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For more information on good mood food that helps support brain function, check out these two articles: brain foods and  good mood foods. Also, check out the “In the Kitchen” section below for a great recipe featuring salmon and an easy breakfast idea featuring blueberries!

Ongoing Wellness Activities: 

Virtual Drop-in Meditation – Two Offerings:

These drop-in group sessions will help you come into the present moment, lower anxiety, reduce isolation, and improve focus/concentration! 

  • Every Thursday at 12:30pm, Dr. Christina Pastan, Director, Mind-Body Wellness, School of Dental Medicine offers a 20-minute session which begins with a short talk about an aspect of meditation followed by a guided experience. 

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  • TUSM Mindfulness Group (MMG) is offering weekly drop-in meditation.  If you would like to be added to the MMG listserv to receive the weekly notification, send an email to

Virtual Yoga offerings:

Practicing yoga is said to come with many benefits for both mental and physical health. To learn about the benefits of yoga check out the nine-benefits-of-yoga article from John Hopkins Medicine.  In addition, join us during one of the below offerings to get started or to continue your journey.

  • Restorative Yoga offered by Dr. Pastan, via Zoom on Tuesdays at 5:00pm. Wear comfortable clothing and if you have a yoga mat or towel have them available. Please log on 5 minutes before the start of class and get yourself situated for practice. Participants will not to be able to enter the class after 5:10pm.  Participants video will not be seen, and no experience is necessary.  Dr. Pastan is looking forward to seeing you on the mat! 

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Weekly Step Challenge | Saturdays – Fridays at 9:00am EST

Who is ready for some healthy competition? After multiple requests and by popular demand we are restarting the weekly step challenge!  Walk on your own or in a physical distant social group. Please record your steps below and we will randomly select a winner from each program at the end of the week. To be eligible for weekly drawings steps must be entered by 9:00am on Fridays.  

Winners will receive a GC to Grubhub or Sweetgreen.  Let’s get moving, Jumbos!

Other Free virtual workouts anywhere and anytime:

The city of Boston is offering free virtual work out classes that range from dancing to yoga to strength training. There are many options such as Barre, Zumba, and Strength Training** that will allow you to choose what works for you! Feel free to check it out here! 

Upcoming Wellness Activities:

Saturdays at 10:00am in February, Yoga:

This 30-minute gentle flow class will get you moving in a mindful way. We’ll move and breathe through a range of yoga postures intentionally designed in sequence to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to head into your weekend! No prior yoga experience is required.

This series will be taught by Kim Daniels, student in the DPT program!
Kim took her first yoga class as a stressed-out college student and left the studio wanting to skip through the streets of Boston. Since then, she has discovered what she loves about yoga – the ability to get into the body and out of the mind. She became a yoga teacher in order to inspire people to find their “inner yogi,” whether they are practicing asana in the studio or practicing pranayama during rush hour traffic. She has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2015 and has been teaching since then. She is currently completing a 300-hour training.

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Yoga Sculpt Zoom Class

If you are you looking to mix things up and get your heart rate pumping then join us for Yoga Sculpt.  This is a yoga flow class that incorporates cardio movements, weight training, and upbeat music. All levels are welcome, and weights are optional!  This series of classes will be facilitated by Julia Citron, TUSM class of 2024.  Julia has been teaching for one year and is excited to share her expertise with you. You will be challenged and inspired!


              The next session will be held on Wednesday, February 10 at 5:30pm.

Community Corner!

Have you tried something fun, new, and exciting during the pandemic? Do you have a story you want to share? We want to hear from you! We would like for you to share anything you are comfortable sharing with our community, in hopes that we can all feel more connected. Let’s support and inspire each other. 

This week’s community corner features Jenna Fongemie, TUSDM ‘22

When I’m not at school, I enjoy running, yoga and baking. I love going back home to Maine to spend time with my family and our dog, Annie! Annie and I love to hike and explore new beaches together! She is a hound mix. She’s 8 years old, we rescued her when she was 1!

Don’t Hesitate by Mary Oliver

“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”

In the Kitchen

Pecan Crusted Salmon

This recipe is perfect for the theme of the week- good mood food that helps to support brain function! Salmon, a fatty fish, and pecans, a hearty nut, are as healthy as they are tasty. This recipe makes 4 servings, only takes 30 minutes to make, and is easy to make dairy free. See the full recipe here!

Freezer Friendly Smoothies Jars

These freezer-friendly smoothies jars are a great way to make the mornings easy, quick, and nutritious, by ensuring a tasty and healthy start to the day. Make as many servings as you would like, with any ingredients of your choosing, then just add milk, plant milk, or water and blend! See recipe here.



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