Healthier U presents Walk on Wednesdays & Walk to Win, Spring 2015 Edition

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It’s time to dust those sneakers off and get moving this spring with Healthier U!

Stony Brook University’s employee health and wellness program, Healthier U offers two walking programs: “Walk on Wednesdays” (WOW) & “Walk to Win” (WTW). Both programs start Wednesday, March 25th, and run through Wednesday, June 10th.

Walk on Wednesdays occurs on Wednesdays at noon at many campus locations. Walk to Win is a team-based competition that allow you to walk anytime, anywhere. Only two people minimum are needed to form a team.

Participants in both walking programs will receive a variety of FREE prizes after only four instances of participation during the fall. The team that walks the greatest number of miles per person through “Walk to Win” will also receive awards following the conclusion of the spring walking season.

For more information and to register for both programs, visit .

Heart Month Program!

It’s Heart Month! Learn about heart disease, risk factors and the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Attend this informative session to learn strategies to address heart disease and discover ways to decrease stress in the workplace and at home.HU Address Stress -Reduce Risk

Try out a free fitness class with a colleague this spring 2015! Did you know you’re more likely to show up – and keep showing up when done with a friend.  A resolution to exercise won’t do you any good unless you actually get started…and then keep it up, even when your motivation lags. The fact that the others in your class, not to mention your instructor, will notice your absence, usually provides enough of a impetus to get people out the door and into the gym. Having that accountability built in is an ideal way to ensure that you actually keep up with your intention to exercise regularly. (source HU Spring 2015 Fitness ClassesYMCA).

Registration begins Monday 2/9 and will include a free 7 day pass to the Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center.  Contact [email protected] for any questions regarding the free fitness classes.

Healthier U Presents Weight Watchers at Work!

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Weight Watchers, ranked #1 by U.S. News,  is coming to Stony Brook!

Tracey Ledger of Non-Invasive Cardiology and Melissa Shampine of Cardiac ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Cardiac Acute Care Unit, Cardiothoracic Step Down & Telemetry are Weight Watchers At Work liaisons who would like to let you know about some exciting news for 2015.

They are offering a new series of Weight Watchers at Work (WWAW) starting on Feb. 5, and are hoping current members will continue their quest for good health & wellness through weight loss in 2015. To that end, A WWAW Open House will be held from 12:00-1:00 pm on Jan. 29 in the Cafeteria Club Room.

Tracey and Melissa also have a new weekly meeting spot. It is centrally located for those who work in the hospital and Health Sciences Towers. Meetings will be held every Thursday from 12-1 pm, in the Cafeteria Club Room*, which is located between the main cafeteria & deli, Hospital Level 5.

Anyone interested in joining can start at this week’s meeting (fees will be pro-rated as they are finishing up their current session), so please feel free to bring your lunch, your colleagues and SPREAD THE WORD!!!!

· The 17 week series is $186 min 20 members – includes 19 weeks of free etools

· The 12 week series is $156 min 15 members – includes 14 weeks of free etools

(*In the event of a location change an email will be sent out to members & notice will be posted prior to meeting time)

Payment can be made in Cash, Check, Major Credit Card or Money Order

Tweet Your Walks at #SBUWalks!

Today, Wednesday, September 10, is the big Kick-Off for the Healthier U Walking Programs, Walk on Wednesdays and Walk to Win.  Remember to tweet your walking accomplishments, selfies, or team usies at #SBUWalks.  Let’s cheer each other on!  Post challenges to other Walk to Win teams.  For locations of today’s Kick-Off go to

Did you know?

You can participate in the SBU Walking Program WITHOUT being limited to Wednesdays at lunchtime on campus.  Walk to Win is the flexible sibling to Walk on Wednesdays and starts next week, 9/8/2014.  The KICK-Off Celebrations take place on all SBU campuses on Wednesday, 9/10/2014 at noon.  See the Healthier U website for campus locations.  (NOTE: Taking part in the Kick-Off isn’t necessary for the Walk to Winners, but is a great way to meet the rest of the SBU Walking Community)walkingfeet Walk to Winners must walk with a minimum of 2 total people, you and 1 other person from your team.  There is NO maximum number of walkers per team, just walk in pairs.  Only team leader(s) should report mileage for each walk. You can walk any place, any day, any time as long as you have at least one team member walking with you. This is perfect for faculty and staff that want to participate, but are committed to department meetings, classes, and other activities on Wednesdays during the lunch hours.  For more information go to the Healthier U website and register for Walk to Win.  More Questions?  Email [email protected]

Want more competition?  Get your team together and challenge other departments or programs.  Losing team buys the winners a smoothie or another beverage!  After you register, post your team members and challenges here.  Walking on the weekends?  Invite other teams to join you.  So, why do you walk?  Encourage others to join in our Walking Community.

Nancy Wozniak
SBU Healthier U Promotions and Social Media Committee