Signature Events

Walk Across Campus

The fall edition of the "Walk Across Campus" (WAC), which has been sponsored by HEALTHY YOU since 2012, is due to kick off on October 1st, and creation and joining of teams has begun.

BC benefits-eligible employees who are NEW participants in the WAC will qualify to receive a new Fitbit once they have joined a WAC team online.

Note that we are still welcoming volunteers to be TEAM LEADERS.  If you are interested, please email anne_goroshko@hphc.org by Wednesday 9/23 with your name and Eagle ID.

Overview

Boston College’s Walk Across Campus (WAC) is among the most popular of many Healthy You sponsored activities. Over the last several years, the Walk Across Campus challenge has successfully promoted friendly competition while building solid camaraderie amongst peers throughout BC. The WAC has fostered a “community of walkers” year-round, and once the challenge begins the campus fills with scores of walkers getting their steps in whenever they can. The BC campus offers many areas to enjoy taking steps. For instance, when leaving from the 129 Lake Street building, two loops around Chandler Pond equals two miles, as does completing one loop around the reservoir when you leave from the front of the Margot Connell Recreation Center.

Read about the Walk Across Campus in Boston College Magazine.

 

1.  Join a Fall WAC team on the Harvard Pilgrim BC Wellness Portal 

Join a WAC Team

  • If you did not set up a Wellness account on the portal last semester, you will need to do so.  

Create a Wellness account

  • You do NOT need to be a Harvard Pilgrim member to set up an account or join a team.
  • If you already have a Harvard Pilgrim Wellness account from last semester, you still need to log in to your account and select your team for the fall Walk.
  • If you need assistance, contact Harvard Pilgrim's Wellness Services Monday - Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 1-877-594-7183 or email HPWellness@harvardpilgrim.org.  

2.  Once you register for a team, confirm your existing Fitbit (that you received either in the fall of 2019 or more recently) is connected to the Wellness account

Connect your device to your Wellness account

  • If you are BC benefits eligible and brand new to the WAC, once you register for a team online, contact anne.goroshko@bc.edu and relay your name, Eagle ID, and preferred mailing address.   Once eligibility is confirmed, you will be contacted.

 

3.  If you are new to the WAC and receive a new Fitbit, or if you wish to link your own unit, follow your device's set-up instructions

Fitbit Setup

 

4.  Link your new Fitbit to your WAC team 

Connect your device to your Wellness account           

Remove your old device and connect your new one

 

5.  Lastly, we encourage you to take advantage of the Limeade mobile app if you have not yet.  

Download the Limeade Mobile App

Lunch & Learn Seminars

Enjoy our Fall Lunch & Learns from the comfort of your own desk!

All Fall programs are virtual. Once you have signed up you will receive a calendar invitation with a zoom link to log on to the session.  

Register

Video Archive


 

Resilience and Life Skills for a Healthier You:

Rachel Shanshiry
Thursday, January 14th, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Start 2021 off right by building a practice of self-care that will strengthen and sustain you throughout the year! Learn evidence-based relaxation and mindfulness skills that will shed stress and build joy. In this upbeat webinar, you will explore the psychology of resilience and leave with practical tools that are guaranteed to build your mental toughness. Leave with a handful of strategies that will foster optimism, gratitude, and hone your focus on opportunities for growth.

Valentine’s Heart Health Cooking Demo:

Heidi Roth
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m.

February is Heart Health Month! Join us for a fun cooking demonstration of various appetizers and even a mocktail!

Recipes will include:

  • Goat cheese and chorizo stuffed mushrooms
  • Flourless chocolate cookies
  • Parmesan walnut stuffed dates
  • Pomegranate ginger sparkler or Strawberry passion no-jito

 

Caring for the Caregiver:

Catherine Collins
Monday, March 8th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Though often overlooked, it is crucial for caregivers to also care for themselves. Join us to learn personal wellbeing strategies to incorporate while taking care of others. These will include specific hints related to caring for elders as well as nuances related to the current pandemic.

Change Old Unhealthy Habits into New Healthy Ones:

Pam Garramone
Tuesday, April 13th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Feeling stressed? There's a habit for that. Feeling lethargic? There's a habit for that too. We all know how to feel healthier and happier but how many of us actually do these things? In this workshop, learn how to form healthy habits that last!

Eldercare Finances and Legality:

Ron Kearns
Wednesday, May 5th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Caring for Elders is multifaceted and includes some potentially overwhelming financial and legal ramifications.  Ron Kerns will discuss topics and help lessen some of the unknown, answer questions and ease your mind during this informative and helpful presentation.

Charitable Walks/Runs

Boston College's charitable walk campaign marches on this year as we continue to incorporate BC's mission of being "men and women for others" into our health and well-being programming.

Join fellow BC employees in a walk for one of the following great causes! To join a team, please contact a Team Leader listed below. They will assist you with the registration process. All participants will receive a complimentary BC t-shirt, distributed by Team Leaders on the day of the walk. Please note that any registration fees and/or fundraising requirements are to be incurred by participants.

We are still looking for Team Leaders for walks. If you are interested in being the Team Leader, please contact Sue Lawler or call 617-552-3336. Team Leaders function as the point person for their walk, under the team name "Boston College Healthy You team.” In addition to receiving a complimentary BC t-shirt, Team Leaders will also receive a BC baseball cap.

While steps will only be counted towards the WAC competition from charitable walks that fall between October and November or April and May, all participants receive the benefit of getting exercise and walking for a good cause!

Walks will be listed as they become available

If you would like to recommend a preferred charitable walk that you do not see here, please email all details of the walk to Sue Lawler for consideration.

Walking Challenge

Go Move Walking Challenge

Calling all Boston College faculty and staff! Help your team win the ninth annual Go Move Challenge by recording your minutes of movement to determine which Jesuit institution is the most active. Awards go to the university which tracks the most minutes, the university which averages the most number of minutes per participant, and the region with the most minutes.

HOW TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE

  1. Register at www.GoMoveChallenge.org, even if you participated last year
  2. Click the "LOG IN / REGISTER" button on the top menu bar
  3. In the "REGISTER" box, enter your university email address and other required information, including your division or college/school
  4. Click the "SUBMIT" button when finished
  5. You will receive a confirmation email with your user email and password

HOW TO LOG MINUTES

Starting February 1, visit www.GoMoveChallenge.org

  1. Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar
  2. In the “LOG IN” box, enter your email address and password
  3. In the “LOG MY WORKOUT” box, select the type of activity, add an activity description, enter the number of minutes, and select a single date or date range for logging multiple days
  4. Click the “LOG IT” button when finished

Users can delete minutes that were entered in error                                            

CHALLENGE RULES AND TIPS

  • Starts: 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 1, 2021
  • Ends:  11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, February, 28, 2021 (NOTE: Minutes will not be accepted after the challenge ends.)
  • Use the Go Move Challenge social media sites to share photos: FBInstaTwitter
  • Open the mobile-friendly challenge website from your phone’s browser to enter minutes on the go!
  • Read the challenge FAQs at www.GoMoveChallenge.org/FAQ

If you have additional questions you can email Sue Lawler at lawlersa@bc.edu.

 

Other Health Events

Check back for Other Health Events later in the year.

Health and Well-being Calendar