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Updates:
If you are having issuing with anything regarding Cerner (log-in issues, syncing devices, workshops or points not showing) please contact CERNER at 1-888-252-8150. The Wellness staff does not have access to look into these issues.

If you have completed 10 Real Appeal sessions your points will automatically be uploaded by the end of July.

The weather is warm and people are getting out those fancy sandals and flip flops. But are they good for your feet? Check out a blog post I wrote back in my training days. It still holds true. http://schicktraining.blogspot.com/2012/08/are-flip-flops-bad-for-your-feet.html

June is: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

  • In Missouri alone, around 110,000 people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • In Missouri there are over 316,000 caregivers helping their loved ones!

For local assistance: https://www.alz.org/greatermissouri/index.asp   24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900

 

Men’s Health Month
http://www.menshealthresourcecenter.com/

 

PTSD Awareness Month
June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, and we want to raise awareness on this serious condition that affects many war veterans.  PTSD is a type of anxiety that occurs in many different ways. It can begin after you experience extreme trauma, some examples are: exposure to combat, being involved in a serious accident, an assault or abuse, a natural disaster, or an act of terrorism. Source: www.va.gov

For help, contact your local VA facility or contact our UM System Employee Assistance Program https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits/eap_contact

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May is:

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month – a time to increase awareness of the importance of the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer.

Fact: More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.

Article: Early skin cancer more accurately diagnosed by dermatologist than other providers


National Bike Month
Health benefits of biking:

  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

 

Mental Health Awareness Month
A few examples of healthy habits that can boost mental health include:

  • Sleep: Sleep recharges the mind and body. Lack of sleep can raise cortisol (the stress hormone) levels and heighten a person’s fight or flight response. Sleep allows new neural pathways to form and may contribute to resilience.
  • Nutrition: Food is not only fuel. It also impacts which hormones the body produces. Eating certain foods helps boost serotonin levels, which can improve mood.
  • Exercise: Studies show regular exercise can help relieve stress and improve mood. It has also been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.

Nurturing the body through self-care can provide more energy for other activities that boost mental health, but for some that is not enough. If you want more information or need help, please contact our Employee Assistance Program for help. https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits/eap

 

Events Near You

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Tier 1 Is Almost Over!

Be sure to complete your Personal Health Assessment and read the 2018 Healthy for Life User Guide by April 30.

If you haven’t completed the two steps required for Tier 1 of the Wellness Incentive, you’ve still got work to do before you can earn $50* in your final May paycheck** and unlock the ability to work toward the additional Tier 2 incentive of $400. To finish Tier 1, log into the Wellness Portal and:

  1. Complete and submit your Personal Health Assessment to pinpoint ways you can improve your health.
  2. Read the Healthy for Life User Guide to find out about opportunities available system wide.

Already done with Tier 1? Keep your momentum going! You can check in on your progress and record points-eligible activities in the Wellness Portal to get a jump-start on Tier 2.

Thank you,
The Healthy for Life team

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April is:

Alcohol Awareness Month
            If you have concerns or questions regarding alcoholism, contact our Employee

Assistance Program for help. https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits/eap


Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

If you are in danger, please call 911 or:
True North (Columbia) (573) 875-1370
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800 799 SAFE
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline: 800 656 HOPE


National Donate Life Month

Help ensure your life-saving decision is fulfilled:

      • Make a decision about organ and tissue donation.
      • Join the Missouri organ and tissue donor registry. http://health.mo.gov/living/organdonor
      • Inform your family, friends, faith leader and physician of your decision.
      • Complete the back of your driver’s license with a permanent marker.


Optional April Fitness Challenge
30 push-ups a day for 30 days*.
Modify (against the wall, on your knees) as needed and break them

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Nutrition Articles:
Going vegan could prevent type 2 diabetes

Low-Fat Diet vs. Low-Carb: And the Winner Is …

 

Mindfulness Monday
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236989

 

Campus Specific Activities
Women’s Health and Wellness Fair
Wednesday, March 21st
11 am – 1 pm
Memorial Union – Stotler Lounge

Health Information for Men (HIM)
Mondays from 12:10-12:50
March 5th-May 21st
Middlebush, 206

Stay Strong Stay Healthy
http://missourifamilies.org/sssh/

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If you’ve already completed Tier 1, make sure to finish Tier 2 of the 2017 Wellness Incentive by September 30 in order to earn $400* in your final October paycheck. Define what wellness means to you and participate in a number of eligible activities to earn 400 points. Walking, biking, yoga, community service, diversity and inclusion activities, and learning about a variety of wellness topics can earn you points and help you define what wellness means to you! For a full list of eligible activities, access the 2017 Wellness Incentive Tier 2 Activities Guide.

