Newsletter from Employee Health Promotions

May Edition 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans' lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Mental health is essential for a person's overall health. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives.

Resources are available to support all employees of Mankato Area Public Schools and your dependents through our employee assistance program provider, VITAL Worklife. Crisis response is available through National Alliance on Mental Illness or calling their Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or in a crisis text "NAMI" to 741741

Alicia Keys - Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children's Choir | A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes

Remarks by President Biden on the Anniversary of the COVID-19 Shutdown

Good evening, my fellow Americans.

Tonight, I’d like to talk to you about where we are as we mark one year since everything stopped because of this pandemic.

A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked.

Denials for days, weeks, then months that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress, and more loneliness.

Photos and videos from 2019 feel like they were taken in another era. The last vacation. The last birthday with friends. The last holiday with the extended family.

While it was different for everyone, we all lost something.

A collective suffering. A collective sacrifice. A year filled with the loss of life — and the loss of living for all of us.

But, in the loss, we saw how much there was to gain in appreciation, respect, and gratitude.

Finding light in the darkness is a very American thing to do. In fact, it may be the most American thing we do.

And that’s what we’ve done.

We’ve seen frontline and essential workers risking their lives — sometimes losing them — to save and help others. Researchers and scientists racing for a vaccine. And so many of you, as Hemingway wrote, being strong in all the broken places.

I know it’s been hard. I truly know.

You are a superhero

March Winners / May Shake It Up Rules

2021 March 10K-A-Day competition saw a 32% participation across the district, with an average of 290,379 steps and a total of 129,413,521 steps taken.

The Top Three Sites: Central High School (401,642), Bridges Elementary (397,636), and Eagle Lake Elementary (377,879) were awarded site gifts and the site representative chose a gift from a list of local vendors.

Top steppers: Pam Fink (1,139,760), Mary Nelson (969,947), Jen Fraze (963,630), Katie Wheelock (903,742), and Deb Peterson (823,584).

Random winners - YES, you can win just by participating!

Kassie Blaschko

Dawn Miller

Angie Potts

Brittany Ward

Mark Gewerth

Angela Bowder

Tammy Fienen

Becky Talle

Stephanie Reeves

Danielle Backes

Lynell Senden

Sarah Payne

Mike Knudson

Laura Blasing

Brook New

Lisa Jackson

Bretta Hansen

Steve Knuth

Becky Hebeisen

Sarah Doll

Meghan Burmeister

Jodi Buettner

It's not too late to join May Shake It Up Challenge. Track your participation and report your results to your EHP site representative. All who complete at least 15 days of participation will be entered to win prizes. Prizes will be randomly awarded to participants at the end of the month. Prize winners will be contacted via email with details on their prizes.

We Couldn't Resist!

Another Pick Your Feel Good: "the feels" or "funny"

Brandi Carlile - The Mother (Official Video)
Explaining the Pandemic to my Past Self - 1 Year Later