In March, the Pioneer Library System shared the success of their workplace wellness program at a panel entitled “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Creating Inclusive and Sustainable Employee Wellness Initiatives” at the Public Library Association convention in Philadelphia. To read about this panel along with information about the Houston Public Library’s success with integrating a WIC center into one of there branches, read the article at American Libraries Magazine.
FoodKeeper is a new app designed by the USDA to help consumers prevent food waste, save money, and ensure food safety. Now available on Android or Apple. More information is available in this FoodSafety.gov blog article announcing the apps release on April 1, 2015: http://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/2015/04/FoodKeeper-application.html
In April 2016, Governor Cuomo signed a bill which will guarantee 12 weeks of partially paid family leave for NY State workers, to take full effect of 67% salary by 2021. This legislation also raises the minimum wage to $15 over the next several years. It’s important to note that family leave provides for paid leave for the care of a new child as well as any family member needing care. Let’s hope this sets a precedent for other states to join CA, WA, RI, NJ, D.C., and now NY in securing family and medical leave benefits.
Read more: Victory for New York State Families at www.governer.ny.gov
A recent article from Huffington Post alerted us to this new trend. Troy University Library’s Dean, Christopher Shaffer installed FitDesk exercise bikes into the library, because: “Humans aren’t meant to sit all day.” He cites the impact of physical movement and wellness on mental focus and hopes to give students the ability to study without being sedentary.
Troy is just one of many university libraries that are installing bikes in order to encourage more active studying (Clemson University is another), and students and faculty are loving them. FitDesk bikes are priced rather inexpensively, so gather some faculty and students and get your administration on board–and in the saddle!
(Troy University Library) College Adds New Spin To Studying, Installs Exercise Bikes In Library
(Clemson University Library) FitDesk Bike Desk: a healthy way to study
Image Source: The Auburn Plainsman, Contributed by June Pilcher, alumni distinguished professor of psychology from Clemson University