A Message from the Chief Wellness Officer – September 11th, 2018

Hi Everyone,
Does your pulse quicken when you pay a bill? You’re not alone: Almost three in four Americans surveyed in a recent study said they worry about bills, emergencies, taking care of aging parents, children’s college tuition and paying for retirement. Financial stress can affect stress levels, and if elevated stress levels persist, it can lead to increased risk for ulcers, migraines, high blood pressure, heart attack, depression and anxiety. Financial stress also can affect your psychological and emotional well-being, distracting you at work and complicating personal relationships. Clearly, your mind and body can’t afford financial stress.
Use these tips to improve your financial wellness:
You can take control. When you analyze, plan well and take control of your spending, you can make significant changes in how you spend, save and feel.
Warm and well regards,
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine

2018 International Photography Competition

All students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars and alumni of The Ohio State University are invited to submit their photos to the 2018 International Photography Competition. Entries will be accepted through October 8. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your original photographs from around the world. In addition to honoring the Best in Show, first, second and third place winners will be selected in the following categories: People, Places and Arts & Culture. There will also be People’s Choice awards for the photos that receive the highest votes via the Facebook voting phase.

Wellness comes to the big screen for “Happy the Movie”


The College of Pharmacy and Buckeye Wellness are bringing wellness to the movies! The campus community is invited to join us on Monday, September 24, 2018 in 103 Parks Hall for Happy the Movie, a film that explores what makes us happy. Doors open at 4:30 pm with the movie starting at 5 in 103 Parks Hall, 500 W. 12th Ave. Popcorn and water will be served. No fee, but we ask that attendees bring a non-perishable item to donate to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. For more information on what is accepted, watch this video.

Happy the Movie
Monday, September 24, 2018
4:30 pm doors open, 5 movie
500 W. 12th Ave, Room 103 Parks Hall
Popcorn and water will be served.
Cost – We are collecting nonperishable items to donate to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

For more information, contact Emily Keeler at keeler.16@osu.edu.

A message from Emergency Management

Your Safety is Our Priority

The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety welcomes you to a new academic year! Whether you are a new Buckeye or a returning student, faculty or staff member, your safety is our top priority.

Please take a moment to watch our new “Surviving an Active Aggressor” video that provides important updates to the university’s original safety tutorial released in 2015. It’s scary to think about, but it is best to be prepared because an attack could happen any place at any time. Our new video answers your most commonly asked questions and expands on the Run, Hide, Fight safety tips.

Below are a few more reminders to help you make safety a daily priority:

  • Ensure you are registered to receive Buckeye Alert emergency notifications.
  • Please be aware of your surroundings and practice safe habits, especially at night.
  • Use transportation services such as the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) or our Student Safety Service Safe Ride program, which operates from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on our Columbus campus.
  • Student Life’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services provides free window and door alarms and safety timers for students.
  • If you see something, say something: report suspicious behavior on our Columbus campus to University Police at 614-292-2121 or off-campus to Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.
  • Of course, always dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.
  • Please follow us on Twitter at @OSUPolice and @OSU_EMFP!

Additional Safety Resources

A Message from the Chief Wellness Officer 

Hello everyone,
We’ve had an exciting couple of weeks with the Faculty and Staff Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament and the 2018 Ohio State Family Wellness Expo; I want to thank you all for participating in these events. Our Family Wellness Expo had over 400 in attendance gearing up for the new school year!
With the increasing demands we encounter at work, employee burnout is on the rise. In a recent systematic review burnout not only affects overall job performance, but can result in physical and psychological conditions, like cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, insomnia and depression. The National Academy of Medicine announced there is an epidemic of burnout among health professionals. In our recently published study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, more than half of the nearly 1800 nurses that were surveyed reported to be in poor mental and physical health. Twenty-five percent reported depressive symptoms and depression was the leading predictor of medical errors (Melnyk, Orsolini, Tan et al., 2018). As a result, the quality of care we receive is at risk. You can alleviate stress in the workplace by taking mindfulness breaks, disengaging to reengage and investing in career development opportunities. Learn more on managing workplace stress.
As a member of the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience, I want to personally invite you to the Summit on Promoting Well-being and Resilience in Healthcare Providers on September 26-28. We will address the state of mental and physical well-being among healthcare providers and health profession students and create an action plan to

improve well-being outcomes for ourselves and others in healthcare professions.
Devote time this month to your well-being to create a healthy workplace for all. Go Bucks!
Warm and well regards,
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine

Vaccination Awareness Month

Vaccines help prevent and stop the spread of many diseases, so it’s essential to understand the importance of getting vaccinations at all ages. Vaccines are safe and effective and important for everyone including babies, school-aged children, pre-teens, teens, pregnant women and older adults. This wellness tip is brought to you by Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk.
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Become a Buckeye Wellness Innovator orientation

Ohio State’s Buckeye Wellness Innovators program seeks faculty and staff for its September 2018 cohort. You will receive training, tips, suggestions and opportunities to attend special events. If you are a faculty or staff member and want to promote health and wellness activities and initiatives, plus get to know Buckeye Wellness Innovators, attend a Thursday (9/20) orientation 1-5 p.m.
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Ohio State Farmers Markets

Learn about wellness services offered by Ohio State and buy fresh, seasonal and locally grown food at Farmers Markets Friday (8/24) 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Medical Center Plaza and Thursday (9/13) 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. behind 660 Ackerman Road. The markets will include food items from WMC Nutrition Services for purchase, wellness giveaways from Buckeye Wellness, biometric screenings, the James Mobile Education Kitchen with healthy samples and much more!
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Career Closet accepting donations

Please consider donating your gently used professional clothes, shoes and accessories to the Student Life Career Closet. All donated items will be used to provide a closet where students in need can “shop” for free professional attire. Donations will be accepted through Friday, August 31, and can be dropped off at any one of nine locations. Visit go.osu.edu/careercloset for more information, or contact Lane Washington (washington.262@osu.edu) with questions.

New Albany Walking Classic – Registration is still open!

Registrations are still being accepted for the New Albany Walking Classic 2018, co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. YP4H participants could receive 500 Healthy Living bonus points. Learn how walking and running have similar benefits. The 10k (6.2 miles) USA Track & Field certified course is Sunday, September 9, stating at 8 a.m. The scenic route is impressive and participants receive nice perks including great food, merchandise and comradery.