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2009.07.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - e-mail: rbrown@unomaha.edu

UNO and WELCOM to Host Reality Wellness Experts Campus Visit July 30

Omaha - Marty and Amy Wolff, contestants from NBC's reality show "The Biggest Loser," lost a combined weight of 252 pounds in September of 2006. The couple, now married and Omaha residents, will bring their reality wellness mantra to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus Thursday, July 30, for a day of wellness events titled "How to Make Reality Wellness Happen at Work and Home."

Sponsored by UNO's You Look Marvelous! Campaign and the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM), "How to Make Reality Wellness Happen at Work and Home" will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building Collaborating Commons.

The event is free to all UNO faculty, staff and students and open to WELCOM members for $15.  The public can attend a free presentation, "Overcoming Life's Obstacles One Pound at a Time," from 3 to 4 p.m.

"We invite people to come and go as individual schedules permit," said Mollie Anderson, director of Human Resources. "To end out the day, UNO and WELCOM will open Marty and Amy Wolff's last presentation to the public." 

Activities will include workshops; a keynote address and presentations by Marty and Amy Wolff; a panel discussion; tour of renovations under way at the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building; and a walking tour.

"Marty and Amy Wolff have utilized their experience and success from the ‘Biggest Loser' reality show to train and inspire countless numbers of people to change their lives," said Howie Halperin, executive director of WELCOM. "This workshop will be a great opportunity for people to learn how to help themselves and their employees change unhealthy behaviors."

The schedule:
8:30 to 9 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction by Halperin, executive director of WELCOM;

9 to 10 a.m. – Keynote presentation by Marty and Amy Wolff;

10 to 11 a.m. – Panel discussion on "Nutrition, Exercise and Modifying Behavior" (UNO Vice Chancellor Bill Conley will serve as moderator);

11 a.m. to noon – "Motivating Individuals and Teams for Personal Wellness," presentation by Marty and Amy Wolff;

Noon to 1 p.m. – Lunch and walking tour of campus (wear clothes/shoes appropriate for this physical activity);

1 to 2 p.m. – HPER Open House (learn about HPER programs and the current HPER renovation project);

2 to 3 p.m. – Workshop on "Sustaining Wellness Programs for Individuals and Employers Within a Changing Healthcare Environment," moderated by Halperin and Becky Vinton Dorn, WELCOM associate director;

3 to 4 p.m. – "Overcoming Life's Obstacles One Pound at a Time," presentation by Marty and Amy Wolff (Open to the public); and

4 p.m. – Closing remarks by Anderson, director of UNO Human Resources.

"The goal of the event is to promote wellness in the workplace, as well as highlight UNO's campus wellness activities and successes to visitors and the UNO community," Anderson said.

Grab-and-go lunch items will be available for purchase in the Milo Bail Student Center. Free parking is available for event-goers on the top and bottom levels of the University Drive East Parking Structure.

For more information on the event, contact Anderson or Esther Scarpello at 402.554.2321. WELCOM members should contact Vinton Dorn at 402.934.5795 or becky@welcomomaha.org to register.

You Look MAVelous! – UNO's fitness and summer weight loss challenge – is sponsored by the UNO Wellness Stampede, Human Resources and Student Health Services.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the city of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908." This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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