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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

    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 see The Power of Purpose. The April calendar is focused on The PoWEr of Service. [Click the image of the calendar to view larger or download. Must be logged into your Anoka-Hennepin account to access.]

        May 2024 Wellness calendar


      Classes, Activities, Events

      Monthly Update

      • [April 2024]

        PoWEr of Service

        The PoWEr of Service!!! Personal wellness and service to others are both important to living a fulfilling and meaningful life.

        Personal wellness encompasses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It involves taking care of oneself through practices such as regular exercise, balanced nutrition, adequate sleep, stress management, mindfulness, and engaging in activities that bring joy and fulfillment. Prioritizing personal wellness is essential for maintaining optimal health and vitality, which in turn enables individuals to contribute positively to the world around them.

        When individuals prioritize their own well-being, they are better equipped to serve others effectively. Conversely, engaging in acts of service can enhance personal wellness by promoting a sense of fulfillment, gratitude, and belonging.

        Service to others can have several positive impacts on personal wellness:

        • Sense of Purpose and Meaning: Engaging in acts of service provides individuals with a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
        • Stress Reduction: Helping others can serve as a distraction from one's own worries and stressors.
        • Connection and Social Support: Service to others fosters connections with people in the community and provides opportunities for social interaction.
        • Increased Empathy and Compassion: Engaging in acts of service promotes empathy and compassion towards others.
        • Improved Mental Health: Studies have shown that volunteering and engaging in acts of service are associated with reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.
        • Physical Health Benefits: Engaging in service activities that involve physical activity, such as volunteering at a community garden or participating in charity runs, can have direct physical health benefits.
        • Enhanced Self-Reflection: Service to others can prompt self-reflection and personal growth.

        Service to others not only benefits those receiving assistance but also contributes to the overall wellness and happiness of the individuals providing the service. It fosters a sense of interconnectedness, empathy, and fulfillment that are essential components of personal well-being.


        Additional resources:

      • 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?