EWC Launches Student Wellness Pilot Program

EWC Wellness Pilot PartnersJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College launched a 12-week student wellness pilot program in partnership with local health organizations and healthcare providers January 14.

The pilot program, spearheaded by college officials and representatives from the American Diabetes Association, Baptist Health, Mayo Clinic and the Yates branch of the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, is designed to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and enhance nutrition, exercise and preventative healthcare knowledge for students. It also serves as a bridge for addressing limited access to exercise facilities and programming.

Twenty-five voluntary participants began pre-pilot screenings in early January. They will undergo two additional screenings, one at the midpoint and one after the program ends, to track and evaluate their progress throughout the program.

To enter the program, students committed to exercise for at least three hours and participate in one healthy lifestyle education session per week. As an intentional support structure, students will have access to a health coach, in addition to the educational and exercise instructors, to motivate, educate and encourage them along the way.

The program was initiated by the College as a component of a broader initiative to address health disparities within the community and throughout campus. Currently, its other efforts include the construction of a center for the prevention of health disparities and the New Town Success Zone.

The program concludes April 8.