SHU Earns Award of Distinction for Workplace Wellness

News Story: May 1, 2011
From left are Kenneth Sandberg of the Whitney Center, wellness chair of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Council, Julia Nofri, executive director of Human Resources at SHU, Sally Schettino, project manager in Human Resources at SHU, and Tony Rescigno, president of the GNHCC.

The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce has selected Sacred Heart University as a recipient of a 2011 Award of Distinction for Workplace Wellness. SHU is one of four companies recognized for this award.  This honor will be presented at the 9th Annual Regional Health Care Breakfast at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven on June 21st at 7:30 a.m.

“We are very proud of our program,” said Sally Schettino, project manager of Human Resources at Sacred Heart University. “We are leaders in this area compared to other universities.”

SHU has about 1,200 employees including full-time and part-time staff, faculty, and adjunct professors. The Wellness Program was started in the fall of 2007, and its mission was to promote healthier choices every day and encourage employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle. 

“We currently offer fitness classes in the summer, fall and spring,” said Schettino. “These classes include spinning, yoga, zumba, kettleball, and swimming.“

The Human Resources Division also provides educational “Lunch & Learn” programs covering topics like stress management, weight loss, and smoking cessation. They also hold an annual health fair for employees. At this event, health related vendors supply information on health issues, and biometric screenings are offered to those who attend.

“We are currently running a walking contest where individuals track their steps every day of the month,” said Schettino, “and win prizes for their healthy behavior.”

With the many activities that the SHU Wellness Program has to offer, many people other than employees have taken notice.

“This is the first time winning an award from the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce,” said Schettino. “However, we have won awards from the Business Council of Fairfield County for the past two years.”