Keeping Health Care Staff Healthy

1 decade 3 years 2 weeks ago Wednesday, February 01 2006 Feb 1, 2006 Wednesday, February 01, 2006 5:39:20 PM CST February 01, 2006 in News

The University will begin providing health care staff with free or reduced rates on health coverage and classes.

"We've always taken care of the sick people. We do a really good job of that, but now it's time to focus on keeping people well, and putting our money and our time there," said Jane Dunn, staff health nurse.

Dunn gives free health screenings as part of the Wellness Program. It's a way health care staff can take a step toward better health. In addition to health screenings, the program will offer employees the opportunity to participate in fitness programs at the MU Recreation Center and at Health Connection in Parkade Plaza.

The program is offering classes for smokers as well as courses in nutrition and stress relief. Starting last month, the program began to include child vaccinations and cancer screenings. Right now over 4,700 employees can participate in the program promoting health and fitness.

MU administrators hope to expand the program to include all MU employees and eventually, all of the UM system.

"We're going to need to have the same level of commitment and cooperation on other campuses," said Laura Schopp, Wellness Program Manager.

Funding for the Wellness Program comes from the MU Benefits Office.

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