Wellness - Past Programs
Spring 2009 Sitka Campus Fitness Challenge:
Upstairs vs. Downstairs
And the winner is...DRUMROLL.....the DOWNSTAIRS!!
Congratulations to all! Thanks for your support and participation!
Summer of Healthy Snacks!
The UAS Sitka Campus Wellness Team applied for a grant through SEARHC's Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska project and received funds to implement the following activities during the summer of 2007:
- Healthy Vending Policy
- Healthy Snack Breaks for Employees
- Healthy Snack Tips, Information and Recipes available for employees
The Wellness Team developed a healthy vending policy and chose products that were available that met the policy guidelines. We supplemented the vending snacks with healthy snack breaks throughout the grant period. Healthy, fresh snacks were purchased locally and provided during break times for employees. Incentives were also awarded for employees that participate in healthy snack quizzes, trivia challenges, or enter snacks in a taste test contest.
The Wellness Team chose this project based on the results from the two surveys and comments from employees. Vending, nutrition and physical fitness programs ranked high on our surveys and a physical fitness component has already been implemented.
Most adults spend more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else, making it a prime venue for promoting healthful habits. The worksite organizational culture and environment are powerful influences on behavior.¹ The UAS Sitka Campus healthy vending/snack program will make employees more knowledgeable about healthy snacks and encourage better snack choices.
Step Into Spring
The walking challenge, Step Into Spring, encouraged staff/faculty to be more active and eat healthier on a regular basis. Being active reduces employee stress, boosts morale, and improves job performance. Most adults spend more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else, making it a prime venue for promoting healthful habits. The worksite organizational culture and environment are powerful influences on behavior and we hoped that by coordinating wellness activities staff and faculty added to their healthy lifestyle or adopted a healthier one!¹ The program ran March 5 through the week of May 7. It included walking breaks, nutrition brown bags, and office yoga. Incentives were awarded by random drawings throughout the activity period. Participants were entered regardless of how many steps but they had to turn in steps to be entered. Those that participated every week were entered to win 20,000 Alaska Airline miles (anonymously donated). Thirty people participated and logged 9,822,455 steps!
Walk Off the Holidays
Walk Off the Holidays was a weekly walking challenge that started in November and ended February 9. Staff, faculty and students could purchase high quality, premium pedometers for only $10 and track their steps to earn incentives regardless of how many steps/miles walked. Participation and wellness awareness was our goal. Twenty-seven people participated and logged a total of 10,807,469 steps!