* Your 2017 Wellness Incentive earnings will be taxed and voluntary retirement contributions will be deducted, just like with other earnings. All may participate in the wellness program, but only some employees are able to earn the incentive; see http://umurl.us/incentive for eligibility details

 

Flu Shot Clinics start in October.
No appointment necessary!   Flu season is quickly approaching, so consider attending a flu shot clinics on your campus beginning in October.  Flu shots are covered for faculty, staff, dependents (12 years and older, accompanied by an adult) and retirees enrolled in a university of Missouri System (UM) medical plan.  Be sure to bring your insurance card and a completed flu shot consent form with you to the clinic.  If you are not enrolled in a UM medical plan, flu shots are $20 cash or check payable to Health for Life.

Find the schedule, a clinic near you, and the downloadable consent form by visiting  http://umurl.us/fluvax

Weight Watchers, New Session starting 9/28/17
A weight-loss plan that fits with your lifestyle.  Attending Weight Watchers meetings regularly can be a Launchpad to success.

When: Thursdays

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Quarterdeck Building, Room 162A

Cost: $156 for 12 weeks If you start at the beginning

Contact: Marion Spase at marion.l.spase@weightwatchers.com

Real Appeal
Real Appeal is a personalized online weight loss program available at no cost to employees and their dependents over age 18 who are enrolled in a UM-sponsored medical insurance plan, and who have a BMI of 23 or greater. Real Appeal gives you the tools, information and support you need to make smarter choices. Participants will get individualized support, including professional coaching for a full year online or on their smart phone. The best part? Results! 82% of participants who completed the program lost weight. Visit the UM System Real Appeal website at http://umissouri.realappeal.com/ for more information.

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Don’t miss out! Tier 2 of the 2017 Wellness Incentive ends September 30.

If you’ve already completed Tier 1, make sure to finish Tier 2 of the 2017 Wellness Incentive by September 30 in order to earn $400* in your final October paycheck. Define what wellness means to you and participate in a number of eligible activities to earn 400 points. Walking, biking, yoga, community service, diversity and inclusion activities, and learning about a variety of wellness topics can earn you points and help you define what wellness means to you! For a full list of eligible activities, access the 2017 Wellness Incentive Tier 2 Activities Guide.

* Your 2017 Wellness Incentive earnings will be taxed and voluntary retirement contributions will be deducted, just like with other earnings. All may participate in the wellness program, but only some employees are able to earn the incentive; see http://umurl.us/incentive for eligibility details.

UHC Real Appeal Presentation

Caroline Murphy, UHC Nurse Liaison, will be presenting about Real Appeal, a simple, step-by-step program designed to introduce small changes over time that lead to healthier habits and long lasting weight loss results. The program is offered at no cost to all eligible University of Missouri faculty and staff, spouses, and dependents 18+ with a UM medical plan and a BMI of 23 or greater.

Real Appeal comes with a number of complimentary tools and resources including:

  • A Personal Transformation Coach, who leads weekly online group sessions and is available to you for a full year of guidance and support
  • A Success Kit, shipped right to your door and containing step-by-step guides, workout DVDs & equipment, healthy recipes, kitchen tools including a personal blender and more
  • The Real Appeal website and Mobile App which gives you 24/7 access to tools such as trackers to monitor your food intake, activity and weight, your own personal inbox to connect directly with your coach, a library full of resources and more to keep you on the road to success

Presentation

Who: Participation in the presentation is available to all faculty and staff with a UM medical plan. Covered dependents will not be able to attend the presentation, but can contact Caroline Murphy for more information about Real Appeal.

Date: 2 dates to choose from

  • August 31, 2017 – Caroline will be hosting the presentation from University Hall, and available for questions afterward.
  • September 28, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Choose between Ellis Library or University Hall telepresence conference room.

Register: Click here to register. There are 2 Columbia locations. Click on ‘Details’ to view and select either the Ellis Library or University Hall location. Space is limited.

As a Healthy for Life sponsored workshop, eligible employees may earn 25 points for participation in the presentation. There are a maximum of 100 points possible for this category. Participation in the UHC Real Appeal program is not eligible for wellness incentive points. Contact wellness@umsystem.edu with questions.

Managing Occupational Stress

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is presenting occupational stress programs on the following dates. To register, contact Torie Townsend at townsendto@umsystem.edu.

  • August 16 – Managing Work-Life Conflict
  • August 21 – Onboarding: The Principles of Organizational Socialization
  • August 28 – Managing Change: Strategies for Individuals

Classes on Campus

Did you know a variety of low-cost and free physical activity and stress management classes are offered on campus? View the calendar of events to find a class near you or check out a few opportunities below:

Pilates

When: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: 12:10 pm – 12:50 pm

Location: Townsend 206

Registration: Tina England at englandt@missouri.edu

Cost: $3.00 per class

Yoga

When: Mondays – 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 & 10/30

Time: 12:10 pm – 12:50 pm

Location: Missouri Psychiatric Gym on the 1st floor of the Hospital across from the VA Tunnel

Registration: Contact Kate Walker at yogateacher530@gmail.com

Cost: $32.00, payment due at the time of class. Cash preferred but will accept checks.

