Wellness Watch - Emotional Dimension

Managing Worry and Anxiety

Thursday, November 4
2 - 3 p.m.
View the flyer for more information and to register.

Breast Cancer Awareness

breast cancer awareness monthOctober is breast cancer awareness month – a month intended to raise awareness of breast cancer, the second most common cancer among U.S. women. About 250,000 women and 2,300 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. annually. For more information on all things breast cancer, check out these additional tools and resources.

Educate Yourself

  • 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • African American women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer (which can be more aggressive and more difficult to treat), and are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.  And Hispanic women are often diagnosed at a later stage, and generally present with larger tumors compared to white women.
  • Eating a diet rich in red meat can increase your breast cancer risk by 13%. Consuming just three sugar-sweetened beverages a week (!) can also put you at a greater risk for developing breast cancer.
  • Meanwhile, walking for exercise daily can lower your risk by 42%. And including veggies in your diet that are carotenoid-rich can also help lower your risk of breast cancer. Examples of carotenoid-rich veggies include: leafy greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and red peppers.

Get Regular Mammograms

  • Thanks to regular mammogram screening, over half (63%) of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (no sign that the cancer has spread outside the breast), for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
  • Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more. Women should begin having mammograms yearly at age 40, or earlier if they're at high risk.
  • The procedure is safe: there's only a very tiny amount of radiation exposure from a mammogram.


Impact lives, support treatment, and create hope. Key breast cancer charities and what they focus on:

  • American Cancer Society – Provides research and help in the effort to end all cancers
  • Breastcancer.org – Helps readers understand the complexities of breast health and breast cancer
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation – Focuses entirely on breast cancer research to fuel their mission of preventing and curing all breast cancer
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer – Connects those impacted by breast cancer to information and a community of support
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation – Delivers help and hope when those affected by breast cancer need it most—now
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation – Addresses breast cancer on various fronts to fund their mission of eradicating breast cancer
  • Young Survivor Coalition – Offers the largest community and resources for survivors under the age of 40

For more information on choosing a reputable breast cancer charity to donate to, click here.

Bureau Crunch Off

appleJoin us in the Missouri Crunch Off to celebrate the wonderful produce Missouri has to offer. Invite your Bureau/office/unit to crunch into a Missouri grown apple during the month of October.

Participating teams can enter to win a Missouri apple gift basket! The basket will include Missouri grown apple products and cooking utensils so your Bureau can enjoy a Missouri grown apple snack day.

Participating is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Register your Bureau/office/unit for the Missouri Crunch Off. Register here.
  2. Plan a time to gather your Bureau/office/unit. A good time may be in your next team meeting, Zoom call or a designated time in the office.
  3. Make sure team members either bring in their own Missouri grown apple, or have them ready to offer to your team.
  4. Crunch time! Enjoy your Missouri grown apple together. Be sure to take a team picture to submit!
  5. To enter for the prize drawing, submit your team photo to WorksiteWellness@health.mo.gov. Entries must be submitted by Friday, October 29.

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Get Your Flu Shot!

Strive for Wellness Flu Clinic is coming to the Wildwood campus! Flu shots will be available to active state employees with MCHCP medical coverage. No appointment necessary.

When: Tuesday, October 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: 920 Wildwood (parking lot event)
Click here for more details.

Can’t make it on Tuesday the 19th?
Starting October 1, you can receive your flu vaccination through the Strive for Wellness Health Center. Appointments are required, except for Wednesdays, when walk-ins are welcome!
Click here for more information on Walk-in Wednesdays!

Employee Interest Survey 2021 – Results

The Worksite Wellness Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in our bi-annual survey. We received some very good feedback that will help us plan for future activities. We strive to offer activities and resources that DHSS employees are interested in and can benefit from, so we greatly appreciate your responses! You can view the results below.

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Worksite Wellness Email Listing

Do you want to live a healthier life? Join your DHSS colleagues and sign up to get emails directly from the Worksite Wellness Committee! Emails will include everything from healthy-living tips and tricks, relevant resources, Worksite Wellness happenings, and much more. We promise, no more than one email per week! Join our email list.

Anonymous Suggestion/Comment Box

Do you have a bright idea for Worksite Wellness? Share it with the Worksite Wellness Committee to help improve wellness among employees!

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Worksite Wellness Committee (WWC) is committed to promoting healthy behaviors and environments for DHSS employees.

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It is the goal of the WWC to implement a worksite wellness program which will assist employees to:

  • Increase employee awareness & knowledge of healthy behaviors
  • Support employees in adopting & maintaining healthier lifestyles
  • Enhance employee morale


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