Meeting Minutes – January 25, 2008

Meeting Minutes

Present: Co-Chairs Lane B. Neubauer & Dina Oleksiak; Members Steve Andrilli, Mike Gilbert, Jeff Lyons, Angie Marfisi, Greg O’Shea, Celeste Wade, Matthew Webster.
Absent: Arlene Dallery, Meryle Gurmankin, John Robinson, Cherylyn Rush, .Dennis Sheahan,

  • Updates:
    • Five new Hand Sanitizers have been placed in the Food Court
    • Health Tip of the Month for February will center on “Women’s Heart Health Month”; Meryle will write text/ Lane will design poster and portal announcement
    • Planning for programming addressing Eating Disorders has begun; a coalition of units and student organizations are working together on setting this up (Student Counseling Center, Student Health Center, Athletics, Peer Educators, ATA and DPhiE). Health Advisory Committee will support by bringing attention to this programming to the populations that members represent.
  • Health Fair – Thursday March 13, 2008 – “To your ‘WELLth!”
    • Over 40 vendors and student organizations will be participating in the fair. Topics will include but not limited to blood pressure screenings, glucose & cholesterol testing, voice analysis, body mass index, skin care, aromatherapy, chiropractic medicine, sleep issues, podiatry, massage, reflexology, reiki, financial health, nutrition, safety and security, hygiene, drinking and driving prevention, and much more.
    • There are 4-5 tentative food vendors lined up.
    • Several student performance groups will be giving demonstrations throughout the Health Fair.
    • Assignments for the Health Fair were reviewed i.e. publicity, decorations, door prizes, etc.
  • Smoking issues
    • The committee continued to discuss the issue of smoking by entrances of buildings. Mike Gilbert reported that Physical Facilities has experimented with moving the ashtrays away from the entrances. This was unsuccessful for several reasons.
      • Ashtrays were ‘unofficially’ moved back
      • Ashtrays were vandalized
      • An abundance of cigarette butts were found on the ground near entrances ( i.e. smokers continued to smoke near the entrances and put out their butts on the ground since there were no ashtrays present).
    • The HAC discussed that some universities, hospitals, and businesses have made policies that no smoking can occur within 20 feet of entrances with signage demarcating the areas where smoking is prohibited.
    • It was suggested that a survey be designed and approved for distribution with the aim to get feedback as to how the La Salle community feels about this issue.
  • Weight Watchers
    • It was brought to the attention of the HAC that interest exists for a Weight Watchers group.
    • Although it is not in the prevue of the HAC’s mission and responsibility to sponsor a group such as Weight Watchers, it was discussed how we could support an idea like this since it fits into the HAC’s goals to promote nutrition and fitness.
    • It was suggested that a Weight Watchers group might fall under Athletics and Recreation such as Yoga groups and other health and fitness oriented initiatives.
    • Greg O’Shea and Angie Marfisi will explore this further.
  • Bed Bug protocol
    • Although a protocol was written up last year, its current status regarding approval is unclear.
    • Since some new information has become available that can be incorporated into last’s year’s draft, Mike Gilbert will update the protocol before pursuing the continuation of the approval process.
  • Next meeting is scheduled for Friday, 22 at 2:00 p.m. McShain Seminar Room.

Respectfully submitted by Lane B. Neubauer Ph.D.

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