If you are interested in heightening your well-being and getting involved in something fun, then our faculty and staff challenges are perfect for you! Visit www.mywellsite.com/healthylife/css for more information on the WELLU challenges. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. Good luck!
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.
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!
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 firstchallenge 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!
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 log ins to the Healthy Life site with at least 35 log ins 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!
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!