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'HEALTHY YOU' Focused on Employee Health

10/06/11
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Boston College employees will have the opportunity this fall to learn about health and wellness – and a chance to earn BC Bookstore gift certificates and win an iPad in the bargain.

The University’s “HEALTHY YOU” program, which aims to improve the health and wellness of all Boston College employees, will sponsor a number of fall semester events designed to help administrators, faculty and staff learn about pursuing healthy lifestyles.

The schedule includes the annual BC Health Fair and the return of the popular “Walk Across Campus Challenge,” which begins later this month. This fall also will see the debut of a one-hour, lunchtime seminar series at the Flynn Recreation Complex and the Conte Forum Shea Room on health-related topics such as stress management, nutrition and exercise. Employees attending the seminars — lunch is provided at the Shea Room events — can participate in a raffle for a $25 BC Bookstore gift certificate, and an end-of-the-semester drawing for a health application-equipped iPad.

BC’s employee Health Fair, which takes place on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Yawkey Center Murray Function Room, will include free flu shots as well as information about smoking cessation, protecting skin from sun damage, and other topics.

To participate in “Walk Across Campus” — through which employees track the amount of walking or other exercise activities during an eight-week period — sign up in the Campus Recreation Member Services office and then e-mail campusrec@bc.edu each Monday with your weekly progress. The top five walkers will receive prizes.

Employees can also explore a variety of fitness programs, including kickboxing, yoga and zumba, through the Recplex.

These programs are offered in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and The Boston Consortium for Higher Education’s Healthy You program. For more details on the wellness seminars and other HEALTHY YOU information, go to the Boston College Human Resources page, visit this HEALTHY YOU link, or see the Harvard Pilgrim site.