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Faculty and Staff Challenges

If you are interested in heightening your well-being and getting involved in something fun, then our faculty and staff challenges are perfect for you! Visit for more information on the WELLU challenges. Email with any questions or concerns. Good luck!

"In a New York Minute" Team Challenge:

Are you ready for a unique physical challenge? "In a New York Minute" is a 4 week tracker challenge designed to encourage simple, healthy habits for office workers while enjoying the sites of the city that never sleeps. Look for the NYC Cab Drivers' tourist attractions as you move along the map. There are five components to this challenge including:

  1. Using the Stairs (at least 2 flights)- 600 points/day (max. 12,000 points total)
  2. Desk Stretches (at least 15 minutes)-600 points/day (max. 12,000 points total)
  3. Break time Walk (at least 15 minutes)-600 points/day (max. 12,000 points total)
  4. Motivate a Co-worker to go for a break time walk-600 points/day (max. 12,000 points total)
  5. Drinking 8 glasses of Water-600 points/day (no max.)

Each of these activities will not only break up your day, but help you develop physically beneficial habits for the long run. In addition, they will help to relax and center you throughout your busy day. Why not get a team together and motivate one another to improve your health status?

In a New York Minute CHALLENGE
This TEAM challenge of 5 - 10 participants will begin on Tuesday, March 18th, and it will run through Tuesday, April 15th. There are 2 possible ways for each participant to win $25 by participating in this challenge:

  1. Perform and track the most points as a team
  2. Submit a winning essay on how your team met the philosophy and vision of Being a Steward of Your Health throughout the challenge

Don't wait, and get involved with the challenge today at Email with any questions or concerns. Good luck!

"Trek the Great Wall of China" Challenge Winners!

Student Health ServicesOnce again, yet another successful faculty and staff team challenge has come to an end. Ten teams and more than 60 individuals participated in our firstchallenge of the academic year. While trekking the Great Wall of China and learning about milestones along the way, we totaled 3,493,272 steps, accounting for 1,644.4 miles in just 5 short weeks! Our lovely ladies from Student Health Services landed in 1st place with 477,440 steps and 224.7 miles! Team members, seen to the left, include Christine Sandal, LeeAnn Nelsen, Julie Zaruba Fountaine, and Kristen Regas. With just 4 members, these tenacious women attribute their success to a great deal of shoveling. In addition to these winners are the 10 participants from the team SA Superstars who submitted a phenomenal article on how their team met the vision of being stewards of their health. These members include Diane Swanoski, Carrie Taylor Kemp, Leigh Branovan, Nathan Langer, Gail Samarzia, Anita Gille, Mary Anderson, Jessica Ellingson, Pam Bjorklund, and Mary Butler. This diverse group represents departments throughout the college including Career Services, Student Affairs, Campus Ministry, Disability Resources, and Nursing. Congratulations to all of our winners and participants! Be sure to keep an eye open for our next team challenge coming soon in the Spring of 2014!

Challenge"How To's" to help you sign up and get started:

HOW TO... Create an Account (for All Users):
1) Visit
2) All users must create an account, even if you've participated in the past
3) Click on either "Not Registered?" or "Sign up now by CLICKING HERE"
4) Agree to the end user agreement
5) Type in "CSS" next to enter site under company selection and click "OK"
6) Fill out all profile information and click "Save & Continue"

HOW TO... Create a Team (for Team Captains):
1) Once logged in, click "Teams" on the left side bar
2) Click "create a team" in the upper right corner
3) Fill out all fields appropriate
a. Enter your team name
b. Make sure to choose an avatar to represent your team
c. Enter a brief description for your team
d. Make your team a "Public" team so that others may easily join
e. Select "yes" that you want to limit the number of people
f. Set that limit to 10
g. Select "yes" you are a member of the team

HOW TO... Add your Team to the Challenge (for Team Captains):
1) To add your team to the challenge, click on "challenges" on the left side bar
2) Click on "Challenge Teams" in the upper right corner
3) Click on "add my team to this challenge"
4) Then click "add to challenge"

HOW TO... Join a Team (for Non-Captain Team Members):
1) Once logged in, click "Teams" on the left side bar
2) Scroll over the team you would like to join and click "Join"

HOW TO... Track Steps (for All Users):
1) Once logged in, click "Welcome" on the left side bar, if you are not already there
2) If you'd like to track steps and view progress on the map, click the link within "Visit the challenge page by clicking here."
3) If you'd like to track steps quickly, do so directly from the "Welcome" page
4) Enter the date and steps under "Count Steps" if you walked or know the steps for your activity
5) Enter the date, choose an activity, and enter minutes under "Count Activities" for other physical activities

"Rock Your Way to Wellness" Challenge Winners!

As all of our participants begin packing away their 'blue suede shoes,' we say goodbye to yet another successful faculty and staff challenge. The conclusion of the "Rock Your Way to Wellness" challenge brought about the celebration of 19 winners within 3 different teams. The staff ladies from the science building, known as the Science Saints, quickly became winners after tracking the most points at an outstanding 795,732 steps. Team members include Amanda Nix, Kristen Reedy, Pam Olson, Cathy Johnson, and Renee Saamanen. After hours of calculations, the competitive walkers from College Advancement, known as the Blue Stone Rockers, took home the medal for the most log ins to the Healthy Life site with at least 35 log ins each. Team members include Carrie Emslander, Elizabeth Simonson, Janet Rosen, Lisa Roseth, Shannon Hoffman, and Aimee Fisher. Lastly, after reading and evaluating a number of fine essays, the large, 8 member team of One Token Male claimed the prize with the most thought-out and inspiring winning essay. Team members include Amanda Abrahamson, Anne Hansen, Brenda Panger, Cathy Johnson, Joe Wicklund, Joel Claseman, Laurajae Johnson, and Pam Lahti. Congratulations to each of our winners and to all that competed in this exciting, team challenge!

"There Is No Time Like the Pleasant" Challenge Winners!

From L to R: Nikki Schutte, William Leino, Barbara King, and Paula McGrew

As the ever stressful and hectic holiday season came to a close, so did our WELLU faculty and staff challenge, "There is No Time like the Pleasant!" Throughout this challenge, participants were rewarded points for setting aside time for themselves to complete and track 7 possible relaxation activities. From the 60 plus faculty and staff that took part in this challenge, 20 individuals recorded at least 100 points and 11 individuals recorded at least 200 points! Ironically enough, three individuals tied for 2nd place with an outstanding 217 points. These stress-free participants are William Leino, Paula McGrew, and Nikki Schutte. Landing in first place, just one point ahead of the others at 218 points, was Barbara King. Barbara plans to purchase a new iPod Mini with her prize money! Be sure to congratulate our challenge winners, and keep an eye open for future WELLU faculty and staff challenges!