WELLNESS PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
Just 4 the Health of It!
Date/Time: Begins Jan. 23
Description: “Just For the Health of it!” is an 11-week program designed to help participants stay interested and involved in a regular exercise program. Choose your own activities and exercise at your own pace and convenience to earn your team more miles! Participants are required to fill out a weekly log to record their fitness activities. New challenges will be offered as goals for participants to reach and earn more miles.
Team Format: Participants are encouraged to form teams of 2-5 members for the purpose of social support, to enhance the health and wellness of Kirkwood's campus and add a little friendly competition. Prizes will be given to the team with the highest total average miles earned.
More Information: Just 4 the Health of It Website | Join the j4thoi Facebook group!
Just 4 the Health of It! Walking Moai
Description: Kirkwood staff and students are invited to join in the "Just for the Health of It!" (j4thoi!) Walking Moai at Kirkwood. Walking Moais (pronounced Mo Eye) are groups of people that meet at least once a week throughout the “j4thoi!” wellness challenge to walk. The term “moai” comes from Okinawa, Japan and means “meeting for a common purpose.” Moai walking teams encourage social support while adding the physical benefits of walking. All interested walkers are invited, you do not have to be on a “j4thoi!” team, but all are encouraged to get involved:
Cedar Rapids Main Campus
Date/Time: Begins Jan. 23. | Mondays from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. (fit your schedule to walk!)
Location: Outside of Student Life in Iowa Hall
Registration: If you would like to join this walk or be a team leader for another walk, please email Jill Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellness Lunch & Learns
Description: The Lunch & Learn series provides an opportunity for faculty/staff and students to learn about a variety of health and wellness topics. Lunch & Learn presentations will be offered once a month by wellness professionals from MercyCare Business Health Solutions. Please bring your own lunch. For more information on Wellness Lunch & Learns, click here.
- Jan. 26 | 11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - The Keys to Positive Change: Effective Strategies for Long-term Success
- Feb. 23 | 11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Healthy Eating 101: Making Sense of Good Nutrition
- Mar. 30 | 11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Stress Less, Live More! Managing Stress for Optimal Health
- Apr. 27 | 11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Eating Well for Your Health and Wallet
Location: Gritter Room - 3rd Floor Iowa Hall
12 Days of Wellness
Date/Time: Dec. 7 – 22
Who can participate: Kirkwood faculty/staff and students
Description: As we enter December and the holiday season, the 12 Days of Wellness challenge will help keep your body and mind in good health and spirit. To participate, all you have to do is complete one wellness activity from the 12 Days of Wellness activity list. There are four different categories of wellness activities: Fitness, Nutrition, Community, and Well-being. At the end of the challenge, your goal is to complete three activities from each of the four wellness categories. If you meet the 12 Days of Wellness challenge requirements, turn your tracker in to Jill Williams at the Johnson Hall main office, or scan and email it to email@example.com.
All entrees MUST be received by 5 p.m. on December 22. The drawing will take place Tuesday, December 23.
EVERYONE that successfully completes the 12 Days of Wellness challenge will be entered in to the raffle to win the grand prize drawing. The prizes area as follows:
- First place drawing - $50 loaded in EagleCash on to your EagleCard
- Second place drawing - $40 loaded in EagleCash on to your EagleCard
- Third place drawing - $30 loaded in EagleCash on to your EagleCard
For more information, click here.
Healthiest State Walk
Date/Time: Oct. 5
Location: Cedar Rapids Main Campus
Description: Step it up at the Healthiest State Walk!
Got 30 minutes? Then you’ve got time to help Iowa on its mission to improve its general well-being. The Healthiest State Initiative’s goal is to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. One of the ways to reach that goal is by bringing communities together with an organized Healthiest State Walk in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.
This year, the Healthiest State Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, is pushing us to “Step It Up” and walk for 30 minutes. Thirty minutes of physical activity is proven to improve not only physical health but also social and emotional health. Kirkwood Wellness encourages you to take this first step in building a healthy lifestyle.
Before the October 5 walk, we also encourage employees to participate in the #WhyIWalk pledge by writing down their own reason for incorporating walking into their daily routine in the long run. These pledges can be shared via photos on social media using the hashtags #StepItUpIowa and #WhyIWalk.
Join us on Wednesday, October 5 as we participate in the Healthiest State Walk, where Kirkwood will be joining thousands of Iowans across the state to walk for 30 minutes in support of the Healthiest State Initiative.
The walk will begin at noon and will end approximately 30 minutes later at the walking track across from Johnson Hall. Refreshments will be served afterward.
The walk officially starts at noon, but please join us a few minutes early for a group/company photo.
We look forward to seeing you all there to “Step It Up” and continue making strides for Iowa to become a healthier state. Be sure to share pictures of your walk and with your pledge form
on social media using #StepItUpIowa and #WhyIWalk! With your support, we can become a better Iowa.
More Information: Questions related to this event can be directed to Jill Williams at (319)398-5640.
Annual Kirkwood Flu Shots
Description: As we enter the regular flu season, Kirkwood Wellness & Mercy have teamed up to provide the annual on-campus flu shot clinic. This service can really be helpful in keeping our campus healthy. The flu vaccinations are free of charge for full-time, regular non-student part-time staff, adjunct instructors and retirees. At a cost $35, non-benefits-eligible employees, spouses and children 18 and older of eligible participants may register for flu vaccinations. Students may also participate at cost and on a walk-in basis. The vaccine that will be given that day is the Quadrivalent flu vaccine. This vaccine is designed to protect against FOUR different flu viruses; two influenza A and two influenza B. It’s recommend that employees wear a shirt or blouse that the nurse can get to the top part of their arm.
Mercy Care will be administering the shots at the following times and locations:
Cedar Rapids Main Campus (Gritter Room)
Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 9 - 3 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 - 9 a.m.
Registration: Click here
Iowa City Campus
Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Registration: Click here
Kirkwood Health & Wellness Fair
Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Third floor of Iowa Hall
Description: Kirkwood Wellness is sponsoring a Health & Wellness Fair. Exhibitors from all over the corridor will be on site to help students, faculty and staff live longer, better lives thru lifestyle and environment choices. Topics covered include: physical activity, obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, injury and violence, environmental quality, immunization and access to health care. Attendees who visit multiple booths at the fair will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Stop by to join the fun and learn about ways to live a healthier life!