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WELL+ 2020: MCAD EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE AND WELLBEING






WELL+ is a voluntary 10 month wellbeing program which parallels with other activities/events and highlights in existing resources. Each month will focus on an aspect of wellbeing. Pick what is of interest and leave what is not. Faculty and staff will receive monthly emails with details, links, and resources.  For more information about WELL+ please check out the presentation links below and/orcontact human_resources@mcad.edu. 

Download the WELL+ 2020 Calendar!

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WELL+ INTRO SESSION PRESENTATIONS













January 2020: Kick Off And Mindfulness

Well-Being Wednesday Activities: January 15th, 2020

  • 11:30 a.m. - Intro to WELL+ (30 mins) Room 105
  • 12:00-12:40 p.m. - Mindfulness workshop with Tula Yoga and Wellness (60 mins) Room 105
  • 1:30 p.m. - Intro to WELL+ (30 mins) Room 105

Other Well-Being Resources:

February 2020: Hp Wellbeing Kickoff And Random Act Of Kindness Day

Random Act Of Kindness Day:

February 19th is Random Act of Kindness Day! Some ideas for Random Act of Kindness Day include:

Healthpartners Wellbeing Program Kick Off:

February also marks the start of the annual HealthPartners Well-being program. This program runs along side WELL+ and helps you get those great preferred co-pay or deductible rates on your medical plan. If you are enrolled in one of MCAD's three HealthPartners medical plans, starting today you can get started with the 2020 program. Get logged in to HealthPartners Wellbeing to complete and/or get started (see attachment for more information. HealthPartners required activities are:

Wellbeing Activity Examples:
  • "Go for fruits and veggies" habit tracker
  • "Sleep Tracker" habit tracker
  • "Healthy Thinking" resiliency course
  • Synch your activity tracker (very easy way to get your activity credit!)
  • Work with a professional health coach (3 calls)
New This Year! MCAD has added a few new activities that count as a well-being activity for 2020:
  • Participate in a WELL+ event (make sure you sign in!)
  • Complete an annual physical/well check with your clinic (self-reported via Preventative Care Form)
  • Complete the Make a Move challenge through HealthPartners
  • Complete Wellbeing Phone Coaching through HealthPartners
  • Complete Wellbeats activities through HealthPartners
  • Participate in the UnLonely Project through HealthPartners

Hit The Gym!:

Remember that if you are a HealthPartners member you can receive up to $20 off your monthly gym membership if you are a member at a participating gym and visit at least 12 times per month. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the Frequent Fitness program. Additionally, we are excited to share that the MCAD Fitness Center, which is a student benefit, will be available for staff and faculty use via a pilot program. The pilot limits the hours of participation since students still need to have priority access. The pilot program will start from February 24th, 2020 to July 31, 2020. If you are interested in participating, please contact human_resources@mcad.edu by Friday, February 14th, with the subject line "MCAD FITNESS CENTER PILOT PROGRAM".

Welcome to March!

March is National Nutrition Month! As part of this month, submissions for the 2020 MCAD Cookbook can be submitted through the MCAD Cookbook Submission Form. Please submit your favorite healthy recipe for the 2020 MCAD Cookbook. Please feel free to submit more than one. Please designate if this recipe is sugar free, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Submissions must be received by August 30th to ensure we have time to include them. Cookbooks will be shared digitally and in print in October. AND the first 10 submissions will be entered in a drawing for one of four gift cards to the Wedge!


If you are enrolled in one of MCAD's three HealthPartners medical plans, remember to get logged in to HealthPartners Well-being to complete and/or get started with your online health assessment and well-being activity. There are several nutrition related activities (such as "Go for Fruits and Veggies" and "Sugar Smart"). Remember that the activities must be completed by September 30th to maintain or gain preferred rate status for 2021.


Wellness Wednesdays:

  • March 4th: MCAD Cookbook submission form opens
  • March 30th: Gift Card Drawing

Other Resources:

Should you have any questions, ideas, or anything else, please contact human_resources@mcad.edu.

