Wellness at Work – Winter Series (formerly Weight Watchers at Work)

Get a head start on your 2019 wellness goals! Wellness at Work (formerly Weight Watchers) is ready to launch yet another GRCC series to help bring you closer to your personal health goals.

Enjoy a 15% discount if you register at Meeting 1! Cost for the program is $132.60 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.) beginning December 13 and online e-tool access. After December 13, the cost for the program will be $156.

Bonus: On-campus meetings will not be held December 27 or January 3, but you will still be able to join a community meeting and have continued access to your online e-tools. That’s like getting two weeks free!

If you are interested in participating, please contact Angela Salinas (x2567, angelasalinas@grcc.edu) and join us at a meeting on Thursday, December 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the Far Side Room (1st Floor Student Center). Please note that should you choose to register for the program, payment is due at this session. Members can pay with cash, check, or a credit or debit card. You can also take advantage of a three-check split payment method.

Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office.

Bootcamp classes have new location starting today

Beginning TODAY, November 6, Bootcamp with Lannie (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) has found indoor space for the rest of the Fall semester!

  • Tuesdays: meet in 025 Student Center (Farside Room)
  • Thursdays: meet in 336 Student Center

Please note: there will be NO employee wellness classes held the week of November 19-23. Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall 2018 employee wellness classes run through Friday, December 14 (i.e. there will be no classes the week of December 17).

Questions or more information? Please contact Angela Salinas – Employee Events, Engagement, and Onboarding Coordinator at ext. 2567 or email: angelasalinas@grcc.edu.

Reminder: Open Enrollment deadline is Friday at 5 p.m.

Open Enrollment Deadline is Friday, November 9, at 5:00 p.m.

The annual open enrollment period is the time during the year (without a qualifying event), when you have the opportunity to enroll or change your medical plans.

  • Flex Spending Account: During this time, you may elect to participate in the Flexible Spending Account health care and/or dependent care. If you are currently enrolled in the Flexible Spending Account, you must re-enroll each plan year to continue participating in the program.
  • Health Savings Account participants: HSA contribution limits are determined on a calendar/tax-year basis. During open enrollment, HSA participants must complete a new HSA payroll deduction form for the 2019 calendar year. HSA payroll deduction forms are available on the HR website.
  • Employee Waiving Health Insurance Coverage: To continue to receive additional compensation in lieu of health coverage, you must complete the election form, waiver of health coverage form, and provide a copy of your current health insurance card.

Open Enrollment forms and resources are available on GRCC’s Human Resources page.

You do not need to complete open enrollment forms if you want to maintain your current health plan and you are not electing Flexible Spending Account/Health Savings Account.

Deadline for Open Enrollment is Friday, November 9, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective as of January 1, 2019.

Reminder: We have moved to an annual health plan renewal. Therefore; we will no longer hold a mid-year open enrollment. The next open enrollment opportunity will be in the fall of 2019.

If you have any questions or need assistance with open enrollment, please feel free to contact Debra Davis at 234-4175, Maria Belmares Herrera at 234-4052, or Cathy Kubiak at 234-3971.

Donuts and cider at Annual Employee Benefits Fair and Flu Shot Clinic Tomorrow

Flyer for the Annual Benefits Fair. Text reads: "Annual Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. Employees and Family members are welcomed! Join us for some Cider & Donuts! When:Wednesday, October 24th, 2018. Where: ATC Banquet Rooms (118-124). Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm. Benefit Fair Scavenger Hunt. Collect a ticket at the welcome table to be entered into the raffle drawing, Or play our benefit scavenger hunt for a chance to win the grand prize. Items will be placed on the vendors tables. To participate in the grand prize raffle drawing, you will need to visit the vendor tables and locate the items that are on your raffle scavenger hunt card. Once you have identified all the items on the card and collected a sticker from the vendor, give your card to Angie Ramirez at the entrance for a chance to win the grand prize. Good Luck! Employees who are getting a flu shot will automatically be entered into the raffle drawing. Vendors at the Fair: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Pine Rest; Flex Administrators; RX Optical; Lake Michigan Credit Union; Aflac; MEEMIC; GRCC Wellness/Staff Development; VALIC; i-Chiro; Legend Group; and more. Flu Shot Clinic. GRCC employees can get a flu shot at the fair. Be sure to bring your insurance card or pay $20 (cash or check payable to GRCC)."

Come join your colleagues for a fun and informational event at the Annual Employee Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. Learn more about the benefits offered to you. Employees and their family members are welcome!

  • When: TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Where: ATC Banquet Rooms (118-124)
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Speak with GRCC Benefit vendors including:

  • BC/BS
  • Flex Administrators
  • AFLAC
  • Pine Rest
  • Madison National Life
  • Annuity Vendors

Get your Flu Shot – don’t forget to bring your insurance card, or the cost to employees is only $20 if not insured.

There will be cider and donuts in the atrium of ATC from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Get information on your health plan options for Open Enrollment, beginning October 29, 2018. HR staff will be on hand to answer your open enrollment questions.

