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Healthy Choices

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
March 5, 2008

Two popular programs from the USNH Wellness Office are returning this spring in an effort to help employees be proactive about their health.

ELF (Embrace Life Fully) aims to give employees the information they need to maintain good health. Nancy Puglisi, director of Organizational Wellness, launched the program 26 years ago.

The spring initiatives include Step the System, a walking program designed to encourage participants to walk their way to better health, and Lifeline Screenings, a series of tests aimed at detecting one’s risk of a stroke, aneurysms, and heart disease.

Step The System starts April 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Rather than measuring miles, the free program counts steps. Running, jogging and step machines don’t count. Treadmills are okay as long as you walk rather than run.

The goal is 40,000 steps a week. Individuals who reach that target for the full 8 months will be entered into a drawing for a $250 dollar gift card to Barnes and Noble/Borders, Home Depot/Lowes or L.L. Bean.

Questions? Go to http://www.usnh.edu/hr/pdf/2008-StepTheSystem_announcement.pdf

Lifeline Screenings, utilizing three separate ultrasounds to examine major areas of the body, will be conducted April 2 in the MUB, room 330-332.

These preventive measures could alert someone to possible risk factors and lead to lifestyle modifications that could improve quality of life and help avoid a serious medical emergency in the future.

Employees pay $50 of the $109 fee; the balance is paid by ELF. Spouses and partners can also be screened.

The tests are quick and painless. Screening areas are private, as are the results which are given directly to the individual and are not shared with HR or the system office.

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