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What Does “Wellness” Mean to You?

Posted Apr. 2, 2012

Wellness is one of today’s current buzzwords. But what does “wellness” mean, and what are the ingredients needed for a successful workplace wellness program?

As it looks to enhance the university’s wellness program, the Division of Human Resources wants to hear from faculty and staff about their vision for a culture of health and well-being.

A comprehensive, well-designed wellness program benefits both employees and the organization. Such programs provide education and resources to assist individuals in improving their health and well-being. Research has shown that healthy employees lead more satisfying personal lives and are more productive, have fewer injuries, miss less work due to illness and spend less on healthcare.  

Rachael Decker, the university wellness coordinator, points out that every workplace population is different, and that’s why it’s important to have employee involvement in the development of a wellness program.  “We need to hear from faculty and staff about what works for them and what they prefer,” she says. “This will help us build a program that will appeal to our employees and encourage them to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

There are two ways faculty and staff can provide input during the month of April:

Employee Survey
An online survey is available April 2- 22 and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Employee spouses and dependents are also welcome to take the survey. Upon completion, participants have the option to enter a drawing to win gift cards from Panera and Laziza restaurant in downtown Kent, and an iPod. You can access the survey here.

Town Hall Meetings
Town Hall meetings will be held this month at all campuses. Regional Campus sessions will be held April 10-12. Kent Campus sessions are scheduled for April 12 (second and third shift employees), April 17-18 (faculty) and April 19 (faculty and staff). View the Town Hall session schedule.

Each session will last one hour and will involve informal, group discussion on various aspects of wellness. The facilitators will be Cathy DuBois, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Business Administration; David DuBois, Ph.D., principal of The Social Design Group and adjunct faculty in the College of Business Administration; and members of the Human Resources Benefits staff.  No registration is required.

“These sessions will be highly interactive and will focus on the seven themes addressed in the survey: food, physical fitness, personal and social well being, health management, quality of work life and built/natural environments,” says Cathy DuBois.

For more information, contact Decker at 330-672-8368 or rdecker4@kent.edu.