Date: 
June 12, 2017
To: 
Facilities Management
From: 
Bill Paulus

Re:

Meet your wellness goals

Dear FM,

The deadline for completing our points for the Wellness Program is August 31. Remember that I’d like 600 FM employees to complete the program – double our rate from last year. I know it’s ambitious, but there are many ways you can earn those final points. Visit the StayWell portal, linked on MyU, to see points opportunities via volunteering, taking a health pledge or watching a video. 

And if you have slipped behind in building your points, consider connecting with a wellness coach for up to 250 points. Read how one of the employees from my office reflects on her experience with a coach.   

“When the Boynton nurse gave me the results of my biometric screening in April, I was surprised to see that my “bad” cholesterol score had shot up. I was reluctant to start taking medication every day to treat my cholesterol and wondered if I could try something else. I decided to take the leap and sign up for a wellness coach to get more information and support about lowering my score. The coach was friendly and helpful. Since my score had increased so much in just a year, she asked me questions about the foods I ate. I confessed my love for ice cream and that we often had a carton of Ben and Jerry’s in the freezer, which I would need to only eat very occasionally. I didn’t expect the coach to ask if adding fruit to my breakfast 4 times a week was possible. She told me fruit helps improve cholesterol health. Agreeing to this simple goal had an interesting power. During my trips to the grocery, I remembered to buy extra fruit. My family got so accustomed to fruit with our breakfast that now cereal without it is not complete!   

I have never worked with a personal coach on a health matter before. I am impressed with how well it worked to help change several unconscious habits, and I received 200 points. I will certainly take advantage of this next year if I have a particular health concern.” 

I hope you find some inspiration here to complete your wellness points - good luck! 

Have a great week

Bill

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Bill Paulus the interim AVP for FM
Bill Paulus is the interim Associate Vice President for Facilities Management. He regularly publishes memos to communicate information and issues that affect FM staff.