News and Events

Want to learn more about what’s happening at UNC Chapel Hill around the topic of workplace wellness, health and safety? Read on to learn about our speaker series, journal club, and recent news.

Fall 2015 Speaker Series

Speaker

Title

Date and Location

Speaker

Meg Molloy, DrPH, MPH, RD, President and CEO, Prevention Partners
Amy Meador, MPH, Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation, Prevention Partners

Title

Building healthy workplaces: A snapshot of WorkHealthy America’s workplace prevention data & collaboration opportunities

Date and Location

Thursday September 10th, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Rosenau 230
Link to recording.

Speaker

Guy Potter, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center

Title

How do nurses keep going? Differences in physical and psychological work ability with age in the nursing profession

Date and Location

Thursday October 8th, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Rosenau 230
Link to recording.

Speaker

Brian Caveney, MD, JD, MPH , Vice President & Senior Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Sarah Weiser, PhD, Manager, Healthcare Consulting, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Title

Consumer engagement to improve health outcomes: what works?

Date and Location

Thursday November 12th, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Rosenau 230
Registration Link
Link to recording

For information about past speakers, please visit the Speaker Series archives.
Fall 2015 Journal Club

Article

Date and Location

Date and Location

Tuesday September 1st, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Rosenau 304
Registration Link

UNC Fitness Breaks offers free health screenings
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UNC Fitness Breaks is a student/volunteer led worksite wellness program for UNC housekeeping and groundskeeping staff. The organization provides 10-15 minute fitness sessions to help staff avoid injury by building muscle strength and cardiovascular endurance and encouraging staff to adopt an active lifestyle. They currently conduct over two dozen sessions throughout the week at 10 different campus locations.

On Friday September 25th UNC Fitness Breaks provided free BMI, blood glucose and blood pressure screenings as part of the annual employee appreciation banquets held in honor of International Housekeeping Week. Read more.

CCRWH Director Laura Linnan featured in Fortune.com article on corporate wellness programs
Dr. Laura Linnan was featured in a recent Fortune.com article titled, 5 hallmarks of successful corporate wellness programs.

“While most companies do “something” to promote employee health and well-being, very few—just 7% of companies surveyed in a nationally representative 2008 study—offer what Laura Linnan, a professor of public health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and head of the CDC-funded Workplace Health Research Network, calls a “comprehensive program.” And, she says, “what we know from the literature is that people who have comprehensive programs have better health outcomes and other outcomes we expect from a comprehensive approach.””

Grad Students Encourage Workers to Adopt Fitness Breaks
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“Fitness Breaks is the brainchild of a group of master’s students in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior. It adapts an established 10-minute workout program called “Instant Recess” for the staff members who look after Carolina’s buildings and grounds, many of whom work nights or early mornings and often hold down a second job to help make ends meet.” Read more in the University Gazette
CDC’s Workplace Health Research Network launched at UNC
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“Researchers from six research universities across the country gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 5 and 6 to launch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN) and conduct health research focused on the work environment, where the majority of Americans spend most of their time.” Read more at SPH news