7 Aspects of Wellness
Lewiston-Altura School District Staff Wellness Committee Vision: A happy and healthy educational environment for everyone

Lewiston-Altura School District Staff Wellness Committee Mission: We recognize the importance of employee wellness and we know that having happy and healthy employees can and will help to foster a happy and healthy environment for our students.  Our employee wellness committee is committed to creating a happy and healthy educational environment for everyone.  We believe creating a happy and healthy educational environment starts with our staff.  To continue to foster a happy and healthy educational environment for everyone, we are committed to providing all staff regular opportunities to learn and grow in the areas of social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical wellness.

Wellness Committee Members: 
Justin Hanson
Valerie Hettenbach
Michelle MacPherson

Sharon Manley
Michelle Marxhausen
Andrea Murphy
Jana Ruhoff
Jane Weaver

Upcoming Events (we are always in the planning stages, so stay tune):
September-Flu Shots
November-Gain No More Holiday Challenge
December-Gain No More Holiday Challenge
January-Annual Walking Challenge
February- Love Yourself Healthy Bingo; Start of Book Study
March-Stress-"Less" Week
May-Poker Walk

Ongoing-Hearing and Vision Screening for staff; blood pressures.  Both available upon request. 
Massage Chairs-Located at each site to encourage relaxation and relieve stress during lunchbreaks.
Quite Room-Located at the Elementary and High School.  Priority given to nursing moms, but then available to all staff.  Equipped with massage chair and DVD/radio/bluetooth player.
Healthy Snacks in Staff Lounges-available to staff for purchase
Equipment-We also have a few Wii exercise videos, exercise balls, bands and mats.  Please contact Michelle MacPherson if you would like to check out any of these items.

Breastfeeding/Quiet Rooms
We now have a room at the elementary and high school buildings whose primary purpose is to be used by staff who are breastfeeding.  These items were purchased with grants received from Winona County SHIP funds.  These 2 rooms each have a massage chair, small refrigerator, a radio/CD player, and lockers.  These rooms will also house an exercise ball and mat.  
When these rooms are not in use by staff for this purpose, it is open to all staff to use as a "quiet" room for staff to decompress and relax!
Stress Reduction
Early Warning Signs of Job Stress
a man with fingers clinched at brow early warning signs of job stress 

For more information, you can view the entire article at: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/99-101/pdfs/99-101.pdf 
During the Months of January-April, we held a book study entitled "The Happy Hour Effect-12 ways to minimize stress and increase happiness."  We had a great turn out at each building.  
In May, we also devoted a week to stress-"less".  Every day included a fun activity and ways to reduce stress.

Influenza Vaccination
Influenza/Tdap Vaccination Clinic
September 25, 2017
3:00-4:30 PM
Elementary Cafeteria
Open to all staff and their families (age 3 and over)
  Will bill the following insurances (Health Partners, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Preferred One, Medica)
  Please copy insurance card and bring with.        
  If no insurance coverage, cost is: $35 for flu shot or nasal mist.  Wellness will reimburse staff cost if no insurance coverage.  Talk with Michelle MacPherson.  
Maintain, Don't Gain Holiday Challenge
We are kicking off a healthy holiday season the week of November 19th.  Distict staff who wish to participate will weigh in during this week to record their starting weight.  Staff are encouraged to maintain their starting weight throughout the holiday season.  All staff who gain less than 2 pounds will receive a small prize. 
Final weigh in will be January 2nd and 4th.
Walking Step Challenge
We once again participated in the Lewiston-Altura School Employee Walking Challenge in January.  This was also a part of the Southeast Service Cooperative Walking Challenge.  


1st place - Dawn Webster

2nd place - Linda Pierce

3rd place - Erin Spencer



1st place - Team 2 - Linda Pierce, Emily Maakestad, Lori Ostrander and Dawn Webster

2nd place - Team 6 - Tori Todd, Shelly Pringle, Michelle MacPherson and Kay Ziegler

All winners received a healthy lunch from work.

Healthy Eating
Dietary Consumption Awareness
     If you would like to know how many calories are recommended for your weight/height/activity level/goals...you can refer to one of the following websites:

"Real Food"
Is eating healthier one of your New Year's Resolutions?  Check out www.100daysofrealfood.com
     According to Lisa Leake- These are the Benefits of Taking the 10-Day RealPledge: A first-hand, eye opening experience of how to identify the real food in our processed food world.
  • At least one improved health benefit such as having more energy, losing weight, improving regularity, or just feeling healthier overall.
  • The realization that some of those pre-packaged processed “food-like substances” don’t even taste that good compared to real food.
  • The opportunity to teach your children (if you have them), by example, the healthiest way to eat and enjoy the food mother nature has given us.
  • The ability to continue on with your life however you chose, but with the new knowledge of how and why to avoid processed foods. Hopefully your 10-day experience will convince you to consider making at least a few changes for life.

Health and Wellness Topics
Virtual Doctor Appointment
Doctor on Demand (Formerly Online Care Anywhere)
In addition to providing on-demand care from traditional board-certified family physicians, Doctor On Demand offers:
Access to licensed psychologists, psychiatrists and lactation consultants by appointment
No up-front payments unless you have a copay or a deductible to meet
Quality medical care at a lower cost* (starting at $40 per visit vs. $45 with Online Care Anywhere) in 47 states
To learn more, or to create an account, visit DoctorOnDemand.com/bluecrossmn

Wellness Survey