The Live Wire — Health and Wellness Jordan Harris: Good afternoon everyone, and
thank you for joining us today for another session of Live Wire. My name is Jordan Harris and I have the pleasure
of being joined by Sophia Marshall. How are you doing today? Sophia Marshall: I’m well, thank you. Jordan Harris: Alright so, Sophia, before
we even start I kind of want to loosen up, I want to get to get things going in the right
direction. What’s a good stretch or exercise that we
could do right here? Sophia Marshall: Well, first of all, you know
a lot of us are at our computers all day and we’re, everything is rolled forward, so I
would say the main thing to do at your desk is to rotate your shoulders up, back, and
down, try it again, up, back, and down. Take your head to one side, to the center,
and to the opposite side, back to the center, and look up, one more time take those shoulders
up, back, and down. So, you should try to do those stretches at
your desk at least, you know, once every two hours. Jordan Harris: Okay, well you know what, I
will say that I feel a lot better, so thank you for that. Sophia Marshall: Good. Jordan Harris: So we’re going to dive right
in. Can you tell us, what’s your role and what’s
the committee’s role here at the university? Sophia Marshall: Okay, well I am the chair
for the advisory committee to the chancellor for employee health and wellness and I know
that’s a long title so we kind of joke on the committee and we’re the ACHEW committee
so basically our role on campus is to provide services and resources for faculty and staff
as it relates to health and wellness and try to have a central location for that information
and for those services, instead of being all spread out, you know, on campus. We want to have a centralized location for
faculty and staff to come and get that information. Jordan Harris: Okay now this was an initiative
that was started through the UNC systems, right? Sophia Marshall: Correct, yes, each Chancellor,
or president of the UNC system universities were charged with creating an employee health
and wellness initiative on their campus and the charge was to have a committee for that. So, all of the universities did that. I don’t know if they continue to do that,
but we’ve in existence for seven years. The initiative did jumpstart our on campus
initiative for health and wellness for employees because prior to that, you know, different
departments around campus were doing different things, but again there was no centralized,
bring it all together, exactly. Jordan Harris: Okay now, you say health and
wellness, most people, I know I do, I kind of put those in the same boat. Is there a difference between your health
and your wellness? Sophia Marshall: That’s a great question. Health is a part of wellness. Health is more about the body, the physical
body and how you feel physically. So, that is a part of wellness and the reason
we have health and wellness in our title is because wellness is kind of one of those terms
that people don’t really know what it means so by saying health everyone knows, you know,
they want to feel better. Jordan Harris: I’m exercising. Sophia Marshall: Yes, exactly. We knew that most people knew that term. So to get people interested we used health. Wellness is the entire body. Jordan Harris: She gave us a lot of information
right there it’s something that we use in a sense of thinking of health and wellness
as one big unit instead of just being healthy physically, I need to be healthy mentally
and emotionally so that way I’m not going to burn out at work. Sophia Marshall: Exactly. Jordan Harris: So what are some of the activities
that you guys provide to employees here? Sophia Marshall: Okay, well we have a lot
of activities. When we first started the committee, we were
overwhelmed again because there’s so much involved with wellness so what we decided
was when we did a survey and we asked faculty and staff what they would want to see and
it came down to some subcommittees, you know, certain areas so we decided to do subcommittees. So we have physical, we have emotional health
committee or mental health committee, nutrition, communication. So, we try to do all of our programs around
those subcommittees. So, for physical for example we do a walking
challenge every fall and it’s called Miles to Wellness and we do it on campus but it
is a UNC system competition. Jordan Harris: Oh, okay great. Sophia Marshall: So in years passed our teams
have done so well on campus that we actually have come in the top five statewide. Jordan Harris: Nice. Sophia Marshall: But the pedometer challenge,
the first two hundred faculty/staff members to sign up for this challenge will get a free
pedometer and so we have the pedometers here. Jordan Harris: This is okay for me to take
home? Sophia Marshall: Yes you can have that. Jordan Harris: Thank you. Sophia Marshall: And you just wear it and
it tracks how many steps you take a day. For general health, people should take ten
thousand steps per day which totals five miles a day and so once we give this to faculty
and staff they put it on and they realize they’re not taking close to ten thousand. Jordan Harris: They’re taking the elevator
instead of the stairs. Sophia Marshall: Right so we start with little,
you know, just changing little things like parking further away, taking the stairs instead
of the elevator, to get those ten thousand steps because like I said when we first started,
a lot of our jobs are so sedentary. Jordan Harris: Yes Sophia Marshall: So it’s hard to take those
ten thousand steps so giving them a challenge a team challenge. Some people, some teams they walk together
