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Wellness Committee


"Committed to Healthy Lifestyles"

2015 PLATINUM AWARD WINNER FOR healthy workplace practices
- The Business Council of Fairfield County

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. 


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. 


The purpose of the Wellness Initiative is to provide information for healthy living options needed for lifestyle modification.  This initiative is exclusively offered tor 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).    

WELLNESS Committee members

Paul Gallo
Co-Chair; Director of Exercise Science and Wellness


Therese Marrocco

Co-Chair; Director of Human Resources


Tyler Griese

Assistant Director of Wellness


Timothy Callahan

Director of the Norwalk City Public Health Department


Louisa Jones

Interim Assistant to the Director of Human Resources


Steve Mendes

Assistant Registrar


Michael Cichowicz

Database Assistant for Institutional Effectiveness


Kimberly Bryant-Smith

Assistant to the Director of Human Resources


Pat Baird

Registered Dietitian; NCC Adjunct


Lisa Bunce

Registered Dietitian; NCC Adjunct


Jonathon McMenamin-Balano

Professor of Biology


Luisa Chacon

Exercise Science Student


Nicole Hafner

Professor of Exercise Science


Lia Barone

Program Coordinator for Business Administration


Lisa Dresdner

Director of Center for Teaching and Learning


Lisa Slade

Mental Health Counselor




Click here for Indoor Walking Schedule (Week of March 23rd)

Click here for Indoor Walking Schedule (Week of March 30th)


Indoor Wellness Walks will be guided by different NCC community members who will discuss a topic of interest every Tuesdays at 9:00 am in the East Campus and Thursday at 12:00 pm in the West Campus.  These walks will start on Tuesday January 27, 2015.  


A map and directions of the indoor walking route will be available at the East and West Campus Security Desks.  Stopwatches are also provided at those locations.  All materials must be returned at the end of the walk.  This material is available to any individual outside of the scheduled walking sessions.


Not only do we hope you will participate in the Indoor 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 Tyler Griese at  To sign-up to be a walking guide please contact Jennifer Lipps at or 203-857-7148.


East Campus Walking Directions (0.6 miles)

Starting at the Security desk, walk north to Early Childhood (CDLS), then go up the stairs to the second floor. Proceed the entire length of that floor and go up the stairs to the third floor. Walk the entire length of that floor, go down two flights of stairs and back to the Security desk. Reverse the trail by walking south to the Records Office, up one flight of stairs and so on. The walk will conclude when you reach the security desk for the second time.


Click here for East Campus Walks Calculator


West Campus Walking Directions (0.62 miles)

Begin at the Security desk in the small lobby in the center of the building. Walk north to Culinary Arts. Turn left at the A-wing hallway, proceeding to West 132. Go up the stairs to the second floor. Walk past the Art Department. Turn right at the main hallway and walk the length of the floor to West 202. Go down the stairs  and walk past the Academic Center back to the Security desk. Turn around and walk south past the Academic Center and up stairs to reverse the route.

Click here for West Campus Walks Calculator



Outdoor guided walks will resume in March of 2015.  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.     


Click here for 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. 


Click here for Wellness Walks Calculator


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.

Click here for NCC Campus Cafe Menu Nutrition Chart

Click here for Know Your Nutrients Nutrients

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


Beginning in Fall 2014, Tuesdays herald the arrival of a Farmer's Market on campus.  Gazy Brothers Farm of nearby Oxford, CT will provide fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruit, and herbs.  This bounty of our Connecticut earth may be purchased by any member of the college community.  Cash and check payments only.  Your own reusable bags are welcome!      

Hours for the Farmer's Market  

Look for information on the return of the Farmer's Market in Spring 2015.


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.   

Click here for Smoke Cessation Programs


For more information about the Tobacco Free Campus contact Louisa Jones in the Human Resources Office at   

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.

The HRA is near completion and will be tentatively released in April 2015 

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. 

Spring 2015 Wellness Series

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

Physical Activity Courses