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Want to learn more about what’s happening at UNC Chapel Hill around the topic of workplace wellness, health and safety? Join us for the Spring 2017 Journal Club and Speaker Series!

Spring 2017 Journal Club

Speaker

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Date and Location

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Factors Associated with Patient Lift Equipment Use Among Nursing Staff in the Hospital Setting

Date and Location

Wednesday, April 5th
4:00 – 5:30pm
MHRC 2005
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Five members of UNC Chapel Hill's grounds and housekeeping staff are showing off their arm strength after participating in a Fitness Breaks exercise. They are standing in a line, smiling, arms in the air.
Fitness Breaks at UNC

Fitness Breaks is a student-led worksite wellness program for grounds and housekeeping staff at UNC-CH. Fitness Breaks instructors lead employees through 10-15 minutes of stretching, strengthening, and aerobic exercises to prevent injury and promote health and wellbeing in the workplace! This semester Fitness Breaks added 2 new locations and reached approximately 62 grounds and housekeeping staff on campus each week. Additionally, this semester staff competed in weekly exercise challenges, which included yoga, push-ups, wall-sits, balance, and lunges. In partnership with the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) and the Association of Nursing Students (ANS), Fitness Breaks was also able to provide health assessments to 71 housekeepers during Facilities Services’ Housekeepers Appreciation Day banquet. Health assessments include height, weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose checks as well as nutrition counseling.

Fitness Breaks is a student-led worksite wellness program for grounds and housekeeping staff at UNC-CH. Fitness Breaks instructors lead employees through 10-15 minutes of stretching, strengthening, and aerobic exercises to prevent injury and promote health and wellbeing in the workplace! This semester Fitness Breaks added 2 new locations and reached approximately 62 grounds and housekeeping staff on campus each week. Additionally, this semester staff competed in weekly exercise challenges, which included yoga, push-ups, wall-sits, balance, and lunges. In partnership with the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) and the Association of Nursing Students (ANS), Fitness Breaks was also able to provide health assessments to 71 housekeepers during Facilities Services’ Housekeepers Appreciation Day banquet. Health assessments include height, weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose checks as well as nutrition counseling.

Linnan recognized as HERO for leadership in workplace health

Dr. Laura Linnan (second from right) accepts the 2016 HERO research award from (l-r) Dr. Ron Goetzel, chair of the HERO board of directors; Philip Swayze, the awards committee chair, and Dr. Paul Terry, president and chief executive officer of HERO.

Laura Linnan, ScD, professor of health behavior and associate dean for academic and student affairs at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was honored with the 2016 Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Mark Dundon Research Award on Sept. 26 at a HERO Forum in Atlanta. Linnan was recognized for her efforts to enhance and promote research that advances the science of employee health management. Read more at SPH news