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Worksite Wellness

Morning Fitness Class Anybody?

Worksite Wellness has instructors to teach a morning circuit training class and/or Zumba fitness class. The classes would start at 6:00 or 6:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday. If you know you will participate, please email Worksite Wellness and put "Morning Fitness" in the subject line. We need a minimum of 4 people who plan to participate in order to start the class.

New Email Address

We are proud to announce that the Worksite Wellness program now has a new email address. All questions, concerns, input and support can be emailed to This change will help greatly, allowing WW staff to efficiently locate and respond to emails.

Noon Walks

As it appears the cold weather has made its presence, we need to make a decision about the noon walk program. Please email Worksite Wellness (please put Noon Walks in the subject line) if you are interested in continuing this program through the winter. We can rotate buildings in which to walk or we can use the SAC. Please vote for your preference.

How do I Take Advantage of Worksite Wellness?

  • Watch for emails announcing contests, health assessments, educational seminars and exercise classes
  • Email Jody Susi ( to schedule individual assessments or education

Employers + Employees + Worksite Wellness

Remember... Healthy Employees Have...

  • Fewer Injuries
  • Lower Health Care Costs
  • Increased Morale
  • More Productivity
  • More Company Loyalty
  • Less Absenteeism


  • $20.00 per year: LSSU Employees
  • $30.00 per year: Immediate Family Member of LSSU Employee

Improve Your Posture, Improve Your Health

These 5 activities are designed to help combat the bad habits we usually adopt due to sedentary days spent in front of a desk and/or computer. Adding these activities into your daily life can greatly reduce muscle pain, tightening and/or stress, along with improving circulation and reducing headaches. If you have questions, contact Worksite Wellness and we can come over and demonstrate any or all of these exercises.
1. Do the "Batwing": Lean back into a wall or chair. Press your elbows into the wall/back of chair and bring your thumbs to your armpits. Press hard and hold for 10 seconds. Relax and repeat as time permits.
2. Stand up: Make a pact to stand up a minimum of 4 times every hour (every 15 minutes). If time permits, do sets of 3-10 stands, or stay standing and walk for at least 30-90 seconds (or longer!).
3. Align your spine: Gravity can do some very bad things to our spines! Our heads drift forward, changing the center of gravity and causing tension, tightness and headaches. Try to combat this issue by 'pulling' your head toward the ceiling while maintaining it centered over your torso. Recheck your positioning every 60-90 minutes.
4. Stretch those Pecs: Stand in an open doorway, place your hands at shoulder height outside the doorframe. Bend your elbows and lean forward on your toes while keeping your chest straight, and then push forward, straightening your elbows and hold for 10 seconds. Relax and repeat as time permits.
5.Do the "I don't know": While sitting or standing, with arms at your sides, shrug shoulders up, slowly rotate them backwards, then slowly bring them back down. Relax and repeat, this time bringing your shoulders slowly forward then back down. Relax and repeat as time permits.

Healthy Employee Spotlight

Bobbie Kyle: Human Resources Administrator

What is your biggest motivation for living a healthy life? My biggest motivation is two fold. The first being that by exercising regularly and eating healthy, I am able to maintain a healthy weight. The second part is that the healthy weight has reduced by blood pressure (eliminating the need to medication), reduced the pain in my joints which has allowed me the ability to become more active and keep up with my family as well as be able to start playing volleyball again. At the end of the day (even my longest days) my feet don't hurt and my knees don't ache so bad that all I can do is sit. There was a time when my weight was so out of control that this was how I felt.

Describe your perfect meal: My perfect meal is one where I sit down with my family and we have a conversation over dinner. The meal would consist of a fresh salad, full of fresh veggies (bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, mushrooms) and a grilled chicken breast covered in hot sauce.

What is your favorite physical activity / exercise? What is it that you like about this exercise? I love to play volleyball. I play on a women's league on Wednesday nights. I love the interaction and competition with others. It's a game and doesn't feel like exercise. It's FUN.

