With the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as Coronavirus, continuing to impact all of our daily lives, it is more important than ever that we take the time to care for ourselves and our families. This means staying active, eating nutritious foods, sleeping well, reducing stress and keeping a positive attitude. Below are wellness resources designed to help faculty, staff and their family members during this unprecedented and challenging time.
The following resources are available to help keep you and your family active and moving
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Wellness and Recreation is bringing you all the things you love, without leaving the house. Check their website each weekday for new and exciting workouts that can be completed in the comfort of your own home. Workout videos and additional content will also be shared on their social media platforms, so please follow them so you do not miss out.
Join a live fitness class, follow along to pre-recorded workouts and much more!
- Wednesday, June 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |Men’s Health- Understanding the Trends and Strategies for Support | Register | June is Men’s Health Month. Join us to increase your understanding of the health risk factors that affect men and strategies to support the males in your life
- Wednesday, July 8 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Hot Tips for a Safe Summer| Register| Sunshine. Vacations. The beach. We love summertime, but it does present some unique health hazards. Learn how to protect yourself and your family.
- ThriveWell- Setting up your system for success (pre-recorded) – Reach your goals by setting up a system for success
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a range of challenges and stressors in our personal and professional lives. The following emotional wellbeing, meditation and mindfulness resources are available to help
The NC State University Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) Program provides support, resources and information, for personal and work-life issues. The FASAP Program is university-sponsored, confidential, and provided at no charge to Faculty, Staff and members of their households. The program is administered through a third-party provider, ComPsych.
You can access additional information on the FASAP program online or via telephone:
- Call: 866.467.0467
- Go online: guidanceresources.com
- TDD: 800.697.0353
- Your NC State Web ID: FASAP
COVID-19 Webinar Series:
Click here to view the following pre-recorded webinars
- Coping with Uncertainty about Covid-19
- How Emotions Impact Eating During a Crisis
- Managing Worry & Anxiety Amid COVID-19
- Tools to handle COVID-19 related stress
- Self-Isolating Together during the pandemic
The practice of mindfulness – the capacity to be fully present in the moment – is a way to cultivate a calm, focused mind and to offset the negative effects of stress and avoid burnout. Taking care of our own well-being through practices of self-inquiry and self-reflection benefits ourselves and those around us. Mindfulness offers a way to care for one another and our students through kindness, empathy and compassion. Start your week with the intention to practice mindfulness.
Join us every Monday to practice movement, breathe, meditate and simply be in community with fellow NC State faculty and staff.
This program is suitable for all levels and open to NC State faculty and staff. No special equipment or training is needed. You must be an authenticated user to join the Zoom session link. Register through REPORTER https://reporter.ncsu.edu/link/courseview?courseID=PRV-OFD&deptName=PRV
Sessions are led by OFD Program Evaluation Specialist Dr. Jennifer Stanigar, Dr. Stanigar is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher who has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation classes for over 20 years.
Free online resources to help you relieve stress and find inner peace:
During the COVID-19 crisis, NC State Wellness and Recreation is offering Faculty and Staff FREE ACCESS to their healthy living series!
Healthy Living Series
Take charge of your health this year by enrolling in the Healthy Living Series. Being an employee comes with unique challenges and circumstances that can make it tough to prioritize your health and well-being. Together we will take charge of your health, discover strategies, gain knowledge, and provide accountability every step of the way. Learn ways to get moving, eat better, manage your stress and achieve your wellness goals to establish lasting lifestyle changes.
What you get
4-week health and wellness educational sessions that include:
- Group support and accountability
- Educational workbook and materials
- Functional tools to assist you in your journey
- Ongoing support from a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach
The next series begins weekly starting June 15 from 12:00-1:30 pm via Zoom.
Click here to register for the Healthy Living Series.
- Ombuds 20: Join Faculty Ombuds and NC State Wellness every Wednesday at 12 pm for guided meditation.
