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.
Date and Location
Meg Molloy, DrPH, MPH, RD, President and CEO, Prevention Partners
Amy Meador, MPH, Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation, Prevention Partners
Building healthy workplaces: A snapshot of WorkHealthy America’s workplace prevention data & collaboration opportunities
Guy Potter, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
How do nurses keep going? Differences in physical and psychological work ability with age in the nursing profession
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
Consumer engagement to improve health outcomes: what works?”
Date and Location
Tuesday September 1st, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Tuesday October 6th, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Thursday November 3rd, 11:30am – 12:30pm
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.
According to UNC Fitness Breaks student leader, Lindsay Bailey, “We wanted to provide an opportunity for staff members to get a better picture of their health so on Friday September 25th, we provided free BMI, blood glucose and blood pressure screenings as part of the annual employee appreciation banquets that are held in honor of International Housekeeping Week.” Nursing students from the Association of Nursing Students and medical students from the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) volunteered their time to provide the screenings, and SHAC volunteers helped participants understand their screening results and provided information on how to seek free medical care as needed. Students from the School of Public Health and other UNC departments volunteered to assist with greeting staff and telling them about Fitness Breaks. “With the help of these volunteers we were able to provide screenings to over 70 employees throughout the day and had a lot of fun chatting with the housekeeping staff. We intend to provide this service again during the spring semester so we can continue to encourage staff to check-in on their health.”
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.””
“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
“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