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Did you miss our Revitalize Your Well-Being in 2021 Quarter 3 offering on September 1st?  

September 2021: Live Longer with a Strong Social Life
Can your social connections boost longevity and well-being? Research from Harvard suggests that the power of social connections is a prescription for enhanced emotional, mental and physical health.
Eat Well:
Food is the center of many social gatherings. We may meet friends out at a restaurant or celebrate birthdays with a table of delicious food, but not so much nutritious food. Celebrations are a part of life, and month after month, year after year, if we are not making quality food choices, this may impact our health over time. So, how can we be a part of social gatherings, enjoy the time with family and friends, and still focus on healthy eating? Here are a few tips to utilize at your next outing to stay on track!

  • Eat a Snack Prior
  • “Saving up” calories for an event can backfire as we suppress our hunger signals. Once we encounter the spread of food, we might have a hard time stopping. Going into an event with stabilized blood sugar and hunger levels with a snack prior will help prevent us from going off track. Choose a balanced snack that includes protein, fat, fiber, and quality carbohydrates. Example: Banana + almond butter + deli turkey wrapped around bell peppers

  • Have a Game Plan
  • Approach the gathering with a game plan and stick to it! Examples: “I will enjoy an appetizer but stick to the healthy items once dinner is served,” “I will fill my plate with ½ vegetables,” “I will enjoy a sweet drink but skip dessert.”

  • Bring Your Own Dish
  • If you are not confident that food that aligns with your goals will be available, bring something you know you will eat. Spread health awareness amongst your friends and family by sharing why you decided to bring that specific dish!

  • Distract Yourself
  • If the food is constantly grabbing your attention, move to the other room, partake in the game, or immerse yourself in a conversation!

  • Have Your “No, thank you” Response Memorized
  • You may veer off your game plan when people start offering you food or encouraging you to eat something that does not align with your goals. It can be hard to say no, but having a prepared, confident response for when this happens will help you. An example response is, “Thank you, I appreciate the offer, but that does not align with my goals.”
Live Well:
Staying connected and having close relationships is a form of self-care, just like exercising and eating well. It is not too late to develop close relationships; consider making new friends by joining a club or volunteering. Also, think about your existing relationships with family, friends, and spouses – are there areas of improvement within those? There are a ton of opportunities available to help others such as sending a gift to a family or friend, bringing groceries to a family member or elderly neighbor, or lifting someone’s spirits with a phone call rather than a text message. 

Resources to Thrive:

Be Well:
Social connection plays an integral role in our mental health and overall longevity. We encourage you to try one of the actions below this September to support your social wellness!

  • Send a homemade gift to a family or friend
  • Bring groceries to a family member or elderly neighbor
  • Lift someone’s spirits with a phone call rather than a text
  • Join a workplace club or sports team
  • Gather a group for an event that supports the environment
  • Donate clothes or food to an organization
In Good Health,
Looking for Additional Well-Being Tools to Thrive?
Check out our Wellness Page which features Wellness Seminars, Mindful Moments, and much more!

Kayla Isaacs, CHES, CWWS 630.737.9383 |

Madeline Engelking, MBA, RDN 630.737.9356 | 
About the Monthly Wellness Newsletter
The everyday choices we make can help us live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives. The CGO Employee Wellness Newsletter provides monthly resources and education on a variety of topics like nutrition, exercise, emotional health and resilience, prevention and more. Our hope is that this information empowers you to incorporate sustainable healthy habits for a lifetime of good health and well-being.

Always consult with your physician before beginning any wellness program. This general information is not intended to replace your healthcare professional.  

Sources: Zywave, Harvard,

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