10 Silent Signs You Might Have Diabetes
New studies show a shocking 25 percent of people with type 2 diabetes don’t even know it. If you experience some of these subtle signs and symptoms, talk to your doctor about getting tested.
“It’s not like you wake up one day and all of a sudden you’re thirsty, hungry, and [going to the bathroom] all the time,” says Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, a certified diabetes educator in Illinois and a spokesperson for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. “It picks up gradually.” Indeed, “most people are unaware that they have diabetes in its early or even middle phases,” says Aaron Cypess, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff physician at Joslin Diabetes Center. Just because you’re not keyed in doesn’t mean you’re immune from problems associated with diabetes, he adds. The longer you go without controlling diabetes, the greater your risk for heart disease, kidney disease, amputation, blindness, and other serious complications. “We recommend that people with risk factors for diabetes, such as a family history or being overweight, get evaluated on a regular basis,” Dr. Cypess says. If you’ve been feeling off, talk to your doctor about getting a simple blood test that can diagnose the disease. And pay attention to these subtle diabetes signs and symptoms:
You’re taking more bathroom breaks
You’re thirstier than usual
You feel shaky and hungry
You’re tired all the time
Your cuts and scrapes heal more slowly
For more symptoms and more information, read more here.
From Weight Watchers Newsletter
This is a reminder of University policy when the weather threatens safe travel. Official announcements about a closing, delayed opening or early release will be made through broadcast email, the Emergency Hotline (540-458-5277) and will be posted on the university’s website. Additional communication outlets can be found in the employee handbook.
In the event of inclement weather and the delay or closing of the University or early release of employees, the following provisions apply to non-essential employees.
Employees who report to work later than the delayed opening time should charge the time between the time the university opens until their arrival to CTO. Regularly scheduled hours until the delayed opening should be charged to university holiday/closing. Employees who do not report to work should use CTO for the entire day. With supervisor approval, time can be made up during the same pay period.
Employees who leave work earlier than the early release time should charge the time between their departure and the early release to CTO. Regularly scheduled hours after the early release should be charged to university holiday/closing. Employees who do not report to work should use CTO for the entire day. With supervisor approval, time can be made up during the same pay period.
Non-essential employees who are not asked to report as outlined above will receive no additional compensation if they choose to work when the University has been delayed, closed or if there is an early release.
Because of the essential nature of their work, Student Health Center nurses, specified employees in Facilities Management, and employees (including non-benefit eligible employees) in Public Safety and Dining Services, are expected to report to work as close to schedule as possible or to continue to work their regular schedule, even when the University is closed, unless they are specifically instructed otherwise. Pay provisions for essential employees can be found in the employee handbook.
If you have questions about the policy, please contact Human Resources. Questions about recording hours in WebAdvisor can be addressed by Payroll.
Please share this important information with co-workers who don’t regularly access their W&L email.
A reminder of the remaining 2016 holidays. Our very best wishes for enjoyable holidays.
Winter Holidays: Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26
New Year’s: Friday, December 30
Departments may choose to close the week of December 26. If so, Tuesday through Thursday, December 27 -29 should be recorded as CTO.
Click here to visit our website for the 2017 holiday schedule.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Did you know that close to 30 million Americans have diabetes? And 86 million more have prediabetes – blood sugar levels that are higher than normal.
Because this disease is so common – and in many cases is related to weight – this month’s Quickbites will feature diabetes-related content – to help you better understand this disease and learn what you can do to prevent it or reduce its complications.
We start with advice from Mayo Clinic. In Diabetes prevention: 5 tips for taking control, you’ll learn about key lifestyle changes that could help you to keep diabetes at bay.
And from Science Daily comes this article: Some is Good, More is Better, which talks about the value of exercise for the prevention of diabetes. According to new research, walking briskly or cycling for just 150 minutes a week (less than half an hour a day) can reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 26%.
If you have been diagnosed as prediabetic, and wondering what your daily food choices are, check out I’m Prediabetic: What Do I Eat? for general guidelines about what and when to eat.
And here’s a diabetes-friendly recipe that’s sophisticated enough to serve to dinner guests. Our Sautéed Flounder with Mint and Tomatoes combines mild-tasting flounder with fresh tomatoes and ribbons of fresh mint and basil for a tasty and beautiful dish that’s only 2 SmartPoints per serving.
Lindsey Hildebrand, Dining Operations Assistant
Rosanna McMillan, Assistant Coach, Equestrian
Tell us a little about yourself…
Mary Washington College- History Major. Horses have been a big part of my life beginning at age 5 with first pony. Husband, James and I currently own and operate 170 acre horse facility in Rockbridge County.
