10/02/2008

WVU Health Sciences Wellness Program earns award


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Wellness Council of West Virginia has awarded the West Virginia University Health Sciences’ Wellness Program its highest recognition, the platinum National Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award.

This year marks the first year the WVU Health Sciences Wellness Program has won the platinum award.

The Wellness Council of West Virginia promotes programs in workplaces that help employees create and maintain healthy, active lifestyles.

The Wellness Program includes health assessments, exercise classes and lectures on topics such as heart disease. Stress-management programs and help with diet planning are also offered to the approximately 7,000 employees of WVU Hospitals, University Health Associates and WVU Health Sciences in Morgantown.

“This award validates that our program has met and passed a rigorous review by peers nationally,” said Dave Harshbarger, manager of the Wellness Program. “While intuitively most would agree prevention is less expensive than treatment, platinum-level recognition is an indication that we are on track with our efforts to address and reduce risk for our employees.”

The award will be given at the Wellness Council of West Virginia’s annual conference in Charleston Oct. 17.

Since 1994, the Wellness Program at WVU Health Sciences has received six “well workplace” awards. Last year the program received the gold award. 

For information on the Wellness Council of West Virginia see http://www.wcwv.org/.

For information on the WVU Health Sciences Wellness Program see www.hsc.wvu.edu/wellness.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
el: 10-01-08

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