December 2022 Open Line

Year 2022 for You

December 16, 2022

Find Your Fitness Challenge

Find Your Fitness Challenge

Monday, Jan. 9 - Sunday, Feb. 5

This New Year, uncover ways to be physically active that are enjoyable to YOU. Each week you’ll have a different task to try. You’ll also have an opportunity to reflect on how you felt about the week’s tasks. Then you’ll rate whether you enjoyed it! Don’t worry if you don’t do each task perfectly – just give it your best effort and don’t forget to have fun.

Visit to sign up for the optional Microsoft Teams chat and/or challenge communications by Friday, Jan. 6. You can also access the challenge tracker to participate on your own time:

You can access all upcoming activities, webinars, and workouts at

No Late Fees!

No Late Fees at This LIbrary!

The Working for a Healthier Tennessee team regularly updates the Video Library on our website. From Food Safety When Hosting a Party to Deskercise-Neck and Shoulder Stretches to How to Create a Standing Desk, you’re sure to find something for you.

Check it out at

Baked Latkes

Recipe of the Week!

Happy Hanukkah! This Baked Latkes recipe is a healthier way to make a dish that’s traditionally fried. Enjoy with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt or sour cream!

December 9, 2022

Eating Mindfully Can Help This Holiday

Mindful Eatting

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be a challenge to take a break and savor the moment, including when we enjoy meals or snacks. Eating mindfully can be helpful in several ways. These include feeling fuller sooner, which means eating less, allowing more appreciation for food, and having an opportunity to slow down.

Try this 10-minute Mindful Eating Meditation and share what you learned from the exercise.
*Five participants chosen at random will win a prize!*

Stress Free Holiday

Upcoming Virtual Events

Tips for a Healthy, Stress-free Holiday (presented by ActiveHealth)
Friday, Dec. 16 from 10-10:30 a.m. CT
The holidays can be exciting, but they can also add stress – both good and bad. We’ll discuss common holiday stressors, ways to manage your stress, and coping skills that can help with holiday anxiety.
Download calendar invite.
Last week state employees gathered to test their holiday food knowledge. If you couldn’t join the fun, take this quiz by Tuesday, Dec. 20 for a chance to win one of three prizes! Holiday Food Trivia:
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Healthy Hot Chocolate

Recipe of the Week

Cozy up with some Healthy Hot Chocolate. ☕ Using fat-free or low-fat milk or a plain non-dairy alternative and/or dark chocolate makes this a healthier and delicious treat.

December 2, 2022

Spotlight on Volunteering


Research shows volunteering has many health benefits including improving mental and physical health, providing a sense of purpose, teaching valuable skills, and nurturing new and existing relationships. This holiday season there are plenty of ways to get involved. Find volunteer opportunities and learn about the health benefits:

Upcoming Virtual Events

Food is a staple at holiday parties around the world. From sweet potato casserole to latkes, foods that may be familiar to you might be new to someone else. Learn more about 15 unique holiday foods from around the world:
Join us for Holiday Food Trivia!
Thursday, Dec. 8 from 1-1:15 p.m. CT
Do you know your holiday foods? Join us to find out!
What to Expect: WFHTN Wellness Coordinator Morgan will lead trivia. The top three winners will be awarded a prize. An additional prize will be awarded to a participant chosen at random! We’ll play using the platform Mentimeter. The link to play will be provided the day of trivia.
Download the calendar invite.
You can access all upcoming WFHTN activities, webinars, and workouts at


Recipe of the Week

Thursday, Dec. 8 is National Brownie Day!
To celebrate this important holiday, try these brownies with a surprise ingredient: black beans! This sweet treat is delicious and has the nutritional bonus of fiber.