Wellness and Total Rewards

Wellness is vital to the heart of any organization and it is important to LSHRM that we support you in your journey! Please check back here periodically for Wellness updates and events coming up throughout the year. If you have a fun event coming up or an idea for Wellness and Total Rewards in the Workplace that you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please email the LSHRM Wellness Team - Annetta Hunter, Director of Wellness;  Leslie Scott, Leah Jaynes, Chad Barnes, Keith Bailey or Bonnie Bowles at wellness@lshrm.org.

September Wellness Update

Recent Updates:   September Wellness

Health & Wellness Article

Color your plate for optimal health

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables offers more health benefits than you can count on both hands, including lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, cancer prevention, lower risk of obesity and digestive problems, and improved blood sugar levels. Even more, eating the daily recommended doses of fruits and veggies will help you feel full longer and keep your appetite in check.

“There are so many people who rely on supplements and vitamins when we should be able to get most of what we need from our food,” says registered nurse and nutrition advocate Kristin Woodruff. “Make sure you’re getting as many colors on your plate as possible. That is the original multivitamin.”

While the research surrounding the effects of color on health is ongoing, here’s a look at the potential health benefits of tasting the rainbow with some help from Dr. David Heber, author of What Color is your Diet?

Health benefits


Fun fact


Contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant associated with reduced risk of some cancers and protection against heart attacks

Tomatoes and tomato-based products; watermelon, pink grapefruit, guava, cranberries

Cooked tomato sauces may offer the most health benefits. The heating process allows the body to more readily absorb carotenoids, including lycopene.


Rich in anthocyanin, antioxidants that support a healthy heart and regulate blood pressure

Eggplant (especially the skin), blueberries, blackberries, prunes, plums, pomegranates

The richer the color, the riper the fruit/veggie. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant activity of all.


Contain lots of isothiocyanates, which live in the liver and help the body remove carcinogenic compounds; good source of vitamin K (essential for blood clot formation), folic acid, and potassium (helps lower blood pressure)

Broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, brussels sprouts

The isothiocyanates found in cruciferous vegetables may have cancer-fighting properties, particularly against colon and bladder cancers.


Rich in lutein, which is especially good for eye health; good source of vitamin C

Avocado, kiwi, spinach and other leafy greens, pistachios

Pistachios contain lutein in the green skin that surrounds the nut.


High in vitamin C and beta-carotene (good sources of antioxidants), which convert to vitamin A, a vital nutrient for vision and immune function as well as skin and bone health

Carrots, mangos, cantaloupe, winter squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, apricots

Beta-carotenes may also help prevent some cancers, particularly lung, esophagus and stomach.


Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, reduce chronic inflammation, ward off heart disease and some cancers 

Garlic, onions, endives, chives, celery, pears, white beans

Research on more than 20,000 men and women found that of all the fruits and veggies, only white produce was linked to a lower risk of stroke.


University College London, “New evidence linking fruit and vegetable consumption with lower mortality,” Science Daily, accessed July 2021, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140331194030.htm

Interview with Kristin Woodruff, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, RN

Heber, David, PhD, MD. What Color is your Diet? HarperCollins, 2001.

Upcoming Events

Financial Wellness

Event is Tuesday Sept 28th from 4-6pm at Dave & Buster's at St. Matthews Mall.

5000 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40207

Our Speakers will be as follows:

  1.  Kimberly Blakely:  Encore Wealth Management Group--She will be speaking about   budgeting and how this effects your financial planning/situation.

  2.  Chad Barnes:  New York Life--talking about protection like life insurance and how that                       can affect your financial situation.

  3.  Dana Coulter or Kristi Sweeney: will be representing Republic Bank--They will                                 speak about banking programs to help people in their financial situation.

  4.   Mya Goodman:  Credit Builders--She will talk about credit and how to improve this           and how it can affect your financial situation.  

  5.  Tommy Lawson:  Commonwealth Insurance Partners.

LSHRM Total Rewards

Event is Friday, October 1, 8:30am at Mercer Office

400 W Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Our Speakers will be as follows:

 1.  Patrick Baker:  Benefits

 2.  Cara Silletto and Jess Kayrouz Ray:  Retention 

 3.  Tiffany Cardwell:  The Total Rewards Package 


News Flash!!

If you’re a current LSHRM Member, please make sure your profile contact information is current so you don’t miss out on any of our upcoming events. If you’re not currently an LSHRM Member, I would highly encourage you to become one at https://lnkd.in/eR6rgES. It’s well worth the annual fee.

LSHRM is also looking for more sponsors for our upcoming events and meetings. Please reach out to our 2021 President Lisa Johnson if you’re interested.

Wellness Committee 2021 Planning Meeting:

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 7pm

Zoom Link:  

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Meeting ID: 874 1105 5128

Passcode: wellness

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Annetta L. Hunter, Committee Chair

Tiffany Cardwell, Co-Chair

Leslie Scott, Co-Chair

Chad W. Barnes, Co-Chair

Bonnie Bowles, Co-Chair

Leah Jaynes, Co-Chair

Deniece Krebs, Co-Chair

Jon'a Joiner, Co-Chair



The LSHRM Wellness Committee would like to thank our sponsors and everyone who participates in our current events and we look forward to you joining us at all of our Wellness events in 2021

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