Well-being Resource Center and Archive

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  • + To align with our work supporting the whole child, we have outlined five components that will make up the support structure for the whole educator, and help steer the services and supports we offer to team DPS.

    • Educators who feel Supported are more likely to feel valued and want to stay at Denver Public Schools. This includes feeling socially connected to colleagues and peers, emotionally valued for individual strengths and empowered to make physical, spiritual and financial life goals.

    • Engaged educators want to make a positive impact for themselves, Team DPS and students. This includes participating in personal, team and district-wide challenges and social and educational gatherings.

    • Educators who feel Safe have a sense of belonging and are able to show up authentically. This includes feeling supported and accepted for personal and professional beliefs around spirituality, health, and social and emotional intelligence.

    • Healthy educators are their best self and are more productive. This includes feeling emotionally secure, physically motivated, spiritually fulfilled and socially connected.

    • Educators who feel Challenged in their work perform to their highest potential. This includes using tools and supports to push yourself physically and mentally to achieve personal and professional goals.

    • Socially and Emotionally Intelligent educators build strong relationships within the DPS community and are better able to lead by example- through self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.

  • Calm

    Self-care at your fingertips - at no cost to Kaiser Permanente members.  This wellness app can help you naviagate life's challenges, and make small changes to improve your sleep, mood, relationships, and more.  

    Calm - an app for meditation, mental resilience, and sleep. Click here to learn more.  

  • myStrength

    Everyone needs support for total health — mind, body, and spirit. Digital tools can help you navigate life’s challenges, make small changes that improve sleep, mood, and more, or simply support an overall sense of well-being.

    Explore activities and techniques that can benefit anyone — either as self-guided selfcare or complements to clinical support. They’re not intended to replace treatment or advice, but they can help you build resilience, set goals, and take meaningful steps toward becoming a healthier, happier you.

    If you are a Kaiser Premanente member and want to learn more, please click here!

Employee Wellness Program Archive

  • 2020-2021

    • Physical

      Health Trails: This six-week step challenge took DPS employees virtually across Australia’s Bibbulmun Track, Te Araroa in New Zealand, and around the city of Florence. It inspires participants to keep moving toward better health, and rewards them with exciting images and descriptions of each area’s people, places, and history!

      Move @ Work: This (free) virtual-based program encourages employees to take 5-7 minutes each day to move at work.  Certified personal trainer, Saara Haapanen, created this program to focus on physical activity, stretching, and mindfulness.  Learn more!

      Virtual fitness classes: Mile High Fitness facilitates convenient, fun, and active virtual fitness classes for DPS employees that include Zumba, Yoga, Boot camp, and Kickboxing.  Classes are offered weekly on Wednesdays throughout the school year. 

      Walktober: This virtual step challenge takes DPS participants on a virtual tour of autumn’s most vibrant landscapes and inspires everyone to make walking a priority – in October and beyond.

      YOU Revolution: A 8-week in-person health coaching program that was offered virtually in the Fall and Spring.  This program was open to interested employees district-wide.  The program covers nutrition, sleep, stress management, exercise, and involves weekly workouts plus one-on-one health coaching opportunities to improve an individual’s physical and mental well-being.

      Social/Emotional

      Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The EAP is a confidential, no-cost service available to all DPS employees and their dependents that can help educators plan for life events, personal issues, or simply manage daily life.

      Guided Mindfulness Workshops: Participants learn several short mindfulness and self-care practices that can be integrated into daily life and the classroom during a small group session.

      Mental Health First Aid: Brought to DPS by the National Council for Behavioral Health, MHFA is a high-impact, skills-based training program that teaches leaders how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges. DPS leaders will learn how to provide initial support to a colleague who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate employee resources. This training will enhance the overall culture of mental health and wellness within the organization.

      Power of Pregnancy workshop: Certified personal trainer, Gina Fontaine, leads the prenatal in-person fitness workshop that teaches expecting mothers various exercises and mindfulness skills, which will help participants maintain balance in your work and personal life to create a healthier mom and baby.

      The Power of Mindfulness During Uncertain Times 4-part video series: As a past educator herself, course facilitator Dr. Kristen Race is a world-renowned expert in the field of mindfulness and seeks to help educators build resilience through understanding the neuroscience of stress, practicing breathing techniques, learning ways to manage stress and anxiety, and practicing self-compassion and positivity. Content is specific to COVID-19 times.

      Work of Art Challenge: Participants will learn and practice activities that elevate emotional fitness, including guided exercises to increase optimism, enhance mindfulness, share gratitude, make stronger connections, and more. Participants can sign-up individually, as a team with coworkers, or with household members (18+ years).

      Spiritual

      Finding More Margin in Your Day: Kaiser Permanente’s certified health educators present virtually for 60 minutes to teach DPS educators practices to maximize their energy, efficiency and focus. Participants learn strategies to lessen time stress, create healthier boundaries, and build more downtime into their day.

