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 during the previous years 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."
AstraZeneca’s total support of CHILL over the past four years amounts to over $900,000, and has made it possible for FSU to embark on a mission to become a national model for campus health and wellness. 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. 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 three years, CHILL organizers have successfully performed a total of 1,650 screenings, where nearly 68 percent of participants’ results indicated the need for follow-up care. Major areas of concern included body mass index/body composition, blood pressure and high-density lipoproteins. CHILL has also debuted bWell, a wellness residential community for FSU students. As a result of CHILL’s success and the University’s overall focus on health and wellness, for the past three years, FSU has been recognized as a “Gold Start! Fit-Friendly Company” by the American Heart Association for its efforts to promote and foster an institutional culture of health and physical activity in the workplace.
“Year Four will challenge CHILL to take three years of dedicated work and the blending of best practices to reinvigorate the college community into making student health and wellness an integral part of their foundations as we are at Frostburg State,” said April Baer, FSU’s coordinator for University Wellness.
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