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BENEFITS WELLNESS WORKLI FE They go hand in hand. Living well means healthy financial, physical, and emotional wellbeing. As a GVSU faculty or staff member it is all available for you so you can live better by choice. Faculty and staff at GVSU are provided with the best medical and retirement plans around, physical activity classes, healthy challeneges and even help in finding resources for your day to day stressors and life events. See what we have to offer, choose the life you want and live well.

Your healthy living guide:





Benefits information and resources.

Nutrition, physical activity or weight loss resources and programs.


WORKLIF E Emotional health, everyday life resources.

CONTENTS Introduction.......................................1 Contents..........................................2 Healthy Choices Incentive Program....3 Special Events..................................4 Workshops & Classes.......................8 On Going Programs and Services....14 Contacts and more information.........18


healthy CHOICESi The purpose of the Healthy Choices Incentive Program is to encourage and support healthy lifestyle behaviors for GVSU faculty and staff through outreach and participation in yearlong programming and events. Did you know you are eligible for rewards by participating in healthy lifestyle activities? For details, visit Healthy Choices on the Health and Wellness Website. To register and log activities, visit All Health and Wellness fall 2012 programming and events listed in this document qualify as a Healthy Choices activity.

1st Quarter deadline: September 30th 2nd Quarter deadline: December 31tst 3

Special Events GVSU FARMERS MARKET (W) Every Wednesday through September 26th in Parking Lot F, Allendale Campus. Each market provides delicious lunches prepared by Campus Dining, music, free blood pressure screenings, and a variety of local produce and goods. Be sure to get your market punch-card and enter a monthly drawing for a market giveaway. *No Market August 29th

UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING (WL) September 14th Each year, more than 1600 volunteers give more than 5000 hours to nearly 80 different organizations. This year, you can create lasting change in our community by volunteering with other students, faculty, and, staff members during the United Way’s Day of Caring. For more information or to register, contact Jeff Mutch, Community Service Learning Center, by email and/or phone.


Special Events PEDOMETER CHALLENGE (W) September 26 - November 7. The Pedometer Challenge is a 6-week fitness competition open to GVSU faculty and staff that allows participants to compete by tracking pedometer steps as an individual or as part of a team. The challenge is designed for participants of all fitness levels. We’ll provide you with the tools and resources to easily set goals, track your progress and motivate a team. Team registration September 3-25. Register online at the Health and Wellness website.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS CLINICAL HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENTS (B W WL) October 1-5. Part of the Healthy Choices Incentive Program: Open to Benefit eligible faculty and staff. Why wait until you get sick? Find out your numbers this fall and set goals for improvement! A Health Risk Assessment or HRA is a short online questionnaire which identifies potential areas for improvement in one’s overall health status. Staff from Wellness Inc. will be on GVSU’s campus to administer free 10 minute appointments. The assessment provides a single, quantitative measure that represents a picture of a person’s overall health status and is calculated using health factors including Systolic Blood Pressure, Diastolic Blood Pressure, LDL Cholesterol, Glucose, Triglycerides, and Smoking. register for this free and confidential program at the GVSU Health and Wellness website


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Special Events UNITED WAY SCHOOLS OF HOPE TUTORING AND TRAINING PROGRAM (WL) October 2nd KC1142 12-1:30 pm or October 4th DEV303C 12-1:30 pm

Schools of Hope represents the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s Literacy Strategy to close the reading achievement gap between 3rd grade students in Grand Rapids Public Schools and in Kent County’s high scoring districts. Be a volunteer and sign up as a reading tutor. The commitment is only 30 minutes per week. With supervisor approval, no vacation or personal time will be lost to participate. Each first time tutor is required to undergo one two hour training program.To register, visit For more information contact Sue SLoop.

