March 30, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 30, 2012 — Beginning this year, Drury University will launch a wellness program that will not only increase the health and wellness of students, but also allow those students to improve the health of the communities where they work.
Starting in the fall of 2012, Drury students can get a wellness education created in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic. Drury freshmen will have the opportunity to earn a wellness certificate based on curriculum developed collaboratively between the prestigious medical education center and Drury University. After completion, students will graduate with a certificate in wellness from Drury that is recognized by the Cleveland Clinic. Completion of the certificate counts for seven credit hours toward a Drury undergraduate education.
“We have been talking to organizations like Drury for years about the business benefits of creating a healthy workforce,” said the Cleveland Clinic’s Tom Gubanc. “This is a strategic and competitive move for organizations and for the U.S. as a whole. We are excited to work with Drury to provide students with a wellness education created in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic.”
Students will complete one class per semester for eight semesters. There will be online and seated courses that cover diet, exercise, stress management, gender specific health issues and other courses based on a student’s interests and wellness challenges. The program relies heavily on experiential learning. For example, students will take a healthy cooking course that teaches how to make healthy meals and snacks in a kitchen environment. In addition to activity courses, such as, yoga, tai chi and distance running, students will learn how to develop an exercise program that best suits their needs. In the final year of the program, students will go into the community to work with businesses, schools and not-for-profits to help develop wellness programs in those organizations.
“Graduates who complete the program will have a decided advantage in performance and marketability as they enter the workplace, and will also be well grounded enough in wellness concepts to positively influence and educate those around them.” Blansit says. “This provides an invaluable service to the community, and, when implemented on a large scale, could potentially be an incredibly powerful tool in the fight against an unhealthy culture and strained national healthcare system.”
Media Contact: Amy Blansit, Director of Campus Wellness and Fitness, Office: (417) 873-6362, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org