April: Financial Literacy

April is National Financial Literacy Month month. *Financial health is one of the hardest topics to talk about...and right now it is a relevant topic for many individuals and families. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), the overwhelming majority (>70%) of adults report feeling stressed about money. If you are in that 70+%, you are not alone. As part of this month, we will be sharing resources and being retirement ready, budgeting, and how to reduce stress around finances.


Financial Resources:

Financial resources specifically related to the COVID-19 outbreak and related legislation (such as FFCRA and CARES) are available on the Human Resources page on the MCAD Intranet. TIAA has also put together a page of information about navigating financial issues related to COVID-19.


Wellness Wednesdays:

The TIAA Retirement Readiness Sessions have been switched to individual online sessions with TIAA Senior Financial Consultant, Paul J. Fuller, CRPC. You can sign up via the link below for an individual session on either April 7th, 8th, or 9th. Sessions will be an hour in length. Paul will be able to discuss several topics including retirement readiness, saving and planning for retirement, and other aspects of your overall financial wellbeing. Click here to register for a virtual consultation with TIAA.


Other Resources:

Employee wellbeing survey: A short survey related to COVID-19 will be sent out via Paylocity this week. A link will be available in the greeting section of the Self-Service Portal.


HealthPartners Wellbeing program: If you are enrolled in one of MCAD's three HealthPartners medical plans, remember to get logged in to HealthPartners Well-being to complete and/or get started with your online health assessment and well-being activity. Remember that the activities must be completed by September 30th to maintain or gain preferred rate status for 2021.


Should you have any questions, ideas, or anything else, please contact human_resources@mcad.edu.


Be safe. Be well.

May: Movement

CDC Guidelines:

The CDC has put together a page of information about the importance of staying active while also being safe. See How to be Active During COVID-19


Yoga:

Instead of offering sessions with Tula Yoga on campus, we are sharing a code to register for one of Tula's streaming yoga classes. Contact human_resources@mcad.edu for a coupon code. Full class list can be found on Tula Yoga's Web site


There's An App For That:

There is nearly an infinite number of fitness apps on the market. Some more popular apps, such as Nike Training Club (NTC) are being offered at no cost in light of COVID-19. Check out if your favorite app is doing something similar, or check out a new app that is offering free or reduced fees to use during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Make A Move Challenge:

For employees enrolled in one of the HealthPartners medical plans, sign up for the Make a Move Challenge run May 3 - June 13. While HealthPartners has structured this as a competition themed event, we will be setting up one team that is just called 'MCAD Community' for general participation. You are welcome to still set up a team with your colleagues if you would like to. The goal is to move as much as possible in six weeks. Walk, run, lift weights, do whatever makes you happy and feel good! Complete the challenge by tracking at least once a week. This activity will count as an incentive eligible activity.


  • Registration: 4/26/2020 to 5/2/2020
  • Challenge runs: 5/3/2020 to 6/13/2020
  • Sign up and join a team:
    • Log on at healthpartners.com/wellbeing
    • Select Make a Moves Challenge.
    • Join a team (teams must include a minimum of 2 participants)
    • Track your activity or sync your fitness device - the challenge is on!

Wellbeats:

Also for employees enrolled in one of the HealthPartners medical plans, via healthpartners.com/wellbeing you can check out a whole library of activity related content. On-demand workouts and challenges, certified virtual trainers, and a variety of classes for every age, interest, and ability.

June: Emotional and Mental Health Resources

The WELL+ theme for June is emotional and mental health. It is a time when this is likely an issue for each and every one of us for a myriad of reasons. In the check in survey, we heard from our community that folks are finding creative ways to stay in touch, but also acknowledging that this can be both an isolating and stressful time. Finding ways to act and help is also important in these times. Below are a few resources that might be helpful.


Virtual Care and Mental Health Resources:

These are compiled on the MCAD Intranet and include online counseling and links to other forms of virtual care.


