September 2021

Wellness Spotlight

The mission behind “September is Healthy Aging Month” is to draw attention to the importance of healthy lifestyles for adults, 45-plus. However, all individuals can benefit from knowing the importance of taking care of one’s health not only as one ages, but at an early age as well.

In September's Wellness Spotlight, we provide insight to healthy aging.

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What's Happening?!

Congratulations to our BIKE IT Challenge Grand Prize winner!

Jon Allen came away with a $450 Gift Card to Scheels! He's looking forward to buying a fat tire bike! Congratulations to the 83 participants who won Work Well t-shirts!

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

The Get Moving Challenge starts this Sunday! Don't forget to recruit your teammates and register HERE! Get Moving Challenge runs from September 5 to October 2.

IN-PERSON Zen in 10 will be held on Wednesdays at the SMHS East patio @ 9:00am (September - October), and at the Memorial Union @ 9:30am (Room 318A).

*Face coverings required. 

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

Join Us for Hawk Stride!

Stride with UND Pride on Monday, September 20 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM with President Armacost! The group plans to meet at the front of the UND Wellness Center and walk the bike path route!

Vaccines for All Faculty & Staff

Grand Forks has expanded COVID-19 vaccinations to the general public, including all UND employees! Log in to MyChart or call 701.780.6358 to schedule. You can also use the VaccineFinder website to find locations near you.

Be Healthy Hawks!!

Join the UND Healthy Hawks Facebook group today! In this group, we encourage the entire campus community to set a health-related goal for themselves, based on the number 19. That goal is up to you! Join us HERE! Oh! And watch for some prize giveaways!

Interested in meeting other Faculty and/or Staff members that have the same hobbies/interests that you do? Make new friends and learn something new by joining our Facebook groups! We currently have two groups: Cooking, Crafing, Creativity and TV, Movies, Books, Music. Build new friendships and share your hobbies with others!

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). Learn more HERE.

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!

Working out and being active doesn't have to happen in a gym. Discover a variety of workout options you can complete virtually anywhere! Join UND Personal Trainer Matt Bakken as he leads you through an entire month of workouts - no equipment needed. Start at anytime HERE!

Nominate your co-worker!! 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.

UND Wellness & Health Promotion has partnered with Mossa On-Demand to provide Faculty, Staff and Students the opportunity to work out anytime, anywhere you choose using your own TV, mobile app or computer. There are over 70 workouts to choose from with new ones added regularly. Workouts can range from 10 - 60 minutes in length, but you can pick and choose which ones to do, making it your own work out.  Sign up for a 14-day free trial and then its only $9.99/month.  Let’s Keep Moving this summer!

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.

Start earning TODAY! The Dakota Wellness Voucher program 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.  

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.

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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Breakroom

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. 

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