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Benefits and Wellness Fair this Wednesday, May 3

(May 2, 2017) The annual Benefits and Wellness Fair is this Wednesday, May 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Ritchie Center concourse. Representatives from Human Resources, as well as plan vendors, will be available to talk with you and answer your questions. If you're participating in the wellness incentive program, visit the Wellness table to receive information to help you reach your goals. Nurses from Kaiser Permanente will be providing free vitals checks if you want to know your numbers, although they will not be able to fill out health care provider forms required for the wellness incentive, which must be done by your doctor. There will also be a table where you can purchase DU Pioneers hockey championship apparel.

REFIT® with Kristin—special class this Thursday!

Thursday, May 4, 4-5 p.m.—Driscoll Student Center Ballroom (note new location)
(May 2, 2017) Special event: Star Wars "May the Fourth" Be with You. Event includes snacks and prizes! Wear comfy clothes, supportive shoes, bring a water bottle—and get ready for fun! All REFIT classes are open to staff, faculty and students.

Secret to women's leadership stamina

Thursday, May 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.—University Hall, room 306
(April 18, 2017) This experiential and interactive class will focus on filling the gas for your tank, courage for your vision and a way to stay focused on what matters most. It's not about traditional "leadership best practices"; instead, we will discover how to maximize your energy through mindfulness and focus so you can be more effective as you lead and multi-manage work and personal life. Register via PioneerWeb, in the Wellness section of Training.

REFIT® with Kristin

Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 23, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Student Center Pub/Subway (ground floor, north end)

Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie

Tuesdays through May 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Wednesday, through May 31, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

Wellness classes this quarter

REFIT® with Kristin
Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 13 and 15, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Suite 1864 (room 145, 2nd floor north, behind Jazzman's Café)

Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica
Wednesday, March 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

The Wellness Program introduces five-part workshop: The Feel Good Series with Grace Estripeaut

First session: Thursday, March 16, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.—University Hall, room 306
(Feb. 28, 2017) The topic for the first session is " How to get out of the cycle of outrage, agitation and tension in the current socio-political climate ." In this session you will get practical coping skills to stop letting politics, media and other people's opinions steal your energy and peace of mind; move from frustration and agitation to a calmer, more centered and open approach to what's going on socio-politically (and in your life) right now and establish boundaries for healthier communication in a time of social tension and disagreement. The workshop will give you a safe space to apply a better approach to managing your tension levels, stress, emotions and triggers. This is an experiential, practical, interactive workshop. Please register via PioneerWeb in the Wellness section under Training.

special REFIT event

Tuesday, March 7, 4-5 p.m.—Driscoll Ballroom ("newbie" class)
If you want to try REFIT but are nervous about coming to the weekly class, this one is for you! You'll be introduced to this fitness experience by dancing to a simple playlist and spending time practicing the moves. Wear comfy clothes, supportive shoes, bring a water bottle—and get ready for fun!

REFIT® with Kristin—now two days a week!

Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 13 and 15, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Suite 1864 (room 145, 2nd floor north, behind Jazzman's Café)
(Jan. 3, 2017) REFIT® is a group dance fitness program that uses value-positive music, movement and messaging to build community and impact lives. Each class includes cardio, agility, strength, dance, toning, flexibility and stretching. Thanks to the Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence Division for sponsoring a second class each week!

Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie

Tuesdays, Jan. 3 through March 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center
(Dec. 20, 2016) You do not need to be a member of the gym to participate, but if you aren't you will need to sign in at the front desk as a yoga participant. Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided.

Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Wednesdays, Jan. 4 through March 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center
(Dec. 20, 2016) You do not need to be a member of the gym to participate, but if you aren't you will need to sign in at the front desk as a yoga participant. Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided. 

Du club running

Tuesdays and Fridays, 5 p.m.—in front of Sturm Hall
(Oct. 18, 2016) DU Club Running is open to all students, faculty and staff. We officially meet twice a week, but many members meet in smaller groups to run on the off days as well. The club welcomes all abilities, from people who want to compete and go for gold to those who just want to stay in shape and run with others. The team will be doing the Scream Scram 5K in Washington Park, the Snowman Stampede 5-10 miler and the BolderBOULDER 10K. Come join us! 

