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Get/Stay Moving Tips for the Holidays:

  • Remember the reasons you work out! To feel good, boost energy, and even to help in the removal of toxins. We tend to increase our intake of alcohol and allow ourselves more foods that contain additives during this time of year. Since exercise aids in digestion, allow the exercise to more quickly rid your body of these extra toxins you are putting into it.
  • Schedule exercise on your calendar, just like an appointment!! Commit to a weekly routine—go ahead, BOOK YOURSELF–write it on your calendar each day, or every other day. Remember, you must take time out to care for yourself, so that you can be your best and give the most of yourself this holiday season! Don’t short yourself or others of the full YOU.

11 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays:

  • Practice healthy holiday cooking by preparing your favorite dishes with low fat, low calorie options. For example, use skim milk in the mashed potatoes instead of half and half. When making dressing use more onions, garlic, and vegetables and less bread.
  • If you are attending a holiday party, eat a light snack such as your favorite fruit or a small salad before you attend the party. This will help to decrease the temptation to over-indulge.

Eleven Healthy Tips for the Holidays

Participate in the Employee Wellness Institute

ECU Employee Wellness Institute

The ECU Employee Wellness Institute (WI) provides participants with an opportunity to learn about personal and professional wellness. The Wellness Institute offers such benefits as improved health, stress reduction techniques, financial management, exercise and fitness practice, heightened personal performance, reduced sick leave, reduced medical costs and stronger interpersonal relationships. The Institute is open to all University Staff and Faculty.

The WI will meet every Tuesday (starts 9/23/2014) from 3:30pm – 5pm for 8 consecutive weeks in room 202 of the SRC. Please note the 1st and last meeting will begin at 3:00 pm. Attendance at the Wellness Institute requires prior Supervisor Approval. Registration is now available on Cornerstone. Log on to ITCS Cornerstone for a full class description and/or to register.

Participate in a Wellness Program

Pirates for HEALTH (Healthy Eating and Active Living Through Health Coaching)

ECU employees receive health coaching

Contact: Dr. Bhibha Das, Department of Kinesiology, dasb@ecu.edu

Featured Wellness Activity

ECU Staff Senate Annual Health Fitness Walk

The ECU Staff Senate is sponsoring its annual Health Fitness Walk around Lake Laupus on Wednesday, October 29 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Last year we had departments and organizations from all over campus (and a few vendors) set up at tables around the lake promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. The event was a huge success and we are looking to continue it this year.

Any group that promotes an active/healthy lifestyle is encouraged to participate. Organizations of interest to staff are also welcome. Some participants from last year included: ECHI, ECU Pharmacy, Campus Recreation and Wellness, ECU Physicians, ECU Bike Share, zumba/yoga demonstrations, and more!The deadline to reserve a table is Monday, October 15th. Please reply to this email or contact Patrick Clark with any questions or to reserve your spot!

Vision, Mission, Goals and/or Objectives


The creation of a transformational collaborative approach to facilitate a culture of wellness for ECU students, faculty and staff.


To support policy and environmental change that will incorporate a culture of wellness into the strategic planning priorities/directions of the University.

Goals and/or Objectives

  • Assist in the development of a nationally recognized employee wellness program for ECU faculty and staff.
  • Identify and define the components of a “culture of wellness”.
  • Assist in the development of policies and strategies to support wellness initiatives for students, faculty and staff.
  • Identify and disseminate evidenced based strategies and resources to improve the health and well-being of ECU students, faculty and staff.
  • Promote transdisciplinary wellness partnerships, collaborations, education, and initiatives across the University.
  • Develop and articulate a vision for campus well-being across eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, financial,
  • occupational, environmental, and physical.
  • Explore the benefits and resources available through the Building Healthy Academic Communities Consortium.
  • Explore the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services offered by Human Resources and promote effective marketing strategies to enhance awareness.
  • Explore the resources available through the North Carolina Prevention Partners and avenues for collaboration and recognition.
  • Assist in the explanation and understanding of the State Health Plan and wellness related programs, benefits, and opportunities.
  • Develop a web presence for the University Wellness Committee to include membership, purpose, campus resources, dimensions of wellness, and other news/ programs.
  • Support and encourage evidence based programs and research to enhance the well-being of ECU students.