Support Workplace Well-being; Become an MHealthy Champion

Photos of several MHealthy Champions.

Earlier this spring, Abi Borener, an MLB financial specialist and MHealthy Champion for LSA Finance, wanted to help encourage her coworkers to take care of themselves while working from home. She decided to launch a week of “MHealthy Habits Bingo.” 

“The “bingo” card included things like sharing a laugh with someone, taking a walk, eating a healthy breakfast, or even just changing out of your pajamas,” says Borener. “We had about 12 participants and it was a fun way to stay connected and support my coworkers’ well-being during a difficult time.”

Abi Borener, MHealthy Champion for LSA Finance, launched a week of “MHealthy Habits Bingo.” Her colleagues could claim the “free space” in the middle of the bingo card by sending a photo to add to the collage.

Now through August 31, staff and faculty can apply to become an MHealthy Champion. More than 750 employees currently serve in this role, helping to support a culture of health among their coworkers and in their work area.

Champions serve a two-year term and spend approximately two hours per month on their duties:

  • Work with an MHealthy Wellness Coordinator to tailor activities to fit the needs of their coworkers.
  • Help to achieve their unit or department’s health and well-being goals.
  • Communicate to coworkers about MHealthy programs and resources.
  • Encourage participation in healthy activities.

“Champion support is especially important as we navigate this new normal and look for creative ways to encourage employee health and well-being regardless of where you’re working,” says Leola Hearing, a project specialist for MHealthy. “Champions identify the unique well-being needs of their coworkers and work with MHealthy to tailor programs.”

“If you are enthusiastic about health and well-being, like to motivate others, and want to spark change, we encourage you to apply,” continues Hearing. “Our hope is to have a group that reflects our university community’s diverse mix of job roles, age, race, and gender.”

Employees interested in becoming Champions should apply by August 31. Prior to accepting the application, MHealthy will contact the candidate’s supervisor for approval.

Learn more and apply to be an MHealthy Champion by August 31. 

Questions? Email mhealthy-champs@umich.edu

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