Poor lifestyle choices and environmental influences affect Americans daily and are popular topics in today’s news. Preventable illnesses contribute to 70% of healthcare costs and directly relate to 9 out of 10 causes of death. Professionals in the health care industry are seeking ways to assist those individuals at risk for health problems at a lower risk – a nation-wide call to action to create a culture of health and well-being in the workplace.
The need for a wellness program at The University of Alabama was recognized by the Faculty/Staff Benefits Committee, the Faculty Senate, and administrators in April 2005. The Health Promotion & Wellness program was then proposed to integrate and coordinate currently available resources for wellness; assess the perceived needs of employees for health promotion, prevention, disease management, and population health management; engage and establish a culture of wellness within the University of Alabama.
In January 2007, the Office of Health Promotion was established to create and sustain a culture of health and wellness within the University community, while responding to the needs of employee family members. The Office of Health Promotion & Wellness is a part of the Office for Academic Affairs, reporting to the Provost. We are located in Russell Hall, rooms 319-321.
To be a nationally recognized leader of university health & wellness programs, united in our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all served.
To create and sustain a culture of health and wellbeing for UA faculty and staff and their families through a quality program of teaching, research and services.
Our Health and Productivity Program Values
There are four core values that will have a positive impact on the health and well being of our employees, their families, and the University.