September 2023

Wellness Spotlight

September Wellness Spotlight
With September being healthy aging month, it is the perfect time to educate yourself on the importance of healthy lifestyles for adults 45 and up. Although, all individuals can benefit from learning the importance of taking care of one’s health, even at an early age. Read more in September's Wellness Spotlight to learn about Healthy Aging Month!

Work Well Ambassador of the Month

This month's Work Well Ambassador is
Allee Mead!

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication!

What's Happening?

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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!

Dates: August 20 - September 16
Zen in 10 (300 × 170 px)
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.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays:
9:00am: McCannel Hall Lobby
9:30am: O'Kelly Hall room 300C

No class October 10 or 11
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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.

Thursdays @ 10:00am (No class 10/12)

Join on Zoom HERE
Meeting ID: 999 5460 9002
Password: zenin10
Night Staff Breakfast
Attention Night Staff: Join Staff Senate at Wilkerson Commons for breakfast on us! A buffet breakfast will be provided to all night staff at UND, in appreciation for your hard work and dedication to the University of North Dakota!

WHEN: 9/26, 6-7a.m.
WHERE: Wilkerson Commons
Sweet Tooth Social
Join UND Staff Senate as we recognize the hard work and dedication of UND employees at the Sweet Tooth Social. UND Catering will be serving a variety of cookies and bars. This event is sponsored by the VP of Marketing & Communications!

WHEN: 9/27, 2-3:30
WHERE: Library Quad

The State Employee Recognition Week Luncheon is hosted by Staff Senate and held in appreciation of the hard work of our UND staff. Join us for lunch, therapy dogs, and massage therapists!

WHEN: 9/28, 11-1
WHERE: Memorial Union Ballroom
Happy Healthy Harvest
Join us as we help you conqure dinner for the family on Fridays! These recipes are sure to be a crowd pleaser, leaving your family asking for more! For $30, go home with all the ingredients prepped and ready to cook and serve for your weekend! Register by Wednesday the week HERE

WHERE: Wellness Center
WHEN: 9/8 and 9/22

    Rock Wall Family Days
    Has your family ever wanted to try rock climbing? Visit the Wellness Center Rock Wall and experience it for yourself. This event gives families the opportunity to experience rock climbing with guidance and instruction from our Rock Wall Attendants. Each Family Day costs $15 per climber.

    Register HERE
    Joggin' with Josh - September 21
    Each fall, Dr. Joshua Wynne, UND's vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS), invites all UND students, faculty, staff and the greater Grand Forks community to advocate healthful lifestyles by joining him for Joggin’ with Josh, an informal 5K walk, jog or run. Strollers and leashed pets are welcome! Check-in begins at 4pm inside the SMHS lobby. To ensure you get a Joggin’ with Josh branded t-shirt, please RSVP HERE. Tag us in your social media posts during your run/jog/walk! Use the hashtag #jogginwithjosh to be entered into a drawing for a Garmin smartwatch.
    TEARS Talk & Walk 2023: September 10
    Supporting Suicide Prevention & Mental Wellbeing.
    Schedule of Events:
    12:00- Registration, Silent Auction
    1:30- Welcome Presentation
    2:00- Walk Begins
    2:30- Closing Dedication

    Walk to End Alzheimer's
    Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support, and research.
    Date: September 16 at 9 am
    Location: Sertoma Park
    For questions, contact

    BZP September On Campus Events
    Click on Events to Register or Learn More!
    9/13- Blue Zones Story, 2:00pm
    9/15- Blue Zones Purpose Workshop, 10:00am
    9/22 - Adopt A Highway Clean up Event, 9-11am
    9/24 - Purpose Workshop at Archives, 3:00pm
    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.

    September 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: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

    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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