2021 Wellness Incentives/Rewards
New in 2021, Norwich University has moved to the Cigna MotivateMe platform to administer Wellness incentives and rewards. This new program allows all eligible Norwich University employees the opportunity to participate in the program and earn points towards a $300 maximum in gift card rewards annually.
Employees can select as many or as few of the activities below to participate in and earn points towards their rewards.
Please note that the new MotivateMe platform will be unavailable to visit or review until 1/1/2021.
To get started:
- Visit mycigna.com, login and select Incentive Awards Program
- Or download the myCigna Mobile App
There you’ll find:
- A list of available healthy actions and goals
- Details on how to get started
- Instructions on how to earn and redeem your rewards
Cigna offers a wide variety of behavioral health resources as part of your health insurance benefit. Please use the link below for information on programming for emotional health & wellbeing, mental health, substance abuse, coaching and support, and lifestyle management programs. Participation in this programming could count toward Motivate Me points that can be redeemed as gift certificates at a variety of vendors.
If you have questions or want further information, please contact HR – email@example.com or 485-2084.
Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium Wellness Welcome
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GMHEC Well-being Events
Please visit the calendar of Well-being Events sponsored by the Green Mountain Higher Ed Consortium by clicking below:
For more information on GMHEC Well-Being updates, please also join the Facebook Group “GMHEC Well-being” by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3069626399723470
What’s on tap for well-being the weeks of 4/12 and 4/19? Read below for more information:
GMHEC: Managing overwhelm and enhancing our mental well-being
It is not news that there is a mental health crisis in our county. We have been hearing about it a lot lately. In August of 2020, the CDC reported that among U.S. adults, symptoms of anxiety had tripled, and symptoms of depression had quadrupled since 2019. Pandemic fatigue, job losses and loss of income, living in a constant state of uncertainty about the future, worries about the health and well-being of our loved ones, a loss of the way of life as we had known it, living in a virtual world, and being constantly connected to our screens, juggling work and parenting…. it’s no wonder that our mental well-being is suffering.
While it may feel overwhelming there is a lot we can do to enhance our resilience and mental well-being. Here are just a few easy strategies you can implement to give you a boost.
- Forest bathing
- Savor positivity
- Practice the minimum effective dose of self-care
- Reach out for help:
- Whether you need help reducing stress, are feeling ready to make a change in your life, or need to talk to someone, Cigna and your Employee Assistance Program offers a variety of behavioral health support tools to help you get the support you need. Check out the Cigna Behavioral Health Resource Guide and the resources available through your EAP.
GMHEC Flu Shot Season is Upon Us
It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever. While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:
- Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
- Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
The CDC recommends getting vaccinated before flu viruses begin spreading in your community, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February so getting vaccinated in October and into early November will offer the greatest protection.
You can get your vaccine at your primary care practice and at many local pharmacies.
Staying in network for your vaccine will ensure that your vaccine is covered, and you don’t incur any unexpected costs. Most pharmacies offer flu vaccine on a walk-in basis, but it’s always a good idea to call ahead to make sure they have vaccine available and a staff person to administer the vaccine when you arrive.
This year it’s more important than ever for all of us to take action to keep ourselves and those around us safe and healthy and getting vaccinated is one of the best ways we can do that.
Please also visit the GMHEC website for more information: https://gmhec.org/flu-shot-season-is-upon-us/
For a list of Cigna in-network pharmacies offering flu shots please visit: https://www.cigna.com/individuals-families/member-resources/flu-shots
The Ergonomics of Working from Home
From Rebecca Schubert – GMHEC
With so much to think about in our new reality of working from home, one thing that we often fail to consider until it’s too late is the ergonomics of our home work space. over time poor ergonomics can lead to musculoskeletal issues including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, back and neck pain as well as headache, fatigue and decreased productivity. By using the simple acronym NEW we can get our ergonomics in check and stay healthy and productive when working from home.
N – Neutral Posture: a neutral seated posture should include sitting with the neck straight, shoulders straight down loosely at the sides, elbows at a right angle, wrists straight, low back supported on the back rest of the chair, 90o at the hips, 90o at the knees, and feet should be flat on the floor or on a footrest. An adjustable chair or desk, mouse and wrist pad can be very helpful in achieving neutral posture.
E – Eye and Elbow Height: Whether seated or standing – ensure that the keyboard and mouse are positioned at the elbow level. The top of the monitor should be at or slightly below eye height. Keeping the monitor about an arm’s length away will help reduce eye strain. Dual monitors should be located closely together and at the same height and distance so that the eyes do not have to re-focus and the head does not turn significantly when looking between the monitors.
W – Work Area: Keep items that are used frequently in the primary work zone which is the area when elbows are at the sides and items that are used less often in the secondary work zone or area within the outstretched arms. The keyboard and mouse should be positioned in the primary work zone, centered with the user and monitors.
A few other things to keep in mind are to take frequent stretch and movement breaks, practice the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eye strain and adjust lighting to reduce glare. Check out the CDC’s computer workstation checklist here to make sure your work space is on par to support your best health, energy and productivity.
We are looking for a Wellness Ambassador! To learn more, please click on the button below:
Wellness Committee Roster
Great news! There are spots in the Omada program through Cigna that are now open at no cost to you if you’re eligible. Click the button below for more information:
NU @ Work — Building Psychological Safety & Wellness at Work – NOTE NEW TIME
Join Ross Gibson from The Richards Group for a workshop on how organizational wellness and an increased level of employee engagement leads to business success. This session will go a little deeper and look at the most critical factor in employee engagement, better performing teams and increased retention rates: Psychological Safety & Wellness.
Organizations with higher levels of psychological safety have more engaged, more empowered and more connected employees. In this interactive, fast-paced session, we will learn more about how to identify and increase psychological safety & wellness within our organizations.
The start time for the NU @ Work Session on Tuesday, April 13 has been changed to 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Access Code: 208-569-725
Join from a video-conferencing room or system.
Dial in or type: 188.8.131.52 or inroomlink.goto.com
Meeting ID: 208 569 725
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NU @ Work — Spotlight on Safety – Frostbite and Winter Skin Care
Winter weather plays havoc on our skin — here’s some resources on preventing frostbite and some DIY dry skin remedies you can do at home.
Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. Please visit this Mayo Clinic site for an overview and tips on avoiding frostbite: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/frostbite/symptoms-causes/syc-20372656
- Limit time you’re outdoors in cold, wet or windy weather.
- Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing.
- Wear a hat or headband that fully covers your ears.
- Wear mittens rather than gloves.
- Wear socks and sock liners that fit well, wick moisture and provide insulation.
- Watch for signs of frostbite.
- Plan to protect yourself.
- Don’t drink alcohol if you plan to be outdoors in cold weather.
- Eat well-balanced meals and stay hydrated.
- Keep moving.
There are other steps you can take to protect your skin and help keep it from drying out. Visit Every Day Health https://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/natural-skin-remedies.aspx for further information and DIY skincare recipes to keep your winter skin healthy. Your kitchen, not the drugstore, may hold the secret to achieving healthy, vibrant skin.
- Make moisturizing a part of your daily skin-care routine.
- Develop other skin-friendly bathing habits.
- Avoid exposing your skin to harsh chemicals.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Dress appropriately for the weather.