Wellness has many definitions, but essentially, wellness is practicing healthy habits to attain better physical and mental health. No matter what your background, age, or lifestyle, everyone can benefit from learning more about wellness and how to incorporate small wellness practices into our daily lives. The purpose of the Nebraska Public Transit Driver Wellness Program is to provide wellness related topics and practices and make them easier to understand and more attainable to add into your daily routine. This will be achieved through a video series and a newsletter.

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Within rural public transit in Nebraska, most jobs involve sitting down for long periods of time throughout the work day. Often, we don’t take the time to get up and stretch or move with intention. This can have negative effects on the body including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and joint swelling. In the long-term, these negative effects can lead to costly medical bills. 5 Minutes of Wellness is designed so everyone can take just a few minutes out of their day to consciously get that movement squeezed into their schedule and take a small step toward wellness. The introduction video below further explains the series. View other videos in the series using the menu in the far right corner of the video below.

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Welcoming Wellness in Rural Transit

There are so many facets of wellness to consider that it can become overwhelming at times. Welcoming Wellness in Rural Transit is a short, quarterly newsletter that can help everyone take some small steps into incorporating wellness into their daily lives at an attainable level. Issues will feature a wellness challenge for agencies to participate in, a delicious and health-conscious recipe to try out, and two featured wellness topics.

July-September 2021 Wellness Challenge

Summer is typically a time for backyard barbecues and get-togethers with friends and family, so for the 2021 third quarter Wellness Challenge, we are inviting agencies to host a potluck. The goal in mind for this challenge is that each individual contributing to the potluck brings in one of their favorite healthy dishes to share with everyone. Not only is this a good way to foster community within your agency, but you also may find a new favorite health-conscious food! Recipes and pictures from any events held can be sent to Carrie. One submitted recipe will be chosen to be featured in the next issue of Welcoming Wellness!

Agencies have the flexibility to hold this event however they choose. These healthy potlucks could be community events or just for agency employees. If agencies are strapped for time and unable to hold a full event, individuals could still bring a dish to share in a “grab-and-go” fashion. This potluck can be as formal or informal as needed to fit the busy schedules of transit professionals.

Individuals and agencies can share as many healthy recipes as they choose – the more the merrier! The same goes when it comes to taking pictures of the dishes or any events held. It is preferred that any recipes be emailed to Carrie at bartholomewc@unk.edu in a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment along with any pictures.

Agencies have until Friday, September 3 to submit recipes and photos.

Congratulations to Coletta Clouse from Ogallala Public Transit for winning the second quarter wellness step challenge with 1,584,674 steps! Also, congratulations to Ogallala Public Transit for having the most combined steps this quarter!

Contact Information

Carrie Bartholomew
Program Assistant/Event Outreach Planner
University of Nebraska Kearney Nebraska Safety Center