643 Health Promotion Majors: Transforming Corporate Culture While Building Their Portfolios

Saturday, April 27, 2013: 8:45 AM-10:00 AM
Convention Center: 201AB
AAHE/Implement Strategies/Interventions/Programs
Presider: Retta R. Evans, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Speakers: Jennifer Thomas, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS; and Matthew Howe, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
This session addresses a pressing issue for future health promotion professionals: students need hands-on work experience to secure top-notch internships/jobs. Conversely, corporations need affordable ways to reduce health care costs and minimize health risks. This session demonstrates how students and faculty at one university formed symbiotic partnerships to implement three thriving corporate wellness programs. The educational/behavioral/environmental aspects will be addressed. Attendees will receive materials to implement student-facilitated wellness programs in corporations, hospitals or schools.