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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
Monthly Wellness Wednesday Newsletter 
A monthly publication that shares general wellness information and programs specific to physical activity, nutrition, and mental health. Additionally, the winner of the Wellness Warrior Award is also announced here.
November National Men’s Health Month. Join the Movember Movement  and show your support for Prostate Cancer research and Men’s Health.
Nov. 15, 2016 National Healthy Lunch Day
Tuesday November 15th
Tuesday is National Healthy Lunch Day. Pack a healthy lunch to work and invite your friends to do the same. This is a great way to be healthy, save money, and build fellowship with you co-workers. Eat your lunch outside near your department, or in one of the many picnic tables installed across campus or enjoy the beauty of UT gardens. Enjoy the incredible fall scenery while the weather is still warm by some standards. Attached are several ideas and infographics to help you promote Healthy Lunch Day in your office.
Nov. 16, 2016 Slow Flow Yoga
Wednesday November 16, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Student Health Building , Rm 204Free for students, staff and faculty! This one time class is paced for beginners and will include gentle movements, body-positive language, and a 15 minute guided meditation.
Space is limited, so RSVP today via the UT Events Calendar!
No previous yoga experience necessary.
Nov. 17, 2016 The Great American Smoke Out (#Unfiltered_UT)
Pedestrian Walkway and HSS Lawn
Thursday November 17th, 10 am – 2 pm
Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. Whether you are trying to quit or know someone who is, make sure people know how much you support them every step of the way. On Thursday November 17th, the Center for Health Education and Wellness and Be Well are partnering with the American Cancer Society, Global Service Projects, and Smoke Free Knoxville to host the Great American Smoke Out on our Campus. Stop by pedestrian walkway for information, games, and lot of prizes. Quit for a day in hopes of quitting for life or show your support to deliver a tobacco free generation. This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff. For more information email
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.

Dec. 17, 2016 Tour de Lights

A FREE bike parade through downtown, 4th & Gill and Old North Knoxville. Riders are encouraged to get creative with lights, costumes and decorations. The route is about 5 miles long and takes about an hour to ride at a casual pace. All streets will be completely closed for the event. Hot cocoa and treats are available thanks to Mast General Store and Three Rivers Market. You can RSVP on Facebook, but you don’t need to register.

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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