The holiday season is in full swing!

Decorations, lots of family, entertaining out of town guests, the perfect tree, finding that trendy toy or a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for person — instead of being joyful, the holidays can be so busy you can quickly feel burned out.

Here are a few tips to try to stay serene and enjoy yourself more this holiday season:

  • Let go of things you have no control over, like late flights or long lines.
  • Prioritize and learn to say no so you can focus on tasks you truly enjoy.
  • Avoid eating out of anxiety, so your weight is one less thing to worry about.
  • Make time to exercise – it’s a great stress reliever.
  • Pause and reflect on what is going well and what you are grateful for.
  • Remember that at the end of the season, it’s the time and effort people cherish, not the material goods.



Gold Level Fit-Friendly Company

On June 16th, the University of Texas at San Antonio received the Gold Level Fit-Friendly Company from the American Heart Association. The Fit-Friendly Company Program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.

Rowdy New U, UTSA’s Worksite Wellness Program, fulfilled the Gold Level requirements by:

  • Actively promoting walking programs, online newsletters, information pamphlets, and pedometers/tracking booklets to motivate employees.
  • Offering training in CPR, first aid, and /or the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
  • Providing general nutrition education and/or healthy eating information to the employee population.
  • Encouraging employees to take stretch breaks or participate in other physical activities during meetings.
  • Offering various physical activity classes (e.g. aerobics, yoga).
  • Providing a free onsite recreation or fitness facilities for employees.
  • Offering employees annual health risk assessments (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, online mental health screening) and provides feedback to employees.
  • Organizing and promoting employee health programs, services or classes (cardiovascular disease in women, stroke warning sign recognition, smoking cessation)
  • And much more!

For interest in learning more about the wellness program, please email



Healthy Workplace Recognition

UTSA received the Healthy Workplace Silver Level Recognition from the San Antonio Business Group on Health (SABGH), in collaboration with the Mayor’s Fitness Council on May 19, 2014.

Employers were recognized for their work to improve employees’ health through their worksite wellness initiatives. To meet these standards, employers must prove senior management support of employer-sponsored wellness programs and provide examples of company culture that encourages health and wellness, health promotion and education, physical activity, nutrition, smoking and tobacco cessation, and employer-sponsored health benefits.

Rowdy New U, UTSA’s Worksite Wellness Program, continues its mission of establishing a work environment that promotes healthy lifestyles to enhance quality of life. The program offers fitness classes, lunch ‘n learns, kitchen demos, tobacco cessation, and much more! To join or learn more about the wellness program, click on “About the Program” tab.



Blood Pressure Kiosk

You can now monitor your blood pressure and weight at our new kiosk located at the Employee Occupational Health and Wellness Center, located at the Bauerle Garage- Suite 1.102.  Visit our kiosk Monday-Friday from 8 am-5 pm. Knowing this information can help lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.

Here are a few other things you can implement daily to lower you risk:
-lower your salt intake
-quit tobacco use
-lower your alcohol intake
-increase physical activity

For more helpful hints, please visit  For questions concerning the kiosk, please email We hope you come and visit us soon and often to check these important numbers.