at lunch and so it’s building, it becomes almost like a team building experience for
different departments and so you’re getting your exercise in and you’re bonding with your
coworkers so what can be better than that. So, with nutrition just recently we did a
healthy eating demonstration where Chef Brett over in the Student Union Crown Commons — Jordan Harris: You just posted on Facebook
about that right, I just looked at that and I kind of yelped Sophia I didn’t know we had
this kind of stuff on campus, that’s pretty cool that you guys provide this. Sophia Marshall: Yes, we absolutely do. Jordan Harris: So right here is a picture
on the Facebook and what was the chef’s name? Sophia Marshall: Chef Brett. He’s over in Crown Commons. We try to do two or three healthy cooking
demonstrations a year at least one a semester and so he showed us how to do tofu jambalaya. Jordan Harris: Nice
Sophia Marshall: Now I’m not a big tofu — Jordan Harris: Me either. Sophia Marshall: So I might substitute with
chicken, but Jordan Harris: Still healthy though Sophia Marshall: It was good. With mental health we bring in different speakers,
you know stress management speakers. We also give out this brochure about mental
illness and you know you can look at different stress management tips and a lot of things
that we give out have our logo. The employee health and wellness committee
logo because we wanted to make sure that people on campus, faculty and staff on campus know
we exist Jordan Harris: Know you exist Sophia Marshall: Exactly Jordan Harris: that’s the most important thing Sophia Marshall: Exactly. Jordan Harris: I understand how the challenge
can be because it’s not in your face but — Sophia Marshall: Exactly Jordan Harris: you’re not really going to
know about it Sophia Marshall: That’s right Jordan Harris: So, I’m glad you’re here today
giving your message to the masses because it’s very important and you came to our division
meeting last month and you gave me a lot of food for thought Sophia Marshall: Okay Jordan Harris: and I’m the type of person
that I make the New Year’s Resolutions and within a week, you know, they’re tossed away
side so- Sophia Marshall: Exactly Jordan Harris: it’s kind of a little bit of
information, it doesn’t overwhelm you. The programs that you guys offer is not such
a tough thing to do. It’s just as simple as taking twenty thousand
steps and you know you’re being that much healthier
Sophia Marshall: Exactly Jordan Harris: So one of the other things
for employees that’s an issue I think is that the cost and accessibility. Those two things come into play so how much
would I have to pay to be a part of any of these programs or to use any of the gyms or
any of the work out equipment on campus? Sophia Marshall: Well the programs that we
provide through the committee, we try to keep free of charge, so the Miles to Wellness,
the walking challenge, like I said that’s the first two hundred people, they get a free
pedometer and after that you know it’s ten dollars for the pedometer, but for the most
part all of our services are, most of our services we try to keep free of charge and
we get a budget from the chancellor to have some of these programs and so he has been
very supportive and we get a set budget but if anything comes up and we get, you know,
requests for additional things, then the chancellor and the cabinet are really willing to help
us out with that. Now as far as our facilities, because there
are other departments involved, including the department that I actually work for, Recreational
Services, there is a fee because students pay a fee to use the facilities, so it’s only
fair that faculty and staff pay as well. Currently, our Student Activity Center, there
are different levels of membership. So, if you’re only interested in playing let’s
say basketball or using the rec courts doing, say you want to play a pick up game of basketball
then that’s our lowest membership fee, but if you want a little bit more, such as group
fitness classes, that is, it’s a hundred and, I want to make sure I’m giving the right information,
a hundred and thirty dollars a year for just group fitness classes which is about — Jordan Harris: That’s not bad that’s pretty
— Sophia Marshall: Exactly and it can be payroll
deducted so it’s like seven dollars a pay period so, and if you want everything group
fitness, rec courts, and the fitness center with the equipment it’s three hundred dollars
a year currently which is about fourteen dollars per pay period so those are the different
levels. We’re also in the process of renovating the
Belk gym and so we will have AC courts because currently there’s no HVAC on our basketball
courts so in the summer it’s really hot but we’re also gaining some fitness space over
there as well so we will have another fitness center for faculty, staff, and students to
use as well as another group fitness studio so we’re really excited about that. We’re moving out in about ten days so they
can start a renovation project and when we come back we will have another membership
for faculty and staff to take advantage of along with the SAC so you can use either or. So we’re working with the SAC right now to
come up with a membership plan for that but we want to be fair to faculty and staff and
you know I think the health and wellness of the entire campus is important not just students
so students want to go to classes where they have professors who are in good health. I mean it is a campus wide initiative and
you know being that I work for Rec Services yes of course the well being of the students
is very important to me but I think faculty and staff is just as important and so we want
