November/December 2022

Gut Health

Your gut microbiome is the foundation of your health. So, what is gut health? Gut health is the balance of good and bad bacteria and yeast in the digestive system. Many factors can affect the balance in your gut such as poor sleep, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, stress and lack of nutrient diversity.

To improve gut health:

  • Include a diet that high in fiber-rich foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Limit high-fat and high-sugar foods
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid taking antibiotics unless necessary
  • Eat sources of probiotics (yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, or a probiotic supplement)

Poor gut health can lead to autoimmune problems such as thyroid issues, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes, and digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, and the uncomfortable sensation of bloating. Poor gut health is commonly seen in people with sleep disturbances, depression/anxiety, skin rashes and allergies.

The Western diet is high in saturated fat and sugar, yet poor in fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods. This diet is directly linked to increased risk of developing metabolic and cardiovascular diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and stroke.

One way to improve gut health is by limiting stress. Join Daron, virtually, for Mindful Mondays to start a healthy habit of destressing and practicing mindfulness. Register for the December 5 session beginning November 1. Kent State of Well-being (KSoW) also provides mindful opportunities for the KSU community, including Meditation Across Campus (free, facilitated, 30-minute meditation sessions, including a virtual option) and Koru Mindfulness & Meditation training. 

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Learn strategies for creating and maintaining healthy habits straight from the experts. Browse our October webinars below. These sessions are open to all full and part-time employees. For those participating in the wellness rewards program, each session is worth 10 Tier 2 points.

Dec. 6

12-1 p.m.



Gut Health 

The health of the mind and body are intertwined, especially when we consider the health of the gastrointestinal tract or digestive system. Join Keith Zimcosky on the discussion of the basics of digestion, some common gut health issues, and health behaviors to improve gut health and overall well-being.

Register to attend the webinar "Gut Health."



We are here to help and support you on your journey. Below is a list of resources. Visit for more details.



Want to form new, healthier habits but need help in doing so? A health coach can support you on your wellness journey. Health coaching/nutrition counseling sessions are available in-person or remotely, through Be Well Solutions (available to full-time, benefits-eligible employees) or Impact Solutions (available to all employees and their eligible family members). To schedule a session with Be Well Solutions, log in to your Be Well portal and click on the link for worksite or virtual health coaching/nutrition counseling under the “My Appointments” heading. To request a session through Impact Solutions, call 800-227-6007. 



As part of the employee wellness program, all full-time, benefits-eligible staff and faculty are invited to attend a complimentary onsite Know Your Numbers health screening this fall. For your convenience, we have arranged flu vaccine clinics to align with health screenings at all campuses through December 2022. For information about eligibility for these services, upcoming screening dates, and how to schedule an appointment, visit

Need a flu vaccine but can't make it to the health screening/flu vaccine event, flu vaccines are available daily at DeWeese Health Center's Immunization Clinic.