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PSU featured in LivingRight® “Plymouth State makes it to the top!”

April 25th, 2017 by Denise

descentTeam caps off 2016 On the Move challenge with mountain climb!

The Plymouth State University wellness program reached a peak last fall – specifically, the peak of Mount Washington, New Hampshire (elev. 6,288 feet). On a Saturday in October, a group of 20 faculty members, students, staff members, alumni, and partners spent 10 hours traversing the 9.9-mile Jewell Trail that led them to the summit and back.

“It was a long day, but so well-orchestrated by our PSU Outdoor Center guides,” said Denise Normandin, program manager for Healthy PSU. “Hike leaders Christian and Julie Bisson, along with student leaders, knew how to safely lead us up the mountain, and paced our groups by taking breaks when they knew we needed to.

“Between the fall colors, sunshine, and blue sky, I don’t think we could have planned a better day.”

The hikers, including the campus President Donald Birx, left the outdoor center at 5 a.m., but in reality their march up the mountain had begun a several years earlier, when the university launched its research-based health and wellness program after becoming self-insured.

“I believe employers and families are concerned now more than ever with rising healthcare costs,” Normandin pointed out. “Health and wellness professionals have a unique opportunity to educate, provide guidance, advocate for policy change, and create environments for people to thrive.

“There is no better time than the present, given the current state of inactivity during the school and work day, than to promote purpose-driven physical movement and more holistic approaches to health.”

Building on comments from On the Move participants, the idea for PSU Summit Day was sparked. The project was approved by campus leaders, and an invitation to climb Mount Washington was extended.

Participants attended trainings sessions to build their endurance and learn proper trail techniques, and their efforts culminated in a climb that elevated the university’s status as a leader in wellness. Plymouth State University was designated as a platinum Well Workplace by WELCOA in 2016, as well as a Fit-Friendly Innovative Worksite by the American Heart Association.
“The experiences gathered from the On the Move initiative and PSU Summit Day have inspired a sense of community building and social connectedness at PSU like no other programs we have implemented,” Normandin commented.

Read the full article Plymouth State makes it to the top by J.J. Keller and Associate’s, Inc. in their online LivingRight®: Health & Wellness Awareness Program June 2017 Newsletter.

Start Today! Healthy Living to a Healthier YOU at Plymouth State University…we are getting ON THE MOVE! Join us April 3 – June 25, 2017

March 31st, 2017 by Denise

top25-lrg-biz-logo-blue In 2016, Plymouth State University was designated as a TOP 25 Most Active Company in the National On the Move Challenge by the Wellness Council of America! We hope to continue on this purpose given course in 2017 as we continue to build a supportive environment of health and well-being for all!

President Birx and Healthy PSU invite all employees to “start a movement” across campus to move more, sit less and thrive by participating in the ON THE MOVE National 12-week Challenge (April 3, 2017-June 25, 2017)! This is an opportunity for all faculty and staff to embrace their health and well-being while connecting with yourself and others! Take some time now (as little as 10 minutes a day) to make small changes that work for YOU and add up to a healthier lifestyle and ultimately a healthier YOU! Inspiring our Healthy PSU culture of health…Healthy People in a Healthy Place.

To participate, you must register into the On the Move online platform. Visit the PSU ON THE MOVE CHALLENGE WEBPAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

Here is a great inspirational quote to get YOU started from Coach Sean Foy, “Give yourself grace, you don’t have to be perfect to be healthy!”

Healthy Living with P.O.W.E.R. Nutrition Moves by Denise Normandin, RD, LD

March 6th, 2017 by Denise

power-nutritionKnow the POWER of FOOD!

The healing power of food can transform health. This is true! One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is a nutrient-rich diet containing nutrient-dense foods. Nutrient-dense foods build physical strength, improve mental health and ward-off chronic diseases.

Join Denise Normandin, RD, LD for an amazing talk/interactive discussion on simple nutrition moves to match the speed of life!

Wednesday, March 8th
12:15 – 1:00pm
Frost Commons Lounge

Light, healthy refreshments will be shared!

Learn more about Denise Normandin

Denise’s P.O.W.E.R. Nutrition Moves are featured in the Wellness Council of America’s On the Move Monthly Curriculum!

Welcome back! Healthy PSU Reduce Stress Yoga For ALL – Fall 2016!

August 23rd, 2016 by Denise

Join Healthy PSU and our “new” instructor, Denise Siraco for Reduce Stress Yoga at Noontime!

Classes will meet every Tuesday and Thursday during the semester*

12:05 – 12:50

Welcome Center/Ice Arena

Information flyer

*No class October 27, 2016

Healthy PSU Summer 2016 Engagements!

July 5th, 2016 by Denise

Plymouth State University is continuing on this purpose driven course to move more and continue creating a support system for physical activity and improved well-being!

