Tobacco-Free, Smoke-Free Campus Initiative

Webster University students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors deserve the healthiest possible place to live, work and learn. While we respect the rights of those who use tobacco and other nicotine products and smoking devices, research continues to show that the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, and other tobacco products, as well as exposure to secondhand smoke, leads to disease and premature death for smokers and non-smokers alike. In addition, cigarette litter and smoke are toxic to our environment.

Because it is important to protect our community from these serious health risks and adverse environmental effects, the University’s Webster Groves, Missouri, campus will be designated as a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus effective Aug. 15, 2018, joining the many universities across the United States and in Missouri that are preparing to or have already set this policy.

Background

In September of 2015, the Student Government Association (SGA) presented a referendum proposal to the President and Provost to ban smoking on campus. It was suggested at that time that the SGA reach out to other affected groups on campus to form a task force. Accordingly, in August of 2016, the SGA met with members from the Wellness Committee, Faculty Senate and Webster Staff Alliance to discuss the proposal. During this time, a survey was conducted of all students, faculty and staff, which overwhelmingly supported Webster becoming a smoke-free campus. After several meetings, a new policy was presented with a 2018 implementation date recommended.  The Administrative Council accepted the proposal with minor changes to the policy and an implementation for 2018.

 

Implementation

The Tobacco-Free and Smoke-Free initiative prohibits the use of tobacco (cigars, cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes), other smoking devices such as vapor and electronic cigarettes, and oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff) and nasal tobacco in any area of the campus. This includes all indoor and outdoor areas that are owned and leased by the University, including all buildings and facilities, outdoor areas, parking lots and vehicles on campus.

This initiative applies to all full-time and part-time students, faculty and staff at the Webster Groves campus, to all third party contractors working on the campus and to all guests and visitors to the Webster Groves campus. All events hosted by the University as well as those hosted by outside groups on the University’s campus shall be tobacco-free. The policy does not obligate anyone to give up tobacco products, but merely to refrain from smoking and using tobacco products on campus and other University owned or leased property.

To help with this transition, all ash urns will be removed throughout campus. Signage will be added throughout campus prior to Aug. 15 that indicates Webster University is a tobacco-free campus.

The success of this policy is dependent on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of both tobacco users/smokers and non-tobacco users/non-smokers to comply with the policy. All students, employees and visitors to campus are asked to be mindful and courteous of our residential and business neighbors surrounding University properties in adhering to this policy. The Department of Public Safety, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Human Resources and all members of University leadership are charged with primary enforcement of this policy.

Repetitive offenders of this policy are subject to disciplinary policies and procedures as described in the handbook for their primary constituency with the University. Others may be invited to leave the University premises.

Resources & Support

While change is not always easy, this policy change reinforces our commitment to preserving and improving the health and comfort of our students, faculty, staff and guests. The commitment to a tobacco-free campus is a responsibility we all share together. For those who are tobacco users, the University recognizes the support that students, faculty and staff need in pursuing a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus. Available resources are listed on our website at webster.edu/wellness under “Resources – Tobacco and Smoke-Free Resources.”

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Webster Wellness Earns UHC “Well-Deserved” Award for 2017

Webster University has been selected as one of 10 national recipients of the UnitedHealthcare Well Deserved Award, a program that recognizes organizations that demonstrate a commitment to worksite wellness.

Winners of the Well Deserved Award show the highest level of commitment to worksite wellness while leveraging wellness programs, tools and resources from UnitedHealthcare.

“Well Deserved award winners successfully established a culture of well-being by implementing worksite wellness programs to help lower costs and improve employee health and engagement,” said Ann Marie O’Brien, RN, UnitedHealthcare’s national director of health strategies. “An increasing number of companies recognize that valued well-being programs help employee health, satisfaction and productivity, and differentiate themselves as employers from other organizations.”

Criteria for the Well Deserved Award was based upon:

  • Senior level support and involvement
  • Dedicated wellness coordinator and committee
  • Identification of employee health needs
  • Collaboration with health insurance carrier
  • Innovative program design and incentives
  • Strategic wellness plan
  • Measurement and evaluation

Ten award recipients were selected by a panel of health promotion experts assembled by UnitedHealthcare. Each will receive a trophy, a $1,000 cash award, and will be promoted in local media opportunities and highlighted in UnitedHealthcare employer and broker newsletters and publications.

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Destination: WELLNESS 2018 Results

We received a great response for registration of Destination: WELLNESS 2018!

