August 2023

Wellness Spotlight

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August Wellness Spotlight
You don't need to meditate every day to receive the benefits of mindfulness at work. Research suggests that focusing on the present can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. Read more in August's Wellness Spotlight to learn about mindfulness methods in the workplace!
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Work Well Ambassador of the Month

This month's Work Well Ambassador is
Jen Curry!

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication!

Work Well 2023 Year in Review

Work Well Year in Review

What's Happening?

BIKE IT Ends August 5th
Thank you to all of our BIKE IT participants! We had 147 individuals register for this challenge. The gift card winners and the Garmin Watch grand prize winner will be announced to challenge participants next week!
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Let's Get Moving!
Are you ready to GET MOVING? This challenge is open to UND faculty, staff, students, friends & family! You can register as an individual or a team. The Get Moving Challenge is designed to increase your daily activity levels and social connectedness. Learn more HERE!

Get Moving Challenge: August 20 - September 16
Fall Wellness Walk
Let's Get Moving! The Get Moving Challenge begins Sunday, August 20. Start the challenge off strong by participating in the Wellness Walk on August 23rd! Join Work Well for a 30-minute walk around campus over the lunch hour. The walk will begin promptly at 12:00. Bring your walking shoes and a co worker! One lucky winner will also receive a gift card door prize!

WHERE: In front of ND Museum of Art
WHEN: 8/23, arrive at 11:45
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VIRTUAL Zen in 10
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

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

No sessions August 8-10
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Zen in 10
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.


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

No sessions August 8-10
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Blue Zones Project GF: August Events
Community Events
  • 8/3: Movie in the Park Date Night
    • 6:00PM @ University Park
  • 8/5: Town Square Farmer's Market
  • 8/18-19: Downtown Street Fair
Campus Events
Click on the events to register or learn more!
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Burgers on the Boulevard
Grab your co workers and get to the Union every Wednesday in the summer! All faculty, staff, students, and the general public are invited to enjoy grilled-to-order burgers and other cookout options.

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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.
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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UShine Awards
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, and students are encouraged to nominate a UND Staff member who did something special to assist a colleague, supervisor, student, or family.

Nominate a Staff Member HERE!


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BZP Grand Forks
Blue Zones Project is a well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier by encouraging changes to communities that lead to healthier options. When individuals and organizations participate, their small changes contribute to huge benefits:
  • Lower healthcare costs
  • Improved produtivity
  • Higher quality of life
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GRO UND 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 Building, Room 22 over the lunch hour to learn more about gardening, how to get involved, and make new connections.
The Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA) leads innovative professional development to support lifelong learning through evidence-based practices, collaboration, programming, and responsive services.
  • Click HERE to see upcoming sessions
  • Visit the TTaDA page for more information, recorded sessions, and many more resources.
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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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NDPERS Monthly 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.

August 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 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: Rehumanizing the Workplace: Future-Proofing Your Organization While Restoring Hope, Well-Being, and Performance

Discussion questions included on page 2 of newsletter HERE
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, 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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