University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Services
Employee Wellness Newsletter
Transitioning of Wellness Upcoming Events
Recently, oversight of the UNI Employee Wellness program was moved WRC/Health Beat annual user fee for employees was pro-
from Wellness and Recreation Services (WRS) to Human Resource rated to $165 Nov. 1 and will be pro-rated to $135 Jan. 1:
Services. As a result, this will be my last issue of the Words of Wellness, Valid through Aug. 2010. Register in WRS office or online at the WRS
after almost twenty years of employee wellness leadership. However, web site.
as Director of University Health Services, and WRS more specifically, I, of Registration for Spring Fitness and Leisure Classes begins
course, will continue to advocate for a culture of wellness at UNI and for Mon., Dec. 13. Register online through the WRS web site or at the
the well being of UNI students, faculty, and staff. WRS Office, WRC 101.
I hope that all of us will remember that wellness is not about an end
De-Stress Days: Mon., Dec. 13-Wed., Dec. 15; 11am-2pm;
result but about the process of living well, seeking health of mind, body
Maucker Union Ballroom. Free mini massages, animals from the
and spirit. Wellness encompasses many aspects of our lives: social,
Cedar Bend Humane Society, the Labyrinth, bean bag toss, Botanical
physical, emotional, career/intellectual, environmental and spiritual
Center Scavenger Hunt, and more!
(SPECIES). Our wellness need not be curtailed by catastrophic/chronic
circumstances; each of us can think of someone who has demonstrated Free Days in the WRC for UNI employees: Jan. 3-7. Check
wellness despite illness. Enjoying life and balancing work and non-work out all the great activity areas. Merely present your UNI ID at the
commitments with rest, reflection, and healthy fun are key components. Welcome Desk. You may bring your immediate (tax dependent)
And, wellness includes advancing the health of our campus, community family members with you at no charge or bring two guests for $5.00
and world around us…it’s not “all about me.” each.
Love life. Live well. Be adventurous. Be grateful. Share your blessings. WRC Interim Hours: 6am-6:30pm on Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 20-23;
And in the end, die “young” at a ripe old age! Tues.-Fri., Dec. 27-31(closing at 2pm Dec. 31) and Mon.-Fri., Jan.
Kathy Green 3-7. Details will be posted at http://www.uni.edu/wellrec/hours/
PS Wellness and Recreation Services has developed index.html, under the photo.
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Cross Country Ski Class for UNI faculty and staff: Wellness Blood Profile: Wed., Feb. 16, 7–8:30am, WRC main
A weekend afternoon class will be scheduled as snow and corridor. One free per academic year for UNI employees who qualify
weather allow. We cover all the skills necessary to enjoy skiing for insurance benefits. $20 for spouses, partners, retirees and
on your own. And we always have great fun! Contact kathy. students. Must call 273-6119 in advance to register. A screening is
firstname.lastname@example.org, 273-6921, if you are interested and wish to be also scheduled for Mar. 23, Rod Library. Visit http://www.uni.edu/
contacted. Instructor: Kathy Green. $17 includes equipment. wellrec/wellness/events/index.html for details.
Wellness/Rec. Office: WRC 101 ph. 3-6275 Wellness Resource Lab: WRC 104 ph. 3-6119 WRS Web Site www.uni.edu/wellrec
Wellness Giving Kudos to...
Many of you may not be aware that Wellness and Recreation Patricia Mahone (PHP Building
Services has a UNI Foundation account to which a number of UNI Services). Because I see Patricia
faculty and staff contribute through monthly payroll deductions or exercising regularly in the Wellness/
annual donations. Just as you can contribute to University Colleges, Recreation Center, I asked her why
Intercollegiate Athletics or scholarship funds through the Foundation, and how she works this into her daily
you can also contribute to departments like WRS who serve you. The routine.
contributions of faculty and staff to the WRS Foundation account have “Fall has always been my most
allowed us to purchase program equipment, provide professional favorite time of the year for starting
development for student employees, and enhance our service to UNI anew, especially when it comes to
students and employees in a variety of ways that we could not have exercise, so I hope my few words
otherwise. encourage a few others. The type of
If a WRS program has or is making a difference in your life and you exercise I do is mainly walking every
would like to help us sustain that program, consider Wellness and day and I lift weights every other day. I try to do this on a regular basis
Recreation Services in your pledge to the University. Call Kathy Green simply because it makes me feel good and, if I really work up a sweat, I
(273-6921)) if you have questions or contact the UNI Foundation Office feel that mentally I can deal with anything and my body says ‘good girl’!
of Financial Services directly at 273-7118. Your generosity is greatly I am a very busy person with many irons in the fire and I have found that
appreciated! exercise helps me to manage my life a little better. I use my lunch break
to work out, plus take two days out the week to exercise at the Wellness/
Diversify Your Activities Recreation Center after work (because once I get home I’m doing so many
other things I would never get around to exercising.)
After running into Julie Johnson (Curr. & Inst) in the Wellness/
Exercise plays a large role in my health and well being but I’m also
Recreation Center almost daily for years, I decided to ask her what all
learning to make better food choices and not to deprive myself but to
she does for her personal wellness and why. Julie has certainly been
care more about myself. My spirituality plays a huge role also in my
adventurous in exploring a diverse selection of activities:
health and well being; my ministry gives me the opportunity to help and
• Cross country skiing class (3 years) teach others spiritual things and gives me a feeling of self worth and adds
• Total Aquatic Conditioning (2 semesters) meaning to my life.
