Healthier U

Health and wellness is a life-long journey. HEALTHIER U! programs and services allow you the flexibility to choose your own way to wellness, focusing on the goals that are most important to you. We are committed to supporting an environment that helps you be your best.

To register for Healthier U! Workshops, please visit the Professional Development Reservation Desk link located under Featured Links.

Trailwalk Tuesday

Take a nature break right outside your office! Explore different trails and walkways that the UWF campus has to offer and learn how to incorporate walking into your workday. Meet at the trail sign for the Edward Ball Nature Trail behind Crosby Hall, Bldg.10. on selected Tuesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. See the calendar for registration.

Wellness Wednesday Workshops

Healthy Eating/Cooking - How to make healthy food choices, how to plan healthy meals on a budget, or how lifestyle habits can affect a healthy weight.

Fitness for You @ UWF - Learn about all the ways to increase physical activity at UWF. Learn how to safely add more physical activity to your current lifestyle.

Stress Management - Long-term stress can negatively affect your body and may lead to other health disorders. Learn how to prevent and manage stress.

Spiritual Health - Learn the importance of spiritual health and how it can enhance overall physical and mental health.

Mental Health in the Workplace – HR Professionals, supervisors and managers can no longer step around the issue of Mental Illness in the workplace.  It’s time to discuss the proverbial “Elephant in the Room.” This session takes a look at mental illness diagnoses, ADA issues related to mental illness in the workplace, and resources to help companies address the “Elephant in their rooms.”

Healthy Eating on a Budget - Learn effective ways to manage a healthy weight. Review of weight loss programs.

Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace - Participants will have a better understanding of substance abuse in the workplace and how it affects everyone. Participants will have a better understanding of the importance of EAP. A basic understanding of drug trends and signs and symptoms.

Yoga/Mindfulness - Learn the basic principles of yoga and mindfulness and how to incorporate them into daily living.

Diet and Exercise - Learn about the risk factors, signs, symptoms, and what you can do to prevent and/or manage high blood pressure.

Back Care & Office Ergonomics - Learn how to work with your office space so that it fits you and allows for a comfortable working environment for maximum productivity and efficiency.

Active Parenting - Parents learn about issues facing today’s children and youth and are provided with the tools and resources to approach their children about these challenges.

Healthy Aging - As we age our health needs change. Learn about nutrition, vaccinations, age-related illnesses and safety for adults age 60 and older.

Mental Health First Aid - Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing mental health or substance use-related crisis.

Heart Disease Prevention - Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Learn about the risk factors, signs, symptoms, and what you can do to prevent it.

Prescription Drug Use and Abuse - Learn about the impact of opiates and other drugs on families.

Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle - Learn simple ways to incorporate healthy behaviors every day.

Building Skills to Handle Life’s Pressure - Learn effective methods for resiliency and ways to manage stressors.

Exploring Campus Trails – Explore the trails and walkways that the UWF campus has to offer and learn how to incorporate walking into your workday.

QPR - Suicide Prevention - This is a training program that builds skills for recognizing and responding effectively to suicide warning signs.

Tobacco Trends and Prevention - Learn about the latest trends in tobacco products, use, cessation, and prevention.       

Meditation - Learn how to practice the art of meditation and learn to use meditation to manage stress. Previous studies have linked meditation to benefits such as improved attention, memory, processing speed, creativity, and more.

Dealing with Burnout - Burnout is a unique form of job stress. And it can get in the way of a healthy, productive workplace. But it’s easier to manage when you can see the signs. This seminar will provide basic information on how to recognize and cope with burnout.

Fitness Friday Workshops

Fitness Intro/FC Orientation - In the Intro to fitness/wellness you will learn about everything that UWF Recreation has to offer as you start your healthy lifestyle journey.  The class will cover the amenities and programs such as personal training, massage therapy and group fitness classes offered in the HLS Facility. The workshop will end with a fitness center orientation with a hands-on practical with the equipment the fitness center has to offer.   This workshop is necessary to complete the Fit Ready Certification and the building block of the upcoming workshops. 

Step Your Way Into Fitness (*Workout attire required) - Hate cardio? You will grow to love it! The music will distract you and guide you through the workout! You will burn lots of calories as you STEP your way into your fitness journey with our low-impact cardio workout. Step Aerobics is proven to effectively reduce total body weight and fat mass, improve muscle tone, decrease strain on joints, improve cardiovascular health, and even boost your self-esteem. 

Circuit Training Essentials- (*Workout attire required) - Circuit training can ignite your fitness routine and is a great way to perform multiple exercises in a short period of time. Circuit training essentials will cover an entire training session from start to finish. The workshop will begin with an introduction of dynamic warm-ups and how to properly prepare for a workout. The warm-up will be followed by a short circuit session with step-by-step instructions for exercises. The session will conclude with a static stretching and foam rolling portion that help release the muscle tightness following a workout session. 

Weightlifting FUNdamentals (*Workout attire required) - Weightlifting doesn’t have to be scary! This workshop will emphasize the three basic movements of squat, bench, and deadlift. Proper form for each movement will be explained as well as how to program the exercise into your routine. The workshop will conclude with demonstrations of accessory exercises for the compound movements.

Food For Thought - Nutrition plays a crucial role in living a long and happy life.  In this course, we will cover the basics of nutrition including the roles of macronutrients, macronutrient percentages based on a healthy diet, timing of meals, swapping calorie dense foods for calorie “enriched’ foods, and diet trends. We will also discuss healthy eating habits and how to eat according to your personal goals.  At the end of this workshop, you will understand why nutrition is an important factor and how to incorporate healthy decisions in your everyday life.

Upon completion of the required courses for each level, employees must complete a Verification of Professional Development Completion Form and submit it to Human Resources to receive their incentive and certificate.

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