MHEALTHY 

MHEALTHY is the University of Michigan's health and well-being program specially designed for faculty and staff. We provide programs and resources designed to help you be your best—physically, mentally and emotionally. By creating a community of health on our UM-Flint campus, we can make our community a place where healthy living is welcomed and supported.

Here are a few programs that will provide extra help for keeping you healthy and safe!

Practice safer alcohol consumption – Seasonal picnics and barbeques sometimes also include enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two. If you plan to drink alcohol, tips and resources are available to help you keep it in a safer, lower risk range. Who knows, you may even decide to take a break from alcohol altogether! View tips on safe drinking

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) – If you or a family member is at risk of developing diabetes and you live in Genesee County, you can now participate in a Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost through a partnership between UM-Flint and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM). Learn more - weekly sessions begin on Thursday September 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the UM-Flint Recreation Center, Room 11. This group-based program is led by a trained lifestyle coach and has been proven to help participants lose weight, increase physical activity and cut their risk of diabetes in half. If you're a U-M Premier Care member, you may be eligible to participate in the Diabetes Prevention Program as a covered benefit through BCN even if you live outside Genesee County. Members who meet eligibility criteria may enroll in the program through the NKFM or online through Omada Health, learn more here! To see if you could benefit from the Diabetes Prevention Program, take a short quiz about risk factors.

If you are interested in becoming an MHealthy Champion on the Flint Campus, please follow the process to apply listed below. If you are a supervisor, please support and encourage faculty and staff to become wellness champions for your area(s). Complete the MHealthy Champion membership application. Your supervisor will receive an email asking to approve your participation in the program. Any questions, please contact Sherri Berry at sleet@umflint.edu.

Are you looking for a way to end the year on a healthy high note?  This four-week wellness campaign can help you skate through the holiday season a little healthier. As you record daily health behaviors, you’ll accumulate snow — and sustainable habits — to end the year with increased energy, enhanced resilience, and better overall health. Registration runs from October 31 - November 20 and the program runs November 14 - December 11, 2016

Watch this short video for a quick overview! 

How it works: Record health behaviors related to physical activity, healthy eating, and positivity. As you do, you’ll accumulate snow and create a whimsical animated holiday scene. Earn 1-inch of snow for each health behavior you record (up to 3-inches each day):

Earn up to 3-inches of snow each day by recording health behaviors in these 3 areas:

  • Be Active:  Earn 1-inch of snow when you exercise at least 30 minutes or accumulate 6,000 or more steps in a day. Participants can sync a Fitbit or Jawbone device or manually record their exercise
  • Eat Healthy: Earn 1-inch of snow when you do two of the following: eat a healthy breakfast, have five or more servings of produce, or avoid sugared drinks or late night snacking
  • Gift Box: Earn 1-inch of snow when you complete the "Gift Box," which is a simple thing to do each day that can contribute to a brighter, jollier outlook

**BONUS** Accumulate at least 1-inch of snow by November 20, 2016 and earn an MHealthy Winter Scarf!

HOLIDAY WEBINAR SERIES!

WHO CAN ATTEND? Open to U-M Faculty and Staff  •  TIME Each 30-minute webinar takes place from 12–12:30 p.m.

REGISTER Registration opens November 7. Sign-up for all three webinars or just one or two. 

Dec. 7 Webinar:  Being Generous this Season   Learn about financial planning for the holidays and review a variety of free or modest-cost gifts, for others and yourself. Led by Ashley Weigl, MPH, MSW, Associate Director, Risk Reduction Services, MHealthy.

Dec. 14 Webinar:  Planning for Festivities   Learn how to enjoy holiday events while being mindful of your choices with food, drink and other indulgences. Led by Erica Owen, R.D., Registered Dietician and Manager, MHealthy Nutrition and Weight Management Program, and Bethany Lemm, MPH, MSW, Health Educator, MHealthy Alcohol Management Program.

Dec. 21 Webinar:  Celebrate with Energy and Cheer   Many of us feel a bit overwhelmed and exhausted during the holidays. Learn how to balance self-care with caring for others, and how to replace fatigue with energy and vigor. Led by Alison D. Nix, MPH, CTTS-M, Program Manager, MHealthy Alcohol Management Program and MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service, and Julie Tobi, MA, LLPC, CTTS-M, Health Educator, MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service.

If you have any questions about any of the MHealthy programs, please feel free to email/call (Sherri Berry, Coordinator, sleet@umich.edu | (734) 395-7759)