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GMHEC Well-being

What’s on tap for well-being weeks of 8/17/20 and 8/24/20?

“Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

As we and our students prepare to return to campus, and our children prepare to return to school (maybe???), managing our energy and well-being will be critical.  To support you and your families to stay well, each of our GMHEC colleges and the Consortium offer a variety of resources. 

  • Are you curious about how to make the most of your Cigna health care benefits or get the best deal on your prescriptions?  Check out this information on healthcare consumerism
  • Are you interested in connecting with a licensed mental health counselor from the privacy of your home?  Look no further than Cigna Talkspace
  • Do you need some help finding childcare or a tutor for your kids? How about resources for managing a financial or legal issue?  EAP has you covered.  
  • For more resources, check out our well-being resource guides and take advantage of the wonderful resources at your disposal.   

Check out some of the events that we have coming up over the next couple of week and be sure to check in regularly on our events calendar (password GMHECWell-Being) to stay in the know about all the great stuff we’ve got going on. 

Great Western Loop challenge: There is still time to get in on the action with DIEMlife “Race Around the Great Western Loop”.  Join your coworkers as we log some miles to complete this 6400-mile trek.  Earn steps by walking, biking, hiking, rowing and doing a host of other activities.   The team from St. Mikes has been maintaining a commanding lead but the folks from Champlain are hot on their tails.  If you have not yet signed up you can find all the information you need here

Fermentation series: Join the dietitians from Whole Health Nutrition for a two-part fermentation series.  In class one we will be making yogurt and kombucha and in class two we’ll be making sauerkraut and kimchi.  Please register at to receive a list of equipment and ingredients prior to class.

  • Fermentation class 1: Yogurt + Kombucha
    Tue, Aug 25, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (EDT)
    Click here to join the meeting.  Access code: 745-927-429 or dial in by phone +1 (224) 501-3412
  • Fermentation class 2: Sauerkraut & Kimchi
    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (EDT)

Click here to join the meeting.  Access code 243-422-493 or dial in by phone +1 (646) 749-3122

How team’s thrive: There’s a renewed spotlight on teams: a crisis is a stark reminder of just how critical effective collaboration is for employee well-being and organizational survival. Regardless of size and structure, all teams face challenges. How can teams today thrive and deliver results? Strong leadership is key, but every team member is also accountable for success.
In this webinar, we will explore:

  • The risks to teams today—burnout, mistrust, exclusion—and what you can do about them
  • The 6 research-based team effectiveness factors for teams to thrive
  • Actionable takeaways to boost team performance

Thursday, August 27th 3:00-4:00pm EST.  Preregistration required.  Click here to register. 

Combating perfectionism: Life can be a high-pressure environment filled with even higher expectations. While holding yourself to high expectations can lead to success and fulfillment, it can also have a negative impact in the form of perfectionism. Learn about the true nature of perfectionism, why it’s so popular, and how to develop immunity to perfectionism in your life. Available to faculty and staff of Middlebury, MIIS, Champlain and St. Michael’s.   Brought to you by New Directions Behavioral Health, EAP provider. Wednesday, August 26th noon-1 pm EST or 3:00-4:00 pm EST.   Click here to register.  Middlebury and MIIS employees will use code Middlebury College, Champlain employees use code Champlain College, St. Michael’s employees use code smcvt.  Scroll down to “Check out our webinars” and “register for live webinars”.

Motivating your employees:  Happy workers are productive workers. Luckily, motivating your employees doesn’t take a lot of flare or even a lot of resources. This training will explore the key environmental factors within your control as a supervisor or manager to give your employees the space to flourish. Brought to you by New Directions Behavioral Health, EAP provider. Wednesday, August 19th noon-1 pm EST or 3:00-4:00 pm EST.   Click here to register.  Middlebury and MIIS employees will use code Middlebury College, Champlain employees use code Champlain College, St. Michael’s employees use code smcvt.  Scroll down to “Check out our webinars” and “register for live webinars”.

