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Educational Opportunities for Marquette Faculty and Staff

The Marquette Employee Wellness Program offers programs and activities for Marquette faculty and staff that encourage healthy lifestyle choices and promote personal health and wellness. (more)

Programming includes topics such as exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation, stress management, weight management, and self-care. Marquette received a 2010 Well Workplace Award designation from the Wellness Council of America, demonstrating that the university integrates health promotion into the way it operates. Since the introduction of the program, more employees feel that they are encouraged to lead healthier lifestyles; employees support others attempting to lead healthy lifestyles; and leaders promote healthy lifestyles, according to the health and wellness survey. A University Wellness Implementation Committee, comprising dean or vice president-appointed faculty, staff and administrators, meets monthly and is responsible for planning, implementing, promoting, and evaluating wellness activities and programs. Mandi Richter, employee wellness coordinator, oversees daily operations of the wellness program. For more information about Marquette's Employee Wellness Program, including upcoming programs, events, and wellness resources and news, visit

Educational Outreach for Students

The Center for Health Education & Promotion provides educational outreach activities on a variety of health related issues annually, including topics on body image and nutrition. (more)

Please visit our website or call us directly at x8-5217 for more information.

Peer Health Education Outreach

All Peer Health Education programs are informative and interactive. We encourage and support positive health decisions that will enhance the overall growth and development of our student body. Main outreach programs run about 30-40 minutes. Grab Bag programs run about 15 minutes, and can easily be added onto the end of a meeting or gathering.

Women's Health: The Truth About Women, Inside and Out
Breast self exams, gyn exams, yeast infections, menstruation

PMS: It's Not Your Imagination! (Grab Bag)
Take the PMS test and learn ways to cope with PMS we'll bring the chocolate!

Men's Health: It's Up to Us!
Discuss respect, relationship issues, and communication

Health & Wellness 101
If you have basic health & wellness questions, this program is for you!

Relationships: AIDS Doesn't Discriminate
HIV testing & Counseling, discuss the issues around HIV

Healthy Relationships 101
Learn key pieces to a successful and healthy relationship.

Body Image/Disordered Eating: No BODY's Perfect
How do self esteem and body image work together?

Stress Management/Relaxation: Waiting to Exhale
Stress management/relaxation learn techniques that you can use daily

Intro to Yoga
Learn some of the basic yoga postures for relaxation

The Science of Serenity (Grab Bag)
Focused on one relaxation technique

Aromatherapy- The Ancient Art of Fragrance (Grab Bag)
Using fragrance to help you relax

Nutrition: Nutrition ER (Eating Right)
Serving size, MyPyramid, nutrients, healthy exercise

Decoding Your Dinner (Grab Bag)
How to read a food label- let's practice!

Tofu Turkey Talk
Educate yourself on the ins and outs of vegetarianism

Conquering the Caffeine Craving
Learn how to prevent caffeine addiction

Sodexho Jeopardy
Learn how to eat well in the residence halls

Alcohol Ed: Absolut Awareness
Safety issues, when to call 911, how to help a friend

Give us a call today!
Center for Health Education & Promotion
707 Building, First Floor

Educational Outreach to the Community

Several MOVe members are involved in educational activities in the community. (more)

Michelle Polfuss, APNP, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, is interested in multiple areas of research related to pediatric obesity. She has interest in examining the family's role and/or impact on the child's obesity and developing interventions. She is active performing lectures on childhood obesity at local level (guest speaker for MU courses, Wisconsin Nurses Association and through Children's Hospital of Wisconsin) and at the national level through the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is the elected chair of the Childhood Obesity Special Interest Group though the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and is sponsoring a preconference on childhood obesity in San Antonio, Texas in March 2012 for the Annual NAPNAP conference.

Linda Vaughn, Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, is interested in the relationship between reward, stress and obesity and presents lectures on the interconnections between Addiction, Obesity and Stress to MCW continuing education courses.

Marquette University Coursework for Undergraduate Students

Faculty members of MOVe offer a variety of courses related to obesity, health, and fitness. (more)

Astrida Kaugars, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, is a pediatric psychologist with an interest in family adaptation to chronic illnesses. She teaches an undergraduate Health Psychology (PSYC 3420) course annually. Course content includes a discussion of health behaviors (including exercise and diet), theories addressing behavior change, and the impact of health behaviors on medical conditions. The course includes a Service Learning component where Marquette students prepare presentations on health topics for an elementary-school audience at an inner-city afterschool program.

Christopher Simenz, Ph.D., clinical faculty and practicum coordinator of the Program in Exercise Science is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. His coursework and studies focused on the role of education in the United States and its impact on minorities and cultural diversity. He teaches a course on Obesity and Exercise.

Barbara Troy, M.S., R.D., C.D., has interests in promoting realistic, health body weight/body image, maximizing health eating for active people, including athletes, and promotion of self care/self love through healthy lifestyle choices. She teaches courses for the College of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and the School of Dentistry and works as a nutritional consultant in the Student health Service. She teaches three undergraduate courses in nutrition: Health 2045, Normal and therapeutic nutrition, a course on nutritional aspects of health promotion and therapeutic dietary needs of clients with various health status deviations; BISC 3110 Nutritional Aspects of Health, a course on basic principles and fundamentals of human nutrition in which nutrients are discussed in terms of sources, absorption, metabolism and utilization, deficiency, requirements, and assessment of status. Life cycle nutrition and nutrition in disease states are also covered; and BISC 1010, Contemporary Issues in Nutrition, a course covering personalized nutrition applications for health promotion designed for non-science majors. Topics include scientific methods, nutrients, life cycle nutrition, weight management, disordered eating, dietary supplements (including botanicals) and nutrition and fitness.

Linda Vaughn, Ph.D. professor of Biomedical Sciences, is a physiologist with an interest in the interaction between stress, reward mechanisms and obesity. She teaches an undergraduate course entitled Modern Plagues: Addiction, Obesity and Stress. A physiological/neurobiological approach is used to the interrelationship and connections between addiction, obesity and stress and their common underlying mechanism.