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UK Celebrates Second Annual Well-Being Week for Employees

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2019) — During the week of UK Appreciation Day, the University of Kentucky's second annual Well-Being Week offers more than 30 additional events for community building and self-care. 

From Monday, May 20 to Friday, May 24, all employees are invited to attend events at various times and campus locations.

Presented by UK HR Health and Wellness, Well-Being Week offers new events and returning favorites:

  • Dogs up for adoption will be back on campus, and at Alumni Park Plaza, for more of the popular “Relax with Rover” events.
  • All group fitness classes regularly available with MoveWell membership will be free to drop in this week with no membership.
  • Free movie night for the entire family will show Disney and Pixar's “Inside Out” at the Gatton Student Center.
  • Free 10-minute chair massages will be available by appointment. 
  •  “Well-Being Way” resource fair that will highlight more than a dozen UK departments that support employee well-being. Activities include the opportunity to be part of the largest group yet of UK employees doing yoga on Kroger Field. 

On Tuesday, May 21, employees will have the opportunity to join UK mental health counselors at their “Imagination Station” event, along with UK President Eli Capilouto who will provide opening remarks commemorating the 10thanniversary of offering free counseling to employees. 

The HR in-house mental health counselors, dietitians, exercise specialists and health coaches who present these events also offer free individual and group support to employees year-round.

For more information on all the events presented during Well-Being Week, view the full schedule here.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.