Wellness Champions: A Show of Appreciation

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, UW Health Wellness Options at Work recognized the Wellness Champions for their contributions to the health and wellbeing of employees at the first Wellness Champion Recognition event. The event, held at the two meeting locations, Digestive Health Center and University Hospital, was attended by more than 40 Wellness Champions and welcomed several new Wellness Champions to join a team of employees that have been advocating for wellness programming at UW Health since 2003.

UW Health’s Wellness Champions demonstrate a commitment to the wellbeing of UW Health and UW School of Medicine and Public Health employees by building awareness, advocating for change, and supporting colleagues on their personal wellness journeys. Our Wellness Champions are committed to setting a positive example for their colleagues, marketing current program initiatives and offerings, and collaborating with fellow Wellness Champions to advance UW Health’s vision for improved wellbeing.

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has two Wellness Champions, Jennifer Rothamer, administrative assistant for retina service, and Becca Raven Uminowicz, administrative coordinator.

During the recognition event, Stephanie Martin and Keeley O’Donnell, Employee Wellness Coordinators, observed that, “Wellness Champions provide tremendous benefit to the organization, generously sharing their time and passion to make UW Health a happier and healthier place to work. The vision of Wellness Options at Work is that staff and physician wellbeing is honored and valued, and the Wellness Champions are helping to make this vision a reality!” This event not only recognized the efforts that Wellness Champions put forth, but also provided them an opportunity to network and connect with others across the organization. “I look forward to our meetings as there is always something new being presented. These meetings are always interactive and it has allowed me to meet a lot of new people that have great ideas regarding wellness, recycling, exercise, mental wellbeing, and what we all can do to help our environment at work as well as at home. I always leave these meetings energized and excited to share what I have learned with my co-workers,” shared Rothamer.