Sky Blue Yoga – RESUMED

Please join us for YOGA by the Lake for City of Windom Employees & Family

Unwind from your busy day with Yoga! 

All City employees plus family are invited to 3 weekly Yoga sessions lead by Sky Blue Yoga starting Tuesday, August 11th.  This will be a FREE mixed level class suitable for all!   It will be super mellow and relaxing after a busy day. 

The sessions will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm at Cottonwood County Lake.  Mark it on your calendar!! 

Bring your own exercise mat!!

August 11th 6-7PM
August 18th 6-7PM
August 25th 6-7PM

NOTE: Participating in any of these will count toward earning 2020 Wellness Incentive

Top Health Benefits of Yoga

You’ve probably heard by now that yoga is good for you. Maybe you’ve even tried it and discovered that it makes you feel better. A consistent practice offers all kinds of mental and physical health benefits. Some, like improved flexibility, are clearly evident. Others, including mental clarity and stress reduction, may be more subtle but are just as powerful. When put together, all the benefits below contribute to an increased feeling of well-being, which helps explain why so many people find yoga so addictive.

 

1. Improves Flexibility 

Moving and stretching in new ways will help you become more flexible, bringing greater range of motion to tight areas. Over time, you can expect to gain flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips. As we age, our flexibility usually decreases, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting, which leads to pain and immobility. Yoga can help reverse this process.

 

2. Builds Strength

Many yoga poses require you to bear your body weight in new ways, including balancing on one leg (as in tree pose) or supporting yourself with your arms (as in downward facing dog). Holding these poses over the course of several breaths helps build muscular strength.

 

3. Increases Muscle Tone and Definition

As a by-product of getting stronger, you can expect to see increased muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, lean muscles in your legs, arms, back, and abdomen.

 

4. Improves Balance

Improved balance is one of the most important benefits of yoga as you get older. Poses where you stand on one leg and, for more advanced students, inversions, are great ways to build the core strength that keeps you upright.

 

5. Supports Joint Health

The movements necessary for yoga are low impact, allowing you to use your joints without injuring them. Yoga also helps strengthen the muscles around the joints, lessening their load. People with arthritis often see marked improvement in their pain and mobility with regular gentle yoga practice.

 

6. Prevents Back Pain

Increased flexibility and strength can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain. Many people who have back pain spend a lot of time sitting at a computer or driving a car, which causes tightness throughout the body and spinal compression. Yoga counteracts these conditions.

 

7. Teaches Better Breathing

Most of us take shallow breaths and don’t give much thought to how we breathe. Yoga breathing exercises, called pranayama, focus our attention on breathing and teach us how to take deeper breaths, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help clear the nasal passages (helpful for people with allergies) and even calm the nervous system, which has physical and mental benefits on and off the mat.

 

8. Fosters Mental Calmness

Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Concentrating so intently on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing a calmness to your mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, such as how to focus on your breath and disengage from your thoughts. These skills can prove to be very valuable in intense situations off the mat, like childbirth, a bout of insomnia, or when having an anxiety attack.

 

9. Reduces Stress

Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles, both large and small, seem to melt away during the time you are on the mat. This provides a much-needed break from your stressors, as well as helping to put your problems into perspective. The emphasis yoga places on being in the present moment can also help as you learn not to dwell on past events or anticipate the future. You will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.

 

10. Increases Self Confidence

Doing yoga improves your mind-body connection, giving you a better awareness of your own body. During yoga, you learn to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment, putting you in better touch with your physical being. You also learn to accept your body as it is without judgment. Over time, this leads to feeling more comfortable in your own body, boosting your self-confidence.

2020 Onsite Screening – Windom Area Health – FINAL REMINDER SIGN UP NEEDED

ONSITE SCREENING AVAILABLE AUGUST 5TH – COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Windom Area Health will be conducting voluntary health screenings onsite at the Council Chambers August 5th starting at 7:00 a.m.  These tests will be FREE to employees.

