Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Annual Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness week 
Feb. 27th-Mar 2
    Kitty Westin 
    • Mon. Feb 27th 7-8:30pm
    • Tues. Feb. 28th 9-10:30am
      • "Family and Friends:" 
      • Documentary Viewing and Panel Discussion
      • Montague 80 
    • Wednesday Feb. 29th 12-1pm
      • Documentary"Killing Us Softly"
      •  optional discussion
      • Kirby 268
    • Wed. Feb 29th 1-2pm
      • "How to Help a Friend"- 
      • Group discussion facilitated by Health Services Jean Baribeau-Thoennes 
      • Kirby 268
    • Thurs. Mar. 1st 12-1pm
      • Documentary Viewing- "Perfect Illusions: Eating Disorders and the Family"
      • Multicultural Lounge

Thursday, February 9, 2012


SH/E meeting!
UMD Sexual Health Educators (S/HE)
This is a group of students that provide presentations on healthy relationships and sexual health to classrooms and housing units on campus.

Group Advisor
  • Dori Decker
    • Health Services health educator 
Benefits of Joining
  • Sexual Health knowledge 
  • Sexual Health Education Knowledge
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Network with students and local agencies concerning sexual health
  • Strengthen Resume 
  • Learn from professionals. 
  • FUN!
Want to Join? 
  • Contact Dori Decker 

Next Presentation
  • 5 Languages of Love
    • When: Feb 13th 1-3pm 
    • Where: Library Rotunda (4th floor)
    • Who: For UMD students
    • Provided by: UMD Counseling Services
Future Projects 
To be continued

Request A SH/E Presentation

What majors/minors apply?
  • Open to all majors and minors
Spring 2012 Members 
  • Mel Alvar
  • Brook Martell
  • Michelle Sones
  • Kristin Gates
  • Dana Krizak 
  • Angela Sheets

Monday, February 6, 2012

Wellness in Action Schedule

WEEKLY FOCUS:  Take an active roll in your health!
  • 4:15-5:00pm Weights/ Upper body
  • 5:00-6:00pm Zumba
  • 4:15-5:00pm Kickboxing/Cardio/Track
  • 5:00-6:00pm
  • 4:15-5:00pm Weights/ Lower Body
  • 5:00-6:00pm Zumba
  • 4:15-5:00pm To be determined. 
  • 5:00-6:00pm

UMD RESOURCES: Student Health Advisory Committee

  • A.K.A Student Health Advisory Committee 
  • Click link above to view:
    • Mission
    • Benefits of Joining
    • Responsibilites
    • Dori Decker
    • Contact
  • Facebook
SHAC Advisor
  • Dori Decker 
  • (218) 726-7046

Looking for Participants!

Meeting Times 
  • When: Tuesdays 1pm
  • Where: Tweed Museum conference room
  • Times and meeting places are subject to possible change
Current Projects 


Would you like to exercise out side of the SpHC fitness center?
Looking to do an activity to enjoy winter? 
Hoping to meet people and enhance your health at the same time? 
Are you missing equipment to make this happen?
These are all questions that UMD RSOP can help solve. 

Check out: 
RSOP Rental Front Desk
  • Intramurals
  • Fitness
  • Kayak and Canoe 
  • Outdoor trips
  • Aquatics
  • And more!
  • Eligibility 
  • Enrollment 
  • Reimbursement 
  • Spring 2012
  • Forms 
    • Risk management
    • Health 
    • Contracts/Accounting 
    • Leading Programs/ Trips Forums
    • Liability
  • Contact
  • Payment

Sunday, February 5, 2012


In case you missed this event, this post will provide the participants and the website links/contact information to potential job opportunities in this field!

Minnesota Job Search Website
This is a website that lists any job opening for the whole entire state.

Event Booth Participants 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

WEAR RED DAY: Friday February 3

Celebrate National Wear Red Day 

To support the American Heart Association's mission to fight heart disease in women. 
According to the A.H.A, "Heart Disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year!"

Friday Februrary 3, 2012.

Who is participating? 
"Thousands of hospitals, small businesses, multinational corporations, news broadcasters, schools, individuals, and even landmarks "Go Red"  to help raise crucial awareness and significant funds in the fight against heart disease in women.  So are UMD students, as shown below!

Links WearRedDay

Funny Youtube Videos

Informational Videos

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

INTERNSHIP: UMD Health Coaching-Fall 2012

Meet Rachel Gilberston. She’s the UMD’s Staff  Health Coach through UPLAN.

What does Rachel do as a the UMD health coach
As the UMD Health Coach, I work on the forefront of Employee Health and Wellness. My job is to stay up to date on current health trends and the impact of worksite wellness. I work one-on-one with clients, facilitate weekly Health Improvement Program meetings, create UMD wellness initiatives, and promote the University of 
Minnesota's wellness programs for all campuses.

