This is an updated "New Year" version of an article I wrote in December for the MSU All Staff Council Newsletter. I wanted to share it with everyone, as it remains a relevant topic post-Holiday. The Holidays and New Years are a time of joy and festivities, but if you struggle with extra stress, anxiety, … Continue reading Staying Merry into the New Year
Congrats to all the teams and individuals who participated in our Warm Up for Winter step challenge. Fifty-seven teams from around the MUS put in some December walking, resulting in 28 million steps-- or over fourteen-thousand miles of walking! Well done MUS! Speaking of warm--it was holiday heartwarming to see that our first and third … Continue reading Warm Up for Winter Challenge Wrap
Congratulations to the Montana Tech Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department (IAS), for earning an MUS Wellness Departmental Gold award for the second year! The IAS department includes faculty in the Social Sciences, History, English, and Writing. The IAS department met the MUS Wellness Gold level standard for office physical activity, nutrition, and culture. One new … Continue reading Montana Tech IAS Department earns Wellness Gold!
We hope everyone had a wonderful summer! As we're all gearing up for a new fall semester, here are a couple of MUS Wellness resources to keep in the front of your mind. The return of school is an excellent time to double down on those healthy habits that keep us physically and mentally fit. … Continue reading Welcome Back!
The MSUB Library team has earned an MUS Wellness Departmental Gold Award for outstanding wellness initiatives and positive workplace culture throughout a very difficult year. In spite of Covid, the MSUB Library team ramped up their efforts to stay collaborative and creatively maintain a healthy work environment month after month, with special emphasis on mental … Continue reading MSU Billings Library earns Gold again!
Every day we make hundreds of choices that affect our well-being, both short-term and long. Most of these choices we make without giving them much thought. For example, I'm betting most of us brushed our teeth this morning without too much introspection. When health-promoting behaviors get incorporated into our daily routines and become habitual, this … Continue reading Prompts and Behaviors
The heat has arrived all across Big Sky country, with temps nearing or reaching triple digits in many places. If you're exercising or recreating outside, here are some tips to stay cool and safe. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Carry a water bottle and keep it filled throughout the day. A hydrated body can deal much better … Continue reading Beating the Heat
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Unfortunately, Montana traditionally falls below national averages, and is often near the bottom of many mental health metrics, including suicide rate. In a recent flash poll of our Incentive Program participants we asked, "How are you feeling today?" Here are the results of that snapshot: Awesome!26%Pretty good55%Just OK15%Not so … Continue reading May is Mental Health Awareness Month
During our recent bout of extreme cold I received a question about jumping rope. The question came from someone who mainly walked for exercise, and wanted to know if jumping rope was a good alternative during cold and icy weather when you don't feel like getting out. I thought it was a very good question … Continue reading Jump Rope Question