Summer Virtual Wellness Classes– New Schedule Released

Good news!!  Our amazing wellness instructors will be back NEXT WEEK with virtual wellness classes available FREE to all ACC employees from June 1st – August 7th.  We even have a couple of NEW classes (including some 30 minute options) and returning past instructors for this semester. 

Check out the Summer schedule HERE to view and access these classes, and be sure to mark your calendar with your favorite classes to join!  Click HERE to add the shared Wellness Calendar to your Google Calendar for easy access and calendar reminders.

Click HERE for a description of classes and instructors.  

Please be sure to Register HERE prior to attending any classes.  While there is still no attendance requirement, this form is required for participation. You may sign up for as many classes as you plan to attend using one form, and can even edit to add new classes as desired. This form contains the official class waiver and provides us with a way to communicate important information regarding the classes throughout the semester. 

We hope to see you in a class soon, but if you don’t have time for a full class or can’t make it during the scheduled times, we’ve included some links below to work exercise and stretching into your daily routine.  Perhaps you can do these during your 15-minute breaks each day!

Also….Did you know that Mindfulness has not only been proven to help people manage stress, but can also help to improve productivity, reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, decrease anxiety and depression, and improve immune function.  Why not give it a try?  Click HERE for some resources on Mindfulness including links to guided meditation and breathing activities.  There are also several apps you can download with free daily practices.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Please join us this month for the webinars below. For full details or to register for the webinars, click HERE!

ACC employees have access to a variety of Additional resources to support you with your wellness needs.  

We have compiled a list of Mental Health Resources HERE to highlight some of the options available to you.

Exercise Stars 2021– The Results are IN!!

This year marked the 6th offering of the “Become an ACC Exercise Star” Challenge coordinated by the ACC Employee Wellness Program to promote increased activity among our employees.  495 ACC faculty and staff participated this spring, of which 323 employees completed the challenge by meeting the goal for their activity level.  This is a completion rate of 65.3%, and 7.4% more than last year!  We also welcomed 131 new participants to the challenge this year.

The Challenge ran from February 1 through April 11, 2021, with the added challenge of not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2 weeks of a Texas Icepocalypse.  

Together, employees logged a whopping 1,067,893 total minutes of exercise which equals 741 days of continuous exercise.   That’s over 2 years of exercise!  

ACC President, Dr. Richard Rhodes, congratulated and presented awards for the Top Individual Stars and Most Active Campuses via a livestream virtual awards celebration on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. In case you missed it, click HERE to check out the video!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s challenge and we look forward to seeing you again through other challenges throughout the year and back for more Exercise Stars in 2022.     

Click HERE to view the TOP Campus Finishers

Overall top “stars” for the ten-week challenge were:

Most Active Campuses:

Click HERE for complete campus standings

Top 25 Overall Finishers:

For more information about this event, contact Mauri Winters in the HR Benefits                      office at 512-223-7577.

Exercise Stars is Back!

Become An ACC Exercise Star –   February 1 – April 11, 2021 Could you use a little extra motivation to get back on track with your exercise goals? Looking to stay connected with your campus colleagues?  Well….Get Ready because…..  Exercise Stars is BACK!!!
Yes…that’s right!  It’s almost time for your next opportunity to become an ACC Exercise Star for 2021!
Sign up HERE to join the fun!
Registration Open through Wednesday, February 10th, so be sure you get in on the fitness fun and help your campus win the title of STAR CAMPUS!
This annual exercise incentive program and friendly competition between the ACC campuses is designed for ALL LEVELS to encourage you to increase your activity level and get movin’!  Just 15 minutes a day can really make a difference on your health (and even earn you a prize)!!
Participation is Easy…Just:
  • Set your exercise/activity goal & sign up for your fitness level
  • Start exercising and be sure to log your minutes each week on your campus spreadsheet
  • Be part of your campus’s Exercise Stars team… your exercise minutes contribute to your campus’s total to help win ‘The Most Active Campus’ competition
  • Receive tip sheets and motivating messages throughout the program
  • Watch your minutes add up and your fitness improve
  • Make friends and enjoy exercising with your peers
Be on the lookout for fun new BONUS POINT Opportunities!  Yes…you can earn bonus minutes just by participating in additional wellness opportunities throughout this friendly competition.
We even have a New Incentive this Year- Earn ACC Wellness Program Wireless/Bluetooth Earbuds when you reach your goal. Click HERE for More details and specifics regarding the challenge!
Are you ready to get started on your fitness goals already and represent ACC on the statewide level? 
 Try out the statewide Get Fit Texas Challenge as well…..
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This additional 10-week challenge runs January 11th – March 21st (which overlaps some with Exercise Stars anyways), and it’s not too late to sign up and log your exercise minutes.  Count your hard work for both challenges, and help us show the other state agencies that ACC is ready to GET FIT!!
The goal for Get Fit Texas is to log 150 minutes a week of movement for six out of ten weeks.  Find out more about this challenge and register through www.getfittexas.org.  
If you have any questions, contact Mauri Winters at mmiculek@austinccedu or 512-223-7577.

Virtual Exercise Classes and Additional Wellness Resources

We recognize that exercise, self-care, and connecting with others are extremely important during this time.  Human Resources has compiled a variety of online resources to assist you and your family.

Click HERE for a running list of Webinars and Online Resources that  may be helpful during this time.  Check back  regularly,  as  more resources will be  added and information will  be updated  regularly  including new  webinars, dates, times and registration information.

Online Exercise Classes- Exercise has been proven to improve your health and reduce the risk of illness.  We are offering virtual exercise classes FREE for ALL ACC employees.  These are live online classes hosted by some of our esteemed exercise instructors.  Click HERE to Sign up for the classes that you’d like to join and Just click on the class links provided below during the scheduled times to join us for some fun and fitness.  You don’t have to be signed up to attend…Feel free to try any of the available classes and even include your family in the fun if you’d like!

Check out the Fall schedule of Virtual Exercise Classes below and join us for a class! 

Click HERE to view/access these online classes.   Click HERE to add the shared Wellness Calendar to your Google Calendar.  Click Here for Class Descriptions

We hope to see you in a class soon, but if you don’t have time for a full class or can’t make it during the scheduled times, we’ve included some links below to work exercise and stretching into your daily routine.  Perhaps you can do these during your 15-minute breaks each day!

Also….Did you know that Mindfulness has not only been proven to help people manage stress, but can also help to improve productivity, reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, decrease anxiety and depression, and improve immune function.  Why not give it a try?  Click HERE for some resources on Mindfulness including links to guided meditation and breathing activities.  There are also several apps you can download with free daily practices.

Flu Season is Coming- Be Sure to Get your Flu SHOT!

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Flu vaccines are covered at 100% at in-network pharmacies that offer flu shots. Click the link below for your Health Plan

Blue Cross Blue Shield                               Scott and White

Blue Cross Blue Shield has provided some additional information and resources HERE for getting your flu shot.  Check it out and don’t miss out on getting yours this year!

To learn more about flu shots in general or read up on facts and myths, please review information on the Centers for Disease Control’s website HERE.  You are also encouraged to consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your personal health.