Wellness Challenges

Join the Books in Motion Fitness Challenge!

Invitation to a Faith & Imagination Reading/Listening Group:

AUDIOBOOK? Walter Wangerin, Jr., The Book of the Dun Cow

WHEN? Book Discussion: Thurs., Oct. 30 @ 5pm (w food)

WHERE? Tower 1115

Stewardship of mind, body, and soul: This fall's installment of the Faith & Imagination Reading Group will help us be good stewards of our minds, bodies, and souls through listening to Walter Wangerin Jr.'s award winning fantasy, The Book of the Dun Cow, while competing for a WellU fitness challenge (should you wish -- it's optional).

The Book: Loosely based on the fable of Chanticleer and the Fox adapted from the story of "The Nun's Priest's Tale" from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, this award-winning fantasy novel about the heroic rooster, Chauntecleer, and the wicked monster, Cockatrice, explores the dynamic tension between good and evil, love and pride, and order and chaos. Paul Michael's narration - a work of art in itself - brings to life this modern fantasy, which blends together spiritual realities with animal characters.

"Books in Motion" Fitness Challenge: The challenge is optional and begins Oct. 1 and runs through to Oct. 28, and is intended to get you moving or keep you moving while listening to excellent literature. Prizes will be awarded to anyone who completes the entire audiobook (6 hrs) while engaging in physical activity. Activity will be recorded by the minute via dailyendorphin.


Email Dr. Kevin Vaughan (kvaughan1@CSS.edu). Audiobooks and a link to the fitness challenge provided for those who express interest.

Sign Up Here:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RvGmIOUmRFtllrbu233lSLFoQAMgZes5_xGqkA0tij4/edit?usp=sharing

Sponsored by the Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies and WellU.

Living the Good Life Challenge!

Starts on February 12th!
Description: This lifestyle challenge incorporates exercise, wellness, and nutrition points. It is geared to get you moving or keep you moving while also introducing good habits. You may choose from two different conferences: Mission Possible or The Incredibles. Mission Possible is encouraged to get 30-45 minutes of exercise 4 to 5 days per week. The Incredibles are encouraged to get 60 minutes or more of exercise 6 to 7 days per week.
Rules: Get as many exercise, wellness, and nutrition points as you can each day. Please note: you are limited to 16 wellness and 16 nutrition points each day, but exercise points are unlimited. If you are in the Mission Possible conference and continually match the exercise goals set for The Incredibles, you will be moved to that group to keep the challenge more equitable.
Prizes: Ranking is based on exercise and wellness points together. The top 2 people in each conference will win a Fitbit Charge 2 or any lesser model (excluding special editions)! Everyone else who participates can choose from a variety of other WellU swag (cooler duffel bags and backpacks included). Join through the link below...


Step It Up Challenge! 

(or down, sideways, diagonally, backwards, bearwalk, meander, etc.) Just keep stepping it up through Thanksgiving! This 4 week challenge begins November 13th and ends December 10th.
First Place Prize: Fitbit Alta, Alta HR, or Charge 2! Every participant that finishes the challenge may choose a backpack cooler, duffle bag cooler, or amenities kit. Use your fitness tracker to connect to dailyendorphin.com, or pick up a pedometer in T2101B and log in your steps daily. 

Join through this link: https://www.dailyendorphin.com/de/challenge/join/4015/6557

The Move or Bust Challenge is Back!

St. Louis County verses City of Duluth verses CSS Employees!
This is a 4 week movement challenge! It starts October 2, 2017!

Log your minutes of exercise each day, or connect your fitness device at dailyendorphin.com.
Join through the link below today...
Use your CSS email to create your profile (user name and password). Click on the "Join the Move or Bust Challenge" and then join The College of St. Scholastica team. All personal information is private. Your rank in the challenge is public, so use an alias if you don't want people to see your rank.

There are fun prizes for all who complete this 4 week challenge!


CSS vs. City of Duluth vs. St. Louis County
This 4 Week Fitness Challenge starts September 26, 2016

WellU is using a new challenge website to make tracking your progress super easy! You may download smartphone apps for your convenience too.
Use the link below to join the challenge. Create a username and password. Use your CSS email address. Join the CSS team. All personal information is private. Your rank in the challenge is public, so use an alias if you don't want people to see your rank. There will be weekly drawings for prizes. All participants will get a prize at the end. 

This challenge is for all employees including extended site campuses! Join the Move or Bust Challenge.

