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One Lunch Hour Can LEAD to Happiness

Make the most of your lunch hour by stepping away from your desk and taking advantage of the many resources available to you as an employee of the University of West Florida. Bring a coworker or spend some alone time — the following categories will help you decide the best route for a midday break that will lead to a more productive afternoon and a happier you.

LEAD Trail
LEAD Trail

Get Back to Nature

The natural landscape of the Pensacola campus offers a variety of options to take a lunchtime scenic walk. Stay in shape physically and mentally while appreciating the beauty of our campus with the 1.66 mile LEAD Trail. Stroll the half-mile Edward Ball Nature Trail boardwalk through Thompson’s Bayou over a hardwood swamp that is home to mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. Have a seat in the Camellia Garden which currently features more than 250 plants representing over 100 varieties of the camellia. Take an underwater detour to observe the Marine Biology Fish Tanks. Journey to the very end of Campus Drive to take in the tranquil scenery at the Overlook. Enjoy the fresh air as you walk the .6 mile orbital road around the UWF Emerald Coast Campus in Fort Walton Beach. Look for the alligator when near the lake and always be mindful of the bears that have been spotted in the area. 

Relaxing Campus Scenery
Relaxing Campus Scenery

Find Your Zen

Use your lunch hour for reflection, meditation, prayer or quiet time. Borrow a yoga mat or meditation pad from Wellness Services and pick a shaded spot on campus to find some focus in your busy life. Prefer instructor-led meditation for relaxation, stress management and mindfulness? Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a weekly Meditation Hour at noon in the UWF Fitness Center. Looking for a quick stress reliever? Make an appointment with a Recreation and Sports Services Massage Therapist.

Group Fitness Classes
Group Fitness Classes

Fit in Fitness

One of the best resources available to UWF employees is the free use of the HLS Facility. Work up a sweat during your lunch hour in the Fitness Center or with a cycle, ab or short circuit Group Fitness class. Check the schedule each semester for class updates. For a midday refresh, take advantage of the UWF staff membership rates for the Aquatic Center to enjoy the Olympic size swimming pool, whirlpool and dry sauna.

FPAN Destination Archaeology Resource Center
Destination Archaeology Resource Center

Tour History & Culture

Travel back in time or to a different land by visiting one of the University’s many historical and cultural exhibits. Take in the beauty of the Japan House tea room and viewing garden. Stop into the Archaeology Institute to see artifacts found by UWF archaeologists or visit the downtown FPAN Destination Archaeology Resource Center to view exhibits about Florida’s archaeological history. While downtown, learn more about the cultural groups that have shaped Pensacola’s history at Voices of Pensacola or explore the other Historic Pensacola museums and properties managed by the UWF Historic Trust.


Put the 'Pro' in Productive

Still feel the need to work during lunch? Hold a lunch meeting out in the open at the LEAD Deck. Collaborate on the next big thing over coffee and a sandwich at the Pace Library Coffee Shop or the Campus Cafe on the Fort Walton Beach Emerald Coast Campus. Change your desk scenery and take in the window views of the Skylab. Or, get a jump on your weekly chores by washing your car at the LEAD Campus Self-Service Car Wash.  

TAG Art Gallery
TAG Art Gallery

Take a Walk on the Art Side

Find inspiration and appreciation for all of the creative touches that can be found on the Pensacola campus. Start your journey at any of the Outdoor Art Structures. Sights to see include the nautilus sculpture (HLS), the sphere sculpture (Psychology building), the Pensacola-themed columns (College of Business), "Mind in Motion" (Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering), the AISC Steel Sculpture outside of the Instructional, Workforce and Applied Technology building and the arch in front of the Center for Fine & Performing Arts (CFPA). Complete your campus art expedition by viewing the installations in the Pace Library Grand Staircase and the TAG Art Gallery inside CFPA. The Pensacola Museum of Art is also a must see if you are in downtown Pensacola.

Map your LEAD lunch!

LEAD Lunch Map

Bookmark the LEAD Lunch Map App on your phone for on-the-go directions and more information for each resource. Downtown Pensacola and Emerald Coast Campus employees can find the resources close to you in the map app under tabs for your location. 

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LEAD: The Staff Version

"One Lunch Hour Can LEAD to Happiness" is part of the 2016-2017 LEAD: The Staff Version team project.

LEAD: The Staff Version is a year-long leadership development program designed to help participants enhance their leadership skills, build relationships with people across campus and develop strategies to help them flourish as leaders and team players. The program is led by Dr. Athena du Pre, Distinguished University Professor.


Additional support for the 2016-2017 LEAD: The Staff Version project was provided by:

  • UWF Distance & Continuing Education
  • UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement
  • UWF GeoData Center

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