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Inspire Me Wellness Award

Thursday, Nov. 03, 2011

Shannon Johnson

Shannon Johnson is the recipient of September's "Inspire Me! Be Well" award. She organized the Weight Watcher’s Work Program on the USU campus. She is an executive assistant for the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.

The Inspire Me Wellness Award, an award established to celebrate the ways individuals pursue and represent a healthy lifestyle, is coordinated by the Utah State University Wellness Program.

Each month, one employee (faculty or staff member) or student will be selected from the Inspire Me nominations.

Anyone on  campus can nominate an employee or student who models a healthy lifestyle, has made significant changes in health behaviors, motivates others to make health improvements or has implemented a policy to help create a positive wellness culture at Utah State University.

Nomination forms are available on the Wellness website.

September Inspire Me Award: Shannon Johnson

In the world of health, specifically weight loss programs, Weight Watcher’s is among the most recognized and is highly visible. Thanks to Shannon Johnson, Utah State University employees have the opportunity to participate in a Weight Watcher’s program without the hassle of leaving campus.

Johnson observed a Weight Watcher’s program at Primary Children’s Hospital that she later

learned was called a Work Program. She saw how well the coworkers of the hospital worked through the weight loss program together and the support that was there.

She thought, “how come we don’t have something like this on campus at USU?

Over the course of the next five months Johnson worked to get a program like the one at Primary Children’s at USU. It was in May 2006 that the first meeting was held on campus. December 2011 marks the 20th session.

The Weight Watcher’s program is a “how program,” Johnson said. “It teaches you how to get past those holidays while still eating healthy. It teaches you how to balance things out.”

Together, members at USU lost more than 400 pounds in 2010.

“If anyone is interested in having a change in their life, then they should start with the small and

simple things,” Johnson said.

She suggests things like taking the stairs, walking to work, lowering sugar and salt intakes, eating whole grains and drinking diet soda instead of regular.

“It’s the best program out there,” Johnson said.

Anyone at USU interested in learning more or joining the Weight Watcher’s Work Program can contact Johnson at

To submit “Inspire Me!” Be Well nominations, contact Dayna Barrett,, or download a nomination form from the website and follow the submission instructions.

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