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Lettuce be happy and healthy!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Lettuce be happy and healthy! While there’s not a single magic food for brain health, there are many foods that have been shown to show be specifically beneficial in this area.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. With the pandemic, social unrest, natural disasters and ongoing violence, the past few years have been difficult for many people. Know that you are not alone and support is available to you. Norton Healthcare provides all employees and their household family members with confidential, professional counseling, education and referral services through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP can help resolve personal or family issues before they negatively affect health, relationships or job performance. For more information or to arrange for service, call Wayne Corporation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (502) 451-8262 or (800) 441-1327, or visit WayneCorp.com.

Brain function and mental health might not be the first thing you think about when you think about the food and drinks you put into your body, but Kristine Carlson RD, University of Washington Medicine dietitian,  draws a comparison between the brain and another complex, high-performance machine.

“Most people probably don’t equate a healthy diet with a good mood or better memory,” Carlson says. “But, like an expensive car, our brains require premium fuel to function at its best. This function includes managing our emotions and mood disorders.”

While there’s not a single magic food for brain health, there are many foods that have been shown to show be specifically beneficial in this area. One of which is dark leafy greens! Eating a variety of dark leafy veggies are a great way to get in the important vitamins and minerals that may help increase mood and lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Collards

Though mild in flavor, collards carry a powerful nutrient punch providing more dietary fiber than other leafy greens! A major player in heart disease prevention. It is also a great source of iron. Iron deficiency can cause a range of symptoms similar to those of depression, including mental and physical fatigue, low mood and irritability.

Arugula

Arugula belongs to the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage and is a good source of Vitamin K and magnesium. Magnesium is often known as the relaxation mineral, as it has a powerful impact on mood and the nervous system. A shortage of both Vitamin K and Magnesium can lead to depression, anxiety, migraine, high blood pressure and several chronic health conditions.

Kale

When it comes to antioxidants, kale creams its competition! It contains lutein, a potent antioxidant shown to protect eyesight. Kale also boasts omega-3 ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), a compound that helps lower the risk of depression.

Spinach

Among the greens, spinach harbors the most folate and potassium. Folate helps the body create new cells and supports serotonin regulation. Serotonin passes messages between nerve cells and helps the brain manage a variety of functions, from determining mood to regulating social behavior. Folate deficiency can cause fatigue in addition to lowering levels of serotonin.

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is high in antioxidants that fight free radicals within the body and decelerates the aging process. In fact, Swiss chard 41 different types of antioxidants! The consumption of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables and folate-rich beans and greens may lower the risk for depression

Source: The Whole U

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

N Good Health and the Hispanic Organization of Latinx Awareness (HOLA) Employee Resource Group are excited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with you! We invite you to learn about the true reason for celebrating Cinco de Mayo and enjoy recipes for authentic and delicious Mexican foods.

Many people are under the impression that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. This is not the case. In truth, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which took place in 1862. This holiday is not celebrated very widely in Mexico. However, in the United States, it has evolved into a festive celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.

History

Before the Battle of Puebla, Mexico was struggling under debt owed to foreign nations. France sought to take advantage of these struggles by sending their army to capture land. The Mexican army was sent to defend Puebla with a relatively small group of about 4,000 soldiers. The French had nearly twice that number, along with better training and equipment. Despite these disadvantages, the Mexican army emerged victorious against the invaders, which was a great source of pride for the nation.

The Chicano movement of the 1940s and 1950s saw many Mexican Americans advocating for greater social and political rights within the United States. It was during this time that people in the United States began celebrating Cinco de Mayo more widely. The Battle of Puebla inspired pride nearly a century earlier, and the day would once again represent pride and appreciation for Mexican heritage. The holiday became even more popular in the 1980s, when American companies joined in the celebration to promote food and beverage products. This helped to spark the culinary appreciation that is part of the holiday today.

Mexican food

Many people associate Cinco de Mayo with delicious food. As we celebrate the flavors and dishes we’ve come to appreciate today, let’s take a look back at the culinary history that paved the way.