Congratulations to all Crimson Classic participants!

(Sept. 27, 2016) If you were among the roughly 800 DU community members who did the fourth annual Crimson Classic this year, we hope you feel good after experiencing this fun, healthy One DU tradition. Watch a video recapping the event and see if you're in it!

tip of the week

(Aug. 30, 2016) Lots of questions are arising around dietary supplements, and with good reason. The FDA does not regulate this industry, so you want to be careful about who you receive supplements from. Here's what we know for sure: even if you are eating a very well-rounded healthy diet, you can still be deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. Many things can interfere with the metabolizing of these nutrients, such as stress, past and current medication use, as well as how our food is grown and transported. Ask your doctor for a vitamin panel and supplement where and when you need it. While the debates over supplements will continue, this article provides a nice overview.

tip of the week

(Aug. 23, 2016) Have you heard about the 80/20 diet? It's not a diet in the sense of weight loss or restriction. Rather, it's about the food that makes up our daily meals. Eat healthy (YOUR definition of healthy) 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time is for less-nutritious items, treats or splurges. You can break this up by day or by meal, whichever is easiest. Nothing is off limits and there are no BAD or GOOD foods. The best thing about this approach is that it's personal and you can adapt and improve it as you move along your nutrition journey. The only rule is to get clear on what items are in your 80 and in your 20 so you know where you stand. If you are looking for a simple guideline to help you be healthier, happier, have more energy and be more productive, try it out for a week.

this week's wellness tip

(Aug. 9, 2016) Wellness takes several forms, and this week, we focus on psychological well-being by sharing Tony Robbins' three tips for good mental health:
1. Take three minutes to be grateful (these can be really small things).
2. Take three minutes to give thanks for your body and the people you love.
3. Take three minutes to visualize three goals you want to accomplish today and see yourself completing them.
While you are thinking about the things you are grateful for, join the 100 days of happiness challenge in the well@du portal for 300 points!

Track your wellness activities via DU's new Wellmetrics portal

(Aug. 2, 2016) Benefited DU employees this week can check out the re-launched Wellmetrics portal, with fresh, new activities to sign up for and begin tracking. If you've used the portal before, your points reset to zero effective Aug. 2, which puts you on par with those new to the portal. Employees who want to qualify for the health insurance premium discount for next year (the plan year that starts July 1, 2017), have some specific requirements to meet; see the well@du website or the email you recently received for more details. Everyone using the portal can qualify for prize drawings to be held periodically throughout the coming months. Stay tuned!

Wellness tip of the week

(Aug. 2, 2016) As a new program begins with the Wellmetrics portal, we'd like to offer you some quick and easy-to-do tips to work wellness activities into your busy day. Many of us have jobs where we sit at a desk all day. As you work, get up every 90 minutes. Use a restroom farther away, fill up your water bottle, stretch, or better yet walk around the building. Research shows working longer than 90 minutes at a time decreases your productivity, clarity and imagination, and increases the possibility for mistakes. So you'll help your job and your health!

American Heart Association moves DU up to Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite status

(Feb. 23, 2016) The University of Denver was recognized as a Platinum Level recipient of the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program. This is the third year DU made the list, moving up from gold status the past two years. Worksites throughout the nation can be part of the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. More

DU among healthiest employers in Denver

(Feb. 23, 2016) The Denver Business Journal recently released its lists of 2016 Healthiest Employers. The University of Denver is among the top ten in the "large company" category (based on number of employees). The DBJ annually selects metro-area employers with a focus on employee worksite wellness. Finalists are selected on key considerations such as a tobacco-free workplace, health screenings and assessments and health education and initiatives.


(Jan. 12, 2016) Did you know that Kaiser members can take advantage of free wellness coaching? Make a change for better health and call a wellness coach today at 1-866-862-4295. More