December 2021

Wellness Spotlight

The winter months can bring wonderful holiday music, delicious food, and time to catch up with family, friends, and other loved ones. However, freezing temperatures and blustery winter days can have a significant impact on one’s health. The December Wellness Spotlight has a few tips for maintaining health and wellness during the winter months.

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What's Happening?!

Congratulations to our Drift Off Challenge Grand Prize winners!

Sue Jeno & LaRae Foerster both came away with a $100 sleep inspired prize package! 

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

The winter months are full of cheer & good spirits AND stress, hectic schedules, and overeating. All the extra activities and expectations can throw you off your routine. The Winter Wellness Challenge is an opportunity to keep wellness at the top of your to-do list, and the chance to win prizes!  You don't have to wait until New Year's to make a resolution to take care of yourself. REGISTER today!

Looking for a new and fun activity for your kids to enjoy? Bring them to Rock Wall Family Days at UND! Each family day will provide instruction, guidance, motivation, emphasis on safety by a Rock Wall staff member, as well as the encouragement needed to have fun! This event will cost $10 per family (Up to 4 children). More than 4 children will necessitate a secondary charge ($2.50/child over qty of 4).

Pre-Registration required for a 2pm or 3pm arrival time. Spaces are limited, so register soon!

Don't forget to upload any last vouchers you have completed!  Employees can upload 4 each calendar year. Here are the instructions to upload your voucher. If you are ready to redeem your points, this document will walk you through it. If you have any further questions, please reach out to UND.workwell@UND.edu.

IN-PERSON Zen in 10 will be held on Wednesdays at O'Kelly Room 300C @ 9:30am.

*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

Vaccines for All Faculty & Staff

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available to all UND students, faculty and staff at UND Student Health Services. Appointments for Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are available. For more information, check out UND Student Health Services. 

Hate Lines?!

Skip the line and order your favorite on-campus food ahead of time with the GrubHub App! When you log in with UND Dining, get a free Grubhub+ Membership for a limited time. Use code “SNACK” to receive $3 off your first pickup order of $7 or more!

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!

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.

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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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 December 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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