So many of you have been asking, so we are listening.  As the weather gets warmer and spring fever is setting in, the perfect time is now.  Join us for a “barrier-free” eight-week health and wellness program for employees/staff at the College of Staten Island. It is “barrier-free” as it is free to all employees/staff.

From an ergonomic viewpoint, research shows that employees/staff who are healthier (i.e, understand better food choices and engage in physical activity) are found to be happier and more productive.  It is a “WIN-WIN” for everyone. This program is sponsored/administered by the School of Health Sciences with coordination and assistance of the CSI Association, Sports and Recreation, and the Office of Human Resources.

The proposed kick-off event will be a breakfast event on Friday, Apr. 15 in the Campus Center (Building 1C) at 8:30am where the Program will be explained and optional baseline measurements can be taken. Of course, a healthy breakfast will be provided. Prior to the kick-off event, email blasts and other forms of announcements will occur with an RSVP requested to motivate the attendance at the kick-off event. For those individuals opting to have their baseline measurements taken, a report card will be available where their results are recorded (BP, weight, BMI, flexibility, etc.).  These measurements will be taken by Nursing and Physical Therapy students from the School of Health Sciences.

The eight-week initiative will begin the week of Friday, Apr. 15. People can join at any point in the eight-week cycle, as the goal is to engage as many CSI employees/staff as possible. During the eight weeks, a calendar will be in place with weekly events consisting of:

(1)    Educational sessions (once a week either at 8:30am, or noon, TBA)

(2)    Physical activity classes

(a)    All can attend any classes offered in the Sports and Recreation Center  for free (during this time period, you do not need to be a member.)

(b)   Special classes will be held two times a week – Mondays and Thursdays at 12:15pm at the track)

(3)    Walking sessions (will be held two times a week – Mondays and Thursdays at the track)

The eight weeks end on Friday, June 10 with a Grand Finale breakfast. Here, optional final measurements can be obtained, and well wishes will be given to all who attend for a wonderful, healthy upcoming summer.