July 2019

Wellness Spotlight

Summer is here! As we warm up, school is finished and *hopefully* work slows down a bit…pools come out, folks are headed to the lake and we look forward to some refreshing water-focused fun! Our Wellness Spotlight focus for July is water safetyClick here to read more. 


Meet our new Work Well Program Assistant!

Let's all welcome Brianna Black to the Work Well team!  Brianna is originally from Grand Forks, received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from UND and is currently in her 2nd year of graduate school in Kinesiology with an emphasis in maternal physical activity.  Once she graduates, she plans to continue her research and obtain her PhD in Public Health.  

During her undergrad years, she became the head softball coach at Larimore High School and has had the opportunity to build the program from the ground up.  In the summer, Brianna enjoys being outdoors with her black lab, Bauer, fishing, camping and hiking.  She is an avid sports lover and enjoys traveling around the country to different sporting events (her favorite is college basketball).  Fun fact: Brianna was on national television during a Packers game!



Congratulations to our Nutrition BINGO Grand Prize winners!

Anita Perez won the $100 Gift Card to Hugo's and Steph Hoffman secured the Instant Pot and a $30 Gift Card to Hugo's

Thank you to everyone who participated!


What's New?!

Time to get those bikes out!!  Register for the BIKE IT Challenge today! Jump on a stationary bike or get outside and enjoy the fresh air with a free-standing bicycle. Every time you bike, you earn points. 

Earn 100 points and claim your very own, fabulous, one-of-a-kind, brand-new, soft-to-the-touch Work Well T-Shirt.  Make it all the way to 200 points and be entered for a chance to win a Trek Verve 1 Bike from SCHEELSBONUS!!!  Every day you ride your bike TO or AT work, you get 10 extra points!  The challenge starts July 7th and runs 4 weeks, ending August 3rd.  Log in each day you ride and record your points! Register here…

The UND/NDPERS Voucher is DUE August 15th!  Remember, as a benefited UND employee, you can earn up to 12,000 points by completing 4 activities listed on the 2018-2019 voucher and submitting the voucher via email, fax, interoffice mail or Qualtrics.  This form has to be received by August 15th to have the points be transferred to your NOVU account and points must be used by December 31st, 2019.

Are you ready to Liven Up Your Summer COOKIN'?! Dust off the grill, break out the salad bowls, and join Sonia Doulamis as she helps you create fun and exciting summer dishes that serve a family of FOUR! Meet us at the Wellness Center every other Thursday: 7/11, 7/25, 8/8 from 12:15 – 1:00 P.M. Register here

The UND Rock Wall will be open to the Campus and public for climbing with No Membership required! Children of all ages (we have harnesses for toddlers/small children, fit not guaranteed) will be able to visit and climb the Rock Wall. Stop by and give it a try on Monday, July 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Cost $10/family.

The UShine Award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who went above and beyond, with an annual award chosen each May!

UND faculty, staff, students and public are encouraged to nominate and recognize a UND Staff member who did something special or extraordinary to assist a colleague, supervisor, student or family.

Nominations are being sought for the 2019 Dr. Robert H. Boyd Healthy UND Champion Award.  This award will recognize an individual, department or group who has worked to improve the health and wellness of the entire UND community by enhancing awareness, building skills, changing social norms and creating a healthier environment. Email Karina Knutson for more information.

Nominations for the Dr. Robert H. Boyd Healthy UND Champion Award are due by Monday, July 15th, 2019.  The 2019 recipient will be recognized later this fall. 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to
help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. FLYER

Zen in 10 focuses on stretching, breathing and having fun with coworkers. Go back to work with less stress, more energy and better body functioning. Services provided by Kay Williams, Certified Yoga and Relax and Renew Instructor. FREE and open to the Campus! FLYER 

Going camping? The Outpost has you covered! For the month of July, rent a tent and receive two sleeping bags free! Stop by the Wellness Center for this in-tents deal! For more information checkout our website! Call 777.9355 to reserve gear.

It’s awfully quiet at the Wellness Center, and you know what that means?  Less crowd, more workout!  Faculty and Staff can purchase an End-of-Summer membership for $45.00. Membership is valid from July 1st to August 22nd.  For more information contact Analee Hokkala at 701.777.4188 or by email


What's Happening?!

Ever wondered whether your metabolism is fast or slow? This 10 minute test will tell you. Set up an appointment today with our talented Registered Dietitian, Barbara Arntson! Click here to learn more!

Don't Cancel Class:
FACULTY: Heading out of town for a conference or on business? Not sure what to do with your class? Wellness & Health Promotion has you covered! With Don’t Cancel Class, you have a variety of Health & Wellness topics/presentations to choose from and a member of our team will come cover your class!  To learn more about the presentations available and reserve a date!

Grand Forks USDA Human Nutrition Research Center:
Participate in a research study!  USDA is looking for volunteers to participate in studies to improve their understanding of the health roles of food and physical activity.  Volunteers are essential partners in their research and are paid honoraria for their participation.



Remember to take your annual LifeScore Health Assessment so you can receive your Fitness Center Reimbursement and be eligible to earn a $250 wellness benefit ($500 per household).

UND is a Tobacco Free Campus. If you are ready to quit, UND offers unique benefits to help Faculty and Staff who are interested in quitting smoking or chewing tobacco. Get help to quit and cover the costs. Learn more here.

NDPERS July Wellness Newsletter:
We all need different solutions to be successful in our individual wellness pursuit.  The Dakota Wellness Program for NDPERS members offers just that - a broad mix of tools and a variety of education to encourage and support you in your wellness journey. 

Profile by Sanford:
UND is now a Preferred Employer!  Profile combines nutrition, activity and lifestyle into a weight loss plan that is easy to follow and made just for you.  They help you stick to your new, healthier life and keep it going well into the future. Read more…

WW (formerly Weight Watchers):
Update: The WW meeting at UND EERC has been closed. Work Well will continue to offer UND employees a $50 return up to 3 times a year if they are enrolled and meet the attendance criteria.  Click here to learn more about the WW Studio in Grand Forks.