OPEN ENROLLMENT (B) October 25–November 9 The 2012 annual benefits open enrollment is your opportunity to take a closer look at your benefit options. Follow these four easy steps 1. Review detailed information. 2. Learn about the new plan options and select the right one for your unique situation. 3. Complete the online enrollment October 25–November 9. 4. Print your detailed confirmation statement. To receive your total compensation/confirmation statement, each benefit eligible faculty or staff member must complete an online enrollment and update/verify benefit elections including: • Home address for W-2 purposes • Coordination of benefits information • Beneficiary designation • IRS re-election requirement for Flexible Spending Accounts and HealthSavings Accounts For more information or to request printed copies please contact us at 331.2220 or


Special Events HOLD THE STUFFING CHALLENGE (W) November 19 - January 4. Registration $5 Weigh in and win! Faculty and staff are challenged to maintain their weight during the holiday season. Participants who successfully complete the challenge have the opportunity to win their money back by splitting the registration fees collected. Sign up online at

HEALTH COACH ON CAMPUS (W) November 27, 7am - 6pm DeVos November 28, 10am - 8pm Allendale Wellness coaches are energizing in their commitment to help you live your life with high energy, clear focus and a positive and confident outlook. Coaches don’t make it easy by giving you answers. Rather, they are skilled partners; they join with you in creating an inspiring vision for your life, together with a pragmatic plan to move you closer to that vision. In the process, they help you dig out your strengths and insights from life’s clutter. Set up an appointment by calling 1-800-316-9946


Workshops & Classes Registration for events and programs is online at unless otherwise indicated.

MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN ( WL) September 19 from 2.-3:30 p.m. Kirkhof 1142 November 7 from 12 – 2 p.m. DeVos 302E We set goals and have a vision for our lives and our career, but taking that first step towards success can sometimes be daunting and debilitating. Acknowledging why we get stuck, exploring our options and tuning into ways we can get moving on our goals are key elements of initiating change. As a group, we’ll explore the “hard truths,” share “transition pillars,” set goals and formulate accountability partners that will spark us into action. Come prepared to initiate change. Kim Monaghan, Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff.

FIDELITY REPS ON SITE ( B) September 24, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm KC 2228 September 25, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 297C DeVos

There will be one-on-one appointments available to discuss your GVSU 403(b) Retirement Plan and the 403(b) and 457(b) Supplemental Retirement Account Savings Plans. A comparison chart of 403(b) and 457(b) Retirement Plans is available on-line under the Benefits Information Center at To schedule a confidential consultation with your dedicated Fidelity Representative, please call 1-800-642-7131, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Eastern Time or visit atwork/reservations to view upcoming dates and times consultations will be available.


Workshops & Classes

FACULTY/STAFF GROUP EXERCISE (W) A variety of fitness classes are open to GVSU faculty, staff and family members each Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer. Two sessions are offered each semester. Ever wanted to try Zumba, Pilates, SPINNING or strength training? Now is your chance! Cost for classes is very reasonable and times are offered to fit around your schedule! Session I September 4-October 26 (Registration open 8am August 6-August 31) Session II October 29-December 21 (Registration open 8am October 8-October 26)

JUMP START TO FITNESS (W) Take the first step to living a healthier and fit life! This beginner level class consists of a small group led through fitness education and activities by qualified trainers who will meet you at your readiness level. Participants can expect pre and post fitness assessments, goal setting and guided workouts. Class is limited to 8 participants. Session I September 4-October 26 (Registration open 8am August 6-August 31) Session II October 29-December 21(Registration open 8am October 8-October 26)

FIT CAMP (W) Are you ready to take your fitness level to the next step? Small group instruction is an alternative to one-on-one training. Whether it be for fat loss, general conditioning, or elite level athletics, the added motivation of having others working out in the same room with you pushes you to a new effort level. You will receive accountability, motivation, support, experience and expert guidance to reach your fitness goals at an economical rate. Class size is limited to 8 people. 16 week session begins September 4. Cost: $60/Opportunity to carry over payment into the next series! Find out how online.




