Wellness

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.

 

Cigna behavioral health directory 

 

If you have questions or want further information, please contact HR – nuhr@norwich.edu or 485-2084.

GMHEC Wellness

Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium Wellness Welcome

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ioEWtZWkdawqa6wBLc98jre_miDl-TZ3/view

For more information related to well-being with GMHEC please click the button below:

GMHEC Well-being Events

Please visit the calendar of Well-being Events sponsored by the Green Mountain Higher Ed Consortium by clicking below:

Password: GMHECWell-Being

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:

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

 

March is National Nutrition Month so there is no better time to incorporate some small changes to enhance the quality of our diet.  One of the best things we can do to enhance our health and well-being is to consume more vegetables and fruits.  If you’re looking for some creative ways to do that, join Nancy Wind, health coach and founder of Peaks and Poses on March 15th or 22nd of the dietitians from Whole Health Nutrition on March 11th or 18th for a plant-based cooking workshop.Leader’s Guide to Enhancing Employee Resilience: Leaders play a critical role in the resilience of their teams and resilient teams are what will enable our faculty, staff, and students to thrive. By proactively helping your team build resilience, leaders will benefit from more engaged and productive employees and better short- and long-term outcomes. Join Rebecca Schubert, GMHEC Employee Well-being Program Coordinator for this engaging presentation where you will learn about the five ways leaders can support and enhance employee well-being and come away with practical strategies you can implement to ensure that your employees and teams are able to persevere in the face of challenge.  Thursday, March 4th noon-1:00 pm EST.  Please RSVP for this session to rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org no later than noon on March 3rd.  Zoom meeting password 135790.

It Starts with You:  Join Ashley Hodgetts, Registered Nurse, Health Coach, and founder of Fit Together Health and Wellness for this five week, virtual, group-based coaching program.  Clarify your wellness goals, shift your daily habits, and create a consistent routine to optimize your health and well-being.  This program will be held on Wednesdays in April.  The time will be determined based on participant interest.  There is a minimum number of participants necessary to launch this program so if you are interested, please RSVP to Rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org by Friday, March 19th.

Desktop Well-being: Simple strategies for staying well at your desk: Working at a desk all day can be hard on our bodies and minds. Aches and pains and brain fog can be more common than we would like. Join Rebecca Schubert, GMHEC Employee Well-being Program Coordinator to learn about how you can stay well while working at your desk. We will talk about setting your workstation up to support your body and mind as well as strategies to stay on track with nutrition and physical activity to enhance your well-being. Tuesday, March 2nd 9:00-10:00 am EST. Zoom.  Meeting password 135790.

Go Deeper into Ayurveda an ancient healing system: In this three-session series you will learn about the principles of Ayurveda and how this lifestyle and healing system can positively impact your diet, sleep, nutrition, immune system, and well-being.  Presented by Nancy Wind, founder of Peaks and Poses. Thursdays March 11th, 18th and 25th.  7:00-7:45 pm EST.   Click here to register.

The Central VT Solid Waste District is offering some great workshops over the next couple of weeks including:

  • Backyard Composting Basics. Tuesday, March 2nd 2:00-3:30 pm EST.  Click here to register.
  • Zero Waste Shopping and Swapping.  Wednesday, March 3rd 3:00-4:30 pm EST.  Click here to register.
  • Recycle Right: From Blue Bin to Beyond.  Friday, March 4th 4:00-5:30 pm EST.  Click here to register.
  • Re-Cook Café: How to make the most of your food Brought to you by Central Vermont Solid Waste District Tuesday, March 9th 5:30-7:30 pm EST.  Click here to register.

Getting and Keeping Good Credit.  Credit scores influence personal finances in more ways than most people realize. Whether it is your auto insurance premium or the interest rate on your mortgage, you want your credit score to be deemed “excellent”. We will discuss the criteria that determines a credit score, as well as how to establish new credit, how to recover from credit challenges, and best practices for maintaining an excellent credit score.  Brought to you by the team from My Secure Advantage.  Tuesday, March 9th noon-1 pm EST.  Click here to register.

Want to make the most of your Cigna benefits?  Cigna has a host of tools available to make it easier for you to get estimates on the cost of medical visits and procedures and compare the costs of procedures and prescription.  Check out this short video (see item #3) to make sure you are fully informed and making the most of your health plan.

Cigna behavioral health guide.  Learn more about the suite of behavioral health benefits including virtual counseling, coaching, substance abuse support and lifestyle management programs.

Well-being Resource Guides. Check out your school’s well-being resource guide to learn more about all the amazing resources available to support and enhance your well-being.

Please note:  We are making some changes to our regularly scheduled programming and will not be offering our Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime physical activity classes with Jeff or our afternoon stretch sessions with Beth during the month of March.

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.

  1. Forest bathing
  2. Savor positivity
  3. Practice the minimum effective dose of self-care
  4. Reach out for help:
    1. 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:

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
  2. 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.

NU Wellness

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.
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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

Prevention:

  • 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.

Some tips:

  1. Make moisturizing a part of your daily skin-care routine.
  2. Develop other skin-friendly bathing habits.
  3. Avoid exposing your skin to harsh chemicals.
  4. Drink plenty of water.
  5. Dress appropriately for the weather.

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