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Canisius, in conjunction with Independent Health, is excited to present: “Healthy Me.”

This eight-week program is a self-driven program, designed to give you the accountability and resources needed to successfully achieve a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the program, you will learn to incorporate specific strategies to create positive lifestyle changes.

Participating in the program is free, and the first step is attending the initial individual consultation to receive your “Healthy Me” Kit. The initial individual consultation takes approximately 10-15 minutes and consists of obtaining your weight and height. A health coach will also be onsite to help with meal planning, nutrition guidance/education, weight loss, physical activity, smoking cessation, stress management, and managing disease specific conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, etc.). Health coaches are available year round through Independent Health.

After registering with Independent Health, you will receive weekly emails with tips to help you stay motivated, as well as a four-week meal plan. You will also have the option to meet with the GrifFit graduate assistant, Catherine Havener, once a week on campus or via email. Catherine is a certified athletic trainer currently pursuing a master’s degree in Health and Human Performance at Canisius.

A representative from Independent Health will return at 4 weeks to weigh participants and review progress, and again at 8 weeks for a final weigh-in.

The initial consultation will take place on January 28 and 29 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. in the Student Center Conference room. If you would like to participate but are unable to attend the initial weigh-in, please contact Catherine Havener at

All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate. Participation in the “Healthy Me” program is a metric that Independent Health utilizes to determine the college’s final medical insurance premiums.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, human resource associate, Human Resources