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Happy New Year & Welcome To 2017!

With the new year comes many changes, but fortunately…change can be a good thing. We are excited to announce that we have a new fitness trainer, Annie Call. She has many years of experience in the health industry and is looking forward to providing fun classes here at the DECC.

Mike and Julie from Destination Fitness will continue offering the Thursday HIIT classes here. They have also agreed, until further notice, to continue allowing all DECC employees to attend classes at their new location for free. Yay for us!

Our new trainer, Annie, has a variety of class options that are great for all ages and for men and women, alike. She is passionate about helping people live healthy lives and can modify workouts to best fit everyone’s needs. We strongly encourage you to check out Annie’s new classes, introduce yourself, and help us welcome her to the DECC.

If you’ve never been to a class here before, 2017 is a great time to start. Plus, they are all FREE!


Need a New Year’s resolution challenge?

Join our 2017 DECC CHALLENGE!
(Challenge will be announced at the Wellness Lunch on January 11th.)

Warm up by walking some loops around the DECC Arena:
3 = about 1/2 mile
7 = about 1 mile
21 = 5K


Wellness Lunch Speaker on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Pam Solberg-Tapper

Pam has been an Executive Coach & Leadership Development Consultant for the past 14 years. She is encouraging and a problem-solver. She has also run a marathon on all seven continents, being the 17th woman in the world to do so! Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and join us in the French River Room from 11:45am-12:45pm to enjoy a wonderful lunch and the opportunity to hear Pam speak about how to MAKE 2017 YOUR BEST YEAR YET!

Wellness | Creating and Sustaining a Healthy Lifestyle

At last week’s Wellness Luncheon our speaker, Michelle Russell, Certified Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, presented the What, Why, and How of Wellness: Creating and Sustaining a Healthy Lifestyle.  By request, Michelle has provided a copy of her full PowerPoint presentation.  The PDF version can be downloaded here: creating-and-sustaining-a-healthy-lifestyle.pdf

The steps to Creating and Sustaining a Health Lifestyle:

  1. Write it down!
    Your goal (WHAT) and motivation (WHY)
  2.  Set up your support system
  3. Refuse to make excuses
  4. Make simple healthy swaps
  5. Accountability: 30-day challenge – Buddy system
  6. Be prepared
  7. Put yourself on your calendar
  8. Blend – vs – Balance
  9. Journal your progress
  10. Avoid guilt by using the 80/20 Rule

Thank you, Michelle, for an informative and inspiring presentation!

January Wellness Update

Greetings!
With the New Year starting up and the holidays winding to a close, now is a great time to get started on those New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s trying to eat healthier, exercise more, read more books, or whatever it is you wish to achieve; try to set up a routine early that you think you can stick to. Remember, it only takes thirty days to make something a habit so be sure to stick it out! Also try to take advantage of the DECC Bridge Club workout room to help you achieve your fitness goals! If you can’t seem to make it to the Bridge club don’t fret for there is plenty of snow you can be shoveling as you battle this Hoth like winter we have. Keep in mind that shoveling is great exercise that you can only do for a limited time before summer hits again in six months!

Destination Fitness – Personal Training
Did you know, that as a DECC employee you have free access to personal trainers?! Destination Fitness is a partner of the DECC owned by personal trainers, Mike and Julie Hendrickson.
Each month Destination Fitness offers to DECC employees 6 free hour long personal training sessions. These sessions are given to employeees on a first come, first serve basis. To sign up for one, just send an email to wellness@decc.org and we will let you know if there are any available. You can decide what you want to do or learn with the trainers during your session. If you’ve signed up for a session and can’t make it DF asks that you cancel with them just 2 hours in advance and you can always reschedule!

Fruit Fridays
Every other Friday on payday will be fruit available to all employees in the DECC Business Office. Enjoy!

Wellness Skate
Have you always wanted to skate at AMSOIL but never had the chance? Well, here it is! On Sunday January 31st, you are welcome to skate from 3pm-5pm.You may also bring a guest. There will be a waiver to sign, keep in mind you must abide by the DECC’s Wellness Skating Guidelines which will be located at the rink. Children under 18 must wear a helmet. Men and women’s locker rooms will be available. If you have any question please contact the wellness coordinator.

July Wellness Update

When DECC Wellness first came about in 2013 we created Points Tracking, a system where DECC Employees could get fiscally rewarded for making healthy choices. Now we are two years into the program and very excited to reintroduce the revamped Healthy Hearty Holiday Challenge!

Healthy Hearty Holiday Challenge
Our 18 Week Challenge where you can earn a full 8 hour days pay just by stepping up your wellness game!

The Goal:
Earn 750 points before the game ends.

