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.
Dr. Rebecca Kelly was hired in Fall 2006 as the first Director of Health Promotion and Wellness. 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 Dr. Joe Benson, Interim 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.