Acts of Kindness Challenge ends tomorrow

We are in the final two days of the Acts of Kindness Challenge. Tomorrow is the last day to share your wonderful Acts of Kindness on the HarbinSTRONG portal.
Here are a few examples of the Acts of Kindness that have been happening in and around the Harbin community:
-Paid for the person behind me at Dunkin Donuts
-Saw a patient who was not on my schedule
-Baked a cake for a friend going through a hard time
-Wheeled a patient to their car
-Brought coffee to a co-worker
-Sent snacks to my daughter’s school
-Took care of a sick friend
-Bought food for the homeless during the snow
-Help pack Christmas boxes of food at my church
-Volunteered to work for a co-worker who needed the day off to move
-Donated toys for “Stuff the Bus” event in Atlanta
-Gave a hug to everyone in the office
Harbin has a HUGE heart and we love hearing about the thoughtful things you are doing for others during the holidays.
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Managing the Holiday Buffet or Potluck


Tips for managing the holiday buffet/potluck party:

1) Eat breakfast – eating a nutritious meal with protein and fiber before you arrive will decrease your appetite and allow you to be more discriminating in you food and beverage choices.
2) Watch your portions – try and skip seconds; leftovers are much better the next day.
3) Picky, Picky – be picky. Choose small portions of your holiday favorites and try and fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
4) Eat slowly – put your fork down between bites. Tasting each mouthful is an easy way to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with just one plate of food.
If you’re participating in the Aim to Maintain Challenge be sure to record your final weigh-in today. The challenge officially ends tomorrow!
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Saving lives – one donor at a time

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In 2017 over 250 employees participated in four Blood Drives hosted by HarbinSTRONG in partnership with Blood Assurance. Together we donated 295 units/pints of blood saving almost 900 lives in NW Georgia.

Thank you to everyone who participated as a donor this year. You’ve made a difference!

Please mark your calendar for our next Blood Drive the week of January 15th and check the HarbinSTRONG portal for dates and times after the New Year.

Thanks again for “caring completely”.


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Over 100 Acts of Kindness

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Wow – over 100 employees have already shared their Acts of Kindness. Here are some of the wonderful things Harbinites are doing to show they “care completely”:

 -Paid for lunch for the person behind me in line

-Gave food to a homeless man and his dog

-Loaned my car to a co-worker

-Donated toys for Toys for Tots drive

-Sent a friend who is going through a hard time an inspirational card

-Sat with a family in the ICU waiting room

-Assisted a family with gathering clothes after a house fire

-Adopted a child with cancer for Christmas

Consider completing an intentional Act of Kindness and then login to the HarbinSTRONG portal to share.  Thank you for making the holidays a little brighter for others!



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Exercise for the holidays

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Exercise is a great way to fight the potential of holiday depression. Being active for 30 minutes a day can make a tremendous difference in your emotional health. Studies have shown exercise:

-Releases feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (endorphins)

-Reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression

-Increases body temperatures, which may have a calming effect

Suggestions for how to squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise during this hectic time of year:

-Set small daily goals and aim for daily consistency rather than perfect workouts.

-It’s better to walk every day for 15-20 minutes than to wait until the weekend for a three-hour fitness marathon.

-Distract yourself with an iPod, iphone, ipad, etc. to download audiobooks, podcasts, or music. Many people find it’s more fun to exercise while listening to something they enjoy.

-Recruit an “exercise buddy.” It’s often easier to stick to your exercise routine when you have to stay committed to a friend, partner, or colleague.

-Visit the Vitality Fitness Center for FREE! Check out the current class schedule or jump on the treadmill.

-Exercising in increments of 5 or 10 minutes adds up! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk a few laps around your office or do a few squats at your desk.

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Less than 2 weeks left to earn points

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Acts of Kindness

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The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity to slow down and show appreciation through small acts of kindness. HarbinSTRONG encourages you to take time to spread kindness and look for specific ways to do small things with great love for those around you.

Consider completing THREE intentional Acts of Kindness from December 1st – December 15th.

In appreciation of your kindness, HarbinSTRONG will award you 5 points for each act of kindness (up to 15 points).

To share your Acts of Kindness:

  1. Login to the HarbinSTRONG portal
  2. Go to the Healthy Habits page under the “Incentives” tab
  3. Check the Acts of Kindness Healthy Habit and enter the description of your Act of Kindness
  4. Click Save at the bottom of the page

You can add one Act of Kindness a day (maximum of 3 days). ALL Acts of Kindness must be submitted by December 15th to be eligible for HarbinSTRONG points.

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