(Aug. 30, 2010)--UTSA faculty and staff are invited to join the free Rowdy New U wellness program. The six-month program is centered on helping participants increase activity levels, change eating habits and become more involved in healthy living, resulting in longer and better lives.
Other benefits are increased employee morale and productivity and lower absenteeism. And, when happier, more helpful employees come in contact with students, it equals a happier campus.
Sponsored by the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management, special wellness activities and programs are available at the Main and Downtown campuses. UTSA faculty and staff members can participate in the program, but family members cannot.
It's easy to sign up. Visit the Rowdy New U website and complete the registration form.
"After you register, come to the Wellness Program office for an assessment, which includes body composition measurements and a blood pressure check, and you're ready to start the program," said Kristee Phelps, UTSA wellness coordinator. "You choose the classes and activities you would like to participate in, and you decide how frequently you wish to participate."
The program guideline is "Don't lose weight, lose inches." The main goals are to increase vegetable and fruit intake, eat the right amount and right kinds of carbs, regulate the frequency of eating and caloric intake -- and for participants to set goals for themselves.
Participants check in every three months and receive an updated assessment. Some continue in the program after the initial six months is complete. The program offers group exercise classes, lunch-and-learn sessions and the demonstration kitchen. Classes are offered mornings, at noon and evenings, and there are incentives. Get points as you go, and earn prizes such as a t-shirt, tote bag, pedometer, wellness books and more.
Faculty and staff members are invited to visit the Wellness Program office in Sports Services Building A, one of three small mobile buildings adjacent to the Business Services Annex on the west side of the Main Campus. You can try out the relaxation station with a massage chair that does two kinds of massages while it stretches and tilts you -- and puts you in the mood for Rowdy New U.
For more information, contact Kristee Phelps at 210-458-6102.
UTSA student Giselle Guadron provided material for this article.
Results for the first six-month cohort
Pre-assessment to final assessment (January-June)
This group lost 142.4 pounds, gained 62.2 pounds of muscle mass and lost 228 inches.
Congratulations! Most points: Cindy Lira -- 44.4
Other high performers:
Mid-assessment to final assessment (April-June)
This group lost 77.6 pounds, gained 58 pounds of muscle mass and lost 140 inches.
Congratulations! Most points: Marianne Lewis -- 24.5
Other high performers:
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At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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