Wellness Challenge: Live Well

The College of Engineering Staff Council’s Wellness Committee once again is issuing a challenge to Live Well. To support and facilitate this effort, our committee will be holding a challenge from the end of September until mid-November where participants will be asked to create their own wellness goals. These goals can be focused on fitness, mental health, general self-care, or any other habits that support your overall wellness. For the purpose of this challenge, we will be asking participants to create goals that are S.M.A.R.T. or specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. At the end of each week participants will be asked to fill out a webform in order to log their activity and indicate whether they have met their goal.

Participants will eligible for weekly prizes and a Grand Prize at the conclusion of the challenge. Every week, our committee will raffle off wellness themed prizes for participants who submit their progress via the established webform. The Grand Prizes will be awarded at the end of the challenge to participants who log their progress 6 weeks of out of the 8 weeks of the challenge. While individuals are encouraged to participate throughout the full duration of the challenge, we also welcome individuals who would like to register at any point in October and November!

Weekly Prizes: (2 of each set available)

  • Prize 1- White Noise Machine, Memory Foam Pillow, Eye Mask, and SleepyTime Tea
  • Prize 2- Acupressure Mat, Yoga Mat, Yoga Block, and Essential Oil Set
  • Prize 3- Resistance Bands and Fitbit Inspire
  • Prize 4- Massage Gun, Foam Roller Set, and Icy Hot Roller

  • Important Dates:

    • Monday, September 26 – Challenge Start
    • Monday, October 3 - Participants Log Activity for the Week of 9/26-10/2
    • Monday, October 10 - Participants Log Activity for the Week of 10/3-10/9
    • Monday, October 17 - Participants Log Activity for the Week of 10/10-10/16
    • Monday, October 24 - Participants Log Activity for the Week of 10/17-10/23
    • Monday, October 31 - Participants Log Activity for the Week of 10/24-10/30
    • Monday, November 7 - Participants Log Activity for the Week of 10/31-11/6
    • Monday, November 14 - Participants Log Activity for the Week of 11/7-11/13
    • Sunday, November 20 - Participants Log Activity for the Week of 11/14-11/20
    • Sunday, November 20 – Challenge Ends

    Verify your Goal is Smart
    • SPECIFIC: What exactly will you accomplish? (Example: Walking an average of 8,000 steps daily and 56,000 steps weekly)
    • MEASURABLE: How will you know when you have reached this goal? (Example: I will use the fitness tracker on my smart phone to see if I met my goal)
    • ATTAINABLE: Is achieving this goal reasonable with effort and commitment? (Example: I currently walk an average of 5,000 steps everyday so I believe I will be able to walk an additional 3,000 steps with moderate effort)
    • RELEVANT: Do you find this goal worthwhile and associated to any future wellness plans you have? (Example: I want to challenge myself to live a more active lifestyle. Increasing the number of steps I walk daily will support this plan)
    • TIME-BOUND: For the purpose of this challenge, we recommend setting a goal that can be evaluated weekly. (Example: I will walk 56,000 steps weekly)

    *As a reminder, challenge prizes are subject to tax. The IRS and the Nebraska Department of Revenue require that employers report the value of all gifts provided to employees. That being said, prize winners will see an increase in their gross income based on the approximate value of the prize. This will then be shown as dollar amount under ‘Earnings’, listed as “3PRTYTAX”. This amount will NOT be a deduction in pay, but rather an amount added to the winner’s taxable wages. Winners will see a decrease in their net pay in the amount of a few dollars. The amount of tax that prize winners pay will depend on their personal exemptions. Participants may of course opt out of the prize drawing, should you prefer to avoid these taxes.