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bullet Carolina Wellness Matters: Cross-training can complement your typical workout routine
bullet Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) form preparation help offered to University employees through April
bullet Earned income tax credit information
bullet University offices help campus remain accessible to everyone in UNC community
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Carolina Wellness Matters

Cross-training can complement your typical workout routine

For some, the new year is an opportunity to try new things. As you think about your current fitness activities, consider the benefits of cross-training. 

Cross-training is incorporating a different form of movement into your existing routine that will enhance your primary activity.  For example, if you are a walker or runner, consider adding a yoga class into your schedule to complement your walking or running through lengthening your muscles and increasing your range of motion.

Cross-training has many benefits:  

bullet Reduced risk of injury: By spreading the stress over additional muscles and joints, you can exercise more frequently and for longer durations without overloading particularly vulnerable areas of the body (knees, hips, back, shoulders, elbows and feet). If you are particularly prone to lower-leg problems from running long distances, consider incorporating low-impact activities such as stair climbing, cycling and swimming into your regimen.  

bullet Enhanced weight loss: If you want to lose weight and body fat, engage in an exercise program that enables you to safely burn a significant number of calories. Research has shown that such a goal is more easily accomplished when you exercise for relatively long durations (more than 30 minutes) at a moderate level of intensity (60 to 85 percent of maximal heart rate). Often, you can effectively reduce your body weight and fat stores by combining two or more physical activities in a cross-training regimen. For example, exercise on a stair climber for 20 to 30 minutes and then cycle for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.  

bullet Improved total fitness: Cross-training can include activities that develop muscular fitness and aerobic conditioning. While your muscular fitness gains will typically be less than with strength training only, the added benefits of improving muscular strength and endurance can pay substantial dividends.

For example, research has shown that resistance training can help individuals prevent injury, control body weight and improve functional capacity.  

bullet Prevent boredom and burnout: Research indicates that many individuals drop out of exercise programs because they become bored or injured. Cross-training is a safe and relatively easy way to add variety to an exercise program.

In the process, it can play a positive role in promoting long-term exercise adherence by reducing injuries and countering the potential for boredom.

For more information or ideas on cross-training, or to suggest topics for future installments of Carolina Wellness Matters, e-mail Holly Tiemann, Holly_Tiemann@unc.edu, in the Training and Development Department of Human Resources.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) form preparation help offered to University employees through April

Master of accounting students from Kenan-Flagler Business School and students from the School of Law will once again provide free assistance for faculty, staff and students with calculation of taxes and preparation of tax forms.

As in 2005, those who have gross household incomes of $50,000 or less, who do not itemize deductions and who are not self-employed can take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service. VITA volunteers do not, however, have appropriate training to assist those holding international visas.

Appointments are strongly encouraged to avoid long waits and will be scheduled at two locations: the Cheek-Clark Building at 505 W. Cameron Ave., the Giles Horney Building at 103 Airport Dr., and the Hargrave Center at 216 N. Roberson St. To make an appointment, call 1-800-807-6349.

Sessions will be scheduled through April 12. Appointments are available for evenings and Saturdays.

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Earned income tax credit information

It seems that the world of federal income tax is filled with mysterious acronyms and names: Form 4868, ITIN, HCTC. One acronym that’s worth remembering, though, is EITC, which stands for Earned Income Tax Credit.

The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families.

To claim the EITC, you must meet seven main criteria:

bullet Must have earned income;

bullet Must have a valid Social Security number;

bullet Investment income is limited to $2,700;

bullet Filing status can’t be “married filing
separately;”

bullet Generally must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien all year;

bullet Cannot be a qualifying child of another person; and Cannot file Form 2555 or 2555-EZ (related to foreign earned income)

There are certain income limits that must also be met. If you are interested in the EITC, you need to have worked and have earned income less than the following amounts:

bullet $11,750 ($13,750 if married filing jointly) if there is no qualifying child;

bullet $31,030 ($33,030 if married filing jointly) if there is one qualifying child; or

bullet $35,263 ($37,263 if married filing jointly) if there is more than one qualifying child.

A qualifying child must meet certain tests for relationship, age and residency and cannot be used by more than one person to claim the EITC.

If you don’t have a qualifying child, you must be at least age 25, but less than 65. You also cannot be listed as the dependent of another person and you must have lived in the United States for more than six months of 2004.

For more information on the EITC, click on www.irs.gov/eitc. This site includes a tool to help you determine your eligibility and whether your child qualifies. You can also talk with your tax preparer.

For the record: Form 4868 is the application for a time extension to file your income tax return; ITIN is the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, which can be given to certain people who don’t qualify for a Social Security number; and HCTC is the Health Coverage Tax Credit.

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University offices help campus remain accessible to everyone in UNC community

The University seeks to ensure that all programs and facilities are accessible to students with disabilities. Students who want reasonable accommodation for disabilities are required to identify themselves either to the Department of Disability Services (DDS) in the Division of Student Affairs or Learning Disabilities Services (LDS) in the College of Arts and Sciences, depending on the nature of their disability. These offices will inform the students of the documentation needed to meet legal requirements, and their staffs have the professional training to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations for each student.

In an effort to assist their students, individual faculty members and departments or professional schools may want to provide accommodations to students who have not identified themselves to DDS or LDS. When approached by a student who seeks an accommodation based on a disability, please refer the student to DDS or LDS as appropriate. Thereafter, one of those offices will work with you and the student to determine what accommodations would be reasonable, and assist with implementation.

To make it easier for University faculty and staff to direct students to the proper office, the functions of each office are described below. The services and accommodations provided by both offices are designed to meet the individual needs of the student and are provided at no charge.

Learning Disabilities Services (LDS) provides services and reasonable accommodations to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate/professional students with documented learning disabilities (LD) and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The mission of LDS is to assist students in achieving their academic potential within the regular, academically competitive University curriculum.

In addition to providing reasonable accommodations, LDS provides strategies instruction and ADD coaching to students. LDS also provides training and consultation to instructors and administrators. The office, located at 137 E. Franklin St., Suite 602, can be reached by telephone at 962-7227 or through the Internet at www.unc.edu/depts/lds.

The Department of Disability Services (DDS) provides services and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities.Located in the basement of Steele Building, DDS can be reached by telephone at 962-8300, by e-mail at disabilityservices@unc.edu, or online at disabilityservices.unc.edu.

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