Employees encouraged to provide feedback to help WVU become the world's first Certified Blue Zones University

Thursday, November 1, 2018

West Virginia University has a history of collaborating with the community to support well-being. Now, WVU and WVU Medicine students, faculty, and staff are invited to weigh in on a new level of collaboration and impact.

WVU has joined forces with Blue Zones Project, a well-being improvement initiative that’s built on a 15-year longevity study on places where people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Researchers are using the knowledge from the study to create cultures and environments where healthy choices are easier to make.

In an effort to help WVU become the world's first Certified Blue Zones University, your input and expertise are needed. All WVU and WVU Medicine students and employees are invited to attend on-campus focus groups to learn more about Blue Zones Project and share thoughts on challenges and opportunities to creating a culture and environment of health. Light refreshments will be provided and students are able to earn an hour of service by signing up through iServe.

A schedule for focus groups is below. In addition to these discussions, all students and employees are invited to attend the Food and Friends @ 5 presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. To view the full schedule of events and RSVP, visit the Blue Zones Project website.

WVU Student Focus Groups:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Location: Erma Byrd 201, Health Sciences Center
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 12-1 pm
    • Location: Mountainlair, Greenbrier Room, Downtown Campus
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Location: Evansdale Crossing 414, Evansdale Campus

WVU Faculty and Staff Focus Groups:

  • Faculty: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9-10 a.m.
    • Location: HSC Room 7606, Health Sciences Campus
  • Staff: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Location: HSC Room 7606, Health Sciences Campus
  • Faculty: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1-2 p.m.
    • Location: Mountainlair, Greenbrier Room, Downtown Campus
  • Staff: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 3-4 p.m.
    • Location: Mountainlair, Greenrbrier Room, Downtown Campus

WVU Medicine Focus Groups:

  • Administrative Staff: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • Location: HSC G274, Health Sciences Campus
  • Clinical and Nursing: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
    • Location: HSC G119B, Health Sciences Campus
  • Physicians: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    • Location: HSC John Jones B (G285B), Health Sciences Campus
  • Employees: Thursday, Nov. 15, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • Location: HSC John Jones B (G285B), Health Sciences Campus
  • Physicians: Thursday, Nov. 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
    • Location: HSC G252F, Health Sciences Campus
  • Clinical and Nursing: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    • Location: HSC John Jones C (G285C), Health Sciences Campus

For more information, contact Olivia Dale Pape, WVU Health Promotion and Wellness, at
304-293-1764 or Olivia.Pape@hsc.wvu.edu.