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Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Breathe, relax

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  • Jill Micklow, Wellness Specialist at Assurance, demonstrates an at-work breathing technique for relaxation.

      Jill Micklow, Wellness Specialist at Assurance, demonstrates an at-work breathing technique for relaxation.

  • Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team.

      Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team.

 
By Jill Micklow
Wellness Specialist

Assurance has been a longtime proponent of corporate wellness programs, as it has empowered our employee base and provided them with both short and long-term benefits. Our faith in corporate wellness is what drove us to become the exclusive sponsor of the Daily Herald Fittest Loser competition. Through this competition, our goal is to show that wellness does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. Each week, we'll be sending a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere.

Tip of the Week

Breathe. Count. Repeat with 4-7-8 Breathing Technique

To start, put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.

Take a deep, slow breath from your belly, and silently count to 4 as you breathe in.

Hold your breath, and silently count from 1 to 7.

Breathe out completely as you silently count from 1 to 8. Try to get all the air out of your lungs by the time you count to 8.

Repeat 3 to 7 times or until you feel calm.

• Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance's Employee Benefits Team. With a passion for improving the health of companies and their employees, Jill works closely with her clients to create large-scale corporate wellness programs. After first identifying her client's specific health and wellness goals, Jill then helps to develop, implement and manage a strategic wellness program tailored to their needs. Additionally, she works closely with Assurance's Benefits Communications Specialist to develop supplementary marketing materials to promote the success of these initiatives. Through education, motivation and engagement, Assurance clients and their employees see an improvement in overall health, morale, productivity and ROI thanks to Jill's efforts. Jill joined Assurance in 2009 and has since received certifications as a Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager (CWWPM). Prior to Assurance, she graduated Summa cum Laude from St. Norbert College with a bachelor's degree in business and finance.

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