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Upcoming Wellness Webinar

Save the Date: Join the CGO Wellness Team on Friday, December 3rd at 12:00 pm CST for a complimentary wellness seminar on “Finding Your Happy During the Holidays.” We hope you can attend CGO’s fourth quarter Revitalize Your Well-Being in 2021 event!

October 2021: Women's Wellness
Preventive care is important for everyone. The foundation of good health is the same no matter your age! Per the CDC, there are many leading threats to women such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and unintentional injuries. For October, we focus on Women’s Health; our goal is to empower all women to take proactive well-being measures through recommended screenings and healthy habits so that women we know can live longer, healthier, and happier lives!
Eat Well:
Step by Step Guide on How to Make Healthier Hot Drinks This Fall
A great way to start taking control of your hormonal health is with food. You can help to optimize your hormonal balance by choosing foods that keep your blood sugar levels in check in addition to reducing your stress response. If your blood sugar is on a rollercoaster all day long, this can cause extra stress on your body and throw your hormones out of balance. Check out these tips for making a healthy, balanced hot drink this fall!

1. Try Decaf - too much caffeine intake can take a toll on our adrenal glands (where our stress hormones are secreted) When possible, opt for decaf coffee or uncaffeinated tea.

2. Sugar-free Sweeteners - ditch the sugar-loaded sweeteners for a natural sweetener with less impact on your blood sugar levels. Stevia and monk fruit are great alternatives!

3. Check Your Milk - if you use a milk alternative such as almond, coconut, or oat milk, flip over to the label and check the ingredients. Sugar is commonly added to these alternatives. Look for the products with "unsweetened" versions. 

4. Experiment with Collagen - collagen is a protein that is protective and healing on our skin, blood vessels, gut lining, joints and more! Try unflavored collagen and you won't even know the collagen is there. It is a great way to start your morning with a boost of protein!

5. Add Anti-inflammatory Spices - turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and clove are spices that can have anti-inflammatory effects. Cinnamon also has been shown to help lower high blood sugar levels.

6. Add a Dollop of Quality Fat - coconut oil, ghee, and MCT oil are quality fat sources with many health benefits. Our hormones are made from fat and therefore we need dietary fat for hormone optimization. Adding in a little fat will help to keep you satiated and keep your blood sugar levels balanced!
Live Well:
There are steps women can take for better health. To enhance physical and mental well-being, women can:
  • Visit a doctor for a well-woman visit and preventive screenings… knowledge is power!
  • Get active – even if it is just five minutes a day
  • Eat well-balanced, nutrient-dense meals
  • Pay attention to prioritizing your sleep and managing your daily stress
  • Avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seat belt
Please speak with your doctor about preventive exams based on your well-being history and family history. 
Resources to Thrive:

Be Well:
Pink Your Pumpkin! With Halloween just around the corner, bring awareness to Women's Health Month this October and paint a pumpkin PINK. With this Be Well Initiative, we hope to remind women to put their health first for a life of vitality!
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, CDC, Office on Women’s Health, Department of Health & Human Services USA, National Women’s Health Week, Mindbodygreen

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