Authentic Mexican food traces its roots to a wide variety of influences. The Mayans, Aztecs and Spanish contributed ingredients that would go on to become staples. With help from these sources, traditional Mexican food features a blend of corn, beans, chiles (hot peppers), rice, tomatoes, avocado and many more elements. These ingredients can show up in many forms and recipes. Corn, for example, can become tortillas, tamales or pozole, which is a robust stew. Beans and peppers are often featured in traditional cooking because they are nutritious, affordable and grow well in Mexican climates.

N Good Health and HOLA encourage you to check out the HOLA ERG page on Nsite, where you can find a few authentic Mexican recipes in the documents folder.

Summer Steps Showdown is back!

Who will come out on top?

Starting May 23rd go to NGoodHealth.com to join the challenge. Get ready to walk or run starting June 6, the challenge will run for four week and wrap up July 3. All Norton employees can participate in N Good Health challenges. Spouses covered on a Norton medical plan can join in on the fun too!

Participating facilities:

  • Norton Audubon Hospital
  • Norton Brownsboro Hospital
  • Norton Children’s Hospital
  • Norton Hospital
  • Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital
  • Norton Cancer Institute
  • Norton Medical Group
  • System

When joining the challenge, participants will automatically be placed on a team based on their location at the process level. Some locations have been combined to the best suit the properties of the challenge. Spouses covered on a Norton medical plan, will be on the same team as the Norton employee. *Please note the location you are placed on cannot be changed.

Weekly cash prize drawings!

  • Two participants from each facility will win 25 points to spend in the rewards mall!
  • One participant from the leading facility will win 50 points to spend in the rewards mall!

You must walk at least 7,500 steps each day to be eligible for weekly prizes. Maximum number of daily steps to count towards your team: 25,000.

Will your facility hang on to the trophy? The facility team with the highest step average each week will get the traveling trophy and have their photo posted on Nsite. At the end of the challenge, the facility with the highest step average keeps the trophy and the bragging rights.

Questions?
Contact N Good Health at (502) 629-2162 or submit a service request by clicking the N Good Health link under Departments and then “Contact Us.”.

Celebrate Pride Month by Adding the Colors of the Rainbow to Your Diet!

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To celebrate Pride Month and discuss the importance of eating a colorful diet, N Good Health and NPride, Norton Healthcare’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group, are partnering to encourage you to add the colors of the rainbow to your diet. 

The original rainbow flag debuted at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. According to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Gilbert Baker is credited with the flag’s design and is said to have seen rainbows as a “natural flag . . . from the sky.” The now universal flag uses six colored stripes with specific meanings: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for serenity and violet for spirit. Recently, a more progressive Pride flag has introduced additional colors, including black, brown, pink, light blue and white. This flag was designed by Daniel Quasar and adopted by the LGBTQ+ community as a symbol of greater inclusivity and progress.

Just as the Pride flag encompasses diversity in the LGBTQ+ community, a rainbow of color can also signify a diverse diet. A beautiful plate full of a wide-variety of different colored fruits and veggies is a great indicator that you are eating a diverse spread of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, nutrients and phytonutrients. When humans eat plant foods, phytonutrients protect us from chronic diseases. They also have potent anti-cancer and anti-heart disease effects.

Here are the five colors of phytonutrients and their health benefits to add to your diet:

  • Red – These foods are packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that is linked to protecting against prostate cancer and heart and lung disease.
    • Examples of red-colored foods: tomatoes, watermelons, cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper, radish and strawberries
  • Orange/Yellow – Packed with Vitamin C and beta-carotene, these phytonutrients promote eye health and immune health.
    • Examples of foods orange/yellow foods include carrots, oranges, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, bananas and pineapple
  • Green – These foods may be rich in lutein, fiber and vitamin K which helps support bone health, improved cognitive function and reduced risk of some cancers.  
    • Examples of green-colored foods: spinach, green grapes, edamame, avocado, asparagus, kale and green herbs
  • Blue/Purple – Foods rich in this color are rich anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are described as compounds that is linked to encourage heart health, fight the effects of aging and help to protect and repair cells that were damaged by toxins (free-radicals).
    • Examples of blue/purple-colored foods: eggplant, blueberries, plums, blackberries, elderberries, Concord grapes, figs, prunes and purple cabbage

The American Cancer Society recommends 2 1/2 cups per day of fruits and vegetables. The most recent US Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming even more – 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Don’t worry if you’re not eating that amount or anywhere close to it; just do your best!

