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GVSU Health & Wellness

Spring into action!

As we transition from February to March, we start to see longer days and [hopefully] warmer weather! But, this time of year can make it difficult to keep your momentum. We know we should be more active or eat healthier but life can often get in the way.

March is the month to focus on healthier eating and sustainable fitness goals! Read further for motivation on how to eat healthier, be happy, get involved, and earn $300!

“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
― Lou Holtz

Success Story: Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and staff members, in the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, are truly embracing health and wellness in many aspects of their lives! We are highlighting not just one but, TWO success stories this month to provide a little extra motivation!

Krashawn McElveen
Krashawn is a Zumba devotee! Ms. McElveen began the dance-fitness workout shortly after she had her son – in order to improve her overall health! She claims that it’s a great outlet for those who were athletic as adolescents but have had difficulty finding a team atmosphere as adults, much like herself. The biggest benefit of doing Zumba, for Krashawn, is motivating her friends and coworkers to be active too. She enjoys the total body workout and the high energy dancing as well as teaching the Zumba DVD’s to friends and family members!

Krashawn is researching how to become certified to be a Zumba instructor and hopes to attend a certification class within the next few months.  As part of her fitness journey, Krashawn also participates in the Health and Wellness Faculty and Staff Group Exercises including Spinning, Zumba, and Hoop Happy Hoop Healthy!

Joan Visser, Ron Grew, & Jerry Smant
Joan, Ron, and Jerry have created their very own running group! The group typically runs twice a week during their lunch break and they try to get 3-4.5 miles in each time. Joan initiatied the lunch program and Ron joined her about three years ago. Jerry recently joined this September and says that running has helped him to be healthier overall, including fending off weight gain while he quit smoking. All three of the runners agreed that running regularly has positively affected all aspects of their health – especially nutrition. Ron has lost 25lbs since he began running and that even everyday activity, such as taking the stairs, has become easier.

Joan, Ron, and Jerry all agreed that the biggest benefits of their running group have been increased amounts of energy and enjoying time with coworkers. Upon meeting the group one can tell that there is a great amount of respect, camaraderie, and energy created through their efforts to spend time with coworkers in a healthy environment! 

Interested in Zumba and Hula Hoop Classes for faculty and staff on campus? Click here to register for the next session!

Do you know a faculty, staff member  or department who serves as a role model for healthy living? Nominate them for our monthly newsletter feature!

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To Do List: Earn up to $300

Healthy Choices is an incentive program sponsored by Human Resources, Health and Wellness that complements the university’s commitment to healthy lifestyles. As a Grand Valley faculty or staff member, your to-do list for achieving a healthy lifestyle is made easier by taking advantage of the wealth of Health and Wellness programs and resources, like Healthy Choices, that are available to you.

The Healthy Choices incentive program runs January 1 through December 31, 2013. There are three components to the Healthy Choices incentive program:  Know Your Numbers, Activity Tracking, and Active Management of Health Risks. Benefit-eligible faculty or staff members who complete all three components in 2013 will receive $300 in Healthy Choices rewards. The money will be deposited into health savings accounts or in paychecks* for those without HSAs.

The online health risk assessment offered by UMR opens on March 1. Wellness Inc. (a partner with UMR) will be on campus the week of March 11 to conduct biometric screenings. To register for the on-campus screenings, and for more information about Healthy Choices, click here.

Living well means enjoying a healthy financial, physical and emotional lifestyle. Choose the life you want, see what the program has to offer and, LIVE BETTER BY CHOICE.

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Money Matters

Did you know that all your payroll and deduction history is available through employee self-service? Log on to My Banner, click on the employee tab and explore your information. View items like previous pay stubs, earnings history, deductions and direct deposit allocations!

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What Motivates You to be Healthy?

March is National Nutrition Month

Healthy eating increases your energy, improves your complexion and helps prevent future health problems. We all know that nutrition and fitness are key. They question is, how to stay motivated? A number of program and support services available to help stay on track.

Weight Watchers at Work
There are 4 simple reasons to start attending these weekly Weight Watchers meetings:
1] Flexibility: works with your life instead of against it.
2] Convenience: located right here on campus.
3] Daily Motivation: co-workers create a great motivational network.
4] Potential Savings: Healthy Choices Program eligible activity!

Nutrition App
Your Personal Nutrition Expert
Use your phone to create healthy shopping lists and to track your goals!

On campus? Try the Campus Dish app available from Aaramark.

Faculty and Staff Group Exercises
GVSU faculty and staff can participate in all fitness classes offered by our Health and Wellness program, as well as the classes that are offered at Grand Rapids Community College - for free! Participating in a group exercise class challenges you to work out beyond your perceived limitations and allows you to draw on the energy of those around you! Registration for GVSU fitness classes is open until March 1st and classes begin the week of March 4th.

Sustainable Agriculture Project
Get involved in the  Sustainable Agriculture Project!   Take a few moments to learn more about this program by watching this video. If you don't have time to volunteer your time, consider buying a "share" of the Community Supported Agriculture and receive fresh produce every week throughout the growing season!



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Don't Worry, Be Happy

" Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
-Jim Rohn

Are you just as motivated to be mentally healthy as you are to be physically healthy? Without one, you CANNOT have the other! GVSU offers a variety of services to help you achieve both the physical aspects of health as well as the emotional and mental aspects. 

How to Retire: Happy and Informed.
Whether you're already a retiree needing motivation, or you're preparing to leave the workforce, the way you approach your retirement strategy is key in staying happy!

Join us on March 21st from 1:00-4:00pm. This event will be held at the Bicycle Factory in room 340. Click here for event and registration details.

Happiness Habits
Research has proven how vital happiness is to the well being of each person. Happy people are more motivated, live longer, are healthier and have better relationships. In fact, happiness leads to more success in every area of a person’s life. Learn how these habits can help you and that your happiness does not depend on external circumstances.

Join Linda Yuhas, GVSU Human Resources, on March 13th from 9:30-11:00am in KC 2266! Register on Seminar.

Cancer Warriors Network
If you have been impacted by cancer, whether personally or through someone in your life, we invite you to take this time to connect with others in the GVSU community whose lives have also been touched by cancer. Join the Cancer Warriors Network on March 13th from 10:00-11:30am or on April 19th from 2:00-3:30pm for coffee, tea, and snacks in the Movement Science House - South D Apartments!

No need to register, feel free to stop by at anytime during the 1 ½ hour time frame.

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Run for a Cause!

 Laker for a Lifetime Team for 5/3 River Bank Run Event & Post Race Party

Date: May 11, 2013
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Laker alumni, friends, family, students, faculty and staff will run/walk/wheel on behalf of Grand Valley State University as a part of the Laker for a Lifetime Team. Team members may participate in any race (5K run/walk, 10K, 25K). Anyone is welcome to join the team, and members who raise funds to benefit scholarships, student programming, and skill development will receive a Laker for a Lifetime wicking shirt, exclusive parking, gear check, and more! How is that for motivation? Further information and all registration forms are provided on the Alumni Relations website.

Whether you are a runner yourself or just want to cheer on and motivate the team, there is a role for every Laker to get involved!

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Building Resiliency

Are you feeling the pressure this month? Learn the ART of stress management by attending "Building Resiliency 101" with GVSU's  Career Service Consultant, Kim Monaghan. The webinar will on March 19th from 12:00-2:00pm. For further instructions on how to access the webinar, please follow the step by step instructions here

Your reaction to stress determines if it will have a harmful impact on your health and well-being. Learn helpful tools and techniques to become more resilient to stress and more motivated at both home and work. 

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