Healthy Planet 2010 starts today

February 1, 2010

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Welcome to Healthy Planet 2010, a week dedicated to encouraging faculty, staff, students, alumni and the local community to pursue healthy living.

Healthy Planet 2010 will offer the Purdue community a variety of events designed to interest and motivate everyone. Programming will focus on health education, physical activity, nutrition, financial management, and life balance. A full list of events is here.
One focus of Healthy Planet 2010 is health education. Here are some related opportunities.

Health assessment
Faculty and staff who have elected the Purdue health insurance can learn about which lifestyle choices may be affecting their health by taking an online health assessment at By answering simple questions about their health and family history, employees can receive a thorough review of their overall health as well as find out whether they are at risk for certain conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Participants also will receive recommended next steps to help get started on a path to better health.

Wellness screenings
Benefit-eligible faculty and staff and their spouses/same-sex domestic partners may receive one free wellness screening per calendar year. Screenings include a finger stick test for total cholesterol, HDL, and glucose, blood pressure, and height/weight.

Wellness screening appointments are available with the School of Nursing throughout February. For a list of times and registration information, visit and click "Register Now."

Wellness Activities Fair
The Recreational Sports Center and Healthy Planet initiative are hosting a Wellness Activities Fair for students, faculty and staff from 4 to 7 p.m. today. The fair will showcase the organizations and clubs that make healthy living and physical activity a prime focus.

CIGNA Health Awareness Tour Mobile Learning Lab
CIGNA's Mobile Learning Lab, which guides guests through an exploration of improved health, will be available 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (Feb. 1) on Martin Jischke Drive between the Recreational Sports Center and Wiley Dining Court. Guests learn about deteriorating health conditions in the U.S. and then experience these health conditions through the eyes of individual profiles detailed in interactive kiosks. They also have the opportunity to experience what extra weight feels like and explore how to read food labels properly. Before leaving the lab, guests are challenged to think about ways to inspire or influence healthier lifestyles in their community.
* Today's events and a list of the week's activities can be found here.