Employee Wellness Newsletter

Employee Wellness

February 2018 Newsletter

Monthly Health Topic: Exercise To Reduce Total Cholesterol

Why Is It Important

Most of us know that we can reduce our total cholesterol by making wiser nutritional decisions. But, did you know that exercise can have a large impact on reducing total cholesterol as well? While there is still much to be understood, researchers believe that exercise can reduce total cholesterol in two ways:

1- Exercise can help to produce an enzyme that will move more LDL cholesterol away from the bloodstream and into the liver, where it is excreted from the body.

2- Exercise can increase the overall size of lipoproteins (these particles carry cholesterol through the body and include LDL and HDL). Smaller particles can become embedded in the lining of arteries, leading to atherosclerosis. Having larger lipoprotein particles can prevent this condition.

Research is showing that 30 minutes of daily, moderate to vigorous intensity exercise can help with the above-mentioned benefits, as well as increasing the amount of good HDL circulating in the bloodstream. Those who are more sedentary will see the greatest changes such as a decrease in LDL by 10-15% and an increase in HDL by 20%.

Learn more about Cholesterol and what you can do to improve your health by attending a Cholesterol 101 class! Register on Training Tracker.

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Wear Red Day

February 2

Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart-healthy life.

Wear Red Friday, February 2nd and post a picture of yourself on the Employee Wellness Facebook page. Participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one swag bag of Employee Wellness store items and a gift card to the Bookstore. You can link to the Employee Wellness Facebook page through our "Contact Us" page on our website.

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Lunch and Learn: Clear the Air Challenge Kick-Off!

January 26

There is still time to register for this month's Lunch and Learn Presentation.


Join us for a Party!

Start this year's Lunch and Learn presentation series with lunch on us! During this unique lunch and learn presentation, Employee Wellness will partner with Energy and Sustainability department to explain the in's and out's of the Clear the Air Challenge. A light meal will be provided.

If you can not attend, this presentation will be recorded and uploaded to the Employee Wellness website.

President Wight has encouraged all divisions to participate in this state-wide challenge. Not only will Weber State University compete against other businesses and individuals throughout the state, each division will be working to earn Sustainability's "Cleanest" division award.

Attendance of three presentations will earn you $20 through the Wellness Pays Rewards program.



Clear The Air

Monthly Challenge

Clear air is important to us. If you haven't already noticed, air pollution in Utah is becoming an unwelcome reality. Poor air quality means increased illness, and other health complications along with environmental problems and diminished quality of life in our communities. The Clear the Air Challenge is an excellent opportunity to do something to make a positive impact and be a part of the solution. See how many pounds of emissions, gallons of gas and dollars we can save when we work together! This challenge is sponsored by both Employee Wellness and the Energy & Sustainability Office.

Participation in three monthly challenges will earn you $20 through the Wellness Pays Rewards program.

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Wellness Wednesdays: Cold Weather Running Clinic


Have you ever wanted to start a new wellness-related activity or sport, but didn't know where to start? These hour-long sessions will cover the basics like how to get started, equipment you'll need and where to buy/rent.

Join Striders as they demonstrate how to run outdoors during the cold, winter months. This presentation will cover:

*Proper winter running apparel

*Winter running footwear and equipment

*Safety when running in the dark winter months (reflective gear)

*Winter events/race in the area to keep you motivated

This presentation will end with a quick jog on Taylors Ave and around the Stadium. Come dressed to move!

Participation in three monthly challenges will earn you $20 through the Wellness Pays Rewards program.

Register Now!

Lunch and Learn: Drink To Your Health!


Are you drinking enough water? Join us for a Lunch and Learn presentation that is all about H20! We will cover:

*The benefits of drinking water

*Ways to stay hydrated (that aren't just drinking)

*Why it is so important to remind yourself to drink water

Information provided during this presentation will assist with completing the March Monthly Challenge.Please feel welcome to eat your lunch during this presentation.

Participation in three monthly challenges will earn you $20 through the Wellness Pays Rewards program.

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Health Improvement Classes

TRAINING TRACKER 810-10, 810-11

Cholesterol 101: Was your cholesterol elevated during your last Blood Lipid Screening? This class will provide you with the latest research on lowering your cholesterol numbers through diet, exercise and stress management.

Blood Pressure 101: Elevate blood pressure can lead to a myriad of health conditions if not properly managed. If managed early, many participants may be able to avoid blood pressure reducing medications.

Program Information Classes

TRAINING TRACKER 800-13, 800-12

Employee Wellness 101: This class will walk you through the various programs that make up the WSU Employee Wellness Program. Topics covered include Wellness Pays (Bonus and Rewards), registering for incentives and classes, and the Employee Wellness application on the eWeber Portal.

PEHP Wellness 101: This class will cover how to log into the PEHP website, complete the steps for your rebate, and inform you about the many other programs offered by Healthy Utah and PEHP Wellness

Fitness Related Classes

TRAINING TRACKER 810-07, 810-08, 810-15

Gym Orientations: These one-hour classes will demonstrate how to use the machine weights, free weights and cardio equipment on the north side of the court in the Wildcat Arena. You will also learn how to determine your one rep max and how to use this number to develop a strength training program. Please come dressed to exercise!

Fitness Self Assessment: Learn how to conduct your own fitness assessment! During this one hour class, you will learn the proper way to test a one-mile run, mile and a half walk, push ups, crunches and flexibility. You will also be shown how to complete the required documentation to claim your $20 reward. Please come dressed to exercise!

Medical Self Care


Take this one-hour class and learn how to treat illnesses at home and know when a visit to a healthcare provider is truly necessary—helping you save time and money! This class covers acute illness and chronic conditions, and additional PEHP benefits.


Register Now!

PEHP Wellness

PEHP Monthly Health Challenge

Go For The Gold

Looking for something different? PEHP Healthy Utah’s Wellness Challenges offer the perfect way to get started and keep you going with your health goals. So don’t wait—take the challenge today! It only takes a few minutes to sign up and get started.

Get inspired this month by the 2018 Winter Olympics. Don’t just sit on the couch all month watching the events, get up and get moving as you cheer on your favorite athletes. Sign up to receive Olympic themed workouts to go along with the various events happening each week and to keep you moving all month.

PEHP Challenges can be substituted for an Employee Wellness Monthly Health Challenge.

Register Here

Wellness Across Campus

Davis Campus Traveling Assessments

February 7, March 7

Complete your blood lipid screening at the Weber State Davis campus to qualify for the Wellness Pays Bonus Program and the PEHP Healthy Utah Rebate Program. Employees and spouses can register for testing once they complete the Health Risk Assessment. Click the link below for instructions on completing this first step.

Employee Wellness will be at the Davis Campus the first Wednesday of every month to conduct blood lipid screenings and various presentations.

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Campus Recreation Intramurals

Year and semester membership rates!

Students, faculty, and Staff are able to participate in as many Intramural Sports as they want for a small one time fee of only $20 for the entire school year or $15 per semester. This membership is good for both leagues and special events. While special events are usually one day tournaments, the leagues can last up to 6 weeks.

Compete in one recreational league or three special events and earn $20 through the Wellness Pays Rewards program!

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Campus Recreation Spring Fitness Schedule

January 8 - April 28

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