Thanks to a generous contribution from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Frostburg State University is gearing up for another promising year with CHILL (“Creating Healthy, Informed, Lasting Lifestyles”), a campuswide wellness initiative.
"We are thrilled that AstraZeneca was so pleased with the progress we made in the important first year of this project that they wanted to continue their philanthropic support for another year,” said B.J. Davisson II, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation, Inc. “This program would not happen would it not be for their very serious commitment to wellness and prevention. Together, we can do great things for young people."
Originally launched in September 2008, CHILL has successfully developed and organized various educational outreach activities focused on health and wellness during the past year, including workshops led by nationally renowned fitness expert Scott Cole, a “Biggest Loser” student competition and campus community walks organized in affiliation with popular University traditions like Homecoming. CHILL also offered student health screenings, which helped students become more informed of how to take charge of and improve their personal health. With AstraZeneca’s support, FSU was also able to hire April Baer, project coordinator for University Wellness, and Registered Nurse Julie Miller. As a result of CHILL’s success and the University’s overall focus on health and wellness, in spring 2009 FSU was recognized as a “Fit-Friendly Company” by the American Heart Association and received a “Worksite Innovation Award” from AHA for its efforts to promote and foster an institutional culture of health and physical activity in the workplace.
AstraZeneca’s new contribution of $228,000 ensures the mission to make FSU a national model for campus health and wellness can continue. CHILL is organizing a variety of activities this fall centered on the theme “The Amazing Race” that will encourage participants to push themselves — or race — to reach various goals and events that promote overall well-being. Planned fall semester activities include fitness education (“The Amazing Race for My Personal Best,” “The Amazing Race to Homecoming” and “The Amazing Race for Fitness”) and a community race in downtown Frostburg (“The Race to Main Street”), as well as efforts to encourage students to give back to the community that overlap with FSU’s Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement (“The Amazing Race for Service”). CHILL will also offer “The Amazing Race for Reading” with FSU’s Lewis J. Ort Library, which will provide texts to engage the mind and help students think about wellness from different perspectives.
“It is so rewarding to see how excited this campus and our community are for wellness. Within one year, CHILL has become a new fixture on this campus,” Baer said. “We hope to grow and provide resources for our students to inspire them to lead healthier, happier lives.”
To learn more about CHILL, visit www.frostburg.edu/chill or e-mail email@example.com. For more information about FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu.
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