Yoga

When: Fridays – 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 10/6, 10/13 & 10/20

Time: 12:10 pm – 12:50 pm

Location: Missouri Psychiatric Gym on the 1st floor of the Hospital across from the VA Tunnel

Registration: Contact Kate Walker at yogateacher530@gmail.com

Cost: $24.00, payment due at the time of class

Eligible Faculty and Staff can earn up to 100 points for engaging in physical activity. Participation in physical activity classes must be self-reported in the Cerner Wellness Portal in the ‘Engage in Activity’ category to receive incentive points.

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Don’t miss out! Tier 2 of the 2017 Wellness Incentive ends September 30.
If you’ve already completed Tier 1, make sure to finish Tier 2 of the 2017 Wellness Incentive by September 30 in order to earn $400* in your final October paycheck. Define what wellness means to you and participate in a number of eligible activities to earn 400 points. Walking, biking, yoga, community service, diversity and inclusion activities, and learning about a variety of wellness topics can earn you points and help you define what wellness means to you! For a full list of eligible activities, access the 2017 Wellness Incentive Tier 2 Activities Guide.

 

* Your 2017 Wellness Incentive earnings will be taxed and voluntary retirement contributions will be deducted, just like with other earnings. All may participate in wellness program, but only some employees are able to earn the incentive; see http://umurl.us/incentive for eligibility details.


UHC Real Appeal Presentation
Caroline Murphy, UHC Nurse Liaison, will be presenting about Real Appeal, a simple, step-by-step program designed to introduce small changes over time that lead to healthier habits and long lasting weight loss results. The program is offered at no cost to all eligible University of Missouri faculty and staff, spouses, and dependents 18+ with a UM medical plan and a BMI of 23 or greater.

Real Appeal comes with a number of complimentary tools and resources including:

  • A Personal Transformation Coach, who leads weekly online group sessions and is available to you for a full year of guidance and support
  • A Success Kit, shipped right to your door and containing step-by-step guides, workout DVDs & equipment, healthy recipes, kitchen tools including a personal blender and more
  • The Real Appeal website and Mobile App which gives you 24/7 access to tools such as trackers to monitor your food intake, activity and weight, your own personal inbox to connect directly with your coach, a library full of resources and more to keep you on the road to success

Presentation
Who: Participation in the presentation is available to all faculty and staff with a UM medical plan. Covered dependents will not be able to attend the presentation, but can contact Caroline Murphy, UHC Nurse Liaison for more information about Real Appeal.

Date: 2 dates to choose from

  • August 31, 2017
  • September 28, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Choose between Ellis Library or University Hall telepresence conference room

Register: Click here to register. There are 2 Columbia locations. Click on ‘Details’ to view and select either the Ellis Library or University Hall location. Space is limited.

As a Healthy for Life sponsored workshop, eligible employees may earn 25 points for participation in the presentation. There are a maximum of 100 points possible for this category. Participation in the UHC Real Appeal program is not eligible for wellness incentive points. Contact wellness@umsystem.edu with questions.


Managing Occupational Stress
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is presenting occupational stress programs on the following dates. To register, contact Torie Townsend at townsendto@umsystem.edu.

  • August 16 – Managing Work-Life Conflict
  • August 21 – Onboarding: The Principles of Organizational Socialization
  • August 28 – Managing Change: Strategies for Individuals

Help Needed for Research Studies
Research leads to important discoveries that improve our lives. You can learn more about participating in research from MU’s Institutional Review Board. Check out 2 opportunities below to participate in research at MU.

Targeting Childhood to Prevent Adult Obesity
The main purpose of the study is to determine if parental food rules and eating behaviors during childhood are predictors of adulthood dietary patterns and weight status. Participants must be 18 or older and will be asked to complete an anonymous, 10 minute survey. If you have questions, contact Kristen Herigon with the Health Services Management Graduate Program at 573-220-3709 or herigonk@health.missouri.edu.

Overnight Glucose Study – LIFE
Are you pre-diabetic or Type 2 Diabetes? Do you have high morning blood glucose levels? This study will examine your overnight and morning fasting glucose levels in response to exercise at various times of the day. The study is recruiting individuals who are:

  • Need both males and females
  • Must be 25-65 years old
  • Non-smoker, not on insulin
  • Cannot have sleep apnea
  • Not pregnant

If interested, please contact Becky Shafer, MS at 573-882-4517 or munepkanaleylab@missouri.edu. Sponsored by Nutrition & Exercise Physiology.