Employee wellness week

Wellness week is June 10-15, 2024. The week is all about making our workplace a happier, healthier and more fun environment for everyone.

Wellness Week 2024

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Get out and connect with your colleagues

  • June 10 Noon-1:00 p.m. Nancy Lyons gets us motivated with ideas and laughter to invest in our own wellness at work.
  • June 11  Register for the Hennepin County 5K  and walk or run the downtown route at noon with your colleagues.
  • June 12  Gather at the Commons for the Movie in the Park @ 9 p.m. for “Friday Night Lights”.
  • June 13  Walk to the Target Field for a 6:30 p.m. game! Bring your family or friends, tickets are available to purchase now - grab your City of Minneapolis Employee Wellness Week Twins Tickets
  • June 15 - Tour the NE Minneapolis Farmer’s Market Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with Beth Dooley, cookbook and food writer.

10 Minute massage chair locations:

  • Mon. June 10 Hiawatha Facility - 1901 E 26th St.  11:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Tues. June 11 Minneapolis Convention Center 3:00-7:00 p.m. 
  • Wed. June 12 Minneapolis Animal Care and Control  Noon-4:00 p.m.
  • Thur. June 13 Public Service Building rm. 100C  11:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Fri. June 14  Eastside Maintenance Facility - 2635 University Ave NE 11:00-3:00 p.m. 
  • Mon. June 15 MPRB Southside Operations Center  - 3800 Bryant Ave S 10:00-2:00 p.m. 

Earn Virgin Pulse points

During wellness week, you can earn 250 Virgin Pulse pts. for participating in each and every event. 

  1. Participate in a class or watch a posted recording.
  2. Email Melody West for wellness classes or Jordan Buddenhagen for fitness classes, with the date and name of the activity.
  3. You will receive a voucher code to enter into Virgin Pulse for 250 pts.  

Sign up links coming today!

Wellness week classes and activities June 10-15

Wellness at Work Kick-Off! Keynote Speaker Nancy Lyons-  Monday  Noon-1:00 pm online

In this engaging session with humor, humility and lots of energy, Nancy will emphasize the importance of developing work cultures and personal mindsets that embrace change, accountability, and risk. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired, connect with your colleagues, and start creating a work environment where everyone can thrive.

Wellness isn't spas or massages or yoga or kale. It’s putting yourself first, recognizing what you need to feel whole and healthy, and choosing meaningful ways to care for the only you, you have. Wellness is breathing, taking space, seeing beauty, connecting with your people, taking naps. In this session we will learn to value ourselves enough to make wellness, in all of its forms, a life changing priority.

Art Therapy 101 Drawing or Painting with Design Sphere - Tues. 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m./Wed. 1:00 p.m./Fri. Noon in person and online options Sign up 

Join Olga Walusimbi Nichols to make some art and have fun at work, unleashing some creativity. No previous skills needed! This class will give our minds a break, just like a walk around the block, and hopefully open up new spaces in our heads to move forward in the day.  Class is either painting with acrylic or focused on pencil drawing and shading. All supplies will be provided by pick up, or supply list given. 

Defeating Debt with Bjorn Larson of Life, Money, You  - Tues. Noon & Fri. 11:00 a.m. online Sign up 

Paying off debt will improve your financial well-being and independence- and it will reduce your stress. In this session, you’ll learn from a financial expert some practical action steps you can take to

  • Reduce your debt faster
  • Recognize how much is too much
  • Distinguish between good and bad debt
  • Prioritize payoffs and budget for them
  • Avoid going backwards

This workshop will give you strategies for getting debt under control and even show you how to build up an emergency “rainy day” fund. 

Discovering Financial Freedom with Bjorn Larson of Life, Money, You - Thur. 1:00-2:00 p.m. online Sign up 

If you’re ready to take control of your money and make it work for your goals, this session is just the thing for you. Designed to de-stress and simplify your finances, this session is full of pointers for aligning your cash flow with what matters most to you. You’ll get helpful tips for:

  • Breaking out of the month-to-month cycle
  • Improving your credit
  • Saving more
  • Create a spending plan to feed your goals
  • Using technology to make the most of your money

If you’ve put off dealing with your financial situation, now is the time to get the information to need for a brighter future.

No nuts? No Dairy? No Gluten? No Problem with Beth Dooley Mon. Noon-1:00 p.m. Minneapolis Park and Rec Board in person Sign up

Enjoy a range of good tasting (and good for you) satisfying snacks that won’t weigh you down. Make these quick, easy bites and pack them up for school and to have on hand. We’ll whip up Moroccan Carrot Dip; Dilly Popcorn; Chocolate-Coconut (no bake) cookies. As we demo these, we’ll cover the range of lovely spice blends and how to use them to create flavor and variety for the simplest foods.

I’m too Busy to Eat Healthy Tues. 8:00-9:00 p.m. online Sign up 

This course covers the basics of eating well, addressing why we should do it and how we can make it work in our busy lives. It goes over myths about healthy eating and weight loss, the science behind healthy and balanced diets, and healthy meal suggestions for busy people.

