Below are some commonly asked questions about the Marquette Employee Wellness initiative:
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To be nationally recognized as an employment environment that integrates a healthy lifestyle with the lifelong pursuit of excellence, faith, leadership and service to others.
The mission of the Marquette Employee Wellness program is to promote health and wellness through an integrated approach to health education and initiatives that increase awareness of resources and factors contributing to a person’s well-being. Our program seeks to develop and foster a wellness culture by creating an environment that not only supports and sustains healthy lifestyle choices, but also inspires and empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own health.
Marquette University has received a Gold Well Workplace Award from The Wellness Council of America for its employee wellness program. WELCOA recognizes organizations throughout the country with Well Workplace Awards for their commitment to the health and well-being of their employees.
According to WELCOA, Marquette’s Well Workplace Award indicates that the university integrates health promotion into the way the university operates and demonstrates that Marquette is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of its employees.
“Marquette University has clearly demonstrated that it has made a tangible commitment to protecting the health and well-being of its employees,” said David Hunnicutt, president of the Wellness Council of America. “By meeting the rigorous standards necessary to achieve the Gold Well Workplace Award, Marquette has demonstrated that it is world-class in its approach to workplace wellness.”
Marquette launched its wellness program in January 2009 to develop a culture of health and wellness, promote healthy lifestyle choices for employees and serve as a centralized source of employee wellness information. All employees were surveyed to determine their wellness needs and interests. Wellness programming developed during 2009 included initiatives addressing nutrition, smoking cessation, health management, exercise and stress management, as well as a running group and blood pressure screenings.
Marquette is one of 34 award winners who are part of the Well City Milwaukee initiative, a coordinated effort to receive Well City status from WELCOA and improve the health and well-being of the workforce in Milwaukee.
A Wellness Implementation Committee, established by the Office of the Provost, was formed in August, 2009. This committee will coordinate and promote wellness programming that already exists; and plan, create and evaluate new programs. Committee members were appointed by their respective dean or vice president to three year terms.