MCAD Employee Assistance Programs (EAP):

As employees of MCAD, you have access to many resources through our Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) including talking to a counselor. These resources are free to you, 100% confidential, available 24/7, and may be helpful if the events of the last few days have impacted you directly or indirectly.


  • HealthPartners Employee Assistance Program
    • 866.326.7194
    • www.hpeap.com Password: mcad
  • CIGNA Life Assistance Program
    • 800.538.3543
    • www.cignalap.com

Giving Back:

September is 'Giving Back' month, but now is a time to act and give. As mentioned in President Sethi's communication yesterday, there are many organizations that need support right now. In giving back to arts organizations and communities impacted and/or doing critical social justice work within communities, MCAD will match donations dollar for dollar to some organization. Other resources are also shared in this important communication.


Staying Connected:

Human Resources has started a page here for ideas on staying connected during this time. This includes events such as the Make, Mend, Join: MCAD Craft Point and the Pollen "Are you ok?" series, as well as resources such as the UnLonely Project and MCAD Employee Assistance Program. Have ideas on how to stay connected, please share them with human_resources@mcad.edu and will gladly add them!


Unlonely Project:

The UnLonely Project is a digital community aimed at combating isolation and loneliness through arts and connectivity. Open to everyone, participation can also count as an activity for those enrolled in HealthPartners medical plans.


HealthPartners Wellbeing program: If you are enrolled in one of MCAD's three HealthPartners medical plans, remember to get logged in to HealthPartners Well-being to complete and/or get started with your online health assessment and well-being activity. Remember that the activities must be completed by September 30th to maintain or gain preferred rate status for 2021.


Should you have any questions, ideas, or anything else, please contact human_resources@mcad.edu.


July: Creativity!!!!!

This month the focus is on creativity, a foundational part of life at MCAD!


Creative practice can benefit physical, mental, and community health and well-being. According to Harvard, creating and expressing through art "can help people with depression, anxiety, or cancer, too. And doing so has been linked to improved memory, reasoning, and resilience in healthy older people. The beneficial effects of creating aren't dependent on a person's skill or talents. 'It's the process, not the product,' says Megan Carleton, an art therapist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)."


This month there are a few activities offered up to the MCAD community.


  • Virtual Talent Show
  • Creative Prompts
  • Writing Prompts
  • Creative Cooking

Virtual Talent Show

The first ever MCAD Virtual Employee Talent Show will take place on Wednesday, July 29th. There are so many hidden talents at MCAD, so this is your chance to share those gifts with our community as well as a chance to celebrate your co-workers in the ways they are creative. And it is all virtual, given so many are still working remotely and to support social distancing. To sign up for the talent show, fill out this form. Share a song, a poem, a writing, some art work, movement, whatever makes sense for you.


Creative Prompts

We will be sharing some creative activities that you can do at home with basic supplies. While many have a rich practice already, these will be places to start for those who are just getting started and hopefully an enjoyable experience for those with more depth as well. If you don't like the provided creative prompt, check out this list of ideas from artworkarchive.com. The first creativity prompt is:


  • July 1st Creativity Prompt: Create a two person game.
  • July 8th Creativity Prompt: Illustrate a cause or current event that you are passionate about.
  • July 29th Creativity Prompt: The whales grew feet.

Writing Prompts

Weekly writing prompts will be shared each Wednesday. A writing prompt is a topic around which you start writing ideas about that topic, but you can write whatever comes to you. Stick to the subject of the prompt or let your mind wander and write about what bubbles up.Writing has many benefits according to Freewrite:


  • Instead of thinking about what to write about, writing prompts give you a topic to start writing about immediately.
  • Writing prompts help you build your writing "muscles". This habit will help make it easier for you to start writing and will teach you to write longer.
  • Writing prompts can make you see the world in a new light, or a way you've never imagined.

