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Back Care

Introducing MHealthy Back Care!

According to health questionnaire data, back pain is one of the top health risks for our U-M faculty and staff members. MHealthy Back Care is a new online resource offering information, videos and expert tips on keeping your back healthy. Nearly all of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. If you do, there are a few simple steps you can take to start feeling better soon. Learn how you can help yourself, and when you might need to see your doctor. Learn more ...



Ergo Grants

Receive funding to make your workplace safer

MHealthy offers grants up to $5,000 to departments and units looking to solve ergonomic issues. Apply for a grant if your work group regularly:

  • Experiences physical discomfort due to manually lifting, pushing, pulling, or transporting equipment, items or patients
  • Bends over, reaches up or performs awkward, repetitive motion for several hours a work day
  • Experiences physical stress or discomfort due to work conditions

Grant applications are accepted year-round; however, submissions are encouraged by October 31, 2013. Learn more ...

Ergonomic Hero Award nominations are also accepted year-round. Learn more ...

Did You Know?
CPS-3

Volunteer today for a cancer-free tomorrow

If you could help finish the fight against cancer, would you? Now is your chance. To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark new research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Enrollment is being made possible in partnership with the University of Michigan beginning in late October. Individuals may choose to participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer.

Call 1-888-604-5888, e-mail cps3@cancer.org or click here to get more information and enrollment locations at U-M.

Creating a Healthier U  
 
Depression affects approximately 1 in 10 adults in the United States, according to the CDC. Thursday, Oct. 10 is National Depression Screening Day and in support, U-M offers confidential online screenings available anytime. Additionally, free, in-person, one-on-one mental health screenings for faculty, staff and students at several Ann Arbor locations will be available. These confidential screenings are with a trained mental health professional and will be conducted at various locations throughout the day. Free screenings are a good way for people to find out if depression might be the cause of feelings they have been experiencing, including prolonged sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of pleasure in activities, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness and even physical pain. Learn more ...

 
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Free Chef Demos Oct. 16 and 24 – See and taste how easy and delicious it is to make healthy foods for you and your family! Get food samples, recipes and tips on healthy eating. No registration needed.

MHealthy Fitness Center – Discounts are currently available for Personal Training and MHealthy Fitness Center memberships.

MHealthy Grand Prize Drawing – Six lucky people who participate in an eligible health and well-being activity between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, 2013 will be randomly selected to receive a $500 gift card. Active U Autumn, nutrition consults, personalized exercise sessions, chef demos, and more qualify.

Webinar Series: I want to be healthy, but it's so hard! – This series sheds light on why it can be hard to do things we know are good for our health; how we can stop punishing ourselves; and how we can make lasting changes that will help us lead happier, healthier and more enjoyable lives. Attend any of the four sessions to be eligible for the MHealthy Grand Prize Drawing.

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