Times 4 - 5:15 6:15 - 7am 6:45-7:30am

Location DeVos DeVos Allendale

Workshops & Classes MOVING UP - PREPARING FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT ( WL) September 26 from 2.-3:30 p.m. Kirkhof 1142 October 17 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. DeVos 302E Even though you excel at your job there’s always room for improvement. And when it comes to taking a leap to the next position, it’s prudent to plan in advance. A new role with a new team, under new leadership in perhaps a new division brings an entirely new set of expectations. Whether you’re planning to transition soon or not for several years, it’s wise to start implementing strategies now that will increase your chances for success. In this workshop, we’ll discuss mandatory professional development expectations, strategies for building your career portfolio and tips for increasing your transition potential. Presented by Kim Monaghan, Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff. Guest speaker, Linda Yuhas, GVSU Human Resources.

ENCOMPASS ON-SITE CONSULTATION ( WL) September 20, 7:30-1:00 pm KC2228 Are you experiencing stress over a personal situation? Not sure where to turn? This is your chance to meet with a licensed and experienced counselor from Encompass, right here at GVSU. Together, you can explore options to help you take care of your emotional health and well-being. Encompass will provide private ½ hour appointments to GVSU faculty and staff on September 20th. Simply call Encompass at 616-459-9180 to set up an appointment.


Workshops & Classes HAPPINESS HABITS ( WL) September 26 from 9:30-11 a.m. in Kirkhof Room 1142 September 27 from 9:30-11 a.m. in DeVos Room 302 Research has proven how vital happiness is to the wellbeing of each person. Happy people live longer, are healthier and have better relationships. In fact, happiness leads to more success in every area of a person’s life. Learn how you can become happy from the inside out by developing happiness habits. These habits will help you to become a happier person whose happiness does not depend on external circumstances. Presented by Linda Yuhas, GVSU Human Resources.

INTERVIEW BLOOPERS ( WL) October 8 from 9-11 a.m. in Kirkhof Room 1142 October 4 from 12-2 p.m. in DeVos Room 302 E Plan to interview for a new position? Haven’t interviewed in a period of time? Tend to get nervous when interviewing? Attend this informative and interactive workshop to review interview techniques and avoid bloopers in your next interview! Gather guidelines, share insights and enjoy a lighthearted look at what can go wrong and what should go right, in a professional interview. Presented by Sue Lindrup and Kim Monaghan, Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff Consultant.

THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY ( WL) October 11th Noon - 1:30 pm KC2270 Are you a people pleaser? In our culture it’s easy to buy into the myth that vulnerability represents weakness and our imperfections are inadequacies. Fearing disconnection, we spend too much of our precious time and energy performing, perfecting, and pleasing. Rather than believing in our worthiness, we hustle for it. Lynne M. Lehocky, a therapist from Journey Thru Counseling Services, will facilitate a discussion centered around Brene Brown’s video, “The Power of Vulnerability.”


Workshops & Classes BUILDING SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS: KNOW YOUR DOCTOR ( B) Did you know YOU are the most important member of your health care team? Participants in this workshop will leave knowing what it means to get quality health care, how to get it and how to take action if you are not getting the right care. Presented by the Alliance for Health. October 17,12:00pm and 1:00pm Allendale KC 1142 October 18,12:00pm and 1:00pm DeVos 303C October 18, 7:30pm Allendale Facilities Services MTG room A

BE A BETTER WRITER AT WORK ( WL) October 17 from 12-2 p.m. at 302E DeVos Writing is a key skill for any successful career. Whether writing an email or a presentation, communication that is clear, concise and has a point gets positive results. Whether you enjoy writing or have difficulty crafting an email, you can learn to be a better writer – and more effective communicator. In this 90-minute workshop, learn essential skills, including: A guide to the 10 most common mistakes we make in punctuation and grammar; The 5 Cs of Clear Communication; Plain English (removing jargon from your communications); Writing to inform; Writing to persuade; Putting together successful plans and presentations; You’ll learn how to write emails, memos, letters and presentations that yield great results. Presented by Angela Klinske, editor, public relations and communications consultant.

CAREGIVING: A REASON TO OVERCOME SIBLING RIVALRY ( WL) October 24 Noon – 1 pm DEV302E October 25 Noon – 1 pm KC2259 Join Jennifer Feuerstein, from Gerontology Network, as she talks frankly about how to work peacefully as a family on caregiving issues, inheritance, end-of-life decisions, housing, dementia and more.


