Sky Blue Yoga – City Employees – Spouses Welcome

Please join us for YOGA for City of Windom Employees & Spouses!!

Unwind from your busy day with Yoga! 

All City employees are invited to participate in an 8 week Yoga series lead by Sky Blue Yoga starting Tuesday, September 25th.  This will be a FREE mixed level class that beginners will feel very comfortable with.   It will be super mellow and relaxing after a busy day. 

The sessions will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm at Windom Community Center.  Mark it on your calendar!!  Employees are welcome to attend any or all sessions. 

Bring your own exercise mat or use one provided by Sky Blue. 

NOTE: Participating in any of these will count toward earning $250 VEBA incentive for 2018.

Top Health Benefits of Yoga

You’ve probably heard by now that yoga is good for you. Maybe you’ve even tried it and discovered that it makes you feel better. A consistent practice offers all kinds of mental and physical health benefits. Some, like improved flexibility, are clearly evident. Others, including mental clarity and stress reduction, may be more subtle but are just as powerful. When put together, all the benefits below contribute to an increased feeling of well-being, which helps explain why so many people find yoga so addictive.

 

1. Improves Flexibility 

Moving and stretching in new ways will help you become more flexible, bringing greater range of motion to tight areas. Over time, you can expect to gain flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips. As we age, our flexibility usually decreases, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting, which leads to pain and immobility. Yoga can help reverse this process.

 

2. Builds Strength

Many yoga poses require you to bear your body weight in new ways, including balancing on one leg (as in tree pose) or supporting yourself with your arms (as in downward facing dog). Holding these poses over the course of several breaths helps build muscular strength.

 

3. Increases Muscle Tone and Definition

As a by-product of getting stronger, you can expect to see increased muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, lean muscles in your legs, arms, back, and abdomen.

 

4. Improves Balance

Improved balance is one of the most important benefits of yoga as you get older. Poses where you stand on one leg and, for more advanced students, inversions, are great ways to build the core strength that keeps you upright.

 

5. Supports Joint Health

The movements necessary for yoga are low impact, allowing you to use your joints without injuring them. Yoga also helps strengthen the muscles around the joints, lessening their load. People with arthritis often see marked improvement in their pain and mobility with regular gentle yoga practice.

 

6. Prevents Back Pain

Increased flexibility and strength can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain. Many people who have back pain spend a lot of time sitting at a computer or driving a car, which causes tightness throughout the body and spinal compression. Yoga counteracts these conditions.

 

7. Teaches Better Breathing

Most of us take shallow breaths and don’t give much thought to how we breathe. Yoga breathing exercises, called pranayama, focus our attention on breathing and teach us how to take deeper breaths, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help clear the nasal passages (helpful for people with allergies) and even calm the nervous system, which has physical and mental benefits on and off the mat.

 

8. Fosters Mental Calmness

Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Concentrating so intently on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing a calmness to your mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, such as how to focus on your breath and disengage from your thoughts. These skills can prove to be very valuable in intense situations off the mat, like childbirth, a bout of insomnia, or when having an anxiety attack.

 

9. Reduces Stress

Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles, both large and small, seem to melt away during the time you are on the mat. This provides a much-needed break from your stressors, as well as helping to put your problems into perspective. The emphasis yoga places on being in the present moment can also help as you learn not to dwell on past events or anticipate the future. You will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.

 

10. Increases Self Confidence

Doing yoga improves your mind-body connection, giving you a better awareness of your own body. During yoga, you learn to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment, putting you in better touch with your physical being. You also learn to accept your body as it is without judgment. Over time, this leads to feeling more comfortable in your own body, boosting your self-confidence.

2018 City of Windom Flu Shots

Please let Cheryl know if you are interested in getting a flu shot so she can get a head count

ASAP  – Please Pass on to the other employees

Shots will be at the Powerhouse

City Employee & Spouses

FLU SHOTS

September 19, 7:15 – 9:15 am

Call Cheryl – 832-8663   PLEASE Before the 14th

If time does not work let me know also,  thanks

2018 August Financial Reports

2018 AUG Council Summary

2018 AUG Balance Sheet

2018 AUG Cash_Investments

2018 AUG Fund Income Statement

2018 AUG Fund Summary

2018 AUG General Capital

2018 AUG Fund Income Statement-DETAIL

2018 AUG Investment Positions

2018 AUG Special Fund Tracking

2018 AUG General Reserve Estimate

Check. Change. Control – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program – Please Plan to Attend

Reminder to stop by our kick-off event – only takes 15 minutes.  Earn participation for VEBA incentive and sign-up for door prizes!

EXCITING NEW OPPORTUNITY WITH THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

The City of Windom is partnering with the American Heart Association to offer an evidence-based wellness and blood pressure management program called Check. Change. Control. (CCC).  All employees are encouraged to sign up regardless of whether they have high blood pressure or not!  This 4 month educational program focuses on simple changes you can make to improve your overall health and wellness! The only requirement for the program is to commit to entering blood pressure readings into your personal online tracker at least twice a month for four consecutive months. The City will provide each department with blood pressure monitoring equipment to make it easy and convenient for employees to participate in the program.  In conjunction with the program, there will be optional monthly educational seminars hosted by the Hy-Vee dietician.

To Learn More and Get Registered…….

Check. Change. Control Kick-Off Open House

Date: September 25th

Time: 11:30-1:30

Location: Council Chambers

Stop in between 11:30-1:30 to take your blood pressure reading, register for your personal online tracker account, and SIGN UP FOR DOOR PRIZES!!! 
The Hy-Vee Dietician will be onsite during this event to answer questions related to blood pressure control and monitoring.

 

NOTE: Participation will count toward earning $250 VEBA Incentive for 2018

 

 

In the United States, high blood pressure accounts for the second-most
heart disease and stroke deaths among preventable causes.

It’s second only to smoking.

Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. (Many don’t even know they have it.)
The best way to know if you have high blood pressure it is to have your blood pressure checked regularly.