Creating A Healthier U is an initiative led by IPFW Health and Wellness to engage all university employees to make this their healthiest year yet. Through monthly themes and educational activities, employees will learn more about how to improve their health and become healthy and active throughout their workday.
Practicing simple, healthy habits throughout your day will health create a well-balanced and "Healthier U!"
All employees receive a bookmark through campus mail with a different health focus each month. Track your healthy habits throughout the month and at the end of the month, send your bookmark back to Jen Roherty in Wellness. Earn points for your healthy habits:
2012 Healthier U Department Challenge
Earn points as a department by involving as many employees as possible. Points earned from Healthier U monthly bookmarks and for participation at Healthier U lectures.
Rankings of departments will be based on percentage of participation.
Lectures can also be held for an individual department and points are still earned.
Winning department will earn an Office Wellness Survival Kit. Kit will include fitness ball(s), stretching exercises and equipment, stress management tools, and more!
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a short, daily tip related to the monthly topic.
Campus Health Awareness Programs
Health awareness programs are 45- to 60-minute, one-time sessions open to employees or community members.
Taught by University Police, this class is open to women only.
It will teach you realistic self-defense tactics with a focus on awareness, risk reduction, avoidance and progress to hands-on defense training.
$5.00 to IPFW University employees and dependents.
$25.00 to all community members.
Let us come to you!
The Wellness Staff would love to come to your staff or department and present on any of a variety of topics.
IPFW has many great scenic areas to walk. Enjoy using one of the walking routes. If you have another route on campus that you would like us to measure, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Loop between Kettler, Science Building, Liberal Arts: 1/4 mile
Kettler to Cole Commons: 1/2 mile
Make Walking Meetings WORK!
Do you feel less stressed and happier after exercising? Does your creative energy flow after moving to music? Were you ever calmer while handling a work conflict after talking a break to walk away first? Regular physical activity offers us these benefits and hundreds more. Getting the recommended 30 to 60 minutes of movement each day helps every single body function work better. Exercise really is medicine! A daily dose of fitness can do wonders for you at work and at home.
The challenge for many is how to fit fitness into their busy life! The answer is to integrate fitness into your everyday life, especially at work! Create a win-win! If there is interest in being more productive, having less stress, and being more successful, then there's a desire to be fit. Combine work and fitness. Instead of thinking of these as seperate goals, consider blending them together. Start by scheduling walking meetings!
Why plan a walking meeting?
Physical activity energizes people and makes them more alert.
Different environments can inspire new ideas and stimulate creativity.
Time outdoors, in nature, with fresh air and light, improves physical and mental well-being.
Walking and talking side-by-side cuts through hierarchical work distractions and sets people at ease, which enhances a positive working spirit.
Walking burns calories and stimulates oxygen flow around the body that increases brain function to increase the ability to solve problems better.
Walking helps co-workers to get to know each other better so as to foster healthier work relationships.
How do you conduct a walking meeting?
Discuss a walking meeting idea with your department.
Plan a walking meeting into the schedule. Begin having it once a week at a certain day and time. Add other days after a few weeks.
Make sure everyone is aware to bring fitness shoes to work, when the walk will take place, and what the meeting agenda will be.
Be flexible with the walking route. Use a loop course outside or if it rains, walk the halls of your building.
Visit www.ipfw.edu/health for a sampling of campus walking routes and indoor walking distances.
Think about everyone's walking abilities and be considerate of what the best distance should be.
Maybe the first walking meeting could be 1/4 - 1/2 mile, gradually increasing it to 1 - 2 miles or a distance that best meets your group's needs. Maybe a short walk could be at the beginning or end of a sit down meeting.
Evaluate progress to understand what everyone is learning and take their recommendations into account.
So when's your next walking meeting? Raise the question, "How about a walking meeting?" Take steps to shape a healthier and happier IPFW. Everyone will benefit!