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Hokie Wellness Heath and Benefits Fair for employees

Hokie Wellness acknowledges that healthy living is way more than just your physical body. We are here to create new and unique ways of reaching out to our employees. From our cooking classes to Koru Mindfulness, we strive to educate all areas of wellness and provide each employee with resources they need to achieve healthy living.

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Financial wellness is understanding your financial situation and taking care of it in such a way that leads to preparation for financial changes. Maintaining that balance consists of being comfortable with where your money comes from and where it is going.

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.

Hokie Wellness invites the Virginia Tech community to celebrate National Walking Day, on the first Wednesday in April. It is a day to challenge all Hokies to take a step to a healthier lifestyle. Being physically active is important for maintaining overall health.

The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week for adults and 60 minutes per day for children and adolescents. Many individuals do not meet these standards, putting them at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, and other blood vessel diseases, but there is opportunity for change.

On National Walking Day, join millions of Americans as they pledge to live a healthier lifestyle and get physically active.
To take part in the celebration:

  • Take a 30-minute walk around campus on National Walking Day.
  • Show your support and wear sneakers on National Walking Day.
  • Start a habit of walking daily at school, work, or home.

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.

Fall Walking Wednesdays will kick-off Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 12-1 p.m. in front of War Memorial Hall. Be sure to download your card, come by to get it stamped, pick up a cooling towel and enjoy some water and snacks. Remember to walk for 30-minutes each Wednesday and those who walk at least 75 percent of the Wednesdays in this time frame will be entered into a drawing for Beats earbuds. A member of the Hokie Wellness team will be at War Memorial each Wednesday to stamp your card. For our extended campuses and extension participants, please designate someone to be the ‘stamper’ for the semester. If working remotely, use the honor system and mark off the Wednesdays you walk. Reminder: the winner of the earbuds will be taxed for the value of the prize.

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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 With Hokie Wellness

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 might help them access needed resources for recovery. Come learn more about opioids, addiction, and how to respond in an emergency.

Mental Health First Aid

Learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The 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.