- Pack to Sleep’ Challenge Aims to Help You Get Better Sleep
- Combating Stress and Anxiety in Family Life
- OIED Mental Health Tips and Resources
Mental Health First Aid– Be the Difference
Be Financially Well
We understand that many people have concerns about the state of their finances and retirement plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following resources are available to help
- Tuesday, June 16 | 11-12 pm | Your Own Home | Registration Opens 5/20/20 | PNC will help you learn the advantages and disadvantages of renting versus owning a home, identify questions to ask to determine readiness to buy a home and identify basic terms and required disclosures used in mortgage transactions. Also, learn to identify predatory lending practices and loan scams and get an update on the current market related to COVID-19.
- NC State Campus Financial Advisors
Meet (virtually until further notice) with representatives from our retirement plan vendors for financial and retirement-related advice. These certified financial advisers meet with employees at no cost or obligation to the employee and provide expert advice and resources to NC State Staff and Faculty.
- Understanding Credit and Borrowing Basics– PNC
- Staying the Course For Retirement – CAPTRUST
- Investors React to Spreading Coronavirus – CAPTRUST
- Coronavirus: Trading an uncertain market – Fidelity
- Coronavirus and the power of mindful investing – Fidelity
- 7 Principles for Investing in Volatile Markets – Fidelity
- Global Lookout: When is it safe to come out? – TIAA
- Nuveen Coronavirus Update– TIAA
Support the health of you and your loved ones through good nutrition
State Health Plan members ages 6 and older can access nutrition and weight management benefits through the 80/20 & 70/30 health plans. In-network dietitian visits delivered in an office, urgent care or outpatient facility are covered 100%. Services include the following:
- Nutritional Counseling
- Obesity Screening
- Behavioral Intervention
To find an in-network dietitian, use the Find a Doctor tool and search under “Specialist” for a licensed dietitian/nutritionist. Many providers are now offering tele-health or virtual visit during COVID-19. These types of visits are covered under your Plan benefits. Contact your provider to determine if virtual visits are available.
For more information on this benefit visit www.shpnc.org.
Virtual nutrition counseling is also available to State Health Plan members through LifeStyle Medical Center.
Blue365 is the leading health and wellness discount program offering State Health Plan members savings on fitness and wellness related services. Blue 365 offers discounts on nutrition programs like The Produce Box, Nutrisystem, Sunbasket Healthy Dinners and more.
Blue 365 Deal: The Produce Box offers affordable, farm-fresh produce delivered to your home or NC State’s campus*. Customize your box and fill it with a wide variety of fruits, veggies, meats and specialty items from the weekly online menu, which has over 100 items from local farmers and artisans.
State Health Plan members receive a free 12-month membership and $10 off the first order. Sign up today with code: BLUE365
* NC State campus deliveries have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please contact the produce box to change your delivery location.
Learn Tips and Resources to help you eat smart, and move more each day.
Tips and Tools: Find out what food is in season in North Carolina, take a virtual trip through the grocery store aisle by aisle, and learn about healthier food and snack options.
Core Behaviors: Learn about the Eat Smart, Move More eight Core Behaviors. Click on each one to learn strategies that you and your family can adopt.
- Feed the Pack Food Pantry is an on campus food pantry open to staff, faculty and students.
- MEDinsteadofmeds.com The Mediterranean-style eating pattern has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers nutrition articles, tips, video and activities for individuals and families managing the challenging conditions of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- CDC guidelines and tips on healthy nutrition
- Dietary Guidelines
- Choose My Plate
Additional COVID-19 Resources
- NC State Libraries Reading, Watching and Listening Recommendations
- Flourish: An Online Arts & Mental Wellness Initiative
- NC State Extension COVID-19 Portal
- Office of Information Technology: Beware of COVID-19 Scams
- Benefit Plans Response to COVID-19
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- University Human Resources: Pandemic Guidelines and Resources
- NCSU Coronavirus Response