Spring Wellness Day to promote healthy living

The Campus Health & Wellness Committee is again hosting its Spring Wellness Day to promote wellness and healthy living for the mind, body and spirit. The event, open to all Health Science Center faculty, staff, residents and students, will be held  at the Pavilion behind Gold’s Gym on April 21.

The annual event is focused on creating an environment of healthy living and an awareness of the wellness opportunities available at the Health Science Center.

The day will begin with a 5K Fun Run/Walk led by HSC President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, at 7:30 a.m. Register here for the run/walk.

Shuttle service will be available from the MARC and CTRC.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the wellness event will feature food trucks, vendors and health screenings. There will be complimentary blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings.

Other health related information will be available from Gold’s Gym, from a registered dietician, dental care and women’s health.

Health Science Center components scheduled to be on hand include the Staff Advisory Council, UT Police, Human Resources/Benefits, Special Events Council, Faculty Senate, UT Medicine and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center.

The Employee Health and Wellness Clinic, located in the School of Nursing, offers a nurse-managed clinic model offering a wide variety of services to promote the health and wellness of all faculty and staff.

“Everyone at the Health Science Center works together to provide for a healthier community,” said Heather Adkins, vice president and chief Marketing & Communications officer. “We are pleased to partner with the Campus Health & Wellness Committee that is working hard to provide for a healthier HSC. There are many options available for our employees and students that focus on wellness and healthier living options for the body, mind and spirit.”

Laurie H. Wybenga, lead nurse practitioner for the clinic and co-chair of the Campus Employee Health & Wellness Committee, said the majority of clinic visits are related to occupational evaluations and acute illness/episodic care.

Among the numerous services offered are primary care, immunizations, smoking cessation, nutrition counseling, acute illness and minor injury care, and chronic disease management.

The employee clinic provides “avenues to develop healthy habits and lifestyles,” Wybenga said. “This enriches the health and lives of the employee, both personally and professionally.”


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