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Today is Employee Health and Fitness Day – Michigan Medicine Headlines


What better day to take time for yourself than today, May 17, Employee Health and Fitness Day? Nationally recognized on the third Wednesday in May, it celebrates the benefits of health and well-being in the workplace.

U-M’s commitment to being a health-promoting university means you have a variety of programs and resources to support your body, mind and mood. Here are five simple ways you can care for yourself on May 17 and beyond:

Make mental health a priority 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a good time to think about your mental and emotional needs. If you (or someone you know) could use extra support, resources are available for you. 

Learn about confidential online screenings, professional counseling at no charge and presentations and events for your mind and mood.

Get moving

Movement is good for your body and mind. Take a walk, stretch your muscles or get moving in an in-person MHealthy physical activity class

Can’t make a live class? No problem – active benefits-eligible faculty and staff can access more than 250 videos in the MHealthy Exercise Video Library on the MHealthy Portal anytime!

Learn about your health

Understanding your health and well-being needs is one of the best things you can do for yourself. A great way to check on your well-being is by completing your 2023 confidential health questionnaire (HQ). In about 10 minutes, you’ll see where you’re thriving, learn what well-being areas may need your attention and get a personalized list of resources. Complete the HQ by May 31, 2023. Open to active, benefits-eligible faculty and staff. 

Do a skin check

May is also Skin Cancer Awareness Month. More skin cancers are diagnosed in the U.S. each year than all other cancers combined. However, when found and treated early, skin cancer can almost always be cured. 

Check your skin, preferably at least once a month. Use these tips and resources to check and protect your skin.

Eat a nutritious meal

Enjoying a healthy meal doesn’t have to be boring, time-consuming or expensive. Explore MHealthy’s website to find recipes, free cooking classes, videos and more nutrition-related resources.

Want more ideas?

More health and well-being resources are available on the MHealthy website. Also visit the Well-being at U-M site to find university resources that support eight key dimensions of personal well-being.

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