April 2020

Wellness Spotlight

Do you know where handwashing originated from? How did handwashing become something we do multiple times a day? The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention calls handwashing a "do-it-yourself vaccine". It is recommended that you should be washing hands with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds various times throughout the day. Read more in April's Wellness Spotlight.

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What's Happening?!

Ready to Get Moving!? This challenge is open to UND staff, faculty, students, and friends & family. You can register as an individual or a team. The Get Moving Challenge is a 4-week challenge created to increase your daily activity and social connectedness.  Register HERE!

Congratulations to our Hydration Challenge Grand Prize winners!

Jane Oakland & Private Winner each came away with a $100 Gift Card to the Ralph Engelstad Arena Gift Shop!

Thank you to everyone who participated and made this challenge a success!

Wellness Education Opportunities: Work Well has put together several different resources for UND employees to learn about adapting to their new working environment. Need some pointers on stretches or working while caregiving? Check it out HERE!

Become a Work Well Ambassador! At Work Well, we strive to provide impactful experiences for the faculty and staff at UND. Do you want to be more involved with Work Well? Work Well Ambassadors represent all departments and satellite campuses of UND and serve as liaisons between Work Well and their department. Simply put, Ambassadors are "Work Well Champions"!

Work Well is excited to keep wellness at the forefront at UND and I hope you'll take on this challenge with me! Contact Work Well at und.workwell@und.edu if you are interested.

Because there are no real precedents for our current situation, Altru has put together some general concepts and strategies in their Health & Wellness blog that may help people cope when faced with new challenges.  Read it HERE.

Angel Fund: Be an Angel for UND students today! We know that life can bring unexpected challenges. We never want a student to leave UND because of a situation that is beyond their control.  The UND Angel Fund provides support for students so these challenges aren't a barrier to completing their education. To make a gift, visit the UND Alumni page HERE. Your kindness matters.  Thank you for supporting students through the UND Angel Fund.

Attention Chefs! Crockpot Cooking has been canceled until further notice.  Please watch StaffChat for emails from Sonia Doulamis when it is back up and running! Stay healthy!

With gyms closed, the Dakota Wellness Voucher will help you continue to earn points towards your $250 wellness benefit. Employees are able to earn vouchers through completing Work Well sponsored challenges and virtual programs. Vouchers will be sent out monthly so employees can 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.  

With all the changes in locations for employees and the University still open and running remotely, now is a perfect time to celebrate our amazing employees!!

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.

Zen in 10 is canceled until further notice.  Watch your email for Zen in 10 videos brought to you by Kay Williams, Certified Yoga and Relax and Renew Instructor. She focuses on stretching, breathing and having fun!. Go back to work with less stress, more energy and better body functioning.

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: National Diabetes Prevention Program

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Remember to take your annual LifeScore Health Assessment so you can receive your $250 wellness benefit ($500 per household). Fitness Center Reimbursement is currently on hold as gyms are closed.

Don't Cancel Class:
FACULTY: Not able to hold class, for any reason? 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 remotely present to your class!  To learn more about the presentations available and reserve a date!

NDPERS April 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. 

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