35 participants took the challenge to Improve Your Move and competed against each other by having numerous sessions of healthy exercises including Walking, Running, Biking or other types.   556 total sessions were completed, at an average 15 sessions per person or nearly 4 sessions per week.   Participants recorded a total of 26,647 minutes during their sessions, which is an average of 740 minutes per person or 185 minutes per person each week — this exceeded expectations!  We also enjoyed an event each week — thank you to President Beth Stroble for being our WELLNESS Champion for 2018 and leading a successful Champion walk.

Thank you everyone for your participation and hard work, you are all welcome to visit our HR office to receive your WELLNESS bling. Keep moving and improving!

Congratulations to the following participants!

  • Top 3 individuals with the most number of sessions were,

1) Erica Ellard, ARC – 54 sessions

2) Sarah Nandor, Graduate Admissions – 39 sessions

3) Heather Arora, Special Events – 38 sessions

  • Top 3 individuals to stand out in TRY-Athlon were,

1) Maggie Dankert, International Admissions – 53:06

2) Kate Pitman, Online Learning Center – 64:25.27

3) Karen Wakeland, Online Learning Center – 73:09.28

  • Top team to stand out in TRY-Athlon was,

The Ol’ College Try – 52:45

Members: Sarah Nandor, Graduate Admissions; Jennifer McQuay, Admissions; Craig Skinner, Academic Advising

  • Raffle winners:

Kathryn Luster – Weight dumbbells

Heather Arora – Exercise ball

Teara Lander – $15 Amazon gift selection

Vicki Coopmans – $15 Amazon gift selection

Jennifer Andonoff – $25 Visa card

Erica Ellard – $30 Amazon gift selection

Kelsey Bourne – $50 Amazon gift selection

 

 

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Destination: WELLNESS 2018

Destination: WELLNESS — Many paths for the same destination!

Open to ALL students, faculty & staff at all domestic campuses

March 28 – April 24

Register online through April 6 at http://bit.ly/DestWell

Plan to attend the Kick-Off and Registration  Wednesday, March 28 Noon CST Sunnen Lounge or via WebEx

 Path 1 – Improve Your Move – Mar 28 – Apr 24   

Commit to active movement 3 times a week for 30 minutes or more.  Walk, run, cross-fit – it’s your choice!  Track your time and exercise and submit it weekly for extra chances to win a grand prize. The top three contenders who log the most sessions will be recognized at the Year End Wellness Celebration.

Path 2 – 2nd Annual Indoor TRY-athlon – Apr 16-22  

Participate as an individual or as part of a team, as you/your team run 2 miles, bike 10 miles and swim 400 yards between April 16 and 22.  Activities can be completed all in the same day or anytime throughout that week, at any indoor location, from your neighborhood gym to the University Fitness Center. Final totals need to be confirmed at the Fitness Center or via a picture submission showing your totals.  The top three in each division will be recognized at our Year End Wellness Celebration.

Path 3 – Weekly Pit Stops – @ Noon, Apr 4, 11 & 18

  • Yoga – Led by Viva the Yoga students, April 4, EAB 137 and via WebEx
  • Wellness Champion Walk – Led by President Beth Stroble, April 11 starting outside the Library and on Facebook LIVE
  • Wellness Scavenger Hunt – follow clues and explore wellness, April 18 starting outside the Library

All participants receive Wellness “bling” plus a chance at weekly and grand prizes.

Look for regular emails to keep you motivated and report the progress you are making on your journey to increase your chances for winning!

Join us for our Year End Wellness Celebration –  Thursday, April 26 @ Noon CST Sunnen Lounge or via WebEx

Register online through April 6 at http://bit.ly/DestWell

Questions? Contact: wellness@webster.edu

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2nd DietBet Kickstarter

Our first Kickstarter Weight Loss Challenge with Dietbet concluded mid-February with some great results. There were 36 players accomplishing a weight loss of 231.6 pounds. There were 18 participants who lost 4% of their body weight and received a payout of $33!

  • Webster Wellness is teaming up with Webster Staff Alliance to offer another Webster Kickstarter!
  • The 2nd Dietbet challenge will start on Monday, March 5 and conclude Sunday, April 1.
  • The same rules apply – “players” invest $20 and if you lose 4% or more of your weight, you get a pay out at or above your initial investment, depending on the success of everyone participating.
  • If interested, sign up at http://tiny.cc/websterdietbetmarch and WSA will send an invitation to join the private Dietbet challenge inviting you to “play” for a $20
  • Players have to submit their weigh-in and weigh-out pictures and weight within 48 hours of the start/end of the game in order to be eligible to win.
  • The game is monitored by official referees from Dietbet and your information is kept confidential.
  • There’s a seven day withdrawal from the start of the game for a full refund.
  • The challenge is NOT eligible for reimbursement through the Wellness Reimbursement program.
  • For more details on the game, visit https://www.dietbet.com/kickstarter/rules.
  • For other questions, contact wellness@webster.edu

Let the game begin!