WellU Wellness Wheel Challenge

The WellU Wellness Wheel Challenge was a success! We had over 45 participants and 11 different teams expand their wellness wheels through a variety of activities. The focus of this challenge was for participants to improve their WellU lifestyle through activities that concentrated on becoming more physical, emotionally stable, spiritual and more! The picture on the left is from our Potluck Banquet where WellU thanked participants and recognized teams over lunch with live music from the Saints Steel Band. The Saints are WELL (rounded) team came in first place with the most points, there were also other recognitions given out during the banquet.

"In a New York Minute" Challenge Winners

In a New York Minute CHALLENGE

Once again, many of our faculty and staff members experienced success in our latest team health challenge, "In a New York Minute." By following the city that never sleeps, this challenge encouraged participants to track health components that are more outside the box than a typical walking or running exercise. Specifically, users were motivated to track points based on their completion of 5 variables: using the stairs, stretching at your desk, taking break time walks alone or with coworkers, and drinking 8 glasses of water a day.

While a number of teams blew us away with an extreme amount of points, the Beauties and the Beast team finished in first place. The 5 winners on this team include Pam Olson, who served as captain, Donna Kirk, Katie Wayne, Renee Saamanen, and Jay Parsons, the beast in this metaphor. It seems that the Disney Theme they focused on brought them a great deal of luck! Be sure to congratulate these participants, and be on the lookout for our next faculty/staff challenge coming next fall!

"Trek the Great Wall of China" Challenge Winners!

Student Health Services

Once again, yet another successful faculty and staff team challenge has come to an end. Ten teams and more than 60 individuals participated in our first challenge of the academic year. While trekking the Great Wall of China and learning about milestones along the way, we totaled 3,493,272 steps, accounting for 1,644.4 miles in just 5 short weeks! Our lovely ladies from Student Health Services landed in 1st place with 477,440 steps and 224.7 miles! Team members, seen to the left, include Christine Sandal, LeeAnn Nelsen, Julie Zaruba Fountaine, and Kristen Regas. With just 4 members, these tenacious women attribute their success to a great deal of shoveling.

In addition to these winners are the 10 participants from the team SA Superstars who submitted a phenomenal article on how their team met the vision of being stewards of their health. These members include Diane Swanoski, Carrie Taylor Kemp, Leigh Branovan, Nathan Langer, Gail Samarzia, Anita Gille, Mary Anderson, Jessica Ellingson, Pam Bjorklund, and Mary Butler. This diverse group represents departments throughout the college including Career Services, Student Affairs, Campus Ministry, Disability Resources, and Nursing. Congratulations to all of our winners and participants! Be sure to keep an eye open for our next team challenge coming soon in the Spring of 2014!

"Rock Your Way to Wellness" Challenge Winners!

As all of our participants begin packing away their 'blue suede shoes,' we say goodbye to yet another successful faculty and staff challenge. The conclusion of the "Rock Your Way to Wellness" challenge brought about the celebration of 19 winners within 3 different teams. The staff ladies from the science building, known as the Science Saints, quickly became winners after tracking the most points at an outstanding 795,732 steps. Team members include Amanda Nix, Kristen Reedy, Pam Olson, Cathy Johnson, and Renee Saamanen.

After hours of calculations, the competitive walkers from College Advancement, known as the Blue Stone Rockers, took home the medal for the most logins to the Healthy Life site with at least 35 logins each. Team members include Carrie Emslander, Elizabeth Simonson, Janet Rosen, Lisa Roseth, Shannon Hoffman, and Aimee Fisher. Lastly, after reading and evaluating a number of fine essays, the large, 8 member team of One Token Male claimed the prize with the most thought-out and inspiring winning essay. Team members include Amanda Abrahamson, Anne Hansen, Brenda Panger, Cathy Johnson, Joe Wicklund, Joel Claseman, Laurajae Johnson, and Pam Lahti. Congratulations to each of our winners and to all that competed in this exciting, team challenge!

"There Is No Time Like the Pleasant" Challenge Winners!

From L to R: Nikki Schutte, William Leino, Barbara King, and Paula McGrew

As the ever stressful and hectic holiday season came to a close, so did our WELLU faculty and staff challenge, "There is No Time like the Pleasant!" Throughout this challenge, participants were rewarded points for setting aside time for themselves to complete and track 7 possible relaxation activities.

From the 60 plus faculty and staff that took part in this challenge, 20 individuals recorded at least 100 points and 11 individuals recorded at least 200 points! Ironically enough, three individuals tied for 2nd place with an outstanding 217 points. These stress-free participants are William Leino, Paula McGrew, and Nikki Schutte. Landing in first place, just one point ahead of the others at 218 points, was Barbara King. Barbara plans to purchase a new iPod Mini with her prize money! Be sure to congratulate our challenge winners, and keep an eye open for future WELLU faculty and staff challenges!