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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 benefits@mtu.edu.


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 bcbsmonlinevisits.com 

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:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amp73PAh6uE&feature=youtu.be    How to set up an Online Visits Account

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeqG6FV7-lk&feature=youtu.be            Online Visit Testimonial #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQL29MapRl0&feature=youtu.be         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

mmikesch@bcbsm.com


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


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.


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.


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.


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