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Small Starts to Big Change

We know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the demands of work, family, and other commitments, and oftentimes good health takes a backseat in our day-to-day lives. In light of that, the University of Tennessee has implemented Be Well, a new initiative to help employees improve their health.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
Mondays Move More Mondays
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Thompson-Boling Arena Gate D (indoors)
We will meet every Monday that the university is open. For more information and date confirmations please email
Aug. 27, 2016 The 9th Annual Man Run

Show your support for Prostate Cancer Awareness. UTMC is set to host the 9th Man Run Race for prostate cancer awareness on August 27, 2016. Proceeds from the race will stay in East Tennessee for prostate cancer research, outreach and educational programs.

Aug. 28, 2016 Forget Me Not 5k

Join our team “University of Tennessee” for Forget Me Not 5k for Alzheimer’s.

Be Well will be participating in the seventh annual Forget Me Not 5K for Alzheimer’s. This is a fun fast loop 5K held in Knoxville, Tennessee on the University of Tennessee Campus. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Pat Summitt Foundation’s campaign to create The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at University of Tennessee Medical Center. Early registration ends on August 21st.

Sep. 5, 2016 Be Well Lifestyle Program– First session begins

Registration for the Be Well Lifestyle Program is now open.  If you would like to participate in the program please email Yusof Al-Wadei at with the subject “Be Well Lifestyle Program” to RSVP. Registration for this program will end on Thursday August 25th.

An evidence-based 6-week pilot program adapted from the Diabetes Prevention Program (CDC). This program that aims to help UT personnel create healthier lifestyles through physical activity and proper nutrition. Participants will learn about the recommendations for different areas of health and wellness. Participants will then set and meet individual goals based on the recommendations and their current level of activity. Over the course of the program, participants will work to apply their goals and the recommendations as part of their daily lifestyle. The program will be offered on Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Student Health Center. First session will start September 6th and end on October 11, 2016.

Sep. 21, 2016 Living Well With Chronic Disease Program– First Workshop

Registration for the Living Well With Chronic Disease Program is now open. Visit our Wellness Programs page for more information.

If you would like to participate in the program please email Yusof Al-Wadei with the subject “Living Well” to RSVP by Friday September 2nd.

Sep. 29, 2016 YogaFest 2016

The Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) and Be Well are hosting YogaFest 2016 on Thursday September 29th in Circle Park Lawn from 11-5 PM.

Through this event, we are aiming to teach students, faculty, and staff how invest in themselves, reduce and manage their stress through controlled breathing and relaxation techniques.

This event  will be held in conjunction with the annual campus event, “Unwind Before You Unravel” which promotes healthy behaviors and stress relief.

Oct. 1, 2016 4th Annual Sprint for the Prints

A 5K fundraiser for UT College of Nursing Student Nurses’ Association philanthropy project, Precious Prints. The project provides a silver finger print charm to families who have lost a child in an area hospital. For more information click here. Early registration ends on September 9th.

Oct. 29, 2016 Be Well Lifestyle Program– Second session begins
Dec. 3, 2016 IronDog 5K

An annual run/walk organized by the UT College of Veterinary Medicine’s Emergency and Critical Care service to help raise public awareness about the service. All proceeds from the race will be used to help animal patients on the service.
Join us Saturday, Dec. 3. It is a nice and flat run on the Third Creek Greenway with refreshments at the finish line. Early registration is $20 (before Nov. 1) and includes an Iron Dog t-shirt.

Get Involved with Be Well!


  • Download the Small Starts App
    Healthier Tennessee’s Small Starts app has been customized for the University of Tennessee, download here, and pick your first small start.
  • Join the Be Well Fitbit Community 
    The Fitbit activity group was created for our campus community to bring together and motivate walkers and runners alike across campus.
  • Move More Mondays
    Move More Mondays are designed to incorporate movement into your day though a weekly group walk with other faculty and staff. Click here for more details.
  • Wellness Wednesdays
    Wellness Wednesdays are a biweekly educational newsletter focusing on a variety of wellness topics. Click here for more information about Wellness Wednesday topics.
  • Community Events
    Each month, Be Well will host a Be Well team at a local community event. Click here to see a calendar of available events.
  • Become a Wellness Champion
    Wellness champions embrace the concept of wellness in their college or division and assist the Center for Health Education & Wellness in promoting Be Well wellness programs. Champions serve as their department’s wellness representative and Be Well’s program liaison.
  • Nominate a Wellness Warrior
    The wellness warrior award is a recognition of individual efforts to lead by example when it comes to making healthier choices. It is an appreciation of the determination and dedication it takes to live a well and healthy lifestyle.
  • Encourage others
    Encourage others in your department or unit to take advantage of the resources and support offered by Be Well and Healthier Tennessee.

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