25 Wellness Tips

We spoke to operators to get 25 tips from their successful health and wellness programs.

Focus on all areas of wellness: We have a program for the entire housing and foodservice department called Well-being: The Five Essential Elements. It’s based on Gallup research. The program focuses on well-being in five different areas: success in your career, socially, financially, physically and in the community. The concept is based on if you are successful in all those areas then you will achieve true well-being. The nutrition part of the program falls into the physical aspect. We just started the program so I was asked this summer to start providing nutrition information for our staff. Not knowing exactly what to focus on, I started with general nutrition information such as how to read a nutrition label, organics, natural foods, GMOs and a little bit on food safety. I wanted to see where the interest was. It was a small group of people, but it was very successful, so much so that they’ve asked me to do more classes throughout the year.

—Lauren Heising, R.D., coordinator for sustainable dining, University of Colorado, Boulder 

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