July 10 - 14
It's so important to intentionally slow down to recharge your physical and emotional batteries.
During “Chill Week” take time to relax, savor cool recipes, and enjoy some downtime on your own or with others.
Check out the cool activities that follow below - pick one or more to try, then take a photo or tell us about your experience!
You can post to the Summer Wellbeing Adventure Viva Engage channel shown to the right (formerly Yammer), or email us to be eligible to win great prizes, including brunch and a stay at the Statler Hotel, $75 of points in the Cornell Appreciation Portal, and more!
Chill Week Special Deals!
- Cornell University Press 50% Discount! Just use the code 09WELLNESS at checkout to apply the discount to your online cart.
- Canoe with Cornell Outdoor Education: Canoe package rental for just $10!! (normally $30) Meet at B01 Bartels Hall every Tuesday (weather permitting) at 5:30 pm if you need to rent equipment. Or join in at East Shore Park on Cayuga Lake at 6:30 pm with your own equipment to learn some canoeing skills and then do a little touring! Questions: 607-254-8264
Slowing down can be a challenge when most of us are used to a busy life and fast-paced work environment. When going about your day, find small opportunities to adjust your pace:
- Take a few deep breaths - become more present
- Move your body - gently stretch or take a break outside
- Tap into your senses - notice the details of your surroundings
Restoration means different things to different people. Find what recharges your battery…
- Embrace the joy of missing out or "JOMO" (Psychology Today)
- Why taking vacation time could save your life (Forbes)
- How to disconnect from work and relax (University of Massachussetts Global)
- Visit restorative spaces on campus
On Your Own
- Cool down with your favorite frozen snack or drink (check out some recipe ideas below!)
- Savor the experience of using all your senses. Notice the colors, textures, temperature, scents, and sounds of your treat as you enjoy it.
- Take a group outing. Visit a location that has frozen or iced treats like the Cornell Dairy Bar. Or have ice cream delivered to your location for an ice cream social!
- Chill on Zoom. For hybrid or fully remote teams, bring your favorite summer frozen or iced treat to a group Zoom meeting. Share recipes with each other!
- Take a dip - Explore swimming options in the Ithaca area or your local community.
- Keeping cool – even without air conditioning (Cornell Cooperative Extension)
- Enjoy a chilly activity - and a refreshing snack in one! (Make ice cream in a bag - Delish)
Participate in these relaxing activities on your own or invite a friend.
- Let’s Meditate guided meditation sessions are being offered each Wednesday at the Johnson Museum of Art, as well as every other Wednesday online from 12:15pm - 12:45pm through July 26th
- Stretch With Cornell Wellness - Mondays, 9-9:45am, June 26-July 31, via Zoom. Open to the entire Cornell community; no Wellness membership required.
Recipes for a Tasty Summer
Chill out with a fruity salad or refreshing mocktail this week. Give one of these summery recipes a try and share photos of how they came out to our Summer Wellbeing Adventure Viva Engage channel, or email us to be eligible for one of this week's prizes!
Mint And Melon Fruit Salad
Plant-based, 30-Minutes or Less
Prep time: 25 minutes
- 1 small cantaloupe, 5-10 pounds
- 1 small honeydew melon, 5-10 pounds
- 1 small seedless watermelon, 5-10 pounds
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 lemon, juice only, about 3 tablespoons
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3 sprigs mint, about 20 leaves, divided
1. Halve each melon and remove the seeds.
2. Scoop out balls of melon using a melon baller or cookie scoop. Use different sized scoops, if desired, to achieve different-sized balls of melon. Transfer the melon balls into a large mixing bowl.
3. Cut off the scooped part of the melon and repeat the process, scooping and cutting until all of the melons have been balled.
4. Add the blueberries to the mixing bowl with the melon balls.
5. Combine the lemon juice and syrup to make a dressing, then pour it over the fruit.
6. Let the dressing soak into the salad for at least 5 minutes.
7. Chop half the mint and toss it with the salad.
8. Garnish the salad with the remaining mint.
Adapted From: Mint And Melon Fruit Salad Recipe (tastingtable.com)
Quick Watermelon Salsa
Plant-Based, 15-Minute Prep
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 hour
Servings: 3 cups
- 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
- 1 can (8 oz.) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
- 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
- 1/4 minced fresh cilantro
- 3 Tbsp orange juice
- 1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce
1. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with tortilla chips.
