Quarterly Workshops for Champions
Once each quarter, the Wellness Champions get together in a virtual workshop. These sessions are an opportunity to connect with each other and to learn about resources & tools available to help us personalize a culture of health and well-being in our specific workgroups.
Current Champions: View the annual schedule and register for each workshop in the drop-down menu below.
Potential Champions: If you’re interested in joining the Wellness Champion network, submit your partnership agreement and join us at the next workshop.
The Leadership group is a subsect of Champions who help the Wellness Connection team recruit, train, & engage Champions to help further our mission of promoting employee health and wellness.
Champion Leadership meets regularly with Wellness Connection in order to plan training, set the agenda, and develop collateral for the Champions network. They are integral in helping to provide an organizational framework to support the Champions network as we continue to grow.
Current Champions who are interested in taking on a leadership role can contact Nikki Hafner.
Wellness Connection provides specialized toolkits on a variety of topics to help Champions personalize wellness for their departments. These toolkits are available in the WashU Wellness Champions team within MS Teams.
Wellness Connection provides bulletin boards to Champions so they can easily promote programs and events. Request a bulletin board today.
In addition to our regularly scheduled campus-wide events, Wellness Connection is partnering with Champions to host dedicated screening events throughout all campuses. This partnership allows us to personalize the onsite screening experience for each department, making it more convenient for employees to participate and know their numbers.
Champions can lead by acting as Team Captains during wellness challenges, creating teams and encouraging colleagues to participate and stay motivated. Utilize this toolkit to be a successful team captain for your department.
These FAQs explain what it means to be a Champion, and can be helpful to supervisors curious about the expectations, time commitment, and benefits of having a department Champion.
Visibility tools can help identify you as a Wellness Connection Champion in your department. Add an email signature, introductory placard, and decorate your bulletin board with a banner to help communicate your role as Champion.
Champions have preferred access to a variety of guest speakers, webinars, and professional development training.
Dr. Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH: 8IGHT Ways to Wellness
Dr. Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH & Sam Biver MPH: Working For You Study & Participatory Teams
Art Maines, LCSW: How to build Interpersonal Skills for Challenging Situations
A conversation with specialists from the Pain Management Center within the Center for Advanced Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis: An Introduction to Pain Management webinar
Wellness Connection Champions are partnering with ComPsych Guidance Resources to present a monthly webinar series for all WashU employees. View recorded sessions and register for upcoming webinars.
Wellness Connection partners with Health Enhancement Systems (HES) to provide quality activity challenges to employees. Take a closer look at how to register and participate in these programs:
How the Wellness Connection Team Supports Champions
- Provides appropriate communication about employee wellness programs and opportunities;
- Creates a safe and civil environment for Champions to provide constructive feedback about wellness initiatives;
- Collaborates with health & wellness experts to offer training and resources for Champions to motivate and engage colleagues to make healthy choices; and
- Reaches out to department supervisors to inform them of wellness initiatives and encourage their support for their employees.