Eating a wide variety of colors increases the opportunity for you to consume a variety of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, nutrients and phytonutrients. Check out the Health and Wellness tab on NSite every Monday to discover a recipe that will help you add the colors of the rainbow to your diet. NPride members have submitted some of their favorite recipes to be featured during the month of June!

As part of Norton Healthcare’s Inclusion Strategy, ERGs enable a diverse and inclusive work environment that drives increased engagement. Membership on any ERG is open to all Norton Healthcare employees. ​NPride provides employees and patients access to a safe and supportive community that values diversity, trust and progress.​  For more information visit the NPride department page on NSite.

Resources:

https://www.momsrising.org/blog/celebrate-pride-with-rainbow-snacks, https://www.cookandculture.com/celebrate-pride-month-by-eating-a-rainbow-this-june/

https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2015/06/17/moma-acquires-the-rainbow-flag/

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/phytonutrients-paint-your-plate-with-the-colors-of-the-rainbow-2019042516501


Success Story Shoutout: Sharon Nolan

N Good Health is designed to help you improve or maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. Over the past several years, employees from all over the organization have used the program to help make their health a priority. These individuals come from various backgrounds and stages in their wellness journeys, but the N Good Health team is always in awe of the dedication they show.  Recently, we received an email with an awesome story and we are so excited to share with you today.

This email is from Sharon Nolan, Executive Secretary. From Sharon:

On June 16, 2021 I decided it was time to face my demons.  I have struggled with my weight my entire life.  Like many people, I fit the perfect pattern of lose weight, gain weight, lose weight, and gain back more weight.  I’ve tried numerous programs and some even multiple times.  This time I had reached my highest weight ever.  I always try to portray a happy and positive person.  Sadly, the person that people see outwardly is not the same person inwardly.  I was so upset with myself that I allowed this issue to get out of hand, once again.  After receiving my yearly evaluation from my boss, it was then that the light bulb went off and I decided to do something about it.  For the upcoming year my boss encouraged me to embrace self-care and to take the time needed to “fill my bucket”.  As much as he said I do to support others, he reminded me it is also important to take time to “refuel”. His statement touched me in so many ways and truly motivated me.

I shared my deep seeded sadness with a few of my close friends.  They too have struggled with weight issues.  I proposed that we start our own group and meet weekly at my house.  We could provide support, motivation, and encouragement for one another and certainly don’t judge one another.   We named our group BOWLS (Beautiful Overweight Ladies).  The best part is that it wouldn’t cost a penny.  I utilized the Omada website through NGood Health for tracking and received a scale to help track my progress. At Christmas my boss gave me a fitbit and I have synced it to my NGood Health account.  I also utilized the membership that Norton offers with Planet Fitness.  I try to attend the gym at least 4-5 days a week.  My diet consists of eating low carb meals, drinking water, and exercise.  I’ve made it a part of my daily regimen and avoid breads, starches, and sugar.  Having eliminated these three things have improved my energy level, cravings, and overall well-being.  

Last week I went for my annual NGood Health appointment and my doctor was elated with my progress.  Since beginning my journey I’ve dropped 80 lbs., lowered my blood pressure, and made improvements with my A1C and  cholesterol levels.  During my exam, they measured my abdominal circumference and I’ve decreased 9 inches since my NGood Health visit last year. 

