Tag: Employee Wellness

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


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.


Husky Health Updated Website

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

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.

As of Jan. 1, 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.

Note: TechFit is available to benefits-eligible employees for 2019. Check your TechFit balance in Banweb.


All About Sleep Lunch & Learn Well Attended

Jason Carter, associate vice president for research and an expert in sleep and sleep disorders, discussed the latest science behind the importance of good sleep hygiene.

Faculty, staff, students, and local community members learned about the ways lack of quality sleep can affect a person’s blood pressure and lead to hypertension, and how to create a bedtime ritual to promote deep sleep. If you missed this event and would like to learn more, email Shannon Brodeur for the PowerPoint slides.


Lunch & Learn: All About Sleep

Dr. Jason Carter, expert in sleep and sleep disorders, will discuss the latest science behind the importance of good sleep hygiene. Dr. Carter is the associate vice president for research and professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology.

Join us to learn about:

  • How sleep affects your daily performance
  • Ways to improve your sleep
  • Optimal napping
  • Sleep & weight
  • FAQs

The presentation will take place from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 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.


Naturally Slim Begins Soon

Learn how to lose weight and improve your health while eating the foods you love. Employee Wellness is offering active, benefits-eligible employees a behavioral weight loss program called Naturally Slim.

The program is delivered online to your smartphone or computer and doesn’t include starving, counting calories, eating diet food or punishing yourself in the gym.  Instead, we’ll teach you how to eat your favorite foods while losing weight, gaining energy and reducing your risk of getting a serious condition, like diabetes or heart disease.

Space is limited. Apply between January 28 – February 8, 2019. This program starts February 25, 2019.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.


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