Union College was awarded the Grower Designation of the Governor's Excellence in Wellness Award on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at the WorkWell annual awards banquet held at the Rococo Theatre.
Union College was one of 28 award recipients out of the 130 WorkWell member companies. The criteria for the award was a company that offers a health and wellness program for their employees with varied programs to encourage annual health assessments, annual cholesterol screening, exercise and healthy food choices and the program is deemed a successful wellness program by having more than 50 percent active participation numbers and is supported by upper management.
"More and more companies are creating Wellness programs because they improve productivity and job satisfaction," said Nancy Petta, professor of human performance and chair of Union's Wellness Committee. "At Union, it's even more important because we really care about each other not only as colleagues, but as friends."
While the award is based on last year's performance, the Wellness Committee is continuing to provide opportunities for personal improvement this year based on the NEWSTART program. Each month, a different element of NEWSTART is emphasized:
N= Nutrition (September)
E= Exercise (October)
W= Water (November)
S= Sunshine (December)
T= Temperance (January)
A= Air (February)
R= Rest (March)
T= Trust in Divine Power (April)
Wellness at Union is not limited to faculty and staff, and during the month of October, 115 students joined 137 college employees in an exercise challenge. Likewise, Union's newest major, wellness, builds on the expertise gained through the college's long-standing employee wellness program to educate students for careers in the growing field of corporate wellness.