Destination: WELLNESS Registration Available

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

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

Questions? Contact:

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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 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
  • For other questions, contact

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:


If you have any questions, contact us at

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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.

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

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Tobacco Cessation Movement


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;


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


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.


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.


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


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





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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 (
  • Register @ (
  • 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:

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 @, 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:

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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Participants Say ‘Yes’ to Return of NO-vember

NO-vember has come to an end! Each week of this new Webster Wellness initiative, participants received a success tracking survey via email. In the final NO-vember survey, 100% of participants said they were at least somewhat successful in reaching their goals and 30% felt that they were definitely successful. Healthy habits included running a 5K, tracking food intake with an app, delegating duties, putting their cell phone down at a certain time each night, and keeping a gratitude log.

Each week, participants were asked to list their biggest success. A few of the comments are listed below:

  • I lost 2 pounds, I look better, and I feel better!
  • I didn’t eat any Halloween candy!
  • I decreased my mile time.
  • I’ve stayed optimistic during tough times and I’m ahead on my homework.
  • No Starbucks this week!
  • I do Not feel rushed or anxious.
  • I lost weight even during Thanksgiving week.
  • I woke up without my alarm clock.
  • I walked away from a difficult situation.
  • Putting myself first.

Participants were entered in a drawing each time they completed a success tracking survey. Therefore, some participants were entered 4 times!  Webster Wellness purchased a variety of prizes to award the Webster community for their dedication to NO-vember.  Winners were drawn on December 1st!  Congratulations to those who won a prize and Congratulations to EVERYONE who worked towards their wellness!

  • Cheryl Kennedy – Webster University Cold Towel
  • Robyn Kriesel – Webster University Cold Towel
  • Maureen Weil – Webster University Cold Towel
  • Collette Cummings – Farkle Dice Game
  • Carmen Hall – Flavor Infuser Pitcher
  • Dawna Moore – Massage Therapy Roller
  • Tanya Seale – HoMedics SoundSpa

100% of participants think that the Webster Wellness Committee should offer NO-vember again next year. Participants suggested that the committee share more information about what others’ goals are, having a kickoff event, creating teams, making it longer, adding webinars, and getting more frequent reminders. Webster Wellness will take all of this into account and hopes to host an even better NO-vember in 2018!

Watch for an upcoming feature story about some of our NO-vember participants!

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NOW is the Time for NO-vember

Webster Wellness recently launched, NO-vember, an initiative that aims to help students, faculty, and staff be more mindful of their wellness. NO-vember encourages participants to try and say, “no” to bad habits in one or more categories of wellness, such as physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, occupational, and social.

For example, the Webster community could try to say no to certain foods, smoking, stress, or their own more specific goal. Then, they were encouraged to make a specific plan and to track their progress through their own means as well as weekly surveys.

The Webster Wellness Committee is thrilled with participation in the first ever NO-vember! The 70 total participants consisted of 75% staff, 18% faculty, and7% students. Each of the seven categories was selected by participants, but the most common selections were physical (40%), emotional (21%), and spiritual (11%).  More specifically, the Webster community wants to try and say “no” to inactivity, depriving themselves of adequate sleep, unhealthy food, excessive social media use, and stress or anxiety inducing situations.  Some more personalized goals included saying “no” to overspending, depriving self of time for writing, skipping dog walks, and putting off cleaning.

Most participants planned to make their goals a reality by keeping a journal, making themselves accountable, and determining an appropriate reward for their success. Others mentioned that they would find an accountability partner, or adjust their routine.

The main reason for participation in NO-vember was to improve health and wellness. However, many also felt that it would make them feel better and improve their quality of life.

Each week throughout NO-vember, participants received a follow up survey that asked about their progress. Webster Wellness also provided tips and insights.  Each time participants fill out a survey, their name is entered into a prize drawing that will occur at the end of the month!  The most recent survey even asked participants to rank a selection of prizes.  Webster Wellness will use the data to choose the most desired prizes so that students, faculty, and staff can be rewarded for their dedication to NO-vember and to the improvement of their wellness!

Participants were asked to share advice and encouragement with others. Some of the best comments are listed below:

  • “ Try hard, but forgive yourselves for mistakes.”
  • “Take it one day at a time. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”
  • “You can do anything you decide to make priority!”
  • “Just remember, you deserve to live your best life. We only have one.”
  • “It’s always a good idea to try to do better and to be better.”

It’s not too late to join NO-vember! Sign up here and work towards your wellness goals in the remaining half of the month!  You can still earn 2 entries into our prize drawing and you can still become the best version of YOU!

The Webster Wellness committee hopes to make NO-vember an annual event and that it will become bigger and better each year.

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NO-vember Wellness Promotion

Webster Wellness Committee invites Students, Faculty, and Staff to participate in NO-vember 11/1/17—11/29/17! NO-vember is where you set personal, realistic goals and track your progress over a four-week period.  You can focus on anything from smoking less to changing a negative attitude!

Enroll by taking the survey here. Each week, you will receive a link to report your progress and receive helpful information and encouragement. All responses will be entered into a drawing to win prizes at the end of the month. Also, two to three NO-vember participants will be featured on the blog!

Be mindful of the habits you want to improve while helping to enhance your wellness! So, say ‘yes’ to NO-vember!

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