Workshops & Classes ESTATE PLANNING AND OTHER LEGAL ISSUES FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY ( WL B ) November 2 Noon – 1 pm KC2270 November 9 Noon-1 pm DEV302E When members of the LGBT community form new relationships, dissolve existing ones, create families, or draft estate plans, they face a daunting array of conflicting and sometimes hostile laws that their straight peers do not. Attorney Peter M. Kulas, from Kulas Law Office will help participants understand the legal issues facing the LBGT community and give advice on preparing documents or facing legal hurdles.

UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE AND HOME ( WL) November 13 Noon - 1:30 pm KC2266 November 15 Noon - 1:30 pm DEV302E Have you noticed a change in behavior in a co-worker, a family member or friend? Would you be able to recognize signs of depression, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety? Emotional health challenges affect many employees and their loved ones — a fact that is usually overlooked because these disorders tend to be hidden. As a result, emotional health challenges often go unrecognized and untreated. Mike Ohren, from Encompass, will dispel the myths surrounding mental and emotional illness. Learn about what indicators to look for and hear about the success of treatment for mental disorders.

THE TRX WORK OUT (W) December 12 & 13 1-2pm FASPIN Studio Suspension Training body weight exercise builds all body strength, flexibility and your core at the same time. TRX is one method of suspension training. Participants will be introduced to the TRX equipment and practice how to use it safely and effectively.


On Going Programs and Services BENEFITS INFORMATION CENTER ( B ) The Benefit Information Center is a convenient online location to get answers to questions that you may have in regards to your benefits. It is also a convenient way to get access to information that you will need to help you make an informed decision on your benefit options. Visit and click on benefit services.


GVSU faculty and staff qualify for a number of discounts on merchandise, services and programs in West Michigan including vision services, fitness centers, car services, cell phone providers and more! Check out our website for a complete list.


Want to go to the gym but afraid you’ll get lost inside? Tour the highlights of the GVSU Fieldhouse Tours leave from the Recreation Center front desk at 12:00 and 1:00pm 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 10/17 CHS Fitness Stairwell Tour: 9/20 at 12:00, 12:30, and 1:00pm. Meet at the CHS front desk.On the Pew campus and want a tour of the Winter Hall fitness room? Contact us at healthandwellness@ to set up a time.

UMR SERVICES ( W B ) UMR insurance works with you to maintain good health. A variety of free resources are available to all GVSU faculty, staff and families including Care Management, Health Coaching, Nurseline services and Maternity Management. Connect with UMR today by visiting or calling 1(800) 207 7680.


On Going Programs and Services WEIGHT WATCHERS AT WORK ( W ) Every Tuesday 12-1pm KC 2270 Learn how to eat right and live healthy. Health and Wellness continues to offer up to $120 taxable incentive for participation in the on-campus series. Register anytime. Visit the Health and Wellness website for GVSU log in information.

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP ( WL) 3rd Thursday of each month, beginning September 20 11:30am -12:30pm KC2264 The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group is open to the entire campus community; students, faculty and staff members, and the public. Facilitated by Cindy Beel-Bates, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections Consultant. Join us: You don’t have to go it alone! To register contact Sloop at

WHAT DADDIES DO BEST ( WL) September 27 and November 29 Noon - 1:00 pm KC2264 My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” ~Harmon Killebrew Like football, fatherhood is about winning. But it’s more than just scoring points. It’s about winning the hearts and minds of your children and leaving a rich legacy of love for future generations. This group of Grand Valley dads meets twice a semester to talk about topics related to fatherhood. It’s facilitated by Sharalle Arnold, Director of the Children’s Enrichment Center and Sue Sloop, Work Life Consultant.

