In September 2016, the Regis University Faculty and Staff Wellness Program launched with collaborations from Wellness and Recreation, Regis Neighborhood Health, and Human Resources. The purpose of the program is to feature health and wellness events and activities on campus. Being financial stewards, the program’s goal is more centralized on utilizing and highlighting the resources already available on campus to faculty and staff, rather than bringing new programs to campus. The foundation of the program spring boards off of five pillars of wellness: physical (physical activity, healthy eating habits, and participating in health promotion activities), social (connecting with others through positive means to achieve goals), spiritual (a journey to cultivate a positive state of mind), financial (find choices to enjoy a purposeful life through balancing wants and needs) and emotional (find a continual process of change and growth). The creators of the program believe these aspects of wellness best engage the Regis community and these areas of wellness are paramount in improving overall health and wellness of individuals. In the planning stages of the program, committee members reached out to colleagues on campus to gain a better understanding of what the Regis community was seeking in a wellness program. Based on this feedback and countless hours of meetings and research by the committee, the program was established for the betterment of Regis University.
To support the goal of increasing faculty and staff awareness of health and wellness opportunities on campus, the committee designed a program for the Fall 2016 semester to introduce employees to the five pillars of health by recommending four wellness activities. To launch the program, a postcard was sent to all faculty and staff on campus in September 2016. Via postcards and word of mouth, the program grew to 84 members by the end of the Fall 2016 semester. The main event of the Fall 2016 semester was the Faculty and Staff Weight Loss Challenge, which had 100 participants. Through the efforts of the faculty and staff wellness program and the participants, 100 participants collectively achieved a total weight loss of 164 pounds and 52.75 inches (chest, waist, and hips). Winners of the weight loss challenge (individual winner and team winners) received a punch card to the cafeteria, wellness items, and a t-shirt. The punch cards were graciously donated by Student Life. In the Fall semester, the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program committee also offered a total of four opportunities on campus (including the weight loss challenge) for faculty and staff. Those who participated in three of the four opportunities were put into a drawing for Broncos tickets (a Student Activities donation). The program committee also drew names for a wellness bag prize. The four opportunities for the Fall 2016 semester were the Faculty and Staff Weight Loss Challenge, Flu Vaccines, a Nutrition Talk, and Biometric Screening. Coupled with the success of the program, approximately 300 employees received the free flu shots through Regis Neighborhood Health. This offering was an interdisciplinary activity involving nursing and pharmacy students.
Following the Weight Loss Challenge in the fall, Regis Neighborhood Health provided more biometric screenings and “Take Back the Scale” in November. As a result, participants reported a strong sense of positive support for their wellness goals. Thirty-two employees participated in the biometrics screenings and fifteen employees were in the “Take Back the Scale” offering.
In the Spring 2017 semester, the program advertisement used email distribution to market (list servs were generated from the Fall semester) and mailers sent out to each department on campus encouraging verbal promotion on campus. Through this method, the program received more employee sign-ups for the Wellness Program and the program has now increased to a total of 92 members. The main event of the spring semester was the “Go Move Challenge”, a challenge between Jesuit schools competing for the greatest amount of movement in the month of February. Regis University had 128 participants in this challenge. In the Spring semester, the program offered eight different opportunities on and off campus and participants who complete five opportunities will receive either a set of four Rockies tickets (a Student Activities Donation), a pair of tickets for Fitness on the Rocks (a Wellness and Recreation Donation) or a workout bag filled with at home workout supplies, for participating in five of the opportunities. The eight opportunities in the Spring 2017 semester are the “Prairie Dog 5K” on April 9th, “Go Move Challenge”, Biometric Health Screening, volunteering, Human Resources MetLife Workshops, Heart Health Talk, Meditation, and the UnitedHealthcare “Rally” program.
In closing, the program believes that through inspiring and empowering our employees with our program, they will obtain a path to health and vitality. Like many employers, the University is bearing the burden of employee’s “higher health insurance cost”. By making changes in the workplace and offering a wellness program, it can reduce healthcare costs for everyone. Wellness programs create a fun workplace, drive productivity, and attract health conscious employees.
Keys to our continued success:
➢ Discount on health insurance premiums
➢ Leadership support
➢ Highlighting programs that are already in place
➢ Increasing productivity
Thank you to everyone for the support of the Regis University Faculty and Staff Wellness Program and for helping spread the word. These successes would not be possible without you all.
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Weight Loss Challenge
Join the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program for a weight loss challenge. The Wellness Program will offer a six-week challenge in the fall. The challenge will contain two weigh in periods (initial and final) and the winner will be determined by percentage of total weight lost, which is all based off of body composition. The winner will also get a prize.
Fall 2017 Six-Week Weight Loss Challenge (WLC)
To sign up for the weight loss challenge register email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your full name, department name and whether you are signing up as an individual or part of a team. If you are participating in a team, please include your team's name and if possible, list all team members' names and email addresses.
Fall 2016 WLC Success
We would like to congratulate the Brown Family, Team "Slim Possible" (Fredricka, Brenna and Savanna) on winning the Team Challenge for the Faculty and Staff Weight Loss Challenge. As a team, they lost a total of 21.4 lbs and 15.25 inches. Wow! Great job ladies! The Faculty and Staff Wellness Program committee is so proud of their hard work that we want to share it with you all as well. If you see one of them on campus, please be sure to congratulate them because each of these ladies has been working hard these past six weeks!
Also, we just wanted to share the amazing group results from the six week weight loss challenge. As a group of 100 participants (with more than 50 percent doing both the initial and final weigh ins), they lost a total of 164 lbs and 52.75 inches between chest, waist and hips.
For additional fitness tips and ideas, visit the Wellness and Recreation Facebook page.
To keep track of your fitness and nutrition, either while doing the challenge or for general daily use, we recommend using MyFitnessPal. It is not just a website for recording your exercise and nutrition, but it also comes in a convenient app for your phone! If you are participating in the weight loss challenge, we recommend you use this program to help you stay on track with your goals because we all know the more you put into something, the more you will get out of it.