New Wellness Program initiative starts Sept. 1

Want to learn how to live healthfully and prevent the onset of chronic disease like diabetes? Join The Wellness Program's newest initiative.

Starting this fall, the Wellness Program is teaming up with the WVU Medicine Diabetes Education Center to offer the "Healthy Living Program," which is designed to help individuals begin their journey to living a healthy lifestyle through learning about eating right, exercising regularly and using stress management techniques. This program will also help employees lower their risk for developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, during their lives.

The Healthy Living Program consists of nine classes for employees and has various topics associated with each class. WVU Medicine and HSC employees are able to participate in all nine classes or only those they find interesting.

Each course costs $3 or three Wellness Points and will occur from 5-6 p.m. on various Tuesdays in the John Jones Conference Center, room C, located on the ground floor of the Health Sciences Center. The following list has topics and dates.

Healthy Eating

  • Basic Nutrition to Prevent Diabetes: Sept. 1
  • Meal planning for Busy Families on the Run: Sept. 22
  • Cooking and Meal Planning for One or Two: Nov. 3

Exercise

  • Introduction to Cardiovascular Exercise: Sept. 8
  • Introduction to Strength Training: Sept. 29
  • Developing Your Exercise Prescription: Nov. 10

Stress Management

  • Introduction to Stress Management: Sept. 15
  • Introduction to Meditation: Oct. 6
  • Introduction to Yoga: Nov. 17

Employees with health insurance through WVU Medicine can count Healthy Living Program classes towards a Health Management Program (HMP) credit for Plan Year 2016. In order to have this program counted as their HMP, employees must attend at least three sessions – one healthy eating class, one exercise class and one stress management class.

To register for any of these classes, contact The Wellness Program at wellnessprogram@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-293-2520.