Wellness

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

January Project Wellness Newsletter

Greetings and Happy Holidays,

At our last Wellness Lunch, Bonnie Brost taught us about sugar. She pointed out the astonishingly high amounts of sugar in the average American diet; the dangers of consuming too much sugar – high blood sugar, an increased risk of diabetes, obesity, dental cavities, LDL (the bad cholesterol,) and a decrease of HDL (the good cholesterol). Bonnie also showed us names for hidden sugars in nutritional labels, and ways we can avoid or substitute for sugar.

2015 DECC Wellness Monthly Challenges!
They say it takes 30 days to make something a habit. Each month we will challenge you to make a healthy lifestyle change. Whether it be giving up something unhealthy or adding something healthy to your daily routine. If you can keep up with our challenge for the entire month, you will be entered into a raffle for a $25 gift certificate to the Whole Foods Co-op. If you’ve successfully completed the challenge, you may notify the Wellness Coordinator via email, phone, or a sign-up sheet located in the Bridge Club (fitness center). You have from the1st-5th of the following month to enter your name into the raffle. Winners will be drawn on the 6th of each month.

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 Center
It’s the time for New Year’s Resolutions. Is one of your goals to exercise more often? If you haven’t already, take advantage of the DECC’s Bridge Club! The Fitness Center is free to use for all DECC employees. We also offer free fitness classes all week days. Check the Wellness Calendar to see the complete schedule. We also offer a limited number of free personal training sessions, contact the Wellness Coordinator for more information.

Before working out, please note that the Bridge Club and respective locker rooms are secured with passcodes. Ask the receptionist in the Business Office for these codes. You must also sign a waiver before using the Bridge Club. We also ask that you sign in each time you work out at the desk in the Bridge Club so we can track the usage of this facility.

January Wellness Challenge!
Take Time to Rest
January 2nd-31st
Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night.

Sincerely,
The Wellness Committee

October Wellness Update

The first Wellness Lunch of the season will be held on Thursday, October 16th at 11:45am – topic will be announced soon. Mark your calendars!

Reminder: In our partnership with Destination Fitness to offer FREE and AWESOME fitness classes, we are proud to announce that each month, 6 free personal training sessions are available for the first people to sign up! Each session is one hour long and a trainer of your choice (either Julie or Mike Hendrickson) will work with you 1-on-1 to help you achieve your personal wellness goals! Please pass this information on to all staff, as we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to use these valuable resources! These sessions are available to DECC employees only; sorry, no guests.

To sign up for these sessions, please email the Wellness Coordinator if you are interested – include an email address that you can be reached at AND your preference of trainer, and then you will be given the phone numbers to contact Julie or Mike to set up your session! These spots will fill up quickly, so please sign up as soon as you can! If you would like to take advantage of this offer but are unsure of a 1-on-1 session, no problem! If you and other DECC employees wish to do so, these sessions may be used in a small group of up to 4 people! Each member of the group must be signed up for a session during the month you participate.

Please be on the lookout for more exciting Wellness announcements soon! Have a great day, everybody!

Wellness Committee
wellness@decc.org

City vs. County Move or Bust Challenge

For those of you that love a little competition or are looking for the motivation to remain or get fit this late summer, we have been invited to take on St. Louis County  in a City vs. County Move or Bust activity challenge!

What: A Six Week City vs. County and solo effort fitness challenge based on total exercise minutes per team member.. Note: City participants will be one big team competing against the County but will also have the chance to compete weekly against each other for prizes.

When: Starting August 11 and ending September 22

Why: To help stay motivated, have some fun and have the chance to win prizes including a t-shirt for all City participants for a win against the County!

How: Sign up today by linking to https://www.dailyendorphin.com/de/signup/join/group/1887/5fcc10  and join the 6-week team-based group fitness challenge. Please feel free to forward the original invitation link to all others that wish to join the challenge. All physical activities count. The key is to do the exercise(s) of your choice and do them as often and consistently as possible!

About Daily Endorphin:

Daily Endorphin is a web-based module for creating and tracking wellness challenges.  It is currently in use by St. Louis County, and so we are going to test drive it for possible City of Duluth future challenges.  Please use the link above to create your user profile and sign up for this City vs. County Challenge.

USER FAQs:  http://www.dailyendorphin.com/user_faq/

Download the app for Daily Endorphin at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dailyendorphin/id839623587

or

https://play.google.com/store/search?q=DailyEndorphin

 

July Wellness Update

The updated July wellness calendar can be found here.

