Start New Year with ‘Healthy New You’

January 9, 2015 | UToday
By Samantha Watson

This year, employees at The University of Toledo will have a little help keeping their resolutions.

Rocket Wellness is launching its Healthy New You program this week, and it will run for the next eight weeks. The goal is to help educate UT employees on ways to keep healthy and encourage them to maintain healthy living all year round.

“UT is committed to developing wellness initiatives like Healthy New You to support and encourage healthy lifestyles for our employees,” said Jovita Thomas-Williams, associate vice president for human resources and talent development.

Each week, the program will have a specific goal; this week’s focus is on health screenings. These health screenings will provide information about blood pressure, height and weight, body mass index, cholesterol, glucose, and more.

“The screenings provide a snapshot of your current health status and a starting point to make improvements,” said Jocelyn Szymanski, wellness coordinator for Rocket Wellness.

Free health screenings will be available on Main Campus Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 7 a.m. to noon in the Center for Health and Successful Living in the Health and Human Services Building. They also will be available on Scott Park Campus Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Wellness Office in Suite 1000, and on Health Science Campus Thursday, Jan. 15, from 7 a.m. to noon in the Rocket Wellness Office of the Morse Center.

Throughout the Healthy New You program, there will be team and individual challenges worth points. This week’s challenge is a wellness wheel worth five points that can be completed on the Rocket Wellness website.

All challenges will be reported using a tracking sheet found on the website; at the end of the eight weeks, the points will be tallied. There will be a grand prize for the person with the most points, as well as a drawing from all participants for two smaller prizes.

There also is an opportunity to earn bonus points each week by participating in the walking programs held on both campuses. Rocket Walk is held from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the Student Recreation Center and from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Morse Center.

“We want to show employees what Rocket Wellness is all about,” Szymanski said. “Our department is always available to help them.”

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