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Employee WellU

Employee WellU offers programs to improve your physical, mental, spiritual, and nutritional well-being. We offer in-person and virtual programs and classes. Employees have on-demand access to videos and community support through Grokker.

Benefits include

  • Fitness classes
  • Nutrition education
  • Health coaching, fitness assessments, and personalized exercise plans
  • Wellness challenges
  • Guided meditations
  • Lunch and learn sessions and workshops

WellU is here to serve all faculty and staff in the pursuit of holistic wellbeing.

Online

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  • Stream on-demand videos anytime, anywhere, across many different devices
  • Engage with a vibrant community of experts and enthusiasts to answer questions and give advice
  • Convenient for employees at extended campuses, who travel frequently or are short on time

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Empower Yourself

Wellness is unique to everyone and here at CSS and we want to give you all the tools you need to succeed. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out we can help. We partner with you to build personalized exercise plans via virtual health coaching for extended campus employees only.

  • Offered: Upon request - kbox@css.edu to book an appointment
  • Location: via email
  • Instructor: Kaitlin Box

Wellness Challenges

A variety of short wellness challenges are offered throughout the school year. These challenges are always in an online format (often through Grokker.com). All employees may participate.

Happy New You Wellness Challenge!

Jan. 20-Feb. 17, 2020

Need some inspiration to help kickstart your New Year's resolutions? Join the Happy New You Challenge where you can begin working on your wellness goals for the upcoming year.

Earn 400 Wellness Minutes in the challenge for your chance at some great prizes!

Here's how to get started:

In-person

Weekly programs and classes held on the Duluth campus or virtually for employees of all skill levels.

Stronger Today

Learn how to lift weights correctly using weights, bands, compound exercises and your own body weight as resistance. Work at your own pace and level of fitness. You will increase your strength, balance, and mobility while getting a great cardio workout too. Feel free to come when you can (it is okay to come late and leave early)!

  • Offered: Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-12:45 p.m.
  • Location: Burns Wellness Common Studio
  • Instructors: Jennifer Widstrom

Sign-up for Stronger Today

Build Your Best Self

This class is a little less intense than the Stronger Today Class. It is a great way to learn the basics of strength training! In 30 minutes, you will get a full body workout. Learn how to lift weights correctly using weights, bands, compound exercises, and your own body weight as resistance. You will increase your strength, balance, and mobility while preparing yourself to do strength training at home too.

  • Offered: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30a.m.-noon
  • Location: Burns Wellness Common Studio
  • Instructors: Jennifer Widstrom

Sign-up for Build Your Best Self

Empower Yourself

Wellness is unique to everyone and here at CSS and we want to give you all the tools you need to succeed. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out we can help. We partner with you (or groups of 2-4) to build personalized exercise plans, assess fitness levels or show you how to use workout equipment we have available on the Duluth campus. Virtual health coaching is also available via email for extended campus employees.

  • Offered: Upon request - email kbox@css.edu to book an appointment
  • Location: Burns Wellness Commons (or via email)
  • Instructors: Kaitlin Box

Gentle Stretch Class

Get a short break from your day by taking 20 minutes for yourself. This class is comprised of gentle movement and stretching. It is designed to help all of us combat the effects of sitting in front of a computer, or doing repetitive movements.

  • Offered: Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:20 p.m.
  • Location: Burns Wellness Common Studio
  • Instructor: Brendon Lowney

Sign-up for Gentle Stretch Class

Fit Happens

This exciting class will be a great experience for anyone looking for a welcoming and positive atmosphere to work hard and make fit happen! The class will be an interval style session working your entire body using light weights and/or body weight to improve your cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance. This class is acceptable for all fitness levels and you'll be able to join and/or leave the session at any time!

  • Offered: Monday & Wednesday from 3:30-4 p.m.
  • Location: Burns Wellness Common Studio
  • Instructor: Brendon Lowney

Sign-up for Fit Happens

Stress Recess

This 25 minute, mini mediation session incorporates both passive and active forms of meditation, guiding you through every step of the process. The benefits of regular meditation include stress reduction, decreased anxiety and much more.

  • Offered: Twice monthly on Wednesdays. (Google invitation will be sent upon sign-up)
  • Location: T20D
  • Instructor: Cassandra Bachtell

Sign-up for Stress Recess

WellU Workshops for Spring!

Snack & Learn Sessions: Mindfulness 101

5 sessions (30 minutes each)
Enjoy a ten minute Grokker.com meditation, a reinforcement activity, and a discussion. Attend one session or attend them all! A Zoom link will be available for extended campus employees.

  • Offered: February 3,17,24, and March 2 at noon-12:30 p.m.
  • Location: T1115
  • Instructor: Julie Zaruba Fountaine

Sign-up for Mindfulness 101

Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness is the foundational human ability to be fully present and fully aware with a sense of being grounded or stable. When we are mindful we are open to perceive or take in what is coming through our senses. We are more apt to not be blinded by our own assumptions or past experiences or fears about the future. In this workshop we will explore how mindfulness or lack of mindfulness has an impact on our work. We will experiment with some basic practices that might help us be more mindful, open, present, and centered.

  • Offered: March 6, 2020
  • Location: BWC #244 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Instructor: Dr. Gary Boelhower

Sign-up for Mindfulness in the Workplace

Deep Listening in the Workplace

Perhaps there is no more important human skill than listening. Through attentive listening we are able to take in important information, become aware of diverse perspectives, and understand viewpoints that are different from our own. Even more important is the fact that listening tells those to whom we are listening that they are important, that their voice and perspective counts. This workshop will explore some of the key dimensions of deep listening.

  • Offered: April 3, 2020
  • Location: BWC #244 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Instructor: Dr. Gary Boelhower

Sign-up for Deep Listening in the Workplace

Upcoming events


Your health plan is committed to helping you achieve your best health. Rewards for participating in a wellness program are available to all benefits eligible employees. If you think you might be unable to meet a standard for a reward under this wellness program, you might qualify for an opportunity to earn the same reward by different means. Contact us and we will work with you (and, if you wish, with your doctor) to find a wellness program with the same reward that is right for you in light of your health status.

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Contact Us

Jennifer WidstromJennifer Widstrom
Employee Wellness Programmer
Tower Hall
Room 2101B
(218) 723-7019
jwidstro@css.edu