My co-workers, along with my boss, are very supportive with my new endeavor.  I’ve shared my story with several co-workers and some have made improvements with their own healthy lifestyles. Sometimes it takes someone to openly share their struggles in a topic that is embarrassing to discuss.  Like myself, you never know who is struggling with their own weight issues and the mental impact it can have on you along with the physical impact. 

My hope is that my story can reach someone else that is contemplating a new lifestyle change.  I can attest that the benefits far outweigh the struggles.  Being able to physically keep up with my five grandchildren and be able to do things that were physically becoming a challenge is such a relief and very rewarding.

Do YOU have a story to share?  Please send your wellness success stories to N Good Health by reaching out to Lacey Nelson at lacey.nelson@nortonhealthcare.org with the subject line “Success Story”. You never know who may hear your story and get inspired to make their health a priority!

Everyone likes variety, right? That’s why there are TWO different ways to WIN BIG in the next couple of months!

1. WIN BIG IN MAY

Complete a personal challenge or video course on NGoodHealth.com by May 31, 2022, to be entered to win the following:

  • Tickets on the town
  • A hot air balloon ride
  • Free entry to the Bike to Beat Cancer
  • Admission to the Festival of Trees & Lights

Sponsored by the Norton Healthcare Foundation.

2. COMPLETE THE N GOOD HEALTH PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

Complete the well-being survey and your N Good Health physical by June 15, 2022, to be entered to win free medical insurance for 2023 and 500 points to redeem in the N Good Health rewards mall. Three people will win free medical insurance and 10 winners will be chosen for the rewards mall points.

Have questions or need help?  Submit a ticket to N Good Health by CLICKING HERE.

Need to schedule your N Good Health physical?

Need to schedule your N Good Health physical? Check it off your to-do list this month!
If you have a Norton Healthcare primary care provider, you can use MyNortonChart to schedule your N Good Health physical. Simply click on “Schedule an appointment with your physician” and select “N Good Health.”


Need to complete your N Good Health physical but don’t have a primary care provider?
N Good Health participants who don’t have a Norton Healthcare primary care provider or simply need further after-hours or weekend options for scheduling can visit NortonHealthcare.com/PromptCare to schedule online for any Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens location. Or, you can call (502) 629-1234, option 3, to make an appointment. Be sure to say you are scheduling your “N Good Health physical” when making your appointment. Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens Clinics

Winning BIG in 2022 with N Good Health is EASY!

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Any Norton employee or eligible spouse* who completed their two program activities by March 15th was entered to win free medical insurance for 2023 and 500 points to redeem in the N Good Health rewards mall. Three participants won free medical insurance, and 10 participants won 500 points to redeem in the rewards mall.

2023 Free Medical Insurance winners:

  • Nancy Koller, NICU RN, Norton Children’s Hospital
  • Cynthia Lahne, Security Officer, Norton Brownsboro Hospital
  • Nicole Harris, Dietetic Hospital Associate, Norton Audubon Hospital

500 points to spend in the N Good Health Rewards Mall winners:

  • Christel Spears, Care Management Manager
  • Tonya Byrns, RN Navigator Physician Services
  • Ranichelle Ingram, LPN Wound Care
  • Blanca Narvaez, Receptionist ICC Audubon
  • Terry Miller, Carpenter Engineering
  • Pamela Blackburn, Mammography Technologists
  • Elaine Delos Santos, Receptionist ICC Okolona
  • Sara Scott, RN Progressive Cardiac Unit
  • Anna Nethaway, Coordinator Access Center
  • Kimberly Phillips, RN Operating Room

Don’t miss out on the next big opportunity – You could win!

Complete the two program activities by June 15th to be entered to win free medical insurance for 2023 and 500 points to redeem in the N Good Health rewards mall. Three more participants will win free medical insurance, and 10 more winners will be chosen for the rewards mall points.

Two program activities:

  • Well-being survey
  • N Good Health physical

There are more chances to win, click HERE for a listing of every opportunity to win prizes this year.

