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021010Feature3_HealthyUNCGAfter the winter holidays – and their temptations for over-indulgence – what better time to refocus on being healthy and hearty?

The campus is launching a new initiative to foster the health and well-being of employees here. The launch will be the day after Valentine’s Day.

On Feb. 15, the Healthy UNCG kickoff event will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC. All faculty and staff are invited. There will be various booths representing health-related campus resources. Those attending may enjoy fun activities such as fitness assessments, playing Wii, sampling free healthy food courtesy of Chartwells and various door prizes.

“Please join me as we strive toward one of our strategic goals of leading the UNC system in enhancing the health and wellness of students and employees,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said.

Last year, a majority of UNCG employees responded to a survey about their health interests. As a result, Healthy UNCG is offering new campus programs that focus on stress management, healthy eating, physical activity and smoking cessation.

The initiative was developed by an advisory group of faculty, staff and students in response to an Office of State Personnel mandate to create programs, policy and environmental supports to improve the health of state employees. Dr. Dan Bibeau (Public Health) is the appointed leader of our campus’ effort. All participants are volunteers.

Features that employees can take advantage of include:

1. Taking a Personal Wellness Profile that provides employees with a customized assessment of their health risks and recommendations of actions to improve health. Healthy UNCG will supply the profiles and employees will complete them. Healthy UNCG will then provide a computer-generated report to each person. Individuals or departments interested in taking a Personal Wellness Profile may email adsteven@uncg.edu.

2. Attending various programs and events offered by Healthy UNCG throughout the year.

3. Visiting http://healthy.uncg.edu/. The web site will offer healthy resources and online tools to help employees reach their health objectives.

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