  • Discuss truths and myths about healthy eating
  • Learn information about foods that stress the body
  • Learn the importance of balancing blood sugar
  • Introduce simple breakfast, lunch, and evening meal ideas

Cool Beans with Beth Dooley! Wed. Noon-1:00 p.m. in person- Firehouse #1 Sign up 

Cook up a big pot of dried beans and create three easy dishes — whir them into hummus, simmer into chili, and toss them into a vibrant salad with parmesan cheese and baby tomatoes. Deliciously low fat, high protein, vegan, and inexpensive, beans are a sure-fire pantry staple, the ultimate kitchen-work horse. Join Beth Dooley for tips, hits recipes, and tastes of beautiful beans! 

Sharing Our Stories Through Food with Lachelle Cunningham - Series #1 of 3 Thur. 11:00-12:00 p.m. online Sign up 

Join Chef Lachelle Cunningham as she shares her personal food journey and the meaningful stories behind her dishes in this engaging session. This class will not just be about recipes, but about the stories they carry and the cultures they represent. Chef Lachelle will share her food story as she demonstrates the making of a flavorful curry and a side of delectable, sautéed greens, each topped with her unique dressing. Learn how these dishes connect to culture, wellness and environmental sustainability, and how food serves as a powerful tool for connecting people and addressing equity and justice within our food system. This session promises a blend of culinary learning and insightful discussion, spotlighting the transformative role of food stories in our lives.

Cuisines from India with Exotic Palates Fri. Noon-1:00 p.m. online Sign up

Learn to cook up a steaming pot of delicious, curried Dal / Indian Lentils, spiced with perfumed butter, served over a bed of cumin scented pilaf. Serve with Beet and Carrot salad drizzled with a turmeric-cumin vinaigrette.  End the meal with cardamom scented pineapple, fresh off the grill, topped with summer’s all-time favorite, vanilla bean ice cream! 

Unlocking the City’s Potential: Embracing and Including Colleagues with Neurodiversity and Invisible Disabilities Mon. 1:00-2:00 p.m. online

This session will cover some basics and highlight the different ways we take in information and communicate. We will discuss the relevance for city employees. It will outline the advantages of a diverse workforce, such as innovative perspectives, and detail engagement strategies for effective communication with our colleagues who experience a wide range of invisible disabilities. City Employee speakers, interactive polls, and a Q&A session will enhance learning and interaction. Attendees will receive additional resources to further their understanding, supporting the city's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

Maintaining Wellbeing through Times of Uncertainty Mon. 8:00-9:00 p.m. online

Wellbeing consists of a complex combination of a person's physical, mental, emotional and social health factors, being strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction. This session is designed to explore wellbeing through times of change. Participants will learn specific strategies in order to maintain their wellbeing through times of uncertainty.

Calming Your Anxious Thoughts Tues. 10:30-11:00 a.m. online

Everyone worries or feels nervous sometimes; this is a normal human response to stress in our environment. Get ideas and tips for calming yourself and improving how you feel. Dedicated Workplace Consultant Debra Grayson will be walking from the PSB and anyone is welcome to walk and talk.  Download Teams on your phone and walk from home. 

Get off the Toxic Train Tues. 1:00-1:30 p.m. online

This training focuses on recognizing and addressing toxic environments in both our professional and personal lives. Participants will learn to identify signs of toxicity, such as unhealthy communication patterns, micromanagement, lack of boundaries, and emotional manipulation. The training will empower individuals to cultivate positive relationships, enhance their well-being, and create a more supportive atmosphere and optimistic outlook on life.

Animal Adoption Event - Minneapolis Animal Care and Control Tues. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Public Service Building 1st Floor in person

Join MACC during wellness week! Are you looking for a new furry companion? Adopt local, the pets are all from Minneapolis and looking for new homes. Can’t adopt today? Foster an animal for a night or a weekend, volunteer at the shelter or take a dog on a field trip. Come and see the animals for some pet therapy and consider the options!

Raising Confidence: Elevating Your Well-being from Within Wed. 1:00-3:00 p.m. in person

This engaging workshop is designed to help participants build confidence and improve their overall well-being. Through interactive exercises and discussions, participants will learn practical strategies to enhance their self-confidence and develop a more positive self-image.

Mask Making with Molly and Andre: Exploring the Landscape Behind Your Mask Thurs. 1:00-3:00 p.m. in person

Explore the dual aspects of your personas—the face you show to the world and your inner life. Through creative processes, participants will explore and express visualizations of our hidden selves and how they influence how we show up. We will cover a brief introduction to the concept of personal masks, a hands-on painting session, a reflective group discussion, and closing remarks to integrate these insights into daily work life. This session aims to foster creativity and introspection, enhancing workplace culture by encouraging a deeper understanding of personal and public identities.

