‘From Work to Wellness’ Promotes Employee Health and Fitness

A free, six-week wellness program for faculty and staff is being offered by Get Moving UMass (GMU), the outreach arm of Campus Recreation, beginning July 8.

From Work to Wellness is designed to bring fitness and wellness opportunities to participants through weekly walks, new workouts, physical activity tips and nutrition advice taught by Get Moving UMass volunteers, according to Jill Isabelle, assistant director of fitness/wellness.

“GMU understands that when you are working 40 hours a week or more it can be difficult to find time to exercise or the motivation to eat well,” said Isabelle. “Our intention is to help motivate and educate the campus community about the importance of physical activity and eating healthy foods. Participants will learn how easy it is to incorporate exercise into their daily routine even if they only have 30 minutes to spare.”

Every Tuesday and Thursday from July 8 to Aug. 14, participants will meet in the Recreation Center lobby at noon. Each session will last 30 minutes and will include a variety of exercise and nutrition workouts/classes.

From Work to Wellness is the latest initiative of Getting Moving UMass, a campus-wide initiative focused on a new approach to healthy living that grew out of a national campaign called Exercise is Medicine, launched in 2007 by the by the American College of Sports Medicine.

According to Isabelle, GMU’s objectives are providing information and resources to help people incorporate physical activity in their lifestyle, and inspiring, motivating and educating the campus community about personal health and wellness.

Along with From Work to Wellness, GMU also has a student-centered component, which has run campus events such as the Will Werner Memorial Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament and the Know Your Numbers Campaign. In addition, its community outreach branch, Henry Gets Moving, goes to local communities to educate children on the importance of physical activity and healthy eating.

To register for Work to Wellness, complete and submit the survey by Monday, June 30. Surveys can be filled out online or in hard copy. Paper surveys should be returned to the Recreation Center. A GMU representative will contact participants with program details.