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‘Between Hallmark and heartache’: Psychiatrist offers tips for approaching the holidays

Dec. 19, 2013—During the holidays, the goal should be to set the course somewhere “between Hallmark and heartache,” Vanderbilt psychiatrist Judith Akin says. In other words, don’t strive for perfection, and recognize and deal head-on with some of the stressors of the season.

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“Between Hallmark and heartache”: Vanderbilt psychiatrist offers tips for how to have a pretty good Christmas

Dec. 19, 2013—During the holidays, the goal should be to set the course somewhere “between Hallmark and heartache,” a Vanderbilt psychiatrist says. In other words, don’t strive for the perfect (you won’t achieve it), and recognize and deal head-on with some of the stressors of the season. Judith Akin, M.D., assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt...

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Tennessee Poison Center physician offers tips to prevent holiday poisonings

Dec. 11, 2013—The holidays are a relaxed time for families and friends to spend time together, but before children are out of school for the holidays and tiny friends and relatives come to visit take some time to poison proof your home. One of the most important poison prevention tips is to make sure that alcoholic drinks...

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Wellcast: Enjoy the holidays–even when flying solo

Dec. 6, 2013—anet McCutchen of Work-Life Connections/EAP interviews Judith Akin, Work-Life Connections/EAP consulting psychiatrist, about ways to enjoy the Holidays – even if you are spending them away from family and friends

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Vanderbilt dietitian offers tips to prevent Thanksgiving foodborne illnesses

Nov. 25, 2013—Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, to be with family and friends and to enjoy good food. A Vanderbilt dietitian says that making sure the food you serve is prepared and stored properly can ensure that everyone has a safe and healthy experience. “,” says Vanderbilt University Medical Center dietitian and certified personal trainer...

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MyVU to take break over holidays

Dec. 19, 2012—The MyVU email for faculty and staff will be on hiatus Dec. 24-Jan. 1. Look for MyVU to resume in the new year, beginning Thursday, Jan. 3. For breaking news, visit the Vanderbilt University homepage.

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Tips for welcoming your college student home for the holidays

Dec. 18, 2012—Welcoming a college student home for the holidays—especially if it’s their first extended visit since going away to school—can be the occasion for joyful reunions as well as some added household tension. John Greene, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for student health and wellness at Vanderbilt University, offers these tips to help keep the...

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Make note of modified hours over Winter Break

Dec. 14, 2012—Vanderbilt schools are observing Winter Break Dec. 16-Jan. 6, 2013. Residence halls close at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, and reopen at noon Friday, Jan. 4. Classes for undergraduates resume on Monday, Jan. 7. Vanderbilt employees will observe the Christmas Eve holiday Monday, Dec. 24, and the Christmas Day holiday Tuesday, Dec. 25. Employees will...

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Remember to power down before leaving for the holidays

Dec. 12, 2012—Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are going to be away from the dorm room, office or home for an extended period of time over the holidays should remember to power down before they leave. Doing so is a great way to reduce one’s energy consumption and environmental impact. Students: Turn off all lights, including...

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Sugarplum fairy visits Children’s Hospital

Dec. 6, 2012—Beloved characters from Nashville Ballet’s production of the Nashville’s Nutcracker kicked off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony and performance at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Hold the Stuffing deadline extended

Nov. 16, 2012—If you missed the Hold the Stuffing Challenge initial weigh-ins, it’s not too late. The deadline for Hold the Stuffing, Health Plus‘ annual challenge to help staff and faculty manage their weight during the holidays, has been extended. Weigh in at one of these locations Nov. 19–21: Health Plus (Kensington Garage) 5 a.m.–9 p.m. Occupational...

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Stave off holiday excess by celebrating sustainably this season

Nov. 14, 2012—The holiday season is traditionally a time of plenty, but it also can be a time of excess. Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environment Management Office has put together a list of 15 actions everyone can take to reduce holiday waste and make the season a little greener.

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