District wellness coordinator resigns

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District Wellness Coordinator Chris Dillon, fourth from left, and other district administrators accept the Gold Level award for “Fit and Friendly Organization on behalf of the American Heart Assocation. Courtesy Photo

District Wellness Coordinator Chris Dillon, fourth from left, and other district administrators accept the Gold Level award for “Fit and Friendly Organization on behalf of the American Heart Assocation. Courtesy Photo

Human resources said wellness activities will continue.

By Melissa Luna

mluna132@student.alamo.edu

Chris Dillon, Courtesy Photo

Chris Dillon, Courtesy Photo

Chris Dillon, the district wellness coordinator, resigned at the end of the spring semester.

“I resigned and decided to go back to school full-time to finish my Ph.D. and will be pursing other opportunities,” Dillon said May 25 in a telephone interview.

Dillon also taught classes as an adjunct in the kinesiology department.

Hope Galvan-McCall, director of organizational development and talent management in the district’s human resources department, said a replacement has been hired as of June 3, but she could not release the name until paperwork was complete.

She said the district’s wellness activities will continue.

“As soon as the coordinator is in place, all programming and plans for employee wellness will continue,” Galvan-McCall said.

Dillon became a kinesiology adjunct and wellness coordinator at the college in August 2010.He was named district wellness coordinator in August 2014.

With the support of a Wellness Committee, Dillon coordinated the health and wellness programs of all campuses in Alamo Colleges.

He oversaw and coordinated the annual Health and Wellness Expo and pioneered the annual Alamo Colleges Wellness 5k Run/Walk, which began in March 2014.

Money raised from the run goes to the Alamo Colleges’ Wellness Foundation, which allows Alamo Colleges’ employees to participate in activities such as local running and walking events and obtain job-related certifications and training.

He initiated this college’s Employee Wellness Program, where benefits-eligible employees were given the opportunity to participate in health-related workshops, fitness training and group work out sessions.

The kinesiology department is offering two courses as part of the continuing education summer program.

KIN 1003, Latin Cardio Dance, is offered at noon Monday and Wednesday and KIN 1013, Circuit Training, is offered at noon Tuesday and Thursday.

On campus, Dillon implemented the “Take The Stairs” initiative by placing signs at all staircases, which encourages students, faculty and staff to burn calories instead of using electricity by walking the stairs.

With help from kinesiology Instructor Dawn Brooks, Dillion also marked a “one-mile walk” course to encourage faculty and students to walk, jog or run more on campus.

Kinesiology sophomore Coca Ruiz, president of the Kinesiology Club, assisted Dillon with the Health and Wellness Expo in April.

“We lost one of our finest in our department, and he was very helpful and willing to do for anyone as much as he possibly could to help us succeed. He will be sincerely missed,” Ruiz said.

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