The Prize:
Those who earn 750 points will receive one paid time off day. You may use this to take a day off or cash it in for 8 hours of pay at your regular hourly wage. See your supervisor with questions on how you may use your paid day off. The paid time off day must be used before December 31, 2015, the prize cannot be rolled over into the following year.

Who is Eligible:
All DECC Employees are eligible to participate and achieve the prize.

How it Works:
The challenge runs from July 17th through November 21st. You will be provided a weekly tracking sheet (Sunday – Saturday) that must be turned in each following Monday. Sheets are available in the Business Office, in the Wellness Center, online here, or with your supervisor. You can turn in your weekly sheet electronically via email to wellness@decc.org or physically to the Business Office Receptionist. All sheets must be turned in by 5:00PM on November 23, 2015. On the tracking sheet you will account for the points you’ve earned that week. Points are divided into four categories. DECC Participation Points, Daily Habits, Bonus Points, and Behavior Changes.

Bonus! Weekly Participant Drawing:
Don’t forget to turn in your weekly tracking sheet each Monday. On the following Tuesday we will pull one tracking sheet to win a $10 Subway Gift Card!

July Wellness Challenge
Stretch! | July 1-31
Do a daily stretch. Stretch before you work, during your break time, when you wake, or go all out and do a yoga session.
Stretching has many benefits other than increased flexibility; including increased coordination, range of movement, circulation, and energy levels.

~The Wellness Committee

June Wellness Update

June Wellness Challenge
Take A Hike! | June 1st-30th
Log 40 miles or 10 hours of walking or hiking total for the month of June!
Submit your tracking at the end of the month to be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate!
The sun is out and Duluth is warming up. Tourists are just beginning to flock up north to enjoy Duluth’s many amenities such as attractions, history, scenic views, and extensive opportunities for outdoor adventure! We encourage you to take advantage of Duluth’s beauty and sunshine this month by going hiking or even just walking your dog.

Duluth is filled with great places to explore, right in the middle of the city. Try the Chester Creek trail system, the Lake Superior Hiking Trail, the Lakewalk, Hartley Nature Center, or Ely’s Peak. Keep in mind these are just some of many places to hike in the area! To find out more, check out the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s website. http://www.shta.org

Destination Fitness – Personal Training
Did you know, that as a DECC employee you have free access to personal trainers?! Destination Fitness is a partner of the DECC owned by personal trainers, Mike and Julie Hendrickson.
Each month Destination Fitness offers to DECC employees 6 free hour long personal training sessions. These sessions are given to employeees on a first come, first serve basis. To sign up for one, just send an email to wellness@decc.org and we will let you know if there are any available. You can decide what you want to do or learn with the trainers during your session. If you’ve signed up for a session and can’t make it DF asks that you cancel with them just 2 hours in advance and you can always reschedule!

Sydney’s Green Garden
At our last wellness lunch, Scott Vesterstein, a practiced and passionate gardener from Sydney’s Green Garden gave us the inside scoop on container gardening. Benefits of container gardening include; having a mobile garden, next to no weeding, it is easy to separate and nurse an insect infested plant, and lastly simple annual soil rotation.

Not only is container gardening easy to do, it is also beneficial for your pocketbook and the global economy. Most of commercial grocery costs come from what it takes to get the harvest to your table. These include; pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, commercial farming machinery, refridgeration, processing, warehouseing, packaging, and shipping. Food, on average, travels 1,500 miles from farm to your plate. When you grow your own food, these costs and environmental stressors decrease and many fully disappear. Plus, you know where your food it coming from and you know it is quality.

If you’re not already a gardener, container gardening is a fun and simple way to start. Even the DECC has it’s own container garden! For more information or to get started visit http://www.sydneysgreengarden.com.

~The Wellness Committee

May Wellness Update

Greetings,

April’s Wellness Lunch presenter was Michelle Russell, a private Holistic Health and Healing Touch Practitioner. Michelle guided us through the benefits of self-care: nourishing our bodies, calming our minds and lifting our spirits. Our wellness challenges have been in line with us physically taking care of ourselves each day such as: getting 8 hours of sleep, eating 2 cups of vegetables, drinking 6-8 glasses of water and doing at least 30 minutes of exercise.

However, this month’s Wellness Challenge is about our emotional and mental self. We challenge you to disconnect from electronic devices. That’s right, we’re going on a digital diet! You just might find that you’re less distracted and more focused, more creative, more accomplished and that you have finally quieted your mind. If not, try these other suggestions from Michelle: daily breathwork and meditation, journaling, affirming messages, spending time in nature, giving gratitude and practicing being in the moment.

May Wellness Challenge!
May 1 -31 – Disconnect from technology this month. Turn off your phone, computer, TV and other electronic devices for 1 hour each day. Can you disconnect?!

