WellNYS Monthly Challenge Description

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WellNYS Ambassadors are volunteers who work with the Employee Assistance Program in NYS agencies/facilities and campuses who have agreed to promote WellNYS Everyday. Contact your local EAP Coordinator if you are interested in assisting with promotion at your NYS workplace.

Frequently Asked Questions for the WellNYS Everyday Monthly Challenges

What is the WellNYS Everyday Monthly Challenges?

  • The WellNYS Everyday Monthly Challenges promotes practicing a healthy behavior every day.

  • The goal is to practice one Monthly Challenge healthy behavior for at least 22 days of each month (it doesn't have to be consecutive days), which is the estimated time it takes to form a habit, and an easy number to remember in the year 2022. Try Beyond the Challenge for the last 8 days of each month then register for the next month.

  • Some of the Monthly Challenges may already be part of your daily routine. To make it more challenging, practice the behavior for a longer period or ask a co-worker or family member to join you in practicing the Monthly Challenges.

  • Sign up to receive the WellNYS Daily To–Do every morning at http://wellnys.oer.ny.gov/tips_subscribe.cfm

How do I participate in the WellNYS Everyday Monthly Challenges?

  • To participate, log in and click on the Register for Monthly Challenge button.

  • The WellNYS Everyday programs are self-paced and use the honor system.

  • Start each Monthly Challenge on the first day of the month, and end no later than the last day of the month.

  • Is it best to track on a daily or weekly basis? Tracking your progress is extremely powerful and can validate the behavior which may, in turn, motivate you and ensure your successful completion of the program. How often you track is up to you.

Who is eligible?

  • NYS employee and family members. NYS employees can click on the Ask a Family Member to Join button, once they are registered. Please provide the family member's name and email address.

Besides good health, do I receive recognition?

  • Certificates are awarded to all participants who complete at least 22 days of the Monthly Challenges, but you are encouraged to practice the healthy behavior every day.

Below are the Monthly Challenges for 2022.

January: Set a new health-related goal and track your progress.
February: Create a bucket list or vision board.
March: Eat one meal without distractions.
April: Plan a vacation.
May: Dance or move to your favorite song.
June: Start your morning with a positive habit.
July: Form a team of two and make plans to be active together.
August: Stay hydrated throughout the day.
September: Carve out 22 minutes of alone time.
October: Find out your health statistics.
November: Plan one positive thing for tomorrow.
December: Use a journal to plan healthy activities for 2023.

Is this your first time registering for the Monthly Challenge?

Here are 4 steps to register and track your participation.

Step 1: Click on LOG IN, click on Apply Here to sign up for your account. Enter your name, email address, agency, work address and create a password. Click Submit. A link will be sent to you that says, "Congratulations! Your account has been created. An email was sent to the email address you supplied during the registration process. This email contains a link to verify your account. Check your email and complete the verification step so you can access your account."

Step 2: Open your email with the subject line, "Welcome to WellNYS Everyday." Before you can access your new account, you need to click on the link to verify your email address. Once this step is complete you will be able to login to your WellNYS Everyday account using your email address as your username and the password you created when you signed up for the account. It will say, "Congratulations, your account has been successfully verified! You can now access this system.

Step 3: Type in your email address and password.

Step 4: Click on Register for the Monthly Challenge.