Join your team in this eight-week experience to explore what belonging means, why it matters and how to cultivate it. Each week, you’ll receive information and tools to help you and your team learn, reflect and grow. By the end of the challenge you’ll have experimented with tangible strategies to feel more connected, comfortable and aligned with your colleagues and Macalester.

For the first time, I’ll be implementing this activity using Google Spaces – a central place where teams can share files, stay connected and chat with a group. 

  • We will cover four topics and spend two weeks on each topic
  • During the first week of each topic, read the announcement and newsletter
  • During the second week of each topic, your leader will post a reflection or discussion question in your team’s Google Space, add time on the agenda for your existing team meeting, or create a separate short meeting time to share and collaborate.
  • After you’ve had a chance to engage with your team, complete the reflection questions in your own copy of the tracker.

Who’s eligible and how can I register?

This activity is open to staff and faculty who’s leader signed up to be a facilitator.  If your leader is participating, you’ll receive an invitation from them. Please use the registration link and team name in your invite to join.  

Registration opens June 29 and ends July 8.  

When does the activity start?

The Belonging Together activity kicks off July 11 and goes through September 2.  

How do I complete the activity?

Read the weekly content, participate in team chats or discussions and complete the reflection questions in your own copy of the tracker.  You will not be asked to share or submit the tracker.

At the end of the activity, fill out the completion and evaluation form.  If you have HealthPartners insurance through Macalester you are eligible to count this as a qualifying activity for the wellness reward.  For more information, visit our Wellness Benefits and Incentives page.

Questions? Contact Kelly Fang at kfang@macalester.edu

 


Everyone’s body is different, and your journey toward better health and well-being should be about you. No matter what stage of life you’re in or where you’re at on the road to healthy living, there are activities and resources for every unique need through Wellness & Health at Macalester (WHAM).

WHAM can help you learn more about your health, find what activities fit your lifestyle and unique health needs and ultimately make your health a priority. Not only are there activities that focus on physical fitness, but there are also activities that focus on nutrition, sleep, stress-management and much more.

Here are some of the activities you’ll gain access to after you complete your health assessment:

Emotional health

Our emotional health activities help you increase healthy thinking habits, learn new stress management and mood enhancing techniques, and get a better night’s sleep.

 By setting goals and tracking your achievements over time, you’ll gain insights on ways you can strengthen your emotional well-being.

Nutrition

Eating healthy can be challenging. It can feel confusing to know what types of food limit and what foods give your health a boost. Our healthy living and nutrition activities can guide you and help you set achievable health goals.

Whether you’d like to lose weight, have more energy or create a healthier lifestyle, our nutrition-focused activities can create long term habits to help you reach your health objectives, and feel your best.

Physical fitness

Starting a new fitness routine can feel overwhelming. Luckily, with the help of the physical fitness activities, regardless of what your relationship with fitness may be, you can start your health journey on the right foot. No matter your age, interests or ability, there are several options to choose from that will help you feel healthier.

Whether you want to push yourself further physically with the support of a coach, or get in your daily steps, the physical fitness activities can help you achieve your personal health goals, both big and small.

Learning about your health needs and what works for you doesn’t have to be hard. There’s something for everyone!

Your wellness incentive is waiting for you

To claim your $150 or $300 reward card, you must complete your health assessment and two eligible well-being activities by October 31, 2022. If your spouse is covered by the medical plan, they must also participate in order for you to earn the reward. Your evolving health needs are a top priority. Be sure to get started right away because some activities take up to eight weeks to complete. 

Questions?

To learn more, visit our Wellness Benefits and Incentives page. If you have questions about WHAM’s well-being program, contact Kelly Fang at 651-696-6963 or kfang@macalester.edu. For help signing on, call HealthPartners at 800-311-1052 or email.

 


There has never been a more important time for us to access ways to alleviate stress

Since the pandemic began, most people’s stress levels have increased tremendously…in tandem with their stressors.  On top of this, we continue to normalize increasing levels of stress and, especially, distress. So the question isn’t just, “What can we do?” It’s also, “How healthy and happy can we be while we do it?”

Address Your Stress is a five-week experience to help you when you need it most – the sprint to the end of the semester.  You’ll explore how to more effectively think about, and manage, your stress. Each week, you’ll receive information and tools to support you. We’ll also include a series of resources to help you learn, experiment and be accountable.

Who’s eligible?

All staff, faculty and their spouse or domestic partner are eligible to participate regardless of whether you have HealthPartners insurance.  Only those who have HealthPartners insurance through Macalester are eligible for the wellness reward.  For more information, visit our Wellness Benefits and Incentives page.

When does the activity start?

This email-based experience begins Monday, April 11 and ends Friday, May 13. You will receive:

  • A weekly email to introduce the topic
  • A short weekly newsletter with information and tools to support you
  • Reflection exercises to help you learn, experiment and be accountable

How do I complete the activity?

You finish the activity by exploring the resources and completing the reflection/experimentation sections of the newsletters. You won’t need to turn these in, but you will need to complete an evaluation at the end of the activity. Kelly Fang will get your completion loaded into your HealthPartners well-being account (if applicable).

How and when can I register?

Don’t let stress overwhelm you this year.  Take a new approach to addressing it.  Sign up using the Address Your Stress Registration Form until April 8.

