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Healthy Workplace Recognition for Wellness Committee
2018 WHAI Recognition
Wellness Committee Workplace Health Achievement
The above photo was taken when the American Heart Association (AHA) delivered our plaque to recognize Norwalk Community College’s Bronze Level recognition for the Workplace Health Achievement Index.  This is the third consecutive year receiving this award. Left to Right: Paul Gallo, Lisa Neff (AHA), David Levinson, Kimberly Bryant Smith and Nicole Mendola.
Riding the Pandemic Wave! Managing Physical and Mental Health

Riding the Pandemic Wave! Managing Physical and Mental Health

Presented by: Paul M. Gallo, EdD, FACSM and Wendy Mendes, MS, NCC, LPC on August 25, 2021 as part of NCC’s Convocation.
This pre-convocation event provided attendees with a brief overview of pandemic-related impacts on physical and mental health.  Simple methods for discrete physical activity and relaxation exercises were shared and demonstrated in an interactive experience. Paul demonstrated workstation-based exercises that were discrete, required no equipment, and could be performed anywhere. Wendy preformed a brief Mindfulness meditation. This practice involved sitting comfortably, focusing on breathing, and bringing your mind’s attention to the present moment without drifting into concerns about the past or the future. The presentation includes links to video resources for at home or office use.

Exercise in the Virtual Norm, What Every Teleworker Needs to Know

Presented by: Paul M. Gallo, EdD, FACSM on February 9, 2021 as part of the Pitney Bowes Webinar Series.
Permission: Available with permission from the Pitney Bowes Workplace Wellness Program.
Run time: 50 minutes, including question and answer session

This webinar was initially intended for the global employees of the Pitney Bowes Corporation and as a part of the corporation’s workplace wellness webinar series. This information is also applicable to the Norwalk Community College Workplace Wellness Program. Attendees will learn about the negative effects of physical inactivity and how teleworking along with the COVID-19 pandemic have potentially accelerated these negative effects. The webinar will also discuss benefits of physical activity, provide exercise recommendations, and simple at home modifications associated with exercise.


  1. Review the negative effects of sedentary behavior on health
  2. Briefly discuss barriers to Physical Activity and the confounding effects of COVID-19
  3. Identify PA Guidelines
  4. Provide recommendations for at home modifications of these exercises recommendations

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Mission Statement

The Wellness Committee will provide appropriate health and wellness guidelines and recommendations to assist with positive and well informed lifestyle modifications for the NCC campus and associated individuals, while acting as role models.

Vision Statement

The Norwalk Community College Wellness Committee is committed to improving the health and wellness of the Campus Community by fostering a conducive environment to maximize institutional and individual wellness goals.

Wellness Initiative @ NCC

The purpose of the Wellness Initiative is to provide information for healthy living options needed for lifestyle modification.  This initiative is exclusively offered to our campus community, including faculty/ staff and students.  All of the services offered through the Wellness Initiative are voluntary and intended to provide evidence-based information regarding one’s personal health and wellness status.  The Wellness Initiative will allow for healthy choices in each of  the seven domains of wellness, including physical, social, environmental, intellectual, emotional, occupational and spiritual (non-religious).

Committee Members

Wellness Committee
Congratulations to the NCC Wellness Committee on 2016 Healthy Workplace Honor
First name Last name Position
Justin Davis Wellness Committee Chair, Culinary Arts/Hospitality Assistant
Kimberly Bryant-Smith Wellness Committee Past Chair, Library Associate
Paul Gallo Wellness Committee Executive Director, Director of Exercise Science and Wellness
Pat Baird Registered Dietitian, Adjunct Instructor of Biology
Maohlicia Carolus Clinical Coordinator, Medical Assistant Program
Margaret Dana-Conway Professor of Early Childhood Education
Catherine Hara Program Assistant, Nursing Program
John Lupulio IT Technician
Jonathan McMenamin-Balano Professor of Biology
Nicole Mendola Instructor of Exercise Science and Wellness
Karla Smith Student Retention Specialist
Cynthia Zaref Graphic Designer, Public Relations

Stand More, Sit Less

Wellness Walks

Outdoor Walking Trail – Wellness Walks Wednesdays!

Wellness Walks will be resuming October 4th and will occur every Wednesday at 2:00pm.  All walks leave from the atrium of the Health and Science building.

These walks are intended to last from 15-30 minutes and will be guided by a different NCC community member each time.  During guided walks, the leader will discuss a topic of interest while you walk our ~1 mile course, which is located on both the west and east campuses. This walking route is approved by the Norwalk City Public Health Department’s NorWALKER Program.

Not only do we hope you will participate in the Outdoor Wellness Walks, we are also looking for volunteers to help lead as well.  If you are interested in walking or wish to engage in social conversation about a topic that interests you, please sign-up to be a leader. For more information about the Indoor Wellness Walking Course, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Hafner at nhafner@norwalk.edu. To sign-up to be a walking guide please contact Jennifer Lipps at jlipps@norwalk.edu or 203-857-7148.
Wellness Walks Map

All participants will can access the Wellness Walks Calculator below and determine total calories expended by entering body weight and time taken to walk the outdoor course.
Wellness Walks Calculator

Healthy eating and dining at NCC

The Wellness Committee and BESBE Cafe Services have partnered to offer nutritional information for all prepared foods in the East and West Campus Cafes.  This information will encourage consumers to consider Healthy Food Choices when dining in our facilities.  Consumers will be be informed of serving sizes, total calories per serving, total fat, saturated fat and sodium content for all food items sold.  All nutritional content will be reviewed by dietitians working with the Wellness Committee.

This information is also available in the East and West Campus Cafeterias

Tobacco Free Campus

Norwalk Community College is the second state facility in Connecticut to implement a Tobacco Free Campus, which will officially begin on October 1, 2014.  The Wellness Committee and Norwalk City Health Department are supporters of this policy.
Smoke Cessation Programs

Tobacco-free brochure

Health Risk Assessment (HRA)

The Health Risk Assessment (HRA) will be a voluntary survey open to all faculty and staff here at NCC.  This survey will be completed electronically with guaranteed anonymity.  The data collected from this HRA assessment will provide the Wellness Committee with information to identify and address the specific health and wellness needs of the campus.  For those individuals willing to share their information, the HRA can also act as a method of determining progress made with  lifestyle changes and/or exercise prescription.  Here is the Health Risk Assessment Report for 2021

Wellness Series

Every fall and spring semester, the Pitney Bowes Foundation Wellness Center, in collaboration with the Wellness Committee, Exercise Science Student Club and Wellness Club, will offer a monthly wellness series. The Wellness Series will include health screenings, lectures and interactive workshops on a variety of health and wellness topics,  presented by regional professionals, clinicians and practitioners.

Pitney Bowes Foundation Wellness Center

The Pitney Bowes Foundation Wellness Center at NCC is a state-of-the-art fitness facility that is committed to improving the general well being of all patrons.  We encourage safe and effective exercise in an effort to improve one’s quality of life.  The Pitney Bowes Foundation Center also offers a variety of Physical Activity Courses that meet for 10 weeks every fall and spring semester.  For more information on the Pitney Bowes Foundation Wellness Center or the Physical Activity Courses, please click on the links below: