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University of Iowa News Release

 

Sept. 26, 2007

UI designated as Gold Level Well Workplace

The Wellness Councils of America has designated the University of Iowa as a Gold Level Well Workplace, which recognizes organizations that have successfully built comprehensive worksite wellness initiatives and noted improved health for its employees.

UI Wellness, a unit of UI Human Resources, received the award Sept. 20 at the 17th Annual Conference on Worksite Wellness in Des Moines, hosted by the Wellness Council of Iowa.

The Well Workplace Awards are determined by a rigorous set of criteria that includes seven benchmarks ranging from leadership support to documentation of program results. Since the award's inception in 1991, approximately 700 corporations, healthcare systems, public agencies and educational institutions have met those criteria and been recognized as some of America's Healthiest Companies.

"By achieving this level of excellence in workplace wellness programming, the University of Iowa has demonstrated that it is committed to protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of our faculty and staff," said Joni Troester, director of UI Wellness.

Through its wellness programs, the university has achieved success in several areas, Troester added, including cost savings through its annual free flu vaccination program. The more than 400 UI employees who participated in the LiveWell program's Health Coach Service met goals related to weight management, stress management, increasing physical activity and smoking cessation, leading to a decrease in their predicted medical expenditures. UI Wellness also noted a reduction in the percentage of faculty and staff who have behavioral risk factors of physical inactivity, poor nutrition and unmanaged stress.

To learn more about UI Wellness, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/oe/worklife/wellness/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Joni Troester, UI Wellness, 319-335-2692, joni-troester@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu.