March 2020

Wellness Spotlight

National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) week is a movement that lasts February 25 – March 3, which aims to combat society’s beauty standards and promote self-acceptance. In the United States alone, at least 30 billion people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder. Read more in March's Wellness Spotlight.


What's Happening?!

We just finished up week 2 of the Hydration Challenge!  Don't forget to log in and 'fill' your glasses!  If you have drank 64 ounces each day of the past 2 weeks, watch your inbox for a surprise (while supplies last)!

The Esports Nexus gaming space at the Wellness Center is ready to open!  We want to give the campus community the chance to try it out, plus experience all of the other gaming options that we will be offering, including a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament!  We will have a variety of amazing door prizes available, including blue light glasses (first 100 attendees), and amazing game fuel (food)!  Casual Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart will also be there for everyone to play.  The event will start at 3:00pm.  Tournament sign ups will end at 4:30pm, with the tournament beginning at 5:00pm.  There will also be a prize for the winner of the tournament, so bring your best!

World Hearing Day is March 3. The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders will offer free hearing screenings to faculty and staff on Tuesday, March 3. Located in the Northern Prairie Community Clinic inside Columbia Hall, walk-in times are 9-11am & 2-5pm.  There is no appointment necessary.  These screenings are completed by CSD Graduate Students.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the National Wear Red Day photo contest! The results are in and Work Well would like to congratulate Marketing & Creative Services (Digitally Enhanced), Bismarck Center for Family Medicine (Most Fun) and Athletics (Wellness Themed) for your winning submissions.  

We appreciate your support for advancing Heart Health in women! Log in and check out our other submissions or click here to see all our finalists.

All three departments will receive a box of healthy snacks to share!

Thank you again, to everyone who participated!  What a fantastic display of red we had!

Imagine Thriving, Sanford Health, Grand Forks Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Grand Forks Public Schools have joined together to promote healthy digital living to promote healthy digital living through special community screenings of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in The Digital Age. This is an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.

The screening is open to the public and parents are encouraged to attend with their children ages 10 and up.The free community screening will take place Monday, March 23 at 6 p.m. at the Red River High School Theater in Grand Forks. Enter through Door #1.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring area experts who will offer solutions on how to help navigate families and students through the digital world.

Mental Health Matters Kickoff Event

Join the Grand Forks community in kicking off the Mental Health Matters Initiative with FREE food, FUN activities, and IMPORTANT information on mental health!

Check out the Facebook Event to learn more!

There is a new Dakota Wellness Voucher process. Starting January 1, employees will upload their own completed vouchers into their StayWell account.  

As a benefited UND employee, you can earn up to 15,000 points by completing Work Well wellness events and challenges. Employees must upload their own vouchers to earn points and points must be used by December 31, 2021.

Work Well has created a list of activities/events/challenges that will count towards your points.  Once you have completed a Work Well sponsored activity/event/challenge, we will send you the voucher so you can upload it.  If there is an activity/event that is not Work Well sponsored, but still on the approved list, email Work Well and we will provide you with the completed form to upload.  We will send out vouchers on a monthly basis.

Witness the Fitness: Get a FREE tote bag (while supplies last) with the purchase of a semester Group Exercise pass (must have Wellness Center membership)! $35 unlimited classes valid January-May 2020. Stop by the Front Desk of the Wellness Center to purchase your Semester Group Exercise pass. Watch for a pro-rated pass coming soon!

Wellness Education Opportunities: Sanford Health Plan offers several different ways for UND employees to learn about and try new behaviors that will lead them to a healthier lifestyle. Their educational offerings can help you gain the knowledge and confidence you need to thrive in all Dimensions of Wellness. They have individual a la carte style webinars or team/department sized onsite workshops.  Check it out HERE!

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 

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 Sunday, March 8 and 29 from 2 – 4 p.m. Cost $10/family.

Happy Hour is a FREE Group Exercise class in the Wellness Center that gives you the chance to cycle, dance and strengthen your body. Try a new class for FREE at 8 p.m. Mondays.

Headed to mountains for spring break? Rent your snowboard package at The Outpost. Staying in town? We have you covered with all your winter gear! Stop by the Wellness Center to gear up for winter adventures!

Diabetes can be prevented, but not cured. Take control of your health and start making positive lifestyle changes with the help of a trained lifestyle coach and fun, engaging support groups. Groups: NDSU Extension, Grand Forks Senior Center, Sanford Health Plan, YMCA & Altru.  Learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program from the CDC.

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.

Emergencies can happen anytime. Are you prepared?  UND Wellness & Health Promotion offers American Heart Association courses held right on campus to provide you with the critical training that you need for any emergency at home or at work. These courses are open to both UND affiliates and the general public. Our classes fill up quickly, so please register early to secure a spot.  Class schedule and offerings located here!

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!

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). 

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!

NDPERS March 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. 

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.

It's never too soon or too late for parents to make a positive impact on their child's health and well-being. As a parent, you play a powerful role in supporting the behavioral health of your kids. Parents Lead helps parents find resources on topics that will help you lay the foundation for a healthy home where everyone thrives.

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):
Work Well continues 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.