Internship opportunities/description 
                         (Health Education Majors) 

  • Plan, Organize, and Prepare Health Improvement Program (HIP) meetings. Assist in weekly meetings.
  • Maintain contact with HIP guest presenters. 
  • Assist in the Employee Wellness Program Fall 2012 health challenge planning, promotion, implementation, and evaluation. This may include calculating weigh-in results, sending weekly informational and results emails, and providing support and encouragement to participants
  •   Participate (as needed) in weight management program, presentations, health fairs, and other appropriate meetings (departmental, campus, etc.)
  • Document individual information and maintain the files within HIPAA and University guidelines to assure participant's privacy and confidentiality of information
  • Assist in the development and ongoing use of Health Coaching program materials, promotions, and evaluations. 

Other majors are applicable
Rachel claims,  "l'll accept any major/minor as long as they are interested in learning about Health Coaching and can offer ideas and ways of improving and expanding the current program. My goal is that internship opportunity offers an experience that aligns with future goals/careers that students are passionate about."

National Certification in the areas of health, fitness, nutrition, or other health areas.   

Senior level student in a Health Education or Psychology major with one or more years of experience in a related health field. Eligible for internship credit. Proficient with word processing, email, internet.

Examples of other Majors
1) Health Care Management Major: Helping to update Health Coaching and Quick Care policies and procedures along with creating more efficient ways of scheduling appointments and tracking client progress.

2) Psychology Major: Setting up and observing health coaching meetings, providing follow up resources to clients.

How many spot available for the fall? 
1-2 maybe 3. 

A little bit about Rachel
Rachel is a Health Education (Community) grad and had some trouble finding a job after graduation. With much hard work, Rachel teamed up with UMD to become the UPlan Health Coach/Health Educator.  

Is this a growing occupation?
Absolutely! Here are some proof of when Rachel started out, compared to the current date. 

2007: 4 clients when program started in October
2008: 39 clients completed the program
2009: 45 clients completed the program
2010: 62 clients completed the program
2011: 54 clients completed * I have to do some final calculations for this number as some started in 2011 but are still finishing their program.

I've implemented a variety of ways to increase my capacity to see approximately 100 clients starting in 2012.

Why is this occupation growing?
Many employers/ executives/ social institutions are realizing that when employees are healthy there are less sick days (raising productivity), and money is saved. Health Insurance plans are offering deductions as incentives to work with a Health Coach. 

UMD's UPLAN (health insurance) offers wellness points. The more points you have the more money you save on your health premium.
The Wellness Point Goals are based on the level of coverage
1) 300 wellness points = $300 reduction in 2013 insurance premiums
2) 400 wellness points = $400 reduction in 2013 insurance premiums

Wellness coaching=150 points 

Results of the University Wellness Program
University Wellness program (including all campus locations) has a 1.09:1 return on investment based on 2008 reports(*For each dollar the University spends on the UPlan Wellness Programs, they cover the cost and make 9 cents.)

Based on the annual Wellness Assessment, the average health risk per repeat participant went from 3.1 down to 2.7 which is a decrease of 11.1%.

UMD RESOURCES: Health Services-Counseling Services

Are you having a hard time dealing with stress, contemplating about "coming out," feeling moody or lethargic, getting in fights with loved ones, or struggling with using too much alcohol, drugs or even food? These are only a few issues that UMD Counseling Services can help with.

What can you find on their main page?
 Clinic Services, Calendar of UMD Events , Contact options, and much more!

Do you have to pay? 
One the best things about this resource is if you're in school for over 6 credits, it's free! Let me restate that it's FREE FOR STUDENTS (over 6 credits).
Are you attending UMD and completing 6 credits or less? See your options here.

(Comfy/Cozy Lobby) 

Why should any student consider this resource?
Counseling can help with things like this no matter how small or big they appear. If something is preventing you from being the well-balanced, healthy, successful student you want to be, having a counselor coach you through issues might just make life a little bit more easy or manageable. In addition, this is a place that offers confidentiality, so your secrets are safe with them.

Meat Jean Baribeau-Thoennes: Health Services Counselor.

What does she want students to know? 
Throughout the HERO interview, she pointed out that students don't have to be on medication or have a clinical diagnosis of a mental health issue to use counseling services. If you need support, problem solving, or a place to explore the impact your problem is having on your life and to work to make some changes they are here to help. No matter how big or small the issue is for yourself or between you and other people, it's worthy of counseling services. They can assist you to over come your issue or reach what ever goal you have. 

Don't want to schedule a session but want some information? 
This resource center also offers informational pamphlets if you're looking for information on:

  • Maybe I have a friend with an eating disorder?
  • Procrastination
  • Maybe I have an eating problem?
  • Test Anxiety
  • Coming out
  • Safety and Security on Campus
  • Dealing with Depression-What everyone should know.
  • Body Size Diversity and Acceptance
  • Adjusting to College
  • Sexual Assault Protocol
  • A Student's Guide to ADHD
  • Take a stand against Hate Crimes
  • For Loved ones and Sexual Abuse Survivors
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Perfectionism
  • Grief and Loss
  • Bipolar Disorder: Stories of Coping and Courage
  • Stress in College
  • Coping and Stress
  • Emotional Abuse
  • A good night’s sleep (tips and Support)
  • Coping with Mental Illness In the Family
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Addictive Relationships
  • Experiencing and Expressing Emotion
Still not convinced if your a candidate for counseling?
Screening procedures can help. Contact to assist with further questions.