Winter 2020


Wildcat Step Challenge: Get up and get moving with the NMU Wildcat Step Challenge. This challenge will encourage you to get out and become more active this winter. The goal is to reach 10,000 steps as many days per week as you can over a 6 week period. It is very easy to sign up and participate:

  1. Obtain a device that tracks your steps. Use your smartphone, smart watch, activity tracker apps, or purchase a simple pedometer

  2.  To sign up, fill out this Google Form by January 15th:

  3. Start tracking your steps! You should begin tracking on Saturday, January 18th

  4.  Participate in a Google Poll sent out each Friday that will ask “How many days this week did you reach 10,000 steps?” You will choose from 0-1 day, 2-3 days, 4-5 days, 6-7 days.

  5. Add a picture or screenshot of your step counts and upload it to the Google Poll. 

  6. Failure to respond to a weekly Google Poll will result in that week being excluded from your challenge data. 

  7. If you reach or exceed 10,000 steps at least 4 days per week for 4 or more weeks, you will be entered in a drawing to win a prize. 


Commit to Fit Challenge: Get involved, make new friends, and be introduced group fitness classes at NMU. Your challenge is to attend 15 group fitness classes over a 10 week period. This is a great way to stay active this winter. Sign up and participation are easy, just follow these steps: 

  1. Make sure you have a valid Rec Sports membership and check out the Group Fitness offerings for Winter 2020.

  2. To sign up,  fill out this Google Form by January 15th:

  3. A punch card will be made to track your participation. Your cards will be kept at the PEIF info desk. (If you are an NMU student, an additional card will be kept for you at the Fit Zone desk).

  4. Before each fitness class, get your card punched by an info desk or FitZone staff member upon check in.

  5. If by March 28, 2020 you receive 15 punches on your card,  you will be entered in a drawing to win a prize. 

  6. Failure to get your card punched upon check in to a fitness class will result in no punch for that class.

"Lunch and Learn" Events

The NMU Employee Wellness Committee would like to invite you to join us for lunch hour presentations on various health topics during the Winter 2020 semester.  

Join fellow NMU Faculty and Staff for an hour long wellness lecture and discussion. Speakers will vary by month, with topics falling within the realm of the Wellness Wheel. A light lunch of either soup, salad and sandwiches will be served at no cost to the registrant. 

February 19, 2020. 12:00-1:00pm

2902 West Science 

Speaker: Dr. Christy Hartline

Dr. Christy Hartline is originally from the Iron Range in Minnesota. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Hartline completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Minnesota. She then worked in community mental health for four years in South Dakota prior to moving to the U.P. She joined the Counseling Center at NMU in the fall of 2015. She is a generalist practitioner, meaning she has worked with clients of all ages with various presenting issues. She has conducted individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, couple’s counseling, supervision, and psychological evaluations.

February Presentation: Healthy Relationships

This presentation will discuss aspects of healthy relationships as well as how to build and maintain healthy boundaries with others, including coworkers, students, and in personal relationships.


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Active Workstation: NMU’s Employee Wellness Committee and Olson Library has launched an initiative to help employees avoid prolonged sitting while at their workstations. The Active Workstations program gives employees opportunities to increase movement and/or promote healthier positions while at their desks or work spaces.

Two sets of equipment are available for use. One set can be checked out at the Library’s Public Services Desk for up to two weeks, while the other set can be tried in the Library’s demonstration area. For more details, contact or stop by the Library's Public Service Desk. 

Some of the equipment require a release form to be filled out and signed before employees can use the equipment, because of the assumed risks of physical activity. Regular maintenance of the equipment will be performed between each checkout to ensure the safety of the employees.

Available equipment includes:

   • Adjustable height standing desk 
   • Fitdesk – exercise bike with desktop platform 
   • Adjustable height rolling laptop cart

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Desktop Stretching: Take several minutes out of your day to do some stretches at your desk. This will help you relax and de-stress, you do not even need to leave your chair. Click here, relax and enjoy!

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