Reminder: In our partnership with Destination Fitness to offer FREE and AWESOME fitness classes, we are also proud to announce that each month, 6 free personal training sessions are available for the first people to sign up! Each session is one hour long and a trainer of your choice (either Julie or Mike Hendrickson) will work with you 1-on-1 to help you achieve your personal wellness goals! Please pass this information on to all staff, as we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to use these valuable resources! These sessions are available to DECC employees only; sorry, no guests.

To sign up for these sessions, please email the Wellness Coordinator if you are interested – include an email address that you can be reached at AND your preference of trainer, and then you will be given the phone numbers to contact Julie or Mike to set up your session! These spots will fill up quickly, so please sign up as soon as you can! If you would like to take advantage of this offer but are unsure of a 1-on-1 session, no problem! If you and other DECC employees wish to do so, these sessions may be used in a small group of up to 4 people! Each member of the group must be signed up for a session during the month you participate.

As a reminder, the DECC Yoga class usually offered on Fridays will be held on Thursday, July 3rd this week at 11 a.m. as the building will be closed on Friday for the holiday.

Thank you, and we hope you all have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July Holiday weekend!

~Wellness Committee

Free Personal Training Sessions

The Wellness Committee has another exciting announcement to make!

In our partnership with Destination Fitness to offer FREE and AWESOME fitness classes, we are also proud to announce that each month, 6 free personal training sessions are available for the first people to sign up! Each session is one hour long and a trainer of your choice (either Julie or Mike Hendrickson) will work with you 1-on-1 to help you achieve your personal wellness goals! Please pass this information on to all staff, as we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to use these valuable resources! These sessions are available to DECC employees only; sorry, no guests.

To sign up for these sessions, please email the Wellness Coordinator if you are interested – include an email address or phone number that you can be reached at AND your preference of trainer, and then you will be given the phone numbers to contact Julie or Mike to set up your session! These spots will fill up quickly, so please sign up as soon as you can! If you would like to take advantage of this offer but are unsure of a 1-on-1 session, no problem! If you and other DECC employees wish to do so, these sessions may be used in a small group of up to 4 people! Each member of the group must be signed up for a session during the month you participate.

If you have any questions regarding this or any of the Wellness Program features, please contact the Wellness Coordinator.

~Wellness Committee

February Wellness Lunch

I hope everyone is staying warm during this record-breaking cold snap! This is just a reminder that the next DECC Wellness Lunch will be taking place next Tuesday, February 18 at 11:45am in the French River Room. A healthy lunch will be served.  Our speaker Bonnie Brost, a dietician at Essentia Health, is back to educate us on Sodium: How Much is Too Much? Please RSVP to the Wellness Coordinator email if you plan to attend.

~Wellness Coordinator

Olympic Challenge – Week 1 Update

olympicsTonight are the opening ceremonies for the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and we have an update for the DECC Olympic Challenge – Go Gold!

In 1st place, Mark Leubner (Accounting) has 7 Gold medals.
In 2nd place, Erin Blazevic (Administration/Guest Services) is close behind with 6 Gold medals.
In 3rd place, there is a 4-way tie with each contestant at 5 Gold medals apiece! Joe Stanaway (Engineer), Jessica Noor (Runner/Cook), Steve Rankila (Building/Irvin Operations), and Julie Opack (Concessions) are following closely in contention for the podium at the end of the month.

Remember, you can earn medals by counting steps using a pedometer or similar device or by dedicating up to an hour of your day to exercising!

• 30-44 minutes/6,000 – 7,999 steps = Bronze (1 point)
• 45-59 minutes/8,000 – 9,999 steps = Silver (2 points)
• 60+ minutes/10,000+ steps = Gold (3 points)

Also, make sure to check out all of our FREE fitness classes, which can count for your hour of exercise! Schedules should be posted on your department’s bulletin boards. All classes take place in the Bridge Club EXCEPT for Yoga on Tuesdays and Fridays, which is in the Symphony Hall Mezzanine (upper level of the Symphony Hall lobby). If you have any questions, please contact the Wellness Committee or check with the Business Office.

Good luck, contestants! 3 weeks left to Go for the Gold, and make sure to check out the Olympic broadcasts! See if you can spot the 12 current or former UMD Men’s and Women’s Bulldog hockey players representing the USA, Canada, and 5 other countries!

~The Wellness Committee