Remember: “If every 8-year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” – Dalai Lama

Fruit Fridays
Every other Friday on payday will be fruit available to all employees in the DECC Business Office. Enjoy!

EARTH DAY – THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the DECC’s Earth Day clean-up. Also, thank you to Building Services for organizing us! You ROCK! Let’s continue to be leaders in our community! Your next opportunity is on Tuesday, May 5th to help compost, bus and clean-up during and after the Upper Lakes Food show. Contact Heather Hammon: hhammon@decc.org if you’re interested.

Sincerely,
The Wellness Committee

March Wellness Newsletter

Greetings,
At our last Wellness Lunch, Rachel, Program Manager at the American Lung Association, presented on the harmful effects of tobacco and e-cigarettes. Rachel also gave us cessation resources. At the next lunch, March 25th at 11:45am, our very own Tim Boettcher from the DECC ice department will present on home fire and safety. Tim is a Certified Life Safety Trainer with a Masters in Environmental Health and Safety Management and has served as a Safety Engineer for over 20 years.

Hydration
Humans are mostly water, in fact, water comprises about 60% of our body weight. Every system in our body depends on water. We often take water for granted. We get busy and forget to drink which can lead to dehydration. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy.

How much water do you need? Everyone is different. The Institute of Medicine determined that men should drink approximately 13 cups of fluid per day and women should drink about approximately 9 cups. The March Wellness challenge will be to drink 8 cups per day as it is easy to remember and we do absorb fluid from the foods we eat as well. If you are exercising, in hot or humid weather, in a high altitude environment, or are under the weather you should increase your fluid intake.
Source: Mayo Clinic – http://www.mayoclinic.org

Practice Gratitude
Gratitude is a powerful thing. It is capable of improving our relationships, making us happier, and attracting what we want. Saying “thank you” is more than just good manners, it is meaningful. When we are consciously aware of our blessings and are grateful for them, you are focusing more clearly on what you want in your life and thus you attract those things to stay in your life. Today, make a point to think about the things you are thankful for and make sure to share the gratitude in thanks.
Source: http://www.successconsciousness.com

Employee FREE Skate!
March 15, 2015
4-5PM
AMSOIL ARENA

Project Wellness Newsletter

Greetings,
At our last Wellness Lunch, Bonnie Ambrosi taught us that humans are normally designed to be in a state of relaxation but this is often far from the truth in our daily lives.  Bonnie has taught us how being stressed or relaxed affects our well-being.  She also showed us how to use breathing as a tool to alleviate stress.

Fruit Fridays
Every other Friday there will be fruit available to all employees in the DECC Business Office.  Stop by to say hello and grab your paycheck along with a healthy snack!

Wellness Skate
Have you always wanted to skate at AMSOIL but never had the chance?  Well, here it is!  On Sunday February 15, DECC Employees are welcome to skate from 2pm-3pm.  You may also bring a guest.  There will be a waiver to sign, keep in mind you must abide by the DECC’s Wellness Skating Guidelines which will be located at the rink.  Children under 18 must wear a helmet. Men’s and women’s locker rooms will be available.  If you have any question please contact the wellness coordinator.

Wellness Lunch
February 10 at 11:45am, Program Manager for the American Lung Association, Rachel Loeffler-Kemp, will present on how smoking affects the body, e-cigarettes, and offer cessation resources.

Start Walking Today!
We at the DECC are lucky to be connected to Duluth’s Indoor Skywalk System giving us direct access to a multitude of businesses. This provides us a warm place to walk on those harsh winter days.  Bring a light jacket and a friend and explore the skywalk! Walking for just 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and sugar levels, enhance mental well-being, and reduce the risk of some cancers (www.startwalkingnow.org).

DECC Facility DECC Arena 7 Laps = 1 mile DECC Arena 21 Laps = 5KSkywalk (Round Trip) DECC to Holiday Center = ¾ mile DECC to City Hall = 1 ¼ mile DECC to Library = 1.25 mile DECC to MN Power = 1 mile

City of Duluth/Bridge to Wellness Class Offering

The City of Duluth/Bridge to Wellness is pleased to host:
The Transitions Lifestyle System
presented by: Michelle Russell, CHHP, CHTP
TLS Representative

TLS is a 12-week nationally recognized healthy lifestyle and weight loss solution program. (See FLIER for details)

Classes begin: Tuesday, March 03
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Public Safety Building
2030 North Arlington Avenue
Duluth, MN

Course Fee:
Bridge to Wellness group discount rate: $275 ($450 value) Includes all materials.
Offered to city employees, retirees and their families.

Space is limited to first 20 participants.

RSVP by Monday, February 16 to: ssweeney@duluthmn.gov