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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.

See what we have to offer:

people participating in a cooking class

Hokie Wellness accepts a limited number of requests for private group cooking classes each semester. Cooking classes offer a hands-on experiential learning format in which participants take part in preparing recipes alongside other group members. Participants will improve their cooking skills, learn new techniques, and have the opportunity to sample a variety of new recipes.

Employees who are interested in organizing a private cooking class for their group may contact Hokie Wellness for more information. The classes are first come, first serve. Based on kitchen space and capacity, groups must have a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 12. Cost of class is $10 per participant and includes a meal and a recipe booklet.

To inquire about cooking classes, please contact Hokie Wellness at hokiewellness@vt.edu

hokie wellness financial wellness series

Financial wellness is having an understanding of 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 and Alex White, faculty from the Department of Dairy Science, Hokie Wellness has been able to offer a variety of topics, including:

Hokie Wellness wants to help employees live well. Participants can use the checklist to keep track of their Hokies Live Well activities. Participants are encouraged to keep track of all activities throughout the semester. (See below for a sample of activities)

Participants who complete 18 different activities, a minimum of three from each category, will receive a free Hokies Live Well gift. Participants may fill in their own activities on the blanks provided under each dimension of wellness. The gift may be picked up at the Hokie Wellness table at Staff Appreciation Day. Gifts will be mailed to extended campus participants.

Hokies Live Well Components

Purpose

  • Create a vision board.
  • Read a personal development book.

Community

  • Help clean your neighborhood for one hour.
  • Bring dinner to a neighbor or community member in need.

Physical

  • Schedule a routine skin check with a dermatologist.
  • Schedule an eye exam.

Social

  • Organize a potluck meal for your department.
  • Attend a networking event in your community or at work.

Financial

  • Borrow a book from the library instead of buying it.
  • Limit lunch outings to once a week for two weeks.

Emotional

  • Take a yoga or meditation class.
  • Look up information about the Virginia Tech Employee Assistance Program.

To Participate:

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.
hokie wellness parenting series

In today’s world, many challenges face parents. Hokie Wellness launched its Parenting Series as a way to help parents navigate some of today’s most difficult parenting topics.

Among the topics presented are:

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.

Hokies are encouraged to take a break for a 30-minute walk every Wednesday. Download the Walking Wednesday card and mark each Wednesday that you walk. Participants who walk more than half of the Wednesdays this semester will be entered into a drawing for a Hokie Wellness Prize Pack at the end of the semester. Scan or take a picture of the completed card at the end of the semester and send to hokiewellness@vt.edu no later than one week after the end of the program.

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WALKING WEDNESDAY SUMMER 2021.pdf

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.