Featured Story: GIThrive | Managing Stress through Digestive Health

Sydney Wood, Benefits Manager

Stress and anxiety may lead to digestive symptoms like indigestion, stomach cramps, diarrhea, loss of appetite, emotional eating, or nausea. There’s a powerful connection between your brain and digestive tract, and the gut-brain connection may be why. Your gut is called your “second brain” because of the millions of nerve cells that line your GI tract. Many studies have shown that improving gut health leads to better mental health.

Your Dedicated Health Coach and Dietitian can help you find stress management and mindfulness practices and a personalized nutrition plan that work with your daily life.

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How it works

GIThrive is a program to help you improve your health — starting with digestion. It includes an app, unlimited access to your Health Coach and Registered Dietitian over the phone or video, and a free GutCheck microbiome kit. It’s all done from home – and no cost to you!

GIThrive program includes:

  • Dedicated Health Coach and Registered Dietitian
  • At-home Gut Microbiome kit
  • Stress Management Techniques
  • Personalized Nutrition
  • Smart App

Learn more about this fully covered benefit.

Buddy Broncho made his first appearance in UCO's own newspaper The Vista. It was the October 3, 1932, issue where a Broncho appears wearing a UCO football uniform. He has appeared numerous times throughout the years from local Edmond papers in the 60's to state-wide papers in the 80's. The commissioning of the first ever live mascot appears in UCO's 1979 Bronze Book where Buddy Broncho made his first public appearance at Homecoming. Since that time, Buddy has been a fixture at UCO events and in the hearts of UCO students.