November 2020

Wellness Spotlight

November is Men's Health Awareness Month and is used to support efforts to tackle testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and suicide. These health concerns can include challenges in a man's personal relationships, sex life, work and mental health if not diagnosed/treated in a timely manner by a physician. During the unique times of the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is even more important to focus on health, maintain healthy practices, and work to enhance one’s quality of life. Read more in November's Wellness Spotlight.


What's Happening?!

Have you heard?  Something BIG is coming!  We’re SO EXCITED to share it with you – and we’re finalizing the details.  Stay tuned to the Wellness & Health Promotion Facebook and Instagram pages to find out!  The big announcement will be revealed on November 23rd – and YOU may be able to have a chance to win!

This campaign is about taking a few moments from your day to focus on what you have rather than what's missing. These are often overlooked in our day-to-day lives. Gratitude encourages you to pay attention to normal occurrences or interactions you normally take for granted.

We encourage you to comment and interact with our Facebook and Instagram social media campaigns using the hashtags #gratefulUND and #UNDhealthyhawks.

The Drift Off Challenge finishes up this week! Don't forget to enter your hours of sleep and click the boxes that you have completed!  Take your post-survey at the end of this week!

The 2020 UND United Way campaign kicks off October 19 and will run through November 13. This year's theme for the Greater Grand Forks campaign is Neighborhood Heroes, Unite!  Please participate in this year's UND campaign and help fight poverty in our community. Learn more about the 2020 Campaign with a video from President Armacost HERE.

COVID-19 Testing Events

All employees are highly encouraged to get FREE COVID-19 testing done. There is no need for insurance. There are several COVID-19 testing events during the month of NovemberPre-register (only once) HERE!

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

Let's continue to be #UNDhealthyhawks 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!

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.

Crockpot Cooking is back! Check out the classes HERE

Tired of the same meals…. over and over?  The Culinary Corner has TONS of video demonstrations and recipes just waiting for you!  Oven Roasted Zucchini- got it!  Homemade Meatballs & Pasta Salad?  We have that too!  Overnight Oats?  Sure do!  Check out all of the FREE videos and recipes today!

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!

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 Fitness Center Reimbursement and be eligible to earn a $250 wellness benefit ($500 per household). 

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 October 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.