University earns Healthy Workplace award

four people standing in row
From left to right are Human Resources staff members Lindsey DesArmo, Elisa Salazar, Dave Smith and Maureen Walsh.
Image Credit: courtesy photo

Grand Valley was named a Healthy Workplace by the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

The announcement was made April 25 during a banquet in Detroit. The university won in the "very large category" of employers, others in the category were the University of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

President Thomas J. Haas said recognition from the Governor's Council validates the university's commitment to a positive work culture.

"Faculty and staff members who are engaged fully in healthy living serve as role models for students and lead Grand Valley to fulfill its mission of providing a high-quality education," Haas said.

Lindsey DesArmo, health and wellness manager, said criteria to be nominated for an award included workplace policies, established wellness programs and employee incentives for health programs.

Upcoming events from the Health and Wellness team are listed below.

• Farmers Market: Grand Valley's Farmers Market will open Wednesday, June 5, in parking lot G of the Allendale Campus. The market will run Wednesdays through October from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

• 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk with GVPD: June 19, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Farmers Market. Registration is $6 and proceeds will go toward the GVSU Student Support Fund. Register online at