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Continuing to Celebrate Employee Health and Fitness Month

MONDAYIt’s a new day, a new week. As we continue to celebrate Employee Health and Fitness Month, find something this week that:

  • Helps you establish a positive mindset.
  • Provides an opportunity to grow personally or professionally.
  • Nourishes your overall well-being – physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, environmentally, occupationally, financially, culturally, socially.
  • Breaks a big goal down into doable steps.
  • Notices and appreciates what makes you and others authentic.
  • Celebrates – big moments, small moments, personal victories, small wins. Life is precious and there is good all around us if we take the time to notice it! Yay!

Make it a great day!

~Amy~


[wellness calendar]

I. Click on the calendar graphic above to obtain more information and register! Below is a brief overview of what you’ll find:

    1. Meal Prep 101 – May 5 (previously recorded, can access all month at your convenience)
    2. FitLot Fridays – FREE exercise classes for employees at Noon on Fridays at the FitLot in Woods Park
    3. Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) Training – May 11 (in-person) and May 12 (virtual) from 11:30am-12:30pm
    4. Employee Health and Fitness Month Celebration for employees and families – May 21 at Holmes Lake from 5-7pm
    5. Bike to Work Week City vs. County Employee Challenge, May 17-23
    6. Metabolic Syndrome Lunch and Learn hosted by UNL Dietetic Interns – May 25 at 11:30am and Noon
    7. Interested in an activity, but the time doesn’t work well for your shift? Let me know so I can plan differently in the future.

II. During the 3rd week of each month, free HeartAware screenings (provided by Bryan Health) are offered at different locations throughout the County. This month we’re at Antelope Park on 5/18, County City Building on 5/19, and County Extension on 5/20.

  1. If you’d like these screenings offered at your worksite, let me know!

III. Track your goals. Write down your monthly goals and what you need to do to reach them. Find a way to hold yourself accountable and track your progress – give this habit tracker coloring sheet a try!

Amy Schlichting
Employee Health and Wellness Program Coordinator
3131 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510

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I. April Wellness Champion

a. Congratulations to Dan Frederick from District Court – Juvenile Department! Here are a few words from his nominator:  I often see and hear him moving around the office helping and training other staff.  I hear him saying, “I don’t mind, Have you been helped?, and How can I help?”, all the time. He is dependable, helpful, knowledgeable, intelligent and always willing to help fellow staff members, the public, juvenile persons from upstairs, and attorneys. Dan will help anyone who comes in the front door, it doesn’t matter if they are here for a certain department.  If Dan can help, he seems to.

i.      You can nominate a co-worker who inspires you to “be well” or contributes to wellness in the workplace by filling out this form.

II. Monthly Wellness Tip: Be Well at Work

a. Depending on your shift schedule, you spend a third, half, or even your entire day at work! It is important that your self-care doesn’t take time off when you’re on the job. Here are some tips to keep you feeling your best:

  i.      Stock your snack drawer. Healthy, convenient options can save you from impulse buys at the vending machine, convenience stores, and fast food. Keep individual-serving packages of almonds, pistachios, dried fruit (no sugar added), whole grain crackers, low-sodium jerky, roasted chickpeas, low-sugar/high fiber granola bars, applesauce pouches, mandarin oranges, bananas, grape tomatoes, or other snacks that help you meet your wellness goals handy. If you have a refrigerator handy, keep your favorite produce items, cheese sticks, Greek yogurt, steam-in-the-bag veggies, or other favorite cold items.

 ii.      Fit in fitness. Stretch regularly, go for a 2-3 minute walk every 60-90 minutes (do double duty and fill your water bottle while you’re up), keep a pair of sneakers at your workstation so you can go for a quick powerwalk at lunch, do squats or calf raises while you’re on a conference call (or while seated, do leg extensions – I’m doing them now as I type this email), or ride your bike to and from work.

iii.      Take advantage of the benefits offered to City and County employees.

  1. If you haven’t looked through your insurance plan, do so – take note of the preventive screenings it covers, as well as the copay rates for other medical advice you may seek out.
  2. Explore www.4continuum.com – our employee assistance program website. The resources available are very helpful (for example, I recently used the Legal tab to save money as my family updated our estate plan – they have a document you can fill out in advance and give to your attorney which saves the number of hours you are paying them), and the website also offers quick ways to reach out to a live counselor for specific questions.To login, City employees should use the username CITY, County employees should use the username COUNTY. The password for both usernames is 7636.

iv.     Participate in wellness programming.

  1. Click on the calendar graphic above to obtain more information and register! Below is a brief overview of what you’ll find:
    1. Trivia Tuesday – May 4 at 11:30am, Noon and 2pm
    2. Meal Prep 101 – May 5 (previously recorded, can access all month at your convenience)
    3. FitLot Fridays – FREE exercise classes for employees at Noon on Fridays at the FitLot in Woods Park
    4. Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) Training – May 11 (in-person) and May 12 (virtual) from 11:30am-12:30pm
    5. Employee Health and Fitness Month Celebration for employees and families – May 21 at Holmes Lake from 5-7pm
    6. Bike to Work Week City vs. County Employee Challenge, May 17-23
    7. Metabolic Syndrome Lunch and Learn hosted by UNL Dietetic Interns – May 25 at 11:30am and Noon
    8. Interested in an activity, but the time doesn’t work well for your shift? Let me know so I can plan differently in the future.
  2. During the 3rd week of each month, free HeartAware screenings (provided by Bryan Health) are offered at different locations throughout the County. This month we’re at Antelope Park on 5/18, County City Building on 5/19, and County Extension on 5/20.If you’d like these screenings offered at your worksite, let me know!

v.  Track your goals. Write down your monthly goals and what you need to do to reach them. Find a way to hold yourself accountable and track your progress – give this  habit tracker coloring sheet a try!

III.  Monthly Attachments

a. CLICK HERE to open a folder containing the information below using your Lincoln.ne.gov or Lancaster.ne.gov email credentials. If you need them sent as an attachment, please feel free to request them by replying to this email.

  1. May Wellness Calendar created by UNL Dietetic Interns 
  2. May Newsletter from Workwell/Nebraska Safety Council
  3. A calendar of daily wellness challenges
  4. Click here to access attachments from previous months

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Do you feel strongly about one of the observances above? Strike up a conversation with a coworker, friend or family member. Raise awareness and make a difference!

Amy Schlichting

Employee Health and Wellness Program Coordinator

3131 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510

 

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