In June, Plymouth State University (PSU) was recognize by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) for being one of the Top 25 Active Organizations in the Country!  PSU employee’s participated in WELCOA’s 12-week On the Move Initiative Company Challenge. PSU was ranked 14th overall and was the top University in the challenge, beating out 70 other organizations, thanks to senior-level support and their employee’s commitment to moving more, sitting less and thriving! Read full article

However, the challenge was only the beginning of what is to come! Visit the Healthy PSU On the Move webpage to learn more about On the Move Monthly Thrive Training, Yoga with Katie and our summer book discussion The Daniel Plan – 40 Days to a Healthier Life (Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus & Friends)!

“Remember, to be great, all you have to do is start. Start today, down the path to a more physically active and fulfilling life.” – Coach Sean Foy


March is National Nutrition Month-Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!

March 1st, 2016 by Denise

PageHeadBanner_NNM16Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated — simply begin to shift to healthier food and beverage choices. These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help get you started.

  • Emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
  • Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
  • Make sure your diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Make Your Calories Count

The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients, and lower in calories. Making smart food choices can help you stay healthy, manage your weight and be physically active.

Focus on Variety

Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned. Eat more dark green vegetables such as leafy greens and broccoli and orange vegetables including carrots and sweet potatoes. Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas. Eat at least 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.

Know Your Fats

Look for foods low in saturated fats and trans fats to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils. Check the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels for total fat and saturated fat.

On-campus Dining: March 2016 menus

16 Health Tips for 2016

For more information, view the Total Diet Approach to Healthy Eating.

Healthy PSU is excited to announce the On the Move challenge for all faculty and staff!

February 26th, 2016 by Denise

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Dear Faculty and Staff,

Consider joining Plymouth State University for On the Move, a 12-week physical activity challenge that will allow us to complete in real time to be one of the Top 100 active organizations in the country!

As part of the On the Move challenge, you’ll get resources that help you:

  • Move more during your day
  • Track your activity
  • Set goals
  • Get support


On the Move Web-based Platform: Enrolled participants Login-in Page

On the Move Kickoff Event for Faculty/Staff Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 11:30-1:00 at ALLWell North: Schedule of Activities

Empowering you to move more, sit less and thrive! On the Move-Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing Walking Shoes: Shoe Guide

Registration opens March 14! The On the Move challenge begins April 4 and ends June 27 (must be registered by April 4).

President Birx letter of commitment to the On the Move Company Challenge

APS Healthcare, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – available all current PSU employees and their family members (full-time, part-time & adjuncts)

January 27th, 2016 by Denise

Check out APS Healthcare’s EAP and Work-Life benefits provided by USNH! By logging onto this exciting website you will have access to information and resources to enhance your life and personal well being. For information on personal growth, emotional wellness, parenting, managing change, self assessments, online training modules, and financial calculators, this site is a comprehensive resource for you and your family.

EAP website  Login Access Code is USNH

2016 EAP Work/Life monthly seminar calendar


Learn T’ai Chi this semester “new” 14-week series starts January 26!

January 26th, 2016 by Denise

Attention Faculty and Staff, Come experience being  more mindful by learning the mindful movements of T’ai Chi with Darcy!

Dates: Tuesdays/Thursdays, January 26-May 5 (no class during spring break or during campus closures)

Time: 5-6 PM (class instruction will be approximately 50 min. and will begin at 5:10 PM)

Location: ALLWell North building, room 101 (lower level)

Parking: undercover parking in the garage at the rate of .50 cents per half hour (parking kiosk accepts cash/credit and debit).




HR Communication: 2016 Benefit Savings up to $400 – MyPath2Wellness

September 21st, 2015 by Denise


Status Benefits Eligible staff members who participate/complete both the Biometric Screening on campus (Sept. 22, 23 or 24) and the Health Questionnaire (by October 30) will receive up to a $400 premium credit toward their 2016 Harvard Pilgrim employee medical plan cost.

Plymouth State University and Harvard Pilgrim are committed to supporting your efforts to become or stay healthy. As part of that support, our USNH MyPath2Wellness program is designed to engage you in health improvement, while providing a valuable incentive.

To complete MyPath2Wellness, follow these two simple steps:

Step 1 – Know Your Numbers Sign up for your screening time here!
If you know your numbers, you can take steps to keep these indicators in a healthy range and lower your risk for disease. Our workplace screenings make it easy to obtain key biometric numbers for: Blood pressure, Glucose (sugar level), Cholesterol, Weight/body mass index (BMI) measures and Tobacco use.

Step 2 – Complete the online Health Questionnaire (HQ) Complete the HQ
It takes about 30 minutes to complete the secure and confidential HQ, and you instantly receive a personalized health profile. You will have the option to complete this at the biometric screening for you choose. However in order to complete the HQ you would need to have your personalized “USERNAME” and “PASSWORD” that come with the home mailing from Harvard Pilgrim.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT…do not this discard this information!

If you need assistance, come by the HR office Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or call us at (603) 535-2250.

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