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Ergo Grants

RECEIVE FUNDING TO MAKE YOUR WORKPLACE SAFER
In support of October as National Ergonomics Month, MHealthy offers grants to departments/units looking to solve ergonomic issues.

Apply for a grant if you and/or your coworkers regularly:

  • Experience physical discomfort due to manually lifting, pushing, pulling, or transporting equipment, items or patients
  • Bend over, reach up or perform awkward, repetitive motion for several hours a work day
  • Experience physical stress or discomfort due to work conditions

"The new high-low mat table we purchased with the grant allows therapists, patients, and families to engage in activities at a height appropriate for proper body mechanics." Kendra V., Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Grant applications are accepted year-round; however, submissions are encouraged by October 31, 2012. Learn more ...


COMING SOON: ’TIS THE SEASON FOR MHEALTHY – STAY ON TRACK INTO THE NEW YEAR
For many of us, the winter season means office parties, planning holiday celebrations and preparing to welcome friends and family members into our homes. During this busy time of the year, it can sometimes be a challenge to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Our “’Tis the Season for MHealthy” programs can help you navigate the hustle and bustle of the season and celebrate while maintaining your health goals.

  • Move, Lose & Maintain – Sign up for this eight-week healthy lifestyle program to get moving and eat healthier. The goal is to be active for at least 30 minutes, at least three days of the week. Register Oct. 29 – Nov. 16 at one of several weigh-in locations around campus. Program runs Nov. 19 – Jan. 14 and includes weekly emails, a booklet with recipes, healthy tips, and more.
  • 'Tis the Season for MHealthy Series – Sign up for one or more of these free 30-minute online programs to help you stay on a healthy track while enjoying all the season has to offer. Get advice and tips on fitting in fitness, staying in control while enjoying events and parties, indulging without gaining weight, celebrating the season your way, and much more.
MHEALTHY REWARDS TOP PERFORMING AREAS ANNOUNCED

More than 20,000 people participated in MHealthy Rewards 2012, with more than 45 university areas achieving 50 percent or more completion of both the health questionnaire and a wellness screening.

These areas will be recognized with a certificate and letter of congratulations, with special recognition given to the top areas.

The university has made a commitment to improve the health of our community. Studies show that worksite wellness programs like MHealthy can positively affect employees’ attitudes toward their health and their work and that even small changes in a community’s health risks can produce significant changes in health care costs.

As we've previously reported, we are seeing positive movement toward health risk reduction. Based on health questionnaire results from 2009-2011, the number of university participants who are low risk for health risks like stress, tobacco use, poor nutrition, and obesity is increasing and the number who are high risk is decreasing.

Take a look at the complete list of areas that reached 50 percent or more completion in MHealthy Rewards.

MHealthy Top Performers

 
 
October 11 is National Depression Screening Day Depression affects approximately 1 in 10 adults in the United States, according to the CDC. Thursday, Oct. 11 is National Depression Screening Day and in support, U-M will offer free in-person, one-on-one mental health screenings for U-M faculty, staff and students. 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. If you cannot make an in-person screening, confidential online screenings are available. Learn more ...

 
Fitness Center Discounts Fitness Centers - Discounts are currently available for Personal Training and MFit Fitness Center memberships. Memberships are available for Rec Sports facilities.

Get your flu shot at an on-site clinic - Walk-in flu shot clinic for campus employees takes place Thursday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room. Health System and Med School vaccine information can be found here.

Exercise & Relaxation Classes - Classes have started but space is still available. Sign up for yoga, strength training, body sculpting, and more. Classes run through December. Sign up for MHealthy classes or U-Move Fitness classes.

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