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New Wellness Champions offer healthy motivation

November 12, 2012

Each year, millions of people make resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier or quit smoking. Some succeed while others fall short of their goals. If you’re a benefit-eligible WSU employee, you have an advantage — the Wellness Warriors program.

From nutrition counseling and fitness assessments to biometric screenings and smoking cessation classes, the program has something for everyone looking to improve their health.

Wellness Coordinator Sophia Dollar says a new component, Wellness Champions, will continue in 2013.

The Wellness Champions, seasoned and successful Wellness Warriors, serve as mentors offering support and answering questions about the program.

“The program is a win-win,” says Wellness Champion Stuart Itzkowitz, a faculty member in the College of Education. “Not only do you get a monetary incentive, you also get personal satisfaction, improvement to your body and a coach who’s motivating you.”

Chris Basso, a 25-year WSU veteran and Wellness Warrior since the program’s inception, encourages apprehensive employees to call a Wellness Champion. “Sometimes people feel more comfortable talking to their coworkers; it’s less intimidating,” Basso says. “Give us five minutes to tell you about the program.”

Registration for the 2013 Wellness Warriors continues with newly added biometric health screenings through Nov. 28. All eligible employees who attend a screening and complete the Online Health Risk Appraisal by Nov. 30 will be entered to win an Apple iPad Mini, sponsored by Ulliance.

For more information, visit www.wellness.wayne.edu.
 

 
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