to make sure that we have services and facilities available for faculty and staff as well. Jordan Harris: That’s so great and I love
the idea that they’re updating and upgrading so that’s kind of the exciting thing about
it. I want to be the first person to use a machine,
I do Sophia Marshall: Right, right. Jordan Harris: I want to be the first person
to shoot a basketball through the net Sophia Marshall: Exactly. Jordan Harris: I want to be the first person
to enjoy the AC in the new place because I refuse to play basketball where I’m going
to sweat my hair out completely Sophia Marshall: Exactly, exactly Jordan Harris: So that’s exciting that you
guys are having all of these changes so when it comes down to the classes are you guys
teaching, are students teaching them? Sophia Marshall: Yes, it’s a combination. Most of our instructors are students but we
also have some faculty and staff on campus who also teach for us. I teach as well, I teach more of the dance
style classes Zumba and cardio hip hop and things like that. I always say it keeps me you so but we do
we offer classes from yoga and Pilates to spinning and salsa, meringue, ball room dance Jordan Harris: oh nice. Sophia Marshall: I mean whatever you want,
we got. We have something for that body pump which
is a weightlifting class. So yeah, we have classes all across the board
and you know there are fitness trends that continue to come out and you know we weigh
if it’s cost effective and if we think it would work on this campus and we implement
it and see if it works and you know there’s a big puzzle when putting together a group
fitness schedule as far as times and things like that but we get a good turnout and mostly
our faculty and staff usually use our facilities during lunch time Jordan Harris: Very popular time Sophia Marshall: Yes very popular time or
early morning. Early morning is great for faculty and staff
as far as the facility is concerned because not a lot of students get up early Jordan Harris: Right
Sophia Marshall: So, we open at six A.M. so equipment it’s available. Try to come after work after five o’clock
it’s a little more difficult to get on some equipment Jordan Harris: I can imagine on campus it’s
hard enough at five to find some where to work out Sophia Marshall: Exactly so definitely faculty
and staff when they purchase a membership we make it very clear to them, you might want
to work out A.M. you know in the morning and around lunch time because it can get pretty
crazy after five. Jordan Harris: So do you guys have any goals
or any kind of projections as to employee participation for the health and wellness
program. Sophia Marshall: We don’t have a certain number
you know as a goal. We do in our last few meetings this year,
we looked at, or we want to really look at getting more faculty involved. We, I feel like staff, yes they’re getting
the message, but somehow I don’t know if it’s just you know the times that we’re having
certain events but we’re not reaching the faculty population. We have an excellent faculty council member
on our committee who has been bringing us feedback and we’re going to do a survey for
faculty to see you know what is it that we’re missing with them. Another area we wanted to target are those
people, those employees, those staff members who only have thirty minutes for lunch, because
a lot of our lunch and learns are one hour so we’ve gotten some feedback, this sounds
great, however I only have thirty minutes and so that’s something that I was taking
for granted because I just assumed everybody had an hour for lunch and that was a wrong
assumption and so we’re looking at some things like that and maybe doing some videos that
we can put online so that people can watch it from their desk and so different things
like that but those are, we really don’t, when we first started we did keep track of
numbers and we wanted numbers and numbers and numbers and we were challenged by our
liaison to the chancellor who is Beth Harden to not only look at the quantity but the quality. What are people getting out of the programs? If they participated in Miles to Wellness
are they taking fewer days off from work because they’re less sick things like that and so
we have been challenged to look at those things and so we get testimonials, which we include
in our annual report, we put it on our website and things like that. So, yes numbers are important but if you see
some of the testimonials you would see Jordan Harris: you would know the value of
the actual committee Sophia Marshall: Exactly Jordan Harris: Alright you mentioned the website. So, we’re going to take a look at the website
and the website address is Sophia Marshall: Jordan Harris: Alright and we’re looking here
and there’s quite a few things that you have going on you have ask the expert, what would
that component be? Sophia Marshall: Right, well you can ask a
question about physical fitness or nutrition or you know if you’re interested in if you
want to stop smoking and want to know steps on how to do that, you can post a question
to this website and one of us on the committee would answer so we all like to call ourselves
experts in certain areas Jordan Harris: You are, for sure. Sophia Marshall: And if we don’t know the
answer, we will find it for you and post that information and we feel like if one person
is asking the question, more people want to know the answer so we do post it to our website. Jordan Harris: So, do you guys try to push
people to go to the suggestion box or would you rather them E-mail you directly Sophia Marshall: Either or, I don’t care either
way. I just want people to, well mainly I want
