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College Kicks off Wellness Initiative


College Kicks off Wellness Initiative

On Tuesday, September 27, over 100 St. John Fisher College employees gathered to kick-off a healthier year. The Wellness Committee, comprised of 19 faculty and staff, planned a day of wellness activities, beginning with a healthy breakfast in honor of National Breakfast Month. In addition, they revealed the name of the College's initiative, Healthy U.

The morning event included a brief program, which featured keynote speaker, Aisha O'Mally, who received a life-saving heart transplant shortly after graduating from college. Her experience made her an organ donation advocate, and led her to become an inspirational speaker. O'Mally focused her presentation on her motto, "A New Heart, A New Life, A New Way," and shared some words of encouragement and motivation with faculty and staff who attended the breakfast.

Aisha O'Maley
Aisha O'Mally tells her story.

Employees participated in interactive wellness sessions throughout the day. The sessions included fitness goal discussions with Fisher's Track and Field Coach, Mike Garger; Zumba with alum Danielle Valerino; a healthy cooking class with Chef Joel Kraft; meditation with the Wellness Center's Madeleine Reynolds-Bolz; and a session on health and happiness hosted by the Employee Assistance Program.

Mike Garger
Coach Mike Garger presents information on personal fitness goals.

Joel Kraft
Chef Joel Kraft serves up healthy food, and smiles.

Danielle Valerino leads a Zumba session.

Healthy U committee member Madeleine Reynolds-Bolz takes employees through a meditation session.

In addition, the committee participated in the annual Wellness Fair in the Student Life Center, with a section dedicated to faculty and staff. Large – and small – prizes were up for grabs, free chair massages and blood pressure checks were offered, and there were additional vendors there to speak to employees about wellness including Weight Watchers, Excellus, Pittsford Rowing, and the Good Food Collective.

Wellness Fair
Healthy U committee member Lisa Riotto talking with employees at the Wellness Fair.

To wrap up the day, employees met in the varsity gym in the Student Life Center to take a group victory lap.

According to the committee, the day served as a preview of year-long programming that will be offered to employees in an effort to encourage a healthier lifestyle.

To stay updated on committee news and events, check the Healthy U website regularly. 

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