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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.

Important Dates Flyer

Have questions or need a password reset?

Attention Faculty and Staff, a “new” 5-week Evening Yoga Series begins Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 5:00-6:00 PM!

August 28th, 2015 by Denise

You have asked and Healthy PSU has listened!  We will be adding a new evening class led by Katie Comeau “Introduction to Gentle Yoga ”  Program Flyer

Wednesdays, Sept. 2-Sept. 30, 2015*Ted Yoga

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Welcome Center Foyer

*Please note: This will not replace the regularly scheduled Tuesday/Thursday noontime classes. Upon completion of the 5-week series we will determine whether or not this day and time will continue to be offered (minimum participation requirement of 7 or more employees will be required).

To confirm your participation please RSVP here. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Healthy PSU “On the Move” with Designated Sneaker Days and more!

August 13th, 2015 by Denise


Americans sit at work, at home and at school-moving 30% less than we did two generations ago!  If this keeps up by the end of this decade-2020 we will exert only slightly more effort than if we slept 24 hours per day!
– source WELCOA (Wellness Council of America, 2015)

By now, we are sure you have read about the devastating effects of sedentary lifestyles—sitting disease, hypertension, cholesterol, increased joint pain, stress, depression and so many others.  We at Healthy PSU believe this is one of the most pressing health issues we face in American workplaces and we want to provide YOU with new, exciting ways to begin to move more, sit less and feel better.

How can you participate?

  • Join us for “Designated Sneaker Days” the first Wednesday of each month.  learn more
  • Attend on-campus workshops and/or a group exercise event that gets you moving more!  view upcoming engagements
  • Invite Healthy PSU to provide a “Be Active” break for your department! Request a “Be Active” break by emailing
  • Try out the new walking routes on campus!  view walking maps
  • Host a walking meeting with a colleague or your entire department!
  • Just take a walk…MOVING MAKES US THRIVE!
  • Visit our Physical Activity Resources page
  • Healthy PSU announces the all-new “Wall of Walkers

Do you have other ideas?  Contact Healthy PSU

Congratulations to the Healthy PSU “Wall of Walkers!”

July 31st, 2015 by Denise

This Summer Healthy PSU offered a 60-day “Passport to Health” WALKING ADVENTURE!

Starting with our June 3, 2015 walk reunion employees challenged themselves to take this walking adventure.  The passports featured 13 of the newly mapped walking routes around campus, containing 17.5 miles and 35,000 stepspassport cover to better health.

We are proud to announce the individuals that completed the challenge and will be the first names listed on the all-new Healthy PSU “Wall of Walkers!”

Summer 2015:

  • Jane Bjerklie-Barry
  • Joyce Bruce
  • Dave Carpentiere
  • Kimberly Gammons
  • Jen Green
  • Anne Jung-Mathews
  • Gary McCool
  • Denise Normandin
  • Robert Orf
  • Jennifer Reynolds
  • Angie Ricciardi
  • Christine Rosset
  • Marylena Sevigney
  • Lindsey Stepp
  • Jane Weber
  • Beth Wichland


“This was a great ‘program’ and it further reinforced and encouraged my walking goals.”

“I love the new signs!”

“This has kept me motivated to get out and walk during lunch this summer, thank you!”

“I love the new maps, I used my smart phone to scan the QR code on the back of the passport and was able to quickly and easily click on the map that I wanted!”

“What a great motivator this has become for me to get up from my desk and take a break.  I feel energized and more focus when I return! Thanks for organizing this.”

“I loved the trails and the experience.”

“Was a great thing to do — I say we keep doing it, even in winter!”

Check out our Physical Activity Resources page for more information.

Join us for a walk on Designated Sneaker Days!

Summer 2015 Wall of Walkers (printable version)

Getting Healthy PSU: Gentle Yoga for All, Drums Alive, Summerfest and more!

July 17th, 2015 by Denise

Healthy PSU on a hikeGetting Healthy PSU…don’t miss the opportunity to have some informal fun with your colleagues this summer!

  • Yoga is ongoing every Tuesday and Thursday in the AIR CONDITIONED Welcome Center from 12:05-12:50 p.m.
  • Drums Alive will run thru July 30 every Tuesday and Thursdays in D & M Building, Room 402 from 4:45-5:45 p.m.
  • Book discussions: Mindful Work, July 22 in Frost Commons 11-12 p.m., The Blue Zones Solution, August 5 in Frost Commons from 12:05-12:50 p.m..
  • Passport to Health, Summer Walking Adventure-Come by HR and pick up your passport today and challenge yourself to test out the new mapped walking routes around campus and be recognized on the all-new “Wall of Walkers!”
  • Designated Sneaker Day: August 5 meet in front of the HUB and take a walk at noon.
  • Summerfest 2015 “Celebrating New Hampshire” August 12, Mary Lyon lawn from 11:30-1:00 p.m. – Join incoming President Birx and your colleagues for a picnic lunch, door prizes, music and games. Rain location: Prospect Hall.

Local Foods Plymouth – 100-Mile Food Challenge

July 7th, 2015 by Denise

Starting with the Plymouth Outdoor Farmers’ Market at the Senior Center on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. challenge yourself (and your family and friends) to eat fresh, locally grown foods within 100 miles of your home. Eating locally grown food tastes and looks better because the time from field to plate is greatly reduced. Buying locally grown food keeps money in your community and supports local families. Local food preserves open space: farmland is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, and ponds, which provides habitat for many different species. Most importantly, it is good nutrition for your health.  Have fun on your local foods adventure!

100-Mile Food Challenge Pledge form (this form can be returned to the Local Foods Plymouth table at the farmers market or at the Farm to Desk pick-up on Fridays at the D & M building from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Local Foods Plymouth website