SHU Recognized as Platinum Winner for Promoting a Healthy Workplace

The Department of Human Resources heads the award-winning Wellness Program at SHU. Seated, from left, are Sally Schettino, Lisa Gockley and Robert M. Hardy, vice president for Human Resources. Standing, from left, are Paul Rogalin, Heidi Foster-Cho, Kathy Adams, Julia Nofri and Michele Ellis.

News Story: February 23, 2014

Sacred Heart University is a platinum award winner in the Business Council of Fairfield County’s annual Healthy Workplaces Best Practices competition. SHU was recognized for its outstanding commitment to promoting a healthy work environment for its employees.  The Healthy Workplaces Best Practices Award Ceremony will take place on February 28 at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel. This was the fourth consecutive year that Sacred Heart University was recognized by the council. The previous awards were in the Gold category.

Sacred Heart University has a total of 1,150 employees, which includes full-time and part-time staff, faculty and adjunct professors. The Human Resources Division launched its Wellness Program in the fall of 2007.  Its 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 on-site fitness classes, including Pilates, spinning, yoga, boot camp and TRX; discounts at local fitness centers; an annual university health fair for faculty/staff, students and family members with free flu shots, biometric health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations and more. 

Over the past five 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 recently introduced its newest Healthy Coaching program. This program is made up of four different modules: Stress Management, Weight Loss, Smoking Cessation and Heart Health. The programs are free and open to all faculty and staff.