FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 20, 2013
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin, email@example.com, 206-221-2456
Continuing Nursing Education at the University of Washington School of Nursing (UWCNE) joined the American Heart Association on April 3, 2013 to celebrate National Walking Day—a day designated to raise awareness and encourage more Americans to adopt healthy, active lifestyles and lower their risk for heart disease. UWCNE kicked off National Walking Day celebrations by hosting an outdoor walk during lunch at the workshop, Patient Engagement and Activation—Motivational Interviewing for Busy Healthcare Settings, and by giving away raffle prizes as incentives for those who participated (54%). The goal was to encourage preventive health behaviors that are easily accessible through everyday activities and are equally important for health care providers and patients alike!
To further support National Walking Day initiatives, UWCNE created a culture of support around health and wellness in the workplace early by asking UWCNE employees to voluntarily participate in a six-week walking challenge in the weeks leading up to National Walking Day. UWCNE also celebrated National Walking Day internally on April 10, 2013 by holding a 30 minute lunch-time walk. Due to their efforts and organizational participation rates, UWCNE was awarded the American Heart Association’s Golden Tennis Shoe Award (small organization category). National Walking Day is part of the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life healthy living initiative to help Americans realize ideal cardiovascular health.*
*With an 83% increase in sedentary jobs since 1950 and a staggering 65% of overweight or obese American adults (more than 135 million)—health, wellness and productivity initiatives in the workplace have never been more important. Current literature indicates that reduced quality of life and adverse health effects are more prevalent than ever in the American workplace. Moreover, statistics show that one in two men and one in three women are at risk for heart disease and that poor lifestyle is a major contributor.
To learn more about UWCNE wellness initiatives, please contact Shannon Summers at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uwcne.org.
The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently a top-rated nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 2 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2011, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service. For more information, visit www.nursing.uw.edu.