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Husky Health Tips


Did you attend the Benefits Fair on May 9th?  Be sure to check it off your Husky Health checklist under Option 2.

Not able to attend a presentation in person? Fidelity Keeping Your Personal Information Safe webinar counts toward Option 2. Check “Replay Only” for the webinar.

Never smoked or use tobacco?  Be sure to check off and date  “continued tobacco-free” under Option 2.

Check out the Husky Health website for information including slides from the Husky Health forums and links to webinars and fitness programs that count toward the Husky Health incentive.


Path to Wellness: It’s More Than Diet and Exercise

Savannah Dougherty, winner of the 2016 Governor’s Fitness Award for Conquering Obesity, spoke to faculty, staff, and local community members on Tuesday, May 14, sharing her personal story and inspiring attendees to find their own paths to wellness.

Dougherty described the five pillars of wellness (mindset, education, nutrition, physical activity, and practice & consistency) that helped her lose 130 pounds over the course of a year and eliminate health risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  She stressed the importance of surrounding yourself with a supportive team and being your own best coach, with suggestions such as following only positive social media accounts and using sticky notes to leave yourself uplifting messages.

Several resources were mentioned during Dougherty’s presentation, including:

For more information, feel free to contact Savannah Dougherty at: savannah.dougherty1@outlook.com

 

 


Weight Watchers@Work Beginning in June


Register here for the 12-week Weight Watchers at Work session, which begins Wednesday, June 5th in the MUB; 11:30 a.m. for weigh-in and completion of paperwork and 12:00 p.m. for the meeting.

Open to employees and retirees, participants must register online by Wednesday, May 29.

The fee for this 12-week session is $138.00 per participant and includes free access to Weight Watcher’s premium “Online Plus” website.

Registrations will no longer be done on site—all registrations must be completed online. You will have the option of paying with a credit/debit card or TechFit. If using TechFit, choose “yes” for “Payroll Deduct”.

Flexible Spending Account money (FSA) is not accepted as a method of payment. The WW Monthly Pass is not accepted in At Work. Credit/debit cards or bank accounts will not be billed until a minimum of 12 participants have registered for the meeting.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur or 7-3301.


Lactation Spaces @ Michigan Tech

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Michigan Tech supports mothers who choose to continue breastfeeding after returning to work or classes by offering several lactation spaces on campus.

Each room offers a clean, secure, and private space for women who need to express breast milk.  All rooms are equipped with comfortable seating, a table or counter space, and ample electrical outlets near the chair.  Pumps are not provided.

View a map of the lactation spaces on campus. These rooms are not scheduled.  Each space is equipped with an “In Use” door sign. Please keep the space neat and orderly and report any issues to Benefit Services: benefits@mtu.edu.

 

Bldg # Building Name Floor Location
1. Administration 1 Outside of Student Services
3. Lakeshore Center 3 Across from Middle Stairs
7. EERC 1 Across from Room 122
8. DOW 6 Near Room 641
13. Hamar House 2 Top of Stairs
15. Fisher 1 Next to Elevator
17. Library G Follow Signs for “Mother’s Room”
20. MEEM 4 Next to Room 401
24.  SDC 1 Across from Lot 24 Exit
34. MUB 1  Next to Room 101
100. GLRC 1 Next to Women’s Restroom

 

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees must be provided “a reasonable amount of break time and a space to express milk as frequently as needed by the nursing mother, for up to one year following the birth of the employee’s child.”  The employee and her immediate supervisor will agree on the break times.


Lunch & Learn: Path to Wellness

Savannah Dougherty, winner of the 2016 Governor’s Fitness Award for Conquering Obesity, will be on campus to share her journey to wellness and how she maintains healthy habits. She’ll also share tips on how to form your own path to wellness.  Learn about:

  • Building better habits
  • How to be your own coach
  • Importance of self-compassion
  • Q&A

The presentation will take place from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Register online.

Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students and community members and is sponsored by Employee Wellness.

Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.


Get in Gear Lunch & Learn Well Attended

On April 17, Campus Bike Initiative was on campus to present on all things cycling and commuting by bike to an audience of over 35 employees.  Attendees learned how to dress and safely ride on and off road, rules of the road and smart cycling practices, and local resources for people who cycle, beginner to advanced.

 

Did you know you should replace your helmet approximately every five years?  Materials in the helmet break down due to wear and tear, weather, and regular cycling.  Helmets that have sustained a crash should be destroyed immediately.

Check out Campus Bike Initiative for more information including resources, maps, and more.

 


Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair

Mark your calendar for Michigan Tech’s Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair sponsored by Benefit Services.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Vendors from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Davis Vision, Delta Dental, TIAA, Fidelity, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and many other local financial, health and community service exhibits will be there to showcase their services.

The fair is open to all Michigan Tech employees, spouses or partners, as well as retirees.  Attendance counts toward Husky Health.

Up to one hour of University release time will be granted to all union and hourly employees.

Admission is free and attendees may register to win many prizes. For questions, contact Benefit Services at benefits@mtu.edu or 487-2517.


Lunch & Learn: Turn Your Savings Into Retirement Income

Lunch & Learn: Turn Your Savings Into Retirement Income

You put so much time and effort into educating others, finding the time to plan for your future can be a challenge.

Faculty and staff are invited to join Seth Yanik, Fidelity Director Retirement Planner. Seth is a licensed professional, experienced in helping people plan for the financial futures.

The presentation will take place from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B. Register online.

Beverages will be provided.  Feel free to bring your lunch.

Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.


Lunch & Learn Get in Gear: Cycling 101

Members of the Campus Bike Initiative will be on hand to help us get in gear for cycling season.

Join us to learn about:

  • How to be safe and comfortable while riding
  • Commuting by bike and group rides
  • Campus Bike Initiative
  • Area resources and events
  • Fashion and gear show
  • FAQs

The presentation will take place from 12-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Register online.

Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students and community members and is sponsored by Employee Wellness.

Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.


Paid Medical Leave Act (PMLA)

Michigan enacted the Paid Medical Leave Act (PMLA) on December 19, 2018, effective March 29, 2019. The new law requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid medical leave for personal or family needs.

For all Benefit Eligible Employees, PMLA has updated the availability for sick leave to include:

  •  The employee’s or employee’s family member’s mental or physical illness, injury or health condition, including medical diagnosis, care or treatment and preventative medical care
  •  Medical or psychological care for physical or psychological injury or disability resulting from domestic violence or sexual assault, to obtain legal services or participate in related court proceedings
  •  Closure of the employee’s primary workplace or child’s school or daycare due to a public health emergency or if the employee or family member has been quarantined

For Short-term, Casual, Seasonal (Temporary) Employees only, PMLA provides a sick leave accrual process. The terms of the temporary employee leave accrual process are:

  • Employees will accrue one hour of leave for every 35 hours worked.
  • An employee’s accrual is limited to 40 hours of paid leave per calendar year.
  • Employees must wait to use the paid leave until 90 days after the start date of employment.
  • Employees will be able to carry over up to 40 hours of their accrued sick leave between calendar years.
  • A complete break in employment from the University of one day or more will erase any sick leave balance. Upon re-hire, the accrual will start over.

For all Student Employees, PMLA provides sick leave if the student works an average of 25 hours per week or more in total at the University. At the start of the 2020 calendar year, a twelve month look back will be conducted to determine which student employees meet this criteria for sick leave.

Please note, all temporary and student employees who have not been paid for 42 days or more in a job will be automatically terminated.

The updated Sick Leave guidelines are found at: https://www.mtu.edu/hr/current/benefits/time-off/

For additional questions or clarification, please contact Human Resources at 906.487.2280.