The 25th annual American Heart Association Heart Walk is Saturday, April 25th at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. This is a huge event with several walkers and RIT has had a great showing for the past several years! Registration starts at 8:00am and the walk starts at 10:00am. This is a 3-mile walk; rain or shine! You can register online to participate in the Heart Walk at: www.rochesterheartwalk.org. For more information or questions, please call the Community Service Center at (585)-475-6056 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for volunteering!
The Good Food Collective is a seasonal food share program that provides individuals and families with access to the area’s best local, sustainable, fruits and vegetables. The Good Food Collective connects RIT faculty and staff to dozens of local organic farms in the Western New York Region.
What’s a pre-boxed food share? "A collection of delicious, local, sustainable foods distributed on a weekly basis to you." Each week the shares will be delivered to the Global Village Wellness Center (day and time will be announced soon). Don't delay - get your good food today!
To order visit The Good Food Collective website, select your share type(s), size, and get in on the GOOD food!
The JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge is an annual series of 3.5-mile (5.63 km) road footraces owned and operated by JPMorgan Chase, with an intended focus on promoting "fitness in the workplace". Teams are organized by company or organization, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation makes charitable donations proportional to the number of participants. This event is held at RIT each May.
Starting on Monday, April 13, 2015, Better Me will be offering three different classes to help train participants for the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge.
Please email email@example.com to register for the training classes. In your email, please include your name, email, and the level of class you would like to participate in.
April 15, 2015 - May 20, 2015
Designed for event participants who have no desire to run but wish to prepare to walk the Corporate Challenge. This program is for perfect for beginner exercisers and advanced walkers. Benefits include:
- postural correction
- core strengthening
- flexibility education
- balance training
- stride coaching for walking or jogging
April 13, 2015 - May 18, 2015
Designed for event participants who have a solid fitness background and are preparing for their first 5K. This program is perfect for current exercisers who don’t yet run, or new runners who are unsure how to prepare for a 5k event. Benefits include:
- progressive running plan to specifically prepare for a 3.5 mile run/jog
- running or jogging technical instruction
- core strengthening
- flexibility education
April 14, 2015 - May 19, 2015
Designed for event participants who have experience running the 3.5 miles distance. This program is perfect for people interested in improving running form and improving race time. Benefits include:
- technical training specific to running
- core and flexibility training
- timed progressive running plan to aid in personal race improvement
Better Me, in collaboration with Dining Services, offers healthy cooking classes that focus on teaching you how to prepare easy and delicious meals and snacks. These meals focus on using vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, fish, dairy, protein and beneficial fats. During these classes we share tips for saving time and cutting costs while having fun making tasty, healthy food that you and your family will love!
All classes are cooking demonstrations with a tasting of each recipe. Classes are limited and pre-registration is required.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that are predicted to cause the most illness during the flu season.
Better Me holds flu clinics annually, and the vaccines are administered by a Wegmans pharmacist. Participation in these clinics is voluntary. Flu vaccinations are available FREE OF CHARGE to all regular full time and extended part-time faculty and staff. Dates for our flu clinics vary from year to year, but are normally scheduled during mid-September.
Annually, RIT will host health screenings on campus to help employees “know their numbers”, and get engaged in healthy lifestyle activities.
The health screening includes a brief health questionnaire, blood draw, and blood pressure check. Typically, faculty and staff earn a monetary incentive just for participating. Results include:
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol and triglycerides
- Blood glucose
Health screenings take place in November, and start dates vary. Multiple dates will be scheduled, and appointments start as early as 7:00 am. Participants are expected to fast
Celebrate a healthier you during the holiday season by taking charge of your health and weight. Most Americans gain an average of one pound during the holidays. While this might not seem like much, they usually don’t lose it, and over time it adds up. This 6 week program includes weekly weigh-ins and incentives for physical activities.
Each summer Better Me offers 30 day challenges that encourage participants to commit to one healthy lifestyle change, regular exercise, and to try a fun new activity that they have always wanted to experience.
- Track your physical activity in minutes. Minutes can be gained by attending fitness classes, exercising on your own, or tracking steps using a pedometer, FitBit or similar device.
- Set one goal around a “healthy habit.” Examples include:
- No fried foods for 30 days
- Drinking water instead of sugary drinks
- Sleeping at least 7 hours per night
- Spending less than 2 hours of “screen time” at home (computer, TV, etc.)
- Pledge to try one new activity that you have never done before
All participants earn a t-shirt and are eligible for prize giveaways. This challenge starts each June, and start dates vary.