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Veronika Quinn
Benefits Analyst
(781) 736-4471

10,000 Step Challenge

Fall 2015 Seminars: Date/Locations - TBD

  • Secrets Of Feeding A Healthy Family
  • Time Vs. Energy: How To Have A More Productive Day
  • Resolutions With Staying Power

Weight Watchers

Social Impact Volunteer Fair

Healthy You Forms

Gosman Athletic Center

Gosman Sports and Recreation Center Facility Information

Group Fitness Classes

Brandeis Aquatics

Healthy You Wellness Program

Fall in to Fitness Program

October 12th – November 22nd (6 weeks)

Join us for the Brandeis Fall in to Fitness Program, sponsored by the Office of Human Resources as part of HEALTHY YOU.  Fall in to Fitness 2015 will be an individual challenge designed to encourage overall health, fitness, nutrition, volunteerism, participation and awareness.  We encourage a little friendly competition so please invite co-workers in the Brandeis community to participate along with you.

The 10,000 Step Challenge:

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a walking challenge beginning on October 12th and running through November 22nd
The goal for each participant will be to achieve 10,000 steps daily. 
For each week of participation your name will be placed in our Fall in to Fitness participation raffle box. 
At the end of the 6 weeks, we will draw names of participants and announce 3 winners so be sure to register today!

Tracking Steps

During the 6 week program participants will:

  1. Record their total daily steps on their tracking log.
  2. Submit their tracking logs as verification of participation, to Veronika Quinn, Benefits Analyst weekly at

For each week of active participation your name will be placed in our Fall in to Fitness participation raffle box. 

*Pedometers will be available for all participants, however not required.  If you prefer use your FitBit, iPhone/Android step tracker app.

How many steps do you walk each day?

How far is 10,000 steps anyway? The average person's stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles.

A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. For these people adding steps has many health benefits.

A reasonable goal for most people is to increase average daily steps each week by 500 per day until you can easily average 10,000 per day. Example: If you currently average 3000 steps each day, your goal for week one is 3500 each day. Your week 2 goal is 4000 each day. Continue to increase each week and you might be averaging 10,000 steps by the end of 6 weeks.

Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your steps each day. Start by wearing the pedometer every day for one week. Put it on when you get up in the morning and wear it until bed time. Record your daily steps in your tracking log. By the end of the week you will know your average daily steps. You might be surprised how many (or how few) steps you get in each day.

There are many ways to increase your daily steps. Use your imagination and come up with your own list:

  • Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend
  • Walk the dog
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Park farther from the store
  • Better yet, walk to the store
  • Get up to change the channel
  • Window shop
  • Plan a walking meeting
  • Walk over to visit a neighbor
  • Get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding

Continue to track your daily steps and keep notes on how you feel, how your body is improving, or other changes you are making to improve your health.

Weight Watchers @ Work – Fall 2015

Weight Watchers at Work will be on campus on Thursday’s, 11:30am to 12:15!  The weight-loss and weight-management program is designed to help individuals achieve their goals in a supportive, inspirational and confidential environment.  Following an initial confidential individual weigh-in, meetings cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Clarification of aspects of the program
  • Explanation of concepts and techniques
  • Help in developing self-management and exercise habits
  • Tips for everyday eating habits

For more information, please attend the Information and Registration session on:

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Hassenfeld Conference Center- Feldberg Lounge at 11:30-12:15 pm

Weight Watchers does require a minimum number of employees to attend regular meetings. 

15 Participants are required for the 12-Week Series with 14 weeks of free e-Tools**.  The cost is $156.00* per person (this breaks down to $13.00 per week). 

20 Participants are required for the 17-Week Series with free e-Tools**.  Weight Watchers is having a flash sale and offering 20% off of the 17-Week Series for a cost of only $148.80* per person (this breaks down to $8.75 per week).  To receive this discount, payment must be made during the Information and Registration session on Thursday, October 15th or no later than Friday, October 16th.

Weight Watchers accepts the following methods of payment: Cash, Check*, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and Debit Cards.  *Weight Watchers does allow 3 upfront payments by check of $49.60 each that would be deposited one month apart (on weeks 1, 5 & 10) or a lump sum payment by cash, check or credit card. 

*Weight Management Reimbursement: Employees enrolled in one of the three Brandeis group Tufts Health Plans may be reimbursed up to $150 per calendar year for weight management program fees.  Qualifying weight management programs include traditional Weight Watchers meetings; Weight Watchers at Work programs, and hospital-based weight loss programs.  Online and at-home programs do not qualify for the reimbursement benefit.  Please complete and submit the Tufts Weight Management Reimbursement Form

**E-Tools is our internet weight loss companion that provides online tips and resources to help keep members on track between meetings. 

Weight Watchers at Work 2015 Meeting Schedule

Any questions and to register, if you haven't already, please contact Veronika Quinn, Benefits Analyst, at or 6-4471.

Wellness Workshops:   Dates/Locations TBD

Each participant is also encouraged to attend the following workshops.  Your registration for and attendance at the workshops will also make you eligible for our raffle.   

Secrets Of Feeding A Healthy Family:

This seminar looks at what you can do at mealtimes to help keep the whole family healthy and happy. We will examine the feeding relationship between parents and children and provide tips to help children learn to enjoy healthy foods. Participants will learn the appropriate serving sizes for both adults and children. Lastly, this session reviews techniques to plan and execute healthy meals for the entire family.

Time vs. Energy: How To Have A More Productive Day:

Do you ever wish there was more than 24 hours in a day so you can get things done? Unfortunately, you can’t change the time in a day but you can get more energy and accomplish more during the day. This session looks at how good nutrition and the lack of affects the four energy domains: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  You will also learn practical tactics of eating for energy management.

Resolutions With Staying Power:

Many of us start projects or new endeavors with strong intentions and high hopes, only to have them dwindle along the way.  Some of us do not even make New Year resolutions any more.  In this session, you will: explore why resolutions fail, identify five important components of a good resolution, learn how to put the power back into your resolution and harness it for use each and every day.  Apply this new concept of resolution to any new endeavor, whether it is a work project or personal goal or, yes, even the start of a new year.

For information regarding the 10,000 Step Walking Challenge, Wellness Workshops, or Weight Watchers @ Work, please contact Veronika Quinn, Benefits Analyst at x64471 or

Volunteerism - Personal Volunteer/Community Events

Social Impact Job, Internship and Volunteer Fair
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Sherman Function Hall 

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities?  The Office of Human Resources has partnered with the Department of Community Service, the Hiatt Career Center and the Waltham Group Community Connections to join their efforts in promoting volunteerism on our campus. This year the student fair is open to faculty and staff who are searching for a way to give back to their community.  We hope that you will join our students and take advantage of this event to connect with more than 50 mission driven organizations and learn how you can make a difference through volunteerism.  

Note that this event will have unique job and internship opportunities for students; however, many organizations are seeking the experience and availability of faculty and staff volunteers.  A representative from the Office of Human Resources will be at the fair to direct you to the organizations that are searching for volunteers.

To learn more visit Social Impact Job, Internship and Volunteer Fair.

If interested in attending we ask that you register.

It’s More Than a Slogan …
“Healthy You” reminds us to make healthy choices every day.  Choose today to begin or continue your lifetime of fitness by participating.