10/24/2007

 WVU Health Sciences:  A Healthy Place to Work
 Health Sciences Campus wins Gold Well Workplace Designation

The Wellness Council of West Virginia has designated the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center a Gold Well Workplace.  The designation recognizes the efforts of West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH), University Health Associates (UHA) and WVU Health Sciences Center (HSC) as organizations that show dedication and commitment to their employees’ health and well being.   

West Virginia University will be honored at the annual West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Worksite Wellness Oct. 25 and 26 in Charleston. 

More than seven thousand people work at the Health Sciences Campus as employees of WVU Hospitals, UHA and WVU. 

“Annually we are reaching more than 75 percent of our population with programs and services,” said Dave Harshbarger, WVU Health Sciences Campus Wellness Manager.  “It is rather unprecedented for an enterprise the size of our Health Sciences campus to have this number of participants in work-sponsored wellness programs.”

The Wellness Program provides employees with workout facilities and nutrition and stress management information. 
Employees may also participate in specific programs, such as Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days, or the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Health Disease. 

This is the third time that the entire WVU Health Sciences Campus has received the Gold Well Workplace designation. Organizations have to reapply for the designation every three years.   

The Wellness Council of West Virginia provides West Virginia businesses with resources to improve workplace wellness.  It is an affiliate of the Wellness Councils of America, a national group that is recognized for its innovative and results-oriented approach to worksite wellness. 

For more information on the Wellness Program at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, please call 293-2520 or visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/wellness.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
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