University finalist for healthy workplace award

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The university was nominated for a healthy workplace award; criteria include established wellness programs and employee incentives for health programs.
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The GVSU Farmers Market runs weekly, beginning in June.
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President Thomas J. Haas is pictured with staff members at a recent campus walk.
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Grand Valley is a finalist for a healthy workplace award from the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

The university is one of three organizations in the "very large category" of more than 1,000 employees to receive a nomination. Others are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan. Winners will be announced April 25 during a morning legislative reception in Lansing and an evening event in Detroit.

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.

DesArmo said recent wellness initiatives underscore the commitment from university leaders to help create a healthy workplace. She cited Thrive@GVSU, a wellness coaching program to provide support for faculty and staff members, and emotional strength training and interpersonal communication workshops.

She also said the Wellness Task Force developed recommendations specific to wellness objectives in the university's strategic plan, and a subcommittee is working on mindfulness initiatives for the campus community to address rising numbers of people who report depression.

More information about initiatives from Health and Wellness can be found online at



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