Please join us for Wednesday, June 12, for Safety & Wellness Day sponsored by the Wellness Committee and The Office of Safety & Security.
The day begins at 11 a.m. with an Are You Smarter Than a Security Officer? game show in the Student Union Building (SUB) followed by “mocktails” in the Tea Room and a drunk driving simulation experience provided by the City of Gainesville Police Department.
Bring your mobile devices in order to join in the game.
President Schrader announced summer half-day Fridays for staff starting Friday, May 17, at the Service Awards Ceremony earlier this week.
Employees are expected to work four hours. Those working normal business hours would work 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. People starting work at 9 a.m. would work until 1 p.m., etc. People using vacation on Fridays in the summer would therefore submit the time off request for four hours of vacation time.
Also, staff may wear appropriate casual wear throughout the summer months beginning May 17 and ending Aug. 3. Check with your supervisor for dates on which this is not appropriate.
Congratulations to Brenau employees Andi Savage, Dayle Lane, Hannah Poole, Jennifer Deremer, Mary Johnson, Polly Evans-Thomas, Chelsea Ricks and Emily Stockton for receiving their degrees during our 2019 commencement.
Every year on May 31, the World Health Organization celebrates World No Tobacco Day. The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.
In the spirit of World No Tobacco Day, Brenau’s Wellness Committee is sponsoring our own tobacco awareness program for the month of May. Stop by the HR office any time in the month of May to sign the Tobacco-Free Pledge. Employees will be awarded with one Activity Point for participation and receive a small gift. Flyers and information on quitting tobacco products are available at the “Be Well Brenau” booth located outside the HR Office.
The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on tobacco and lung health.
The campaign will increase awareness on:
the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease.
the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.
How tobacco endangers the lung health of people worldwide:
Lung cancer. Tobacco smoking is the primary cause for lung cancer, responsible for over two-thirds of lung cancer deaths globally. Second-hand smoke exposure at home or in the work place also increases risk of lung cancer. Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of lung cancer. After 10 years of quitting smoking, risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.
Chronic respiratory disease. Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition where the build-up of pus-filled mucus in the lungs results in a painful cough and agonizing breathing difficulties. The risk of developing COPD is particularly high among individuals who start smoking at a young age, as tobacco smoke significantly slows lung development. Tobacco also exacerbates asthma, which restricts activity and contributes to disability. Early smoking cessation is the most effective treatment for slowing the progression of COPD and improving asthma symptoms.
Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis (TB) damages the lungs and reduces lung function, which is further exacerbated by tobacco smoking. The chemical components of tobacco smoke can trigger latent infections of TB. Around a quarter of all people are infected with TB. Active TB, compounded by the damaging lung health effects of tobacco smoking, substantially increases risk of disability and death from respiratory failure.
Air pollution. Tobacco smoke is a very dangerous form of indoor air pollution. It contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Though smoke may be invisible and odorless, it can linger in the air for up to five hours, putting those exposed at risk of lung cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and reduced lung function.
Helpful tips and information on how to quit are available in the HR Office or at the “Be Well Brenau” booth outside the HR office.
The Brenau Wellness Committee has had a great year and we are currently working on several initiatives to promote health and wellness for all of the Brenau family. One initiative includes a program that allows you to track your health metrics and includes coaching to assist with improving your overall health. Please take this brief survey to determine interest in this opportunity.
We are looking forward to a great upcoming school year and invite you to access our newly designated website. This will be a great resource for your wellness initiatives and we hope you will make this a part of your health and wellness journey! Check it out at intranet.brenau.edu/wellness/.
The Center for Health and Wellbeing will extend this event to April 22-26.
World Health Day, celebrated in April each year, commemorates the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on a subject of major importance to global health. The theme for 2019 is Universal Health Care, which is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them without suffering financial hardship.
Brenau hosts Wellness Week from 8:30-11 and 2-4 p.m. Monday April 22 through Thursday, April 26 at the Center for Health & Well-Being on the Gainesville campus.
Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis will be providing health screens at no charge to employees including:
hemoglobin (anemia screening)
A1C (diabetes screening)
At the end of your screening you will receive a health transcript that lists all of your current screening numbers.
Keep this to compare changes in your health between April and November when we have our annual Health and Benefits Expo.
Employees who participate will be awarded with five Activity Points towards Wellness.
If you are unable to attend this event please note you can still get one wellness point if you do your biometric screenings with your physician. Physicals are worth 10 points.