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    Staff Wellness Program



    Employees of the Anoka-Hennepin School District will value a healthy lifestyle and will make choices that demonstrate their desire for wellness.


    To promote and support employee wellness. Being healthy and happy is something that all Anoka-Hennepin employees and their families deserve. The staff wellness program, Where Wellness Matters, created by the district's Wellness Steering Committee, is devoted to helping achieve this goal. You are welcome to participate in various ways through district-sponsored wellness. Each building has identified a Wellness Champion (wellness contact) to help serve as a resource. Let's work together in bringing continued health and happiness to our Anoka-Hennepin team!

    Building Wellness Champion

    Each building has a wellness champion to promote health and wellness at your site. Did you know that each building in our district can apply for a $750 mini grant to be used toward wellness initiatives? Check with your building to find out who your wellness champion is.


      Wellness Calendar

      • Check out the Wellness Calendar each month to join the Where Wellness Matters committee in taking daily action to live well, lead well and learn well! The March calendar is focused on National Nutrition Month.

        March 2023 calendar


      Classes & Activities

      • Anoka-Hennepin Community Education

        Offerings are below for you to take advantage of this great opportunity of enrolling in a health or fitness class offered by the Adult Learning program in Winter 2023.

        Staff receives a $10 discount on Adult Learning fitness, health and finance classes.

        It's important for you to set aside a little time for you.

        • Try a healthy cooking class from the comfort of your own home.
        • Plan for future success with our informational
          financial literacy classes.
        • Improve your personal health and wellness.
        • Online and in-person options available.

        Register online with code (W23SWD) or call 763-506-5766 to utilize the staff wellness discount.

        Sample March classes, which qualify for a staff discount!

        March 8 - Yoga with Weights - Sandburg Education Center

        March 9 - Yoga - Gentle Stretch - Sandburg Education Center

        March 10 - How to Make Extra Cash Pet Sitting - Online

        March 22 - What is the GAPS Diet - Staff Development Center

        March 26 - Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing - Eastman Nature Center


        De-stress with these coloring pages from local artist Melissa Gray.

      Monthly Update

      • [March 2023]

        And just like that, we have made it to March! Who is ready for some spring temperatures?!

        March is also known as National Nutrition Month. During this month, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. The theme for this year is “Fuel for the Future.” Food is what keeps your body running smoothly throughout your life, so nourishing your body with nutrients it needs at each life stage is very important. 

        Here are a few eating tips to help guide you all year long:

        • Buy foods in season
        • Start a garden this spring/summer and grow food at home
        • PLAN!! Plan your meals and snacks to stay nourished and save money.
          • Create a grocery list and watch for sales
          • Try to not grocery shop on an empty stomach 🙂
        • Eat a variety of foods from all food groups
          • Fresh, frozen, canned or dried are all great options to incorporate into your diet.
        • Focus on cooking more at home
          • Research new recipes and try something new!
          • Find creative ways to use leftovers instead of throwing them away.

        Food is fuel! Food also brings people together. Create happy memories by eating with family and friends when possible. See the additional resources below for more tips on how to incorporate healthy practices into your lifestyle.

        Additional resources from “Eat Right”:
        20 Health Tips
        Healthy Eating on the Run: A Month of Tips
        Smart Tips for Successful Meals

        March Resources:
        March Wellness Calendar
        Community Education - March

        Additional Resources:

        Rally Wellness Program

        Real Appeal, an online weight loss program

        Optum; Anoka-Hennepin’s Employee Assistance Program

        Self Care by AbleTo (self-help app- formerly Sanvello)

      • SupportingYoU: Employee Wellness Podcast

        SupportingYoU logoSupportingYoU, an employee wellness podcast, aims to provide teaching and school district staff with a library of resources to support employee health and mental wellness. Topics support student mental wellness, offer guidance around difficult conversations for teachers, and share important school climate themes with school administrators. This information could inform school support programming, curriculum, or school practices for teachers/staff and be available for listening at any time that is convenient. Go to ahschools.us/SupportingYou for more information. 


      UnitedHealthcare Resources

      • Rally, wellness program

      • Real Appeal®, an online weight loss program

      • Optum, the district's Employee Assistance Program

      • Self Care by AbleTo, self-help app (Formally Sanvello)

      Wellness Mini Grants

      • Who can apply for a wellness mini grant?

      • How much money can our building apply for?

      • How are the grants disbursed?

      • What have other buildings received grants for?

      • Is there a deadline?