What is your biggest obstacle to healthy living? How are you able to overcome or compensate for this obstacle? My biggest obstacle to living healthy is time. I am a full-time mom to a teenager, I work full time, my husband works out of state 14 days of the month, and I am pursuing my MBA. Time is limited and fitting it all in is difficult. To compensate, I get up at 4:30 in the morning so I can study for an hour or so, then I stop at the SAC at 7:15 to walk for 25 minutes before work. I try to get back there at lunch to do cardio at least one day a week as well as walk with the Worksite Wellness group on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I also keep the kitchen well stocked with fresh fruit and prepared fresh veggies for quick access as well as try to plan meals ahead of time.

How does LSSU Worksite Wellness fit with your personal health and wellness goals? The Worksite Wellness program reminds to me keep my wellness goals in site and provides access to activities to promote physical activity.

What do you do to relax and de-stress? To relax, I enjoy being outdoors and active. Last winter I tried snow-shoeing for the first time and loved it. I also enjoy camping, four-wheeling, and hiking in the non-snow months. From October to March I play volleyball one night a week. All of these things help me unwind and let go of the everyday stresses.

What is the one thing you would tell people to help motivate them to better health and wellness? Don't think of this type of thing as a diet or short-term commitment. Incorporate healthy eating and daily exercise into your life as a way of life.

WorkSite Wellness Opportunities

  • Introduction to the SAC
  • Exercise Classes
  • Physical Activity Education
  • Individualized Exercise Prescription
  • Exercise Testing (Max /Submax VO2)
  • Stress Management Screening
  • Muscular Strength and Endurance
  • Heart Disease Education
  • Cholesterol Testing
  • Spirometry
  • Resting Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and ECG
  • Height, Weight and BMI
  • Body Composition
  • Nutritional Analysis
  • Health and Fitness Discussion Groups
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Health Contests
  • Diabetes Education
  • Workplace Ergonomics
  • Individualized Health Education

How To Join

  1. Download and complete the registration form
  2. Send the completed form to WW Coordinator Jody Susi ( or campus mail: Jody Susi, Norris Center) with your registration fee

Join our Google Group too!

LSSU Worksite Wellness Members are invited to join the' LSSU Worksite Wellness Google Group' page for "insider" information. The WW Group page is for up to date information about classes (and potential class cancellations), discussions on health and wellness topics of interest to members, exercises of the week, polls regarding exercise classes and educational seminars, and much more. This page is only available to WW members, so complete the steps above to recieve an invite to join the WW Group.

Mission Statement

To encourage employees' personal and professional productivity, and physical and mental well-being, the mission of the LSSU Worksite Wellness program shall be to foster a worksite culture that supports anyone's desire to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Upcoming Events:

Circuit Training

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:1 p.m., Norris Dance Studio (2nd floor Norris, 208)

We will continue running the circuit training class as long as there is interest. However, if we have less than 4 people, we will have to cancel the class. The class will be offered for the rest of October, after which a decision will be made. We hope participation picks up to levels of past years, as Marissa is quite excited to keep the class going and has lots of new ideas.

This class is only open to LSSU Worksite Wellness members, so remember to update your membership if it has expired. For more information about this class or additional LSSU Worksite Wellness opportunities or to update / purchase an LSSU Worksite Wellness membership, please contact LSSU Worksite Wellness Coordinator Jody Susi at

Current Health Research

Click the links below to read the news articles related to the research studies.

  • Can it really be true, a pill to mimic exercise? Believe it or not, but be sure to read the article before reaching a decision. Read the details here.
  • Do you have a teenager at home? If so, read about the new test to predict a teenager's future risk of heart disease. Learn more here.
  • Which is better, high intensity or moderate intensity exercise, for improving endurance in people suffering from arthritis? The answer may surprise you! You can find it here!
  • Children with ADHD should be allowed to 'squirm' as movements may actually be required for them to concentrate and learn. Concentrate on this article to find out more.
  • There is another reason to get your flu shot...a reduced risk of stroke. The earlier you get a shot in the flu season, the better. Read more about the additional benefits.
  • We know that we can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol profile and decrease risk of cardiovascular by removing things from our diet, such as fat, but what about adding something...learn how cocoa flavonals can improve your heart health. Learn why you should eat more cocoa.

The LSSU Worksite Wellness Program (WWP) would like your input in order to provide events, education and programs to fit your wellness needs. Let your voice be heard! Email LSSU Worksite Wellness Coordinator Jody Susi at:

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