Share Your Thoughts with the Wellness Committee

| May 13, 2011

Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of — and make choices toward — a more successful existence.

The newly formed Webster Wellness Committee, with representation from Webster students, faculty and staff, has been hard at work over the past two months outlining its purpose and goals, gathering information, developing plans and more. The committee was established in response to the Webster Staff Alliance request and the administration’s commitment to educate, motivate, empower and stimulate members of the University community to embrace a holistic wellness philosophy as a further investment in our most treasured resource — our people. The components of holistic wellness are illustrated in the wheel graphic accompanying this article.

“I’m inspired to be part of an initiative that encourages positive lifestyle changes and choices for our overall health and well-being,” says Wellness Committee chair, Cheryl Fritz, manager of benefits and compensation, Human Resources. “Everyone I talk to at Webster is excited about getting involved and learning more about the meaning and the impact of wellness for themselves and our community. The Wellness Committee is fully committed to this journey to create a culture of wellness at Webster which will make a difference in all our lives.”

Communication and involvement will be central and critical to a successful wellness initiative. In the upcoming months the committee will be conducting needs and engagement assessments. Your responses will drive University wellness programming and initiatives. We know that many of you have already found success in some areas of wellness and have seen great examples of successful wellness initiatives.

We welcome these ideas and suggestions, and, if you would like to share your thoughts prior to the assessments, please email or call a member of the committee:

Cheryl Fritz, manager, Benefits & Compensation
(314) 246-7055,

Heather Arora, Special Events coordinator
(314) 968-5986,

Jennifer Broeder, assoc. professor and chair, Nursing Dept.
(314) 968-7488,

Ann Brophy, director, Student Health Services
(314) 246-7422,

Ryan Elliott, director, Advancement Services
(314) 968-5963,

Selma Kostic, student: (314) 631-3441,

Troy Luh, assoc. professor, Business
(314) 246-7943,

Sara Saba, student
(314) 685-5210,

Betsy Schmutz, associate VP & chief human resources officer
(314) 968-6960,

Gladys Smith, assistant director, Counseling & Life Development
(314) 968-7030,

Karl Sterner, Rocky Mountain regional director
(303) 708-8305,

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  1. Angie Birdwell says:

    I’m extremely active and have been for most of my life.  How might I get involved with this committee? I’d love to teach and motivate others to live healthier lives.  People don’t realize that poor diet and lack of exercise kills people everyday, not to mention contributes significantly to rising healthcare costs. 

  2. Sarah Nandor says:

    What a wonderful idea! Can’t wait for the implimentation of this committee.