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Beginning October 1st, 2018, we have a brand new points-based incentive program that all benefits-eligible active employees are welcome and encouraged to participate in.  You can read all about the new tiered system in the Welcome letter HERE and find your tracking form HERE.  There will soon be a link on this site which you will be able to actually REGISTER yourself for the program.  When that is up and running a notice will be sent out so that you may sign up. Until then - read over the material and feel free to start collecting points! The program runs Oct 1, 2018 -Sept 30, 2019, which means that if you had a physical for example, in September of 2018, you will have to make sure you set up your appointment for next Sept 2019 to earn those points. 


There will be FAQ's soon along with a list of resources (places to find online nutrition courses, or cooking classes, etc). Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this new benefit! 

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS/CONCERNS? Please contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein about the Wellbeing Program by emailing or calling 218-730-5201.  







The Health Fair is just over one month away! On Wednesday, November 14th from 8am-3pm, the Health Fair for all employees and retirees will be held at the DECC. There will be a number of exhibitors, presentations and demonstrations, flu shots, and PRIZES (including Beaver Sky Tours, $75 Visa Gift cards, golf passes and more)! We hope you choose to attend and learn about the many wellbeing resources available to you in our community. 

Click on the HEALTH FAIR tab to find more details. 





Civic Center Farmers' Market

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Farmer's Market this year! For our first year we feel it was a great success! We hope to see you out there next year! If you have any suggestions or questions about the Civic Center Farmer's Market, please feel free to contact Angel Hohenstein at or call 218-730-5201. 


LAKE SUPERIOR (BAYFIELD FOODS) CSA SPECIAL ORDERS OPEN FOR WINTER SHARES! - First of all for those of you who are new to this, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You’ll receive the freshest and tastiest produce you can ever imagine through a CSA (unless you have your own garden, and then it’s hard to compare), along with the option to purchase meats, baked goods and other locally sourced items.  The best part (in my opinion) is that you are supporting local farmers who use organic methods to raise their crops/animals/etc. Clean, real food. 

The City of Duluth is a drop-site for the Bayfield Foods/Lake Superior CSA and if you choose to order, you will be able to pick up your food box from City Hall on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis.  We also receive a 5% discount for being a host. To learn more or place and order check out Bayfield Foods 


We are here to support you.  If you are contemplating quitting tobacco, there are many FREE resources available to help you:

 If you have questions about any of these services or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at or 730-5201



Upcoming Events/Activities 

ESSENTIAL OILS LUNCH AND LEARN - Was held on September 19th, in the Gold Room of the Library where Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Jan Tomaino, shared the benefits and safe application of essential oils. You can find the informative handout HERE


NEW!!! MOVE OR BUST CHALLENGE - THE TRAIL EDITION - Check it out! We are teaming up as a City AGAINST the County to see who can exercise the most minutes - ALL ON TRAIL this year! That means - hiking/walking, running or biking (or if you are on a paved trail - roller-blading/skiing would be accepted as well), as much as you can this fall! All the details can be found HEREIf you are wondering where to start - there is a list of resources we put together for you HERE


Skin Cancer Lunch and Learn -  Wednesday, August 22nd, Heather Smith from Twin Ports Dermatology conducted a presentation on Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention.  The powerpoint presentation is HERE




DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM  if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes or Cardiovascular Disease, this FREE program is for you! Classes began on September 28th, but there will be another round offered in the spring. The course is FREE, and is designed to help you establish healthy habits that will stay with you for life. Topics range from healthy eating, stress management, physical activity, sleep, and more. Angel is the Lifestyle Coach for this program. Contact her at or 218-730-5201. 



Diabetes Prevention Program

What Is the Diabetes Prevention Program?  It is a lifestyle change intervention program where groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, a lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

 For example, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
    • Ever had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after the delivery (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes. You may also take this quick test to determine if you are at risk. 

If I am prediabetic, how do I enroll?

Contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at 218-730-5201 or email to sign up or ask more question. 

When and Where will the class take place? 

Next class TBD. 

For more information regarding course curriculum please visit 



VIRTUWELL  - By HealthPartners 


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Quit Smoking Today
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Wellness Committee Strategic Plan (PDF)


Angel Hohenstein


Mission Statement
The mission of the wellness program is to enhance our lives through the benefits of life long wellness; by providing diverse programs that appeal to a wide range of peoples personal preferences and needs.

Vision Statement
To create a supportive environment that will reinforce a safe, healthy and well-balanced lifestyle; leading to healthier and productive lives.

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