HR Newsletter February 2024

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04 08 09 CONTENTS USG Well-being February Webinars USG Well-being Rewards Program February training online and in-person U Away from UNG Fun Activities Outside of Work New Nighthawks January New Hires USG ePerformance 16 Take advantage of USG health plan perks 13 UNG Staff Council Relay for Life Heroes Against Cancer 5K Live Well UNG: February Spotlight TRS New Member Workshop Workshop Video plus Q&A * Chair Yoga * Rec Center Preview * Survey 11 12 Healthy Foodie Finds Weight Watchers 7 layer dip 10 14 15 CAPTRUST: The Fundamentals of Personal Finance Employee Assistance Program Financial Wellness 4 week series 03 Managing Workplace Stress

1 8 9 10 17 24 16 23 15 22 14 21 13 20 27 12 19 26 11 18 25 7 6 5 4 2 3 29 28 Diabetes Prevention 12PM Heart Health 101 11AM Mental Moment 11AM EAP 101 10AM Taking care of your heart 12PM USG WELL-BEING FEBRUARY WEBINAR EVENTS CLIICK ON SESSIIONS BELOW TO REGIISTER 2024 SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Relational Well-being February Spotlight Relational Well-being February’s focus is on Relational well-being. Relational well-being is how well you know yourself and how you interact with others in a genuine, healthy way. It can also be known as social well-being. According to the National Institutes of Health there are six ways you can improve your social well-being: make connections, take care of yourself, while caring for others, get active together, bond with your kids, build healthy relationships and shape your family’s health habits. Self-Care Self-care is anything you do to take care of yourself. This looks different for everyone, so there is no one way to do it! Even small acts of self-care in your daily routine can have huge impacts. Start by sharing ways you engage in self-care with those around you. You may discover something new! People who have healthy relationships are more likely to lead healthier and happier lives. Healthy relationships can boost health in a variety of ways, including: reduced stress, better healing, creating a sense of purpose, living longer, and a generally overall healthy lifestyle. Communication and trust are the foundations for building a healthy relationship. Invest in your relationships with time, activities and genuine interest. Healthy Relationships February 2024

LIVE WELL UNG Top Picks for February Virtual Chair Yoga February 7th at 12:00 noon Please join us for a virtual and interactive Chair Yoga Session led by Sheila Schulte. Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is done while seated or using a chair for balance, which can be perfect for anyone with mobility issues. To participate for this session, please register in advance: Recreation Center Preview February 12th - 16th UNG Campus Recreation and Wellness invite you to join them during Employee Preview Week on the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses. During Employee Preview Week, UNG faculty and staff will have a trial membership to try out either fitness center location. For more information, visit the Rec Center Website. Bring your Nighthawks Employee ID to gain access to either facility. Healthy Minds Survey Mid-February In mid-February, we invite all UNG employees, both faculty and staff, to participate in the Healthy Minds survey. This survey, facilitated by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, will help us better understand employee mental health and healthrelated behaviors, and your perceived ability to assist students with mental health concerns. Your feedback is essential to future programming and initiatives. The survey typically takes only 15-25 minutes to complete.


Your responses are anonymous. For more information, please contact: Your Feedback Matters! HEALTHY MINDS UNG EMPLOYEE Mid-February ‘24 Coming Soon! Please consider completing the HMS Survey. Your feedback is essential as we seek to identify areas of focus and programming opportunities for employees. SURVEY

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS USG’S WELL-BEING WEBSITE OUR JOURNEY. OUR WELL-BEING. USG WELL-BEING REWARDS PROGRAMS It’s a new year! Time to focus on your health. For benefits support, log on to or contact the OneUSG Connect - Benefits Call Center toll-free at 1‑844‑587‑4236 from 8AM to 5PM Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Ingredients 1 cup fat-free sour cream 2 teaspoons taco seasoning 1 cup fat-free refried beans 1/2 cup Wholly Guacamole (I used 2 of the mini containers) 1/2 cup reduced-fat Mexican shredded cheese 1 tomato, chopped 1 green onion 2 tablespoons sliced black olives Instructions In a small bowl mix together the sour cream and taco seasoning. Set aside for a minute. 1. Use a (dinner) plate or medium bowl to layer the dip. 2. Start with the refried beans. Warm up the refried beans in the microwave for about 20 seconds so they are easier to spread. 3. Next spread the guacamole onto the refried beans. 4. 5.Add the sour cream mixture to the guacamole. Sprinkle the Mexican cheese over the sour cream mixture. 6. 7.Add the tomatoes, olives and green onions. Healthy Foodie Finds Weight Watchers 7 Layer Dip PERFECT SUPER BOWL SNACK New in 2024! All employees enrolled in a USG healthcare plan have access to weight loss support through WeightWatchers®. Click HERE. Additional tips and full recipe HERE KEEPINGONPOINT.COM This recipe may contain food allergens. Please consult a treating physician before beginning any diet or exercise regimen. Email to share your healthy recipes

ePerformance OneUSG BLUE RIDGE ONLINE TRAINING SESSIONS WEDNESDAYS 12-1PM IN-PERSON TRAININGS Conference Room 121 Friday, Feb 9 12-1PM Register HERE Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28 CUMMING DAHLONEGA 123-456-7890 Register HERE Conference Room 162 Thursday, Feb 15 1-2PM LTC 163 Friday, Feb 16 10-11AM GAINESVILLE OCONEE MTN 2212 Thursday, Feb 15 10-11AM Classroom 313 Tuesday, Feb 13 11-12PM Email HR with questions for supervisors and employees