Any favorite Lexington/regional spots/activities? (or something you are excited about)
Love the rich history of this area. Partake in many outdoor activities, riding, kayaking, hiking as well as farming.
How do you unwind/have fun? Any hobbies/hidden talents?
I am an active yoga participant. Love Center of Gravity yoga studio. Ride and retrain off the track thoroughbred race horses. Volunteer at and adopt Rockbridge SPCA dogs and cats.
Best advice anyone has ever given to you?
Treat others as you would expect to be treated. Always do what you believe to be honest. Go outside everyday and rejoice in nature.
Anything else you are looking forward to in particular at W&L?
The opportunity to develop and encourage the members of the equestrian team to enjoy riding, enjoy the outdoors and find balance between work and play.
Anything else you want to share with the W&L community?
I love my family, my rescue dogs and horses. And I love to laugh!
As the holidays are approaching we wanted to take this time to remind employees of the holiday schedule.
Listed below are the scheduled University Holidays remaining for 2016.
Thanksgiving Holiday: Wednesday, Nov. 23 (1/2 day), Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25
Winter Holidays: Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and
Friday, Dec. 30, 2016
Employees who do not work during the entire winter holiday will need to use 3 days of CTO for: Tuesday, Dec. 27, Wednesday, Dec. 28, and Thursday, Dec. 29.
The University reopens on Monday, January 2, 2017.
Non-exempt employees, including casual employees, who are required by their supervisors to work on a University Holiday should refer to the Employee Handbook for the holiday pay policy.
Non-Exempt employees who have questions about recording hours worked on a holiday should contact Les Gearhart, email@example.com, or Carolyn Deacon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exempt employees who are required by their supervisor to work on a holiday may take another day off during that calendar year.
All non-faculty exempt employees are reminded to use WebAdvisor each month to record holidays and other time off.
Tis the Season to Eat Healthier!
Weight gained over the holidays, even just a pound or two tends to stick with you. It’s easy to overeat during the holidays. But it’s also easy to eat smart and enjoy the holidays too.
During this 7-week challenge, we’ll cover financial wellness, stress, ideas for getting active, substitutions for granny’s favorite holiday recipes, as well as provide you with healthy recipes and tips for surviving those delicious holiday parties! This program will arm you with the tools you need to ensure you get through the holidays without the extra pounds!
The challenge will begin on November 21, 2016 and end on January 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm ET.
You can register for this challenge until November 25th at 7:00 pm ET. Log onto the Evolve Wellness portal and click on the “My Programs” tab. Click on the “Register” button next to the Season’s Eatings Challenge. A registration pop-up will appear. Simply click “submit” to register.
TRACKING & REWARDS:
Beginning November 21st, record your weight in the weight tracker tab of the ‘My Trackers’ section of the wellness portal at least 2 days a week during the program for a total of 14 days. If you complete the tracking requirements, you will be awarded 25 Wellness Points.
Privacy Note: Your weight will NOT be shared with anyone at W&L.
Ring in the New Year in Good Health! Register for Season’s Eatings today!
Join us for the Fourth Annual Fall Food Drive at the University Store – to benefit Campus Kitchen. Every donation of canned food or $1 will enter you to win a prize from one of our generous sponsors: Nike, Vineyard Vines, Johnnie-O, Under Armour, Olly Oxen, Smathers and Branson, Uscape and more!
Campus Kitchen’s Turkeypalooza –
Bring your (frozen) turkey to work Friday, November 11, 8-9 a.m.
at the top of the parking deck.
Contact email@example.com to make alternate arrangements.
For more information about Turkeypalooza and schedule of events, visit https://www.wlu.edu/shepherd-program/community-based-learning-opportunities/campus-kitchen-at-washington-and-lee/events/turkeypalooza
Open Enrollment for 2017 health plans through the Affordable Care Act’s federally facilitated marketplace began November 1. Enroll by December 15 and your coverage can start January 1, 2017. The last day to enroll in coverage for 2017 is January 31, 2017- the end of open enrollment.
Enrollment Specialists from the Rockbridge Area Health Center (RAHC) will be here this week to help anyone in the community who needs to enroll.
Thursday, November 17 in the Community Room in the Old Courthouse building where is HR is located. They will be here from 10 AM until noon and again from 2 to 4 PM. Stop by anytime. Bring the following:
Dates of birth and social security numbers
Employer and income information for every member of the household (for example, employment paystubs or W-2 forms).
List of current doctors and all medications.
Information about any insurance offered through a job or a family member’s job (even if not currently enrolled).
If re-enrolling, bring User Name and Password.
We are pleased to be able to offer this on-site assistance. Please share the news with your coworkers, friends and family.
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