• Women on Weights (3 semesters)
• Adult Swim Lessons (currently) Getting started is the hardest part! My family, friends, and coworkers
• Absolutely Abs (1 semester) help me to keep trying and not give up; they give me that added push.
• Beginning Ballroom Dance (3 or 4 semesters) So, I strongly feel if we surround ourselves with these types of people,
• Pilates (1 semester) who are positive, it will definitely rub off and we will start to care about
• Use of the WRC fitness facilities during open recreation ourselves. A friend of mine told me, ‘Pat, be true to who you are and be
• Use of the Wellness Resource Lab books and resource materials the best that you can be.’ That is the start of a health and wellness plan.”
Julie explains that she takes part in these various activities not only for
fitness but out of curiosity and to learn new techniques. She finds it Good for a laugh!
exciting to learn new skills and enjoy new activities. Though she was
Following is an email message I received from a
apprehensive about the swimming, dance and skiing classes, she found
colleague recently in response to my request to schedule
there were others “like her” and that she really could learn new skills!
a meeting with her:
Now she has these leisure activities to enjoy for a lifetime.
“I’m pretty next week with the exception
Julie says that she looks forward to continuing her many activities and
of Wednesday afternoon.”
to trying out classes that she has not yet taken. What a great attitude!
Probably we’ve all sent a message at some time in which we omitted a
We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day key word because we were in a hurry or distracted. I responded to this
for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. colleague that I think she’s pretty all day/every day.
Virginia Satir We both had good laugh…which is healthy!
2 Words of Wellness December 2010 Kathy
Reprinted from the November/December 2010 Volume 19 Issue 6 of Health Promotion Practitioner
Re-cycle Reuse Refuse to Use
A Mountain Top Experience To Join:
• Form a team of 2-10 people (colleagues, spouses, friends, family)
Laura Richter, ITS • Designate a captain , who will visit your local Hy-Vee store for a $5.00
I visited my daughter in discount coupon (per team member) located at the checkout counters
Colorado this fall. For some • Team captains will register their team members for the Live Healthy
time, we had talked about UNI challenge at www.livehealthyiowa.org, using group code “LHUNI”
climbing Mt. Elbert, the tallest All participants receive:
peak in Colorado at 14,433 feet. • A $5.00 Hy-Vee coupon and a Live Healthy Iowa Training T-shirt
Well, I am proud to say we did it. • The chance to win individual and team prizes
It was not easy by any means. I think the hardest part was just that my • Weekly activity, nutrition and recipe tips via e-mail
body is not used to the altitude. We met a guy from Illinois who said, • A personal online tracking page and team leaderboard
“Nothing in Iowa can prepare you for a climb in the altitude of Colorado • Everyday Coupon Book containing discounts and health information
mountains.” It took us all day, between 8 and 9 hours, to accomplish • 100 Day access to Training Peaks-nutrition and activity tracker
the task; the trail was about nine or so miles round trip. • Meal plans, Workouts and more!
I definitely was one of the ‘older’ people hiking that day. I think going • A one-year subscription to 1 of 10 lifestyle magazines
down was just as hard as going up; I managed to bruise both my big Employees who participated last year recommend this challenge to their
toes, so I have black and blue toenails. I must admit, it was more of fellow coworkers:
an accomplishment than a fun day of hiking in the mountains. When
“I would most definitely recommend this program to everyone and I plan to
we got to the bottom and the parking lot was in sight, I asked Beth if
participate myself again next year. Beyond the fitness and weight loss, there
it was a parking lot or just a mirage! We had a good laugh. We agreed
is something I gained...beautiful friendships with six beautiful women! That,
that sharing the time at the top was really special. Maybe we will
in itself, has been a tremendous blessing”!
make it a yearly event!
“My LHI team gave me companionship, encouragement, and a sense of
Join Live Healthy Iowa! bonding and support”.
January 20th-April 29th 2011 “I liked the LHI program because it brought awareness--making a more
Live Healthy Iowa (LHI) is a fun 100 Day Challenge to help UNIowans conscious effort to do activities and more closely monitor food intake,
feel better and live healthier lives by jump starting healthy habits. LHI accountability to the team to make sure you are doing your part, group
is celebrating its 10th anniversary, having helped more than 200,000 support, recipes online, and helpful hints online.”
participants improve health habits. In the past couple years UNI has Challenge yourself and your friends, coworkers or spouses to try
had over 20 teams and 150 participants. Wellness and Recreation something new and make a healthy change at the same time! What better
Services is again supporting LHI as a fun way to encourage daily time to start than the beginning of the New Year?
activity and would love to see the number of participants greatly
Contact Alyssa Reichelt (email@example.com) for more information or visit
www.livehealthyiowa.org to register and find healthy lifestyle resources.
LHI starts January 20th and ends April 29th. The cost is only $20.00
with many prizes and perks, including a $5.00 gift card to Hy-Vee,
making the cost discounted to only $15.00. Registration begins
A Green Message
December 15th, 2010 and continues all the way through the program. The average American uses 300 to 700 plastic bags per year. If
everyone in the United States tied their annual consumption of
Remember that the UNI Outdoor Recreation plastic bags together in a giant chain, the chain would reach around
Office rents snow shoes, cross country skis, the Earth 760 times!
and winter camping gear. Get outside for
winter fun and a healthy dose of Vitamin D. The newsletter is also posted online at uni.edu/wellrec, under WRS for Faculty/Staff.
Call 273-7163. The Words of Wellness is published by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services
Editor: Kathy Green Graphic Design: Jamie Harthoorn
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