Category Archives: Wellness

Shredded Cheese and Dry Shampoo: Humor and Hacks of Working Motherhood

 

Join us for a Lunch & Learn presentation with Shannon Rinkinen and Jen Wall.  Work-life balance can feel like a moving target for working mothers.  In this session, we’ll share stories and ideas both humorous and helpful to bring some sanity Monday through Friday.

The presentation is scheduled noon to 1 p.m. February 12, in the MUB 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.

 

 


Bodywork for Relaxation Lunch & Learn Well Attended

 

 

Karen Hoyem, Body Therapy for All, gave a presentation to faculty, staff, students, and community members on the benefits of CranialSacral Therapy and Touch for Health.  Both support relaxation and healing.

The audience was treated to a demonstration as well as self-help techniques to use in times of stress.  Congratulations to Cindy Asiala, the winner of a 1-hr session with Karen.

Karen demonstrates with a volunteer
Karen demonstrates with a volunteer

Husky Health is Here

Beginning January 1, 2019, HuskyPAW, SWEAT, TechFit, and T2 became one program – Husky Health.

Husky Health is free, voluntary, and offers benefits-eligible Michigan Tech employees more choice and flexibility with their wellness incentives. Complete all three options by September 30, 2019, and earn up to $450. Several payout options are available.

Option 1: Earn $200
Get a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Health Assessment and an annual physical.

Option 2: Earn up to $150
Complete an approved health program or screening.

Option 3: Earn up to $100
Do an approved physical activity or nutrition challenge, event, or program.

Head to Wellness Benefits for information about Husky Health and other wellness benefits.

 


Bodywork for Relaxation: Lunch & Learn

 

Join us for a presentation with Karen Hoyem, Body Therapy for All, to learn about:

  • bodywork and how it supports overall health and wellness
  • benefits of CranialSacral Therapy and Touch for Health
  • self-help techniques to help reduce stress
  • Q & A

The presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. January 15, in MUB Alumni Lounge A. Register online.

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

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students, and local community members. Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

Sponsored by Employee Wellness.


Maintain Don’t Gain Wellness Campaign

 

Sign up today for the 2018 Challenge which runs November 12 – December 31. Participating employees may claim 500 bonus HuskyPAW points! 

Once again, we’re teaming up with Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Online. 

This FREE 7-week program provides you with access to weekly newsletters, daily tips, healthy holiday recipes, and a virtual race through Rome.  When you sign up for the race (details will be in your Week 1 newsletter), be sure to join the #MichiganTech group!


Health Care 101 Series with Blue Cross

BCBSM

Health Care 101 Series with Blue Cross

Learn how to navigate health care choices, use online tools, and save money.  Join us for a two-session series with Ryan Whitley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

It is suggested that you bring your smart phone.

Session 1 | October 24 | Noon-1PM (MUB Superior Room (B001) or 3-4PM (MUB Alumni Lounge B)

BCBSM Online Tools – The Basics:

  • How to download the BCBS apps and overview of the tools
    • BCBSM App
    • Online Healthcare
  • Online Tools
    • ID Card
    • Coverage
    • Claims & Forms
  • Find A Doctor Demo – Comparing Providers
    • Locally, Regionally, Nationwide, and Worldwide
    • Provider Quality Measures

Session 2 | October 25 | Noon-1PM or 3-4PM (MUB Superior Room)

 BCBSM Online Tools- Making Good Choices & Saving Dollars:

  • Choices For Care
    • Physician’s Office, Nurseline, Online, Urgent Care, & ER
      • Know the difference and how to choose
  • Medical Procedure Cost Comparison Tool Demo
  • Wellness Tools and Virtual Wellness

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

This free event is open to faculty & staff. Register hereHuskyPAW members will receive 100 points for attending each session.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.


New Husky Flexible Benefit Plan – Benefit Forums and 2019 Open Enrollment

open enrollmentHuman Resources is working on a comprehensive rollout regarding the 2019 benefit changes with resources and tools that will be available throughout the Open Enrollment period.

Open Enrollment Flyer

2019 Open Enrollment begins Monday, Nov. 5 and ends midnight Friday, Nov. 30. Open enrollment is your opportunity to assess your individual and family needs and elect the benefit package that is right for you. This year the enrollment process is mandatory. Current coverage and elections will not automatically roll over.

The Benefits Office will host four Benefit Forums with information about the new Husky Flexible Benefit Plan and Open Enrollment process.

Due to the changes on how benefits will be offered, it is very important that faculty and staff attend one of the Benefit Forums and use the tools and resources provided to learn more about the Husky Flexible Benefit Plan.

The times, dates and locations are listed below. Release time will be provided to attend the Benefit Forums.

  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in MUB–B2 and B3
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in MUB–B2 and B3
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in MUB–B2 and B3
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in MUB–B2 and B3

Open Enrollment Assistance

During the week of Nov. 12-16 in person, one-on-one Open Enrollment assistance will be available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the MUB. More information will be available in the coming weeks with specific details and how to schedule an appointment.

Open Enrollment support through a call center will also be available from Nov. 12-30. More information will be provided with call center hours and a call center phone number in the coming weeks.

Read Tech Today and attend the Benefit Forums for more information about the Husky Flexible Benefit Plan and Open Enrollment.

 


Stress Less: Lunch & Learn

stress less

Join us for a presentation with Don Grisham, Northstar Employee Assistance Program, to learn about:

  • physical and mental symptoms of stress
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • healthy ways to deal with stress
  • tools for your mental health toolbox
  • Q & A

The presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. October 11, in MUB Superior Room. Register online.

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

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students, and local community members. HuskyPAW members will receive 100 points for attending this event. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

Sponsored by Employee Wellness.


Mental Health Awareness Simulation for Faculty & Staff

At-Risk for Faculty & Staff
At-Risk for Faculty & Staff

College can be stressful at times, and Michigan Tech wants to empower our faculty and staff with resources they need to assist students. Be prepared to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support.

We’re excited to present the Kognito simulation At-Risk for Faculty & Staff course, which will help in recognizing signs of distress, determining if a student needs help, how to talk to a student in need of help and where to direct students for further resources. It can be difficult to deal with these kinds of issues, but an effective conversation can help more than you think—it can help change someone’s life. 

As faculty and staff, we can take small steps that make a big difference. We hope you enjoy this simulation, as we all work together to help one another and build a stronger community. At-Risk for Faculty & Staff lets you practice these challenging conversations at your own pace through role-play with virtual students.

Use the Michigan Tech key to open a free account and take the simulation. It can be completed in multiple sittings and your progress will be saved.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.


Fall 2018 Flu Vaccine Clinics

 

UP Health System – Portage will be offering flu clinics on campus this Fall.  The quadrivalent vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary.

Employees, retirees, family members and students are welcome to attend one of the flu clinics. Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

Students with Michigan Tech’s Consolidated Health Plan (CHP) insurance can have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their CHP member ID card.

Employees, retirees and family members insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) plan can also have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their BCBSM member ID card. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS.The dates of the Clinics are:

  • 2:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, October 8, in MUB Alumni Lounge A
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m Monday, October 15, in MUB Ballroom B3
  • 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, in MUB Alumni Lounge A
  • NEW!  4  – 6 p.m. Monday, Nov 5, in MUB Alumni Lounge B