them to go to the website first because that’s where we want them to get the information. Right now we send E-mails, we use Inside UNC
Charlotte and I think all of those things are important to use all of our communication
vehicles. However, I would like for the word to get
out about our website so people can know to visit that website because we do hear sometimes
well I didn’t know anything about and I didn’t hear about it. So, we want to get people to go to that website
and check on it regularly because you will find different things. We have a calendar on our website that you
can go to for upcoming events and then you can RSVP. For instance if you want to come to the Lunch
and Learn, you click on that Lunch and Learn and you can RSVP right there, so Jordan Harris: Great and is this calendar
updated throughout the year or do you guys kind of put it up monthly? Sophia Marshall: We put up the calendar for
the year but if we add things to the calendar, we definitely update as we go. We’re kind of, summer’s our planning time
so there’s not a lot going on in the summer, so we plan in the summer for August through
April so most of our programs are up on the calendar in July for the year. Jordan Harris: So, that doesn’t mean that
we should stop and take off because, okay so there’s still things going on during May
through July Sophia Marshall: Yes, exactly. We do a lot of online initiatives during that
time so we’ll send out a link to a website and have different challenges that way but
as a self directed challenge so you keep up with your own progress and we’ll also send
you motivational queues and things like that but a lot of our summer activities are self-paced
and online challenges. Jordan Harris: It’s still out there and accessible
for us and it doesn’t put so much on you to have to keeps things going throughout the
year because you guys need time to plan out all of the fun activities that you’re going
to have for us the next school year. So that’s something that I’m very excited
about and we’re going to actually look at your Facebook page as well. We just saw the chef. Sophia Marshall: The Biggest Winner, you’ll
see that we had a program, it was a twelve week program where it was a weight loss program
but we also met with the participants. They weighed in every week but we also had
group meetings, group walks, and different things Jordan Harris: Kind of like a support system Sophia Marshall: Exactly Jordan Harris: Oh, I love that Sophia Marshall: Yes, so we just crowned the
winner of that, but yeah, we’re trying to get more people to like our Facebook page
because a lot of our pictures from the events, we put them on Facebook. That was our National Walking Day we had on
campus and so we met and then start walking all around campus. There were a lot of faculty and staff that
didn’t know about the gardens so you know I took them there and it was just nice because
we met at the Belk Gym and I just told people if you need to go back to work just say thanks
and Jordan Harris: keep going Sophia Marshall: Exactly Jordan Harris: Awesome. I hope being on Live Wire today definitely
helps with you accessibility letting people know that you guys are here, you’re not going
anywhere, you’re here for us. Everything that you’re doing is just for the
betterment of the workers. So, that’s something that we can all appreciate
so hopefully this helps you guys out. Be sure to check out the your health page. Once again the website address Sophia Marshall: Jordan Harris: And Sophia just made a simple
request for you guys to like them on Facebook. I think that’s easy enough, right? It just requires one click so while you’re
doing your desk stretches, type in your Facebook information, just click like on them. Alright we’re just going to close out with
the State Fit by exercising at your desk. This is a video that you actually did and
starred in. You’re such a superstar I need to get your
autograph Sophia Marshall: Oh my goodness Jordan Harris: Well thank you so much for
being here Sophia Sophia Marshall: Thank you so much for having
me Jordan Harris: No problem Sophia Marshall: Hi, I’m Sophia Marshall and
today I’m going to talk to you about exercises you can do right from your desk. Many of us have jobs where we sit behind a
desk at a computer all day and when you do that, you’re shoulders are rolled forward
so the first exercise that you can do is just come off the back of your chair, rotate your
shoulders up, back, and down. Do that a couple of times and you will relieve
some stress out of those shoulders from always being in the forward motion of working on
a computer. So again that’s shoulders up, back, and down. Another exercise that you can do is just coming
off the back of your chair and contracting your abs, tightening your stomach muscles. So something as simple as coming off the back
of your chair is an exercise you can do at your desk. Another thing you can do is lift your knee
up, your foot up off the floor, and then extend the leg. You’ll feel that muscle contract your quadriceps. So you’re working your quadriceps just by
holding, by extending your leg and holding it. At the same time, you’re stretching your hamstring
at the back of your leg. If you want to add some more movement, you
just lift and lower with the leg, lift and lower. You’ll feel that quadricep start to burn. Another exercise you can do is squats. Act like you’re sitting into your chair, change
your mind and stand up. Do that a couple of times and you’ll start
to feel your legs burn. So, I just showed you some easy exercises,
you can do right at your desk because remember, it’s important to stay healthy and active
while at work. (music)