Madison, Wis. (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
University of Wisconsin-Extension announced today that fall 2012 course enrollments for the new health and wellness management online degree reached more than double the expected enrollment, at 187. University of Wisconsin-Extension attributes this growth to the national spotlight on healthcare and the growing emphasis on employee health and wellness.
“With healthcare news dominating the headlines across the U.S., there’s a resulting growth in the health and wellness industry,” said George Kroeninger, assistant dean of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning in UW-Extension. “The average age of students in this bachelor’s degree program is 36. Many have experienced dramatic changes in their own healthcare plans, and their employers are steering them toward better health habits.”
Amanda Day, an employee at Aprilaire in Madison, is currently enrolled in the online health and wellness degree program. She made her career change as a result of her employer’s health and wellness program.
When she joined Aprilaire as human resources specialist in 2006, one of the first things Amanda did was volunteer for the company’s wellness committee.
“I was encouraging the people I worked with to improve their health, but I weighed nearly 200 pounds,” Amanda said. “Being on the wellness committee made me walk the talk.” So she started packing a workout bag and walking after work.
That was 65 pounds ago. “It took me two years to lose the weight and I’ve kept it off, thanks to the support of my boss and coworkers.” Amanda said. “The encouragement and the focus on health gave me the motivation I needed.”
Amanda expects to put her new knowledge from her wellness degree to work on behalf of her colleagues. “The skills I’m learning will give me the ability to help people take the initiative, to get involved with workplace wellness programs, and gain control of their own well-being,” she said. “My co-workers helped me get healthy. Now I’m helping them.”
UW-La Crosse, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior offer courses in the program, which are fully online. For more information visit the health and wellness online degree website today.