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Go RED Results

On behalf of the Webster Wellness Committee, we are pleased to announce that we received 66 donations from members of the Webster University community to make up a grand total of $495 raised for the American Heart Association Go Red for Women. Thank you for your generosity!

All donations support the American Heart Association in their efforts to help women by offering educational programs, advancing women’s understanding about their risk for heart disease and providing tools and motivation to help women reduce their risk to protect their health.

Special congratulations to our prize winner:

· Emily Scharf (Head of Reference Services Library)—$20 Gift card from Macy and a Webster Wellness infuser bottle

Please visit the following links for resources on how to be more heart healthy:

Way to GO WEBSTER!

If you have any questions, contact us at wellness@webster.edu

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GO RED

Webster Wellness invites you to participate in the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day campaign, Go Red for Women.

This year’s goal is to raise $1,000 and increase awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. By wearing red and making a donation of any amount, you can be part of raising awareness of what the American Heart Association (AHA) calls “the silent killer.”

Wear Jeans with a $5 Donation on Feb. 2
Friday, Feb. 2, is your chance to join your Webster colleagues and people from all over the country in fighting heart disease in women. Make a donation of $5 and wear jeans with your red!

For donations of $10 or more, you will be entered into a drawing to receive a wellness prize.

Donations can be made online at our National Wear Red Day Fundraising Page on or before Friday, Feb 2nd that will go directly to the American Heart Association and will count towards Webster’s fundraising goal. Or, if you want to make your donation in cash or check, drop your donation off at the Human Resource Office, Loretto Hall ground floor.

NEW THIS YEAR!
Healthy + Fit + You = Now
Join the #GoRedGetFit Facebook group and begin a healthy lifestyle journey that positively impacts the way you look and feel, inside and out! #GoRedGetFit is a quarterly health and fitness challenge that combines nationally known and influential celebrity fitness trainers with the power, influence, and encouragement of real women like YOU!

On behalf of Webster Wellness, thanks for your support! If you have any questions, contact wellness@webster.edu.

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Tobacco Cessation Movement

ATTENTION FACULTY AND STAFF WHO ARE MEMBERS OF UNITEDHEALTHCARE(UHC):

Tobacco is one of the leading causes of death all around the world. In US every year at least 480,000 number of people pass away due to their own smoking or due to secondhand smoking. We are aware of the fact that it is not only harmful for us, but it also effects the environment and surroundings. Lets take a step together to start a “Quit now” movement to put an end to tobacco from our lives and protect our loved ones and their future by preserving the nature.

UnitedHealthCare proudly presents a programs to quit tobacco now. All it needs is our determination and our acceptance to say “no”. We are going to have services like live coach, quit-tobacco medication, quitting guide, text reminders and a platform where all of us can get together and share our ideas and progress through an online portal.

Salient features are as follows;

SUPPORT FROM A QUIT COACH®

Talk with your coach by phone as little or as much as you want. Your coach know what you’re going through and is here to:

  • Help you create a realistic quit plan
  • Offer quit tips that really work
  • Help you take advantage of free* quit aids
  • Discuss ways to overcome cravings and break through obstacles
  • Provide advice and motivation if things get tough

QUIT-TOBACCO MEDICATIONS

Worried about fighting off cravings? We’ll help you decide if prescription or
over-the-counter medications might be right for you. Plus, we’ll check to see if you
qualify for complementary* nicotine-replacement therapy like patches or gum.

QUIT GUIDE

This comprehensive booklet breaks down the five steps to quitting. Learn how to choose and prepare for your quit day, deal with cravings, select the appropriate quit medicine, control your environment and get social support.

TEXTS

Get timely tips, reminders and motivation from Text2Quit SM to help you control cravings and stay on track.

MEMBERS-ONLY WEBSITE

Get exclusive online access to track your progress and connect with others trying to quit.

Take first step towards your tobacco-free life today.

Call: 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE

OR

Visit: www.quitnow.net

 

 

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Kickstart Your New Year with Webster Wellness

The Webster Wellness Committee is already looking forward to 2018. Here’s a sneak peak:

Kickstarter Weight Loss Challenge – January 17 – February 13.