Here’s to embracing and managing your stress…

 


Emotional health support designed for you

WHAM cares about your physical, emotional, and financial well-being and we’re here to support you. With the stress, loss and uncertainty associated with the last few years, emotional health concerns are on the rise. If you’re looking for ways to feel more in control, the new myStrength activity can help. 

myStrength is an online program to help you improve mental health and emotional well-being. You have access to hundreds of activities, articles and videos suggested for you based on your goals and preferences. This new digital program offers support for many types of emotional and physical challenges including:

  • Reducing stress
  • Improving sleep
  • Managing anxiety and depression
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Balancing intense emotions
  • Pregnancy and early parenting
  • Managing chronic pain

Get started today and discover your resilience

To access myStrength you must first take your annual health assessment. 

Let’s get started

Completing the myStrength activity can also help you earn your wellness reward card. You’ll earn your $150 or $300 reward card by completing your health assessment and at least two well-being activities by October 31, 2022.  If you have a spouse or domestic partner on your plan, they’ll need to complete the requirements as well. 

Questions?

Contact Kelly Fang at kfang@macalester.edu or 651-696-6963. For help signing on, call HealthPartners at 800-311-1052 or email.

We have partnered with HealthPartners to offer this health and well-being program to employees on Macalester’s benefits plan.

 


 

Focus on the future by registering for the Better Back activity

You brush your teeth regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums; why not do the same for your back? Especially since back pain impacts 4 out of 5 people during their lifetime.

Join us as we share expert advice on the best strength and stretching exercises to improve posture and gain strength to create a healthy back. This four-week activity will educate, empower and help you to set goals to reduce current discomfort or prevent future occurrences of back pain. This activity also counts as a qualifying well-being activity towards earning your wellness reward card.

Who’s eligible?

All staff, faculty and their spouse or domestic partner are eligible to participate regardless of whether you have HealthPartners insurance.  Only those who have HealthPartners insurance through Macalester are eligible for the wellness reward.  For more information, visit our Wellness Benefits and Incentives page.

When does the activity start?

The four-week Better Back activity kicks off February 7 and goes through March 4. You will receive:

  • A weekly email to introduce the topic
  • A short weekly newsletter
  • A tracker to record your progress

How do I complete the activity?

You finish the activity by completing and tracking the recommended strength and stretching exercises for all four weeks, and by completing the post-evaluation at the end. Kelly Fang will get your completion loaded into your HealthPartners well-being account (if applicable).

How and when can I register?

Start taking action now to help improve the function and strength of your back. Sign up using the Better Back Registration Form until February 4.

For questions, contact Kelly Fang at kfang@macalester.edu


 

Make a Move Challenge Winners

Mac had over 100 staff and faculty participate in WHAM’s Make a Move Team Challenge.  Their goal was to move as much as possible in six weeks.  They could walk, bike, lift weights, or do whatever made them happy and feel good.  They also got a dose of friendly competition as they competed against other divisions at Mac.  

A big congratulations goes out to the team from Information Technology! They surged ahead in the last week to pass the Provost and Academic Affairs team.  Admissions stayed the course and finished in third place. The average total steps per participant was 371,277 (or 8,840 per day).  WHAM would like to thank all the participants for modeling healthy behavior for each other, your colleagues and the Macalester Community.

Wellness Coach Kelly Fang and VP and CIO of ITS, Jennifer Haas presented the winners with a certificate at the Benefits Fair. Pictured from left to right: Kelly Fang, Jeff Rowdan, Eric Handler, Ben Voigt, Brooke Schmolke, Jennifer Haas. Not pictured: Gabe Stitzel, Ian Robinson, Avi Baron, Brad Belbas.

 


Photo of a person rolling up a yoga mat with text reading "I want to be... WELL"

To help support you in your path to Well-being, we offer a number of activities.  From tracking habits to moving more, there are a number of ways to participate in our Well-being programs.  Some of them include:

Digital activities:

  • Wellbeats
  • Go for Fruits & Veggies
  • Healthy Thinking
  • Choose to Lose
  • Tackle Stress
  • Sugar Smart

Digital trackers: 

  • 10,000 Steps
  • Sleep tracker
  • Stress tracker

Macalester Specific Activities

Here are a list of the eligible activities you can complete to earn your wellness incentive:

  • Preventive Care Visit (must be completed between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022; No tracking or forms are required on your part; HealthPartners will load the completion of your visit 3-5 months after your appointment
  • One 6-week WHAM activity class: Circuit Training, Boot Camp, Yoga, Mindfulness, etc.
  • One 4-6 week activity coordinated by Wellness Coach
  • Leonard Center/Gym: Exercise at the Leonard Center at Macalester, at home, or at a gym of your choice at least 12 times per month (or about 3 times per week) for a minimum of two months.
  • Personal Training: Complete at least 3 sessions with Macalester’s Personal Trainer before October 31, 2022
  • Attend at least 3 WHAM Lunch & Learns (virtually or in-person) between November 2021 and October 31, 2022

  • Nice Healthcare: For 2022 you must use Nice once to refill a prescription, complete physical therapy or manage a chronic condition in order to count it as a qualifying activity.
  • EAP Wellness Seminars: Attend at least 3 live seminars or watch 3 on-demand webcasts between January 1, 2022 and October 31, 2022
  • Macalester’s Wellness 5K Run/Walk in October 2022

Wellness Coaching

  • 3 in-person or video coaching sessions with Macalester’s on-site Wellness Coach from HealthPartners