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wellness champions

 

The Department of Work/Life & Wellness within the Office of Human Resources is committed to enhancing opportunities for employees to achieve Total WellBeing for their head, heart, and heels.

Program Mission

To foster a greater culture of health throughout Carolina by engaging and empowering Wellness Champions in every school and division.

In the United States employees spend nearly 50 hours a week at work. Therefore, worksites have a great opportunity and responsibility to support employee health by creating an environment that is safe and makes the healthy choice the easy choice.

Potential Impact of Comprehensive Workplace Wellness Programs

star Reduced sick leave
star Reduced short-term disability
star Decreased workers compensation claims
star Reduced health care costs (insurer & subscriber)
star Improved productivity
star Increased employee morale
star Increased employee retention
starWellness Champions (Champions) lead a wellness committee for their school or division (department or work unit, as appropriate). Champions are full-time Carolina employees who are passionate about improving the culture of health at their workplace. They should be well known within their school/division and be comfortable with leading a Wellness Committee. Champions represent their committee and learn wellness program management skills in monthly Wellness Champion meetings. Champions may spend as much as eight hours per month to plan and implement their wellness initiative. See the Become a Wellness Champion section below to learn more.
 
starWellness Committee Members work with their Champion to plan and implement two to three wellness initiatives annually. Committees should represent the collective diversity of the school/division and include individuals from a variety of departments and roles (staff, faculty, supervisors, employees, administrators, researchers, etc.). Committee Members may spend as much as four hours per month to plan and implement their wellness initiative. See the Participating Schools/Divisions section below to contact your Wellness Champion to learn more about how to become a Committee Member. If there is no Champion for your school/division, please email totalwellbeing@unc.edu to learn about other opportunities to be involved.
 
starThe Total WellBeing Team leads Wellness Champion meetings, provides wellness resources that support their program efforts and provides consultations with Champions to help them complete an annual workplace assessment and develop a strategic program plan.
 
starLeaders in each school and division serve as a model to employees and students, and greatly influence engagement in workplace. To support workplace wellness efforts, leaders may add work/life and wellness to their mission statement and promote employee involvement by allowing work time to participate in wellness activities and programs.
  Adams School of Dentistry   Tracy Wetherby Williams, Director of Clinical Compliance
  Eshelman School of Pharmacy   Angela Lyght, Employee Engagement Specialist*

  Michael Mulkeen, Executive Assistant*

  Finance & Operations

  Service Center of Excellence

  Energy Services Administration

  Environment, Health & Safety

  Facilities Services

  UNC Police, Transportation & Parking

  Stephanie Berrier, Communications Manager

  Carl Stearns, GIS Manager 

  Janet Clarke, Storm Water Specialist

  Joseph Magura, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Wil Steen, Associate Director

  Gillings School of Global Public Health   Rhoda Cerny, Executive Assistant*

Deshana Cabasan-Hunte, Business Services Coordinator*

  Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and    Compliance   Jessica Pyjas, Work/Life & Wellness Program Manager
  Kenan-Flagler Business School   Angie Harris, Wellness Coach/Wellness Specialist*

  Nada Stanisic, Human Resources Specialist*

  Office of University Communications   Amy Grau, Executive Assistant
  School of Information & Library Science   Lori Haight, Career Services Coordinator
  School of Medicine 

  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

  Office of Graduate Education for Biological and

  Biomedical Sciences

  Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease

  Allied Health Sciences

  Chanee Lynch, Research Specialist

  Tina Craven, Student Services Manager*

  Susan Chen, Administrative Support Associate*

Donna Evon, Professor/Psychologist

  Eileen Burker, Professor, Director of the Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

  School of Nursing   Cheryl Giscombe, Levine Family Distinguished Term Associate Professor
  School of Social Work   Robin Sansing, Clinical Instructor*

  Tonia Deese, Clinical Assistant Professor*

  Student Affairs   Lynn Farrar, Human Resources Associate
  The Graduate School   Laura Pratt, Fellowship Programs Coordinator
  UBC – Academic Initiative   Beth Thompson, Human Resources Specialist
  UNC Research

  Carolina Population Center

  Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

  Liz Millar, Research Associate

  Britt Johnson-Broache, Executive Assistant

  University Development   Misha Rand, Executive Assistant
  University Libraries   Jennifer Jean-Baptiste, HR Support Specialist

*Co-Champions

Registration for Fall 2019 is currently closed.

Information about applying to the program is promoted in the WorkWell e-newsletter. Be sure to review WorkWell each month for important information throughout the year.

Champion Responsibilities

star Dedicate up to eight hours a month* to focus on planning and administering wellness activities*
star Participate in monthly meetings to learn tips, tools and resources to succeed
star Establish and lead a wellness committee or workgroup of four to 12 members
star Lead a wellness committee to develop and work towards two to three annual health and wellness goals
star Report progress each semester to earn points and incentives

*Co-champions will dedicate up to four hours per month

Steps for registering

  1. Attend a Wellness Champions interest session
  2. Get your supervisors’ approval to register
  3. Register (or nominate a colleague)
Register or Nominate a Wellness Champion Now

Registration is open May – August.

