College Community Gets Active

Clarkson College employees and students dedicate their lives to improving the health of others. Through participation in wellness events on and off campus this semester, the community took an active approach to improving their own health and well-being.

Walk at Work Day

The Clarkson College Wellness Committee hosted the eighth annual Walk at Work Day on April 24. The event gave employees three opportunities throughout the workday to walk a one- or two-mile route around campus and the surrounding neighborhood with their colleagues.

Nearly 40 faculty and staff members participated, with several completing the route multiple times throughout the day. General Education Assistant Professor and Wellness Committee member Lucas Sieburg said the group was excited to see so much participation from the College community. “The Wellness Committee feels it is important to sponsor health-related events for the College because these events not only encourage physical wellness but  also emotional and social wellness,” he said. “They encourage us to take time out of our day to strengthen relationships with coworkers and friends while exercising.”

The College event is part of National Walk at Lunch Day, a campaign designed to encourage individuals to make small changes in an effort to become more physically active. As an official registrant of National Walk at Lunch Day, Nebraska Blue Cross and Blue Shield made a donation to Special Olympics Nebraska in honor of Clarkson College.

Walk at Work Day is just one of the events hosted by the Wellness Committee each year. The group consists of faculty and staff members whose goal is to encourage participation in health-related events and activities on campus. The group reviews health and wellness data as well as employee feedback to create engaging events and help employees adopt a healthy lifestyle.

PTA 5K Event

The Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Student Association hosted their annual 5K event on April 13. Seventy employees, students, family and friends joined the race on a chilly Saturday morning at the Field Club Trail in Omaha, Neb.

The yearly event is focused on physical and emotional wellness for students, faculty and staff. It encourages active, engaged lifestyles by providing an outlet for physical activity while encouraging the College community to gather and connect.

“We host this event to promote health and wellness, build community relations, and foster camaraderie among students, faculty and staff,” PTA Instructor and interim Director Jessica Niemann, PTA, B.S., said. “It also provides a great opportunity to bring together College community members and future PTAs.”

Participants walked or ran the 3.1 mile trail, and the first three finishers received prizes after completing the race. The cost to participate was $20 per runner or walker, and children 12 years and under joined for free. Registrants also received a free t-shirt for participating in the event.