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 student wellness initiative.
"We are thrilled AstraZeneca has agreed 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 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, 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.
As a key focus in its efforts, since its inception, CHILL has also offered bio-medical screenings, which have helped students become more informed of how to take charge of and improve their personal health. In the past two years, CHILL organizers have successfully performed a total of 1,151 screenings, 77 percent of the results of which indicated the need for follow-up care. Major areas of concern included body mass index/body composition, blood pressure and high-density lipoprotein.
As a result of CHILL’s success and the University’s overall focus on health and wellness, in spring 2009 and 2010 FSU was recognized as a “Fit-Friendly Company” by the American Heart Association. It also received a “Worksite Innovation Award” from AHA in 2009 for its efforts to promote and foster an institutional culture of health and physical activity in the workplace.
AstraZeneca’s most recent contribution of $150,000 ensures the mission to make FSU a national model for campus health and wellness can continue. CHILL will continue offering bio-medical screenings this year and is exploring new and innovative ways to integrate health and wellness into the campus culture. This fall, FSU is debuting bWell, a residential community where students can support their own health and well-being through a full academic year living experience. CHILL also plans to host at least one large, campuswide wellness-themed program a month through various resources and collaborations around campus with an attendance goal of no fewer than 40 students.
“It is so rewarding to see how excited this campus and our community are for wellness. Within just two years, CHILL has become an important part of FSU’s overall focus on health and wellness as an institution,” said April Baer, project coordinator for University Wellness. “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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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