You may also win fabulous prizes including gift cards and other great gifts donated by our vendors. See you at the Fair!

Annual Employee Benefits Fair and Flu Shot Clinic Next Wednesday

Flyer for the Annual Benefits Fair. Text reads: "Annual Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. Employees and Family members are welcomed! Join us for some Cider & Donuts! When:Wednesday, October 24th, 2018. Where: ATC Banquet Rooms (118-124). Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm. Benefit Fair Scavenger Hunt. Collect a ticket at the welcome table to be entered into the raffle drawing, Or play our benefit scavenger hunt for a chance to win the grand prize. Items will be placed on the vendors tables. To participate in the grand prize raffle drawing, you will need to visit the vendor tables and locate the items that are on your raffle scavenger hunt card. Once you have identified all the items on the card and collected a sticker from the vendor, give your card to Angie Ramirez at the entrance for a chance to win the grand prize. Good Luck! Employees who are getting a flu shot will automatically be entered into the raffle drawing. Vendors at the Fair: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Pine Rest; Flex Administrators; RX Optical; Lake Michigan Credit Union; Aflac; MEEMIC; GRCC Wellness/Staff Development; VALIC; i-Chiro; Legend Group; and more. Flu Shot Clinic. GRCC employees can get a flu shot at the fair. Be sure to bring your insurance card or pay $20 (cash or check payable to GRCC)."

Come join your colleagues for a fun and informational event at the Annual Employee Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. Learn more about the benefits offered to you. Employees and their family members are welcome!

  • When: Next Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Where: ATC Banquet Rooms (118-124)
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Speak with GRCC Benefit vendors including:

  • BC/BS
  • Flex Administrators
  • AFLAC
  • Pine Rest
  • Madison National Life
  • Annuity Vendors

Get your Flu Shot – don’t forget to bring your insurance card, or the cost to employees is only $20 if not insured.

There will be cider and donuts in the atrium of ATC from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Get information on your health plan options for Open Enrollment, beginning October 29, 2018. HR staff will be on hand to answer your open enrollment questions.

You may also win fabulous prizes including gift cards and other great gifts donated by our vendors. See you at the Fair!

Save the Date – GRCC Flu Shot Clinic on October 24

The 2018 GRCC Flu Shot Clinic for Staff will be held at the Annual Benefits Fair.

  • When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Where: ATC Banquet Rooms 118, 120, 122, and 124
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The best way to prevent the flu and its spread is to get a flu shot. Protect yourself. Protect your family. Protect your friends.

The cost to GRCC staff will be $20 cash or check made payable to “Grand Rapid Community College.”

Employees covered under the WMHIP health plans can receive the flu shot at no charge. You will need to bring your insurance card to this event in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf.

Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses will administer flu shots.

Fitness in the Workplace professional development workshop this Friday

Upcoming professional development class:

Friday, September 28: “Fitness in the Workplace”

Most Americans with desk jobs report not getting enough exercise. Additionally, prolonged sitting, especially at a computer, can cause strain on muscles and joints, particularly of the neck and back, and cause pain. Simple changes can be incorporated into your workday to help to you become more active, reduce stress, and feel good!

This seminar will discuss proper desk ergonomics, stretches, and light exercises you can do around your workplace; stress reduction strategies; and how to make easy behavior changes that can help you feel great throughout the day!

Please visit the Workshop Registration page to sign up for this session.

Learning Opportunities Scheduled This Week: Benefits, Drupal, and Workplace Health

Here are the professional development opportunities Human Resources has prepared for staff and faculty this week:

Wednesday, 9/26: Benefits 101

  • These sessions will provide an overview of health plans, FSA, HSA, and optional benefits offered through Grand Rapids Community College.

Thursday, 9/27: Drupal Basics

  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.

Friday, 9/28: Fitness in the Workplace (NEW Session)

  • Most Americans with desk jobs report not getting enough exercise. Additionally, prolonged sitting, especially at a computer, can cause strain on muscles and joints, particularly of the neck and back, and cause pain. Simple changes can be incorporated into your workday to help to you become more active, reduce stress, and feel good! This seminar will discuss proper desk ergonomics, stretches, and light exercises you can do around your workplace; stress reduction strategies; and how to make easy behavior changes that can help you feel great throughout the day!

Go to the Registration webpage to see details on these sessions and to register. Seats are filling up fast, so register today!

Fall series of Weight Watchers at Work needs 2 more members!

We are two members away from our 15 member minimum to continue with Weight Watchers at Work, so if you’ve been thinking about joining, now is the perfect time! Our current members have collectively lost over 500 pounds since January!

Cost for the program is $156 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays) beginning September 13th and online e-tool access. Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office. If you’d like to join, please attend our next meeting on Thursday, September 13th, at 12:30 p.m. in room 144 Main to register and submit payment. Payment can be made via credit/debit card or check.

Questions? Please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, nicoledekker2@grcc.edu).

