Category: Wellness

Fall 2021 Flu Shot Clinics

U.P. Health System-Portage will offer walk-in flu vaccine clinics on campus this Fall. Employees, retirees, family members and students are welcome to attend one of the flu clinics. The flu vaccine can be billed to insurance, so be sure to have a valid copy of your insurance card with you when you arrive.

Flu shots are $40 for those who do not have insurance and are payable by cash, check or credit card. All flu shot clinics will practice 6 feet social distancing and you are required to wear a mask. If you don’t feel well, please stay home and plan to attend a future clinic.

Be sure to fill out the 2021 Influenza Vaccination Authorization Form before you arrive.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021Rozsa Lobby (Building 10)11:00AM – 2:00PM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021SDC Ice Arena Balcony (Building 24)4:00PM – 6:00PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021Rozsa Lobby (Building 10)11:00AM – 2:00PM
Thursday, October 28, 2021Rozsa Lobby (Building 10)4:00PM – 6:00PM

Lunch & Learn: Stress Less

Lunch & Learn: Stress Less
Join Employee Wellness and Don Grisham, Northstar Employee Assistance Program and Michigan Tech Alumnus to learn about:

  • Physical & mental symptoms of stress
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Healthy ways to deal with stress
  • Tools for your mental health toolbox
  • Q & A

This presentation will take place from 12-1pm. Tuesday, September 17, in the MUB Alumni Lounge.  Register here.

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

Lunch & Learn: Campus Bike Week Kickoff




Join Campus Bike Initiative as we talk about smart cycling, e-bikes, and riding in the snow.

  • How to be a smart bicyclist
    • Checking your bike and yourself
    • Being comfortable on your bicycle
    • Rules of the road
  • A look at e-bikes
  • Preparing for winter cycling
  • Q&A

The presentation will take place from 12-1 p.m. Monday, September 9, 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

BCBSM Lunch & Learn Follow Up and Resources

Thank you to everyone who attended this event.  We learned how to download and navigate the BCBSM Online Visits app and better manage our healthcare through this technology.  Several questions were asked during the event and Molly Mikesch, our BCBSM Account Manager, sent the following response:

First of all, thank you so much for the opportunity to discuss The Value of Online Visits during the Lunch and Learn Tuesday.  As discussed, I wanted to follow up with answers to some of the questions that came up during the meeting. 

How do you sign in with older phones/devices?  

  • If you have Apple App store or Google Play you will be able to create an account.  You can always create and account through the web at 

Can you set up separate accounts under the same plan? 

  • Anyone over the age of 18 NEEDS to set up their own account for Online Visits.  One individual will sign up as primary, and everyone else under the plan over the age of 18 will create their own account but will not indicate they are the primary account holder.  Any online visits for all members that take place through Medical or Behavioral Health will show up on your Explanation of Benefits statement.

 If you can’t be diagnosed during the visit will you get referred?

  • The Provider you are having your visit with will recommend you either follow up with your PCP, or any other Specialist he/she feels necessary.  You would still be billed for the visit even if there wasn’t a diagnosis made during the online visit.  However, if within the first minute or so of the appointment if the provider feels that an individual needs to seek care elsewhere immediately (ex: broken leg), the member shouldn’t be charged for their visit.

 Are all services covered through online visits and are all Providers in-network?

  • Yes, all services are covered and all providers are in network. 

 Do you have to pay for Online Visits at time of service?

  • Yes, you will be responsible for the portion of your visit you are responsible for, similar to what your co-pay would be if you visited your PCP, or co-pay for Behavioral Health Services.

 Where are the providers located?

  • The providers are located all across the United States.  They are specifically trained in online visits.  They have an average of 15 years practicing and are U.S. board certified.  They have experience in pediatrics, family medicine, and emergency care.  Psychiatrists are board-certified in psychiatry or neurology.  The masters and doctoral level therapists are psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.  They are licensed and credentialed in the state of Michigan.

 What if I am disconnected during my visit, will I get charged?

  • If you are disconnected, the provider will make every attempt to re-connect with you.  If the provider feels the visit was substantial and near finished you will more than likely be charged, however, it is up to the individual provider to make that determination.  Any questions or issues with this can be directed to 1-844-606-1608.

 Can I use online visits outside of the U.S.?

  • No, the program is not available outside of the U.S. 

Below are the links that we had issue with during the presentation for your reference:    How to set up an Online Visits Account            Online Visit Testimonial #1         Online Visit Testimonial #2

Device Requirements

To use BCMI Blue Cross Online Visits on your mobile device, ensure that your device meets the requirements below.

  • BCMI Blue Cross Online Visits app is installed (see above)
  • To support two-way video visits, your device must have a front-facing camera
  • Operating System – iOS (iOS 10 or later is required)
    • iPhone 5 and neweriPad 4th Gen and newer
    • iPad mini 2 and neweriPod Touch 6th generation and newer
  • Operating System – Android API 19 (KitKat v4.4.0 or above)

Note: only applicable for consumer app

    • Android Phone
    • Android Tablet
    • Not supported: HTC myTouch, all Prestige devices, and the PantechP9070

 Finally, if there are any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  Again, I appreciated the opportunity. 

Molly Mikesch

Account Manager

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Upper Peninsula Regional Sales

Office: 906-225-4101

Cell: 906-236-2166

Weight Watchers@Work

Register here for the 12-week Weight Watchers at Work session, which begins Wednesday, August 28th; 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, August 21st.

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 onlineYou 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.

Retiree Husky Health

Retiree Husky Health allows retirees to earn $200 for completing a Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan Health Assessment and an annual physical.  The $200 Retiree Husky Health incentive will be paid directly to you, allowing more flexibility and choice in how you use your wellness incentive. Retiree Husky Health is voluntary and confidential.

To receive your Retiree Husky Health $200 incentive in February 2020, a Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Assessment and annual physical will need to be completed by December 31, 2019. Health Assessments and physicals completed after December 31, 2019 will count toward your Retiree Husky Health $200 incentive in 2021.

The Retiree Husky Health Checklist or the Retiree Husky Health Google Form MUST be returned to Benefits Services by January 13, 2020 for Benefits to verify participation in each activity prior to the incentive being awarded.

Retirees currently receiving the TechFit incentive will be able to continue using TechFit through 2019.

Naturally Slim Begins Soon

You don’t have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight and feel your best.
Ever wonder how some people can eat all their favorite foods and not gain weight? Naturally Slim is an online program that will teach you how. And here’a a hint: it doesn’t include starving, counting calories or spending hours prepping ‘approved’ foods. Michigan Tech is giving you the chance to learn how to eat the foods you love while reducing your risk of developing serious conditions, like diabetes or heart disease.
Naturally Slim is available at NO COST to you and is accessible via computer and mobile device so you can participate whenever it’s convenient, wherever you are.

Space is limited. Apply between August 12 – August 23, 2019. This program starts September 9, 2019. Completion of the 10-week core program counts toward Husky Health Option 3.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

Lunch & Learn: The Value of Blue Cross Online Visits

Faculty and Staff are invited to join Molly Mikesch of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to learn how to navigate online health care choices and use online tools.

Bring your smartphone and explore:

  • Technology in health care
  • BCBSM online visits app
  • Value of online visits
  • Behavioral health online visits
  • Online visit demo

The presentation will take place from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, 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 and is sponsored by Employee Wellness.

Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur

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: