After a month full of snow and ice, the beginning of March has brought clearer skies and a few rays of sunshine to encourage more activity and remind Huskies everywhere that the brighter days of spring are almost upon us even as the winter academic quarter draws to a close. So whether you are looking to start the spring strong or finish winter well, there are an array of events from across the UW throughout the month of March that will help you do so. Check them out below!
March is National Nutrition Month! Join The Whole U in celebrating the foods that fuel us with a variety of events, ideas, and team activities for eating well. This year’s activities include:
- Department/team healthy potluck competition: Host a healthy team potluck where everybody brings in their favorite healthy dish! Capture a photo of your potluck and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #WholeUPotlucks, or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a team prize from Pacific Coast Harvest.
- 31 Days of Fruits and Vegetables Challenge. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your day by taking part in our 31 Days of Fruits and Vegetables challenge! As a participant, you will receive a daily email with nutrition tips, two simple fruit and veggie recipes, and the opportunity to earn “Farm Bucks” to the University District Farmers Market! Register here
- “Ask an RD.” Have any lingering questions about how you can improve your nutrition habits this March? Send them to us to receive expert answers and advice from UW Medicine’s registered dietitians at the end of the month (stay tuned for more details).
In the Heart of America – March 6 to March 17, various times, The Floyd and Dolores Jones Playhouse Theatre
The UW School of Drama presents In the Heart of America, a historical piece about love and war written by Obie Award-winning Playwright Naomi Wallace. From Gulf War romance to Vietnam War atrocities, In the Hearts of America promises to take the audience on an adventure through time leaps and apparitions. Tickets.
Forefront Suicide Prevention Training for Faculty and Staff – March 4 at UW Bothell, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The UW School of Social Work and the Whole U will be providing Forefront Suicide Prevention Training to UW Bothell faculty and staff interested in learning different methods and approaches to prevent suicide. This session will be specifically for UW Bothell faculty and staff. Register here.
Whole U Yang Style Tai Chi class – March 7 at the HUB, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tai Chi is an ideal aerobic exercise for any age. It is beneficial to the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems, while also improving balance and the circulation of chi, an energy force that underlies traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. These classes will help improve skills of self-centering, body relaxation, and slow breathing while practicing form movements, while increasing flexibility, leg strength, coordination, and balance. Come by on Thursday, March 7 for a Yang Style Tai Chi Class hosted by the Whole U and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA). Register here.
Turn Your Savings into Retirement Income – March 11 at Magnuson Health Sciences Center, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
UW Total Benefits and Fidelity Investments will be hosting a seminar for UW employees planning to retire within the next few years. Learn about the important elements you should consider when creating an optimal personal retirement income strategy; register here.
Forefront Suicide Prevention Training for UW Students – March 12 at UW Bothell, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The UW School of Social Work and the Whole U will be providing Forefront Suicide Prevention Training to UW Bothell students interested in learning different methods and approaches to prevent suicide. This session will be specifically for UW Bothell students. Register here.
Buying a Home – March 19 at Magnuson Health Sciences Center, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The UW Human Resources Benefits Office and HomeStreet Bank will be hosting a seminar on all the basics for buying a home. Whether it’s your first home or you need to brush up on some knowledge, register for the event to learn more about the current real estate market and the ins-and-outs of being a homeowner.
The Whole U continues to be committed to reaching our year-long goal of 2,500 registrations with the Be the Match – UW partnership. With 1 in 430 of the registrants being a close enough match to donate to a specific patient, 2,5000 UW registrants can have the potential to save up to five lives! Registering is simple: go to Join.BeTheMatch.org/UW and complete the registration online. A few days later, two cheek swabs will arrive by mail. Simply swab and return them in the postage paid envelope!