Tools

star Starting the Conversation: Supervisor Approval Request Email Template
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 Steps for Success

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Leadership support is fundamental to the success and sustainability of any workplace wellness program. Leaders have great influence to shape employee and student behavior by serving a role model and working towards the same goals.

Earn Points

star Leadership funds part-time or full-time position dedicated to managing the wellness program (30 point per year)
star Leadership provides a dedicated annual budget for wellness (20 points per year)
star Add work/life and wellness to your school or division’s core values statement (10 pts., one time)
star Leadership participates in the selection of your program’s annual goals (10 pts. per year)
star Leadership celebrates members of the wellness committee or workgroup by email announcement or recognition on the school/division webpage (5 pts. per year)
star Leadership promotes all employees to participate in a wellness program or activity (5 pts. per activity)
star Leaderships visibly engages in your wellness activity or programs (5 pts. per activity)
star Leadership publicly celebrates the successes of the wellness committee (5 pts. per communication)

Tools

star Wellness Champions Program Overview Presentation for Leadership

Establishing or strengthening the culture of wellness at your workplace should not be a one-person task. The most successful programs are a result of the combined effort from a supportive team focused on improving the Total WellBeing at their workplace.

star New Committees Only: Establish a wellness committee or workgroup for your school, division, or work unit (20 pts., one time only)
star Existing Committees Only: Expand your wellness committee or workgroup to include other departments within the same building/floor/wing/suite (20 pts., one time only)
star Hold at least 10 committee meetings in 12 months (10 pts. per year)
star Attend Wellness Champion meetings and webinars (5 pts. per meeting)
star Hold regular committee/workgroup meetings to create, plan, progress and update your wellness goals. Committees are encouraged to meet monthly and must meet at least six times a year to be considered active. (5 pts. per meeting)

Tools

star Committee/Workgroup Member Invitation Email Template
star Committee Member Supervisor Request Email Template
star Wellness Committee/Workgroup Member Approval Form
star Wellness Committee Roster
star Wellness Committee Guide

Understanding your workplace health, wellness and safety needs will support your committee’s efforts, conversations with leadership, and provide you with a means to measure your success.

Earn Points

star Complete the CDC ScoreCard worksite assessment (10 pts. per year)
star Distribute/Promote the employee interest survey with employees (5 pts. per year)
star Achieve 30% or more participation in the employee interest survey (5 pts. per year)
star Review worksite policies related to work/life and wellness (5 pts. per year)


Tools

star CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (Access limited to Wellness Champions)
star Employee Interest Survey

Having a clear plan on where you want to go and what you want to accomplish will help you overcome potential barriers and be more successful at reaching your goals.

Earn Points

star Develop an annual plan with SMART goals to address 2-3 health focus areas (20 pts. per year)
star Talk with leadership about what a successful program would look like for your worksite and create metrics to track success over time (5 pts., one time)
star Have your annual plan reviewed and signed by leadership (5 pts. per year)

You’ve done the work, now it’s time to implement your program(s). Be sure to keep your workforce informed and strive to make the healthy choices, the easy choices.

Earn Points

star Hold a wellness campaign or challenge to promote healthy habits (20 pts. per campaign or challenge)
star Establish a new worksite wellness policy (See “Advance Points”)
star Implement a wellness activity that occurs on a regular basis, weekly/monthly (See “Advance Points”)
star Include information about your wellness committee/workgroup and activities on your school/division webpage (5 pts. per year)
star Organize a team to participate in a health event at UNC or locally in the community (5 pts. per event)
star Update existing policy(ies) related to work/life and wellness 5 pts. per policy)
star Host a Total WellBeing or GuidanceResources® session (5 pts. per year as available)


Advanced Points using the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard

star Implement a new 3-point strategy (30 pts. per strategy)
star Implement a new 2-point strategy (20 pts. per strategy)
star Implement a new 1-point strategy (10 pts. per strategy)

Tools

star 2019 GuidanceResources® session

Share your accomplishments to earn prizes and gain recognition! Reporting is easy, we’ll send you a link to answer questions at the end of each semester. This is your chance to tell us more about your program and earn prizes to support your future wellness activities.

Earn Points

star Share worksite assessment and/or employee interest survey results with leadership (5 pts. per meeting—annually)
star Conduct a program evaluation to collect feedback from participants (5 pts. per program)
star Provide leadership with semester updates on wellness activities and progress towards goals (5 pts. per semester)
star Deliver a wellness update at an all-staff meeting (5 pts. per meeting)

The Wellness Champions program should be exciting and fun! Please share your experiences with the team so that we may highlight your efforts in Total WellBeing communications and WorkWell e-newsletter.

Earn Points

star Submit a success story to totalwellbeing@unc.edu (5 pts. per event/activity)
star Submit a photo from a wellness event to totalwellbeing@unc.edu (5 pts. per event/activity)
star Picture of Dean/Vice Chancellor participating in a wellness program or organized wellness event or activity (5 pts. per event/activity)

 

Questions

Contact your Total WellBeing Team at totalwellbeing@unc.edu.