Step Out for a Walk With Campus Leaders
Want to take a quick break from your desk to enjoy some fresh air? Interested in meeting University leaders in an informal setting? Walks With Campus Leaders lets you do just that.
Walks With Campus Leaders is a UA Life & Work Connections program that started in fall 2012. Since then, more than 20 campus leaders have participated in 20-25 minute walks with employees on the UA's main campus and the Arizona Health Sciences Center campus.
Nancy Rogers, worksite wellness and health promotion coordinator for Life & Work Connections, organizes all of the walks. Although she was initially nervous about getting enough participants, Rogers said she's received overwhelming support from campus leadership.
"I haven't had a single person say they couldn't meet," Rogers said. "We've had lots of good enthusiasm and support from the deans and the leadership."
Inspired by the yearly physical activity campaign Walk Across Arizona – an event in which UA teams are encouraged to walk 410 miles during an eight-week program – Rogers said she started Walks With Campus Leaders as a way for leaders to get to know employees more personally.
"It's a very informal time to just get to know people for people on the human level, not just the business level," she said.
"She's led other walks before," Rogers said. "She always has incredibly interesting stories. For anyone that enjoys any type of botany or history, she's just a wealth of information. She's lots of fun."
Walkers can meet a few minutes before noon at the north side of the Student Union Memorial Center outside of the UA BookStore.
Rogers is already looking ahead to planning walks for next year, which will start in January and run through the spring until the weather heats up.
In addition to networking, Rogers said the walks are a chance for employees to enjoy a break away from their desks. She said even a quick walk comes with many health benefits, like increased focus, productivity and creativity.
"Most of us here at the University have sedentary jobs where we're doing a lot of computer work," she said. "So being able to get up, walk and stretch will help keep you healthy and productive during the day."
Rogers added that she's thankful leaders are willing to set healthy examples for University employees.
"It starts at the top and filters down into individual departments that getting out and doing some walking at lunchtime is just a good thing," she said. "I'm just so appreciative that leaders are supportive of building a culture of wellness at the UA."
To see pictures from previous walks, stay up-to-date on the Walks With Campus Leaders spring schedule and learn about more fitness opportunities offered by Life & Work Connections, click here.