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Blue zones project lunch & learn set for June 16

June 1, 2016 - 12:00am
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The University of Northern Iowa's UNIBusiness and Human Resource Services is proud to host the Blue Zones Project Lunch and Learn, June 16th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 3 of the Curris Business Building. This event is free to Cedar Valley business leaders, HR professionals, and wellness champions who are, or who are working to become, Blue Zones Designated Worksites. A light lunch will be served as University of Northern Iowa representatives discuss best practices on promoting the benefits of healthy living.

A healthier workforce is more productive and helps control corporate health care costs. This lunch and learn will discuss the economical benefits of employee well-being and share tips on how organizations can promote a more healthy lifestyle in the workplace. Learn how UNIBusiness is exposing business students to stress management and personal well-being techniques through their Professional Readiness Program (PRP), and hear from a panel of University of Northern Iowa representatives how the Blue Zones' Power 9 principles continue to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. Adopting a healthy lifestyle starts early. "It's our obligation as educators to teach future business leaders how to manage stress and implement healthy habits so they can go on to promote healthy best practices in their own organizations," said Katie Hillyer, Professional Readiness Director at the University of Northern Iowa's UNIBusiness.

Therese Callaghan will give a short introduction on how Human Resource Services was instrumental in acquiring Designated Worksite status for UNI in 2012. Strength and conditioning coach, Jed Smith will focus on "UNI Strength in Community" including details on the construction of state-of-the-art exercise stations along local bike trails. Ronelle Langley from UNIBusiness will share how the 2016 Gallup-Healthways well-being study underscores the importance of purpose for people in the Cedar Valley, and Lisa Smith from University of Northern Iowa Food Services will discuss how the work environment can affect healthy eating habits.

To RSVP and arrange for a parking pass on UNI campus, contact


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