Missed the announcement of the January winners? During the month of January, anyone who created their new N Good Health account by Jan. 31 was entered to win 200 points to redeem in the N Good Health rewards mall. Over 6,100 participants were entered, checkout the Nsite post to see who won!

Keep in mind that spouses covered on a Norton Healthcare medical plan are eligible to participate- but ALL EMPLOYEES, regardless of insurance status- are eligible to participate and win as well.

Spouses can call (502) 629-2162 to obtain their spouse member number. Visit NGoodHealth.com ​and click on “Join Now” to get started.

National Walking Day is April 6th

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Join N Good Health and commit to walking at least 30 minutes as part of National Walking Day. Whether you break your 30 minute commitment up in several shorter walks, or complete it all at once, walking 30 minutes a day can improve your health.

National Walking Day celebrates health through movement. When you make the National Walking Day pledge, you will join millions of people across the United States who are putting their health first and taking steps towards a healthier life.

  • Norton Hospital and Norton Children’s Hospital
    • Meeting location: outside Norton Cafeteria
  • Norton Audubon Hospital
    • Meeting location: outside gift shop
  • Norton Brownsboro Hospital
    • Meeting location: outside cafeteria
  • Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital
    • Meeting location: Bistro

Join your Wellness Champions and co-workers along with N Good Health team members for a group walk to celebrate this day of movement! Walks will be at 10 am, noon and 2 pm.

Everyone who joins a walk will get a sticker and get entered to win a Hidrate Spark Smart water bottle. Not located at a main campus or off that day? Take the online pledge on the Nsite, committing to walk 30 minutes on April 6th and get entered to win a Hidrate Spark Smart water bottle. Look for the National Walking Day banner.

Enjoy walking? Register for Splash-N-Dash using code WALKINGDAY for 20% off.  You can splash, dash, walk or run in support of Norton Children’s Hospital! Choose a designated 1K splash route or 5K dash route with a scenic view of E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. Www.splashndash5k.org 

12 ways to get increase your daily steps

Walking is the easiest form of exercise and is something most people can do, regardless of their level of fitness.  Increasing the amount of daily walking to 30 or more minutes has significant health benefits like lowering blood sugar levels, decreasing waist circumference, improving mood and lowering blood pressure. 

We know it’s good for us so let’s talk about how to incorporate it into our days.  Using an activity tracker (available for a nice discount on NSite/Employee Services/Employee Discount Service) or an app on your phone, set aside a day or two to establish a baseline to see how many steps you typically cover in a day.  Everyone is different so if your baseline is 2000 steps, trying to shoot for 7500 steps tomorrow may feel daunting and could possibly lead to injury.  Set reasonable goals and progress slowly to your ultimate target of 7500 minimum daily steps.  If you are already achieving at least 7500 steps daily, think of what level you would like to reach and start increasing your steps by 10 to 20% each day to reach a higher goal.  

Here are some ideas to increase your daily steps:

  1. Park your car far from the entrance of work or the store
  2. After loading your groceries in the car, walk your cart all the way back into the store instead of parking it in the corral
  3. Schedule a “walking meeting” with an associate and take a clipboard or small notebook to take notes if needed
  4. Walk to your coworker’s desk to ask a question instead of sending an email
  5. Pick the restroom or water fountain that is farthest from your work station
  6. Enjoy a pre- or post-dinner walk around the neighborhood
  7. Put on your favorite tunes and shake your groovy to the beat of the music
  8. Walk along while the kids ride their bikes or walk around the field while they play their sport
  9. Meet someone for a coffee/drink date and take it for a walk
  10. Volunteer at a local animal shelter/veterinarian/doggy day care and walk dogs for them if you don’t  have your own dog to walk
  11. If you ride the bus, get off a stop early or get on a stop later
  12. Walk around the house during commercials if you watch television

Looking for a change of scenery?  Explore the many parks and trails Louisville has to offer.  Maybe pick one from this list to visit each weekend.  Get creative, break any sedentary habits and enjoy the health benefits of walking each day.