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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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Here are some ideas for you:

1. Use one day off to make ahead, prep, plan for the week....

  • If Sunday is your day off - make use of your crock pot - chilis, soups, vegetables with lean meats - practically anything can go in a crockpot and if you load it with beans, grains, vegetables - you've got healthy in a hurry. HERE  are some ideas to get you going. 
  • Cut up veggies and fruit and put them into small containers to bring with you (or nosh on when your not sure what else looks good); use hummus and greek yogurt for your dips and you have a clean source of protein too!
  • If schedules help you - plan out your meals so you know in advance what ingredients you need for Monday night Swim night, Tuesday night soccer, Wednesday night Hockey...etc. Aim to eat the color of the rainbow in fruits and vegetables in your meals (easier to remember - what color haven't I eaten today?). 
  • Cooked up grains such as Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Barley, Freekyah or Quinoa (not actually a grain), keep well for a couple of days and can be used as a base for salads, soups, burrito fillers, breakfast options etc. 

2. Make use of Mason Jars:

3. SNACK ATTACK - Figure out when you are at your "weakest point" in the day (is it 10am donuts? 3pm Snickers bar? 5pm mad rush to the fridge? 10pm ice cream?) We all have those times of the day where we don't want to think and just want something that tastes good....PREPARE for those times by keeping a go-to healthy snack on hand.  If you crave sweet - keep fruit such as bananas, apples, pears, berries, grapes, or some dried fruit such as dates, prunes, figs, etc., on hand and try to balance it out with a healthy source of protein such as almonds, pumpkin seeds, all natural peanut butter or hard-boiled egg, greek yogurt, etc. If you crave salt - try carrots, snap peas, red peppers, etc with hummus or cottage cheese; or smokey baked chick peas  (don't knock it til you try it!); pistachios and there's always more healthy options to try.

4. Drink Water! We have a tendency to drink less water in the winter because we're more cold than hot...Dry air inside and out, causes us to dehydrate without realizing it. Good old H2O is your friend. 


 LAKE SUPERIOR (BAYFIELD FOODS) CSA SPECIAL ORDERS OPEN FOR WINTER 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.  We also receive a 5% discount for being a host. To learn more or place and order check out Bayfield Foods 


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 

EVERY WEDNESDAY IN JANUARY - Jump on the SunSpot Bus! The Sunspot Bus is a light-therapy bus, designed to help alleviate the effects of seasonal affective disorder and the lack of Vitamin D.  They will be parked in the alley of the Government Services Center from 11am-1pm every Wednesday in January. Check out the flier for more details! 


JANUARY 16th LUNCH & LEARN - CHIROPRACTIC CARE - This month's lunch will be FREE along with the learning! The HRA will be hosting this event, and Dr. Kyle Severson will be the Chiropractor presenting how Chiropractic care can benefit your overall wellbeing. The session will start at noon and will be held in the 2nd floor Conference room of the HRA offices located at 222 E 2nd St. Check out the flier  for more details! 


JOIN THE SHAKE OFF SUGAR CHALLENGE! Beginning January 21st, you are invited to reduce your consumption of sugar, re-set your palate and FEEL BETTER! Sugar, specifically refined-sugar, is a tough habit to break, but when you are able to break-free your body will feel better (and thank you)! This will be a 4-week "on-your-honor" challenge. You will be asked to try to complete each weekly goal, DAILY. There will be a new goal/focus each week and you will be provided with all of the resources you need. The challenge details can be found HERE and the FAQ's for Daily Endorphin can be found HERE


THE GIVING CHALLENGE - Thank you to all who participated in the Giving (Random Acts of Kindness) Challenge.  I have 15 pages of stories collected - all heartfelt and inspiring. All acts of kindness - "big or small" have a huge impact on the recipients.  Thank you for being such kind, compassionate and inspiring co-workers! We are lucky to have you in this community!



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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