EHP FYI

Newsletter from Employee Health Promotions

November 2017

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American Education Week is November 13-17, 2017

This month, during American Education Week, we have much to be thankful for and celebrate! Next week, all employees will receive a small token of appreciation for your commitment to Mankato Area Public Schools. The gift was created in partnership with Mayo Health System-Mankato, and is meant to support you on your journey to wellness. It is hoped that your new coaster will find a place at your work station supporting you in using your Employee Health Promotions water bottle. We are grateful for YOU!
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ACTIVITY DEFINED: WHERE DO YOU FALL?

Inactive: No activity beyond baseline activities of daily living

Low activity: More than baseline activity, but less than 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week, or less than 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity

Medium activity: 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week, or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity

High activity: More than 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week

WHAT YOU DO AT WORK MATTERS

• Set an alarm to remind you to take a break from sitting every 30 minutes.

Stand up whenever you’re on the phone.

Communicate in person with anyone within 500 feet of your desk, instead of dashing off an e-mail.

Drink more water throughout the day. You’ll have to get up in order to refill your water

bottle, as well as use the restroom.

• If you can, have meetings on the go. Take a walk outside with your colleagues instead of

gathering in a conference room.

VITAL Worklife Employee Assistance Program

VITAL Worklife Employee Assistance Program. This service is geared toward recognizing an employee's problems and helping to find appropriate help. This service is confidential and is available to both the employee and members of their household - at no cost to the employee.

Phone number is: 1-800-383-1908.

Website is: http://vitalworklife.com username-mankatoschools, password -member

VITAL Worklife Online Seminars

Online Seminars are an interactive learning experience you can view at your convenience. No need to register in advance to attend Online Seminars at a set time. Seminars will be prerecorded and uploaded on the third Tuesday of each month. If you have questions, type them into the "Ask a question" box. You will receive an e-mailed answer within five business days. All questions and answers will be posted on the FAQ tab. It is that easy to learn something new for YOU!

Currently Available Demand Online Seminar

Holidaze: How to Enjoy the Holidays and Minimize Holiday Stress

Upcoming On Demand Online Seminars

11/21/17 - The Mind-Body Connection

12/19/17 - Diversity in the Workplace: Maintaining an Inclusive Environment

Employee Health Promotions at Your Work Site

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Other Resources for Your Wellness

  • MAPS Community Education and Recreation classes and events are advertised in the seasonal brochure each Fall, Winter and Summer. Employees are eligible for a $10 fee reduction for a class in each brochure. Each individual must register and provide their employee email address and work site. Contact the CER office at 507-387-5501 for more information.
Current Fall Brochure
  • READY! for Kindergarten. At the time of a requested paternity/maternity leave, an employee is entitled to two (2) years of READY! for Kindergarten Classes advertised in the seasonal Early Childhood Brochure. Registration is conducted through the Early Learning Office by calling 507-625-4620 or stopping by the Family Learning Center, 820 Hubbell in Mankato and completing the paperwork process.
Current Brochure