Category: Wellness

Flu Vaccine Clinics Announced

Portage Health will offer four flu vaccine clinics on campus this fall. The vaccine is by injection at a cost of $30 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Shots 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.

Be prepared to show a picture ID and insurance card. If you are insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) health plan, your vaccine is free of charge and will be billed to insurance if you present your BCBSM member ID card at the time of service. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS. Students with Michigan Tech’s United Health Care (UHC) student health plan can also have their vaccine billed to insurance with their UHC member ID card.

The flu clinics are as follows:

Wednesday, October 21 during the Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom.

The will also be three additional clinics held in the Memorial Union Building:

  • Wednesday, October 28 from 4-7 pm in MUB Ballroom A1
  • FridayOctober 30 from 10am-1pm  in MUB Ballroom B
  • Tuesday, November 3 from 4-7 pm in MUB Ballroom B

SWEAT Wellness Program Challenges Employees

Michigan Tech’s SWEAT Program recently launched a new challenge, Lucky 7, to university employees. Employees were asked to form 4-7 member teams and tackle a 7 week series of exercise challenges.  SWEAT Program Coordinator, Shannon Brodeur, explains more:

The SWEAT Lucky 7 Challenge is based on the idea that variety and social support are key elements of exercise adherence.  The goal of the challenge is to have teams of up to seven employees inspire and support each other to complete a variety of cardio exercises with the goal of making it a regular habit.  Each week, teams are provided a list of 7 cardio exercises, from hula hooping to salsa dancing to playing kickball.  Each exercise must be completed by at least one team member during that week to earn bonus tokens.  Along the way, team members may earn additional tokens by completing any cardio activity of their choice.  Incentive prizes are given out randomly each week with a grand prize given to each of the winning team members at the end of the challenge.”

The challenge was accepted by 16 teams of over 100 employees.

At five weeks into the challenge, SWEAT Lucky 7 participants have voiced that the challenge’s goal has been met and that they are not ready to let up. “I had several employees stop at the SWEAT table [Health Fair] to tell me how much exercise they have been getting in because of the challenge.” said Brodeur.

The competition has also peaked. Two Human Resources teams set aside a lunch hour, competing against each other in a game of kickball.  Both teams earned their weekly challenge point, but only one left the game with bragging rights.  Another Lucky 7 member organize a dodgeball challenge for interested participants and their family members earlier this week at the Houghton Elementary gym.  Pictures of each of these challenges are below.

The SWEAT Lucky 7 Challenge will conclude on November 23rd and the winning teams will be announced the following week.

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Human Resources Kickball Competition
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Lucky 7 Participants at the Dodgeball Challenge
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Lucky 7 Participants at the Dodgeball Challenge

HR Staff present at MI-CUPA-HR Conference

The Michigan College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (MI-CUPA-HR) Conference took place Oct. 23-24 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Michigan Tech staff conducted the following two sessions at the conference.

“Recognizing the Union Through Rewarding the Individual: A Bonus Program That Works Within a Union”

Presenters:
Amanda Cadwell, UAW Local 5000 president
Tina Sarazin, UAW Local 5000 vice president
Renee Hiller, director of human resources
Catherine Burns, manager of staff employment
Lori Weir, human resources generalist

“How Empowerment Can Build a Healthier Workforce: Evolution of Wellness at Michigan Tech”

Presenters:
Renee Hiller, director of human resources
Karen Hext, manager of benefits

Lunch and Learn to Cover Stress Management and Attitude

Benefit Services and Northstar Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will host a Lunch and Learn.

Don Grisham, President of Northstar EAP, will present an orientation to the program.  Topics Grisham will cover include stress management and attitude.

All employees are welcome; bring your lunch, and beverages will be provided. Mark your calendars:

Thursday, November 6
Noon to 1 p.m.
Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

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Flu Vaccine Clinics Announced

Portage Health will offer four flu vaccine clinics on campus this fall. The vaccine is by form of injection at a cost of $30 payable at the time of service. (Cash, check or credit card will be accepted). Shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary.

If you are insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) health plan, your vaccine is free of charge and will billed to insurance if you present your BCBSM member ID card at the time of service.

Employees, retirees and family members are welcome. Be prepared to show a picture ID and anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

Students are welcome to attend the clinics as well. Students with Michigan Tech’s Aetna student health plan will also have their vaccine billed to insurance.

The clinics are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 15 during the Health Fair from at noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom
  • Tuesday, October 21 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge
  • Monday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge
  • Thursday, October 30 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge
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Healthy Cooking Classes with Dining Services

Dining Services will offer two cooking classes this fall as part of Michigan Tech’s employee wellness programs. The following classes are available to benefit eligible employees.

  • Healthy Greek Cuisine, Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Learn more about Greek Cuisine with Ernie Beutler of Dining Services.
  • Healthy Moroccan Cuisine, Friday, October 10, 2014 – Learn more about Moroccan Cuisine with Chef Eric Karvonen of Dining Services.

At each session you will prepare a meal and eat what you make.

Registration is necessary and class sizes are limited to 12 participants, please register on the Wellness Programs Page.

Contact Benefit Services at benefits@mtu.edu with questions.

Amazing Challenge Offers Healthy Competition

Last Saturday, 16 teams competed against each other in the 3rd annual HuskyPAW Amazing Challenge hosted by Michigan Tech Benefit Services.   Loosely based on the TV show, The Amazing Race, the teams began at the Lakeshore Center and competed in seven physical and mental challenges, racing to the finish at McLain State Park.

For one challenge a “Detour” was offered; the teams had to make a choice between one of two challenges.  The choice was either physical, rowing a canoe across the canal to collect puzzle pieces that needed to be put together; or mental, testing their engineering skills and building a free standing tower at least 30” tall of spaghetti and marshmallows.

36" Spaghetti and Marshmallow tower challange
30″ Spaghetti and Marshmallow tower challenge

 

Canoe across the canal to build this puzzle...
Canoe across the canal to build this puzzle…

 

Completed puzzle!
Completed puzzle!

 

One wet and sandy challenge!
One wet and sandy challenge!

 

The winning team, the Black and Blue Crew
The winning team, the Black and Blue Crew

 

Teams are required to have a Michigan Tech employee present, but can be comprised of colleagues, friends, and/or family members.  Here are the top three finishers:

  • 1st Place: Black and Blue Crew led by Colleen Erva
  • 2nd Place: The Charge led by Amy Mensch
  • 3rd Place: Yooper Troopers led by Sandy Houle
Thank you to the 2014 Amazing Challenge volunteers!
Thank you to the 2014 Amazing Challenge volunteers!

 

Thank you to all of the volunteers how were instrumental in the planning and execution of this year’s event.  Benefit Services would also like to extend a special thanks to Dave Nordstrom from the Student Development Complex, Brian Cadwell from Public Safety and Police Services, the Houghton County Sheriff’s office, the staff at McLain State Park, and Janet Hayden from Risk Management.