Body: Grow At NMC

Purpose: We grow at NMC by embracing our heart, mind and body and
ultimately create wisdom for each other and those we serve.

Core Value: Learning and Caring

Thrive is a program that provides and connects employees to activities and support programs which positively affect the wellbeing of the NMC community.

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MHS Wellness Screenings are Coming: July 17-August 17

Please see Employee Connections in your email for all of the details as the provider has changed for 2018-2019.


THRIVE Walk with Ellie the Therapy Dog

 Date:  Thursday, June 28th

Time: 10:40am-11:10am AND 12:30pm-1:00pm

Location: Meet outside the Clark Building


Summer Wellness Opportunities

Please be sure to check this page often as new opportunities will be added as we become aware of them!

Yoga Rocks the Park on  Sundays May 6- June 24 at 4 p.m. at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing.  Check out the instructor schedule here.

Downtown YMCA’s Get Fit Outside Series.  Classes are on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at the Lewis and Clark Landing in downtown Omaha. This event is FREE! Dates are May 23-August 31 beginning at 5:30 p.m. They also have yoga at the Gene Leahy Mall on Wednesday’s from May 24 to August 30.  Yoga starts at 5:30 p.m.  This is also FREE

Lauritzen Gardens Walking Club is on Tuesday’s through October 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Admission is free with membership or $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Turner Park at Midtown Crossing also has Work Out Wednesday’s, with Prairie Life Fitness leading attendees in a hour-long workout session beginning at 5:30 p.m. This is also FREE!

Yoga at Fontanelle Forest is free with membership or can range from $7.50-$9.50.  This occurs every Sunday except holidays beginning at 9 a.m.

Aksarben Village has Yoga and Zumba on Sunday’s right along with the Farmer’s Market!  Yoga starts at 10 a.m. and Zumba starts at 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 20 is the Papillion Race Series.  Half marathon begins at 7:30 and 10 and 5K begin shortly after.  Races start and finish at Papillion-LaVista South High School.  Register here.

Sunday, June 3 is the Omaha Women’s Triathlon. Contact Sam in Campus Health if you want a training partner!  Use the code METHODIST for a discount when registering. Methodist is a sponsor, so we have unlimited 5K registrations, 50% of teams, and a limited number of free triathalon registrations! Click here to learn more.

Saturday, June 16 the Cornfield Cornfield 10K takes place at Prairie Queen Recreation Area in Papillion.  Cost is $35-$47. Register here.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) will be holding a Superhero 5K Saturday, July 7 at 8 a.m. at Midtown Crossing.  $35 adult registration and $15 kids 1K run.  Team discounts are available.  Superhero costumes are encouraged, but not required!  Register by June 22 to guarantee your 5 K shirt or 1K kids cape!  Register here.

Saturday, July 14 is the Color Run. Register for this fun event here.

Sunday, July 15 is the Papillion Mayor’s Triathlon. Sam is competing in this race! Register here.

Sunday, July 29 is the Westfair Barnyard 5K and takes runners through the Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds.  Cost is $25-$40.  Register here.

Saturday, August 6 is the Foam Glow Run at Werner Park in Papillion. Register here.

Saturday, August 11 is the Aqua Run.  Runners will pass a half gallon of water off to the next runner, as the race raises money for a Omaha non-profit that provides access to clean water for residents of South Sudan.  Cost is $20-$25 per person. Register at

Saturday, August 18 is the Beaver Lake 5K Fun Run and 1 mile walk.  Cost is $25 for each. Register here.


Farrell’s Midtown is offering a special discount for teachers and students.  Use the code THANK YOU10 here for 10% off the 10 week session. Thank you Jillian for this information!


Tai Chi classes will once again be held on campus from 12-12:45 on Monday’s in the Steelcase Classroom May 21-July 2.  No experience or special attire is required!  Please contact Lane Sidebottom with questions!





NMHS Better Living Program

Did you know that if you are an employee of the Methodist Health System and receive insurance through their plan, you are eligible to participate in their Better Living Programs! Visit: here  to learn more.

The 16 week program includes interactive weekly meetings on nutrition, exercise, stress management, proper sleep habits, and methods for behavioral changes to improve health.  Participants receive activity trackers (FREE) and food journal app (FREE), and have individual appointments with an APRN Weight Loss coach for weigh-in, vital signs, and food/activity journal review.

The next session starts October 16 and concludes February 2. While this is already full, the plan coordinator Brenda Herrod indicates to go ahead and apply!  She will work from the October wait list before opening it up to new enrollees in 2018. The link to apply is here.

The Health System Health and Wellness Blog and Related Resources are available here. Please also see your monthly Employee Connections.


Wellness Services at Employee Health

Did you know that Methodist Employee Health offers the following Wellness services? Wellness Services Available:

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Blood sugar screening
  • Height and weight

Methodist Hospital, North Tower, inside Human Resources
8303 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114

  • Hours: Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), 6:30AM-4:00PM
  • Phone:  402-354-5684

Methodist Women’s Hospital, 2nd floor consult office, Surgery waiting area
707 N. 190th Plaza
Omaha, NE 68022

  • Hours: First and third Thursday of each month, 6:30AM-9:00AM.
  • Note: Schedule subject to change.
  • Phone:  402-354-0436

See the MHS intranet here for more information.


Sit 60, Move 3


Consider the amount of sitting you do each day: at your desk, in meetings, at meals, during your morning and evening commute, watching TV and helping your children with homework.

To put it into perspective, the average American spends 70 percent of their waking hours sitting. Research shows staying stationary — whether sitting or standing — for long periods of time can be bad for your health and has been linked to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and a shorter lifespan.

Just a reminder to join Samantha Barnhardt for workout Wednesday’s to help you get even more steps in.






Meet the Director of Campus Health in the Fitness Center every Wednesday at noon.  Exercise at your own pace, knowing someone is there for you if you have any questions. Please remember to sign the Fitness Center Waiver online if you haven’t already.






Weekly Activity Challenge: Prizes Drawn Quarterly!

If you log at least 150 minutes a week of activity (honor system), please fill out the following Google Doc and your name will be entered into the prize drawing.  Your next challenge is to recruit someone into your wellness journey!




A Story That Matters

Nebraska Methodist College is proud to congratulate our Director of Campus Health, Samantha “Sam” Barnhart for receiving the 2018 WELLCOM Health Inspiration Award. Sam Barnhart has been an avid supporter of wellness from the time she started at NMC in May of 2017. She invites students/staff to a weekly group exercise, including walking, running, bike riding, weight lifting, and supportive time at the fitness center. She approaches fitness with enthusiasm and makes it a priority to fit it into her busy day. Sam sends out weekly e-mails with tips on diet, exercise, stress management, and other health subjects. Sam is consistently encouraging of others in their pursuit of better health, doing so in a way that is supportive and empowering. Sam truly exemplifies NMC’s core value of “Caring” through her consistent support of campus wellness activities. Congratulations Sam!

Award Categories

Health Inspiration: Celebrates employees who have been steadfast supporters and active participants in their company’s wellness program. They inspire and serve as role models for others.

Health Transformation: Recognizes employees who now lead healthier lifestyles and have made a significant health transformation as a result of participating in their company’s wellness program.

Leadership: Recognizing business and community leaders for providing encouragement, time and resources to create a healthy workplace for all employees. Recipients are role models for strategically moving the wellness program to a top business priority.  This award is specifically designated for senior level executives.


Please consider who you may nominate for the 2018 award!