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According to research, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. At UNC-Chapel Hill, we want you to be in the other 20%. And we’re here to help.

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions made for 2018 included eating healthier, getting more exercise, saving money, and learning new skills. We’re committed to helping you keep – and exceed – those resolutions. From professional development to financial stability, we’ve got lots of (free!) ways to hold onto those resolutions through February and into the rest of the year.

And these suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg. Keep checking the OHR website for new opportunities throughout the year.

Add to your professional toolkit

If you never stop learning, you never stop growing. At UNC-Chapel Hill, there are many ways to learn new skills for the workplace and beyond.

OHR professional development opportunities

All faculty and staff are invited to attend classes hosted by OHR Organization and Professional Development. Courses change each month, and cover areas in professional development, work-life and wellness, and UNC policies and procedures. See what courses we’re offering in February, or search through the entire Spring 2018 catalog.

Green Zone training

Green Zone training is for faculty and staff who wish to learn more about the military affiliated student experience. Its goals are to train members of the Carolina community to know more about the issues and concerns faced by military affiliated students and to identify individuals who are available to assist this population.

Register: Green Zone Training

Safe Zone training

Safe Zone is a program designed to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the diverse LGBTIQA+ community. The UNC LGBTQ Center offers a four-hour educational session that provides information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Register: Safe Zone Training

HAVEN training

HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) is a collaboration between the Equal Opportunity & Compliance Office, the Carolina Women’s Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, and Student Wellness. It provides students, faculty, staff and postdocs with tools to be an ally to someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal (relationship) violence or stalking. The three-hour training emphasizes the importance of listening, responding compassionately, and connecting survivors to resources on campus and in the community.

Register: HAVEN Training

Improve your health

Every year, millions vow to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more. UNC-Chapel Hill provides employees with many ways to improve and maintain good health. After all, your best you is your healthiest you.

Hit the gym

UNC-Chapel Hill offers Campus Recreation membership to University faculty and staff at a discounted rate. Membership includes access to two fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools, multiple gymnasiums, and outdoor recreation spaces. Not sure if an employee campus recreation membership is right for you? Sign up for a trial membership! UNC Campus Recreation offers a one-week free trial membership for permanent employees.

Learn more about Employee Recreation

Want to find other ways to make working out part of your workday? Check out these tips from Abbie Smith-Ryan, associate professor in exercise and sport science in the College of Arts & Sciences.

10 ways to work out at work

Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less

Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is a 15-week adult weight management program that uses strategies based on evidence for weight loss and/or weight maintenance. Online interactive Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less classes focus on 12 evidence-based eating and physical activity behaviors for weight management. Rather than providing a prescriptive diet plan, this program teaches small lifetime changes, including mindfulness as a strategy to become more aware of eating and physical activity.

Learn more about Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less

UNC Mindfulness Program

The UNC Mindfulness-based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers training in meditation and mind-body awareness. In these courses, you will learn how to slow down, set priorities, stay calm, focused and relaxed, and improve your ability to meet life’s challenges. The mindfulness practice will enhance your body’s natural adaptive healing ability and will cultivate the mind’s clarity and insight.

Learn more about the UNC Mindfulness Program

Give up tobacco

If you are a tobacco user, one of the best things you can do for yourself in 2018 is to quit – and UNC will help. The UNC School of Medicine’s Nicotine Dependence Program will provide you with the information and tools you need to become tobacco-free.

A treatment specialist will work with you to make a plan that works for you and your lifestyle including dealing with withdrawal, using tobacco cessation medications, and strategies for changing behaviors that are linked to your tobacco use. They will follow-up with you for adjustment of the treatment plan and medications, as needed, and give you ongoing support to stop smoking and prevent relapse.

Learn more about the Nicotine Dependence Program

Find financial peace of mind

Plan for retirement

Representatives from both Fidelity Investments and TIAA Investments will be on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to meet one-on-one with UNC-Chapel Hill employees throughout the first half of 2018. Advisors can help you make sure you are planning adequately for retirement, investing in the right mix of investments to reach your goals, and show you how to access income from your retirement account once you stop working. These meetings are free to employees, but require an appointment.

Learn more about retirement planning with Fidelity & TIAA

Join the State Employees Credit Union

As an employee of UNC-Chapel Hill, you and your immediate family are eligible to become member-owners of State Employees’ Credit Union. A $25 share account (your membership account), allows you to take advantage of SECU’s excellent rates and services. SECU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by the state and public school employees of North Carolina and their families. Services include checking with no balance requirement, mortgage and vehicle loans, and more.

