Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles: A 5-Year Review
Our mission is to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles to enhance the quality of life for Grand Valley State University faculty and staff members and their families.
TO-DO LIST Healthiest Be the Campus in Michigan Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles A Five-Year Review HUMAN RESOURCES 1 Human Resources Health and Wellness Mission Promoting and encouraging healthy lifestyles to enhance the quality of life for Grand Valley State University faculty and staff members and their families. Vision Grand Valley will be recognized as the healthiest campus in Michigan by increasing awareness of healthy lifestyle choices and providing opportunities for a lifelong commitment to good health and well-being. Goals 1. Develop a comprehensive wellness program by increasing opportunities for faculty and staff members to participate in healthy activities at the workplace, home, and in their community. 2. Create and nurture a healthy culture for faculty and staff members on campus. 3. Promote responsible lifestyle choices that have been found to optimize and improve overall health and well-being. 4. Improve future health and cost outcomes. 5. Track return on investment of healthy activities through annual evaluation. 2 Thanks to your participation, we made significant progress toward our long-term goals in 2012 â€” the fifth year of the Health and Wellness strategic plan. Increased Participation With the support and encouragement of university leaders and department-based Health and Wellness ambassadors, we have achieved our highest participation ever in Healthy Choices. More than 863 faculty and staff members, nearly 40 percent of our benefitseligible population, participated in Healthy Choices 2012. This is a remarkable accomplishment given the modest $100 incentive for participation. We are excited to offer more incentive opportunities for faculty and staff members in 2013 to encourage additional participation. Creating a Culture of Health Faculty and staff members at Grand Valley State University are embracing the concept of health and wellness across campus. New policies and guidelines enacted by the Senior Management Team support healthy living while programs continue to thrive because of demand from the university community. In 2013, the Health and Wellness team will continue to provide opportunities and work with university leaders and Health and Wellness ambassadors to further develop the culture of health at Grand Valley. Contributing to our Academic Mission Health and Wellness has made progress in contributing to the universityâ€™s academic mission by providing numerous internship opportunities for students to develop skills. Partnerships are in place with many university departments and faculty members. Health and Wellness expands its reach into community efforts as well by engaging with the American Heart Association, Kent County Health Department, YMCA, Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, College and University Work Life Association (CUWFA), and United Way, which leads to new collaboration and recognition for the university. 3 4 Develop a comprehensive wellness program by increasing opportunities for faculty and staff members to participate in healthy activities at the workplace, home, and in their community. goal one Benchmarks 157 80 30 18 percent increase in faculty and staff member participation in group exercise classes from 2008 to 2012 percent increase in utilization of the Encompass Employee Assistance Program from 2008 to 2012 Top reasons for using Encompass: stress, anxiety, depression, and family or marital issues people on average attend the Weight Watchers® at Work classes held on campus fitness facilities in West Michigan offer discounts to faculty and staff members Sp o t l i g h t Star Swift associate professor of management, Seidman College of BusinesS “ About seven years ago my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I did not know a thing about the disease. I went to Sue Sloop and — through her — connected with the campus support group of people who were dealing with the same problem. “My dad died five years ago, and, a few months later, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This time I took more affirmative steps to help her. Mom passed away last year. Sue helped me keep working, yet also let me know that being a caregiver is a full-time job. Sometimes you feel so adrift as a caregiver. People like Sue help you know that there is community.” 5 goal TWO 8 6 1 Create and nurture a healthy culture for faculty and staff members on campus. Benchmarks rooms for nursing mothers installed throughout all campuses years hosting the Farmers Market at Grand Valley that 125 people on average attend weekly career coach position implemented through Human Resources ¡ Exercise release time and flexible work arrangement guidelines created ¡ Resources, including a website, established to help faculty and staff members manage conflict in the workplace ¡ Developed student talent through internships in movement science, health communications, marketing, and business Sp o t l i g h t Whitney (Phoon) Bent former student intern, bachelor of business administration in marketing “I gained a lot from my experiences. Before my internship, I had no clue what graphic design entailed; now, I have a career that revolves around it. I learned how to prioritize, be professional, communicate effectively with my co-workers and vendors, and handle stress in the workplace. One program that I participated in, from start to finish, was the Take the Stairs campaign.” 6 Promote responsible lifestyle choices that have been found to optimize and improve overall health and well-being. goal THREE Benchmarks 50 1,094 Health and Wellness ambassadors (one from nearly every university department) faculty and staff members reached through presentations about health and wellness objectives ¡ Produced videos to increase awareness of emotional and physical health ¡ Developed and implemented Respect the Distance and Take the Stairs gvsu smoking policy campaigns highlighting tobacco use and physical activity 25 feet away from any building/bus stop/bridge 25 feet away from any building/bus stop/bridge gvsu smoking policy distance www.gvsu.edu/respectthedistance respect the TAKE THE STAIRS See why at: www.gvsu.edu/takethestairs distance www.gvsu.edu/respectthedistance respect the Sp o t l i g h t Martha Moore senior accountant, Business and Finance “I wanted to participate as a Health and Wellness ambassador to help spread the word about eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. I put up new posters on my office door, talk about the new initiatives and programs, and try to be a living testimony to a healthy lifestyle.” 7 goal FOUR 83 63 90 Improve future health and cost outcomes. Benchmarks percent of faculty and staff members in the UMR diabetes management program exercise at least 3 times a week compared to 50 percent at program start percent of faculty and staff members in the UMR hypertension management program limit salt intake to assist in controlling blood pressure compared to 53 percent at program start percent of faculty and staff members in the UMR asthma management program feel their asthma was controlled in a four-week time period compared to 70 percent at program start ¡ In 2006, a campus task force helped university administrators develop strategies to help minimize university health care costs and emphasize health and wellness initiatives. Sp o t l i g h t Katie Seif senior associate, University Libraries “Before participating in Healthy Choices, I had never had any blood work done. I was curious about what the results would be. “My results showed my bad cholesterol number was a little high. I tweaked my diet and started exercising in order to bring the good cholesterol number up. “The program is very easy and convenient to participate in, and it’s free!” 8 â€œThe health and wellness initiatives are an investment made by the university to have long-term impact on the health of faculty and staff, as well as the financial health of the university.â€? Scott Richardson associate vice president for Human Resources 9 goal FIVE 93 89 Track return on investment of healthy activities through annual evaluation. Benchmarks percent of faculty and staff members experienced positive benefits from participating in exercise programs percent of faculty and staff members agree that Grand Valley is supportive of their health and well-being ¡ Named one of Michigan’s Healthiest Employers by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2012 ¡ 2010–2012 Earned Fit-friendly Worksite distinction from the American Heart Association ¡ Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) best practice employer 2009–2012 Sp o t l i g h t Shawn Evans office coordinator, College of Education “Three years ago, I weighed 330 pounds. Today I weigh 225. My weight loss has been largely due to participating in the Human Resources Health and Wellness exercise classes and programs like the pedometer challenge, fruit and vegetable challenge, and fit camp. “The university’s commitment to health and wellness programming is remarkable. I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to become healthier by the choices I have made.” 10 11 140 Lake Michigan Hall 1 Campus Drive Allendale, MI 49401 gvsu.edu/healthwellness (616) 331-2215 firstname.lastname@example.org ON THE COVER: The GVSU Farmers Market features a variety of fresh produce from local vendors. HUMAN RESOURCES Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the university. 2/13 ÂŠ 2013 Grand Valley State University 12