High Point University has earned a “Gold” designation from the American Heart Association’s 2020 Workplace Health Achievement.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 13, 2020 – High Point University has earned a “Gold” designation from the American Heart Association’s 2020 Workplace Health Achievement.
The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows organizations to qualify for bronze, silver or gold level recognition based on their total Index score. The framework of the Workplace Health Achievement Index was built so that organizations would continue to strive to improve the health of their workplace and their workforce from one year to the next.
HPU’s Employee Wellness Program is open to all staff and faculty, who can earn points for completing various wellness activities offered on campus. They have access to free annual health screenings, health seminars, an employee 5K run, intramural sports teams and a fitness facility. The program also provides resources to encourage healthy approaches to nutrition, stress, sleep and weight management.
Melissa Marion, employee wellness director at HPU, says that in addition to their physical health, the university supports employees in building their emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual and occupational well-being. For example, meditation and gratitude are two of the program’s challenges during the year. During the global pandemic, HPU has worked with its vendors to provide opportunities for employees to exercise at home, assistance with mental health support, health coaching, monthly challenges designed to improve social and mental well-being, and weekly tool kits that provide opportunities to meditate, take a virtual yoga class and utilize a parenting corner.
“HPU’s health and well-being programming provides a foundation for our employees so that they can have the energy and mental ability to serve our students and overcome the barriers that we face during this global pandemic,” says Marion.