TIAA August Webinars

Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars. Reserve
your spot today.
Schedule online:

Social Security for Married Couples
Married couples can take advantage of strategies that may help to increase
lifetime Social Security benefits. You can learn the basics about spousal benefits, understand the many variables involved in claiming strategies and how married couples can boost their benefits by coordinating the timing of their claims.
Tuesday, August 11 at 12 p.m. (ET)

2020 Investment outlook – post corona-virus recovery
Join us for a special webinar during which Robert C. Doll, Nuveen Senior Portfolio Manager and Chief Equity Strategist, discusses how the corona-virus health crisis has effected the investment landscape and economic recovery. Doll’s comprehensive insights into the trends and issues he believes are positioned to meaningfully shape the economy and markets have served as a thoughtful guide to investors as they work to build strong long-term investment portfolios.
Tuesday, August 11 at 3 p.m. (ET)

Money at Work 2: Sharpening investment skills
Expanding your portfolio to maximize potential growth while minimizing risk—scenarios and alternative investing vehicles to help manage more complex finances.
Wednesday, August 12 at 12 p.m. (ET)

Retiring in the New Normal
We all know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings all of the risks to light so you have a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it, especially in this new environment.
Wednesday, August 12 at 3 p.m. (ET)

Financial housekeeping for now and later
For many, the current health crisis has resulted in unique financial challenges. From dealing with reduced income to trying to figure out what to do with money you usually spend on gas or a vacation, this webinar will explore ways to help deal with a new personal financial landscape.
Thursday, August 13 at 12 p.m. (ET)

W2W: Postcards from the future
Fewer years in the workforce. Longer life spans. Women saving for retirement face unique challenges. You can learn what it takes to overcome these challenges and help make your retirement dreams come true on schedule.
Thursday, August 13 at 3 p.m. (ET)

Ralph Myhre has golf for Faculty, Staff & Retirees

It’s finally that time of year! The Ralph Myhre Golf Course and driving range are now open for the season.  Stop by the golf shop and grab a bucket of balls, sign up for a lesson or play a few holes!

There’s never been a better summer to pick up golf!  Click here to get all of the details

Ralph Myhre Golf Course 317 Golf Course Rd, Middlebury, VT 05753 9/7/2018

GMHEC Well Being

Yoga and our lunchtime workouts with Yoo-Sun and Jeff are on this month!  Our partnership with True Center Yoga continues and in July TCY is offering nine different yoga classes per week.  There is something for everyone including those who are completely new to yoga.  Check out the schedule here.  If you need a quick pick me up at lunch check out Yoo-Sun and Jeff’s classes.  Yoo-Sun focuses more on cardio while Jeff focuses on strength training and both will modify the workouts to meet all levels.  All the info you need about these classes and everything else we’re got going on is in the calendar (password GMHECWell-Being) and on our Facebook page.  

Get ready to get your challenge on!  Our first team-based physical activity challenge using our platform DIEMlife is coming soon.  In this point to point challenge, participants from our four GMHEC schools will work together to race from VT to CA.  Participants will walk, run, bike, dance, swim, row and engage in a variety of activities of their choice to earn steps to move their team to the destination.  The challenge will begin on Monday, July 13th and will last until the first team makes it across the country.  All participants will be eligible to win prizes including gift cards and Garmin Forerunner watches.  Everyone who participates will have an equal chance of winning a prize.  Additional details and registration information will be posted on the GMHEC Facebook page and the GMHEC Well-being website by Wednesday, July 8th.  We hope you’ll join us and support your team to earn the title of “Fastest Moving GMHEC College”.

Beginning mindfulness series:  Are you interested in learning more about mindfulness and how to implement a mindfulness practice into your life?  Join Coach Cami, founder of Guided Resilience for this eight week series.  Come away from this series feeling grounded with evidence-based self-care practices, supported in growing in self-awareness and a positive mind and feeling gifted with mindfulness skills and resources to support your growth.  Weekly on Wednesdays.  July 15th through September 2nd 4:00-5:00 pm EST.  We must have a minimum of ten participants to offer this program.  To register contact no later than 5:00 pm EST on Friday, July 10th

Edge nutrition series:  Are you interested in learning more about using food as fuel, anti-inflammatory foods, protein needs, meal planning and understand food labels? If so, join the dietitians and health coaches from The Edge for this four part nutrition series. Offered via zoom, weekly on Thursdays from July 16th through August 6th from 12:00-1:00 pm EST. Preregistration is required and we must have a minimum of ten participants in order to offer this opportunity. To register contact no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, July 10th.