A Lipid and Glucose test in 2020 this is a requirements to qualify for the $500 Wellness Incentive.  We are also offering three additional tests for employees including Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA),  and Hemoglobin.  The PSA test is recommended for males age 50+ and the TSH is available to anyone who is interested. 

All tests will be in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  A 12 hour fast is required for all tests.

Please reserve a time by emailing chelsie.carlson@windommn.com or calling City Hall at 507-831-6129

Sign-up deadline is Monday July 27th.

 

Note: If you choose to do the screening with your primary provider, please have Physician Screening Letter completed and return to Chelsie.

Please email Windom.Wellness@windommn.com with any questions.

Thanks

 

2020 Employee Appreciation Event – RSVP Needed

Friday August 21st @ 5:30 – Windom Community Center

Please join us in celebrating the hard work and dedication of each City of Windom employee.  A meal will be provided for each employee and their plus one. Click HERE for details.  Please RSVP by August 14th by emailing john.nelson@windommn.com

City of Windom Wellness Food Drive (Optional): Bring a non-perishable food donation and have it count towards your 2020 $500.00 Incentive Program.

2020 Onsite Screening – Windom Area Health – REMINDER SIGN UP NEEDED

ONSITE SCREENING AVAILABLE AUGUST 5TH – COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Windom Area Health will be conducting voluntary health screenings onsite at the Council Chambers August 5th starting at 7:00 a.m.  These tests will be FREE to employees.

A Lipid and Glucose test in 2020 this is a requirements to qualify for the $500 Wellness Incentive.  We are also offering three additional tests for employees including Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA),  and Hemoglobin.  The PSA test is recommended for males age 50+ and the TSH is available to anyone who is interested. 

All tests will be in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  A 12 hour fast is required for all tests.

Please reserve a time by emailing chelsie.carlson@windommn.com or calling City Hall at 507-831-6129

Sign-up deadline is Monday July 27th.

 

Note: If you choose to do the screening with your primary provider, please have Physician Screening Letter completed and return to Chelsie.

Please email Windom.Wellness@windommn.com with any questions.

Thanks

 

July 2020 Healthier Living Newsletter

July Healthier Living Newsletter

Email Comments/Questions to:  Windom.wellness@windommn.com or ask a Wellness Committee member.

Committee: Cheryl Lillegaard, Dawn Aamot, Nancy Sajban, Dana Wallace, Drew Hage, Chelsie Carlson

 

MSRS Deferred Comp Update

MSRS Customer Service Changes During COVID-19 Social Distancing

As the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, MSRS remains open for business. Our priority is maintaining the health and safety of our participants and employees while still providing retirement benefits and services. 

Visit the MSRS website for the most up-to-date information on how we are currently conducting business. 

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Changes

The SECURE Act of 2019 changed the age retirement plan participants must begin taking RMDs from age 70½ to age 72. 

The CARES Act, signed into law this past March waives RMDs for calendar year 2020. Learn more about how the CARES Act impacts RMDs. 

Updated MNDCP In-Service Withdrawal Provision

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act (FCAA) was signed into law in December 2019. The FCAA allows in-service withdrawals under governmental 457(b) plans at age 59½ (rather than age 70½ previously permitted for 457(b) plans).  

MNDCP adopted this optional provision effective June 12. MNDCP participants currently employed by a Minnesota public employer may now request a withdrawal for any reason after obtaining age 59½. An employee who takes an in-service withdrawal may continue to contribute to their MNDCP account. 

Schedule a Phone Meeting with MSRS

Over the past month, MSRS representatives have been busy communicating with participants over the phone who are concerned about stock market volatility, impacts on their retirement accounts and answering questions regarding MNDCP or HCSP accounts.

Now may be a good time to have your MSRS representative meet with your employees via phone appointments. Simply schedule some dates and your MSRS representative can send you a website link and/or flyer for your employees to sign-up online. 

Appointment scheduling made easy!

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COVID-19 Stay Safe Reminder

Reminder to City of Windom employees to be COVID-19 mindful and safe over the July 4th weekend?

Returning to Work

Sick Employee