SHU Recognized as Gold Winner for Promoting a Healthy Workplace
Sacred Heart University is a gold award recipient in the Business Council of Fairfield County’s annual Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program. This is the fifth consecutive year that SHU has been honored. SHU was recognized for its outstanding commitment to promoting a healthy work environment for its employees. The Healthy Workplace Best Practices Award Ceremony will take place on February 13 during a breakfast celebration at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel.
Sacred Heart University has a total of 1,300 employees, which includes full-time and part-time staff, faculty and adjunct professors. The Office of Human Resources launched its Wellness Program in the fall of 2007. “Our goal is to provide employees with the opportunity to become more aware of their health and to take action to lead a healthier lifestyle,” said Sally Schettino, who leads the Wellness Program. Among the program offerings are a generous financial wellness incentive for all eligible employees who complete a university-sponsored biometric screening session along with an on-line health assessment; on-site fitness classes; discounts at local fitness centers; and an annual university health fair for faculty/staff, students and family members with free flu shots, health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations and more.
Over the past six years, the Wellness Program has also provided opportunities for employees to participate in educational programs such as Lunch & Learns, Weight Watchers at Work®, weight loss webinars and stress management programs. Wellness fairs have attracted as many as 250 employees. “We believe that providing employees with access to health and wellness programs translates into a positive and productive workforce,” said Robert M. Hardy, vice president for Human Resources.
Lunch & Learns offer information on nutrition and exercise, provided by SHU’s own professors of Human Movement and Sports Science. The Sacred Heart University Wellness Program also includes a Healthy Coaching program that encompasses four different modules: Stress Management, Weight Loss, Smoking Cessation and Heart Health. The programs are free and open to all faculty and staff.
SHU is among 44 honorees this year. “This year’s honorees have been able to implement their own bottom-line focused wellness programs to provide maximum benefit for their employees,” said Matthew Fair, regional sales director, First Niagara Risk Management Inc., and co-chair of the 2015 Healthy Workplaces Employer Recognition Program.