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Employee Wellness Week Helps WVU Faculty, Staff Find Enjoyable Healthy Activities

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MORGANTOWN -

West Virginia University is trying to help each employee stay healthy this year. All week long it's Employee Wellness Week at WVU.

"One of the big components of wellness is work-life balance," said Kimberly Zaph, wellness program manager at WVU. "In the university setting it's really easy to lose the work-life balance, so that is the main theme of the whole week."

To help find the balance, the university is holding nearly 75 classes and open houses across all three campuses.

While some classes, including ones that teach diet, financial and stress management tips, are held in a classroom setting, others are hands on.

About a dozen staff took to the dance studio Tuesday.

"We get so tied up in paperwork, a lot of reading and writing, it's nice to get away, and do some physical exercise," said physics professor Mohinder Seehra.

Seehra was one who tried out his so called "two-left-feet."

Dancing has obvious physical benefits, which Seehra sees as mental benefits too.

"Good health means good mind," he said. "If you're healthy your mind works much better."

"Dance is a wonderful thing to teach because it's multigenerational. It's not something just for young people, or just for older people. It's something anyone can do," said Stephanie Lorenze of the School of Theatre and Dance.

A full list of classes can be viewed by visiting this link.