Wellness Committee

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).

Healthy Workplace Recognition for Wellness Committee
NCC Wellness Committee Health Workplace 2017

Committee Members

Name Position
Nicole Hafner Chair, Exercise Science
Therese Marrocco Past Chair, Chief Operating Officer
Paul Gallo Director of Exercise Science and Wellness
Louisa Jones Human Resources Associate
Kimberly Bryant-Smith Human Resources Assistant
Pat Baird Registered Dietitian, NCC Adjunct
Lisa Vitanza-Bunce Registered Dietitian, NCC Adjunct
Jonathon McMenamin-Balano Professor of Biology
Justin Davis Program Coordinator for Business Administration
Riaz Lilani Professor of Math
Maohlicia Carolus Program Coordinator for Medical Assist. Program
Kerry Cramer Professor of Computer Science
Margaret Dana-Conway Professor of Early Childhood Education
Karla Lara Student Success Coach
Rachel Milloy Professor of English
Wellness Committee
Congratulations to the NCC Wellness Committee on 2016 Healthy Workplace Honor

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.

NCC Campus Cafe Menu Nutrition Chart

Know your nutrients

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

For more information about the Tobacco Free Campus contact Louisa Jones in the Human Resources Office at ljones@norwalk.edu.

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 2017: HRA_Summary_Report_2017_WC FINAL

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.

The line-up for this semester’s events is as follows:

Meditation as a stress management tool: the power of pause

Workshop provided by: Gertraud Humphreys

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Location: Exercise Science Laboratory (H007)

Blood Pressure Screening

Screening provided by: Exercise Science Student Club
Exercise Science Program at Norwalk Community College

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

1:30-4:00pm – first come, first serve

Location: Exercise Science Laboratory (H007)


November Title (TBD)

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:

Pitney Bowes Foundation Wellness Center

Group Fitness Courses