If you don't like the provided writing prompt, check out the list at Freewrite. Our first writing prompt is:


  • July 1st Writing Prompt: Write about your favorite teacher.
  • July 8th Writing Prompt: You live on an abandoned island, describe your morning routine.
  • July 29th Creativity Prompt: The whales grew feet.

Creative Cooking

Also, if you are creative in the kitchen, remember that you can still submit recipes for the WELL+ MCAD Cookbook which will be published this fall.


REMINDER: HealthPartners Wellbeing program: If you are enrolled in one of MCAD's three HealthPartners medical plans, remember to get logged in to HealthPartners Well-being to complete and/or get started with your online health assessment and well-being activity. Remember that the activities must be completed by September 30th to maintain or gain preferred rate status for 2021.


Should you have any questions, ideas, or anything else, please contact human_resources@mcad.edu.


ZZZZZZZZ...August is WELL+ Sleep Month

*YAWN*


Did even just reading the word make you yawn?


WELL+ for August means SLEEP. With everything going on within our hearts and minds, families and neighborhoods, campus and community, and country and world, it is no wonder that many of us are not getting enough sleep. And according to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School we were already not sleeping enough:


"As Americans work extended hours, routinely take work home, and juggle two or more jobs on top of long commutes, sleep has become a casualty of the race for time. But lack of sleep undermines performance and can create a vicious cycle of working more hours to compensate for diminished productivity and having less time to sleep."

So how do we get off the hamster wheel of poor sleep? First, it is good to know if there is an issue with your sleep hygiene. WebMD has a good sleep hygiene assessment that will identify how great your sleep is now (or not). Second, it is to have a plan to improve your sleep. The same assessment can provide some ideas for changes and new practices that will help you get more restful and restorative sleep.


Consider taking the remainder of August to take the sleep hygiene assessment and try out a few of the ideas. Below are some other resources that might be helpful.


OTHER RESOURCES:

MCAD COOKBOOK REMINDER: If you are creative in the kitchen, remember that you can still submit recipes for the WELL+ MCAD Cookbook which will be published this fall.


REMINDER: HealthPartners Wellbeing program: If you are enrolled in one of MCAD's three HealthPartners medical plans, remember to get logged in to HealthPartners Well-being to complete and/or get started with your online health assessment and well-being activity. Remember that the activities must be completed by September 30th to maintain or gain preferred rate status for 2021.


September: Volunteerism

Before we get into ideas for Volunteerism, please remember to check out the three important reminders for you at the end of this email!


Volunteerism:

This month's theme is Volunteerism. How does helping others help YOUR wellness? According to the Mayo Clinic, volunteering may reduce stress levels, decreases the risk of depression, gives a sense of purpose, teaches valuable skills, and helps people stay physically and mentally active. According to the American Psychological Association, it might even help you live longer!


And for those on the HealthPartners plans, if you have completed two or more hours of volunteer time before the end of September, this can count as your well-being activity credit for 2021 preferred rates. Just log in to HealthPartners Well-being to enter your volunteer activity.


Looking for ways to volunteer? Check out these two databases for ideas:

And/or check out some ideas from our very own MCAD Community members:

Important Reminders!

  • HealthPartners Wellbeing program: If you are enrolled in one of MCAD's three HealthPartners medical plans, remember to get logged in to HealthPartners Well-being to complete and/or get started with your online health assessment and well-being activity. Remember that the activities must be completed by September 30th to maintain or gain preferred rate status for 2021.
  • MCAD Cookbook: If you are creative in the kitchen, have discovered a new quarantine favorite dish, and/or have a favorite recipe for the fall/winter holidays you would like to share? You can still submit recipes for the WELL+ MCAD Cookbook which will be published later this fall.
  • 2021 Benefits Open Enrollment: 2021 Benefit Open Enrollment will be taking place in early November. Keep your eyes out for updates about this starting next month.

Links and Other Resources:

Should you have any questions, ideas, or anything else, please contact human_resources@mcad.edu.