We will host a private weight loss challenge using “DietBet”, which is an online weight-loss game with financial accountability and concrete goals. DietBet has been incredibly successful, with 93.65% of 570,303 players losing weight during their challenges – for a total loss of 8,179,159 pounds!

Here’s some details for our upcoming challenge:

  • Webster Wellness will host a private online community for just Webster participants through DietBet (https://www.dietbet.com)
  • Register @ (https://webster.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0SxSgOycgrw1LCt)
  • Players will buy-in for $20
  • Players “win” by losing 4% of their weight in 4 weeks (28 days). Those who win will be paid back your buy-in fee plus more, depending on how many others reach their goal
  • Players can use the online forum as a place to check-in with your fellow players, get tips, and share your own advice
  • Official weigh-in and weigh-out is done through two pictures submitted online within a 48-hour window at the start and at the end of the game (weight and pictures will be confidential unless user wants to share them with the community)
  • The game is monitored by DietBet Referees, who are the only ones with access to a player’s weight and pictures, although players may choose to share their weight with the community
  • Players can also join risk-free, with the option to withdraw during the first 7 days of the game for a full refund
  • Note that this challenge is NOT eligible for reimbursement through the Wellness Reimbursement Program
  • Kickstarter Rules: https://www.dietbet.com/kickstarter/rules

We will host an Information Session on Wednesday, January 10th from Noon-1p in Sunnen Lounge.  Come learn more about Webster’s Kickstarter Weight Loss Challenge! or Join us for the online session @ https://websteru.webex.com, Meeting number: 926-976-428 & Password: Wellness

Destination Wellness – March 28 – April 27

We will have two fitness initiatives in the spring to get you in motion!

  1. IMPROVE your MOVE: We will challenge our Webster community to work-out 3 times weekly for 30 minutes (or MORE).  This is good for those who want to start up their walking schedule again or want to kick it into a higher gear with other types of workouts.  Anything that gets your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes consecutively qualifies.
  2. 2nd Annual Indoor TRY-athlon: We will once again host the indoor TRY-athlon at the Webster University Fitness Center where teams or individuals will have a one week period in late April to run 2 miles, bike 10 miles and swim 400 yards.

More details on both of these fun fitness programs will be available in early March.

This can be a challenging time of year to stick with your wellness goals. We hope this sneak peak helped you know you’ve got some opportunities to look forward to in 2018!  Have a wonderful winter holiday break and BE WELL!

— Your Webster Wellness Committee

Questions? Contact: wellness@webster.edu

For upcoming events & info, join us on Facebook @ Webster University Wellness

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Spotlight on NO-vember Winners

We are pleased to feature participants in this year’s NO-vember effort who have taken the time to share some of their goals and successes here. So, please read their stories and be inspired!

November, for me, was about discipline. I set out to improve upon both my physical and mental health this November. I seem to go through periods of intense focus, when I am drinking enough water, exercising regularly, and making the time to plan and prepare meals, and then (longer) periods when my focus is shot. Of course I sleep, feel, and think much better when I am active and sticking to a plan to make the healthiest choices, but it’s so difficult to restart once I miss a day or two, and then I spend weeks (or months!) upset with myself for not having the time or discipline to start again. In November, I made a conscious effort to get outside when the weather was nice; I set up a treadmill in my bedroom so that I’d see and use it every day; I bookmarked my favorite online workouts at the top of my browser so I’d see and click them often; and I made the time to plan ahead so that I had ingredients on hand and could prepare the healthiest meals.

Also, outside of my job at Webster, I am a working writer, and since finishing an intense MFA program last summer and telling myself I deserved a “short” break, I’d been out of the habit of sitting down at my writing desk every day after putting in full days at Webster. For a creative writer, not-writing for long periods of time becomes sort of a torturous state of existence. So this November I committed to National Novel Writing Month, which is basically a beast of a writing commitment, wherein participants commit to completing the first (usually very sloppy) draft of a 50,000+ word novel. Every few years I’ve signed up to do NaNoWriMo, even though I’ve only ever been able to finish an entire first draft of a 50,000-word novel one of those years. Still, the public commitment to complete such a huge project in a span of 30 days is a great motivator to jump-start my creative habits and restore the discipline it takes to sit down every single day and make the time to write. After all, 2000 words a day aren’t going to write themselves! I did not finish a new draft this November, but I wrote much, much more than I would have had I not committed to the project, and in the process of sitting down to write more often, I began thinking of other new projects I’d like to begin.

— Tanya Seale, Administrative Assistant, Enrollment Management

 

 

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