In support of Buffalo State's commitment to help our faculty and staff in their quest for personal wellness, we offer you information and resources to help you achieve your goals.
We often hear the word "wellness" in the news, on billboards, in conversation, and even at work. Interestingly, there is no universally-accepted definition of wellness. There is, however, a set of common characteristics seen in most thoughtful attempts at a definition of wellness.
We generally see a reference to a "state of well-being," or a "state of acceptance or satisfaction with our present condition." Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.
Additional health, wellness, and support resources
American Cancer Society
Breast Cancer Action
Breast Cancer Center
Environmental Working Group
National Cancer Institute
National Institute of Arthritis and Muskoskeletal and Skin Diseases
NYS Department of Health
Phoenix 5-the Prostate Cancer Information
Prostate Cancer Foundation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Breast and Prostate Cancer Screening
Section 159-b and 159-c of the New York State Civil Service Law allows all employees to take up to four (4) hours of paid leave annually for screening for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer screening includes physical exams and blood work for the detection of prostate cancer. Reasonable travel time is included in the four-hour cap. All employees are similarly entitled to take up to four hours of paid leave annually for breast cancer screening. Breast cancer screening includes mammograms and physical exams for the detection of breast cancer. Employees who undergo screenings outside their regular work schedules do so on their own time. Official medical documentation verifying the screening may be required. These leaves are not cumulative and expire on the last day of the calendar year.
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