Are you on the path?

May 27, 2014

What’s On Your Plate (May Edition)

The Pathway To Total You Wellness 2014

A corporate wellness program is an essential tool to empower staff to participate in activities that will help in the prevention or intervention of an illness and disease while taking charge of their overall health.  In 2013, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) implemented the Campus Wide Wellness initiative that is cost saving and will increase productivity with just a few simple projects that promote healthier lifestyles.  Image

The Campus Wide Wellness Initiative is an investment in Prairie View A&M University’s most valuable asset; our staff and faculty. According to Infinite Wellness Solutions, “studies have shown that employees are more likely to be on the job and performing well when they are in optimal physical and psychological health. PVAMU staff, students and faculty are  more likely to be attracted to, remain with, and value an employer that appreciates them” (para. 4).

In addition, by investing in corporate wellness programs, PVAMU will be helping the United States achieve its three two major Healthy People 2020 worksite goals:

Physical Activity: Increase the proportion of employed adults who have access to and participate in employer-based exercise facilities and exercise programs.

Immunization and Infectious Disease: Increase the proportion of children and adults who are vaccinated annually against seasonal influenza.

Tobacco Use: Reduce tobacco use by adults

This year the Campus Wide Wellness Initiative will initiate the first Annual Pathway to Total You Wellness Health Conference. The health conference will take place on September 24, 2014 on the main campus and it will be an all-day affair; fabulous workshop presenters, refreshments, door prizes, lunch (limited seating) will be provided. Vendors will be  available to educate the faculty, staff and students on topics such as natural hair, organic foods, medicinal plants, physical health, mental health, parenting, financial health, stress, relationships, and chronic & infectious disease.

Participants receiving information about dental care.

Participants receiving information about dental care.

The wellness initiative is year round and will include 20 Total You Wellness workshops a semester which will be facilitated at the PVAMU Northwest Houston Center,  PVAMU College of Nursing, the Waller County Library, and the PVAMU main campus in the area of nutrition, physical, mental, technology, and financial health. PVAMU Office of Human Resources will send out weekly health fact sheets as well as manage and implement three health fairs, and the College of Agriculture and Human Science Cooperative Extension Program will provide a monthly health blog for your review and entertainment.

In addition, Auxiliary and Recreational sports will be hosting Tuesday Terrifics at noon which is an opportunity for faculty staff and students to gather for a quick round of recreational fun. Zumba, boot camp, Insanity Workout, the running 5k club and resistance Training will also be available to faculty staff and students throughout the year and much more.

So, are you on the right path? Come join us in 2014!




Infinite Wellness Solutions


By Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

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PVAMU MANRRS recognizes Hodge and Jones

May 6, 2014

The members of the Prairie View A&M University MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter recognized Mr. Horace Hodge, USDA/1890 Program Liaison and Dr. Wash Jones, Assistant Professor, CAHS during a special meeting on April 26th.

Ms. Rose Marie Somers 2013/2013 President and Mr. Christopher Wong, 2014/2015 President officially presented Dr. Jones and Mr. Hodge an “Appreciation Award” for their dedication, commitment and mentorship during the 2013/2014 school year.

MANRRS Recognition

Dr. Wash Jones and Mr. Horace Hodge share a photo at a MANRRS meeting called to recognize their dedication, commitment and mentorship.

Both recipients thank the members as indicated below:

Jones said “Thank you tremendously for the surprise honor/recognition given to Mr. Hodge and me this week. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness, and it lets me know that our work is not in vain. MANRRS means a great deal to me, and I desire to do my best to help all members thrive to success and excellence. It’s a joy working with all of you and seeing you move toward excellence. Thanks a million!”

Mr. Hodge presented the following comments: “I want to thank each of you personally and as a group for the beautiful award. It was quite a surprise and very humbling. It is certainly a pleasure to work with the PVAMU MANRRS chapter and beside a very dedicated and committed primary advisor, Dr. Wash Jones. Having been associated with the PVAMU MANRRS Chapter since its inception, I know “The Best is Yet to Come”.

I am looking forward to a great 2014/2015 school year.