Faculty, staff encouraged to take steps for better health

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Faculty, staff encouraged to take steps for better health

September 30, 2010

It’s time for Northwestern Oklahoma State University faculty and staff members to start taking steps – literally – to improve their health. Shawna Bivin, director of J.R. Holder Wellness Center, encourages every employee at all three Northwestern campuses to join Walktober, a national walking campaign that lasts through the month of October.

The four-week program begins Oct. 4 and is designed to help participants incorporate walking into their daily routines.

Northwestern faculty and staff members will join fellow employees from their respective buildings to form teams. For instance, employees in the Fine Arts Building will be one team, and employees in Herod Hall will form another team. Team members will keep track of minutes walked during the entire month, and the team to walk the most minutes will receive a trophy or a plaque that will move from winning building to winning buliding each year.

Minutes will be recorded on calendar log sheets, available at the Wellness Center. The log sheets contain space for participants’ names, campuses and buildings in which they work.

Participants can walk inside the Wellness Center or outside on their own time. Minutes should be recorded on the appropriate calendar day each time the participant walks.

Log sheets should be turned in no later than Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the front desk of the Wellness Center. The winning building will be announced Thursday, Nov. 4.

Faculty and staff members can stop by the Wellness Center Oct. 15, 22 and 29 to enter a drawing for a Subway gift card. To be eligible to win, participants must show that they walked at least three times prior to the week they enter the drawing. Gift card drawings will take place on Wednesdays, and winners will be contacted by phone or e-mail.

All participants will be entered to win one of two grand prizes, which will be announced at a later date. The drawings will take place Nov. 4.