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Beginning October 1st, 2018, we have a brand new points-based incentive program that all benefits-eligible active employees are welcome and encouraged to participate in.  You can read all about the new tiered system in the Welcome letter HERE and find your tracking form HERE.  There will soon be a link on this site which you will be able to actually REGISTER yourself for the program.  When that is up and running a notice will be sent out so that you may sign up. Until then - read over the material and feel free to start collecting points! The program runs Oct 1, 2018 -Sept 30, 2019, which means that if you had a physical for example, in September of 2018, you will have to make sure you set up your appointment for next Sept 2019 to earn those points. 

Register for the Wellbeing program!


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For more information on the program, click here!

Click here for answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.  Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this new benefit! 

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS/CONCERNS? Please contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein about the Wellbeing Program by emailing or calling 218-730-5201.  




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LAKE SUPERIOR (BAYFIELD FOODS) CSA SPECIAL ORDERS OPEN FOR 2019-2020 SHARES! - First of all for those of you who are new to this, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You’ll receive the freshest and tastiest produce you can ever imagine through a CSA (unless you have your own garden, and then it’s hard to compare), along with the option to purchase meats, baked goods and other locally sourced items.  The best part (in my opinion) is that you are supporting local farmers who use organic methods to raise their crops/animals/etc. Clean, real food. 

The City of Duluth is a drop-site for the Bayfield Foods/Lake Superior CSA and if you choose to order, you will be able to pick up your food box from City Hall on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis.  . To learn more or place and order check out Bayfield Foods 


Bruce and Roxy Schmidt operate a Community Supported Agriculture farm in Willow River, MN.  Bruce was out at the Farmer's Market this past summer.  He and Roxy have a simple form to use for their CSA share.  THIS FORM includes all of the produce/goods you can choose from, their contact information, pick-up location and more.  Please contact Angel if you have any questions at or 218-730-5201. 




Looking for an extra incentive to Quit Tobacco? Join the Quit Challenge!

In collaboration with Essentia Health, beginning April 1st, you are invited to participate in a 4-week challenge to quit tobacco for the entire month of April.  Do so successfully, and you will be entered into a Grand Prize drawing of $250! This challenge is intended to compliment the MN QuitCash Challenge  (which also takes place during the month of April and grand prize is $5000). Participants will receive useful tools, tips and to-dos to keep them on track, they will also be encouraged to elicit the support of a non-smoking sponsor to help them on this journey. Participants will also be placed in weekly drawings for prizes and will have access to FREE Essentia Health one-on-one counseling service. 


To Sign-Up: Simply click on THIS LINK to register or copy and paste into your browser. 

Once registered, you will receive a Quit Kit, a weekly email with tips, tools and reminders to keep you going strong, and a Verification form that your "buddy or sponsor" will sign once you've completed 4-weeks Tobacco-Free.  


We are here to support you.  If you are contemplating quitting tobacco, there are many FREE resources available to help you:

 If you have questions about any of these services or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at or 730-5201


Upcoming Events/Activities 

 ADVANCE CARE PLANNING - Have you started an Advance Care Directive, but not sure what it really means? Maybe wondering what is an Advance Care Directive? If you had a sudden illness or injury that left you unable to speak for yourself, what would you do? Who would you want to speak for you? Attend one of these repeat planning sessions to talk about these questions and learn more about Advance Care Directives (click on the dates for fliers): 

All are welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions. Please RSVP Angel at or 218-730-5201.



There are several events and activities that the City is partnering to provide for all for the month of May in support of Mental Health Awareness. Attend one or all of the events to show your support, learn more and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. 

Check out this SCHEDULE of EVENTS from the Northland Healthy Minds Coalition that the City is a proud supporter of (you can also access the schedule at 


In addition to the Northland Healthy Minds events,there are a few important events coming up at our Libraries: 
MAY 6, 7 & 8 – DEPRESSION 101: There is Help and Hope NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in conjunction with the Library will be hosting a presentation and discussion on Depression. May 6th will be held noon-1pm at the Main Library, May 7th  will be held 1-2pm at the Mt. Royal Branch and May 8th will be 6-7pm at Mt. Royal. 

 MAY 9thGRIEF & LOSS: The impact of trauma on survivors - NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in conjunction with the Library will be hosting a presentation and discussion on how traumas impact survivors as they cope with grief and loss.  This event will be held at the Main Library from 5:30-7pm.

MAY 14th - UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMER'S & DEMENTIA - Jenna Pogorels from the Alzheimer's Association will be presenting on Alzheimer's and Dementia, the difference between the two, understanding the impact of Alzheimer's, opportunities for those who are suffering and care-taking and more.  The presentation will be held at the Duluth Library in the Green Room from noon-1pm. 



If you missed the Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn opportunities, there are a few resources and tools to make you aware of: 

FREE Webinars on Retirement and Financial Education 

FREE Online resources for credit management, paying for college, retirement and more 

FREE Webinars on Budgeting, Paying for College, and more



A.) OMADA - If you are not familiar with Omada® is an innovative online health program that surrounds you with everything you need to lose weight and reduce your risk for certain chronic diseases.

 Omada guides you step-by-step to better health. You’ll get:

  • A full-time health coach to keep you on track—on your best days and your worst.
  • Smart technology to track your progress, and reveal what is (and isn't) working for you.
  • Each week, you’ll learn healthy tips for better eating, fitness, sleep, and stress management
  • The support of a small group of peers just like you for encouragement at every step.

 You will need to take the one-minute risk screener at to see if you’re eligible for Omada. You also MUST be an active employee carrying City health insurance. 

JOIN OMADA'S RESOLUTION REVOLUTION  - Make Your Health Your New Year Habit!



DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM  if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes or Cardiovascular Disease, this FREE program is for you! Classes will begin January 29th, from 4-5pm, and meet in room 322 of City Hall. Classes will be held every Tuesday for the first 16-weeks then move to bi-monthly meetings.  The course is FREE, and is designed to help you establish healthy habits that will stay with you for life. Topics range from healthy eating, stress management, physical activity, sleep, and more. Angel is the Lifestyle Coach for this program. Contact her at or 218-730-5201. 

What Is the Diabetes Prevention Program?  It is a lifestyle change intervention program where groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once or twice a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, a lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

 For example, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
    • Ever had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after the delivery (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes. You may also take this quick test to determine if you are at risk. 

If I am prediabetic, how do I enroll?

Contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at 218-730-5201 or email to sign up or ask more question. 

When and Where will the class take place? 

Next class begins Tuesday, January 29th, 4-5pm in room 322 of City Hall. 

For more information regarding course curriculum please visit 



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Mission Statement
The mission of the wellness program is to enhance our lives through the benefits of life long wellness; by providing diverse programs that appeal to a wide range of peoples personal preferences and needs.

Vision Statement
To create a supportive environment that will reinforce a safe, healthy and well-balanced lifestyle; leading to healthier and productive lives.

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