KSU Wellness Initiatives Kick Off

KENNESAW, Ga. — Kennesaw State University is the recipient of one of four $2,500 awards from…

Georgia (Feb 20, 2015)KENNESAW, Ga. — Kennesaw State University is the recipient of one of four $2,500 awards from the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Worksite Wellness Committee.  

The chamber’s committee seeking Cobb County businesses wanting to establish or expand worksite wellness initiatives accepted KSU’s proposal. In total, seven awards were given out – two $5,000, four $2,500 and one $1,000. The incentives were made possible through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Transformation Grant (CTG) funding.  

KSU plans to use its award to fund a pair of worksite wellness programs to increase the physical activity of Kennesaw State faculty and staff: “Owls Couch to 5K” and “Cardio Across Kennesaw State.” Based on the results of a recent program, employees reported personal health and fitness, competition among other participants, and T-shirts as motivators to exercise.

The first initiative, “Owls Couch to 5K,” kicked off Feb. 18, and will conclude at KSU’s annual 5K Daffodil Dash on April 17. The program is starting in February to help jump-start New Year’s resolutions that have started to fade away as well as tie into promotions surrounding American Heart Month.

“The goal of the program is to get employees moving and start training now so they can complete a 5K in the spring, the Daffodil Dash,” said Sherry Grable, director of the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness at KSU. “Weekly group meetings will be held where participants will receive support from others. They will train together at least once a week and they will also train on their own.”

The first 100 employees to register for the program will be given access to the official Couch to 5K app. Employees will log their workouts on the app and share progress on the group’s Facebook page. Employees who complete the program will receive a team T-shirt to wear at the Daffodil Dash. A group run will be held weekly on campus for employees needing extra support in achieving their goals.

The second program, to be offered this fall, is “Cardio Across Kennesaw State,” an eight-week program in which faculty and staff track their physical activity by using pedometers. Employees will be awarded for participation toward fitness goals.  

“Physical activity is key,” Grable said. “Employees want to do physical activity, but report not having the time. Cardio Across Kennesaw will provide an opportunity for employees to get active while at work.”

The program is designed to help employees:

• Become physically fit

• Have a positive experience involving physical activity

• Learn to incorporate regular exercise into daily activities

• Receive support from others who have similar goals

• Have fun

Progress will be managed through a series of Google Docs to track weekly steps. Google Docs can be accessed from any computer or smart device with Internet access.

Employees will use the Cardio Across Kennesaw State walking log to record weekly steps. Employees may track progress privately or opt to participate in the Cardio Across Kennesaw State Step Tracker. This document will compare the progress of all participants.

The Step Tracker will be an online spreadsheet that can be viewed only by program participants. The Step Tracker will be updated on a weekly basis. Participants must make at least four weekly entries to be eligible for a T-shirt. The program will kick off with a group walk on the Campus Green and will end with a finale celebration walk. These walks will include music, light healthy refreshments and raffle prizes donated from local businesses.

For more information on how to get involved, please call 470-578-6394.

-- by Tim Turner


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu