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Julie, Wellness Coordinator

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Julie Chobdee

Workplace Health Promotion/Wellness is essential to engagement, organizational productivity, talent retention, and creativity and innovation.

Employers are recognizing the role they can play in creating a healthy work environment and providing their employees with opportunities to make healthy lifestyle choices. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) published a white paper entitled Wellness Programs: Helping Companies Feel Better (revised August 2006) indicating that “companies with wellness programs should find that they have better attendance, lower medical and workers’ compensation costs and happier, more productive employees. Employees who participate in regular physical activity, eat low-fat diets, refrain from smoking and get adequate rest, are more alert, more positive in outlook and better able to deal effectively with the stress and rapid change of today’s world.”  Workplace Wellness Programs not only benefit individual employees but also make good business sense.

Imagine working for a university that cares about your health and well-being:

  • A university environment that offers programs, services, resources, and encouragement to improve your health and well-being.
  • A healthy campus culture that supports positive behaviors and lifestyles.
  • A supportive environment with colleagues who care about your health.

UCR makes wellness a priority by focusing on our greatest assets and talents – our faculty, staff, and students. Leadership support for wellness is essential and I’m very proud to showcase our Chancellor’s endorsement for wellness.

“As we embark on the path to preeminence, UCR is committed to a campus culture that promotes wellness through healthy lifestyles that enhance the quality of life for our faculty, staff, and students”.

            Timothy P. White, Chancellor

After graduating from UCLA with a Masters in Public Health, I worked in various worksite wellness/health promotion settings including the LA Times, American Heart Association, Johnson & Johnson, Cal State University Fullerton, and UCR. In the 3 1/2 years I have been at UCR, I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many talented, dedicated, and committed individuals who contribute in so many ways to improve the health, safety, and well-being of our campus community.

In my role as the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program Coordinator, I’ve had the pleasure to interact with faculty, staff, and students and provide them with the awareness, education, tools, and motivation to adopt and maintain positive behavior changes so that they can live healthier, more fulfilling lives. The best part of my job is being able to make an impact on individual’s health, create a healthy culture, and truly feel that my work can and has made a difference.  I hope to continue to make a positive impact in the UCR work environment and throughout the campus community, making UCR a better, healthier place to be.

On a personal note, I exercise daily (I love spin classes!) and eat a healthy diet focused on lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein – small frequent meals…….. and a bowl of frozen yogurt every night (everything in moderation, right)? J

For more information on the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program, please visit: www.wellness.ucr.edu. UCR offers a variety of resources and programs to improve your health and well-being. Take charge of your health today!!!

 Julie Chobdee
Wellness Coordinator

 

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