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Look for these new MHealthy programs and services starting in April.

Walk, Run, Roll Club

Join the Walk, Run, Roll Club – open to the first 500 participants only

Continue the momentum created by Active U by joining the new Walk, Run, Roll Club, a 14-week pilot program promoting physical activity and stress management. Your goal is to get moving at least 30 minutes a day, three days a week. Track your minutes online each week to be entered into weekly drawings. Each month, walk, run, or wheel to a campus landmark and take a picture. Submit to MHealthy to be entered into an additional drawing for a $50 gift card. Walk, Run, Roll Club is limited to 500 participants and all members will receive an MHealthy cinch bag. Program runs May 12 – August 22. To register, email mhealthy-well-coord@umich.edu or call 734-764-0339.


Wearable Activity Trackers

New Webinar Series – Wearable Activity Trackers: Which is Right for You?

The popularity of wearable activity trackers like Jawbone, Fitbit, Nike FuelBand and others have grown considerably over the last year. If you've thought about buying one but weren't quite sure which features to look for or which would be right for you, this three-part, 30-minute webinar series can help you can make an informed decision. Learn about the latest and most popular activity trackers, compare features and how they work, and get tips on how your device can connect you with other users and motivate you through friendly competition. Registration opens April 21; sign up for all three or just one or two. Learn more...

Creating a Healthier U

MHealthy Rewards

“I went to my wellness screening in February thinking it would be a regular check of my blood pressure, weight, and glucose, and everything would be normal, just like last year. I was very wrong. Thanks to the wellness screening, I took their advice and went to my doctor and it was confirmed that I have Type 2 diabetes. Without this screening the diabetes may have gone undiagnosed for many months.” Cindy B., Internal Medicine-Rheumatology

More than 13,000 benefits-eligible faculty and staff have already completed their MHealthy Rewards wellness screening, and thousands more are scheduled to attend a screening before the program ends in late April. A screening is more than getting your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, weight and height checked. It is an opportunity to sit down with a StayWell health professional and privately go over your results, set a health goal, develop an action plan and find out what health and well-being programs are available to help you maintain or improve your health. Completing both the screening and health questionnaire will earn you $100 and a chance to win one of several $500 gift cards. Your 30-minute screening can be scheduled here. If you can’t make an appointment, walk-ins are welcome at a number of locations.

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Chronic Conditions Manage chronic conditions through exercise and nutrition
MHealthy offers a number of programs and services that support faculty and staff with chronic conditions or limited mobility. Exercise and relaxation classes like Chair Yoga and Get Fit While You Sit are ideal for anyone who has difficulty performing standing exercises or movements. Based on your health history or doctor’s recommendation, the FitScript program can customize an exercise program that meets your specific needs and abilities. MHealthy’s new Ready to Lose weight loss program is also available to help you manage your condition by managing your weight, offering a convenient, webinar-based format and proven strategies to help you overcome the most common weight loss barriers. Visit this page to learn more about these and other programs and services.

World No Tobacco Day
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 5.4 million deaths can be attributed to tobacco use worldwide annually. May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, which encourages a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco world-wide and draws attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and its negative health effects. If you are thinking about quitting, MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service is here for you. It provides confidential, no-judgment counseling and support for U-M faculty, staff, and spouses or Other Qualified Adults who want to quit tobacco. Online, telephonic, and in-person programs are available. Benefits-eligible employees can get up to $100 (before tax) for completing a program and coverage for nicotine replacement therapy for a $0 co-pay. Learn more...

National Stress Awareness Month
April is National Stress Awareness Month. Visit the MHealthy Thrive! stress management program website to learn how you can feel more energized, connected, and resilient. Don't just manage stress...Thrive!

 
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MHEALTHY REWARDS – Earn $100 by completing a confidential wellness screening to learn your numbers for blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose, and a health questionnaire.

READY TO LOSE – Free, 24-week, webinar-based weight loss program for those with a BMI above 25. Learn how to overcome common challenges that sabotage even the most focused and dedicated individuals.

WEIGHT WATCHERS AT WORK – Get an integrated approach that combines smarter eating, healthy habits, exercise and supportive weekly meetings. Cost: Special U-M rate of $72 for up to two 12-week sessions in 2014.

EXERCISE & RELAXATION CLASSES – Choose from more than 150 classes offered by MHealthy and U-Move Fitness, , including yoga, strength training, body sculpting, and more. Classes begin in May.

UNDERSTANDING ANGER – Held April 17 & 24, this two-part series covers the positive benefits of anger and how to listen and understand your anger in a way that can help you maintain vital workplace and personal relationships.

RELAXING UNDER THE STARS – Sit and relax a while in the dark cozy comfort of U-M's Natural History Museum Planetarium, while being treated to beautiful music, a bit of science, and breathtaking views of stars, constellations, planets, and more. Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4 p.m.

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