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LEAD lunch campaign promotes University staff well-being

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LEAD lunch campaign promotes University staff well-being

The University of West Florida 2016-17 LEAD: The Staff Version team announced the launch of the “One Lunch Hour Can LEAD to Happiness” campaign to improve the health, overall wellness and happiness of University staff members.

LEAD, which stands for leadership, enhancement, activities and development, is a yearlong UWF leadership development program designed to help participants enhance their leadership skills, build relationships across campus and develop strategies to help them grow as leaders and team members. Dr. Athena du Pré, Distinguished University Professor, led the 15-member 2016-17 team, which recently held a graduation ceremony.

The LEAD staff created the uwf.edu/leadlunch website and GPS map accompaniment to increase awareness and engagement of campus resources as part of its yearlong project.

“No matter what we did, if people didn’t know the campaign existed, it didn’t matter,” said Jenny Hinely, marketing and creating manager in the UWF Distance and Continuing Education Department. “With this format, users are able to find the information easily. We’ve received positive responses from everyone we’ve shown this to. We’re excited about the opportunities this will present to staff.”

Categories such as “Get Back to Nature,” “Find Your Zen” and “Put the Pro in Productive,” provide a guide for staff on how to step away from their desks and explore resources, including past LEAD projects that are available to them as members of the University’s workforce. The interactive map displays the GPS location as well as additional information about each resource listed. The interactive map includes UWF’s Pensacola Historic District properties and the Emerald Coast Campus.

UWF Distance and Continuing Education, UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement, and UWF GeoData Center provided additional support to the LEAD project.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with other staff members across campus to create a project that gives back to University employees,” Hinely said. “Everyone on the team had different skill sets and we were able to work together as one mind throughout the entire process.”

For more information, visit uwf.edu/leadlunch.

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