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IU workplace wellness gets five-star rating

Sept. 28, 2016

IU has once again been recognized as a leader in workplace wellness. On Sept. 22, the Wellness Council of Indiana, a subsidiary of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, named IU as a Five Star level AchieveWELL Award recipient. It’s the highest level of recognition the council gives.

AchieveWELL designation

To receive the award, IU had to demonstrate its workplace wellness program was proficient in areas such as leadership engagement, outcomes measurement, data-driven decision making, communication, and alignment with the overarching IU mission. | IMAGE COURTESY OF HEALTHY IU

The Five Star level of AchieveWELL recognizes elite organizations in Indiana that have made employee well-being a priority. To receive the award, IU had to demonstrate that its workplace wellness program was proficient in areas such as leadership engagement, outcomes measurement, data-driven decision-making, communication, and alignment with the overarching IU mission.

Highlights of Indiana University programming that contributed to the Five Star level include:

Patty Hollingsworth, director of Healthy IU, IU’s workplace wellness program, said, “It’s been a team effort; that’s how we’ve been able to move so far so fast. This initiative belongs to all.”

Contributions from IU’s schools of public health, physical education and tourism management, nursing, and medicine; health centers; and staff and faculty from across all campuses have played a major role in the success of wellness at IU.

By working with IU’s depth of resources, workplace wellness programming is based in best practices, and decisions for program offerings are based on the university-wide Fairbanks School of Public Health Workplace Wellness Survey data of what employees want and need.  

The Five Star level AchieveWELL recognition comes on the heels of IU’s recent American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Workplace recognition, as well as three years (2012, 2014, and 2015) of recognition as one of Indiana’s top 100 healthiest employers.

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