Join the Hennepin County 5k Tuesday Noon-1:00 p.m. downtown route Register for the Hennepin County 5K

The Hennepin County 5K is a fun opportunity to get together for some fresh air, movement, and camaraderie. Hennepin County 5K week will be held June 10 to 14.  All are welcome to participate at your own pace – so stroll, socialize, get swag, and earn wellness points at one of six events. Those who are not able to join in-person can still participate virtually. Registration is open!

Salsa and Zumba fitness class with Marina Mon. and Wed.  Noon-12:45pm in fitness center Sign up

Come dance with Marina! She is the owner/founder of Arena Fitness Health Club. You will burn lots of calories as you move to the rhythm with Latin-inspired dance moves. The best part of it all is that it doesn’t even feel like exercise!  Can’t dance?  Who cares just come and move to the music.

Sunrise Yoga with Kirsten in the Commons Tues. and Thur. 7:00-8:00 a.m. Sign up

Join Kirsten DeHaven (she/they) for yoga to greet the sun and get your day started. Kirsten believes that yoga is a gateway to learning more about yourself. Growing up as a dancer, Kirsten incorporates creativity into her teachings and encourages intuitive exploration of the body in motion. Her classes are intentional, fun and artful. Currently, Kirsten teaches at 612 Jungle and Lifetime Target Center.

Crystal Signing Bowls Sound Bath with Maria Thur. Noon-1:00 p.m. in fitness center Sign up

What is a sound bath? Sound baths are a meditative practice involving the use of resonant music. This creates an immersive sound that fills the room and the body, aiming to help people relax and let go of stress, anxiety or other worries and concerns.  People report feeling deeply relaxed afterwards. Come try it in the fitness center.  If you have a blanket at work, (the PSB can get chilly) bring it. Or wear a sweater or long sleeves.  You will lie down on a yoga mat and be immersed in sounds with no movement. 

Corn Hole Tournament in the Commons  Tues. 1:30-3:30 p.m. & Wed. 5:00-7:00 p.m. & Thur. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sign up

Come on over, sign up or just show up to the Commons and play “bean bag toss”- don’t worry if you have never played, Jordan will teach you!! Get some fresh air, toss some bags.  You will be surprised how competitive it gets with little to no skill. Join the Fun!!

Mindful Minute Tues./Wed./Thur.  9:00-9:15 a.m. online Sign up 

Join for a quick 15 minute slow down together and get ready for your day.  The Mindful minute takes place every Wednesday during the year, with extra during Wellness Week.  Join this community of practice! Join when it works, from home, the office or in the field from your car.

Walking Club Thurs. 11:15-11:45 a.m. in person (Thurs. 6/13 only) *(MPRB Walk with Debra Grayson same time) Sign up

Join the walking club! They meet every Tuesday and Thursday and walk outside when the weather is great and in the skyways when it’s not. Get away from your desk for 30 minutes, move your body and meet people that work throughout the City. Meets on the 1st floor of the PSB at 11:15am every week. Debra Grayson will lead a 30 minute walk with employees at the MPRB headquarters.

Ladies that Lift  Mon. & Wed. 11:15-11:45 a.m. in fitness center and online Sign up

Ladies that Lift is designed with the purpose of teaching proper form, technique, and execution of strength training movements, while empowering participants to build confidence in themselves. Open to all.

Butts and Guts Mon. Noon-12:45 p.m. in fitness center and online Sign up

Highly scalable and adjustable for members with injuries and those who need options. Butts & Guts features strength training, cardio and core exercises with reasonable rest periods to improve your strength and improve mechanics.  Butts and Guts … deceptively challenging workouts that you will feel for days.

Rise and Lift with Jordan – Mon. & Fri. 7:00-7:45am fitness center and online Sign up

Wake up and get your lift on! This class will test your limits with different types of lifting methods. All moves will be low impact.

Circuit and Core Tues. 4:00 & 4:30 pm two classes in fitness center Sign up

Circuit training is a fast-paced class in which you do exercises for 30 seconds and then move on to another exercise. This will give attention to all major postural muscles and trigger a tabata like effect activating both fast and slow twitch muscle fibers. You will be sure to sweat!

HIITing Kettlebells with Jordan Thurs. 4:00pm & 4:30pm two classes in fitness center Sign up 

A class designed to be fun, electric, and mostly done with Kettlebells. It will be a fast paced, timed interval training class that will keep the heart rate and energy high! No experience is necessary with a kettlebell to attend class.

Shoulders Core and More with Jordan Fri. Noon-12:45pm fitness center and online Sign up

A class that will help tone our entire body. Exercises and sets will be efficient and effective. The class will offer unique challenges and opportunities to help achieve the results we want!

Yin Yoga with Chloe Tues. Noon-1:00pm fitness center in person Sign up

Employees walk out talking about how relaxed they feel! This slower paced session is focused on stretching stiff bodies and focusing on your breath. Don’t worry about doing unfamiliar poses or that you need to touch your toes.

Yoga with Gabrielle of 612Jungle Wed. 4:30-5:30pm fitness center in person Sign up

It doesn’t matter what your neighbor looks like, every body is different.  Try a new way to build strength while calming your mind. If you concentrate on following the guided poses you won’t think about your to-do-list.



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