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September Employee Wellness Series

Welcome to DCHR's Employee Wellness Series which helps you go further.

Our wellness program offers a wide range of courses including fitness classes, mental health seminars, cooking demonstrations, and so much more.

These opportunities are available to all employees, regardless of title, position and grade.

September is Cholesterol Awareness and Hispanic Heritage Month

During the month of September, we recognize Cholesterol Awareness Month. Taking advantage of services such as physical exams, biometric screenings, and health coaching can help to improve your cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, body weight, and cardiovascular fitness.

DC, join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by learning Spanish. Spanish class is offered virtually every Wednesday at 12:30 pm.

Never skip a beat, DC, visit our employee wellness page for more information on your employee benefits.

Flu season is upon us! Protect yourself, as well as your family and friends, from influenza.

September is here and school is in session across Washington. We want our workforce to make a healthy choice, so we are bringing flu vaccines to you. In partnership with our healthcare vendors, the DC Department of Human Resources will host flu shot clinics for employees from September 26th to October 12th at eight DC Government sites.

Visit DCHR website to see the Flu Shot clinic locations for the 2023 flu season.

Check out our list of FREE upcoming wellness activities to help you create a healthy lifestyle:

America Meditates Initiative: Self-Care Tuesdays

September 5, 12, 19, 26 | 7:30-8:00AM & 3:30-4:00PM

Take a moment for yourself. Log in for 30 minutes of online, live guided meditation techniques from our partners at the Art of Living Foundation. Release stress through effortless meditation and breathwork with expert instructors. No previous experience is needed. Join twice a day with new topics every morning and afternoon. Find a quiet space or put on your headset.

Within the weekly theme, the morning sessions will address “transitioning into the workday” and the evening will include “releasing the day’s stress for a transition to home.”

Week 1

Let Go of Physical Stress: Seated Exercises To Release & Recharge

● Headache, Neck Pain, Eye Strain

● Shoulder Relief & Backache

Week 2

Natural Ways to Increase Energy Levels To Improve Your Ability to Manage Stress

● Better Sleep

● Healthy Lifestyle

Week 3

Build Inner Resilience Joyfully

● Practicing Gratitude

● Pay it Forward

Week 4

Mind Management to Relieve Stress

● Bringing the Mind to the Present

● Letting Go of Negative

Tuesday Morning Session: 7:30-8:00AM

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Tuesday Afternoon Session: 3:30-4:00PM

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America Meditates Initiative: Self-Care Thursdays

September 7, 14, 21, 28 | 8:30-9:00AM & 4:30-5:00PM

Take a moment for yourself. Log in for 30 minutes of online, live guided meditation techniques from our partners at the Art of Living Foundation. Release stress through effortless meditation and breathwork with expert instructors. No previous experience is needed. Join twice a day with new topics every morning and afternoon. Find a quiet space or put on your headset.

Within the weekly theme, the morning sessions will address “transitioning into the workday” and the evening will include “releasing the day’s stress for a transition to home.”

Week 1

Let Go of Physical Stress: Seated Exercises To Release & Recharge

● Headache, Neck Pain, Eye Strain

● Shoulder Relief & Backache

Week 2

Natural Ways to Increase Energy Levels To Improve Your Ability to Manage Stress

● Better Sleep

● Healthy Lifestyle

Week 3

Build Inner Resilience Joyfully

● Practicing Gratitude

● Pay it Forward

Week 4

Mind Management to Relieve Stress

● Bringing the Mind to the Present

● Letting Go of Negative

Thursday Morning Session: 8:30-9:00AM

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Thursday Afternoon Session: 4:30-5:00PM

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Meditation Class: Reduce Anxiety and Stress

September 6, 2023 | 11:30AM - 12:00PM

As a tribute to every employee – from the directors of the agencies to the hardest working clerical staff – 11:30 am meditations are inspired to give your mind a little rest to rejuvenate and recharge.

Each 30-minute meditation helps relax the entire body, including the brain, the nervous system, and the heart’s blood pressure. Gentle slow breaths also nurture the immune system and lower rates of anxiety and depression.

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Build a Routine! Occurs every Wednesday

Understanding Our Child's Learning Style

September 6, 2023 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Learning Style is described as a group of characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors that define our way of learning. Different styles influence the form a student learns, how a teacher teaches, and understand the interaction between them. In today's session, we will learn why learning styles are important. We will explore our role as parents, to work with our child's strengths using Dr. Howard Gardner's multiple-intelligence theory.

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Spanish Class with Profesora Harrison and Nina Jones

September 6, 2023 | 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Enhance your language skills with elementary and intermediate level Spanish. Learn basic Spanish oral and written communication skills.

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Build a Routine! Occurs every Wednesday

Mindful Mondays: Mindful Pauses

September 11, 2023 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM

A mindful pause is a way to check in with feelings, emotions, and principles and make measured decisions for ourselves and others around us. It's as simple as taking a deep breath and slowing down for a moment and identifying what is going on inside us before we take the next step forward.

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Well Talk: Self Care For Working Professionals

September 12, 2023 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM

This workshop will highlight how employee's mental health and wellness is impacted without a routine self-care practice. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for practicing self during the work day.

Meeting ID: 224 357 484 678

Passcode: PrWLC8

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Well-Being Wednesdays: Flu Awareness

September 13, 2023 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Get the scoop on the latest news with the flu and the difference between the flu and a cold. Find out what you can do to prevent both.

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Cholesterol and You

September 14, 2023 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Learn the causes and effects of high cholesterol and different ways to manage your cholesterol.

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Family Health

September 19, 2023 | 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Review common health concerns and screenings and find strategies to keep every family member healthy while practicing self-care.

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Positivity and Affirmation-Creating your Own Affirmation Cards

September 21, 2023 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Understanding the Power of Positivity, especially when using Positive Affirmations as a tool.

Our Brain can get trained and retrained. What happens is that usually we ‘train’ our brain to focus on the Negative, and we do not get out of it. Today we will learn:

  • Exercises to Re-train our Brain to introduce Positivity and eliminate Negativity
  • Creating our very own Positive Affirmation Cards

Meeting ID: 838 1363 5710

Passcode: 249935

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Credit Scores

September 29, 2023 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

A credit score is an important part of your financial life. Do you know how they are calculated and work? Join us to find out!

Check Out Additional September Wellness Resources

What do Your Cholesterol Numbers Mean? Learn More

6 Things You Can Start Doing Today to Lower Your Cholesterol Learn More

All About Vaccines Learn More

Adult Immunization Schedule Learn More

30 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Around DC Learn More

The Gratitude Habit Online Seminar (Available starting September 19th) Access Now

Healthy Pathways Summer 2023 Learn More

5 Sun Safety Tips Learn More

Mindful Mondays Webinar Series Learn More

Wellbeing Wednesdays Webinar Series Learn More