February 2022

Wellness Spotlight

It's time to GO RED!! February is American Heart Health month. Heart disease is the #1 killer in America for both men and women. Heart disease can happen at any age, to ANYONE. Read more in February's Wellness Spotlight.


What's Happening?!

Level Up Challenge is almost done! We are entering our last week! Log your habits today!

Watch as President Armacost cheers us on!

Grab your coworkers and find something RED to wear on Friday, February 4. The UND community is encouraged to show support for heart health in women by wearing red to work and taking a photo to submit online to Work Well. There are different categories and a chance to vote for your favorite!  More information here! Submit your photo HERE.

Feast of Nations, the biggest multicultural event in the region, is back! Get a taste of the world through performances, cultural displays and delicious food. Tickets sell quickly, so get yours soon! Red Carpet begins at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. March 5 in the Alerus Center, Ballroom.

Check out the Feast of Nation's website for ticket information.

Polar Plunges offer a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics athletes by raising money and taking the plunge into chilly North Dakota waters. Plunge starts at 12:30 PM at Choice Health and Fitness on March 5th. Register for the Polar Plunge today!

Celebrate UND's spiritual diversity with UND Interfaith Week! Interfaith week highlights many of the spiritual communities present on campus and in our city. It will be held on the UND campus and virtually through Feb. 5. Check out all the FREE programming!

Nanci Wilson with the University Federal Credit Union is excited to bring you a Financial Wellness presentation this month!

The presentation will help you understand what predatory lending is and help you to avoid it!

Avoid Predatory Lending: February 15 @ 10:00 am via Zoom HERE, meeting ID: 951 7424 2456, password: 050606

IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL Zen in 10 will be back on March 8, 2022.  Kay is enjoying some much deserved vacation!

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!

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. 

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!

It's a new year! 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.

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!

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.

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



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 January 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.