It is my pleasure to congratulate CFAES on its third-place ranking in the Million Hearts National Wellness Challenge on behalf of Ohio State and the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities. The consortium is a three-year-old organization focused on creating and sustaining comprehensive approaches to academic health and wellness. I am thrilled that CFAES participated in this very important national initiative.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Over 600,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts initiative is designed to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, and CFAES helped contribute to raising awareness and educating students, faculty and staff on the importance of heart health.
As chief wellness officer, I am awarding CFAES with $500 to invest on your wellness initiatives. Sarah Solarik, many other OSU Extension staff and all the college’s other Wellness Innovators have been active in the Wellness Innovators program, and I am very appreciate of their efforts.—Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Office, Ohio State, in an April 12 letter to Ron Hendrick