WOW! (Employee Wellness)

 

Working on Wellness (WOW!) at Work is Meredith’s faculty/staff wellness program. The program is open to all Meredith employees.

WOW! offers exercise and educational programming to increase personal awareness regarding each employee’s health and wellness; current health risk status, opportunities for risk reduction, programming for improvements, and coaching for the implementation of positive lifestyle change.

We do this by offering each employee the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs. Some programs take place on campus, and some are individual and self-directed. All programs are designed to recognize and support healthy lifestyle habits and by being a member of WOW!, your efforts are noticed.

Did you know that each year when Meredith representatives evaluate our health-insurance provider, all employees benefit by being in shape, or on the right track to fitness? It is true. It is more cost-effective for insurance providers to cover healthy individuals, so we all benefit.

WOW! membership benefits include:

  • Annual fitness assessment
  • Annual exercise recommendations
  • Wellness coaching
  • On-campus group exercise classes
  • Wellness release time 
  • Access to all educational and incentive-based programming offered through or supported by WOW! (details of specific programs located below under programming)


Registration

It’s So Easy! Joining WOW is just a click away. Complete our online registration form or complete this PDF form and send by interoffice mail to Pat Clements, 111 Johnson Hall. That’s it! Once you are a member, you will have unlimited access to all our programs, prizes, and incentives.  Contact Pat Clements at 919-760-8556 or Sherri Henderson at 919-760-8535 for more information.

Programming

Group Fitness

Available to all employees who are members of WOW! If you have been sitting on the fence about trying out a class, NOW is the time to jump in the game… WOW! group fitness registration is being offered at a reduced rate of only $20 for the remainder of the fall semester to any faculty and staff who have not yet participated in any of the group fitness classes.  It’s never too late to get started, instructors are welcoming of all new participants in classes and would love to have you join them.  So what are you waiting for?  Submit your online registration and then send your reduced registration payment, cash or check made out to Meredith College with Fall WOW! in the memo, to Pat Clements 111 Johnson Hall.  

Mondays

T’ai Chi, 12 -1 p.m., Weatherspoon Gym (Kresge Auditorium may be utilized as needed throughout semester) – Honey Music
The gentle meditative and interesting movements of Tai Chi are fun to learn and practice. The workout is low- impact and physically rewarding as well as calming for the mind. There are many health benefits of this Chinese art - for example: the deep breathing during the movement lowers the heart rate and strengthens the immune system. Tai Chi is often referred to as "Moving Meditation" because of the way it reduces many types of stress, physical, mental and emotional. Meditative focus with movement allows the mind and body to work together to achieve balance and results in a great feeling of well-being.  This quiet movement encourages reflection and mindfulness of the good things in life. Loose clothing and sport shoes or flats recommended. 

Zumba, 5:15-6:15pm, Movement Lab – Ellen Williams
Ditch the regular workout and come have fun! Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance workout that requires no previous dance experience, just a willingness to move and sweat. Learn salsa, cumbia, merengue, and reggaeton, the four basic steps of Zumba, in different combinations. There's also a lot of music from the past, plus a few push-ups for good luck! Hope to see you there!

Tuesdays

All Levels Yoga, 12 -1 p.m., Movement Lab – Dianne Raubenheimer
All levels yoga focuses on body alignment principles through a full variety of asana (poses), woven together with the flow of breath. Classes cater to all levels of ability, with gentler modifications suggested as needed, more advanced poses added as appropriate, while providing opportunities for all to explore their boundaries. Classes begin and end with mindful centering and integration.

Interval Circuit Class, 12:30 -1:30 p.m., Fitness Center – Ashley Flynn
This class is all about improving cardiovascular fitness and maximizing caloric expenditure by combining cardio and strength. Experience how it feels to work at higher intensity levels for short intervals followed by intervals of recovery. With short bursts of cardio (jumping jacks, burpees, jump squats, jogging in place) combined with strength training exercises that leave you sweating and energized. All levels welcome—class size limited to 10.

Wednesdays

Boot Camp, 12-1 p.m., Weatherspoon Gym – Alison Katschkowsky
Boot Camp is a total body workout.  Getting the maximum calorie burn, this class will challenge you to your limits.  Using weights, medicine balls, resistance tubing and body weight exercises, you will work your entire body from head to toe.  Within the group though, modifications are made wherever necessary and being fit isn't a requirement.  We will help you achieve your best level of fitness!  Class will meet in the gym, and on occasion, we will go outdoors, or to another location when necessary.

Thursdays

Interval Circuit Class, 12:30 -1:30 p.m., Fitness Center – Ashley Flynn
See class description under Tuesdays.

Gentle Yoga, 5 -6 p.m., Movement Lab – Meghan Griffith
Gentle Yoga is a class structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Gentle Yoga is appropriate for all ages and practice levels who simply prefer to move at a slower pace. Individualized instruction, modifications, and yoga props will be used for safe practice, and to accommodate participants with chronic symptoms such as; muscle or joint pain, stiffness, weakness, fatigue or those recovering from illness/injury. The class includes simple stretching, breathing exercises, restorative poses, as well as therapeutic movements designed to increase range of motion, build strength and flexibility, and reduce stress.

Fridays

Core Stretch and Flex, 12-1 p.m. Movement Lab – Carrie Mack
Getting fit isn't just about endless hours of cardio.  Our muscles need training too! Strengthening your body with weight exercises helps you get toned and likewise core training can help you look great, but it also aids in injury prevention, inner organ and central nervous system protection and posture correction. Core exercises can also diminish back pain, boost athletic performance and much more. This class is an ideal complement to any regular cardio walking our running routine.

Massage

Massage is now being offered on campus. Carving out a little time for relaxation has never been easier or more affordable. Swedish, sport, deep tissue, and reflexology massage. Clients are fully draped during services only exposing the area of the body receiving treatment. Clients do have the option of remaining fully clothed. All services will be conducted at Carroll Health Center in a private setting.

Appointments are made directly with our licensed massage therapist, Rachel Wilde, at (919) 610-5633. Indicate that you are a member of WOW! Fee: $50.00/50 min. Appointments are available on most Wednesday afternoons 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30. Call to schedule your appointment today!

Nutrition Counseling

Katie Ort, RD, LDN, nutritionist with Healthy Diets, Inc., is available to provide one on one nutrition counseling sessions to help you with your diet/nutrition needs and goals. Sessions are covered, on a limited basis, through CIGNA Health Plans.

Contact Katie Ort directly by phone (919) 870-1001 selecting option 3 for the dedicated Meredith wellness line, or via email meredithnutrition@healthydietsinc.com for more information on scheduling an appointment and insurance co-pays.

Pool and Fitness Hours

Contact Information:

111 Johnson Hall
Phone: (919) 760-8350
wellness@meredith.edu


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