In support of the university’s goal of being the healthiest campus community in the world, University Libraries is taking the initiative in promoting health and wellness for our faculty and staff. Last October, 88 Libraries’ faculty and staff completed a health and wellness survey, providing candid feedback about the types of activities that many would like to see us support, as well as potential barriers to participation. Thanks to those who took the time to provide this feedback. You can see the full survey results at https://library.osu.edu/document-registry/docs/960.

Our Buckeye Wellness Innovators, Lila Andersen, Randall McKenzie, and Quanetta Batts, reviewed the survey results and have developed a six-month wellness plan for University Libraries based on your feedback. This plan includes the following:

  • Bi-weekly yoga classes at the Libraries Tech Center (3-month pilot)
  • Wellness Wednesday newsletters, which will highlight wellness topics and special events/activities happening across campus
  • A workshop series featuring a variety of health and wellness topics
  • A University Libraries healthy cookbook project
  • Wellness walks around campus

More information about these activities is coming soon. Please keep in mind that participation is voluntary. Faculty and staff should feel free to participate as their schedules allow. We also hope that you will continue to engage with the Your Plan for Health website: https://yp4h.osu.edu.

Finally, we are providing an Ohio State University Libraries water bottle for each of you to help jumpstart your wellness journey in 2018.  All faculty and staff will receive a water bottle later this week. Why a water bottle? You can learn about the benefits of staying properly hydrated at https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water#1.

Cheers to a happy and healthy 2018!

Damon E. Jaggars
Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries