CPCC’s Be Well program providing college community with wellness opportunities, teaching healthy living

last modified Oct 24, 2012 02:10 PM

Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Be Well program is focused on improving CPCC employee health and fitness. During its seven-year history, it has evolved and expanded to include an array of heart-healthy programs that promote physical activity in the workplace at CPCC’s six campuses located throughout Mecklenburg County.

Many of these initiatives have raised awareness of CPCC and have attracted the attention of the American Heart Association (AHA), which recently named CPCC a “Gold Fit Friendly Company” for the seventh consecutive year and awarded the institution its 2012 “Worksite Innovation Award.”

“CPCC was the first organization in Charlotte, and the first community college in the nation, to receive the AHA’s Innovation Award,” said Libby Vagnoni, director of professional development and wellness for CPCC. “This shows that we’re on the right path, developing fun, new and exciting ways to present health and fitness information to employees that not only get them up and moving, but also on their way to a healthier lifestyle.”

CPCC’s Be Well program has provided its college community with wellness opportunities that support their desire to make healthy lifestyle choices through an array of multi-faceted programs, including:

  • physical activities. CPCC implemented a “Walk the Walk” pedometer program that has garnered more than 200 participants, and has identified “One Mile Walking Trails” at all six of its campuses so employees may increase their daily physical exercise.
  • education and nutrition workshops. Each month, the College hosts “Lunch and Learn” programs featuring a variety of community health speakers.
  • worksite wellness programs. Employees may earn professional development credit for participating in an on-campus exercise program, utilizing one of the College’s many fitness centers (the new CPCC Central Campus Fitness Center opened in Oct. 2012), participating in an athletic program such as biking, running, walking and more.
  • an annual Health & Fitness Day. In addition to educational events, this free event also connects CPCC employees to exhibitors who represent the health care, food and nutrition industries.

To learn more about CPCC’s Be Well program, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/bewell.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.