FLEXIBLE WORK ARRANGEMENTS, FWA ( WL) Recognizing the increasing demands that staff members face in both their personal and work lives, GVSU is working towards developing more comprehensive flexible work arrangement (FWA) guidelines by offering a Web site devoted to workplace flexibility. The Web site includes a description of various flexible work arrangements options; the pros and cons, guidelines for requesting or implementing workplace flexibility and a Q&A page. Tips are available to assist supervisors on how to consider a flexible work arrangement for their area. For more information, visit or contact Sue Sloop at


On Going Programs and Services

ELDER CARE ( WL) Do you have a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s? Maybe your parents are no longer able to remain in their home safely. Are you a primary caregiver for an aging relative? Are you sensing that your parent’s mental status is changing? What elder care services are available in West Michigan? GVSU recognizes the challenges that faculty and staff are facing when providing care for an aging parent or loved one. By 2030, there will be about 71.5 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. To support this trend, GVSU has Elder Care Resource and Referral available through the Work Life Connections Program. Navigating the complex and often confusing maze of elder care-services can be overwhelming. Let Sue Sloop, our Work Life Consultant, or GVSU’s employee assistance program, Encompass/Work Place Options, help you with this challenge. To contact Sue Sloop, email her at To contact Work Place Options for resources and referrals, call 1-800-952-3586.

CHILD CARE ( WL) GVSU recognizes the need for good quality child care for the children of our faculty and staff. Families have a wide range of child care needs – ranging from infant care, care for special needs children, part time care to after school care and summer care for school age children. Finding child care can be a daunting task. The average person spends over 30 hours searching for child care. Work Life Connections, along with Encompass/Work Place Options, can help you find daycare tailored to your particular needs. We will assist you through providing child care searches and offering programs that address the issues related to child care. Simply call Work Place Options at 1-800-952-3586 or contact Sue Sloop at


On Going Programs and Services FINANCIAL AND LEGAL SERVICES ( WL) Financial troubles affect us all - they can be very stressful and frustrating. Let Encompass/Work Place Options provide you with the tools and support that you may need to alleviate some of that stress and make financial worries a lot smaller. Below are some of the resources available to GVSU faculty, staff and their immediate family members: MONTHLY FAMILY BUDGET WORKSHEET Go to and click on Worklife Services, Worklife Links & Resources to open the Monthly Budget Worksheet. This worksheet will help you to identify where your monthly income is going. It will help to locate areas where you can cut back on spending and increase saving. FREE BUDGETING COACH For help with basic budgeting and month-to-month expenses, call ENCOMPASS at 1- 616-459-9180. Meet with a counselor to get that help and support you need. One Hour Free Phone Consultation. As a GVSU faculty or staff member, you are entitled to a one hour free phone consultation with a certified financial planner through Work Place Options, part of our employee assistance service. Simply call 1-800-952-3586 and press 4 for further information. Don’t suffer alone. Let us help! For questions contact Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections, at LEGAL SERVICES Are you facing a legal issue and not sure where to turn? GVSU has partnered with Encompass & Work Life Options to offer legal assistance. Work Life Options offers an expanded service program that can provide faculty, staff, family members, and retirees with referrals and discounted services to address legal issues. This service will carry out an analysis for personal circumstances and challenges that faculty and staff may be encountering and provide them with recommendations, referrals, and printed information. GVSU Faculty and Staff will receive a half-hour free consultation and 25% off subsequent visits for Legal Services. For more information on contact Work Place Options 1-800-952-3586 or Sue Sloop at


On Going Programs and Services

WORK PLACE OPTIONS ( WL) Through Encompass, is a resource referral service for most any life event – from womb to tomb – that faculty and staff will likely encounter during their career here at GVSU. Resources for financial and legal services, child and elder care, convenience services, and more are available to faculty and staff. Simply call 1-800-952-3586 and press number 4.


Offered through GVSU Work Life Connections, Encompass is GVSU’s employee assistance program. Faculty, staff and their dependents have access to 5 free counseling sessions with a trained and licensed professional counselor. All visits are strictly confidential and can be set up by calling Encompass directly at 616-459-9180. Encompass is available to help with life’s stressor’s including marriage counseling, relationship challenges, parenting, anxiety, depression and more.

*Event dates and times are subject to change. Please visit our website for up to date information on programming. 331-2215 140 Lake Michigan Hall



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