September 2020

Wellness Spotlight

It is a known fact that you need to be physically active to stay healthy, but did you know exercising can help you feel better right away? By moving each day, physical activity can boost your mood, sharpen your focus, help reduce stress, and improve sleep! Health benefits from physical activity may lower risk of chronic diseases, lower weight, and improve overall daily stamina. Whether you have access to exercise equipment or not, there are activities you can do around the house that will not only get you moving, but also keep you safe and socially distant. Read more in September's Wellness Spotlight.


Meet our new Work Well Program Assistant!

Originally, from Finley, North Dakota, Madison Christian is a junior in the Public Health Education undergraduate program at UND and plans to pursue a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, with which she is applying this Fall. For leisure, Madison enjoys spending time with her family at their lake in Minnesota, wake surfing, playing volleyball, and riding mountain bikes.

Madison has spent time volunteering in the UND Public Health Education department, as she was a part of their student recruitment efforts this Summer. She is passionate about health and wellness, and its impact on preventing illness and improving one’s quality of life.

Welcome, Madison!  We are excited to have you on board!!


What's Happening?!

Let's continue to be Healthy Hawks and continue with a COVID resistant campus!  Keep up-to-date on the latest safety level in the Healthy Hawks Restart Blog. Need to report if you tested positive for COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact by the NDDOH? Click HERE!

COVID-19 Testing Event

All employees are highly encouraged to get FREE COVID-19 testing done. There's no need for insurance. There will be 2 COVID-19 testing events this week at the High Performance Center: today at 9am-5pm & Friday, Sept 5 at 9am-2pm. Pre-register HERE!

The Get Moving Challenge has just started! Don't forget to recruit your teammates and register HERE! This fall, Altru employees will be joining us for another collaborative challenge!  Get Moving Challenge runs from August 30 to September 26.

Congratulations to our BIKE IT Challenge winner!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the BIKE IT Challenge  We had a total of 49,261 minutes logged equaling a total of over 7,819 miles!  

Congratulations to Courtaney White, our Grand Prize Trek Bike winner!!

Virtual Zen in 10 will continue to bring Kay LIVE to you on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 10:00am until August 27! Join us on Zoom HERE, meeting ID: 797 785 190, password: zenin10

We need more nominees!! 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.

Not sure what to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? We’ve got you covered! Head over to our YouTube channel to see what Sonia’s cooking today! Be sure to tag us @UNDwellness with your kitchen creations!

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 mental health coping strategies? 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 if you are interested.

Check out Kay's latest Zen in 10 sessions on YouTube!

We know how much you miss Kay and Zen in 10!  Please take a few minutes and enjoy some stress relieving fun with Kay 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.

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.

Don't forget! The Dakota Wellness Voucher will help you 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.  

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



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 September 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.