Banana Pina Colada Mocktail
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Plant-Based, 15-Minutes or Less
Prep time: 10 minutes
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1 cup diced fresh pineapple, plus 4 wedges for garnish
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup “lite” coconut milk
- 3 cups ice cubes
1. Puree bananas, diced pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut milk and ice in a blender. Divide among 4 glasses. Garnish with pineapple wedges.
Adapted From: Nonalcoholic Banana Piña Colada (eatingwell.com)
Nut-Free, Family-Friendly, Shareable
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 15-20 minutes
- 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
- 3/4 cup frozen nonalcoholic margarita mix, thawed
- 1/3 cup canola oil (or avocado oil)
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
Key Lime Frosting
- 3 to 4 Tbsp Key lime juice, divided
- 1 Tbsp meringue powder
- 1 tsp water
- 3 & 1/2 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- Optional: Lime zest and lime slices
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 20 muffin cups with paper liners. Combine the first 4 ingredients. Beat on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium 2 minutes.
- Fill prepared cups half full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
- For frosting, in a large bowl, combine 2 tablespoons lime juice, meringue powder and water. Whisk until frothy. Add confectioners' sugar, shortening and remaining lime juice. Beat until smooth; frost cupcakes. If desired, garnish with lime zest and slices.
Frozen Strawberry-Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bark
Gluten Free, Plant-Based, Nut-Free, Shareable
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freeze time: 3 hours
- 3 cups whole-milk plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 & 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Stir yogurt, maple syrup (or honey) and vanilla in a medium bowl. Spread on the prepared baking sheet into a 10-by-15-inch rectangle. Scatter the strawberries on top and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
3. Freeze until very firm, at least 3 hours. To serve, cut or break into 32 pieces.
Adapted From: Strawberry-Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bark (eatingwell.com)
Orange Mint Mocktail
15-Minutes or Less, Dairy-Free
Prep time: 15 minutes
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (squeezed)
- 1/2 cup club soda/ carbonated water
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2-3 orange slices
- 2-3 mint leaves
- 2-3 ice cubes
1. Stir orange juice, lemon juice, water, & sugar in a vessel till the sugar dissolves
2. Garnish with orange slices, mint leaves and ice cubes
3. Top with club soda/ carbonated water
Adapted From: Refreshing Orange Mint Mocktail - Pepper Delight
Bonus Recipe #1: Loaded Hummus Pitas
Budget Friendly, Mediterranean
Prep Time: 20 minutes
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- 1/4 red onion
- 8 Kalamata olives
- 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
- 2 oz. feta, crumbled
- 4 whole wheat pitas
- 1 cup hummus
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch pepper
1. Dice the cucumber into small 1/4-inch pieces. Slice the grape tomatoes in half. Dice the red onion. Roughly chop the parsley and crumble the feta.
2. To assemble the pitas, spread 1/4 cup hummus over the surface of each pita. Top with cucumber, tomato, red onion, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Finish with a little crumbled feta, chopped parsley, and a light drizzle of olive oil. Fold and enjoy.
Adapted From: Loaded Hummus Pitas - Budget Bytes
Bonus Recipe #2: Ambrosia Salad
Prep time: 10 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 hour
- 1 & 1/2 cups Cool Whip
- 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 3/4 cup halved maraschino cherries (stems removed), drained
- 3/4 cup toasted pecans
1. In a large bowl, fold together Cool Whip and sour cream. Add oranges, pineapple, cherries, coconut, pecans, and marshmallows and stir gently.
2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
Question of the week: Think about your favorite place to chill. What makes this location ideal for relaxation for you?
Prizes include $75 dollars’ worth of points in the Cornell Appreciation Portal, a two-night stay and bus tickets for two to Cornell Club in NYC, a one-night night stay with breakfast for two at the Statler/Taverna Banfi, and more! For the full list of prizes, visit the Summer Wellbeing Adventure landing page. Winners will be selected randomly and announced on our website every week.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Wilbur LOVES having his photo taken!
Some folks would rather take pictures than be in them - but not Wilbur! Wilbur Wellbear is the less famous, less competitive cousin of Cornell's renowned Touchdown Bear. He'd love to be your own personal mascot to enjoying the Summer Wellbeing Adventure!
Cut him out and show us what you're doing to support wellbeing this summer! Post to the Summer Wellbeing Adventure Viva Engage channel or email us - and get a bonus entry in our weekly prize drawings!)