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WFU Lifestyle Change program starts Oct. 1

Wake Forest’s Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle ProgramS (HELPS) is now accepting applications for the “Therapeutic Lifestyle Change” (TLC) program, which begins Oct. 1.

TLC is a free, 12-week program offered to full-time, permanent Wake Forest University employees. TLC focuses on lifestyle modification, offering a combination of nutrition, exercise and health behavior information and techniques to help individuals reach their goals. Space is limited.

Weekly group sessions, which would normally be held in person, will instead be held via Zoom from 11 a.m. to noon.

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TLC program highlights:

  • Physical activity tracking and exercise guidance
  • Specific quality nutrient guidelines
  • Behavior modification and mindfulness
  • Three months of weekly group sessions geared specifically for lifestyle changes
  • Initial and end-of-program physical function assessments and DXA total body composition scans
  • Formal assessment and follow-up with a dietitian

This program is designed for participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Able to attend weekly 1-hour sessions
  • Interested in and able to achieve lifestyle changes
  • Employed at Wake Forest University (full-time, permanent status) Full-time, permanent Wake Forest University employee

Faculty and staff interested in participating or needing more information should contact Sophie Peters at petesl19@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.3486 as soon as possible.

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Apply now for the TLC program offered at Wake Forest

This is a guest post from Wake Forest’s Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle Programs (HELPS):

The TLC program is a three-month medically directed, professionally supervised “Therapeutic Lifestyle Change” program that is free to all faculty and staff of Wake Forest and designed to develop a healthy and active lifestyle utilizing exercise and education programs.

What will I receive?

  • Individualized assessments, therapies and follow-up.  Entry physical activity levels are evaluated with and exercise stress test and physical function measures. This information is used to determine and define the amount of physical activity you need to foster a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Entry dietary intake is assessed through online food records.  Specific calorie, nutrient and food group changes are identified.
  • Supervised exercise sessions at our conveniently located monitored exercise facility.   Located close to campus next to BB&T Field in the Health & Exercise Science Clinical Research Center.
  • Weekly small group sessions, held on campus in Worrell Professional Center.  These group sessions meet weekly in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1162, on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  starting in February 2019 and will last for three months. These sessions will teach behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and diet.  Cognitive (what and how much?) teaching is combined with psychological approaches to take the participant beyond the limits of “will power.”  Personal journals are used as a basis for program development, strategy monitoring and evaluation.


  • Jeff Katula, PhD, MA, Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Science, Health Psychologist and Executive Director, Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle Programs (HELPS)
  • Erika Janssen, MS, Program Director, HELPS
  • Christie Hunter, RD, LLC, Registered Dietician
  • Nikolete Hurrinus, Program Coordinator, HELPS

Please contact Nikolete Hurrinus if you are interested in filling out an application. Space is limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis so inquire today!

Phone:  336-758-5019   Fax:  336-758-1996  Email: hurrinr14@nullwfu.edu


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BCBSNC seed grants support health, wellness research across campus

Wake Forest University’s associate provost of research has announced the faculty recipients of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) seed grants to support research on health and wellbeing.

“The research being supported with these grants has sustainability potential and will have a great impact on many people’s lives,” said Bruce King, associate provost of research at the university.

Last year, BCBSNC partnered with Wake Forest University to create a model for health and wellbeing that included seed money for faculty research in these areas. Four grants, for $50,000 each, were awarded to Mark Jensen, School of Divinity; Mark Hall, School of Law; Jeff Katula, Health and Exercise Science; and Christine Soriano, Theater and Dance.

Additionally, the initial BCBSNC gift supports the transformation of Reynolds Gym into a comprehensive center for wellbeing, has funded a new director of wellbeing position and will support Wake Forest’s approach to wellbeing across eight dimensions – physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, financial, occupational, and environmental – under the Thrive umbrella.

The seed money will support the following research projects:

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Endowed Professors, Faculty Fellowships and promotions

ironwork.200x250Congratulations to the College’s newest endowed professors, this year’s Wake Forest Faculty Fellows and those faculty receiving promotions.

The Wake Forest Professorship award is an endowed chair position and is among the University’s highest honors. The selection criteria include exceptional skill and sustained dedication in the classroom; outstanding commitment to student learning and growth beyond the classroom; a wide-reaching and significant record in scholarly and creative work; a sustained exemplary service to the department, the discipline, the College, the University and the broader scholarly community.

Recipients of the Wake Forest Professorships are:

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Proposals funded: Rejeski, Marsh, Katula

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Congratulations to Walter J. Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, and Anthony P. Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R18HL076441-07. Also, Rejeski‘s proposal entitled “Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R21AG042761-02 and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Jeff KatulaCongratulations to Jeffrey Katula, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “HELP PD II” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

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