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Hokie Wellness Heath and Benefits Fair for employees

Hokie Wellness acknowledges that healthy living is more than just caring for your physical body. We strive to provide well-being programs that cater to the whole-person well-being of each employee. From healthy nutrition workshops to mindfulness classes and much more, our goal is to provide each employee with the tools they need to optimize their well-being.

See what we have to offer:

koru mindfulness

Koru Mindfulness

Hokie Wellness offers the Koru Mindfulness program for both students and employees. Koru Mindfulness is an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to all ages.

revive! training opioid overdose & naloxone training

REVIVE! Opioid Overdose Emergency Response Training

Any person, no matter their age, income, or any other demographic, can experience and suffer from addiction. Knowing how to respond and possibly reverse an opioid overdose can save someone’s life and may help them access needed resources for recovery. Register for a REVIVE! workshop to learn more about opioids, addiction, and how to respond in an emergency.

mental health first aid

Mental Health First Aid

Learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Financial wellness refers to understanding your overall financial health and managing it in a way that supports both short-term and long-term financial security. Elements of financial wellness may include being aware of and comfortable with where your money is going, having a financial plan for the future, and feeling confidently on track to achieve that plan.

In partnership with Community Housing Partners, Kevin Sutton, assistant director for financial wellness for Hokie Wellness, Travis Mountain, faculty from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Alex White, faculty from the Department of Dairy Science, Hokie Wellness is able to offer several programs including Buying a Home in a Seller’s Market, Identify Theft, Student Loans and Debt, Nuts and Bolts of Budgeting and more.

For more information about these and other programs, contact Hokie Wellness at hokiewellness@vt.edu.

According to 2017 facts from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 47,173 Americans died by suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34 and the fourth leading cause of death for ages 35-54.

However, it is preventable.

QPR Gatekeeper training takes just 60 minutes and can help save lives. There are three simple steps that can be learned to help save a life from suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. Attendees will learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

There are qualified instructors who are available to offer this training program upon request. For more information, contact Hokie Wellness at hokiewellness@vt.edu.

Hokie Wellness invites employees to participate in the spring Walking Wednesday program beginning Wednesday, January 19th.

Employees are encouraged to walk for 30-minutes each Wednesday throughout the semester, and track their involvement by either downloading the printable tracking card attached here or by documenting their involvement virtually using this form: https://forms.gle/uw88HkXheLPqEc2r5

Each Wednesday from 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm, a member of the Hokie Wellness team will be inside of Cassell Coliseum (at the entrance on Beamer Way) to stamp cards. Participants have the option to walk inside of Cassell if a covered, indoor option is preferred.

Our extended campus participants may either assign a designated stamper, or use the honor system and mark off each Wednesday walked. Employees working remotely or who are those unable to have cards stamped in person may also use the honor system and mark off each Wednesday walked.

Those who walk at least 75 percent of the Wednesdays between January 19th and May 4th will be entered into a drawing for a Yeti Roadie 24 Hard Cooler ($200 value). Please note that the winner will be taxed for the value of the prize.

A big congratulations to our Fall 2021 drawing winner, Mellissa Breen!

To join the Walking Wednesday listserv for updates and announcements, please email hokiewellness@vt.edu.

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