Diabetes Prevention and Management at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln
There are two specific types of diabetes.
- Type 1 is genetically attained and diagnosed as children or young adults and only accounts for about 5% of all people living with diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs because the body does not produce insulin.
- Type 2 accounts for the majority of people living with diabetes and occurs because the body does not use insulin properly.
In 2016, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Health Risk Assessment results indicated that approximately 27% of respondents were at moderately high or high risk of diabetes (with consideration to both modifiable and non-modifiable factors).
- Healthy Living: Nutrition & Weight Management
- Healthy Living: Physical Activity
- Healthy Living: Organizational Wellbeing (includes environment/policy)
Are you at Risk for Diabetes?
Take this simple, quick assessment to see if you should follow up with your physician.
Discover the various diabetes resources and preventative programs available to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community:
Health Living: Nutrition and Weight Management
- 50% of your plate will be filled with non-starchy vegetables
- 25% with protein
- 25% starchy vegetables and grain
- Add a serving of fruit and a serving of dairy, as your meal plan allows
- Choose healthy fats in small amounts and drink low or no calorie beverage such as water or unsweet tea/coffee
The Recreation & Wellness Center on east campus also boasts a state-of-the-art Wellness Kitchen. Healthy cooking classes are scheduled throughout the year and can also be booked “on demand”. Register for upcoming cooking classes or see how to get involved.
Campus Recreation has various resources for faculty, staff and students wishing to attain or maintain a healthy weight. Licensed and/or certified staff include personal trainers, weight management specialist, medical exercise specialist, personal trainers and health coaches. Find the best certified professional for you.
In addition to certified professionals and fitness facilities, a variety of fitness classes are offered at a minimal fee to students and Campus Rec members. Find the best fitness class for you.
A step-by-step 8-week weight loss/management program that provides goal setting support, specific nutrition guidance, fun and effective fitness classes and community accountability for healthy eating and physical activity that leads to weight loss or weight management. Classes are led by licensed/certified nutrition and exercise professionals within the Campus Recreation Center. There is a fee for the program; however, you do not have to be a member of Campus Recreation to participate. Find out more and Register here.
Healthy Living: Physical Activity
- Lincoln Trails System: Lincoln has a tremendous, beautiful and well-maintained trails system that connects to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus locations. Additionally, trails provide routes for campus to campus biking.
In addition, Lincoln’s StarTran Bus Service supports biking with the Bike and Bus Program
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was recognized as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclist in May of 2013. This award was based on the University’s strong commitment of encouraging individuals to view the bike not only as a form of recreation but a means of transportation. The University also has a Recognized Student Organization that provides a Bike Valet for home football games and other campus events like Jazz-in-June (outdoor Jazz festival held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus).
Additionally, the University has several LEAD certified buildings, with shower facilities within, that staff can utilize if they choose to run or bike to work or during their lunch break.
Healthy Living: Organizational Well-being
The University of Nebraska participates in an annual Health Risk Assessment (HRA). Benefits-eligible employees are able to receive enhanced wellness benefits by completing the HRA, such as $0 copay on generic prescription (mail order), additional money in preventative health care and well-child care and 100% coverage on colonoscopy once every 10 years (after 50). The results of the University's aggregate HRA data guide annual planning for the promotion of health and wellbeing resources/programs available to faculty/staff and students.
- "Know their Numbers"
- Provide education on what the numbers mean/ways to improve or maintain those numbers (or when to pursue more help)
- Provide or connect employees/students with University or community resources for wellness and/or health
- Blood pressure
- Waist circumference
- Full wellness blood profile
- Lower body flexibility
- Upper body mobility
- Financial wellness
The Wellness 101 program is coordinated by Wellness Services, Campus Recreation and is supported by several University departments including
- University Health Center
- Employee Assistance Program
- University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union
Partnerships have been created with academic units including UNMC College of Nursing and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nutrition and Health Sciences to provide experiential learning for undergraduate and graduate students, as well. Request an event or get more information.
Each month, staff from Campus Recreation Wellness Services produces a work-friendly video featuring 7 exercises/stretches that can be done during the school/work day to keep your body from feeling the negative effects of the “sitting” disease: examples include- sore back, lack of energy and weight gain. Participants are encouraged to do add these 7 exercises into their daily life at the University throughout the month. Each new video is released on the 7th of the month and can be found on the Wellness Initiative website.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln annually hosts a Walk@Lunch event, in coordination with the Blue Cross Blue Shield’s National Walk@Lunch event on both the city and east campus locations. Partnering with University organizations and the Lincoln Community has enabled this to be an active, fun and educational event open to all. This event it hosted in April. Find out more information on Walk@Lunch on the Campus Recreation website.
The “Wellness Ambassador” program has been established. Individuals have an opportunity act as a liaison for their departments/units or organizations to the Wellness Initiative. To encourage a wellness culture, the "Outstanding Contribution to Employee Wellness" Award has been established and given each year to departments/units/organization that meet criteria. Learn more about the Wellness Initiative and get involved.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) supports individuals and groups who may be dealing with effects of mental and occupational wellness, impacts of diabetes and other diseases. Additionally, smoking is a major risk factor and EAP offers individualized and group smoking cessation programs. Classes offered by request. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers staff a flexible work schedule that is conducive, utilizing the resources available to prevent or manage the impact of diabetes and other disease.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln became a Smoke-Free & Tobacco-Free Campus in 2018
Visit the Tobacco Free website for more on the University's policy and resources.
Know Your Numbers
Check your glucose levels as part of the Wellness Profile through Nebraska Medicine- University Health Center. Wellness profiles include
- Total cholesterol
- LDL & HDL cholesterol
The cost is free for students who have paid student fees if profile was ordered by a physician or $25 for employees. For more information visit the Health Center's website.