A healthy you is a healthy AU.
That’s the message behind the university’s new faculty and staff wellness program.
Human Resources has put muscle behind this message by hiring AU’s first health promotion manager, Amy Farr. “We recognize the benefits that a work site wellness program can provide—such as decreased stress, increased life and job satisfaction, improved health, and morale,” she said. “In the end, healthier employees translate to happier employees, which means everyone wins!”
The program kicks off with a relaxing daylong Wellness Oasis, Nov. 14. Faculty and staff can melt away their stress with free seated massages, vision screenings, yoga, and Tai Chi classes, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Mary Graydon Center, rooms 200 and 247. Light refreshments will also be served.
Free “cold turkey” sandwiches will star at the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 20. Smokers who pledge to quit for a day and faculty and staff who pledge to support the smokers’ efforts can pick up sandwiches at Bender Arena lobby, Tenley campus, WCL, or the Student Wellness Center, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free blood pressure, carbon monoxide, and pulmonary function screenings will be available. Smokers can also register for smoking cessation classes and pick up gum, lollipops, and mints to help with their efforts to adopt a smoke-free lifestyle. AU partnered with the American Cancer Society to sponsor the event.
Other new wellness programs being planned include:
- brown bag wellness series wraps up Nov. 11 with a discussion of holiday weight management, noon to 12:45 p.m., MGC, room 4
- smoking cessation program
- downloadable maps of walking and jogging routes across campus
- on-campus Weight Watchers meetings
- health screenings and fairs
- wellness newsletter
For more information about the faculty and staff wellness program, call 885-3589 or click here.