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Employee Health Promotion

As part of the Division of Human Resources, Employee Health Promotion (EHP) exists to help UNM faculty and staff stay healthy. We encourage a culture of wellness with:

  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Stress management
  • Behavioral ergonomics
  • Preventive care
  • Tobacco cessation

Our Health Education Consultants work with departments to customize programs that meet departments' needs and interests.

Healthy U

Healthy U

On November 18, 2012, the Alumni Association unveiled and dedicated the 3,000-pound, cast-bronze U that sits in front of Hodgin Hall. This U represents UNM campuses as well as the people who thrive, grow and prosper on our campuses. Essentially, "The U is you," as it was well said by past Alumni Association President Duffy Swan.

Employee Health Promotion is building off this historical notion as we work towards creating a culture of wellness at UNM. We have created a brand for wellness initiatives that impact our campus communities. This branding:

  • Creates a consistent identity where a culture of wellness is more apparent.
  • Helps our campus communities to more easily recognize the efforts being taken to design an environment where making the healthy choice is the easy choice.
  • Is a commitment to a campus culture that promotes wellness, helping our community enhance our quality of life.

Look for this graphic to help you stay healthy where you learn, work and visit.


To develop a culture of wellness that empowers our colleagues to make lifelong healthy choices.


UNM's Employee Health Promotion provides wellness initiatives that enhance our colleagues' quality of life and contribute towards improving employee morale, productivity, and the management of health care costs.


  • Health Education & Research: Improve understanding of health and wellness topics affecting colleagues.
  • Employee Wellness Success: Provide evidence-based health and wellness services.
  • Accessible & Adaptable to Employees: Provide a supportive environment for various wellness/lifestyle needs.
  • Leadership: Guide employees to be role models of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Teamwork: Leverage resources with other health and wellness providers.
  • High Quality Services: Provide results-oriented, customer-focused service.

Meet the EHP Team

Tracey Briggs, MA, AFAA-CPT

Supervisor, Employee Health Promotion

Tracey is an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) certified personal trainer, and Cooper Institute certified fitness consultant. She is certified as a Master of Performance Nutrition from International Sports Science Association (ISSA) which allows her to specialize in integrating physical fitness guidance with quality nutritional choices to achieve personal wellness goals.

Tracey maintains a diet rich in quality nutrition to fuel her passion as a competitive natural bodybuilder. She focuses on incorporating both strength training and cardiovascular exercise to achieve her goals on stage and in everyday life.

Ingrid Jorud, MS, RD, LD, NASM-CPT

Health Education Consultant

Ingrid is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer who specializes in lifestyle change using a whole foods and an everything-in-moderation approach. She has worked with individuals for weight loss, food sensitivities, disease treatment and prevention, and specialized diet requirements.

In past years, Ingrid's experience has included health promotion in student populations, nutrition/diet analysis, studying the effect of diet on gene expression, maintaining cultural identity and nutritional integrity, and counseling for differing nutrition and fitness needs.

In her personal life, Ingrid remains active by running, teaching yoga, and doing crossfit. She likes to keep life interesting by training for obstacle races, hiking, paddle boarding, and checking out new fitness classes. Her own food patterns focus on fruits, vegetables, and lean or plant based proteins. Ingrid's personal philosophy centers on the idea that food is our first medicine and that healthy food doesn't need to be anything less than tasty.

Reed Vawter, MS, RD, LD, NASM-CPT, CES

Health Education Consultant

Reed is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer who specializes in natural and holistic approaches to lifestyle change. He has worked with clients pursuing a variety of goals, including weight loss, sports performance, and disease prevention.

Reed stays active by running, hiking, skiing, and practicing yoga. He also enjoys mixing in new challenges like rock climbing, kayaking, and other new sports. Reed fuels his activity with a plant-based diet focused on the highest quality foods available, and believes that the journey towards wellness starts with the food we put in our mouths.

Vanessa Roybal

Health Education Support Coordinator

Vanessa earned her bachelor's degree in Health Education from the University of New Mexico and has worked with Employee Health Promotion since 2010. Vanessa has successfully coordinated a variety of UNM-wide initiatives to increase physical activity and improve wellness. She also serves to support EHP's team.

Vanessa maintains a healthy lifestyle by taking advantage of the New Mexico weather. She enjoys biking, hiking and whipping up healthy meals. As a wife and mother, Vanessa believes work- life balance is essential to health and wellness.

EHP Team Photo

Top (Left to Right): Tracey Briggs, Ingrid Jorud
Bottom (Left to Right): Reed Vawter, Vanessa Roybal

Internship / Field Experience Program

EHP's field experience program is designed to provide UNM students with a working and learning experience in employee health promotion.

The student, EHP staff, and advising professor will agree upon responsibilities and a work schedule in the beginning of the semester. Responsibilities may include: assisting with strategic planning goals and operational objectives for ongoing employee health promotion, contributing to program development and implementation, preparing, providing and/or coordinating wellness presentations, contributing articles for newsletters, and/or completing one major project. The field experience is on a "non-paid" basis.


  • To provide students with training and experience in a worksite health promotion program that will enhance their marketability in the field.
  • To aid students in becoming more adept in the key skills required for employment in the health promotion field.
  • To increase the student's working knowledge of basic physiological and psychological principles associated with risk factor intervention.
  • To incorporate the student's perspective into the program to enhance quality and effectiveness.
  • To acquaint students with the complex nature of delivering health promotion programs to UNM's diverse work community.


Graduate and undergraduate candidates may apply for the field experience. All candidates are to have a minimum junior level standing with course work completed toward a degree in health education, nutrition, exercise science, or a similar health-related field. To be considered as a candidate for a field experience position, the student should also demonstrate the following personal qualities and educational standards:

  • The ability to communicate effectively with others.
  • The ability to listen and carry out directions accurately.
  • Professional presentation.
  • An education foundation in the health, nutrition, and/or fitness field with a general understanding of health risk factors and behavior change principles.

General Responsibilities

The student will be expected to:

  • Commit to the agreed upon hours to complete the field study/internship experience.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all records, participant assessments, and proprietary information.
  • Sign a field experience agreement.

Application Procedures

Those interested in being considered for an internship with UNM's EHP program must submit the following items by the deadline corresponding with the desired experience period:

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