Learn more about SECU

Take advantage of employee discounts

Working at Carolina gets you more than a paycheck. Expand your horizons through a variety of discount programs that provide you access to some of the region’s best arts and entertainment, intercollegiate athletics action and other jewels – indoors and out. There’s a rich array of programming available to University employees and their families. In addition to the discounts and perks you can find on our website, check out the WeSave State Employee Discount Program, which provides discounts for travel, theme parks and more.

Learn more about employee discounts

Reach new heights

Get back in the classroom

UNC-Chapel Hill provides employees with various ways to take courses at no cost. The Tuition Waiver Program provides an opportunity for an eligible employee to have the tuition waived for a course taken at any of the constituent institutions of the UNC System. Participation is voluntary and courses may be taken for career development or for personal interest.

Carolina also has an Educational Assistance Program for workforce planning and development. It provides a tool for managers and employees to support academic activities that directly relate to the organization’s identified knowledge, skills, and behaviors (organizational competencies), and which support the mission, vision, and values of the organization.

Learn more about educational assistance

Learn online

Another way to learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals is through is a UNC-Chapel Hill licensed online video-training library with more than 2,400 software, career development, and technology training titles that you can access from anywhere using an internet browser and your Onyen login.

Lynda’s video courses are taught by industry experts, working professionals, and veteran teachers. The library features software from Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Blackboard, Facebook, Google, HTML, Microsoft, Open Source, SPSS, Twitter and many more that allow users to learn the latest tools and techniques in business, digital media, design and development.

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Give back

Join the UNC “Food for All” Campus Food Drive

Join the UNC Employee Forum in fighting hunger in North Carolina through the Food for All Campus Food Drive, benefitting the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and the Carolina Cupboard. This drive will also contribute to Harris Teeter’s Million Meals Challenge, which is a competition between UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest University to raise the most food throughout the course of the 2017-18 athletic season. Donations will be accepted at several special events throughout the year, as well as throughout campus.

Learn more about the Carolina Campus Community Garden

UNC Campus Community Garden

It may be winter, but spring in Carolina is right around the corner. Get outside and give back to our community by volunteering at the Carolina Campus Community Garden. Part of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, the garden aims to grow vegetables and fruit so that all UNC employees have access to fresh, sustainably grown produce through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty, and local residents and to serve as a learning community for developing gardening skills, healthy living, social responsibility, and interdisciplinary academic pursuits.

Learn more about the Carolina Campus Community Garden

Donate blood or platelets

The UNC Health Care Blood Donation Center was founded in 1997 to help supply UNC Medical Center patients with blood products, such as plasma and platelets, from volunteer donors. Currently, the UNC Health Care Blood Donation Center specializes in the collection of platelets and plasma by apheresis. Patients of all ages, from birth to the elderly, may benefit from a blood donation. These donations may be used for a variety of reasons, including surgery, inherited bleeding disorders or the treatment of cancer. (And mark your calendar for the annual Carolina Blood Drive coming up on Tuesday, June 6!)

Learn more about the Blood & Platelet Donation

Get involved with TABLE

Almost one-third of Chapel Hill-Carrboro preschool, elementary school, and middle school kids are on subsidized school breakfasts and lunches. These children are at risk for hunger on weekends and holidays when they do not have access to their free school meals. TABLE seeks to meet the nutritional needs of children ages 3 through 14 where the school system cannot reach.

Learn more about TABLE

Have more fun

Cheer on the Tar Heels

UNC-Chapel Hill employees and family members can attend many Tar Heel sports events at no cost. As an employee, you and up to four members of your immediate family can gain entry to many regular season home games at UNC just by showing your OneCard. Sports include men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and baseball. UNC also offers discounted employee tickets for men’s football and basketball.

Learn more about faculty & staff athletic tickets

Attend world-class theatre and music productions

PlayMakers Repertory Company is the professional theatre company in residence at UNC-Chapel Hill. PlayMakers strives to produce entertaining, relevant, and courageous work that tells stories from and for a multiplicity of perspectives. Called “the best live theater company in the Triangle” by The Independent Weekly, PlayMakers offers UNC faculty and staff 10% off full-priced single tickets.

Learn more about PlayMakers Discounts


Carolina Performing Arts also provides UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff (active and retired) with several discount options. UNC employees can save up to 35% off of general public ticket prices when you build your own ticket package. See live music, dance and artists from around the world right here on campus.

Learn more about Carolina Performing Arts Discounts

Explore our beautiful campus

Each academic year, the UNC Visitors’ Center hosts a special series of campus tours – the Priceless Gems – in addition to its daily tours about Carolina’s mission and history, traditions, legends and landmarks. These on-campus walking tours are led by experts on specific aspects of Carolina history. The tour is free, open to the public, and lasts about an hour to an-hour-and-a-half. Tours begin at UNC-Chapel Hill Visitors’ Center, located in the west wing of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Learn more about Priceless Gem Tours
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