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HealthyUT – August 2017

  HealthyUT – August 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.

August Wellness Warrior- Joel Anderson, College of Nursing

August Wellness Warrior- Joel Anderson, College of Nursing

The Wellness Warrior Award for July goes to Dr. Joel Anderson from the College of Nursing. Since joining the University of Tennessee in August of 2016, Joel has helped staff in the college of nursing improve their own personal well-being by creating a monthly wellness initiative. He frequently communicates messages on topics of family and caregiver health, wellness, healing, and much more to thousands of people! Joel believes in a holistic approach to wellness which has led him to include wellness in all areas of his life including his research.

With family history of several chronic condition, “I do my best to live a healthy lifestyle to reduce my risk.” Joel says when speaking on what inspires him to make the healthier choices. His determination is reflected in his choice to become a vegetarian for the past 16 years. Joel explains, “I chose to become vegetarian because of my family medical history.”

Congratulations, Joel for you nomination and thank you for being an active leader in promoting health and wellness and a great model of making the healthier choices.

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

FACT: Exercise is good for your health. 

Surely, everyone know that physical activity is good for your heart, muscles, and other parts of your body, but there has been recent research that suggests even more specific health and fitness benefits. One study reports that climbing eight flights of stairs per day can lower the risk of stroke and early mortality by 33%.1 Another study suggests that Fitbit users who participate in in-app challenges average 2,000 more steps, which is equivalent to walking an extra mile, per day than those who do not.2

A great way for you to engage in more exercise is to join the BeWell Lifestyle Program. The program promotes healthy eating and encourages its participants to engage in physical activity, whether it be walking, running, or any other activity that makes you Move! The BeWell Lifestyle Program will host its first meeting on September 19. Further details will be given at a later date, but if there are any questions, please feel free to contact Yusof Al-Wadei at or at (865)-974-5725

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.

1 I-Min Lee and Ralph S. Paffenbarger, Jr. (2000). Associations of Light, Moderate, and Vigorous Intensity Physical Activity with Longevity. American Journal of Epidemiology. Retrieved 2017, from
2 Based on anonymized and aggregated Fitbit data, November 2016

Eat Smarter

Cookbooks for Tasty and Healthy Meals 

Staying in and enjoying a home-cooked meal is a great way to spend time with your family, save money, and also eat healthier. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has many healthy recipes to choose from, and they even offer guides and plans to help you make better eating choices. Feel free to visit their website for more information.

Recipe of the Month: 6 Ingredient Pulled Jackfruit
As summer comes to an end, it is only fitting to enjoy one last “typical” summer food. Barbecuing can be a lot of work, but worry not! This unique spin on the traditional pulled pork sandwich does not require you to fire up the grill, has only 6 ingredients, and does not contain pork at all! Instead, jackfruit is used as a substitute, which greatly reduces the number of calories. The recipe, along with mouth-watering pictures, can be found at .

 “Free Healthy Recipes.” National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Sam Turnbull • It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. “6 Ingredient Pulled Jackfruit • It Doesn’t Taste like Chicken.” It Doesn’t Taste like Chicken, 28 Apr. 2017,

Be Mindful 

Laughter is the Best Medicine 

Have you ever heard the expression that laughter is the best medicine? Well, doctors and research have confirmed that laughing has many health benefits. Letting out a chuckle or two can improve your mood, soothe pain and tension, lower inflammation, help your body fight diseases and relieve stress. So, the next time you hear something funny, laugh until you can’t anymore, because your body needs it!

Source: 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.