unhealthy food, get less sleep, get sick, not go to the doctor, and actually have a bad work performance. Fortunately, there are ways to regain balance and stability in your work and personal life by doing the following things:

  • Limit the amount of time spent in front of a screen and engage with those around you.
  • Take breaks throughout the day to take a walk or find other ways to de-stress.
  • Use your vacation days-you earned it.
  • Set aside time for you and those you love.
  • Do something that interests you!
Source: 7/11 ParTNers for Health Newsletter

The HealthyUT Newsletter is a monthly publication where events, information, and resource to support healthy lifestyles will be shared with the UT Knoxville Community.  It will serve as our communication with our campus community as we try to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

 Be Well.