Join the Aggies Thrive Group on Meetup and Attend an Event
Being part of a community can have a positive effect on mental and emotional wellbeing. Forming connections and relationships with people who have similar interests and hobbies can offer a sense of belonging that all of us need to thrive. As part of the Aggies Thrive initiative for faculty and staff, we’d like to introduce you to the Aggies Thrive group through Meetup, a place that can help you find those important connections in your community. Join now and begin registering to attend events! Want to host your own event? Follow these instructions to get started. You may also attend another local group event if there are no Aggies Thrive events in your area.
Nutritional Consultation and Follow-up Visit
Schedule an appointment to meet virtually or in-person with our Registered Dietitian, Brooke Lister, for a 30-45 minute nutrition assessment. She will help you review your current diet and nutrition habits and set goals for the future. We require one follow-up visit with them to track your goals and help you achieve them.
*Brooke will be on FMLA during the Spring session and not taking appointments that will qualify for this session.*
Read Two Books of Your Choice
Reading a book is an excellent activity to improve your physical and mental health. It can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and heart rate and aid in sleep readiness. Reading can also improve brain connectivity, prevent cognitive decline as we age and improve vocabulary and comprehension. To complete this activity, read two books of your choice and write a paragraph summary of the book and your thoughts.
Create Your Own Activity Option
Don't see an activity that interests you? Maybe you are already doing something that could meet the requirements? New this year, you can create your own activity for the Be Well category! Activities need pre-approval from the Be Well program before submitting for documentation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for approval of activity, determine necessary documentation requirements and any other questions.
Upload the necessary documentation that was approved by the Be Well staff.
Donating blood saves lives. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. A common concern when donating blood is that you may not have the right type of blood, but all types and components of your blood can be used to help those in need. Find a local blood drive and help save a life!
Please follow recommended donation timelines to ensure your health and safety.
Attend Three Different Sporting Events, Plays or Performances
Attend three different home or away sporting events, plays or performances offered throughout your community. Snap a selfie if appropriate or scan the play bill or ticket stub and submit them via the submission page.
Note: All three events must be different.
Average 7 Hours of Sleep Each Night for Three Weeks in a Row
Getting enough sleep is not only crucial for our physical health but also our mental health. Try to average seven hours of sleep each night, for three consecutive weeks and feel the difference a little shut eye makes! Track your sleep via FitBit or other device or track using an excel sheet. Upload a screen shot of your tracking device or the excel sheet via the submission portal. Here are some helpful tips on how to get to sleep and stay asleep.
Attend Two USU Extension Events or Courses
USU Extension provides research-based programs and resources with the goal of improving the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout Utah. They play a primary role in helping USU fulfill it's land-grant mission. With numerous programs including gardening, business and community, home and relationships, and health and wellness, there is sure to be something for everyone. Browse the Extension Calendar or the Extension Course Category page and attend two events or courses during the Rewards period to earn 100 points.
Join a Club
Did you know that there are a number of clubs throughout the state that would love to have you as member? From bee keeping to pottery to quilting - there is a club out there for just about anyone! Pick one that interests you and snap a picture of you at one of their events and we will give you 100 points for growing your social network!
Note: If you joined the USU Commuter Club as part of the Work Well category you may not use that for this activity.
Volunteering your time to give back to the community is a great way to boost your self-satisfaction as well as help others. Choose any community service project and provide proof that you had a part in it and we will reward you with 100 points! Snap a picture, or provide some other form of proof, and submit it through the submission page.
Participate in Three Different Family/Friends Activities
Having and building strong relationships has been proven to have many benefits from lowering stress to improving health measures. Organize or participate in three separate activities with your friends and family. At least one activity must include some form of physical activity. Snap a picture and submit them through the submission page.
Try Five New Healthy Recipes
According to the CDC, a healthy diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low fat dairy products. This includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars. Show us some of your favorite meals that follow these guidelines. Submit the healthy recipes as well as a photo of your finished products via the submission page to earn 100 points.
Declutter to Destress
Small messes or areas of clutter in our lives can cause unnecessary stress. Decluttering can lower stress, give you more energy and make it easier for you to focus. For this activity, spend 5 hours (even 10 minutes/day works!) to tidy up your desk, clean out a drawer, get rid of clothes you don't wear, or organize the files on your computer to give you some ideas.