      Head Space: A meditation app that helps reduce stress while increasing resilience and improving sleep. DPS educators have access to the Headspace app at no cost: https://www.headspace.com/educators

      Woodhull Wellness meditation: 30 to 60-minute virtual, group meditation classes that enable coworkers to learn and embrace mindfulness as a team.

      Financial

      AIG Retirement Services: Employees receive a comprehensive financial planning overview on the following topics from an AIG financial expert: cash management, retirement planning, investment planning, tax planning, risk management, and long-term care. Open to non-AIG members.

      PERA 101: Virtual financial sessions that give employees a better understanding of the Colorado PERA retirement system. 

      PERACare:  For DPS Employees nearing retirement, this webinar focuses specifically on Medicare, the retiree health care insurance options offered through PERA, coverage changes once they retire, and what to do if they plan to keep working after 65.

      PERA Retirement Training: Employees learn about different retirement budgeting tools that can be helpful when planning for their PERA retirement.  

      PERA URE: Understanding Your Retirement Estimate (URE) sessions give employees who are within five years from retirement the opportunity to learn more about the retirement process and receive a personal PERA benefit estimate.  

      Well Aware:  An incentive-based program that encourages employees to be up-to-date on their preventive screenings and fill out a health risk assessment.  All DPS benefit-eligible employees can participate and will receive a $200 stipend upon completion.

  • 2019-2020

    • Physical

      Back-to-School 5K: This annual 5k event is a fun untimed walk/run event for DPS employees, family and friends, in partnership with Boulder Running Company. 

      YOU Revolution: A 10-week in-person program is offered at various sites across the district.  The program covers nutrition, sleep, stress management, exercise, and involves weekly workouts plus one-on-one health coaching opportunities to improve an individual’s physical and mental well-being.

      Move @ Work: This (free) virtual based program encourages employees to take 5-7 minutes each day to move at work.  Certified personal trainer, Saara Haapanen, created this program to focus on physical activity, stretching, and mindfulness.  Learn more!

      Walktober: This virtual step challenge takes DPS participants on a virtual tour of autumn’s most vibrant landscapes and inspire everyone to make walking a priority – in October and beyond.

      On-site fitness classes: Mile High Fitness facilitates convenient, fun, and active on-site fitness classes for DPS employees that include Zumba, Yoga, Boot camp, and Kickboxing.  Classes are offered in a 6-week series ($5/class per participant).

      Nutrition classes (i.e. “Nutrition Boot Camp”): Kaiser Permanente’s certified health educators come on-site for a 4-week course that covers meal plans, logging food intake, and why becoming healthy is essential. 

      Emotional

      Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The EAP is a confidential, no-cost service available to all DPS employees and their dependents that can help educators plan for life events, personal issues, or simply manage daily life.

      Power of Pregnancy workshop: Certified personal trainer, Gina Fontaine, leads the prenatal fitness workshop that teaches expecting mothers various exercises and mindfulness skills, which will help participants maintain balance in your work and personal life to create a healthier mom and baby ($30/participant).

      RISE UP: Resilience in School Environments workshop: RISE UP is a two-hour workshop for staff, aimed to prepare school staff to better understand, and integrate, social and emotional well-being into all aspects of school life, both theirs and their students.

      Emotional health classes (i.e. “Chaos to Calm”): Kaiser Permanente’s certified health educators come on-site for 60 minutes to teach DPS educators about proven, powerful methods for managing time and energy.

      Spiritual

      Passage Works “Mindfulness Week” during Teacher Appreciation Week: Two-hour mindfulness sessions allow participants to walk away with several short mindfulness and self-care practices that can be immediately integrated into daily life.

      Head Space: A meditation app that helps reduce stress while increasing resilience and improving sleep. DPS educators have access to the Headspace app at no cost: https://www.headspace.com/educators

      Educational classes (i.e. “Multi-tasking to Mindfulness”): Kaiser Permanente’s certified health educators come on-site for 60 minutes to teach DPS educators practices to maximize their energy, efficiency, and focus.

      Mindful Life online program: A 7-week online program designed to reduce employees’ stress, increase their productivity, and improve their job satisfaction, work engagement, and overall well-being.

      Woodhull Wellness on-site meditation: 60-minute on-site, group meditation classes that enable coworkers to learn and embrace mindfulness as a team.

      Financial

      Well Aware:  An incentive-based program that encourages employees to be up-to-date on their preventive screenings and fill out a health risk assessment.  All DPS benefit-eligible employees can participate and will receive a $200 stipend upon completion.  

      AIG Retirement Services: Provides financial planning and retirement services for DPS employees.

      PERA 101: In-person financial sessions that give employees a better understanding of the Colorado PERA retirement system. 

      PERA URE: Understanding Your Retirement Estimate (URE) sessions give employees who are within five years from retirement the opportunity to learn more about the retirement process and receive a personal PERA benefit estimate.  

      Health Literacy (i.e. “Understanding Health Basics”): This Kaiser Permanente workshop covers understanding basic health insurance information and leaves employees with the appropriate knowledge to make smart decisions regarding their health benefits.