UCSC recognized for commitment to employee wellness

UCSC is getting awards and honors for a program that promotes healthier behavior at the workplace.

The California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness gave the campus its 2010 California Fit Business Award for promoting employee health on the job.

For the second year in a row, UCSC received a silver-level award for programs and services in four key areas: eating better, moving more, promoting healthy lifestyles, and creating a healthy culture.

The employee wellness program, funded by the University of California Office of the President [UCOP] initiative, Be Smart About Safety, began at UCSC in February 2008.

By emphasizing "wellness anywhere," the employee wellness program gives faculty and staff opportunities to practice healthy behaviors and adopt healthy lifelong practices, allowing them to reap the benefits at work and at home.

Some of those free, health-positive offerings include Alive! - healthy lifestyle support via email; outdoor Fit Parks - mini-gyms stationed around (and off) campus; fitness classes including yoga, Pilates and Zumba, at multiple locations; and CruzFit – an exercise team challenge running from January through March.

All events and programs are free for UCSC staff, faculty, and retirees.

For more information about the award-winning employee wellness program, visit the UCSC wellness web site or contact Lizzie Yasser at (831) 502-7375.