Wellness / 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:
- 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)
It’s So Easy! Joining WOW is just a click away by completing the online registration form. 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 for more information.
SPRING 2017 WOW! Sessions Begin January 23, 2017
The offerings listed below are available to all employees who join WOW! for a per semester registration fee of $30. Anyone who has NEVER participated in WOW! group fitness can do so free of charge during the first two weeks of classes to get a feel for the classes. If you choose not to continue, do nothing, if you choose to continue submit the semester registration by February 6, 2017. Returning participants can submit their registration for spring semester at any time but by no later than February 6, 2017. All participants new or returning must have a registration/liability waiver on file in order to participate. Registration payments should be submitted to Pat Clements, 207 Johnson Hall. Cash or Check made out to Meredith College with “Spring WOW!” in memo.
Mondays starting January 23
Cardio Dance, 5:15-6:16 p.m., - Erica Roelofs, Instructor – Movement Lab
Cardio Dance is a high energy dance fitness class that incorporates cardio moves and choreography to a variety of music such as pop, hip hop, and modern alternative music. All levels of fitness are welcome as dance moves can be modified to be easier or harder and dance moves will be taught throughout the class.
Tuesdays starting January 24
Core, Stretch, Flex, 12:00-1:00 p.m., – Amanda Dismukes ‘01, Instructor – Kresge Auditorium
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 or running routine.
Flow Yoga, 5:15-6:16 p.m., - Holly Fischer, Instructor – Movement Lab
Dianne Raubenheimer will instruct this class through Spring Break while Holly recuperates from shoulder surgery.
Flow Yoga is a practice that links breath with movement and is appropriate to participants of all levels who are looking for a vigorous and challenging class for both the mind and body. The format of the class will be consistent in structure, so that participants will be able to see marked improvement and increased confidence with regular attendance.
Wednesdays starting January 25
Boot Camp, 12:00-1:00 p.m., - Alison Katschkowsky, Instructor – Kresge Auditorium
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.
Mindfulness Meditation, 12:00-1:00 p.m., - Marge Terhaar-Yonkers, Instructor – Chapel Common Room***
Using a variety of techniques, you will be trained in mindfulness, being aware of the present moment in your own body and mind. Techniques include meditation, yoga, body scan, and mindfulness in daily movements (eating, walking, etc.). Class sessions will be based on weekly readings from the book, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn. (Any edition of this book is fine. Although suggested, purchase of the book is not necessary to participate) “It is meant to be a practical guide for anyone, well or ill, who seeks to transcend his or her limitations and move toward greater levels of health and well-being” (Kabat-Zinn, 2005, p.1). This program, established by the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center promotes healing, increases energy level, reduces pain, increases our appreciation of life, and develops our capacity to work with whatever comes our way. A psycho-educational approach, it does not align itself with any religion or belief system. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a large towel or yoga mat to class.
***This will be a 10 week class with two weeks off in March so please keep an eye on the calendar for dates class is held.
Thursdays starting January 26
Barre, 5:15-6:15 p.m., - Brittany Ridgeway ‘16, Instructor – Movement Lab
A Barre workout targets many different muscle groups all within an hour class. Arm work to tone many different muscles in the arms, thigh work to tone the quads and hamstrings, seat work to tone your "back side", core work to tone the abdominal muscles, and other smaller exercises to quickly tone other parts of the body. All of this combined with stretching out the muscles worked, makes for a great total body workout. This class is for ALL fitness levels with modifications to easily accommodate anyone’s ability.
Fridays starting January 27
All Levels Yoga, 12:15-1:15 p.m., - Dianne Raubenheimer, Instructor – Chapel Common Room
All Levels Yoga class will focus on building skillful body alignment principles within a full range 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. Suitable for those new to yoga or those wishing to advance their practice. Classes begin and end with mindful centering and integration. Therapeutic movements designed to increase range of motion, build strength and flexibility, and reduce stress.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on scheduling an appointment and insurance co-pays.
Contact Information:Mary Johnson
110 Carroll Hall
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