We hope you enjoyed the recent new member events streamed over the TRS social media platforms. If you weren't able to attend or would like to view the event again, it's available to you for a limited time on our YouTube channel. We invite you to jump into the new year and start securing your future by watching the video today. The event video + Q&A covers: The TRS benefit formula and vesting at 10 years of service Creditable service and service purchase types A member's TRS online account and naming primary and secondary beneficiaries The importance of unused sick leave Other ways to be financial savvy Main: 404-352-6500 | | Toll-Free: 800-352-0650

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John McMillon (pictured middle) has been PT Faculty in the Psychological Science Department at UNG Dahlonega for 10 years. He holds a MS in Counseling and Human Development and has worked in the mental health field for almost 40 years. In addition to teaching at UNG, John works with Hospice and In-Home Palliative Care of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. As the supervisor of volunteer services, John helps recruit, train, and retain volunteers who work with Hospice and In-Home Palliative Care across Northeast Georgia Medical System's 14 county service area. Volunteers are the of NGHS. They are integral to the team and have a positive impact on patients, staff, and community members alike. Volunteering with Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center means bringing joy and kindness to those living through some of the most difficult times. Volunteers visit hospice patients, assist hospice staff in the office and so much more. “THE BEST WAY TO FIND YOURSELF IS TO LOSE YOURSELF IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERS.” – GANDHI CONTACT: JOHN MCMILLON Volunteer Coordinator HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK AND LIFE? Send us photos of what you love to do! away from UNG Find local volunteer sites in your community HERE! VOLUNTEERING STITCH BY STITCH NGHS volunteers come from all walks of life, from high school students to retired nurses to former patients. But they all have one thing in common: their giving spirit and desire to connect with others in their community. Pictured (right) are memory bears sewed by a NGHS volunteer that are given to each hospice family at no cost. Memory bears are made from a loved one’s clothing and sewn into a teddy bear shape — complete with stuffing and button eyes. It not only helps the families, but the volunteer gets so much fulfillment out of it, as well. Please consider being a volunteer. Full Memory Bear Article HERE

Avoid overextending yourself. Consider whether what’s on your plate on a given day is something you “should” or “must” do. Focus on what is essential. Define your boundaries. Many of us feel the need to be responsive outside work hours, but that is not sustainable. Decide when to turn off your notifications and recharge. Break large projects into smaller parts. If something is particularly daunting and has you paralyzed or overwhelmed, try breaking it into smaller pieces. Know when to step aside. Asking for help and delegating is critical to avoiding burnout. Let others step in when they are able. Learning to give up some control is important to achieving balance. Let go of perfectionism. Do you find yourself spending more time on a project than you’d initially anticipated? It’s possible that you’re setting unrealistic goals for yourself which may not be attainable. Clarify work expectations. If you’re feeling consistently overwhelmed by your work demands, check in with your supervisor. Discuss priorities and revisit goals so that you’re on the same page. Are you feeling overwhelmed most of the time? Call your Employee Assistance Program for strategies that can help. 24/7/365 PHONE: 1.844.243.4440 WEBSITE: Code: USGCares Employee Assistance Program Managing Workplace Stress Your Employee Assistance Program While a certain amount of stress at work is common and can help keep you focused and driven, excessive workplace stress can negatively impact your health and wellness. Here are some tips to help reduce pressure at work. Anytime, any day, you have access to mental health professionals available to connect you with free and confidential services and resources to help you be your best. Simply call to get started today. Reference: Segal, J., Smith, M., Robinson, L, and Segal, R.. “Stress at Worke.” Accessed November 11, 2023 from The contents of this article and referenced websites, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the site are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Reliance on any information provided by these websites is solely at your own risk. Acentra™ Health is not responsible for the contents of any “off- site” web page referenced from this server. Acentra Health. All rights reserved.

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Jennifer Adair Custodian, Facilities North, Dahlonega Petra Blasko Lecturer, Nursing, Dahlonega Jasmine Ford Assistant Professor, Nursing, Gainesville Wendy Haskew Accountant II, Comptroller’s Office, Dahlonega Sebastian Lipski LT Regional Recruiter (Cadet), Cadet Recruiting, Dahlonega Tee Mitchell VP for Strategic Enrollment Management & Chief Enrollment Officer, Dahlonega Kelvin Rachell Assistant Dean & Director of Residence Life, Dahlonega NEW NIGHTHAWKS Blue Ridge Cumming Dahlonega Gainesville Oconee Tuesday, Feb. 6 9AM-12PM Zoom link below: New Employee Orientation

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