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Wellness Committee Highlights

February is Heart Month

Wellness Committee member, Amanda Lessman, encourages you to read this article and take the heart risk assessment.

The American Heart Association has several good sources on heart health including information on taking your blood pressure properly with images and information on interpreting your blood pressure.

This is a link to a quiz through SSM. It gives you a nice report as well at the end.

Although we have seen a few sunny days, February is also the month to highlight Seasonal Affective Disorder. Please take the time to read this important information from one of our newest colleagues, Dr. Narjis Hyder.

Seasonal Effective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) typically occurs around Winter and subsides before Spring and is seasonal.  It is noticed by “feeling down” at times or when you experience your “winter blues.”  At times, these feelings can become serious, affecting an individual’s feelings, thoughts, and actions.  Symptoms usually last about 4-5 months out of the year.  This is a real type of depression.
Here are some symptoms of SAD:

  • Social Withdrawal
  • Physical Discomfort such as Headaches
  • Fatigue and Oversleeping
  • Irritability and Anxiety

Here are some recommendations to help alleviate SAD symptoms:

  • Light Therapy
  • Maximizing Natural Light
  • Regular Exercise
  • Healthy Diet
  • Supplements (ask your Physician)
  • Establish a consistent Daily Routine-this provides stability
  • Stay connected with friends and family-join support groups
  • Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
  • Professional Support if symptoms worsen
  • Plan and Enjoy Activities-such as hobbies and/or events that bring you a sense of accomplishment

Please consult with your healthcare professional.

Resources for assistance and finding treatment:
National Institute of Mental Health
Your Living Resources Program (

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. (2023). National Institutes of Health.
WELLSTARME Bureau of Human Resources. (2023, December). December is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month.  Office of Employee Health and Wellness.