April 2023

Wellness Spotlight

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Earth Day is a global event recognized on April 22nd each year. It is a time where the Earth is celebrated and awareness about our environment and climate change is highly important. It promotes the need to protect our Earth for future generations. In April's Wellness Spotlight, we discuss why Earth Day became recognized, the positive changes that have occurred, and what you can do to help protect our planet.
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Work Well Ambassador of the Month

This month's Work Well Ambassador is
Shelly Pecka!

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication!

What's Happening?

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Hey! WATER you up to?!
Drinking enough water every day is essential for overall health. This challenge focuses on 2 Dimensions of Wellness: Physical and Environmental. Water is vital to our bodies and using reusable water bottles saves the environment from excess waste. Join the Hydration Challenge TODAY and quench your thirst!
Register HERE
Hydration Challenge: April 9 - May 6
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Thank you to all who registered and participated in Nutrition BINGO! We had 318 participants.

Our grand prize winners were:
Lauren Kagan & Jenna Zavoral

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Spring 2023 Health & Wellbeing Screening
Health screenings can help ensure both common and serious diseases and conditions are detected and treated. Employees and spouses can only attend ONE UND health screening per academic year to allow others to get the opportunity. This screening is FREE! Appointments are required. Register HERE.

April 19 - 7:00am - 2:00pm
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VIRTUAL Zen in 10 is BACK!
Zen in 10 focuses on stretching, breathing, and having fun with coworkers! This is a FREE program for UND faculty and staff led by Certified Yoga Relax and Renew instructor, Kay Williams.

Tuesday's & Thursday's @ 10:00am starting on 3/14/2023

Join on Zoom HERE
Meeting ID: 999 5460 9002
Password: zenin10

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Zen in 10 is BACK!
Zen in 10 focuses on stretching, breathing, and having fun with coworkers! This is a FREE program for UND faculty and staff led by Certified Yoga Relax and Renew instructor, Kay Williams.

Wednesday's starting 3/15/2023

9:00am: McCannel Hall Lobby area
9:30am: O'Kelly Hall room 300C

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Healthy Meals in a Hurry Webinar
Set yourself up for successs to shop, plan, and cook healthy meals. Join Work Well and Sanford Health Plan to learn more about healthy meals in a hurry!

Those that attend the webinar will receive a wellness voucher to upload into Sanford Health Plan's Wellness Portal.

When: April 26, 1:00pm
Where: Webex Webinar
Click here to REGISTER TODAY
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Each month, those who write into Nanci HERE can get their anonymous questions answered in next month's newsletter! Questions about finances can include topics such as saving, budgeting, general finances, and more!

February's submission RESPONSE

Nanci Wilson:
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Spring Fling 2023!
Night Staff Breakfast, 4/11, 6:00am
Wilkerson Commons
(night owl employees only)

Luncheon, 4/13, 11:00am
Memorial Union Ballroom
Therapy Dogs & Massage Therapist!
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Crockpot Cooking
Grab your Crockpots & try Crockpot Cooking! For $30, you take home all the ingredients for a delicious crockpot meal that feeds 4 or more on select Fridays throughout the semester!

April Classes: April 14 & 28

Register the Wednesday prior HERE!
Cost: $30/ Crockpot meal
Become a Healthy Department!
Healthy Departments is a way to recognize departments that make their staff members wellness a priority by having healthy meeting practices. Departments agree to offer healthy beverage & food options during meetings and incorporate physical activity such as stretching into the agenda. It's that easy!

Email for more information.
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Apply to be a Work Well Ambassador
Are you wellness-minded & would like to motivate others? Work Well Ambassadors consist of staff & faculty members from all UND campus'. They promote wellness & provide updates within their various departments.

Email Work Well at to apply today!
CPR & First Aid Class Available
Emergencies can happen anytime. Are you prepared?
UND Wellness & Health Promotion offers American Heart Association courses held right on campus to provide you with the critical training that you need for any emergency at home or work. These course are open to both UND affiliates and the general public. Our classes fill up quickly, so please register early to secure a spot.

Check here for class schedule and offerings!
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Mossa On-Demand
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. There is even NEW series included to De-Desk™ Your Body!!! Sign up for a 14-day free trial and then its only $9.99/month. Let’s Keep Moving this year!

Wellness Education Opportunities
Work Well has several different resources for UND employees to learn about developing healthier lifestyles. Need some pointers on stretches or mental health coping strategies? Check it out HERE
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Don't miss out! 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.
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Nominate Your Co-worker!
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 these students so these challenges aren't a barrier to competing 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.


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NDPERS April 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.

Employee Wellness Webinar:
Click HERE to register today!

Those that attend the live webinar will receive a voucher for 3,000 points
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Sanford Health Plan's Virtual Wellness Book Club
A monthly virtual book club for Sanford Health Plan members to engage and connect with the six dimensions of wellbeing in a meaningful way.

Book Title: Take Your Lunch Break: Helpful tips for relieving work-related stress

Discussion questions included on page 2 of newsletter HERE
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University Federal Credit Union
UND's Credit Union is here to serve the financial needs of students, staff, and faculty members of UND. Please click HERE to explore their website or send an email to to learn more about their services.

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GRO Learning Gardens
"Our mission is to foster environmental and community values of stewardship, sustainability, engagement and responsibility through garden education".

Come visit the Greenhouse! Wednesday's in Education Room 22 over the lunch hour to learn more about gardening, how to get involved, and make new connections.
FirstLink Services - 211
FirstLink is a confidential service that is available 24/7/365 for listening and support, referrals to resources/help, and crisis intervention. This resource is available across all North Dakota and some parts of Minnesota. Dial 211 for confidential help and support.
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 HERE.
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.
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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 can 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.
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