Upcoming Mind-Body Wellness Events from Counseling & Career Development

Counseling & Career Development is presenting a series of Mind-Body Wellness events this Fall. These events are intended to promote student wellness, particularly their mental and emotional health and resiliency. We’re trying out some new offerings and formats this semester, including weekly mindfulness meditation and tai chi activities, as well as brief talks with nutritious snacks. These will be held at a variety of locations across campus. The September flyer is below; the events are also listed on the Raider Connect platform, where students can RSVP (not required, but helpful!).

All GRCC students, faculty, & staff are welcome. Questions? Call (616) 234-4130, email enisley@grcc.edu, or check out grcc.edu/counseling. Those in need of accommodations, please contact DSS in advance at (616) 234-4140.

Flier for the Mind-Body Wellness Series. Text reads: "GRCC Counseling & Career Development’s Mind-Body Wellness Series: September 2018 Events. (1.) Mindfulness Meditation: Mondays, starting September 10, 12-12:30 p.m., Meditation and Prayer Room, Main Floor Library and Learning Commons. Did you know that regular practice of mindfulness meditation can reduce stress, improve attention and concentration, increase feelings of connectedness, and may strengthen the immune system and improve stress-related physical and mental health conditions? Want to check it out for yourself? Join us for any of our weekly mindfulness meditation sessions to learn how to meditate or build on any previous meditation experience you may have. GRCC counselor, Emily Nisley, will facilitate sessions using a variety of common mindfulness meditation exercises. Our practice will be secular; no particular religious or spiritual beliefs are required. Chairs and floor seating are available; you’re welcome to bring a mat, cushion, towel, and/or blanket for more comfortable floor seating if desired. (2.) Tai Chi & Tea: Tuesdays, starting September 11, 12-1 p.m., Student Center Room 336. Originally developed in ancient China, tai chi is an exercise with benefits for the mind and body. Regular practice of tai chi’s slow, continuous movements with coordinated breathing and mental focus can decrease feelings of stress, improve mood, and increase strength, flexibility, and balance. The tai chi style we’ll practice was designed to be safe and gentle; it can even be done seated if needed. GRCC counselor Emily Nisley will lead the sessions, with about 45 minutes of tai chi, followed by time to enjoy a cup of tea together if you’d like. No experience necessary. Clothes you can move in and flat-soled shoes are recommended. Those with a health condition should consult their health care provider before beginning tai chi. (3.) Zzz’s Get Degrees!: Thursday, September 20, 1:30-2 p.m., Sneden Hall Room 103; Wednesday, September 26, 11-11:30 a.m., Cook Hall Room 213. Getting enough good-quality sleep lays a foundation for physical and emotional wellness, and is vital for maximizing the power of your attention and memory to achieve academic success. Despite this, there’s practically an epidemic of sleep deprivation amongst college students! Join us to learn how sleep (or lack thereof) impacts academic performance and health. Assess your own sleep quality and leave with 10 strategies for improving your sleep right away! Light refreshments will be served (while they last). All GRCC students, faculty, & staff are welcome. Questions? (616) 234-4130 enisley@grcc.edu grcc.edu/counseling. Those in need of accommodations, please contact DSS in advance at (616) 234-4140."

Walking Challenge Winners!!!

The "Pink's Pedominators" team poses for a picture on steps near the library.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the “Going the Distance at GRCC” Walking Challenge! 22 teams, comprised of both students and employees, competed against one other to accumulate the most steps. All in all, 125 participants took a total of 6,722,398 steps….or 33,612 MILES!! Congratulations to the 3 teams who rose to the top, step by step:

  • 1st Place: Pink’s Pedominators of various departments with 452,107 steps / 2,261 miles
  • 2nd Place: Couch Potatoes of Student Employment Services with 448,575 steps / 2,243 miles
  • 3rd Place: Tread Shredders of IT with 423,869 steps / 2,119 miles

Fall Wellness Schedule Now Available!

Classes will soon be in session, and so will our fall wellness classes! Build a little “YOU” time into your busy days and join us. We have a class for everyone, from beginners to advanced. Check out the schedule, grab a friend, and come move your body!

As always, there’s no need to sign up in advance – just show up and see what the fun is all about. You are welcome to bring your spouse, child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC participants are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester. All are welcome!

**Please note wellness classes will not be held on September 3rd or the week of November 19-23 in observance of holidays.**

Contact Nicole Dekker (nicoledekker2@grcc.edu, x3848) with any questions.

Weight Watchers at Work – Fall Series!

GRCC would like to continue offering Weight Watchers at Work, and we are looking for 15 or more employees to join in our success in order to continue the program. Our current members have collectively lost over 500 pounds since January!

Enjoy a 15% discount if you register by August 9th! Cost for the program is $132.60 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays) beginning September 6th and online e-tool access. After August 9th, the cost for the program will be $156. Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, nicoledekker2@grcc.edu) and join us at a meeting on Thursday, August 9th, at 12:30 p.m. in room 144 Main.