Wilson Wellness Program Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

Byline: Laura B. Hans

Posted: September 29, 2010

The Wilson Wellness Committee formed after a suggestion from President Edmundson. Committee members include representatives from the Athletics Department, Human Resources, and the Wellness Center. The campus-wide initiative promotes health and wellness, develops educational sessions, and provides numerous opportunities for learning new healthful habits to incorporate into daily life.

The Wilson Wellness principle focuses on the idea that by educating our community about health, individuals establish new habits to affect change. The college nurse, Nicole Villella says, "The goal is to bring a culture of wellness to the campus community." She plans to introduce new programs as well as promote and maintain existing resources like the Fitness Center and the walking trails. The program is for all members of the campus community. Some of the new programs include: the Wellness Challenge and free Gardasil shots.

A New Take on Wellness

The Wellness Challenge is a healthy competition among the Wilson community working towards improved wellness. The Wellness Challenge operates on a point system and offers incentives. The first 100 participants to join receive a free pedometer. Earning 10 points enters you into a drawing to win a 8GB iPod Touch. Earn points by attending campus events such as "Around the Green in 15" or "Lunch and Learn". Become a member of the Fitness Center, attend a home sporting event, or acknowledge that you "Like" Wilson Wellness on Facebook to earn more points. There are many other opportunities to earn points. Currently, 45 students, faculty and staff are signed up for the challenge. Join them in their effort to live a healthy, balanced life.

Free Gardasil Shots

The Student Health Center, an extension of the committee, promotes healthy living by offering free Gardasil shots. Gardasil is a vaccine proven to prevent human papillomalvirus (HPV). HPV causes cervical cancer. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports, "Every year, about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and almost 4,000 women die from this disease in the U.S." Gardasil is given through a three-series shot over a period of six months. The vaccine costs about $375.00 for the full series, but the Health Center is offering it for free. Male and females between the ages of 13-26 are eligible for the vaccine. Call the Wilson College Health Center at x3271 to schedule an appointment.

Last Updated: September 25, 2011

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