Promoting Health & Wellness Throughout the School

Affiliated with the Program on Healthy Aging, the SPH Health & Wellness Committee’s mission is to emphasize, encourage, and engage the SPH community to make healthy choices through individual and organizational change. This committee meets monthly and is comprised of staff, faculty, and students. In addition to sponsored events such as Lunch & Learns and community events, our committee has provided health and wellness resources through newsletters, social media, print materials, and signage. We have also made improvements to our physical space at the School of Public Health by adding a refrigerator for students, a water filtration system, and partnering with the Sustainable Environmental Group to provide a community garden.

Achieving CEO Gold Standard

In an effort to help organizations seek accreditation and reduce the risk of cancer for their employees and families, the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have produced the Going for the Gold: Achieving CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Accreditation Guidebook. Eradicating cancer is the goal of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, a workplace wellness initiative. The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of chief executive officers of major U.S. companies founded by former President George H.W. Bush, developed this initiative in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, an organization must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by eliminating tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care.

Building the Evidence Base for Older Adult Programs and Policies

Evidence-Based Programming For Older Adults, edited by Dr. Marcia Ory and Dr. Matthew Smith, was published as a Frontiers Research Topic in the Frontiers Journal Series’ set of open-access scholarly articles. This Research Topic features articles about evidence-based programs for older adults, including a range of articles that focus on the infrastructure needed to widely disseminate EBP as well as individual participant impacts on physical, mental, and social aspects of health and well-being. This topic will advance knowledge that aims to enhance practice, inform policy and build systems of support and delivery in regard to the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance of evidence-based in- terventions for older adults

Designing & Evaluating Award Winning Programs

The Program on Healthy Aging’s Texercise Select was highlighted in the June 2015 Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health newsletter as a recipient of local innovators award by the Society of Behavioral Medicine. The article, “Texas A&M Researchers Confirm Value of Statewide Health and Wellness Program,” showcases the 12-week free program for seniors delivered throughout Texas in various locations where trained facilitators lead the program that includes education and discussion on physical activity and nutrition, and guided exercise.